2023 · Connecticut · Imbolc · New York · Pennsylvania · Texas · USA · Wheel of The Year

National Groundhog Day 2023

Groundhog in Whirlpool State Park

Traditionally the groundhog awakens from his nap for a nice welcomed break during the winter to see if he can see his shadow. Many believe if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If this is so, he retreats into his den and goes back to sleep. However, if he does not see his shadow, the groundhog remains outside to play, and people celebrate, believing spring is just around the corner.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, has hosted the annual Groundhog day event. Thousands of people come to the town of Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day for this day of celebration.

  • Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow: Pedicts six more weeks of Winter
  • Connecticut’s Chuckles didn’t see his shadow: Predicts an early Spring
  • Texas Bee Cave Bob is an armadillo and predicts an early Texas Spring

Happy National Groundhog Day!

2023 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Wildlife Wednesday

Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos)

The Pearl Crescent is a butterfly of North America. It is found in all parts of the United States except the west coast, and throughout Mexico and parts of southern Canada, in particular Ontario. Its habitat is open areas such as pastures, road edges, vacant lots, fields, and open pine woods. Its pattern is quite variable. Males usually have black antenna knobs. Its upperside is orange with black borders; postmedian and submarginal areas are crossed by fine black marks. The underside of the hindwing has a dark marginal patch containing a light-colored crescent.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_crescent

2023

International Zebra Day 2023

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International Zebra Day is observed every year on January 31. With their natural environment diminishing and increasing human development, these gentle animals are in danger. When habitats are threatened, animals, too, become endangered. International Zebra Day is all about raising awareness and what you can do to help in the conservation of this animal. Zebras are mostly found on the African continent, in the semi-desert areas of Kenya and Ethiopia, and the hilly areas of Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. You can easily identify a zebra by its unique black and white stripes.

Happy International Zebra Day!

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2023

My 19th Immigration Anniversary

Today it has been 19 years ago, I Β immigrated to the United States of America. I remember sitting with Katelynn (she was a little less than 4 months old) in my arms in O’Hare (Chicago International Airport), and I had only 22 US pennies in my pants pockets. I was very excited, but also a little bit scared. Because I did not know what the future would bring to us. While Kevin was calling his parents in NC, I looked out the window at the skyline of Chicago. I was thinking to myself: β€œOmg, what have I done, now? I’m over 4,000 miles away from home, with no money in my pockets, and no job lined up. I just hope, everything will work out alright!” Kevin was working long days and went to school at night. In the meantime, I took care of the baby. Better work came with Kevin’s education. About 18 months after my immigration, we could afford a small house in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas.

Now 19 years later, having a house full of kids, dogs, cats, a backyard, and a car, in Connecticut, I still have β€œno money” in my pockets. After the bills are paid, there is usually not much left. I learned there are a lot of greatΒ people in both places, my home and my home of choice. I traveled all over the US to enjoy the different mentality and hospitality of these states. I also enjoyed the landscapes this country provides to all of us. Here, I look back to close to two decades of a great journey. Now I’m excited to see, what the next 19 years will have in store for me and my family.Β 

People frequently like to ask me this question: β€œBut you do get the chance to get home and visit family and friends quite often, don’t you?” I have to disappoint y’all. I came here and never went back. And I never regretted my decision, either.

2023 · Christmas Season · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (9)

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Winter Wonderland On Christmas Day 2012

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2023 · Days of The Week · Flower Friday · In Our Garden · On Our Property

Dutch Iris

Dutch iris (Iris Γ— hollandica) is a hybridΒ bulbous iris. Its name does not reflect its place of origin but rather the Dutch people who hybridized it.Β Iris xiphium, the parent species associated with the Dutch iris comes from Spain and Portugal. The 3- to 4-inch flowers are usually multi-colored. Blue, bluish-purple, white, bronze, rose, gold and yellow are the most common colors.

https://www.thespruce.com/growing-dutch-irises-5101138

2023 · Winter Wonderland

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Snow on Christmas Day 2012

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2023 · On Our Property

Squirrel Appreciation Day 2023

Originally a creationΒ byΒ Christy Hargrove, National Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21 is a day to learn about and celebrate the world’s cutest rodents. Here’s the thing about squirrels: some people hate them and say that they’re an β€œinvasive species.” But can those people leap across a space ten times the length of their body? Didn’t think so.Β 

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

2023

Penguin Awareness Day 2023 πŸ§

Penguin Awareness Day is observed on January 20 every year and while we are certainly aware of how adorable these flightless birds are, the dwindling number of penguins needs more attention. The rapidly shrinking population of penguins every year goes mostly unnoticed because their natural habitat is usually where humans don’t live. Penguin Awareness Day is a great initiative to raise awareness on this crucial matter, and also enjoy fun penguin-themed activities.

