Hammerhead Harvey – Update

Just wanted to share a few more photos with y’all. We are hoping to hear from an insurance adjuster today to arrange a meeting time on Thursday or Friday.

Fingers X’d

Our Friend Snapped This One With Her iPhone

…And This One With Her Canon T3 Rebel

Screen Capture From A Youtube Video

When attempting to reach FEMA a moment ago, the wait time was 136 minutes. Wow!

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Hammerhead Harvey

So much destruction, devastation, and despair. Luckily we were intelligent enough to get the heck out of there before it made landfall. I’m certainly glad we didn’t stay there in our RV; as it is now laying on its side. Could you imagine laying in bed as it went over? Boy Howdy… that would not be my idea of anything close to fun.

I happened across a YouTube video (Talk about finding a needle in a haystack) that gave us the indication of our trailers current status. Our RV park is at a 100% loss. It’s been featured on numerous news outlets as well as other digital media sites. What an absolute bummer; to be sure. I can only hope that all of those involved in this enormous mess find moments of peace and comfort in such the tragedy.

Red arrows outlining our RV on its side. There’s even one completely upside down among this mess 😦

Below is the YT Video from which I captured the screenshot above. Our park is featured from 2:25 to 2:38 –

We are currently safe (not so sure about sound) in Kerrville, Texas 😉

Coastal Oak Shrooms

A Coastal Oak Tree next to our neighbors RV pad had to be removed most recently. You could tell that it wasn’t doing so well just by looking at it. It was basically hollow from its base up to about five feet. It also had a very large colony of fire ants within it. Ouch! What caught my interest in this particular tree was the fact that it was still thriving above all of its rot and infestations. But alas… The management said the tree had to go because it could fall down and cause property damage and/or personal injury. I ultimately didn’t favor this tree being terminated, but I’m not the one who owns this place or the liabilities thereof. Bye-bye mighty Coastal Oak. It’s been nice knowing you for this short period of time.

On the brighter side of things… I am very grateful that this mighty tree left me with a few memories before its demise. One example of a lasting memory (-pictures or it didn’t happen-) are the smallest mushrooms I have ever seen growing on a tree, or anywhere else for that matter. I tried using the search engines to find out what kind of shrooms these were, but I didn’t have any luck. I know — I’ll name them Mini-Me-shrooms 🙂

Another memory from this tree: Previously to the above photos, there was one I snapped of what I think is a Chicken Of The Forest (Laetiporus sulphureus), growing between the bottom branches.

However,  I’m not entirely sure. Which brings me to my next point… Many mushrooms are poisonous and some are deadly poisonous. If you’re not sure what you’re messing with, maybe it’s best not to mess with it at all. Don’t you agree? I agree with myself. Does that count?

Have a good’n y’all 😉

Laughing Gull Chicks

I was at the beach capturing some images of Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) chicks on Thursday morning. I get a text around 10:24 AM from Silke asking me if we had lost power here. I text her back… “I dunt know at beach 2 take pics of chicks.” After what I thought was my reply, I started thinking… Um… That didn’t sound too good. Oh well. She should know me well enough by now that I meant baby seagulls, not some summer hotties in scantily clad bathing suits. Right?

My name is Luka – I live on the second floor 🎶

Anyways… She calls me on her lunch break:

S: Did you get my texts?
D: Yes I did dear.

S: Did the power go off there?
D: Well… The clocks aren’t reset so I’d say no.

D: Did you get the text that I sent you?
S: No. I didn’t get any text from you.

D: Hum. That’s odd. I’m fairly sure I hit the send button. I’ll have to check it out when I get off the phone with you.

Continuing our lunchtime conversation, I told to her what I had sent to her. I’m like, “You do know that I mean seagull chicks… Right?” She says, “Sure you do honey.” After a quick laugh together we ended our convo by wishing each other a good afternoon. After our Afternoon Delight Polite, I checked my messages to find out why she didn’t receive my text. It was a rather simple explanation as you may notice; via the screen capture above – I simply didn’t tap on the send button. Doh!

No matter. I got a strong alibi. The following images are all the proof anybody should require of what kind of chicks I was really taking pictures of 😉

Who is that guy over there and what is he doing?

A young’n learning the ropes.

Mom… mom… mom… mom… dad?

Enjoying the pleasures of a salt life.

About Cute

Splish splash, this baby’s taking a bath

An adult LG getting in on some cooling down action.

It’s been a scorcher here lately. Y’all staying cool and comfortable? I sure hope so.

Happy Friday and have yourselves a nice weekend 😀

The Spaghetti Sauce Gods

Were smiling upon us…

Moved our mixing spoon and Voilà 🙂

Thank goodness for outdoor cookers in a hot and humid environment. No need to add any additional heat to the inside of your already hot dwelling 😉

Sauce Ingredients (Base) —>> H-E-B Organics Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce, (+) additional 15 oz Del Monte® tomato sauce.

