*Frozen!*

I saw this yesterday on Twitter.  It pretty much sums things up here right now.

On Monday afternoon, it was 81 degrees at our house.

By early Wednesday morning, it was a whopping 19 degrees with a chill factor of *7* degrees.

To say it is cold is just the most epic understatement for us right now, especially since it is not quite mid-November!  Last year on November 21, I documented our first big cold front as a drop of about 50 degrees, which was impressive, for sure.  One of our local weather forecasters said that this is cold front is one of the most powerful early cold fronts to hit our area in many years/decades, and I totally agree, having lived here all of my life.  We even had an unexpected dusting of snow early on Thursday morning to keep things interesting, and the temperature has now been below freezing for almost three straight days.

I. Am. Frozen!!!  I don’t know if it is the fact that I’ve lost about 40 pounds since this time last year or what, but goodness gracious, I am not dealing with this cold as well as I did in previous years.

My flip-flops are gone.  Put away.  Out of sight.  Bye bye.

I’m wearing my Uggs all day every day for as long as humanly possible.

New Uggs!

We are apparently destined to have yet another big cold front blow in sometime on Saturday, and we may even get an inch of snow this time.  I’m beginning to wonder about our next camping trip that is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, which is only two weeks away.  Will the weather warm up a bit by then or will the deep freeze continue even longer?  I’m not thrilled at the prospect of going out in the RV in 7 degree chill factor weather.  At. All.  In fact, I think I can safely say that if the weather doesn’t improve by then, we will be sitting at home this Thanksgiving weekend instead of making our usual trek in the RV for a quick getaway.

Tis’ the season!  Welcome back, Winter.  Please be kind to us this year, ok?

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Sanderlings in San Diego

I’m happy to share a guest post today from Seize the Day RV Adventure. We love to travel in our own RV when on vacation, and I enjoy following the adventures of others that either travel part-time or live full-time in their RVs, too. RV travelers often spend quite a bit of time in natural settings and some are also avid bird and animal watchers. I loved this recent post at Seize the Day RV Adventure and asked their permission to reblog it here. I hope you enjoy this special bird and their great photos!

Sanderlings are in the Sandpiper family, and are sometimes referred to as “peep” sandpipers. Many of us have probably seen them scurrying around on beaches we’ve visited in fall, winter and spring months, too. What impressed me when researching these birds is just how far they migrate each year! Click on the link below at All About Birds to see a map of just how far they travel. I have a new appreciation of these tiny little travelers now, for sure.

“These extreme long-distance migrants breed only on High Arctic tundra, but during the winter they live on most of the sandy beaches of the world.” — The Cornell Lab of Ornithology – http://www.allaboutbirds.org

I hope you will click through to Seize The Day RV Adventure’s original post and share a like and a comment there if you enjoyed their wonderful photos. I wish I was strolling with those cute Sanderlings on the beach today!

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Silver Strand State Beach in San Diego, CA

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 The Sanderlings ran across the sand so quickly. They looked so cute running in little packs trying to find food.

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What I learned about the Sanderling

  • They are obsessive wave chasers.
  • Sanderlings are small shorebirds that can be aggressive when defending their feeding grounds.
  • Sanderlings are easy to find on sandy beaches during Fall to Spring.

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Happy Birding!

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Wordless Wednesday – Historic Mission Control

Historic Mission Control 1

Historic Mission Control 2

Historic Mission Control 3

(I know this is a “wordless” post today, but I have to mention that I am watching and cheering on the Philae Lander and ESA’s Rosetta today! Watch on NASA TV or ESA’s mission coverage online.  This. Is. HUGE!  Traveled 10 years and 4 billion miles to hopefully land on a comet for the very first time!)

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Thank You So Much, Veterans!

American Flag Veterans

I want to thank our veterans and all active duty people for your service today!  I am also remembering my own family members who served today, including my father, my brother and several uncles, including one uncle that did not come home from WWII after being held as a prisoner where he ultimately died.  Most of us cannot begin to fathom what they endured and continue to endure every day.

