Not From Texas

Let’s rodeo, Houston! (The videos)

Posted in Animals, Houston by Jennifer Peebles on February 28, 2011

A follow-up to my post from yesterday: Here’s some video from the 2011 Houston rodeo parade.

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Let’s rodeo, Houston

Posted in Animals, Houston by Jennifer Peebles on February 27, 2011

They came, they rode, they paraded. We saw.

It’s that time of year again: Time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which means that it’s time to kick off the rodeo season with a big parade.

Tons and tons and tons of horses, tons of cute kids on the sidewalks, more cute kids on horses. And lots of City of Houston street sweepers to clean up the mess the four-legged parade participants left behind. In fact, the biggest cheer my part of the crowd gave all morning was to the white-T-shirt clad Texas A&M Corps of Cadets members who marched behind the Corps’ mounted cavalry carrying shovels, pushbrooms and a couple of wheelbarrows to clean up what the unit’s horses deposited on Travis Street.

Here’s a slideshow from my flickr account.

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Houston rodeo parade slideshow

Posted in Uncategorized by Jennifer Peebles on February 27, 2011

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Fill ‘er up … with oats

Posted in Animals, Birds, Places by Jennifer Peebles on February 19, 2011

Things you see in Texas that you probably don’t see in other parts of the country: A guy pulling into a Shell station. On horseback. Seen Thursday outside Luling, Texas, as I was on my way to San Antonio.

Saw a ton of hawks on the way there and back. I’ll try to do a separate post sometime on Texas’ copious amounts of birds of prey.

 

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Houston in the deep freeze

Posted in Environment by Jennifer Peebles on February 10, 2011

Dang, It's Cold

 

We don’t get a whole lot of cold weather down here in Houston. But we’ve sure had a good bit of it lately.

We’re having one more serious cold snap here tonight. Temps are forecasted to get down into the low 20s tonight.

They’re also predicting record power usage here tomorrow, which makes me think there will be more “rolling blackouts” down here tomorrow. But I’m hopeful that, even if I lose electric power sometime, I hope I’ll still have running water. If not, I still have 10 gallons of water in milk jugs in the back of the truck left over from when the water pipes froze last week.

I went outside this afternoon to wrap up the exposed pipe on the side of the house — the one that froze last time — and within five minutes my hands were numb. It was sleeting. The pipes outside and the the plastic wheelie thingy that holds the garden hose were encrusted with ice.