About

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Welcome to my blog.  I hope you will visit often and enjoy the information about pets and nature as well  as my efforts at photography. I welcome comments and enjoy interacting with readers and viewers.

All information written here is just that. It is not to be used as a tool to diagnose or treat your pet.

 I was born and reared in the same county where I have lived my entire life. I grew up on a farm in central Texas and as a toddler I already loved the animals, especially the cats, dogs, horses, and mules.” For many years I have not eaten anything that is hoofed or feathered.  I sometimes eat fish.

I worked for 35 years as a registered nurse at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital until I retired in 2010. I learned how to work hard when I was young and that work ethic served me well. My professional job was very stressful, exacting and, demanding. There was no room for bad judgement or error. I do not miss my work at all. I have too many things to do and accomplish in what ever time I am lucky enough to have.

I have used a camera off and on since my early twenties. Presently, I am using a Canon EOS 60D with a somewhat lousy 18-200mm kit lens. I would love to have a prime lens that will give me sharper photos but I can not afford to ante up $1,500 so the kit lens will suffice. I still have all my older cameras and equipment but all of this is now outdated. I prefer film but the advantages of a DSLR  are too many not to use this type of camera.

My passions include my two adult children, animals, animal rescue, animal welfare, trapping, spaying and/or neutering of feral cats, photography, nature, native plants and, my passal of rescued pets.

I really appreciate visitors who take the time to view, read, and/or comment or who are just following. For individuals that view/visit my blog, I sincerely hope that anyone visiting this blog finds information that will be helpful.

One of my favorite quotes that pertains to animals and people:

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” Emanuel Kant.


106 thoughts on “About

  1. Yvonne, I have an idea about book number two that I would love to discuss with you. Can you drop me an email to paulhandover@gmail.com so I can explain more? Many thanks.

  2. […] yesterday’s post Yvonne Daniel, the author of the blog Pets, People and Life, said in a comment (my […]

  3. Good morning 🙂 I have one question – could I use your photo for free in my video for kids about amazing mushrooms on YouTube?
    Of course, I will indicate the source.

    I would be very grateful for your reply,
    Best wishes, Elwira

  4. JoAnna says:

    Thanks for following me and for your compassion!

  5. So delighted to have you decide to follow Learning from Dogs. Thank you! Feel free to offer me a guest post from this place.

  6. I always enjoy it when comments you’ve written show up on my blog! Now I know why.

    • Thank you, Martha, for the lovely comment. As you have noted I tend to get too wordy and believe it or not but, I obsess over what I write on a writer’s blog. I spend waaay too much time writing and rewriting my comments. I don’t profess to be a writer, so what you see it what you get, as they say. 🙂

      Regards,
      ~Yvonne

      • Don’t worry — I retired from noticing other peoples writing last year, remember? Now I just get to enjoy what they say. 🙂

        • Ha,ha. I reckon that’s a good thing for you. I’ll try to remember that and relax a bit when I comment on your blog. 🙂

        • Please. Even when I was teaching I wasn’t all that anal about mistakes, just the ones I knew my students would get nailed for in the next level.

        • Martha, it sounds like you were a jewel to have a teacher. Most teachers that I’ve heard about look for the slightest of errors.

        • Unfortunately, teaching too often attracts the petty, unimaginative and small minded. I was lucky to have had few teachers like that, but I’ve taught kids who had ONLY had teachers like that (and godnose those kinds of teachers were difficult for me to work with).

        • I can see the teaching profession would attract the petty and small minded but truthfully so does the nursing profession where I’ve seen nurses with these same character traits. Actually many had little or no compassion and limited knowledge of psychiatry which was my chosen field of nursing. I think the flaws that we are discussing here probably apply to other “helping” professions as well.

          I imagine you were often fraught with a great deal of frustration as a teacher.

