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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!

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Christmas in July July 1, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in Christmas, Christmas in July, family, Feelings, Gift Ideas, gifts, holidays, Ideas, life, Product Reviews, Reviews, santa, shopping, thoughts.
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Welcome to the first day of the “Christmas in July” event!

We have a whole month stocked full of early Christmas ideas so you can maybe start getting together your Christmas wishlist, maybe some early shopping ideas, Christmas memories, and ways to decorate for Christmas!

We will also have product reviews AND giveaways! All product reviews and giveaways tied in with “Christmas in July” with have a “CIJ” before the title so you know what to look for. All posts will be listed under “CIJ” on the top just in case you missed it!

Tomorrow, Texas Banter will be holding it’s first “Christmas in July” giveaway and it will be for Dali Decals. So if you are wanting to spruce up your home with some inspirational words or even just a bird (which they have!), don’t forget to enter! It also makes a lovely gift, which you will see in upcoming posts.

Ya know, Christmas is one of my favorite Holidays. While it isn’t my favorite (that title goes to Halloween), it certainly is my next favorite. The cold air just lets know that it is Christmas. I loveseeing the Christmas lights glowing on the outside of homes and the elaborate displays they create. The wrapping paper sparking underneath the Christmas tree. The slow and relaxing sounds of Christmas songs. And spending time with the ones you love.

While we tend to have mild Winters here in Texas, there is no doubt that the cold air that enters your nose as your breath reminds you that Christmas is finally here.

And since the temperature is easily reaching 100* or more, why not cool off your mind with a little Christmas in July?

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”.

How Ironic… June 9, 2009

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As Mom, Manders, Dad, and I were leaving this place we had gone after we picked up Dad from work, I noticed that the truck was getting warmer. True that it was 95 out and our vehicle seems to attract heat like a moth to a bug zapper. So I said that when I get too hot in the dog days of Summer, I think of sweaters of the Fall, snow of the Winter, and turkey on Thanksgiving. While the thought of turkey doesn’t naturally bring the idea of “cold”, Thanksgiving can be nicely cool here. Just the idea of putting on a turtleneck (yes, I own one) and going over to my Grandmother’s house while it is 45* outside just makes me wish Fall would come sooner. Naturally, this sparked conversation between everyone.

rsz_1114677_0465_1_lgTwin had replied with something to the effect of buying a bag of ice and just laying on it. But ice in Texas just doesn’t last very long. Then Dad started saying something about ice and the cooling effect just as I turned my head to look out Mom’s driver side window. What I noticed seemed ironic but yet, creepy. Just as he finished saying what he was saying, a truck drove by that had a TCBY sign in the back. I let out this huge grin and said “That’ll work!”. Of course, we weren’t going to get any ice cream because we had ice cream here at home and we had planned on getting pizza for dinner. But the thought that we were thinking of “cooling” ideas.

While I don’t plan on venturing outside after 12pm tomorrow due to the fact that we are to have 100 degree weather with heat indexes well over triple digits, the thought of that TCBY sign going by just as Dad was talking about ice (or was it ice cream?) still makes me giggle. It’s not every day that something like this happens. Nope, surely isn’t.

Tired of winter? March 22, 2009

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Ok, so it isn’t exactly winter here. It’s definitely Spring (note previous post!) with warm temps and winds. Maybe a few storms on the one way but one can only hope.

But is it cold where you are? I’ve been watching the Weather Channel (I usually watch the “Storm Stories” since I love learning and watching about tornadoes. Go figure.), and saw that a lot of the northern states are still getting snow and cold weather. Wanna¬† have something to look foward to? Go to http://www.procreo.jp/labo/flower_garden.swf and just click anywhere on the blank screen.

Happy Spring!

I should change her name! December 18, 2008

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Smokie has got to be one of the sneakiest cats on the face of this Earth!

Last night, me and the family went down to Belton Lake of Recreation Area, which is a recreation for the military soldiers on Fort Hood. Ya know, to see the Nature In Lights thing they have. You should already know from the previous posts.

Well, we were gone quite a long time. I mean, a really long time. We didn’t get home until about 8:20 pm and we left before 5. So naturally, Smokie got mad. Instead of leaving a present on the bed or ripping something important up, she found a hole the size of… I don’t know, Delaware, in the living room window. She proceeded to escape the reins of the house.

We came home and I went into the bedroom to say “Hi” and she wasn’t in the house. Instead of calling her “Smokie”, I’m thinking of calling her “Houdini”.

SmokieHappy Holidays from us to you!

Well I’m freezing… December 16, 2008

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And the twin is still asleep. It’s almost noon, and here is Manders, still in bed. Well, hopefully she’s still warm.

