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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Spring Wildflower Season

Since the late Fall I have taken to long walks at local parks, usually within 5 miles of my home..Because of the plentiful rain, this wildflower season has produced a riot of beautiful intriguing blossoms..Identifying these wildflowers during my walks has become a new addiction for me :-) I will be continually making new additions to this fun project (not this post, lol)..I may turn this project into a photo book one day :-) 

Found at Battleground State Park in La Porte Texas

Found at Armand Bayou Nature Center in Clear Lake Texas

Found at Morgan's Point Texas 

Found at Morgan's Point Texas

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trail, my new favorite place to walk..

I have already met a few regulars who like to walk these trails the same time of the morning that I do.. Taking a morning walk at one of my favorite places is relaxing and invigorating, adds a bit of magic to my day :-) When I walk these trails, I often detect a faint honeysuckle fragrance in the air..

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails-wooded area (March-Early April)

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails ( Red Bluff side)

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (grassy area near empty retention pond)

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (trail adjacent/parallel to Fairmont Junior High)

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (adjacent to the junior high)

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (trail adjacent to empty retention pond area )

Found at Juan Seguin Park

Found at Battleground State Park 

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (trail adjacent to the junior high)

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trail

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (Red Bluff side )

Found at Glen Meadows Park in La Porte Texas (butterfly garden area)

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (Red Bluff side)

Found at Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trails (Red Bluff Side)

May all of you have a safe and wonderful Mother's Day Weekend!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy 2019

I am so grateful that my first sunrise of 2019 was an amazing one!

As the month of January 2019 progressed, there were more beautiful mornings, like the ones below...

Some mornings were very foggy and dreamy.....

 Other mornings very bright.....

2019 brought me a refreshing change to my routine..For the past few weeks,  I have been walking a new trail almost daily, some days 3 1/2 miles, other days nearly 5 miles depending on the weather /  how I feel.. This trail in Morgan's Point is part of a very quaint, old community which neighbors mine in La Porte....Morgan's Point is the Home of the Yellow Rose of Texas.. I will give you a little history below..



Morgan's Point (1912)
The area was first settled in 1822 by Nicholas Rightor, a surveyor commissioned by Stephen F. Austin to explore and survey the areas between the Brazos and Lavaca rivers.[4] He soon sold the property to Johnson Calhoun Hunter, and it subsequently was bought by Joseph C. Clopper, who used the property to grow orange and lemon trees. The property was finally sold to James Morgan in 1834, who established the short-lived colony of New Washington. Morgan had helped supply the Texian army during the Texas Revolution and was given the rank of colonel. The settlement was destroyed by the Mexican army during the Texas Revolution. A legend surfaced much later surrounding a mulatto woman named Emily West.[5] She became an indentured servant (but not a slave) of Morgan and, according to legend, used her beauty to occupy Mexican General Santa Anna, thereby facilitating his capture by the Texan army, thus ending the revolutionary war. Historians differ on the degree of truth of this legend.
The area began to redevelop as the Houston Ship Channel was dredged near the area in the later 19th century. The community grew around traffic crossing the ship channel to and from Goose Creek (now Baytown). Ferry service would eventually become established. The Morgan Point Ferry operated until the mid 20th century.
Following the start of the Texas oil boom in 1901 Galveston Bay became an attractive summer destination for the wealthy from Houston and nearby areas.[6] Plots along Bayridge Road were sold for the construction of summer homes, including the famed Sterling Mansion, a former governor's residence that is now a landmark (not to be confused with the mansion in Houston).[7] During the 1920s and '30s the shoreline between Morgan's Point and Sylvan Beach came to be known as the Texas "Gold Coast", a playground for the rich.[8]
As the surrounding communities of La Porte and Pasadena grew, interest in the area as a summer haven diminished. Morgan's Point was finally incorporated in 1949, and a small community remained. Some of the original 19th century buildings have remained, as well as early 20th century homes.[4]
The area received a major economic boost in 1977 with the opening of the Barbours Cut shipping terminal, operated by the Port of HoustonAuthority. However, in building Barbours Cut, the Port of Houston used its power of eminent domain to evict residents from nearly one third of the community's homes.[9] Still the terminal almost instantly became the Houston area's most important shipping point and became the centerpiece of the economy activity at Morgan's Point.[10]


Map of Morgan's Point
Morgan's Point is located in southeastern Harris County at 29°40′35″N 94°59′58″W (29.676368, -94.999580).[11] It is bordered to the north and west by the city of La Porte, and to the southeast by Galveston Bay. The city limits extend out into Galveston Bay, within Chambers County. It is 27 miles (43 km) east of the center of Houston.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km2), of which 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2), or 11.12%, are water.[3]