  7. Jackie says:

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog! I appreciate it very much. 🙂

  8. Rhonda says:

    Yvonne…we’ve recently been speaking through comments on my blog, but I’m thinking it’s time I came by your place to say howdy and thanks again. We have a couple followers in common from first glance…one of them especially. Yvonne at Presents of Presence. She is a very special woman whom I glad to say has had a giant hand in keeping me blogging! I’m tickled to know that you share not only the name, but a common respect for each other. I am a photo bug myself, so I am looking forward to getting to know you through your lens…I can only apologize again for not recognizing your follow and doing so myself…long ago. Rhonda

    • This is my third attempt to reply to you. Dang thing keeps flying away. Now I am ticked and tired. So I’ll make it short this time. I don’t know if I’ve been following you for long. It might be just a few days and I have you confused with another blog. Sometimes I begin following someone because I see that they are following me and then I feel that turn about is fair play but I don’t always comment on those folks and they don’t comment on me either. I hope that I have not confused you for I think I’m confusing myself as I write this. 🙂 Anyhooo, I accidently saw that a dear blogging friend is commenting on your blog and I think the world of him. Andrew, of “All Downhill From Here.” https://ajh57.wordpress.com.

      I look forward to following your blog and being amused. Thank you, Rhonda.

      Best regards,
      ~yvonne

  9. emeraldwake says:

    Superb Blog,i like very much ,i invite You to my lonely place, Regards from Poland,EM

  10. Thank you for finding me. I love animals and also grew up on a working ranch (in Kansas). There’s something about the beauty of animals and interacting with them on a daily basis that somehow keeps my world sane. I believe in rescuing pets and never ever going anywhere to buy them. We currently have 2 rescue Shih Tzu 15 yr olds. One came to us as a 4 yr old and the other at 8.

    • And I thank you for taking the time to read and comment about your experiences growing up on a ranch and about your two rescues. You are a lovely person to adopt those two dear little dogs. Not many people will adopt an older dog and they just do not know what they are missing. An older dog can be just as loving and more likely to show you how grateful they are to be in your care.

      • I’ve had my time with puppies and am more than happy to have a dog that’s looking for a good home. We were in for a delightful surprise when we adopted our 8 yr old from the puppy mill. She sensed her freedom and it’s only been in the last couple of years that she’s started to slow down. She has literally worn out a path in the back yard doing figure eights from one end to the other. And you are so right about rescues being so loveable.

        • I’m so glad that you believe in rescues and are happy not to buy a “new puppy” or a new dog. It is senseless to buy a dog when there are dogs dying because there is no one who wants to adopt a “used” dog. I will say it over and over, that a rescue is always the best dog. I think they are aware that they have been saved and given a life with someone who loves them.

  11. Pecora Nera says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    I love your photo of the chocolate labs and Billy Bob. I have an EOS1000D camera, but it might just as well be one of those cardboard £7.99 throw away cameras from the supermarket.
    Most of the pictures I take look like family snaps. I have a few cool sunset photos, I spent a month pointing the camera out of the window and in Italy it is not hard to take a good red sunset pic. Oh and a really fluke of a pic that we framed and stuck on the wall. It looks really artistic, it shows half my face in darkness and half in light. To be honest, I probably caught the button on the camera and it went off by accident. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for commenting about the labs and Billy Bob. Now about your camera. I surely am not an expert but you should be getting some pretty decent photos with your camera. If it has auto focus then use that. Much easier to work with. Obviously I am not a purist where photographing is concerned but I do work at trying to get a good picture. It takes a bit of patience and a bit of work. But I began photographing when I was young and I enjoy working with a camera.

      Perhaps you would do better with a 60D or 70D. These cameras have better resolution and more megapixels. I think you would like using a bit more expensive camera.

      • Pecora Nera says:

        Hi,

        I will just have to keep practising, and I might have a look at the 60D 🙂

        • http://ajh57.wordpress.com/ is the blog address of Andrew Hardacre who is orgianlly from Wales, Uk and now in Hong Kong. Top rated photographer, great writer who is funny and, a very nice person whom I admire. I think that you might really connect with him. He has quite a few cameras and can most likely guide you far better than I.Take a look at his blog. Or you could email him as well.

          If you get a 60D or 70D make certain that you read all the reviews and do not get a kit lens with your camera if you can afford otherwise. Get a really good lens which will yield sharper photos and make you a much happier person with the results.

          And yes, practice, practice, practice. It’s sort of like playing a piano. Taking lots of photos and then looking at them with a critical eye will help you see your mistakes.

