Mostly about food, this blog is just a place for me to throw things that are of interest to me. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by an look around. This represents just some of the stops on the various pathways that this amateur home cook finds himself.

You may find that these foods tend toward protein and away from carbohydrates - this is due to diabetic issues, so I try to only sparingly use carbs, and good ones at that. Of course, sometimes I forget....

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another year closes

As this year comes to a close, and before the festivities start this evening, I took a little time to reflect on how blessed I am, especially in this year of social and economic turmoil. I live 50 miles from work, and people always ask me why I drive so far. Lately, its been less of a strain, as I am able to work from home a few days a week now. Anyway, here's why I drive so far:

Here's a view to the southwest. The hills in the far distance are about halfway to San Antonio from here. Also in that direction is the closest cell tower, 5 miles away.
A view to the south. The ridge in the background is several miles the other side of the Medina River. A cool refreshing place to be in the summer!
Partway down our road. It's about 1/10th of a mile to the pavement. It cuts down through layers of limestone and caliche, and is nearly impossible to keep graded because of it. The rough road and the gate at the bottom do help to keep the riff-raff out, though.
A view due north. In contrast to the balance of the hill, this side is all cactus and cedar breaks. Turkeys, armadillos, deer, and rabbits and other edible treats abound here.
A look towards the utilitarian northwest. Here you can see more cedar, the curve of the well house, the odd blue pyramid and the ubiquitous pipe rack.
It's views like that which keep me living here and working there. Here's to hoping all of us can take some time and appreciate what we have been given. The secret to happiness is simple - rather than having what you want, want what you have.


Anonymous said...

In one of your first blog entries you state that you live a "boring life". May we all be so blessed!!!

From your photos and descriptions your home ground is not only beautiful but a tranquil place to reflect and recharge.

I love your recipes and hope that you will continue to post more entries about your boring life

MGwerks said...

Thanks for the good words, Anon. I guess it isn't as boring as I first thought when examined in this way. thanks for the reminder!