Monthly Archives: July 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018 – Old School – Want to Live in a School House?

Monday, July 30, 2018 – Old School – Want to Live in a School House?

I was driving around beautiful Bryan the other day and came across this magnificent old school building three blocks from downtown.

 Upon returning home, I did some research on the building and its history. Bowie Elementary School building, as it stands today on Bryan’s west side, served the growing community for over 70 years, from about 1919 until shuttered in 1986. It is a three story symmetrical schoolhouse is Beaux Arts in style. You can Google more about the style.

Today the building is being converted into apartments and a multi-use facility. Before you go all sad on me, the developer is preserving as much as possible to retain the original design, including fixtures of the time period.

Ghost hunters and other paranormal types toured the old building, some legally, others just trespassing. The developer insists there are no ghosts. But HWIT, he is wrong. Every school building retains the spirits of those who taught there and those who learned there. In every school building the classrooms, hallways and staircases are filled with memories of all who work together to create a learning environment. We haunt the hallways just like we did back then.I am excited to see how this project turns out. I think the individual apartments should be named after teachers, principals and staff who worked there over the years. I live in Room 1 – Mrs. Jones’ classroom.

Name the hallways after the most important individual in any school – the custodian. Name a general meeting room or entry way after the second most important individual in any school – the secretary.

I bet if I lived there my apartment would be the principal’s office or the library. During my public school years as a student I spent the most time in those two places at my elementary school.

If you start school today, here’s to you and all the rest of us who made and make a difference. We are all teachers and we touch the future. But let’s not forget our history.


Note: Six weeks from today HWIT will premier its second season of Monday After College Football Awards! Tune in to see if your favorite teams win an award.

Friday, July 27, 2018 – Catty Friday

Friday, July 27, 2018 – Catty Friday

What day is it? Friday? It’s the last day of my birthday week. I must have slept through Thursday. What a wonderful birthday Jellicle Ball. I woke up in the lampshade.

Thank you to all the wonderful cats for coming to my party celebrating the first anniversary of my Forever Home. It is all coming back to me now. There was quite the clowder.

First we watched one of my favorite movies –Catsablanca. “Here’s meowing at you, Kid.”

Then we listened to music. The Pussy Cat Dolls prepared a special playlist just for the occasion. It had all of our favorites – Cat Stevens, Stray Cats, and Catskills.

The last song was the Catten Eyed Joe by the band Litter. It had been a long time since I danced the Catten Eyed Joe in a catnip induced chorus line.

Now what you say…(Cat -shit!)
Y’all say what…(Cat-shit!)
Still can’t hear you..(Cat-shit!)
…Catton-eyed Joe

I love my new reads too.

  • The Catterpurry Tails
  • Cat 22
  • The Great Catsby
  • The Odhissy

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harpurr Lee is one of my all-time favorites. I love Catticas Finch.

A special gift was from the Six Toes Sisters in Key West. An autographed pawed copy of The Old man and the Cat.

I had a great time. I am so happy I have a Forever Home.

See you at the next Jellicle Ball. Now it is time for a bath.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – Eye of the Tigers

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – Eye of the Tigers

Peach again. I get to write every day of my birthday week.

Today is my actual birthday of my Forever Home. Dr. Biped said I was like Christmas in July.

I am so excited about the Jellicle Birthday Ball tonight. I should have no trouble sneaking out. Dr. Biped plans to watch the last of the Harry Pawtter movies. But just in case I shall exact a spell on her.

Here is a little something off of the playlist for tonight.  Don’t forget to stop by the photo booth. Hurry to the fish and liver buffet before it’s all gone. See you there!

Eye of the tiger.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018 – Peach Party Invitation

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 – Peach Party Invitation

Peach here again. Today I am sending the invitation to my birthday party.

Thank you to the Jellicles for throwing such a great party. Because Jellicles can and Jellicles do. I cannot wait to celebrate tomorrow.

Jellicle cats come out tonight
Jellicle cats come one, come all
The jellicle moon is shining bright
Jellicles come to the jellicle ball

Monday, July 23, 2018 – The Divine Miss Peach

Monday, July 23, 2018 – The Divine Miss Peach

The Divine Miss Peach here to tell you IT’S MY BIRTHDAY WEEK! I am celebrating the first anniversary of My Forever Home. On July 25, 2017 I came to live at this house.

July 25,2017 – Right out of the box

It is my house now. I am glad Dr. Biped pays the bills for me to run and jump throughout my home.

Dr. Biped is making a donation to Aggieland Humane Society in my honor. Dr. Biped is also posting photographs each day of this week displaying my beautiful calico colorings. Today’s photo just shows my happiness.

Stay tuned for your invitation to my party on Wednesday.


Friday, July 20, 2018 – Snarky Football Friday – Almost

Friday, July 20, 2018 – Snarky Football Friday – Almost

It is so hot! How hot is it? It is so hot that my hot flashes seem to cool me off!

Every Natural Born Citizen of Texas knows that when God kicked the Devil out of Heaven, He gave him a choice of locations – Texas or Hell. The Devil took Hell because it is cooler than Texas in the summer.

I heard from a most reliable source that it was 108 degrees in Dallas yesterday with possibilities of 112 for the weekend. Be patient my dear Dallas friends. A couple more hurricanes, a few icebergs’ melts and you can cool off at the Beaches of Waco.

Almost every Friday is designated as Snarky Friday. This reminded me that it time to once again review a few of the thoughts behind Here’s What I’m Thinking.