          Best regards,
          yvonne

        • Pecora Nera says:

          I have had a look at his blog, it is very good.

          Thanks for the lead 🙂

        • I’m glad that you went over for a look. You might let him know that I sent you- or not. 🙂 I’ve been following Andrew since Oct. 2012.

        • Great. I think you will “dig” his humor and apprecaite his photography. Top notch in all categories- my humble opinion. 🙂

  12. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi! Thank you for following my photography blog. I hope you enjoy it. You’ve got a very interesting blog and I look forward to reading more.

    • Jane, you are more than welcome. Thank you for taking a look here and for the nice comment. I do hope that some of the info is interesing and maybe of some value to you if you have a pet/s. I was in a huge hurry when I discovered your blog via Mike Hardisty’s blog. I’ve been reading his blog for about 6 months or longer. The two of you are in mutually good company. Getting back to you. I didn’t see a comment box anywhere except the one that accompanies your bio. Maybe I was in too much of a hurry. I’ll return. I hope you have email notice for I seldom read from the reader. Just too much scrolling for my linited time and energy. Anyhow, I’ll try to find your posts by simply clicking on your blog.

  13. Sara says:

    Hi! I love animals and I love your blog, so I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I think you may have gotten it before, but I like your blog a lot so I went ahead and nominated you.. I posted instructions on how to accept in case you don’t know. Keep writing interesting stuff! 😀

    • Sara thank you for thinking of me. I don’t wish to be unkind or ungrateful but I just do not accept awards. I am extremely honored to be thought of but this is the second or third time I’ve turned down a nomination. I’ll have to find out how to put a note somewhere that I don’t accept awards. I don’t for several reasons. Primarily because there are many blogs out there that are far more deserving than mine.

      I hope that you continue to visit and enjoy my blog. 🙂

  14. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you.

    Thanks for following my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

  15. slurryart says:

    hi! i can already tell there is much to be learned and inspired by on your blog. thanks for your recent likes on my amateur art blog. Good day to you! ~Scott

    • Gee, thanks Scott. I did not expect a visit. Just is not my style. In fact I will soon be turning off comments again for I am not able to keep up. I just want this blog site to be a source of info and maybe something to look at.

      But, feel free read or just to look. I post in spurts with long intervals of nothing. 🙂

      PS: I think you are quite talented. Kee up the good work. I really liked the painting that you did. You surely finished that one quickly.

      ~yvonne~

  16. Glad to have stumbled upon your blog. Pets, People and Life are great topics!
    cheers,
    Rachelle

  17. I see how much you love animals and your photography is very good! Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~Sherry~

  18. Hi Yvonne, just taking some time today to catch up on the blogs I follow, you know how busy life, work, health, and family can be. I decided to skip the reader and just go to the blogs. I see I have missed a lot with your posts. 😦
    But alas, I am almost caught up, I just wanted to say, hang in there.
    -Mary

    • Thank you Mary for reading and commenting. I did a new post just for you and Tim. I posted it tonight. I think it is a good one. And that you will like it even if it makes you sad.

      My daughter who is sick now (the vet) was crying to me over the phone. She is very depressed about her illness and having to give up her practice. She lives in terror that one of her pets will die- they are all rescues.
      I can’t take anymoe pain, Mama.” One cat had a stroke last year but recovered almost fully. She fell off the bed and seemed in a bad way for a few days but is okay now. At least Lisa thinks she is. The cat was once my cat.Lisa gives her blood pressure med daily.

  19. Hi Yvonne ~ I found you via Ralph’s blog and b/c my name is Yvonne and I just wrote a blog post about my name and then I found your blog, well, I just had to send you a note. I know that you just wrote about closing your comments etc, but your cat story tugged at my heart and I just wanted to connect with you. I understand your frustration, but I am hoping that you’ll reconsider as there were quite a few posts that I would have loved to have commented on or at least clicked LIKE!
    I hope you are having a great day ~ and I hope you have a chance to read this comment. Hugs to you my same named pal! 🙂

    • Yvonne it is nice to meet you via our blogs. I am glad that you found me via a really nice person’s blog. I think highy of Ralph even though I only discovered him maybe about a month ago.

