GOTexan Holiday gifts, wines, food, recipes, and decorating ideas

I like the idea of helping local/state companies and artists by buying their products and promoting them for gift giving.  Here are a few to check out:


Mary of Puddin Hill is just a few minutes from where I live and very famous too

Here are great GO Texan gift ideas, as well as recipes, holiday decorating ideas, and free e-zine subscriptions,1218,1670_19176_0_0,00.html

The 2009 Holiday Gift guide is here:

More snow in Texas

Well, Houston did get a blanket of snow.  Only the fourth time ever, and they set a record for it being the earliest day of the year of a snowfall for them.  The weather swept south of Dallas but covered everything south and then moved east out of Texas to Louisiana and Mississippi.

We had biting cold but the sun was out and not too much wind so it was bearable if you had to be out.  Tonight as I was closing up the chickens and filling up the hay tubs for the alpacas I was glad there was not a breath of wind.  My face was plenty cold as it was and my gloved fingertips were almost numb when I got back inside the house.  We are supposed to get down into the 20’s tonight and only in the low 50’s during the next few days before our next round of cold and rain comes through. 

The alpacas and chickens are not fazed.  I drove up the drive to see all the chickens roaming the pastures for anything left alive they could make a meal of.  The alpacas, even the newest six-month-old, are warm enough.  Not enough pasture grass to suit them, but plenty of good hay  our neighbor provided.  I have not heard any coyotes at night;  they must be staying in and keeping warm.

Snow in Texas

Texas weather and news

It is December I realize, but for us in Texas we sometimes may not see snow at all during the winter season.   This week, we have been blasted by cold rain, wind, and freezing temps and snow.  Yesterday the windshield was splatted with wet large snowflakes.  Some of the Dallas Metroplex had a covering of white.  A Winter Weather Advisory is out for all day tomorrow, and south of Dallas to Austin, and possibly as far as Houston, are predicted to get snow.

The alpacas love the cool weather, and if it is not windy they will cush out in the pastures at night enjoying the cold and calm weather.  Otherwise, you can find them in the barn lounging.

The chickens don’t mind the cold.  They are birds after all with feathers that can keep themselves warm in the coop.  I keep plenty of wood shavings on the floor and it is a self composting litter that I understand generates some warmth in the natural composting of manure and shavings if the birds decide to snuggle down into it.   I have not understood the necessity of heating a chicken coop, but maybe in the colder northern states it is necessary.

And in order to keep myself warm while outside tending the animals (which I really love when it is not windy or wet), I slip on a pair of my ski bibs and a warm parka and gloves.  The ski bibs are absolutely my best winter wear.  They are weatherproof and so insulating, as well as durable, and they have elastic at the ankles which you can tuck into your boots or they will grip and stay snug on the outside of the boots.  I have seen them for sale in thrift stores for bargain prices.  Do give them a try and you will enjoy going out and maybe stay a little longer and even enjoy those winter chores.

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