2023 · Days of The Week · Throwback Thursday · Winter Wonderland

Texas Snow Day In January ~ 2013

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In mid-January of 2013, we weren’t expecting snow that day. Even FOX4’s Head Meteorologist, Dan Henry, said what a surprise it was getting snow. But in Texas, the weather is possible and very unpredictable. It can say light rain on the radar. And then we end up with snow the following morning. The birds were all fluffed up to stay warm in the cold breeze. Katelynn liked it. She didn’t have to school and could play with her little sister in the snow that day.

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2023

My 6-Year US-Citizenship Anniversary

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As an American citizen, I’m proud to be a part of this great country!

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2023 · Days of The Week · Wildlife Wednesday

Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

Male flame skimmers are known for their entirely red or dark orange body, which includes eyes, legs, and even wing veins. Females are usually a medium or darker brown with some thin, yellow markings. This type of skimmer varies in size but is generally measured between two and three inches long. These naiads are known for being rather large and chubby-looking due to their rounded abdomen. They are covered with hair but, unlike most young dragonflies, they lack hooks or spines.

2023 · Days of The Week · My Travel Journal · Texas · Travel Tuesday · USA

State Park of Texas: Fair Park, Dallas: A Visit At The Texas Discovery Gardens 2012 (1)

Every time, we visit the State Fair of Texas we can’t miss out on the Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park. The girls love to see the flowers outdoors and the Butterfly House. This year, they had a special treat for Katelynn at their expo: Snakes, spiders, and bugs. Katelynn loves all these creepy crawlies. There were some venomous snakes and hairy-legged spiders. Not to forget to mention the cockroaches. Thank goodness, they have been locked in their terrariums. I like them much better when there is a protective glass between those critters and me.

… to be continued …

2023 · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (6)

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Winter In Our Texas Neighborhood ~ 2011

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2023 · Days of The Week · Throwback Thursday

A Sunny January Afternoon In Texas ~ 2013

I miss those warmer January days in North Texas. Don’t get me wrong, Texas can have some cold Winter days. But on a lot of days, it was warm enough to sit on the backyard deck to enjoy wildlife feeding on berries, and watch the clouds go by in the sky. It also was easier to photograph the birds in the trees, in January and February. There was no leaf to obstruct the view.

2023 · Days of The Week · My Travel Journal · Texas · Travel Tuesday · USA

State Fair of Texas, Fair Park, Dallas: A Stroll Through Fair Park ~ 2012 πŸŽ‘

We walked on the fairgrounds to look at some sculptures and go to the Texas Discovery Gardens. Big Tex celebrated his 60th Anniversary at the State Fair of Texas. Unfortunately, 13 days later he burned down to his frame. He had an electrical short in his wiring, which moved his jaw. It was a sad day in Dallas’ History. The following year, he was rebuilt.

… to be continued …

2023 · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (5)

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Texas Snow Day In January 2011

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2022 · Christmas Season · Days of The Week · My Travel Journal · Texas · Throwback Thursday · USA

Christmas Season (Part V) ~ 2012 (1)

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Christmas Season in Texas 2012

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2022 · Days of The Week · My Travel Journal · Texas · Travel Tuesday · USA

State Fair of Texas, Fair Park, Dallas: The Automobile Building 2012 πŸŽ‘

It was the first weekend of October when we visited the State Fair of Texas in 2012. And it was chilly. Most of the time, we avoided the wind and walked into buildings. Since the Automobile Building protected us from the chill, I captured photos of the Mural on the walls along the Esplanade Fountain in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.

History of the Automobile Building:
http://www.texasescapes.com/DallasTexas/Dallas-Texas-Fair-Park-11-Automobile-Building.htm

… to be continued …

2022 · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (4)

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Spring Equinox 2010

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2022 · Christmas Season · Wheel of The Year · Yule

The Christmas Morning of 2022

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The few days before Christmas, I was very homesick. No day went by without me wanting to return to Texas. When Katelynn arrived in Denver, Colorado she called Sara on Christmas Eve. Her box arrived on time. And in that box was a Texas Waffle Maker. Awww, that made my day.

The following day, on Christmas morning, Sara wanted waffles before opening the presents. Our pets had to wait a little bit longer for their new toys. Joshua, Chewbacca, Luis, and Benny were patient. On the other hand, Zoey and Ozzy were going crazy. They wanted to play with the wrapping paper so bad.

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2022 · Christmas Season · Wheel of The Year · Yule

Christmas Day 2022

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Merry Christmas!

May your holidays be happy days,
Filled with love and laughter.
And may each day bring joy your way
in the year that follows after!