      As for the comments “I reckon I have read enough disappointed people’s complaints about no comments and that it might be up in the air if I continue to blog or not. I feel very inferior as a writer compared to many others but my blogging friends I suppose have “pepped and pumped me up” to get on a stick and post again. At this time I have little motivation but that might have to do with some family issues re: my adult daughter’s newly diagnosed arthritis and a long saga of finally getting a diagnosis. It has left me very depressed but my depression is only minor compared to my daughter’s depression regarding her health. But enough about that. I don’t know which cat story you read for I all of the long stories are about my daughter’s cats that she rescued. I have one on there titled the Foundlings Four. I will be turning on the comments again so check back. Probablu will not tonight as I need to get to sleep. It is 12:09am central standard time in central Texas. I don’t have a helper for Wednesday and Thursday for I had to cut back to save money. That means I have less time to piddle on the computer and I must “turn it on so that all of the animal chores are completed.

      Ps I am not fond of like so if you return I hope you will comment and like as well. That is just my approach to other blogs. And that was one reason that I became peeved. Like to me means that you have not read the post. That is what so many do that have a swarm of subscribers. Just go along and click like and then on to their merry way.

      I am of French ancestry paternal side and German maternal side. My maiden name is French. I don’t know about you but many people have no idea how to pronounce Yvonne.

      Regards,
      Yvonne

      • Good morning Yvonne! I am enjoying getting to know you, but I am sorry to hear about your family health issues. Please know that I am keeping you all in my prayers. I am an 11 year breast cancer survivor so I understand how bewildering being diagnosed and how life changing it becomes. I hope you will reach out when you need a friend. I am glad you put the comments and likes back on! I think it’s interesting how I always read the post that I LIKE and I never think of LIKES on my posts in the way that you do! I look forward to reading more of your blogs and I wish you happiness and peace. Just keep taking life one baby step at a time! Be well and keep blogging! Hugs, Yvonne (P.S. Nobody ever knows how to pronounce my (our) first name nor spell it! I find it comical! 🙂

        • <em Thank you for the lovely reply. I looked in on your blog site for a bit last night and read the post about the name thing. I will go back to your post about names I hope today. My dogs awaken me at 5:15am and so I let out those that wanted a bathroom break.

          I read that you are an 11 years cancer survior so I assume that you had breast cancer.I know that all cancers are the thing from hell. I detest the word. But I feel that you are a strong and adaptable person who clearly knows how to maintain oneself in a healthy state; physically as well as mentaly. Those two factors are important to living a normal life span after detection and treatment.

          About the name Yvonne. I was named for one of the Dione quintriplets of Canada. When I grew up no one knew how to say my name correctly. Some teachers in school knew how. When I was younger I liked the name Renee or Regina. In my twenties I began liking mhy name more for I had learned how to be more asseritve and to corect people how to say the name. The name is much more common today but I often must tell people how to spell it. I also say the Y is prounced as E. It is like Yves St Laurent or Yves Montand, etc. People still do not know who those people are.Then I say have you heard the name Yvete? Still no recognition. I am amazed at the lack of common information of so many people. It boggles muy mind.

  20. Just Rod says:

    Oh my, remember what I said about editing my comments before hitting send! Well I didn’t, and now I see so many errors – sorry. But I expect you can figure out the correct words…

    • Not to worry about the errors.I will fix those that I find. A blogger on Blogger to whom I subscribe wrote me that she corrects any that she finds.I have done the same but I seldom find anything wrong.I have sent many error filled comments. TexWis Girl is the only blogger other than myself that I know of that will fix the typos or whatever. I’ll fix yours as well. 🙂

  21. Just Rod says:

    It says comments are closed – but I will try anyway. So sorry you have opted to close the comments box on your blog. I don’t think it’s the number of comments that matter, it’s that someone else, even if just one, feels they want to respond. Above all out blogs (mine at least) are for ourselves. But I have made such great connections with some fascinating and lovely people through their comments and through their blogs. It’s great to feel part of a conversation. But I have never felt obliged to make a comment. I do it when I have enjoyed something or something has touched me in a way that I want to respond.