Today is always such a humbling day for me when I think about the many sacrifices made by those that serve and their families.  I pray that we all increasingly value their contribution for the important role they continue to play to our nation every single day.  Although many of us only say this once a year, in reality, you are in our minds and hearts and prayers all the time.

Video Tribute by Erik Wahl at Vimeo

Operation Heal Our Patriots
Samaritan’s Purse

God bless you one and all – with much love and a humble heart today.

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Farewell Flip-Flops

I am wearing my shorts and flip-flops on this fine Monday, as the weather is quite beautiful today.  I actually put away my flip-flops a few weeks ago for the most part, but as I am staying home for most of the day, so I am celebrating this gorgeous day in my own little way.  I’m sure that everyone is already aware that a big cold front is headed across the country this week, and it should hit our area overnight in a very noticeable way.  We will no doubt receive our first freeze, which is actually overdue by about ten days this year.  So, I’m enjoying this lovely day with temperatures in the high seventies, as it will come to an abrupt end in just a few hours.

Flip Flops Farewell
It’s farewell to my favorite pair of Clark’s flip-flops for the year.

I actually enjoy the season changes, and while I’ve truly enjoyed our fine fall weather this year and our much-needed rain storms, I am ready for cold weather once again.  Please remember I said this in a couple of months when we are once again engulfed in a deep freeze, and I am begging for spring to come!  😉

Hubby and I also enjoyed a fun weekend away at our favorite state park nearby – Caprock Canyons State Park.  If we have a “home” park to visit, this is it.  Caprock Canyons is an easy drive that is just under two hours away, and it is such a great place to visit just about anytime of the year, depending on your personal weather preference.  This weekend was a very special one for us in the park, and I will share that neat experience here soon.  It was a “first” of sorts in our visits there, and it will no doubt be one of those special visits that I will always remember and treasure.  Here’s a little hint.

Bison Crossing at Caprock Canyons

Last week, I also upgraded my phone to a Samsung Galaxy S5.  The photos in this post were both taken with the camera on my new phone, and I may have an adjustment period in getting used to the new aspect ratio of .5625 to 1.  How exactly does one use the rule of thirds with such a panoramic ratio anyway?  Anyway, I’m going to continue to experiment with this new ratio to see how I like it, as I can always come back later and hopefully crop images in a more familiar ratio if I would rather do that.  The phone camera takes 16mb images, so I have plenty of photo to work with.  So far, I am quite impressed with the camera on the phone, too.  I thought ever so briefly about changing to an iPhone for the first time, as I could have saved $10 per month on my plan by doing so, but it would have felt like a downgrade to me in several respects.  I also detest iTunes because of the many issues I’ve had with it for my music library over the years.  So, I stayed with my trusty Galaxy phone option that I have truly enjoyed since my last upgrade two years ago to the Galaxy S3.  It is yet again larger in size than my previous phone, and I hope that Samsung is ready to call it good with this size.  I’m not sure that I can handle larger phones going forward time after time.

I am still having fun this month over at Animal Wonder, too!  While I know many people may not be big on birding, it is a fun hobby that I want to learn more about.  Blogging about birding each day this month is truly helping me to grow in my knowledge of birding and gain even more insights on blogging, too.  Daily blogging is proving to be a good challenge in writing for me, and I hope you will stop by there at times for a visit to see what’s happening there.  I’m now 1/3 of the way into the challenge and have met each day’s goal so far.  I’ve also had a nice reception by others and a good number of follows in the first week, and that is always an encouragement for a new project.  Most of all, I am just enjoying the opportunity to finally share some of my favorite bird photos and stories this month.  I am already working on the final birding post for November, too.  It is a gut-wrenching post for me, and I will try to do it justice to convey the feeling I had at the time.  It is more than just a photo of a bird, for sure.

Finally, I added one more link to my previous post, Texas Travel Links.  There is a fun app for your phone that shares information on Texas Historical Markers as you drive past them.  I have used the app for my Android phone on several occasions, but I believe there is a similar app available for iPhones, too.  If you don’t have time to stop and read all the historical markers on the highways, this is the next best thing and a great way to learn some interesting Texas history in the process.

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