Vegetables Added: AURORA BITES® Mini Peppers, Garlic, Jalapeno, Red Onion, and Monterey Baby Bella mushrooms

Meat: 1 lb of Honeysuckle White® 93% Lean Ground Turkey

Spices: Himalayan Pink Salt & Black Pepper

Pasta: Sam’s Choice Bronze Cut Spaghetti Pasta (Product of Italy)

Darn good with a slight kick to it. Yum 🙂

My Love Affair With Nature

I’m madly in love with nature. It never judges me or tells me that I am not worthy. It could care less about the color of my skin, what I look like (goofy for sure), how I dress (even goofier), how much money I (don’t) have, or even what kind of car I drive. It simply accepts me just the way that I am. Nature is the most beautiful and unconditional gift that just keeps on giving 😀

Regarding the mention of my sincere gratitude above…

I was sitting at my computer one day in early May, watching a little baby squirrel incautiously roaming about. My first thought was, “Oh… How adorable.” My second thought was… “Oh crap… The Cat.” It was at the end of my second thought that I looked outside again to discover that the cat already had the squirrel by the tail, pulling it off of a tree. I knew that I probably shouldn’t intervene, but I just couldn’t let that cat get the best of a cute little critter. Out the door I go and I mean like pronto.

Making a beeline around the backside of our RV to the potential murder scene, I took off my flip-flops and started to clap them together as loud as I could. As well as making the excessive flip-flop noise, I began yelling, “No Clip. Let go Clip. Bad cat Clip!” My actions certainly got the cats attention, but it ultimately didn’t let go of the squirrel. The only way I was finally able to separate the squirrel from the cats clutches was to use one of my flip-flops and take a couple of swaths at Clip’s backside. After this extraordinary effort on my part, Meester El Gato finally decided to vacate the immediate area. I walked back to the base of the tree to find the baby squirrel in an obvious state of shock. The expression on this little creatures face along with its little clasped hands reminded me of someone in deep prayer.

(Disclaimer): Besides human beings, I have been known to talk to other entities in this physical world of ours. What’s that? You think that I might be a little silly for talking to a squirrel? Alright then… Go ahead and judge me. Label me what you will. Nature cares not 😉

While keeping a watchful eye on the cat in its current location, I bent down to ask the little varmint if it was okay. Initially it didn’t move at all. It was just laying there on its back, hands clasped, with a wide-eyed and blank-stare. Its complete inaction made me think that it might actually be dead. I began to look it over for any wounds or bleeding. I didn’t see any life-threatening wounds or any blood at all. Hum..? So I continued to talk to it when all of the sudden, the squirrel snapped out of its near-death-trance and moved up the tree a bit. I looked at the little bugger and said, “You better get out of here before that cat comes back to  get you.” It just hung there and stared at me until I finally looked at it and said, “Well?” It was after this last subtle voicing from me that the little one finally continued upward to the top of the Coastal Oaks.

I’m not completely sure if this is the same little critter as mentioned above or not. However, while following it around and capturing the images below, it wasn’t startled by me nor my close proximity to it at all. In my recollection, it was I who was a little startled by its close proximity to me. After all, it is a WILD ANIMAL with some sharp teeth and sharp claws. Regardless of the potential dangers, this close encounter of a natural kind left me to wonder… Could this possibly be the same little life that I had assisted before? My own question led me to do a little research on these little creatures. While in process… I happened to find out a lot of interesting things that I never knew before my encounter with this particular fox squirrel.

Excuse me… Who are you and what is that thing you’re pointing at me?

Standing Tall

Snacking on some previously hidden booty.

Nature sharing the love. Do you see the shape of a heart? I do 🙂

It was very hot and humid on this particular day.  The little one decided to sprawl out in a shady area.

The great cherry tomato thief caught in the act.

Just hanging out while enjoying the green cherry tomato it stole from our neighbors

Excuse me Sir… Can I help you with something?

Alright human… that’s enough pictures for the day!

One thing I do know… It’s fascinating to me when pondering the possibility of somehow making a difference (no matter how big or small) in this world. Just putting forth the effort to brighten this place up a bit brings a simple joy to my heart.

BTW – I would appreciate it if y’all didn’t let my significant other know of my affair with nature. Can we  please just keep this between us? It’ll be our little secret. Okay? I wouldn’t want to break her ❤ or someth… Wait a second… She reads my blog. Doh! Well at least it’s all out in the open and I no longer have to hide it from her. Phew! My shoulders feel much lighter now 😉

Hope y’all have a nice week ahead…

Port A Pictures

There are a lot of gray days round these parts. Whenever I get to witness some of that beautiful blue color in-between a few fluffy cotton balls, I’m a happy camper. Needless to say, I wasn’t much into the capturing of images on this beautiful day.  However, I did snap a few to share with you. Besides taking a walk on the beach, there’s much more for you to explore in Port A 😀

Keepers – Port Aransas – Fishing Pier

I’m appreciative of natures patterns

Ouch! Watch your step.

A lot of folk fish off of this Jetty

Looks like a pretty sweet boat. There are a lot of those around here

There’s a machine off of the coast of Port A that captures these soft white clouds & makes Q-tips out of them 🙂

A sure sign that you just might be on a Texas beach.

I just like capturing moments under a pier

I would imagine that this place supplies its visitors with some really nice coastal views.

I guess my senses did not require any unnecessary stimuli while in my own little world. It’s difficult for me to pay attention to piddly things when I’m busy navigating my way through the blue skies. I wouldn’t want to run into a airplane or anything. I’m fairly sure that would hurt like heck.

You may say I’m a dreamer… and you’d be right 😉