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As we glide on the rest of the way home. I am going to keep the calm and secure look of this little fellow.

There are lots of reflections on our road today, but they are more those caused by the ice. And Texans were not meant to drive in the ice, nor the snow. As my daddy told me “if God wanted Texans to ski, he would have made bull$@@! white.”

Be safe,be calm,be secure….en theos†††jim


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Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Those pesky thoughts. As life goes on, everyday, memories are made. Focus on the good ones. Nothing good comes from focusing on negative stuff. Give nothing and no one power enough to ruin your day!

We battled snow & getting to where we are and now we will be doing the same on our return. Focus on the good while staying focused on the present…en theos ††† jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #678 – heck no the snow will stay to the north of us!

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As we headed to visit family we were debating about not traveling all the way. It had never got about 20 degrees most of the day and was cloudy but dry. We checked accuweather, the weather channel and the local forecast. All telling us the snow would stay north and not fall here. So we stopped. This morning this was the view out our hotel window.

Texas weather, if you don’t like it stick around. ††† en theos ††† jim


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Okay, I missed most of the snow earlier this week, so I got one of those rare do-overs. The snow started falling this afternoon about 1:00pm and it is still a coming down almost 5 hours later.

This is my best Currier & Ives albeit a West Texas version. Like a good (now there’s an oxymoron) country song you got a pick-up truck, cactus, a windmill, and I’m quite sure there is a beer bottle or two under snow, right next to a broken heart. Oh and I almost forgot, there is Grace posing as a West Tx herding dog…..en theos†††jim

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Okay, so I recant just a bit of my snow feelings. Sometimes, you just have to learn from your dogs. Grace (the blue eyed wonder deaf dog) and Clovis (the beefy one, always first to the feed bowl) were both wearing long faces and mopping around the house. I finally relented and took them out amongst the tumbleweed infested snow. What fun.

The house now smells of wet dog, but a small price for such an image of unbounded freedom…….en theos…….jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #137

We spent the morning at White Sands National Monument. It was a great quiet place with few visitors this time of year. We had visits from 3 different dogs, which was nice. New Mexico is one of those really dog-friendly places. Wish Texas was more that way. It eased the missing of my Grace & Clovis. Got a little wet sand and slobber on me, made me almost feel  at home.

We had the added treat that the north sides of most every dune was still covered with a recent snow. You think the “white sand” is really white until you see it covered with snow. It quickly appears more ecru than white. We came across this one snow-covered dune that had a great line of tracks going up the side all the way to the top. Susan walked around them and up to the top. A great little wisp of a line of clouds was provided by the Master completing the scene. All I had to do was push a button and walk with a smile back to the car…..kewl beans.

leave some tracks of your journey†††nada te turbe††.jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #134

A view from our walk on Christmas afternoon in Da Pine. It was cold, but the dogs loved the outing, as did we. Despite the cold we needed to see the snow from other than inside the warm of our home. Having lived in Texas since I was 18 months old ( I wasn’t born here but got here as soon as I could!) this was my sixth “white Christmas” out of 63 years.

We are heading up to New Mexico later this week, 2 days at White Sands National Park, 2 at Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge, then 4 days of soaking in the hot springs at Blackstone Inn,Truth Or Consequences. Looking forward to some new views, hope to share some as we go…………

Enjoy the journey††nada te turbe††…..jim