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In The Garden

Hey Bud, it’s Red

I recently had the heartbreaking experience of having one of my favorite trees cut down by tree trimming service. No fault of theirs, they said there were three dead trees in the yard and I didn’t ask which three in particular. Upon coming home I found our beautiful redbud cut down and in pieces. After a moment of shocked silence […]

A Kind Word….

What a difference a word can make in one’s attitude. This morning it was hard to get out of a warm house and take care of the first order of business for me—feeding my cat + his friend. I have such a fine honed conscience about not letting the cat down. If I wake too early I don’t turn on […]

Lexington’s Past Reported

December 3, 1872 – Austin Statesman: Cole’s Monster Exhibition composed of Circus, Museum, Caravan and Aviary with 300 men and horses, 350 wild and untamed animals, birds, reptiles and curiosities will play at Giddings Friday, December 13 and at McDade, Saturday, December 14.Adult tickets $1.00 and children 50 cents. December 2,1902–Galveston Daily News: Appointments in the Brenham district of the […]

Chef’s Corner

Orange-Glazed Pork Loin This crazy-good roast sprinkled with thyme and ginger is absolutely one of the best pork recipes I’ve ever tried. Salt and pepper to taste2 garlic cloves, minced½ tsp. dried thyme½ tsp. ground ginger1 boneless pork loin roast (5 lbs.)Glaze1 ½ cups orange juice1/3 cup packed brown sugar2 Tbsp Dijon mustard½ cup water1 ½ TBsp. cornstarch Preheat oven […]

Giddings Library News Corner

Storytime returns in December. Children 6 and younger are invited to the library Wednesdays at 10:30A for a story reading and activity. Visit the library to check out new arrivals: They Wish They Were Us, darkly suspenseful young-adult fiction from Jessica Goodman — In Jill Newman’s world, everything looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is […]

In The Garden

Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree!

I know it is still just Thanksgiving, but I thought a little insight about our Christmas trees would help get people into the spirit of the season. As we come into the Christmas season, we start to think of the decorations to put up in our house and most of all what tree to get. One of those decorations is […]

About Gifts and Memories….

Recently in something I was reading the question was asked, “What was the best gift you can ever remember getting?” I’ve been asking others that question and enjoying the replies. Most of the replies—in fact so far—all the answers pertain to things of childhood days. Does that mean we receive so many gifts these days that we have to reorganize […]


Members of the Happy Hearts Quilt Guild, Giddings, were invited to enter quilts in the Hempstead Knights of Columbus Quilt Show a couple of weeks ago. Cheryl King and Sheri Sweet, Guild members, entered three quilts each. Cheryl, right, received the “My Favorite Quilt” award from Otis Stryers Construction Company, Hempstead, and Best in Category for her Block of the […]

Lexington’s Past Reported

November 21, 1902 – Galveston Daily News: J. M. McClanahan of Lexington authored a tribute to an aged couple, W. C. and Sarah Simmons, who bought a farm on String Prairie in 1889 where they settled and still reside with their eldest son. The parents of eight sons and one daughter, W.C. was born in Georgia in 1816 and Sarah […]

Chef’s Corner

Herbed Wild Rice Dressing Try this Wild Rice Dressing with apples and walnuts and enjoy the flavors and crunch! 5 sourdough or white bread slices, cut into ½ inchcubes (about 3 cups)2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil1 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks)1 medium red onion, diced2 Honeycrisp or Fuji apples, diced4 cups cooked wild rice, according […]

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