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Fall is coming! Fall is coming! August 31, 2009

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Sometime last week (I think it was Thursday), a “cool” front came through Central Texas. While it isn’t exactly “cool” by any means, except a night, it certainly has made it less hot! We have taken a break from those continuous triple digit highs and are now in the lower to mid 90’s. While most people tend to think that it is still hot while in the 90’s, it is like a sigh of relief for us Texans. After 60+ days with temperatures over 100*, 90’s are a pretty exciting thing!

Last night, around 7 pm, we took Zeus outside to play in his pool. As I stepped outside, it felt like Spring! It wasn’t humid or muggy. It wasn’t unbearably hot. It was so nice and had a little cool breeze blowing through! I didn’t want to go inside. But since Zeus got too excited and wanted to bite, we had to bring him inside. Another exciting factor is that somewhere in Indiana yesterday at like 1PM, they were at 64*! And leaves are starting to fall in other parts of the country. Yippie!

That means Fall is coming sooner (since we had such an early Summer) and that gets me excited! Goodbye flip flops, hello hoodies! While I could live in flip flops, I patiently wait for the day I can get rid of shorts and wear pants, sweaters, and my lovable hoodie. I love the feel of a chilly Fall as it sends a chill up and down my spine. I love the cool wind blowing my long black hair across my face, making my face cool. I love seeing all the trees change color. I love seeing all the little woodland (okay, city woodland) creatures come out and gather their food for the winter. And early Fall also means one thing- an early Winter! That would mean that by the time our birthday rolls around in December, it should be frigid- just like when I was younger!

I cannot tell you how excited I am that Fall is finally coming! Summer was too hot. We had little to no rain. We couldn’t take Zeus out very often (except in the evening) because of the heat so he had a lot of pent up energy in the house. All the cats did was sleep. Maybe now we can take Zeus out a couple of times a day and the cats will start running around like they used to. Yippie! Fall is coming! Fall is coming!

TB Articles: The Summer Heat August 24, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in fun, Ideas, learning, life, Seasons, summer, thoughts.
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NOTE: I have decided that I am going to start writing “articles” so that my readers don’t get bored with the same posts over and over again. Not only that, it will help me develop better writing skills for when I go to college. If you need more information about the articles, refer to “TB Articles“. If you are interested in becoming a guest writer for Texas Banter, refer to this page.

The temperature is rising over 100*, the sun is burning down from the clouds, and you’re hot- very hot. You’re so hot, you DREAM of the day that cooler weather arrives. Having lived in Texas my whole life, I have become somewhat of an expert on trying to stay cool. While they might not work for everyone, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try, right?

If you’re inside and it seems like your house isn’t cooling as it should, think water. Gather up several plastic water bottles, fill them with water, and put them in the freezer. After 4 hours in the icebox, move them to the fridge and grab one for yourself. You now have cold water available for “on-the-go” and it’s a lot easier than trying to lug a gallon of cold water out of the fridge just to fill up a glass. It becomes so helpful, especially if you’re doing chores and you find yourself getting sweaty. You don’t want to become dehydrated even if you don’t feel hot because the symptoms can be fatigue, and many think that they are tired because of the chores. In most cases, it’s that they are dehydrated. Aside from keeping you hydrated, the cold water will cool your core temperature down a few degrees, and it help you from feeling physically hot.

Since our house doesn’t have insulation, it tends to get burning hot in the Summer and near-dead freezing in the Winter. In the Summer, when the temperature in the room is 83*, I like to use the shower. I don’t mean taking a shower. I mean getting my hair wet by bending over the edge of the tub with my head under the shower. I don’t panic if my clothes get wet because I know that eventually I will end up sitting in front of a fan or air conditioner, making me feel a lot cooler. I suggest that you don’t do it every hour or too frequently because you can end up with a heat rash. While they can be treated by topical baby rash cream, they are kinda painful. Also with that, you can actually get too chilled if your core temperature drops drastically low in such a short amount of time.

I’m sure that I don’t need to remind you what to do if you’re outside- it’s on the news all the time! You know the drill: drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks, if you get too hot, move to an air conditioned building, etc. It’s been ingrained in us since we were little. But another thing they don’t tell you is not to soak your whole body, including your clothes. This will bring on one mean heat rash that is extremely painful. Those are worse than the ones you received from “wetting your hair” too much. Also, the reflection of the sun can intensify the sun’s burning rays, making you sunburn a lot quicker and a lot worse than without the soaked clothes and skin.

Let’s face it- Summer is here for a few more weeks. If none of the suggestions haven’t worked, then maybe we should look to Summer’s best friend- ice cream! Now there’s an activity I can enjoy!

Summer Memories August 10, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in Feelings, life, memories, music, summer, thoughts.
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I’m gonna take you back to about 2003 or 2005. It was July 4th and we were out at the Waco 4th of July event. Besides the fireworks as the main event, country singer/songwriter Anthony Smith was performing. He has written hits for many country artists including George Straight and Trisha Yearwood.

