A Spectacular Trip to Texas: A Photo Journal....A Time to Heal

Woody was My Loyal and Trusting Companion on This Road Trip

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s=Driving the 2072 mile trip, as the crow flies and the Garmin leads, to Texas with my silent partner, Woody, of Toy Story fame within the last three weeks was an adventure that I am not so sure I would repeat without a less silent partner and surely one who could spell me on the driving.

Fortunately one of my nieces lives in Bridge City, Louisiana, which was on my way so I was able to spend the night with her going to and from Texas. When I arrived heading to Austin, she had prepared a shrimp boil that was divine. The shrimp had just come out of the Gulf and were cooked perfectly. It was a meal prepared with love and lots of excellent flavors. The very last thing I wanted to do was go out a n y w h e r e after arriving so having such a meal waiting for me was indeed a treat.

When I left, I took about ten pounds of those divine shrimp that were frozen to my sister and her family in Austin. I also took along left-overs from dinner, stowed away in an icy bath in my cooler. When at last my trusty Honda Fit brought me safely to my sister's home in Austin, tired but filled with excitement, we had left-overs for dinner and they were yummy just as they had been the night before.


Sweet Little Yellow Blooms Along the Way

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Enjoying a Break at One of Many Tiny Cafes...

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During the last five years much sadness has befallen our family, and as a result, we were getting together for funerals and memorial services rather than for joyous occasions.

It just seemed the right thing to do to travel to visit my sister who had lost her second child within two years in May of this year. It tore at our hearts to have lost my niece whom I adored but it was heart-wrenching to see my precious sister so devastated once again.

This visit was a no-brainer. My trusty car would be loaded up and headed off to Texas for a sixteen day visit

We would laugh and talk and 'solve the world's problems' (as we always say) and all would be right within our souls.

We would not, could not change what had happened but we could soothe the raw edges that clearly still are present and calm the savage beast that would devour us and swallow us whole if he could.

Two 'little sisters' together in the same bed once again....just like they would be on Friday nights while they were still children. I would pack up a tiny suitcase and walk the few steps to my sister's room on Friday nights, a room just two rooms over from mine, and 'spend the night' in her bed....We would laugh and talk and talk and laugh and get scolded by Daddy and laugh some more.

At this time all of these years later, we laughed and talked and knew that our Daddy was watching and smiling as he always had and the years melted away, time stood still.

A Great Little Barbeque Spot ...

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Two Sisters...enjoying each moment

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Family and Nature...

One of my most favorite pleasures on this planet after loving family and friends is enjoying nature's bounty. So being up close and personal with nature while I was there was what I was all about.

Spending time with my sister in botanical gardens and other gardens and even just natural beauty in areas we visited was worth every second of every mile that I spent traveling.

Most of these are random shots...just pretty little faces that had shown themselves to us as we meandered around sharing each other's company in this magnificent state.

Please join me as I revisit just a bit of the beauty I saw while I was away.

Fiery red and orange splashed before us....

Perky little happy face...

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The Austin Area was Very Dry

In one of the messages I sent to my daughter while I was away, I texted:

It is scary dry.

Having come from Florida where everything was so drenched in the rains that have fallen and the greens are greener than green, to see the powdery earth all around and the dry brown growth that was evident every where, gave me reason to pause.

A few years back a horrible fire hit in Bastrop, Texas, which is a short drive from Austin.

Many homes (reported to be more than 1000) were lost and according to one source two lives were lost during this fire. Even one life lost is devastating.

While I was there at breakfast one Sunday the discussion of the outreach that occurred from Austin came up....without a doubt, souls reached out to souls to help in whatever way they could to help those affected to begin to recover.

As I was stopped at a rest area on the way home, my sister texted that Bastrop was on fire again. Reading on line the October 15th report stated that more than 48 'structures mainly homes' have burned but that folks are being allowed to return...and that about 50% of the fire was contained....praying for the best for each member of that community.

