Sunday, November 27, 2011

Angels for Animals

Rather than buying a tree for Christmas I decided to buy a dog house for an outside dog this year through PETA's "Angels for Animals Program."
To learn more about this program go to:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pictures with Santa

The first 7 pictures were taken at the Foley's in downtown Houston. Foley's always had the real Santa. The last 2 were taken in New Orleans. The snowman in the second to last picture is Mr. Bingle, the Christmas mascot for Maison Blanche. Anyone who grew up in New Orleans will remember the song: Jingle, jangle, jingle here comes Mr. Bingle with another message from Kris Kringle...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Our beautiful, formerly feral kitty enjoying the good life indoors.

How we spent our Thanksgiving

This is how Rosie and I spent our Thanksgiving. We were really thankful that our mom (fourdogmom) was invited over for dinner by some friends from our old neighborhood so we could get some much needed rest.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Victoria and Raphael

Here are 2 turkeys I'm sponsoring through The Farm Sanctuary. Their names are Victoria and Raphael.

To learn more about Farm Sanctuary and maybe sponsor one of their many farm animals go to their website:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hood Brigade Celebration

My grandfather, Arthur L. Huebner is the first person on the left. This picture was probably taken during the Bryan Centennial Celebration.

Huebner Family

When my grandmother married A.L. Huebner my father acquired not only a terrific step-father but a really wonderful and colorful extended family. Although I don't know much about the family history I know the Huebners were a German family from Shiner, Texas. The Huebner name is listed in the Shriner newspaper several times dating back to the late 1800's.
Other than my grandfather, the other Huebners who were an important part of my life were Jo and Eddie Huebner. They had a beautiful old house in the Norhill section of the Heights in Houston decorated with beautiful Victorian furniture. Even though they never had children, their house was full of toys, especially at Christmas and they always welcomed all the neighborhood children and their families to their home during the holidays. I can still remember an electric train that circled their huge Christmas tree. Aunt Jo was a wonderful baker and cook and always had lots of homemade cookies and other goodies to share. They also had an old Victrola and would crank it up and listen to old favorites and dance. I have the Victrola now and it always reminds me of them and the love they had for each other.
Thankfully, my father wrote the names of all the Huebners on the back of these pictures before he died.

From left to right: Laura, A.L. Huebner, Mrs. Huebner, Mr. Huebner, Clara, Norman, Verna.

Mrs. Huebner

Mr. Huebner is the person in the middle behind the bar. According to a note by my father on the back, this picture is in the Texas Museum in San Antonio.

Jo (1906-1984) and Eddie Huebner (1903-1991)

A.L. and O.H. Huebner

Huebner brothers: Norman, Eddie, Arthur, O.H.

Unidentified Huebner brothers.
This is such a great picture I had to include it even though I'm not sure who they are.

Bluecher Lodge No. 20

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Rosie

Rosie turned 12 yesterday. That's 64 in human years. We celebrated with mini-cupcakes from Whole Foods.