    I hope one day you may open your site to comments again. I am sure your blogger friends will understand there is no obligation.

    I hope I didn’t write this for nothing because it really is closed!

    Looking forward to reading you again soon. You are one of my favourite contributors.
    Rod

    • Rod, thank you for your kind words and for commenting.I believe all the old posts are still open unless WP just has not picked it up yet. I thought long and hard about the comments. Also about whether to delete quite a few blogs or not. I had 60 and paired down to 22.

      Anyway, I feel at this juncture that I don’t have much of anything to impart.Inferior is the word here and I don’t write very well. I hate that I don’t measure up to what I feel is needed. Comments do not make or break a post.I detest the like button and I don’t agree with the option of reblogging. It is not fair to the person that put effrt into writing and then someone cmes along and adds to theirs. One long post about the pit bull puppy was reblogged and I only knew about it due to Wp’s alert saying “congrats.” The reblogger never thanked me and made no conact with me at all.One of my nature pics was stolen and I never got paid after I was so stupid to email the woman the high resolution. After she got the pic I never heard another word. It was put in or will go in a Texas horticulture mag for Texas nursrymen.

      so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I might also stop blogging but leave what I have in place. It costs only a bit a year to keep it there, I think.

      Best regards,
      Yvonne

  22. katrina says:

    Hi…
    here’s an award for you…

    http://katrinayusof.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/very-inspiring-blogger-award-2/

    have a wonderful day.. 🙂

    • Katrina, I feel honored but I don’t accept awards. I have turned down other ones. Please do not feel insulted. I dont’t have the time and I don’t really care for the award thing. There are many bloggers out there far better that I.

      My blog is nothing special. It is what it is and needs lots of improvement. But I thank you for thinking of me.

  23. Hey Yvonne! Glad to see your blog is awesome as usual!
    I just wanted to tell you that I’ve posted my first picture today!
    You can find it here: http://freepoesia.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/photography-is-visual-poetry-forgotten-sonnets/
    Hope you’ll like it 🙂

    • I had to enlarge it a bit. I like the concept of the book of poetry lost or forgotten under a pile of leaves that was accidently dropped there but then will be rained on and the little book will not be readable anymore. In other words it will be destroyed not just totally forgotten. I know you did not ask for critique but maybe a bit lighter? However, it might just be my eyes.

  24. Ralph says:

    Hi Yvonne, and I see Marsha is here too!! Thank you so much for your visit and fine comments. I said I would and I have made time to come over and visit for a while. 😀 Ralph x

    • Gee, Ralph, I really do not see how you manage so many replies and post too. And as busy as you are I did not expect you to even drop over. I don’t post on a regular basis. But I comment quite a bit. That is the most ejoyment that I get-the connection made with some bloggers that I really like and admire.

      Anyhow, yes somehow I found Marsha or she found me. Not sure how that went. She is a lovely person and I do believe that you are as well.

      Thank you again,
      Yvonne x

  25. tchistorygal says:

    Wow, you are quite a commenter, and your blog friends are too!!! How fun is that. I’m going to take some time to nose around here before heading out. Thanks so much for coming over to my blog, and checking things out. As you can see I have a dog, and two cats for the time being. Additional cats come and go, but the two are pretty possessive of their space. I look forward to becoming better acquainted this year. 🙂 Marsha

  26. chatou11 says:

    Thanks for your blog Yvonne, I enjoy very much visiting you.
    see you soon!

  27. Thanks for the follow Yvonne, I’m looking forward to reading more into your blog as we both like a lot of the same things in life (although I don’t have children, so I can’t comment on that one). I do however have 5 glorious cats, 2 of which were from my Veterinary Nursing days. I also love being out in the big wide world with my camera when I get the chance.

    Regards
    Claire 🙂

    • Thanks so much for commenting. I am looking forward to what I know will be some wonderful pics of your felines.

      • Thank you, Chatou. Now you know a little about me. I enjoy your blog as well. The photos are always so good. I look forward to them and I can put in my mind what it looks like where you live.

        Are there other people who read, write and speak English in the area where you live?

      • Thank you, Chatou. Now you know little about me. I enjoy your blog as well. The photos are always so good. I look forward to them and I can put in my mind what it looks like where you live.