It would be lovely if we could send some of the rain we had this summer to such dry locations

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Spectacular Blooms

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Startling and Magnificent to Behold

I could not get enough of seeing the cacti ....
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Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

One of the greatest thrills of my trip was seeing a Road Runner running (yes, running) along the side of the road as we made our way to my sister's home. Right there in the neighborhood where she lived this bird I had only ever heard of from cartoon fame appeared. And just that fast was gone from view.

About a fourth of a mile later, a second one showed up to make my day. Both were just too fast for my camera.

However the one in the photo was taken by my niece while she was on a trip headed to Arizona.

She kindly allowed me to use it.

A Road Runner Extraordinaire

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Another Beauty Awaited

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Sassy Red Spidery Bloom

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Soft Vibrant Yellow Flowers were in Abundance Everywhere We Visited

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One of Many Cacti in the Botanical Garden

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The Aztec Column in the Center Wowed Me

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Another View of These Amazing Plants

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Osage Orange Fruit

This curious little neon green ball was laying on the ground startling in comparision to the brown grasses and twigs that surrounded it.

Unable to determine what it was while I was there, googling revealed to me the osage orange tree and show a fruit that if it is not the fruit it is its 'kissing cousin.'

  • Interestingly enough a nickname for the tree is 'bois d'arc' which means 'bow-wood' because Indians once used parts of the trees to make bows and war clubs.
  • The bark contains tannin so was once used to tan leather.
  • There is much uncertainty about whether it is edible or not so if you happen across one on your travels you might want to check out with the locals if you should give one a try.

Osage Orange....I Think

there was no sign on the tree but I researched it and it looks like the fruit of the osage orange treet.
there was no sign on the tree but I researched it and it looks like the fruit of the osage orange treet. | Source

One of Many Cacti Growing on My Sister's and Niece's Property

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Fascinating to Me...Each and Every One

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Queen Victoria Agave (foreground)

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Peaceful Oasis Along the Koi Pond That Stretched on and on

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Fishhook Barrel

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A Beauty Greeted Me One Morning in Fredricksburg, Texas

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Sassy 'Little" Koi Swishing By...

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Cactus paddies

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Use of Cochineal

When I originally wrote this article, I thought I had mentioned that the ground cochineal was used to color foods. One in particular that it is commonly used in is yogurt ...the next time you purchase strawberry yogurt check to see the contents...You may find the dye used is from cochineal.

Thank you, drbj, for reminding me to add this. (Go check out her Matt Damon interview..it rocks!!)

http://drbj.hubpages.com/hub/Matt-Damon-is-Born-Again


Close-up of Cactus Leaf from My NIece's Yard

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A Bit of Trivia

The cactus leaves known as pads or paddies shown have little white flecks or spots as you can see in the close-up. My niece told me they are the eggs from the cochineal bug. The interesting thing about this white matter is that when moistened it becomes a deep red almost maroon but I imagine if large amounts were used the color would differ to some extent.

There are many more in-depth articles on line regarding this topic and carmine the resultant color when mixed with water. For the purposes of this article, in-depth discussion is not provided.

In the video it was demonstrated how a group of the actual bugs are ground, water added, and the resultant color is scarlet...

For much more information regarding


A Few Little Treasures I Brought Home..and Shared Some With My Friends

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A Grackle....

A Grackle Came to Visit While We Were Dining

Grackle Made My Day

The first time I went to the HEB store with my sister when we got out of the car, there were a number of black birds scurrying around, no doubt, looking for a bit of food.

And then, they made this most unusual beautiful sound...I would almost describe it as a melodious whistle....It was such a lovely surprise to hear as I entered and exited a number of stores around Austin.

My video was unable to capture but one of the sounds and it was a bit faint. On line the videos capture a different sound...not the one I was privy to.

Just had to share this lovely bird with you.

Every Time I See This, I Think....It Looks Like I am Getting Ready to Burst into Song!!!

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A Time of Healing

And so the journey came full circle as I pulled into my driveway after 16 days, exhausted but overflowing with joy and love.

