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Bake Sale Bandits

By: GardenGrrl, 7:40 AM GMT on February 19, 2011

Put the cuffs on Grandma, her Christmas Cookies are illegal. Currently in Texas it is illegal to make bake goods in your home kitchen and distribute them for sale or charitable events.

Restrictive laws against farmers markets are on the rise. Here is one law facing the Texas Legislature that makes some sense. The Texas Cottage Food Bill (HB 1139)
Would allow private individuals to prepare and sale certain foods made in their home kitchens. While the law is still restrictive, it is better than a law
that completely prohibits home based business.

For more information and links to contact your Texas State Rep go to the Texas Cottage Food Law web site at this link Link

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Next Candidate Please

By: GardenGrrl, 8:25 AM GMT on February 18, 2011

Another day of house hunting and on location alone have found a just listed Gem.
It's a little cottage in a neighborhood of larger houses the FACES a heavily wooded greenbelt with creek running through it.

The pros; It was built in the mid 90's so fairly new
The con; it's at the age when things do need replacing.

But, it's across the street from nature!

The pros; I can afford it if nothing really major breaks this year. And, it's really cute!
The con's; it is kind of small.

The pros; kind of small means lower utility bills.
My trailer has a bigger yard....but this has a sprinkler system and doesn't require as much maintenance OR water.

With a smaller fenced yard I can take up bonsai gardening and go for a whole Japenese Zen garden thing. There are two miles of Greenbelt that Roxie and I can go walk on across the street.

I met one of the neighbors and she is a very nice lady who has lived there 18 years in the smallest house down the block. This one is the second smallest.

Friday we are going to walk Roxie around the neighborhood to get a better feel.

Interesting to note, this one was listed after I cancelled the other contract.

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Happy Valentines's WU's

By: GardenGrrl, 6:15 AM GMT on February 04, 2011

Like the rest of the country Texas is dealing with WEATHER. Rarely have we seen an extended period of cold that is below freezing. Thick layers of ice still coat all the roads. The ER's are filled with people that have head injuries and broken bones from slipping on the ice. Seriously, four days into this and 3/4 of all flat surfaces are coated in ice.

The first night of the ice-age I was outdoors at work trying to cross pavement smooth as glass. The wind was blowing so hard I could just stand there and it would slide me around the road. Was too cold to open my jacket for a better sail. (Weeeeeee;)

Everyday more birds have been coming to my feeder. Poor things are getting real hungry. Have been filling the bird buffets daily and tossing hand fulls of sunflower seeds on the hard ice crust for the ground feeders.

Have a new visitor that I haven't identified yet. It's the picture of the hopping bird with the "mohawk". Some type of sparrow I'm guessing.

So for all you affected by the Great Ground Hog Day storm, stay warm and safe. -GG

Here are some cold grey doves hunkered down by the planter where there isn't as much snow.



The house finches are all poofy. They have taken up residence nearby in the dense photenia shrubs.


This fellow looks like he doesn't appreciate having his picture taken.


The Carolina Wrens have been enjoying the suet blocks.


This bird is some type of sparrow. Anyone know what kind?


The new visitor is certainly cute. Wonder how many new birds I miss sleeping all day?

Updated: 10:20 PM GMT on February 14, 2011

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