        Are there other people who read, write and speak English in the area where you live?

  28. exiledprospero says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you are having blog problems, Yvonne. Computers are enough to drive anyone crazy. Don’t despair.

    Have you considered starting a new blog and getting a fresh start? Your readers will follow you when you give them the new address.

    • Yes, I have thought about beginning a new one. But I paid for my own domain- $`100 which I have not done yet- need a web guru that I will have to pay.

      I am afraid of causing more problems- self induced. My blog has all the categories splashed above the ABOUT (at least that is what I see) My main problem was that I had not updated to Windows 9. I have Microsoft installed on my computer and I like it a lot. Previously my comments on other blogs were not “staying” and simply disappeared. I could not get the Dashboard, stats, reader, notification, etc. The comment block on other blogs had a “crazy” look and I was about to call it quits. I thought that is was probably a “sign” for me to say adios to blogging.

      WP sent me an inside message when I attempted tp post a photo/s that I needed to update to Firefox or Foxfire (whichever) or to chrome ( google, I assume). So I set about installing what I thought was Google chrome and it was not the real deal. Costco tech told me that there are imitations of the real Google chrome. So the tech assited me to get rid of the chrome deal and a bunch of other malarky. Then he assisted me to install Windows 9. Well that fixed almost all of the problems except I have no idea how to get rid of all those categories at the top of the front page.

      In the mean time I am depressed over the whole situation and have no motivation to post anything at this time. I will pay a web master to help me achieve what I want the blog to look like.

      Thank you for your concern. It is much appreciated. I have yet to comment on your beautiful post of today. But I will be back. 🙂

      • exiledprospero says:

        I see the categories spashed above the ABOUT too.
        I’m using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer as my browser.

        If you scan further below on this page, you will see the archives. If you select January you will have your blog the way you want it to appear.

        I’m using the Neo-Sapien WP theme. So these instruction may or may not work for you.

        Go to Dashboard and select Customize
        Select LAYOUT Static Front page (this is on a toolbar on the right side)
        Page front displays:
        Here there are two choices:
        * Your latest posts
        * A static page
        Make sure that ‘Your latest posts’ is selected.

        • Thank you so much. I will use your instructions sometime tomorrow when my brain is not so tired. I was thinking of trying to put out a post tonight but I don’t have the notes for the blog written- yet. I will follow your insturctions to the letter. I’m going to write the info on a “legal pad” and might try tonight. If not tomorrow it is.

          I have not thanked you properly for being the top commenter to my little blog. I think the count for last year was 47? I will need to go back and look at the stats again. If the number is not correct I’ll change that. I am also ging to add it to your blog. I’ll comment on the beauty that you posted 1/8/2013.
          If you do not want anyone to see the numbers then erase it, ok? 🙂

  29. Kathy says:

    Hi, Yvonne! I came over to look for your latest post, but have discovered your “About” page instead. It’s always fun to pause and look “about” at our friends. Hope your New Year is going well thus far.

    • Well now you know ABOUT me and you are probably wondering how did I ever make it as a professional x35 years in “my chosen profession.” And I’m not telling you but I think you could figure it out since I am nuts as of this minute due to frustration. When I know you better I will tell you what I was educated to do in my other life away from home or maybe not. 🙂

      Actually, I’m just yanking your chain or joking with you- what ever is your perspective. But I’m not joking about my messed up blog. AND NO my New Year “aint gettin no better!” It is the pits.

  30. Hi, I have nominated you for “The Versatile Blogger Award”!! If you are interested, please check my post
    http://thetimelesstreasure.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/the-versatile-blogger-award/ Congratulations!!!

  31. Sydney Fong says:

    Hey Yvonne! Thank you to be my constant follower.After reading your self-introduction, I feel that I have a long way to go, to be a humble man and animal lover, I do enjoying your posts and all your posts zoom into one word, which is “love”. I wish you a Merry Chritmas in advance! Cheers!