As I write these words, tears have found their way into this story. Cathartic tears, tears of love and compassion, tears of letting go of sorrow and moving forth course down my cheeks.

It was a time of healing ....a time to let go of pain and sadness and embrace each new day with our faces held up toward the sun feeling its warmth and the love of God that pours over us each day.


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pstraubie48 3 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Peg. How kind of you to comment so positively. I enjoyed so much taking photos most of which are NOT shown...it was a lovely time and I hope to return next fall.

Yes the reason for the journey was not a happy one but all of the memories from that time are so it all worked out well.

Angels are headed your way this morning and have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving ps


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PegCole17 3 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

Your photographs are spectacular and of magazine quality. The roadrunner picture your niece provided was great! We have a pair of birds that visit our property sometimes.

I loved the narrative of your journey and the explanation of the sites you visited along with your silent companion. I could almost taste the shrimp boil - one of my very favorite dishes. That's something I truly miss from my days of living in Florida.

The reason for your journey was sad, although, I know you provided much comfort to your dear sister in her time of need. Hugs.


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pstraubie48 6 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes....you must go there...it is so filled with wonderful experiences. I plan to return and we are going to take an rv trip around the state and in to Arizona.

Angels are once again on the way ps


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Happymommy2520 6 weeks ago from East Coast

It's on my bucket list to travel to Texas as an adult. I went there when I was younger. I'd love to experience their food and nature. Very different from NJ. Beautiful hub, I love the pics. I wish you many more wonderful memories with your sister.


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Flourish. I had wanted to return to Texas this fall but with things going as they are with my family I will be putting my trip on hold till next year. Glad to see you stopping in again.

Angels headed your way ...no one can ever get too many ps


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

I wish you continued healing. The photos were lovely. I'd love to see a roadrunner. Interesting fact about coloring of strawberry yogurt too!


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Robert Sacchi 9 months ago

Sorry about your family's losses. You article is touching. The pictures are great. I lived in San Antonio from '77-'82.


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breathing 10 months ago from Bangladesh

What an exciting experience of travelling to Texas! Simply amazing! I wish I could be there! Excellent depiction of all the situations that took place throughout the journey. I can feel the journey even here sitting in front of my laptop. Travelling in itself is a great experience. But by travelling most of us think of going somewhere that is a long distance away from us. The concept is not right. Travelling can occur to some distant near place and this post is a perfect example of that. We should learn lesson from this hub and try to travel to nearly distant places in order to refresh our minds.


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Jaya....my sister and I did enjoy experiencing nature together...we have done so since we were very young....

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon..

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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Jaya....my sister and I did enjoy experiencing nature together...we have done so since we were very young....

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon..

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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Swalia....it was a wonderful trip and a lovely time to spend with my precious sister.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Jaya Sanghita 10 months ago from Kolkata

What a lovely hub! I am 36 and a lone parent. I can already imagine myself in this situation - of exploring nature with my siblings when I am old. God bless you! Your hub made my eyes moist...


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swalia 10 months ago

An interesting read...Lovely pictures!


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Jo, for your moving comment. It was such a wonderful time and I was delighted with the opportunities to see such beautiful parts of nature that I do not see here in Florida on a regular basis.

Hoping you have a lovely 2016...

Angels are headed your way ps


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Jo_Goldsmith11 10 months ago

This is really beautiful! The photos are breath taking. But the words you used to convey the much needed trip to reconnect with your beautiful sister, brought tears to my eyes.

Sorry for the loss of yesterday of almost 2 years this May.

I feel joy for you that you have healed and pray you and your sis will continue the process with peace in your hearts. Thank you for sharing this amazing photo journey and the inspiration to show with grace to look forward to tomorrow with joy in your heart. Shared, tweeted.

Blessings & Peace always...((((((( pstraubie48) and for your sis too. :-)


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pstraubie48 11 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes...we have been so close so getting together is a wonderful experience every time we do it. She came here for Thanksgiving this year and we may get together in New Orleans for New Years...love the memories...NO doubt you are making some of your own this year.

