Joshua Loves The Christmas Season

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Joshua loves the beautiful Christmas Season. Once, he gets used to the tree being in our house, he enjoys being around it. All these lights and ornaments look so pretty for a cat. And sometimes there is this temptation to play with them. First, Kevin and I were concerned with the cats being around the real tree. But overall, Josh’ and Chewbacca are well behaved around the Fraser Fir. Once in a while, they sniff on the branches while and decide to nap under it for a couple of hours, before it becomes boring and they move on.

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Autumn Ash Tree

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Autumn Ash foliage in the afternoon sun

November is coming to an end, soon. The last days of Autumn have arrived. My neighbor has an Ash tree in her frontyard, which always puts its golden dress on first. Then the other trees will follow to dance in the “Autumn Ball”, until the wind will take their foliage and makes them bare until the beginning of March, when they start to show their beautiful blooms. I take it all in, before it will be all gone and Winter knocks on the door.

Happy 14th Birthday, Lexi!

I wanted to do a little Autumn photo session with Lexi, today. It’s her 14th birthday. But instead of being a well behaved Sheltie, Lexi decided it is more fun to run in circles and roll around in the Autumn foliage. She seems to get more stuck in her ways, at her old age. And that girl can run, when she sees the camera. Where is she still getting all this energy? I guess, competing with Luis, who gets the bigger milk bone and drinking plenty of water (which makes her pee in the house every so often), keeps this 98 doggy-year old lady alive. 😀

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“Pfffft! You are NOT getting a front profile photo of me, today. It’s my birthday! And I do what I want! Rolling around in the leaves is so much more fun.”

Happy 14th Birthday, Lexi!

Autumn Sweet Gum Tree

Across the street, my neighbors have such a beautiful Sweet Gum tree in the frontyard. Every Autumn I wait for the leaves to change their colors, so I can capture photos of it. For the longest time, I had mistaken it for a Maple tree. Due to their seed pots, I got curious and did some research. Soon I found out, I’m not photographing a Maple, but a Autumn Sweet Gum tree all these years.

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UPDATE: One of my followers requested a close up photo of a Sweet Gum seed pod. After digging in my files, I found the photo I’ve captured in 2012. Back then, I picked it up from the ground and looked at it for a bit. It reminded me of a sea urchin or a puffer fish (Mrs. Puffs).

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Autumn Sweet Gum Seed Pod

High School Band Commitments

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Poor ol’ Donald Duck gets mad in this chaos. 😀

This upcoming Saturday, Katelynn will march for the last time this season. In the meantime she’s preparing for auditions, the Christmas Concert, more auditions, daily practice, even more auditions, and not to forget: the Walt Disney World Trip on Spring Break. 🎵🎷🎺🥁🎶

Christmas Straw Ornaments

This year, I wanted an elegant tree in the front room. Since the girls wanted a real tree, I’ve got some Scandinavian straw ornaments in October. The tree looks very pretty with the red, silver and green balls and the white light. It’s lovely and peaceful with the crackling fire in the background. I can’t wait for the arrival of Yuletide/Christmas.

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Autumn Bradford Pear

At the end of November, our Bradford Pear trees look so lovely with all the shades of red, orange, and gold. Their Autumn foliage reminds me of the colors of multi vitamin gummy bears. We have only a very short time of Autumn here in North Texas. Every little bit of color counts for us. And it is also the time, when it is not so hot and before the stronger cold fronts from the Arctic and Canada will come all the way south, again.