Number ONE: If I know you now or have known you the past, I WILL write about you at some point. You must hope I give you a nickname and write delightful, wonderful memories about you. Otherwise, I might give out the coordinates of your residence and tell FB and social media you are serving free beer on Saturdays.

There are a few exceptions. I will never write anything negative about Ms. Navasota or SFA Roomie and a few selected sorority sisters. Mostly because there is nothing negative I know about these dear friends and also because I’m in the photographs too.

I like college football. I like to write about teams that I like and teams that play teams that I like. This includes the entire SEC (It just means more!); the entire Big 12 Conference, which is still only 10 schools. What about renaming it the Non12 Big School Conference?

I will NOT watch any team play on the blue football field of Boise State. I don’t care if you if you were the first and only for 20 years to have a non-green football field. It ain’t right. It just ain’t right. Besides, it makes me throw up. Eastern Washington has a red football field.That ain’t right either. No exceptions.

I do not like schools that have mascots that could eat Reveille – The First Lady of Aggieland. This includes any school located in Florida. Again, there are exceptions. GEAUX TIGERS! EXCEPT on Thanksgiving.

Of course I write about the Fighting Texas Aggies. Toward the end of her earth-life I told my sister, Dale, that I was not going to join her in Heaven until the Aggies won the National Football Championship. She replied “You cannot live forever!” I was also reminded I must ensure my windows are closed on Saturday afternoons so the neighbors’ grandchildren will not hear me scream multi-syllabic adjectives about one’s parents – especially one’s mother. Or as Dale said “will not hear me screaming cuss words.”

Snarky Friday will preview the football games of my interest. Prepare to hear what I’m thinking about the games, players, the coaches, the referees, the announcers, the uniforms, the signs on Game Day, tailgating and more.

Let us not forget the mascots of the colleges and universities. Do we all remember from last year – the meaning of the adjective regarding anthropomorphic as it relates to mascots?

The first games of the season will kick off on Saturday, August 25 with more games on Thursday, August 30 and continuing through Labor Day Weekend.

The shine to Saint Football. Since I do not like real candles, I light lights on Saturday and pretend it’s church.

The Aggies kickoff on Thursday August 30 in College Station against Northwestern. The smaller Northwestern in Louisiana. Not the big one in Illinois. Nevertheless, it is going to be hotter than the hinges of Hell in Kyle Field.

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 – Radio Lamps – This Little Light of Mine

Thursday, July 19, 2018  – Radio Lamps – This Little Light of Mine

First – it is a misnomer when I say “I make these lamps.” I just find an old piece of junk that can no longer be used for its original purpose. The great talent goes to Amber and Bruce and the others at D and W Lighting in Austin, Texas.

Second – for those of you that are fortunate to own one of the lamps these wonderful folks and I put together – This is one is NOT for sale. At least not at this time.

Here’s the story. On a wonderful trip to Stephenville last summer I found this old radio in an antique store for $20. It still had the old vacuum tubes. Internet research revealed it was an Atwater Kent Radio with Cabinet by Helmers Furniture Company. It is a table top model from about the 1930’s.

Here are the before pictures:

Original dust. Multiple holes where dials once were.

And here are the after. The exterior and interior was restored.

A three-way lighting fixture was placed on the exterior. A small light was added to the interior and the holes were plugged with various colorful materials.

Then it was placed on an exquisite hand tooled base and Atwater was moved to the front.


Then it was topped off (no pun intended) by a beautiful lamp shade and a round, wooden finial.

One can turn on just the interior light for a lovely night light glow or just the exterior light. And with a third turn of the light switch both interior and exterior are illuminated.

These people are amazing!

I keep waiting to hear FDR, Sister Aimee or Edward R. Murrow come through the radio air waves. I’ll let you know if I hear any of them.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Poems from The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot and Me

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Poems from The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot and Me

I don’t care if T. S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. He never lived in Texas in July. Here’s what I’m thinking. My version is more accurate. But you should judge for yourself.


From The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding.
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing.
Memory and desire, stirring.
Dull roots with spring rain.

From The Wastebasket by Me

JULY is the cruellest month, sweating.

Beads out of the dehydrated body, wanting

Memory and desire, stirring.

Cooler temps and football season.

Monday, July 16, 2017 – It Begins! SEC Media Day And Gig ‘Em!

Monday, July 16, 2017 – It Begins! SEC Media Day And Gig ‘Em!

In honor of the first of four days of SEC football coverage and what I consider the official start of college football, I have rewritten one song and selected two other songs to commemorate the kickoff.

Here is the first one. I know all my sorority sisters know the tune. This is an Aggie version.

Today while the maroon and white blossoms still cling to the vine

I’ll watch the SEC Media and drink real good wine.

A million tomorrows will all pass away…

Ere I forget what all Jimbo said today.

For I’m a Former Student and also a scholar

You know who I am by the clothes that I wear.

I’ll feast at a tailgate and record ESPN

Who cares about Corsier’s head gear.

We can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory

We can’t live on promises winter to spring

Today is our moment and now is our glory.

We’ll laugh and we’ll fight and we’ll sing.

And here is what we will sing! The second song is especially for the Bevo Bunch since it mentions THE University.


Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Texas A&M Cancels Entire Fall Semester

Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Texas A&M Cancels Entire Fall Semester – Good Bull

This is a headline today from the Department of fake news.

Texas A&M cancels entire fall semester to accommodate Thursday night football game in August.

Here’s what I’m thinking. This from Good Bull is every undergraduates’ dream come true. I think it is an excellent idea, Jimbo. I don’t think any SEC school actually has classes during football season, do they? Maybe Vanderbilt.