Angels are once again on the way ps


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aesta1 12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

You're lucky to travel with your sister. I do love doing it with my sisters. It is nice to have shared memories.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes we do, Lawrence. And lucky me, she is coming to visit (we rarely get to see each other more than once every few years) for a week at Thanksgiving time!!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop to read and comment. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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lawrence01 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Patricia

Glad you had such a healing time with your sister, sometimes we need them.

Really enjoyed the hub.

Lawrence


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting...it was a wonderful time we had. And I was blessed to be able to capture such beauty. Hoping to return and we just might take you up on your offer.

Once again sending blessings your way via Angels ps


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Peggy W 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

This trip to the Austin area of Texas was no doubt healing for both you and your sister. I am happy that she will be joining you in Florida for Thanksgiving. Perhaps sometime if you wish to extend your trip and come to Houston...we have a big empty king sized bed that you and your sister could share. Would love to show you around this area. Loved your photos. You captured some real beauties! Hugs and blessings to you and your family.


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I am so sorry that the circumstances of visiting with your sister were sad, but I am happy that you got to visit with her and dredge up a few happy times. The grackle is a Great-tailed Grackle, and I get to have them around here, too. I once raised a Common Grackle while I lived for a year in PA. That is indeed an osage orange, AKA a hedge apple. I don't think that they're edible, but don't quote me.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

HI Shauna...thanks for the sweet comment...I must admit I have fallen in love with taking photos....

It was a long trip but now that I have recovered I am not so sure I would not do it again. It was so nice to be able to stop in New Orleans to spend the night and visit with my niece, both ways.

My sister is coming for Thanksgiving so we are getting to see each other way more than usual and we are like two little kids. :D

Angels are once again on the way ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So glad to hear that, Ann. Like to know all of our little community of hubbers are dong well and that all is good on their little corner of the planet.

Angels once again on the way ps


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

Thank you for sharing this wonderful journey of healing, Pat. Your photos are amazing! I commend you for traveling that far alone. I don't think I'd be able to do it - with or without Woody!


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

Yes, all fine with us, thank you. I love travelling about and we've decided to see more of our own country this coming year, instead of flying off to other places. We tend to use coaches or trains here, though, as driving is not relaxing with roads which are full to overflowing!

Ann


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so kind, Ann...It was such a lovely time. Now that I have recovered I think I just may make the trip again and we will rent an RV and see more of Texas.

Hoping all is good with you...Angels are on the way this morning ps


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

You have such enthusiasm and I love to share your appreciation of nature. That road-runner is huge! Great photos and a great view on life. You obviously had a great time with your sister and 'put the world to rights' as you say. That's the only way to cope with things and to hang on to the good and the love of family.

Great hub, Patricia. Thanks for sharing.

Ann


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes, Rachel...in the photo with the ladies in pink...I am the one on the left...I have my hand over my heart as if I am about to begin a most melodious sharing at any moment....

What a wonderful time we had....thank you for taking the time to visit and have a peek at our joy...

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so welcome, Frank.

It was a lovely time ... I am so blessed to have such a precious sister....we had such fun laughing and visiting and doing...

Thank you for visiting...it is always nice to see you...

Angels are on the way this morning ps


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Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

thank you for sharing your trip with us I love the photos.. awesome hub


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Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, How beautiful your pictures are. I didn't even know that there actually is a Road Runner. My granddaughter just recently moved to Sweetwater, Texas. It was quite a shock to all of us since we didn't even know she was planning it. She describes it as very hot. Just cooling off now. Are you one of those ladies in that last picture. If so, you look exactly alike. So nice. Thanks for sharing your trip.

Blessings to you.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So nice to have you stop by...it was a lovely time indeed.

Looking forward to Thanksgiving....she will be coming here to spend a week with me.

Angels are on the way to you once again. ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That is true and sometimes they are more specific on their labeling and to be perfectly honest most of us would not know what references to this type of coloring would not find it meaningful unless we have researched it :D

Nice to see you again.

