Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Beautiful Cats

This is the prettiest of the strays. She is the little girl I had spayed a few weeks ago. If you look closely you can see the notch they took off of her left ear to indicate she has been fixed.
I have to take pictures from inside the patio door so the quality isn't great but you can still see what a beautiful seal point siamese kitten she is. Her mother is a tiger cat with white paws so she isn't a real siamese kitten but she and her brother could pass.

Here are the 2 siamese kittens when they were younger. The boy is a little fluffier than the girl. I haven't taken him in to be neutered yet.

The 2 siamese kittens are waiting for the gray kitty I call Cinza to finish eating before they will eat. Cinza has been fixed too.

UPDATE: I had the beautiful little boy siamese kitten neutered on Saturday.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Our Summer "Orphan"

My sister and I used to joke about the summer our grandmother got an orphan for us. I'm sure it wasn't a joke to little girl who stayed with us for a week or so one summer while we were visiting our grandparents in Bryan. Her name was Pamela and she came from the Texas Baptist Children's Home in Round Rock, Texas and she wasn't really an orphan. Her family was probably in crisis and left the children at TBCH while they tried to resolve what ever issues they were having. I'm not sure why, but the TBCH must have farmed out some of the children to families thinking it would be nice for the children to have a vacation. I doubt if they could get away with something like that now without a home study but back then it was enough if you attended a Baptist church. Judging from the picture, Pamela was around my age and I remember having a good time playing with her.The main thing I remember though was when her parents came by to pick her up. She was so happy to see them that she started crying. Really, really crying. I didn't understand this at the time but looking back it's easy to imagine how frightened she must have been, first to be dropped off at an orphanage and then to be separated from her siblings when she was shipped off to a strange home for a few weeks. I think about her from time to time and wonder what happened to her and to her family. I'm so glad I found this picture of the 3 of us.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Feral Cats

After trying for months I finally managed to get all of the female feral cats at my apartment complex spayed. I took the tiger kitty in yesterday to SNAP and she is recovering at home right now. I'm planning to trap the male Friday or Saturday and take him in on Saturday morning. There are also 2 kittens who are still a little too young so I'll wait a month or so for them.
SNAP is a great non-profit that does low cost spaying and neutering. I wouldn't have been able to do this for the 6 strays without their help. My vet wanted to charge me $623 for one female. SNAP charges $50. They also have a wellness clinic and several mobile spay/neuter vans in Houston and San Antonio. Here is a link to their site:

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Here is a picture of me and my sister with our cousins Russell Dan, Eileen, and Beverly Herring. It was taken in front of our house on Drummond. A few years later I would be the flower girl at Eileen's wedding to Jerry Paul Cobb.

Here I am again with my mother. I love her bangs and long dangly earrings.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cotton Farmer

A little known fact about me:
When I was 7 years old I was a successful cotton farmer. In the summer of 1960 while visiting my Aunt Vada and Uncle Robert in Raymondville, Texas, my uncle, who worked in a cotton gin, brought some cotton home to show me. I asked him if I could have the seeds to plant and even though all the adults told me I would never be able to grow cotton in my back yard in Houston, I persisted and grew the beautiful cotton plant seen in this picture.
My uncle also got me interested in coin collecting. Every night he would bring home a few rolls of pennies and we would look through them for wheat pennies. Back then they weren't so scarce so it wasn't unusual to find 3 or 4 in a roll of 50. I still to this day have a nice collection of pennies and always keep wheat pennies when I find one.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

End of Summer

My summer is coming to an end soon as Fondren Library will start regular hours this weekend. I've enjoyed my Sundays off and have finished a lot of projects I have wanted to do for a long time. My biggest accomplishment was a huge photo organization project. I'm happy to report that every single picture in my house is now organized in an album and all the newspaper clippings and mementos are in acid free envelopes in a binder. Since my blog is now mostly about family this really helps when I am looking for a particular picture.
I also organized my books and got rid of quite a few. Same with clothes. I'm hoping this will make my next move a little easier. I'm still looking for a condo to buy but haven't really found anything I love in my price range. I'm also considering moving to Austin in a few years but don't know how practical that is job wise.
My diet is finally on track. I went to a Dr. a few weeks ago and found out my thyroid wasn't functioning as well as it should. I've now been on some pills for a little over 2 weeks and have finally started losing weight. I'm sure I could lose more if I could start walking again with the dogs but with triple digit temperatures it's too hot right now even in the mornings.
I've given up coffee and almost all sugar. I still get a little caffeine and sugar in my Mango Acai White Tea (Honest Tea) that I have for lunch. My diet consists mostly of fresh fruits, fresh pressed vegetable juice, and tofu or beans. I'm 99% vegan and may never be 100% because I would like to be able to have an occasional cookie or maybe a little cheese on something when I eat out. Probably no more than once a month though. I'm also addicted to Annie's Organic Honey Wheat Pretzel Bunnies and honey isn't vegan. I try not to buy these too often and always end up sharing with the dogs because they love them too.
The pups are doing well and I'm trying to trap all the stray cats in the complex and have them spayed or neutered at SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program). So far I have had one female cat done, the slate gray kitty I call Cinza. I believe there is a picture of her on my blog. She had been pregnant a few months ago but never got real big so I assumed she had miscarried when she showed up one day not pregnant. Last night an older kitten who obviously belongs to her showed so I guess she had him/her well hidden. Fortunately the kittens will go in the trap willingly for food. The tiger mother cat is the one I'm having trouble tricking into the trap.
I've stopped watching the news because it's too depressing. I now watch all the cooking shows and HGTV shows plus some shows on Bravo. I love Rocco's Dinner Party on Bravo, Chopped on The Food Network, Design Star on HGTV, and Food Network Star. I guess I'm getting old. This reminds me of my father watching the Weather Channel. I used to tease him about this. Now I've become him.
Houston is HOT. Water mains are bursting all over the city and it takes the city weeks to fix them. One just broke on my street on Sunday. Water rationing begins next week I think and we have all been asked to limit electrical use between 4 and 7 pm to avoid rolling blackouts. I usually turn the thermostat up to 80 when I get home so the AC doesn't come on and then turn it back down before I go to bed. The apartment doesn't get nearly as hot as my old house and my electric bill was only $107 this month. Pretty low considering what other people are paying.
I hope we get some rain soon and some relief from the heat.
Back to work.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Arthur L. Huebner was born on December 1, 1890 and married my grandmother Sarah Effie on December 31, 1922. His nickname was Dutch but I always called him Scoby. I have no idea where that name came from but that has always been his name to me. If you were an Aggie in the 1950's or 60's, possibly earlier than that, you probably had your hair cut by Scoby. He worked as a barber right across the street from A & M. I remember going there a few times and seeing all the Aggies with their very short haircuts, a requirement at the time I believe.
Scoby was a wonderful man from a very colorful Shiner, Texas family and a really terrific grandfather. He was also a good stepfather to my father and probably provided some much needed stability for him at the time.

These two pictures below were taken during the Bryan, Texas Centennial Celebration in the 1960's. The men were required to grow beards and the men and women were required to wear period costumes when they went downtown. I loved Scoby's beard and asked him to save the whiskers for me when he shaved them. I kept them for many years in an envelope in my jewelry chest.
Ninie and Scoby.

Here he is in front of his barber shop.

Scoby with my father.