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2022 · Christmas Season · Days of The Week · My Travel Journal · Texas · Throwback Thursday · USA

Christmas Season (Part IV) ~ 2010 – 2011

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2010

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In 2010, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara, and I went to our local Christmas Parade again. This time, the girls got a glimpse of Santa. Katelynn was in first grade. Her class had the school play “Santa’s Suit”, where she was the “Lego” Elf. On Christmas Eve, Katelynn lost her first tooth. So, the Toothfairy and Santa visited our home on the same night. Unfortunately, Sara had a bad cold on Christmas Day. She wasn’t too happy. But we made the best out of the situation.

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2011

Santa left apples, oranges, nuts, and candy under the tree. Of course, Sara found the candy first and wanted some. Kevin and I said, she could have some after breakfast. Instead of listening, she was very sneaky, put one in her mouth, and acted like she didn’t know what we were talking about. Lexi was happy, she had a new toy duck, which was shredded by her and Ranger the same day.

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2022 · Days of The Week · Wildlife Wednesday

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Hermit Thrush by the Bittern Marsh Trail in the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)

A bird with a lovely, melancholy song, the Hermit Thrush lurks in the understories of far northern forests in summer and is a frequent winter companion across much of southern North America. It forages on the forest floor by rummaging through leaf litter or seizing insects with its bill. The Hermit Thrush has a rich brown upper body and smudged spots on the breast, with a reddish tail that sets it apart from similar species in its genus.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hermit_Thrush/

2022 · Christmas Season · Wheel of The Year · Winter Wonderland · Yule

Winter Solstice/Yuletide 2022

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The date varies from December 20 to December 23 depending on the year in the Gregorian calendar. Yule is also known as the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere due to the seasonal differences.

Yule is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a bit longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, the sun’s “rebirth” was celebrated with much joy.

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2022 · Days of The Week · My Travel Journal · Texas · Travel Tuesday · USA

A Day In Downtown Dallas, Texas ~ 2011

In November 2011 I met with a friend and her son from Germany in downtown Dallas. This allowed us to do some sightseeing in town. We looked at a lot of buildings like the Fountain Building, the Bank of America Building (the tallest building in Dallas), the Old Red Dallas County Courthouse, the Comerica Bank Building, … etc.

I always wanted to go to the Sixth Floor Museum by Dealey Plaza. In the museum, we were not allowed to photograph. But it was very interesting to look at pictures, read history, and watch videos of Kennedy’s Presidency until the assassination at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963, and the aftermath. No matter, how often I watch those videos I always become a bit sentimental.

2022 · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (3)

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Winter in Texas ~ 2010

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Christmas Season (Part III) ~ 2008 – 2009

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2008

Since Kevin’s homemade Christmas tree got positive feedback, he installed it in 2008, again. The same year, I decorated a Christmas wreath for our girls.

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2009

Sara’s 1st Christmas; She was still so tiny.

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2022 · Alabama · Days of The Week · Florida · Louisiana · Mississippi · My Travel Journal · Travel Tuesday · USA

Driving From Florida To Texas ~ 2011

After almost a week in Walt Disney World, it was time to drive back home. That day, we made it from Buena Vista, Florida all the way to New Orleans. There we had a motel room, and drove through “The Big Easy”. Five and half years later, we still could see the signs of Hurricane Katrina, she left behind. Even our motel room smelled musky from the flooding in August 2005. It was devastating to see all these damages due to the storm.

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2022 · Christmas Season · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (2)

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Christmas 2009

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Christmas Season (Part II) ~ 2006 – 2007

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2006

In the Christmas Season of 2006, Kevin, Katelynn, and I visited California. Since we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Kevin’s grandparents in Anaheim, we stayed an extra day to go to Disneyland.

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2007

In 2007, Kevin installed his first outdoor Christmas tree made of Christmas light chains. Everything was holden up by a PVC pipe.

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… to be continued …

2022 · Days of The Week · In Our Garden · On Our Property · Wildlife Wednesday

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

Ladybirds are perhaps the most well-known and popular of all European beetles, and the seven-spotted ladybird is one of the most common species. The Seven-spotted Lady Beetle is native to Europe and was successfully established in the U.S. in 1973. This rounded beetle has bright red wing cases with seven black spots, although some individuals may have more or fewer spots. The thorax is black with patches of pale yellow at the front corners. The common name of this group of beetles, ‘ladybird’, was originally given to the seven-spot in honor of the Virgin Mary; the red wing cases symbolize the Virgin’s red cloak, with the seven spots representing her seven joys and seven sorrows. The larvae are blackish in color and are active predators of aphids.

2022 · Christmas Season · Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (1) β˜ƒ

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Winter In Texas (2007 – 2009)

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