    • Sydney, that is so nice of you to have a look around. I believe that you are already a humble man. I think that the title of your blog tells me that you are a very nice young man. Keep up the interesting posts. I learn a lot by reading and viewing what you have been offering your readers. And thank you for wishing me a merry Christams and I wish the same for you. I am not familiar with your culture so I am not sure which countries celebrate Christmas. So if you are not a Chrstmas person then I wish you well and take care.

  32. I like your style! Animals, nature, and photography are some my fav things, too. I think I will enjoy perusing your blog 🙂

  33. Kelli says:

    Good afternoon! I’m writing a little blurb about Sophora affinis (Eve’s Necklace tree) and would like to use your photo with a photo credit. I look forward to hearing from you!

  34. lizziejoy10 says:

    Your passions are very similar to mine. Lovely to connect in this way. Blessings.

  35. I am looking forward to reading your blog in the future, Yvonne. Thanks for subscribing to mine and your kind words. I think it is outstanding that you have lived your entire life in your county. I’ve lived in Western Massachusetts most of mine and started in the Albany, NY area, so mostly within the same region which might not be as large as your county I would bet.
    Very nice to make your acquaintance.

    • My county is 1,037 and some odd aquare mile but for some reason that sounds smaller than what I believed it to be. Averages around 230 plus people per square mile. I suppose that is not anywhere the density of where you live. This area of Texas is pretty drab. The areas where you live have such pretty scenery with fall foliage that is spectacular.

      Thank you for subscribing to my blog. It will not be anywhere as pretty as yours but there will be lots of cats and dogs. I hope that at times you will see something of interest. And nice to meet you also, through blogland.

      Presently my blog has had a spell and some of the printing is off where it should not be. I might have to call Cosco- these guys are so smart. (I can not understand wordpress’ lingo).

  36. I found your blog through a mutual friend, which is often the way I find other blogs of great interest. I, too, love animals of all sorts (we have a Golden Retriever, a gray tabby and a Siamese). You’ve got some great photos here! Nice verbiage to go along. Mind if I keep my eye on you? 🙂

  37. shoreacres says:

    My goodness! I saw you over at Val’s, came here to see what was up and discovered two things. First, your blog is quite attractive as it is! You may want to fiddle with it – we all do it – but it really is nice.

    The second surprise is that we’re neighbors, more or less. I’m down in League City, south of Houston, right on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. I don’t know how you define central Texas, but I’d be willing to bet I’ve been in your county. I’ve lived here off and on since 1972, and love the state. As they say, I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!

    • Well. thank you for dropping on over. I am glad that you made it here as fast as you could. Two of my friends are from out of state. One, (Iowa and the other South Dakota). I feel they are Texans as well. Both are “good people.” I am north of Austin about 100 miles plus. Will have to discuss this per email sometime.

      And thanks for saying the blog looks good. Really you flatter me. I need to put a nice header on it but I don’t like those itty bitty ones per compliments of the free theme. (Suppose it was not actually free as I paid $100 and “they” keep telling me I can have own domain. I don’t know how to do that- afraid I might mess up my blog site. I will have to get a web person for that. I want to have a decent sized one- not to generate more readers- just for my satisfaction. I am going to visit your blog here in a bit. Thank you, again.

      Regards,
      Yvonne

  38. katrinaedwards says:

    Hi Yvonne,,,
    I’m here to follow your blog..
    Looking forward to see more beautiful photos and postings about them…

    • I need a huge prod to get out of these blue days. Have not posted for about a week. Thank you for following me. I have many photos but I can not get myself to act. Maybe your nice words will get me busy- I hope.

    • katrina says:

      This was me..last year.. 😉

      I deleted this blog due to a heart-broken incident..I regretted it because there were so many good postings there..foolish of me..
      but well…I still have my chances, right ? 😀

      *..and I called you Yvonne..very rude of me…I’m so sorry 😦

  39. Andrew, you are the first to like my ABOUT. I USED TO BE) an average/above birder. I took quite a number of bird photos but most were done on slide film. These are all put away in a large box in some closet and I have no idea where they are.

    Thank you fo visiting my blog. I hope to look at your blog more. The other night I was going really fast so I intend to come back again. You have a good “eye” for birds and your photographs are not to be sneezed at.

  40. Andrew says:

    I think we have a lot in common! I look forward to following your blog.

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