Anyways, I was first in line after his performance at his bus to meet him. I watched the fireworks from there and not even 5 minutes after the fireworks ended, Anthony and his band members walked out of the bus. One member said “I can’t believe we missed them!”. Anthony walks up to me and asks my name. I told him my name and handed him a picture to sign. I ask him if I could take a picture with him (since I had already taken pictures with Blake Shelton, Cory Morrow, and Pat Green years before). He was so nice, he gave me another hug after the picture!

The next day, Monday, I received a check from Country Music Weekly for a survey I sent in. I cashed it and ended up buying his CD. I thought it was really weird that I received the check the day after I met him! Unfortunately, the picture of him and I are in a photo album that’s stashed somewhere so I can’t show you.

That was one of the coolest Summers I remember! Do you have a cool favorite Summer memory?

More Christmas in July June 16, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in blog, Blogging, blogs, Christmas, family, Giveaways, holidays, summer, winter.
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More Christmas in July! If everything turns out just like we want it, we’ll have product reviews, giveaways, shopping ideas so you can get all your Christmas shopping done before the Holiday rush, craft ideas, and maybe some decorating ideas!

We are still looking for a few more sponsors to help us with giveaways. If you are interested in sponsoring one of our Christmas in July product reviews/giveaways, please refer to PR Information and look for “Event PR”.

If you are a blogger wanting to participate in this year’s “Christmas In July” event, please refer to the following (from Confetti Dreams):

  • # Through out July (starting the 1st and ending the 31st), create a few posts that deal with Christmas. This can be your favorite memory, your favorite/least favorite gift, craft ideas, recipes, reviews, or giveaways. You can get as creative as you want!
  • # Before each post, either put “Christmas in July” or “CIJ” so we know which post to look for.
  • # Confetti Dreams might have the cheap version of Mr Linky, so once you are done posting, you can post it there.
  • # By the end of this week, Confetti Dreams will have made a button for every participating blogger to place on their blog. Confetti Dreams will of course put it in this post so you can see it and grab it.

Any blogs that are interested but have more questions, e-mail me at texasbanter@ymail.com with the subject “CIJ Participating” and I will get back to you as soon as I can. We are still working with sponsors for giveaways and product reviews. If you have any ideas for sponsors to contact, shoot us an e-mail the aforementioned with the subject “CIJ Sponsor Idea”.

Any problems with Mr. Linky will result in a post on Confetti Dreams with a list of participating blogs.

Christmas In July… June 14, 2009

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The Texas Summer has shown it’s ugly face and it looks as if it is to stay, which I am not thrilled about. So I try EVERYTHING to keep myself cool from the triple-digit heat that seems to be plaguing this side of the country this early in the season- frozen water, daily baths, jumping in the shower with all my clothes on, dreaming of Christmas, watching Christmas movies (or movies that have some Christmas in them), and even sticking my face in front of the air conditioner because it’s just so darn hot!

So Manders came up with a brilliant idea to beat the heat, even if it’s in our minds- a Christmas in July blog event between the two of us! There will be product reviews and & giveaways, craft ideas, early-shopping ideas, and who knows what else!

I know it’s a little too early to be thinking about Christmas when temperatures are soaring about 100*, but c’mon, just the thought of snow makes me want Christmas to hurry up and get here! Hell, I’ve even started thinking of what I could get a family member for Christmas or what Manders might like! Maybe I’ll actually get it all done in time.

So besides my regular babbling and product giveaways (that would be in no relation to the “Christmas in July” even), on July 1st, keep your peepers open for Christmas posts to keep you cool until the weather changes to Fall, and then, well, you get the idea.

If any other bloggers would like to join us for this even, please contact us at texasbanter@ymail.com or orchestratenoise0726@yahoo.com with the subject “Join CIJ”.

Summertime… May 27, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in fall, family, Feelings, life, random, rant, Siblings, sisters, summer, thoughts, twins.
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Call me crazy, but I think I am one of those Texans that absolutely hates the Summertime.

Yes, I am not a fan of Summer. When a Texas Summer can reach over 100* every day, all you want to do is sleep in a tub full of ice. It’s too hot to do much of anything outside without being drenched in sweat. Even Zeus and that kitties complain that it’s too hot. I guess if I had fur, I would too.

Then again, I do look forward to a few things every time Summer tolls around. I love the 4th of July fireworks. They’re so beautiful against the Texas sky on a hot Summer night. I also enjoy getting into water fights against Manders with the water hose. EVERY Summer, we have water fights and have been doing so since we were little. It’s a great way to cool off and it’s super fun! We end up getting soaking wet but it’s a small price to pay for family fun!

Other than that, I prefer to stay somewhere there is an air conditioner. If I have to go out, I always have shorts, flip flops, and sunglasses on. I live for the day I can wear flip flops once again. I would wear them 365 days out of the year if I could. I know it’s not exactly stylish but when the temperature reaches 110* in August, you can’t exactly go out in public in your skivvies.

I am counting the day until I can put away the shorts (keeping the flip flops) and put on a sweater. I live for the Fall Season and even though it’s not even June yet, I cannot wait until the first cool front comes through to make my body send chills down my spine and my nose tingle with the scent of Fall. Maybe that’s something to look forward to.