Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Coast near Rockport as a Category 4 storm. It is the worst storm to hit Texas in 50+ years. Harvey has been downgraded to a Tropical storm but is dumping an enormous amount of rain. Many areas like Houston are facing epic floods.


Review: PDQ

AutismSpeaks-SocialSquareI don’t usually review chains but I will make an exception for PDQ. PDQ’s name means People Dedicated to Quality. It is more than a name for PDQ. It is a business model reflected in the freshness and quality of the food. During the month of April a portion of the proceeds from the Spicy Buffalo Tenders Combo goes to support Autism Speaks.

Rating: Excellent. The food is always fresh. Outstanding service.

Food: Probably my favorite chicken place. The chicken is fresh not frozen. The sauces are made in house. Their one weakness may be some of the sauces especially the ranch. They make an awesome lemonade. Oh, they do have Cheerwine by the bottle.

Selection: PDQ is a chicken place. They do offer a turkey sandwich. Their menu features a selection of chicken sandwiches and salads. They do have fresh cookies and shakes.

Service:  Awesome

Atmosphere: Nice quick service location

Allergy Rating: Good. Watch out for the awful Coke Freestyle machine. They do have a source of ice that doesn’t come from that machine. They also have lemonade, tea and bottled Cheerwine.

Overall: Outstanding – my favorite chicken place.

Don’t Mess with Texas — Wildflowers

Last week as I was photographing wild flowers. I noticed a pile of trash mixed in with the beautiful flowers. It reminded me of Don’t Mess With Texas anti-littering campaign.



Living in Florida I got very tired of people mentioning that every time something was said about Texas. It seems that non-Texans thought it was funny to throw that phrase out of context. Oh, and most who use it think they are being witty, funny or original. Many actually believed it came from the Alamo. Probably the same people that thought the U.S. won the Battle of the Alamo. Yeah, I know that the US wasn’t fighting and that Mexico won that Battle. They are actually surprised to learn the real origin of the saying.

Texans are very familiar with the Don’t Mess With Texas campaign. The campaign features ads like the one below staring famous Texans.

So while you are out enjoying the wildflowers remember to clean and Don’t Mess With Texas.

Sky Watch Friday: Hancock Park

swftomThe Big Guy and I recently moved to Central Texas. We have enjoyed being closer to family and to exploring the Texas Hill country.  Hancock Park in Lampasas, Texas is a 100+ acre park located along Sulfur Creek.  Hancock Park includes a playground, walking trail, golf course, swimming pool and Hostess House.

Hancocksp4.jpgIn the 1880’s Lampasas  was a tourist attraction and health spa. There was 2 story Park hotel, Hanna Springs bath and an opera house. By the mid-1890s the hotel burned. The opera house would close by 1900.

Hancocksp2.jpgA Baptist camp was built at Hancock Springs. The swimming pool was built in 1911. The Baptist camp was sold in 1929 to help raise funds for Baylor College for Women (now University of Mary-Hardin Baylor).


The city of Lampasas purchased the property in 1936.  During World War II Hancock park was leased by the army as a recreation camp for the Camp Hood (now Ft. Hood).  After World Ward II Hancock Park returned to the city and a 9-hole golf course was built.

Sources:  Austin Chronicle Day Trips and Lampasas Hostess House History

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Throwback Thursday: Christmas Break 2003

Christmas 2003
Wolf Pen Creek Park
College Station, Texas

The Big Guy and I moved to Florida in July of 2003. This would be the 1st Christmas  of what would become an annual trek for the next several years. I don’t know if Texas was that much colder in December 2003 or if we were just not used to the cold. It was in the 60s when we left Florida.

Sky Watch Friday: Luther Memorial and Bell Tower


Luther Memorial and Bell Tower,
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor,
Belton, TX

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Texas.  Pays tribute to the original building on UMHB’s campus.

The memorial pays tribute to Luther Hall, the first building constructed on campus when UMHB moved from Independence, Texas in 1886. Luther Hall was considered to be one of the finest academic buildings in Texas, until it burned down on January 26, 1929.

The memorial was constructed in 1955, from the stones of Luther Hall. It includes a bell tower with two historic bells. The Horton Bell, the lower bell in the tower, is from the University’s first location in Independence. The upper bell, the sophomore bell, can only be rung by sophomores as a traditional privilege reserved for them.

Source: Luther Memorial



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