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We’re going to have way below normal temperatures for June? July, below temperatures, and August, we’re on the border of the temperature thingy.

So say meteorologists. If they were werewolves, they’d know the truth. But since they aren’t, I’ll forgive them. How can anyone predict the future? That far out?

How many times have you heard the World Health Organization say there’s going to be a pandemonium of flu-related deaths? To brace for the worst flu season of the century, and then it doesn’t come to fruition? Or that we haven’t had a big hurricane season, and this is the one, and then that year we have fewer than ever before?

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My friend and I went to the Cameron Park Zoo and saw the turkey vultures resting on top of the rhinos, hoping for a meal. She thought the rhinos were dead. I assured her they were not! Just sleeping. We had to stay there until the one twitched. 🙂 <3

One year, we had the worst drought ever, and ever, and ever. It was 110 degrees every day for weeks. UNBELIEVABLE. We couldn’t get a break. NO rain on the horizon. Predictions were we wouldn’t get rain until the next March. Oh, no, we’d never survive. We were on severe water restrictions. And then, in September, we began to get rainstorms. Thank God for lousy weather predictions!

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These hippos were cooling off in a little mud hole at the Houston Zoo. Now, tell me honestly, does the mud bath make them look prettier?

So though I would LOVE to believe the predictions for a cooler summer for June and July, I’ll believe it when I see it. We’ve already had near 100 temps in March and April, and then with all the rain, that we didn’t get earlier, and got all at once in May, and so who really knows what’s coming???

I see….putting hand to brow and peering at the horizon over the cornfields….heat on the horizon, and lots of it. Why? Because that’s what we always have. Prove me wrong. I will love it!

Do you see the future?

Happy Memorial Day!!!


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It’s All About Character and Setting

I took this picture of John Wilson, who plays with a Celtic band and has a paranormal investigation service, was a guest, along with his wife, who sat at my dinner table at the Readers and Ritas this past weekend. Now, in the  original picture, he was standing by a bunch of raffle baskets. How boring is that?

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And Dianna Love and Morgan Fox, both authors, needed their own lovely Christmas setting, I thought. Before this, it was the ball room set up for dinner.

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On two big book deadlines so enough playing around, but wait, then there’s Kimmi Wakefield and me in a boring hotel hallway.

Photo: Okay, Kimmi Wakefield, did we have fun or what??? We just needed the knight in shining armor.

And my table decorated for dinner that Rana D. Adams took:

Photo: Thanks, Rana D. Adams, for the lovely table photo. See who came to dinner??? Looking for the rest of the pack, and that was us!

So some quick photoshop fun. Not the best, but really have to get back to book deadlines, but I wanted to “improve” the settings… and so there you have it!

Ever take a great fun picture and hate the background???

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”

Love Makes the World Go Around

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What do you do if the male of your desires is a little… shy? Corner him!!!

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And if that doesn’t work out very well, get your girlfriend to help you out. 🙂

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And if that doesn’t work, it’s time to find someone else less… shy. 🙂

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The Fighting Leopards

Doesn’t that sound like a sports team?

It started out with the black leopard walking in front of the golden leopard.
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Then the next thing I knew, the black leopard got into the golden leopard’s space and you can see her/him growling at the other, mouth wide before he/she took a bite.

leopards fighting3 (800x564)And then there was all kinds of tousling, growling, angry noises….and the golden leopard was definitely the victorious one, the other the beta in the relationship.

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Here you can see the black cat’s back feet are pressed against the golden leopard’s chest, keeping that one off, while the golden cat’s mouth is wide open, teeth on full display. 🙂

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So what do you think? Fighting? Or just playing? Or courtship rituals in a leopard’s way?


“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”

Pumpkins for the Clouded Leopard

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I’ve never seen a clouded leopard in person before. So this was fun for me. But also, the two they had at the Houston Zoo, both had their own pumpkins. The other cat hid his before I could get a picture of him, pumpkin in mouth, leaping to an upper platform.

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They’re kind of strange looking, compared to a regular leopard, but interesting too.  Tomorrow, I’ll share about the two leopards in the next exhibit, only they were fighting. 🙂

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”

Happy Monday! Home from Houston!

3 giraffes (800x767)The Houston Zoo was a lot of fun, and the giraffes were posing perfectly for their pictures. All sizes. Aren’t they cute? I have a conference coming up, so home from one trip to pack for another, but in the meantime, wanted to pop in and share a couple of photos I took while in Houston. 🙂

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Four giraffes posing for pictures.

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Aren’t they cute? Okay, off to catch up on the millions of things I need to catch up on!!

And I’m at Lady Scribes today!

Happy Monday!

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”