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Home with the armadillo

We Texans love to wax sentimental about our armadillos. In Gary P. Nunn’s song, the chorus intones: “I want to go home with the armadillo, good country music from Amarillo and Abilene…” and throw in the Texas Hill Country, too! I love “dillers”. They are little dim bulbs that snuffle and grouse. You will hear them, but they don’t hear …

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Spring is our favorite time o’ year!

We love spring! The camp greens up, the wildflowers start to proliferate, the trees bud out… and the countdown to camp drops to double digits! I’ll never forget the words of my godfather, Pinky Quarles, who first pointed out to me that the shades of green in our Texas Hill Country are nearly as colorful as the reds and rusts …

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Frostweed ‘blooms’ but once a year

When campers are away, it’s a whole different place around here! It’s cold and the leaves are gone from our trees, and the grass turns brown and crunchy. One of the best things happens after the first big blue norther. That’s always the day the frostweed “blooms”. Frostweed is also called iceweed or ice plant, but the scientific name is …

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

One of my favorite parts about living in Arkansas was the big snow that we got every winter. Every time that it snowed, I couldn’t wait to get outside and have some fun.  In true “country girl” fashion, we would get out the four-wheelers and sleds to enjoy our winter wonderland. Things are a little different down here in Texas, …