The last several days after Christmas, we took a short break and visited Kevin’s family in North Carolina. Katelynn and Sara hadn’t been in Georgia and South Carolina, yet. So, we chose to drive the southern route through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina to get North Carolina. Since it was raining most of the time, we took it easy with the “End of the Year” trip. I captured several photos. But I wasn’t going all out as I usually do, when we go on bigger trips. Here are my favorite ones:
Usually, I don’t go into politics on this blog site. But I would like to remind and encourage everyone, who can vote in the United States and hasn’t voted yet, to go to the polls today. I don’t care, who you vote, but vote please! I did my first voting, today. And I’m very proud of it. It feels good to practice my right and responsibility as an American citizen.
Polls are open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm!
Did you hug a tree, today? Not yet? That’s alright. The little raccoon did it for y’all. Texas Arbor Day is a reminder, that it is time to get the trees planted at this time of the year. With the cooler conditions, a tree can establish better. In the years to come, we can enjoy their shade in Spring throughout most parts of Autumn. Since 2013, we celebrate Texas Arbor Day on the first Friday of November.
After a thunderstorm, we’ve got rewarded with a stunning sunset, back in September 2013.
The weather was so nice, that Sara and I had quite a few adventures in the first week of September 2013. That Friday after Labor Day, we drove to Ray Roberts Lake State Park. The state park is divided in two parts by the lake: Isle Du Bois & the Johnson Branch. Sara and I decided, we’ll drive up to Pilot Point to get to Isle Du Bois. There is a nice lake beach, where Sara could play in the sand for a little bit. But when we arrived, the maintenance vehicle was out there to keep the beach clean and fresh for the following visitors. Sara and I went for a hike instead. We saw a lot of insects. And we even ran into a road runner. This was the second road runner, I’ve seen in the wild. How cool is that?! Wile E. Coyote was nowhere to be seen. 😉
In Carrollton is a little park I love to go for a little walk, after Kevin and I have lunch with him about a block away. There are lots of pecan trees, a pond, lots of squirrels, turtles birds, and a natural bee hive in an old tree trunk. It’s the perfect place to “walk the lunch off”. If you wondered, this is the park where I got the idea from for my blog title. 🙂
Three years ago while the girls were on Summer Break, they ask me if we could go out and do something. Boredom was hitting hard that day. A few days prior I looked up some sights in the metroplex. As I scrolled through the internet, I stumbled over a photo of the Bella Donna Chapel. With plenty of water and some snacks packed up, Katelynn, Sara and I drove to McKinney. The Bella Donna Chapel looked even more stunning, standing in front of the chapel and seeing the interior.
The story behind this beautiful chapel can be found here: https://www.belladonnachapel.com/
The Monarch became the Texas state insect by a 1995 resolution of the state legislature.