Angels are once again on the way ps


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Karen Hellier 13 months ago from Georgia

So glad you enjoyed your trip. Thanks for sharing it with us. Wonderful pictures!


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

Hi, again, Patricia. Just read your additional info on those 'tasty' cochineal bugs. It's true that they are added as coloring to many foods but often listed on the labels of such items as 'natural' coloring. That's true. How much more natural could they get?

Thanks for adding my link to the Mark Damon article. I already knew you were a sweetheart.

May your weekend be joyous - just like your smile.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I thought I had mentioned that in the hub, drbj...that was one of the most interesting things about it to me...I guess I had better go back and check and add it....too much to put down I spose.

Thank you for your kind words...I am so humbled by such words. It seems I often come upon the moment when I need to be at a spot and get the shot I was hoping for. One day I hope to get a really awesome camera so I can see the whiskers on fleas with it :D

It is always a delight to see that you visit as I count you among my most favorite writers her on the HUB.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O cool Manatita....I am sure you must have had a wonderful trip as well. It is so unlike Florida that I was enchanted on a daily basis.

My sister and I are so blessed to have each other.

Every single moment we spend together is a gift.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Randy No actually Woody needed FAR fewer rest stops than I did!!! One thing I love about travels to anywhere is learning and experiencing new things. I am not so much on touristy things as I am on enjoying communing with all things NATURE.

Thank you so much for stopping to visit.

Angels are headed your way this morning ps


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Randy Godwin 13 months ago from Southern Georgia

I enjoyed your trip enormously, Patricia. It seemed to be a review of memories past and of present things to be grateful for. Yes, as a former bow maker--not professionally but for my own hunting use--I can assure you osage orange wood is a highly sought material for bow material.

Great photos and I hope your passenger didn't require too many rest stops. :P


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

So happy for you, Patricia, that you had such a loving visit with your sister. I have figured out why your photos are always so lovely and compelling. They simply reflect your lovely heart and disposition. But you already knew that!

BTW, red dye from the cochineal bugs is used to provide the red coloring in many foods - just thought you would like to know.


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Sunshine625 13 months ago from Orlando, FL

Hi PS, You and your sis seemed like you had so much fun taking those selfie photos, too cute! I am glad you had a safe trip and enjoyed your visit. The pictures are lovely and the shrimp boil sounded yummy! :)


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi MzB I saw your comment...perhaps sometimes there is a delay in them being sent...who can figure out cyberspace?

thank you for being concerned enough to come back.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and visit.

It was such a lovely experience....my sister and I have been so close all of our years so this visit was just another great time to share and enjoy each other's company.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, tobusiness

It is a trip that I would repeat for the very same reason....it was such a joy to see my sister so happy....she and I had such fun together.

HOping all is good with you..

Angels are on the way once again this evening ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Phyllis

We are so blessed to have each other. This trip was a good thing for both of us..We enjoyed each moment and acted like little kids again.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O thanks ....so it is an osage orange...I was not certain so to have it verified is wonderful.

I get it that you miss the uniqueness of Texas...I fell in love...

Sending Angels to you once again my friend....ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Wonderful memories indeed...how blessed we are to have each other.

Thank you taking the time to stop by to read and comment, Nell.

Sending Angels once again to you ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes...it was quite a drive considering that I am no longer 12!! But again it was worth every hour spent getting to and fro.

And yes the natural beauty was amazing!!!

Thank you for visiting Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi bill...it would be a hoot to go on a road trip together...pack Bev and you and anyone else on your side who would like to go and I will gather a flock.

It was a lovely time for sure.

So nice to see you stop by....

Know that many Angels and blessings are headed your way ps


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

My condolences to your sister, Patricia, and to you, too, for the loss of your niece. You seem to have made up for some of it, here though. Lots of colour and nature visible, and a couple of cute birds.

I visited Austin last year. It was very beautiful. My Sister is in Houston, and so we both drove there and spent the entire day looking around.

