“♫ ♬ Take Me Out To The Ballgame … ♫ ♬”

Since we go to another game (Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles) at the ballpark today, I wanted to post a blog I wrote on a different page last year. I love ballgames. It is nice to relax, watching a good and game and hear the guy screaming: “Hotdogs!”, in the ballpark. 😉

August 28, 2016

Today, I celebrate another birthday. Since I enjoy watching local sport teams, Kevin (my husband) went with the girls and me to the Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game. This is our second game we visited of this season. The first game, we visited about four weeks earlier at the End of July.

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The game of the Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians begins in the Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

The Sun was high in the sky; the game went on; and all of a sudden Kevin was holding a baseball in his hands. 😀 Kevin lost some weight over the last months. His fingers got a little bit thinner. And the anniversary ring was flying, while catching the ball. But the ring was found by a lady two rows down, a little bit later. Oh, thank goodness! Because, this was a scary moment. Kevin handed the ball to Katelynn. And now she’s the owner of a baseball played by the Texas Rangers.

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Katelynn is the proud owner of a baseball played by the Texas Rangers.

What a day to spend my birthday in the ballpark. 😉

Here is the video, which shows what happened in the ballgame, before Rougned Odor threw the ball in the stand, and Kevin caught it:

http://m.rangers.mlb.com/tex/video/v1107876683/cletex-lucroy-collects-loose-ball-to-nab-guyer

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July 30, 2017

Texas Ranger Adrian Beltre Joins The 3000 Hits Club

Today, we witnessed a milestone: Adrian Beltre had his 3000th hit in his baseball career. He’s the 31st MLB player to reach this milestone.

The videos can be found here in an article of The Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/07/30/just-because-adrian-beltre-reached-3000-hits-doesnt-mean-you-can-touch-his-head/?utm_term=.569e73afaa43

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Blooms In My Frontyard In July

Last night, we had a thunderstorm coming through North Texas. Sometimes, wind gusts went over 50 mph. It brought some cooler air with it, which was so appreciated this morning. The temperatures were more comfortable in the lower 70s, than in the muggy mid 80s. This was a good opportunity to sent Katelynn and Sara out to clean the pool in the backyard. The storm dropped quite few leaves in the water. The pool had to be taken care off, before algae set in, and we have a perfect habitat for mosquitos.

Since the Texas heat is relentless at this time of the year, the plants were happy to get some good amount of water as well. Between some brown (that’s due to me neglecting my frontyard a little bit lately), I have some flowers blooming in the frontyard. My crape myrtle began to bloom, while I was down with a virus, last week. It was a welcome sight, after being in bed for a few days. ❤ And I’m happy, the milkweed began to bloom as well. Soon, the Monarch butterfly will be on its way south, again. My yard will be a good rest area for the Monarch Highway. 😉

Getting The House Cleaned Up

Yesterday, we were in a furniture store to get new mattresses for Kevin, Sara and me. Since years I want a king size mattress, because our pets like to sleep with us. One year ago, we’ve got Luis. And this dog just loves to play “helicopter”, while he snores on our bed. Not to forget to mention, our cats love to snuggle with us too. Sara needs a whole new bed (frame and mattress). And Katelynn will get our “old” queen size bed. The mattress is still in top shape. And she can get several more years out of it.

We also went tile shopping. Oh boy! I can’t wait for the construction to begin in our house, again … NOT! 😉 When we first purchased our home in 2005, it still had a lot of originality from when it was first built back in 1978. Since I was pregnant with Sara, we always renovated a little bit at the time, when we had extra cash. Over the last eight years we got new windows, fixed the foundation, got a new roof, new sidings, a new bathroom, new appliances for the kitchen, new lights … etc. This year it is time for new flouring and painting. I will do the wall painting myself. That saves us money, and I enjoy it anyway. When we make it a family project, it is even more fun.

Well, since we are in the process to move the furniture out of the way, this is a good opportunity to get rid of some clutter, that accumulated over the last 12 years. And let me tell y’all: it feels good to get rid of some of the stuff. Not only does it free up some space, it also frees my mind. Some of it will be donated; other stuff just needs to go in the trash. It’s that plain and simple. After cleaning the master bedroom for a while, I had to take a break and sit in backyard this afternoon. While I sat there and enjoyed my refeshing peach-mango juice, I saw this little Ceraunus Blue Butterfly sitting on a wilted stem of my calendula flowers.

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Ceraunus Blue Butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Trumpet Vine

When we first moved into our house, there were about five trumpet vine plants lined up on one side along the fence. It looked pretty, but also made a big mess. These plants, when not taking care of by someone, who knows how to trim them, will be very invasive. By Autumn, they begin to self-seed. And the following Spring there will be a lot of little trumpet vine plants all over the yard (which btw will be hard to pull out of the ground, because their roots are rooting very deep).

Last year our neighbor and Kevin got so sick of trumpet vines, while mowing the lawns. We decided to get rid of them. It also meant, my little hummingbirds might not come around as much as they used to visit. I planted some red salvia and fire bush for my hummers a couple of years, ago. There is still plenty of nectar for them in Spring thru Autumn. But the trumpets were always the attracting flowers, before these little birds realized, there is more variety in our yard.

My neighbor still has trumpet vines on the other side of the fence, bordering his neighbor. So, sometimes I sneak a peek, if I can see some bumble bees and hummingbirds near the blossoms. Last night, I wasn’t lucky with either. But I could capture some photos of the trumpets themselves.