Yes, it’s freezing here in Texas. And I’m not even close to the Panhandle! Temperatures started dropping rapidly yesterday… wait, no Sunday evening is when the temperatures started dropping. They were near freezing yesterday morning and then it started to drizzle. Now if we all learned something in school, we know that when it’s near freezing and it starts to rain, it makes ice. Thus, we have ice on the roads! And I am freezing! Temperatures are definitely below freezing and have more precipitation coming this way. Great… I’m staying my butt inside.

Our birthday was pleasant! We got great gifts from our mom and from each other. It wasn’t too cold but it wasn’t too warm either. The day was glorious with plenty of sunshine. We got out that night and had the time of our lives!

That picture was taken at Heritage Square in front of the city’s Christmas tree. It’s something we do annually.

Tomorrow night we plan on doing something we do semi-annually. Every state has a thing where you can drive through miles and miles of light displays (and not on city streets). We call ours Nature In Lights and that’s in Belton right adjacent to Fort Hood. No, we won’t be on base though we have been before. What baffles me is that it’s not on base but when it’s not Christmas, the lake pavilion is off limits to civilians. Anyways, we went the year before and plan on going this year. It’s really cool, even if it seems dorkish. It’s quite extravagant. Here, check it out:

http://www.hoodmwr.com/nature_in_lights.htm

Hopefully it won’t be as cold. That would really suck.

Oh hell no! December 10, 2008

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I have come to realize that my wishes this past summer for cold weather were answered sooner than I thought. I just wanted cooler temperatures. Ya know, 60’s instead of 100’s. I think I got more than I bargained for.

Last night… well, actually yesterday, we had a cold front blow through that was beyond words! Yesterday morning, we had a storm that looked like it had been taken out of a Spring night. Then the temperature started dropping and so did my warmth I had.

Then we had more rain last night… and it looked like snow was mixed in. And guess what? We missed the good stuff. No snow or snow flurries… just some sleet. Ugh…

I walked into the hallway earlier and we have no heat in there. Temperatures are in the lower 30’s and no heat in the hallway… the minute I walked in there, I exclaimed “Oh hell no!”. I could feel the coldness penetrate my skin. I got chills.

I’m gonna go jump under a blanket and not come back out until it’s atleast 50*.

Winter in the summer? Part 2 July 18, 2008

Posted by texasheartland in Christmas, Ecnomony, family, Friends, Gas Prices, holidays, life, Politics, random, thoughts.
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If I don’t make sense, bear with me. I woke up on the early side.

Okay, as you all know I am in a “Christmas” state of mind. Maybe it’s just because I’m tired of triple digit temperatures and I am ready for 50’s as highs and 20’s as lows. But I do know that after a while, I’ll get tired of the cold and would want spring to come. That’s how it always is.

Me, “E”, and my mom were talking about Christmas last night. Because of the economy, we doubt hardly anyone will decorate the outside of their house. That includes us. We usually have a lot out. Reindeer, spiral trees, lights all over the front and our bushes looking like someone lit them on fire. But have you noticed that less and less people are decorating year after year? I can bet that hardly ANYONE will have lights on their homes.

Can you imagine “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving)? Do you think stores are going to be filled to the brim with people taking advantage of those sales? Absolutely not! If we can’t afford to DRIVE to the store, what makes economists think we can BUY stuff in the store? With $5 gas just around the corner, Christmas is going to be low-key all around America this year.

Can’t these people get it through their thick skull? Spending 5 billion dollars on a windmill farm isn’t going to help the economy. Did the stimulus checks help? Nope!

Winter in the summer? Part 1 July 16, 2008

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I know, it seems a little odd to be thinking of the wintertime when current temperatures soar above 99*. But when a thread was posted in a forum I am a member of, it got me to thinking about wintertime. Christmas to be exact. I usually start my shopping early because I already know what everybody wants. My sister wants that hot guitar, my mom wants another “Mom of The Year” knick knack, and my dad… he doesn’t care. But this year, I am at a loss. I have an extra person to shop for and everyone has changed.

Oh, the other person? Me and “E” talked for a looooooong time yesterday. We both did something to contribute to what happened.

But yea, everyone has changed from where they were last year. One year, my sister wants that new Johnny Depp movie. This year, she wants a guitar. My mom isn’t sure what she wants for Christmas, if anything. My dad, that’s a hard one. I can’t even remember what he got last year. This year, I’ll take the guitar too. I’ve always wanted one. What’s even harder is that “E”‘s birthday is 14 days before mine, and mine is 2 weeks before Christmas. I don’t want to have to get him something for his birthday then turn around and get him something for Christmas. Because this year, I plan on getting my twin something for her birthday (same as mine, remember that). Last year, I had pneumonia so I was too sick to even enjoy our birthday. Man, is Christmas and birthday gonna be hard to shop for!

I probably wouldn’t feel like Christmas is coming up too soon if it weren’t for the economy. Will anybody be able to celebrate Christmas? Who knows. But I can guaran-damn-tee that if the economy is just as bad, “It’s A Wonderful Life” won’t be playing in my household.