Glad you found nature so charming and were also able to support and offer solace to your loving sister. Much Peace.


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Minnetonka Twin 13 months ago from Minnesota

What a beautiful trip you had with your sister. I can just feel the love you have for each other and it's very refreshing. Loved the photo's and video too. I really giggled seeing Woody in your passenger seat as you traveled to Texas. Funny but a little creepy. LOL

Lots of Love to you my friend. So glad you made this trip.


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

What is happening to our comments? Jackie's comment didn't show up, only yours, Patricia. I commented yesterday and it isn't there. I don't think I said anything that should have been deleted by you or by HP.

Anyway, I remember saying that you are so fortunate to have a wonderful sister to visit. Your photos are great. I do recognize the Osage orange and the spider lily. I love the cacti and miss living in the Southwest.


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Eva Hard 13 months ago from Midwest USA

A memorable trip, and great photographs. Thanks for the story. Wish you many more good visits with your sister and other wonderful trips.

Eva


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MsDora 13 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for the ride on your road trip to Texas. The pictures are beautifully telling and the mention of the HEB brings back memories for me. Best of all, the opportunity to hang out with a sister adds the greatest joy.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Jackie...was a lovely trip and yes, many wonderful memories....I can't wait to go on another!!!

The natural surroundings were so inviting...I must have taken a thousand pictures.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

What a lovely visit with your two dear sisters! I am so envious.

Your photos are so beautiful and I just know you will have such smiling memories to get you through until your next visit! I enjoyed every minute you shared.


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tobusiness 13 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

This is such a beautiful hub, and what an incredible trip! Your photos are simply breathtaking, you and your sister look so happy! Simply gorgeous.


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

What a wonderful little travelogue and reminiscences with your family. I know that angels watched over your every mile. It is so wonderful that you still have your wonderful sister to visit and share these memories. Your photos are beautiful and interesting.

I love the trumpet vine and have some in my yard. Mr. B has tried his best to get rid of them, but they are stubborn and a great haven for birds and other little critters. The spider lily is my favorite flower, I have some bordering my housetop (photos on one of my hubs). The cacti are wonderful, and oh, the roadrunner. I miss them so much. I lived in West Texas and eastern New Mexico for eight years. For several years the roadrunners migrated to Arkansas, but we rarely see them anymore.

You’re right that is an Osage orange or ball from the bois d’Arc tree. The wood is very strong and resilient, so the Indians prized it for their bows (thus the origin of the name Osage orange). In Arkansas we called them “horse apples,” but I was warned not to call them that in public in Texas. Seems they have a horse apple of another color (or odor) down there.

You are so lucky to have rain in Florida. We have had a burn ban in our state almost all summer. And a bad fire that endangered some homes, but it was extinguished before it got to them.


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Phyllis Doyle 13 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi Patricia. What a wonderful blessing to spend time with your sister in Austin. So many mixed emotions involved and all born from love. To cry, laugh and hug at times of sorrow is so important and so needed - it is definitely very healing for all. You and your sister look so much alike and it is obvious how much you love and support each other. You both are in my thoughts and prayers for continued healing.

I love cacti and your photos of them and all the flowers are beautiful. Thank you for sharing this trip, I enjoyed reading about it.

Love and blessings to you and yours.


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Nell Rose 13 months ago from England

Ah bless you! I hope you both had a wonderful time and made some more lovely memories after the sadness, take care, nell


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Emese Fromm 13 months ago from The Desert

Sounds like a great trip, though a lot of driving. Your excitement about the cacti and the roadrunner reminded me of my very first trip to Arizona; I felt the same way. It's amazing how beautiful this dry land can be.

I'm happy for you to be able to spend time with your sister, sounds like you both needed it (I shared a tear or two along the way). What a wonderful bond!

Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them and your story.


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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

What a wonderful trip. I was smiling while reading the entire account. You would be a kick to travel with. Next road trip, PS, has to be to Olympia. :)

blessings, hugs and the love of friendship heading your way

bill

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