Historical population
Est. 2016351[12]3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 336 people, 111 households, and 85 families residing in the city. The population density was 208.1 people per square mile (80.6/km²). There were 143 housing units at an average density of 88.6 per square mile (34.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.69% White, 4.46% African American, 0.89% Native American, 4.46% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.80% of the population.
There were 111 households out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.64.
In the city, the population was spread out with 32.4% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 19.9% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $57,917, and the median income for a family was $71,458. Males had a median income of $40,313 versus $30,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,446. None of the families and 2.2% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

My walking trail starts at Park Street which begins at the Sylvan Beach parking lot...Sylvan Beach is where I snapped the above shots of sunrises on different mornings this month..My route then follows Bayridge Street and ends just before the channel - Morgan's point.. Sometimes I take a left turn by Vinson's crossing , where I take in a view of the busy shipping Terminal, Barbour's Cut.. Then I turn around and walk back to my car at Sylvan Beach..

I enjoy seeing the old homes I pass with each footstep..When I walk this trail, I feel like I am stepping back into a bygone era ..This area is very quiet and peaceful, in spite of ongoing renovations on a few  homes..

I spotted one home under construction that was never completed...Very cute shell of a house on a nice piece of land...I dream of being able to buy this land..I would love to finish this home and live there with my Simon...In reality, this dream would be too far fetched for me to realize and live ..Ohhhh, well......

Above is a real estate listing for the house I dream of buying for myself and Simon..Below is how I see this very cute shell of a house, as I walk by..

These historical homes along my path also intrigue me......

One side of my route overlooks the bay..

Even the sidewalks under my feet have some personality..

There is  also a tiny hiking /biking trail tucked in this little community..

Needless to say, I have been enjoying these winter months immensely!

May your 2019 be full of love, laughter, fun, joy and hope!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

December, my favorite month :-)

This fun video features my family and I breaking a Christmas dance :-)
We wish everybody a Happy Holiday Season and a Very Blessed New Year!

I wish I could dance like this in real life....

Happy mail from dear friends

This month has been a fun and festive one..It was easy to get out and about because of gorgeous weather...

While walking the mall with my friend Kim, we passed this Santa having a wee bit of down time :-)

Then we visited a Build a Bear Shoppe..

I had so much fun building this teddy bear fairy for my granddaughter Caroline....Her name is "Snuggles"....Press on snuggle's paw and hear my voice recording saying " Grandma and Grandpa love you Caroline".
There is also a tiny velvet heart that I "wished upon" before it was sewn inside of Snuggles's chest..I hope my wishes come true for Caroline!
I went a little crazy buying several different outfits so that Caroline will have fun changing Snuggles's look..  ;-)

Even though I'm in the midst of winter holiday preparations, I like to get out of the house for my daily walks to clear my head...I enjoy many pretty views of our landscapes / seascapes .. It rarely looks like Winter in my neck of the woods ( Upper Texas Coast ), even in December....

Because we have little to no winter season during December, I have to get creative in order to keep my Christmas spirit strong..
Decorating my house for the holidays while sipping coffee from one of my Christmas mugs makes me smile..This year I decided to decorate my small wire Christmas tree doggie themed...

My sweet Simon loves to supervise me when I decorate, craft, write, crochet, play :-)

I LOVE hanging out with my besties :-) We meet for coffee weekly at our local mall...

Holiday cheer from my good friends Michelle, Kim and Nadine makes my heart full..
A snowman cookie makes my tummy full!

Christmas celebration with my kids and sweet granddaughter Caroline :-)

Part of me regrets putting my voice recording in Snuggles...As Christmas Day progressed, I saw Ben ( my younger son - Caroline's dad ) pressing on the bear's chest to find ways to mute the voice player..Oh, well..Payback for the years he drove me nuts as a teen, when he practiced on his drums in the living room, lol..

For post Christmas festivities, Chris ( my older son ), Gary and I squeezed in an afternoon at the movies / bowling, before Chris left town to go back home..
The first time I bowled in 20 years..I felt like I had pretty good control of my ball, but my form was very awkward, lol :-)

Needless to say, December 2018 has been good....

2019 will be a challenging year for me, drastic changes in my life are already beginning to unfold...

Enjoy right where you are at....

How sweet the morning air is....

I am grateful that I have caring family and friends, they are my biggest blessings...

A birthday sonnet an old friend wrote to me :-)
2018 Birthday Sonnet