A Texas Christmas

img_0009St Louis Church in Castroville, Texas December 1, 2016.

Seven years in a row now, Fussy’s sense of family has been tweaked.  Fussy celebrates family and the Christmas season by building with gingerbread at the Braden Keller Center next to St Louis.

This year, Bop chose to remind Fussy of her genealogical ties to the Castroville founding families.  Right next to the Peter Jungmann home stands the greatest Christmas tree ever.


img_0007Other areas rely on evergreens that take years to grow, just for the purpose of dying to be the centerpiece in a family home.  Evergreens are cultivated to become single use decorations., destined for the compost heaps.

Castroville uses what is natural to Texas, a prickly pear.  This stubborn succulent grows in a bush like form all over the rugged Texas landscape.  Its flat beaver tail paddles are covered with thousands of prickly spiny thorns that aggressively jump out at passers by..  It is the mother to knobs of bloody red juicy  fruit which sustained the life of parched animals and settlers in the early days of Texas history.

Fussy like this true evergreen, destined to give joy year after year.  It’s pure Texas ingenuity to use the resources available to practice a perennial tradition.  Fussy like The PRICKLY PEAR Christmas tree of Castroville.endblog



Friday Night in The Suburban Sunset of San Francisco.

hartgirlsHow can a simple conversion between two sisters half  a continent apart turn into a 90 minute dramatic evening?  We homebodies prefer to stay home on Friday nights, and catch up on family events long distance. But, live in the City By the Bay, next to Stern Grove, and the men in blue will put a perimeter around your quiet tree bordered neighborhood, searching for an armed gunman. Texas listened to the police scanner on the iPad, while Wawona Street kept an eye on their neighbors and the passing police and their vehicles. Suspense built when the suspect was spotted across the street running up hill toward the park. After a few flash bangs, and gun shots, the subdued suspect rode to a hospital, which led to a final flurry of texts between the two cities named for saints, 1300 miles apart.  Safe excitement for both sisters.endblog