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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

This weekend started out very very scary, but not with ghosts and goblins....

Mother Nature decided , for the second time in one week, to show us her wrath...Flooding rains introduced themselves into our area and stuck around for a while...As a result many roads had to be closed..

Cities such as Austin, San Antonio suffered HISTORIC FLOODING..

My neighborhood, like many, was in the  direct path of very high winds and tornados in the wee hours of Halloween Day..

Several homes, within a few blocks of me, suffered massive structural damage.. 
                                                    Tornado or Wind Damage in La Porte                                                                                                                                    
I was fortunate in that my home didn't sustain any apparent damage...Our neighborhood elementary school and community high school both suffered  significant structural damage..Classes are cancelled for the beginning of the week until repairs can take place..

I am spending Halloween evening in my living room, curled up on my couch..My doggies are  snoring at my feet :-)

I decided that I would share a little Halloween fun!

Below is a photo I shot a few years ago.. I added textures and finally, via an online editing software, I converted my photo into a gif image :-)

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Flooding rains, reminiscing about nature and snow

This was quite a weekend for us Texans..We dealt with the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, the largest hurricane ever recorded on our hemisphere...It made landfall in Mexico as a Category 5 hurricane..Thankfully it hit a remote area and weakened very quickly...It moved northeastwards to Texas..It caused a lot of widespread flooding in and near Houston..Nuisance flooding..Catastrophic flooding in other parts of Texas..The heaviest, the most destructive of rains stayed off shore east of us..

On a grander scale, these rains were an answer to many prayers for those who were dealing with wildfires in Central Texas the last  two weeks...In my opinion, it is easier and quicker to clean up and recover from floods than fire..

With time on my hands, and having been cooped up in the house for  the past 36 hours I did a little playing..With my photos and animation..After finding out what the gold glitter and the snowfall ( from the software I was using ) looked like on photos, I decided to add their effects to this photo...

I used an online animation- gif software..If you double click on this pic it takes you to the software I used :-)

This is a pic I shot in March 2014..In Tennessee..While I was visiting with my mom..This pic is a depiction of a thunder snow storm... This storm came through on a Weds the second week of my visit...Strange but beautiful..I edited this photo in Photo Shop, by adding texture layers to the original photo...I wanted to make the final composition look more artsy and surreal..

Saturday, October 3, 2015


"Autumn is the year's last loveliest smile"
~ William Cullen Bryant ~

Thursday, October 1, 2015

We shall snore!

               Please turn volume up to maximal loudness , listen to the entire video..Watch in full screen....If you are patient long enough, you will hear the sweet doggie dream noises intermingled with the snoring..
                                                       All guaranteed to make you sleepy!

  1. 1
    a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.
    "I was on the verge of sleep"
    synonyms:napdozesiestapower napcatnapbeauty sleepMore
  2. 2
    a gummy or gritty secretion found in the corners of the eyes after sleep.
    "she sat up, rubbing the sleep from her eyes"
  1. 1
    rest by sleeping; be asleep.
    "she slept for half an hour"
    synonyms:be asleep, doze, take a siesta, take a nap, catnap, sleep like a dog;