Happy Ending

I’ve been following the story of Molly, who was rescued by the South Texas Aussie Rescue (STAR).  Molly had been left outside by her former owners for god knows how long.  When she was saved by STAR, her hair was so matted, she had to be shaved.  She had been so neglected, she’d developed heartworms.  And the only reason her former owners had essentially dumped her was because she had a small problem with incontinence which has been completely fixed by a small daily pill.

Miraculously, Molly survived the heartworm treatment and is on her way to a full recovery.  Last week, Molly was adopted from STAR and is living with a family that will make sure she has the best life possible.  So bravo, Molly and her family!  And to her former owner, there’s a special place waiting for you in hell, buddy.



Molly, A beautiful Aussie rescued by South Texas Aussie Rescue



Molly, happy and healthy going to her new life



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Better Late Than Never

My February-blooming Christmas Cactus.

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Willow Girl

This is my friend, Willow.  I’ve posted about her before.  She’s my drinking buddy at the Draught House.

Willow by the fire – Christmas 2017

I stayed with her on Halloween while her human companion, my friend Jason, was out of town for a hearing.  We had a great time handing out candy to the little kids and then just chilling to some Debussy.

Willow on Halloween
Ghosts and ghouls chased away, Willow and I listening to Pelleas et Melisande

I love watching her when her Pop is out of town with a trial or hearing.  We had a great time at Town Lake in July.  It was hotter’n hell, but she was a super trooper.

Willow at Town Lake (July 2017)

Willow and me at Town Lake – July 2017

Willow Post-Town Lake (July 2017)

Post Town Lake – Pooped but a happy camper

Sometimes on Friday evenings, after particularly long weeks, Willow, Jason, and I hang out on his back porch with some great fortifying wine and bemoan how bad our jobs are sometimes.  Willow gets tons of scratches, and the week seems to end on a high note.

Willow on the porch
Willow on the Porch, waiting for scratches

Willow is a great car dog.  Her grandfolks live in Houston and sometimes she travels with them for visits.

Willow ready to go
Willow, ready to get the show on the road



Willow and Grandpop

All fastened in, keeping Grandpop company

We found out last week that she is very sick.  I’m heart-broken; my friend Jason is bereft.  We’re going to make her remaining days comfortable and happy.  A sweet, sweet soul.

Willow and her monkey
Willow and her monkey



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Happy New Year

Peanuts (12-31-17)

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Christmas Odds and Ends 2017


Mabel and Fannie (12-25-17)

Mabel and Fannie – Christmas Day 2017

F Minus (12-24-17)Bizarro (12-25-17)


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(Belated) Greetings from Machu Picchu, Perú!

Doesn’t feel like I’ve caught a break since I got back from Perú in October, but here are some photos from Machu Picchu.


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Machu Picchu, Perú – 7:30 am 30 September 2017


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Machu Picchu, Perú – 30 Septemer 2017


llama at Machu Picchu

A llama – Machu Picchu, Perú – 30 September 2017




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Greetings from Pike County, Illinois!

This weekend, I went to visit my sister and her family.  They live in O’Fallon, Illinois.  While I was there, I decided to take a day trip to Pike County, Illinois, where my Cadwell ancestors lived from about 1830 – 1846, when they came to Navarro County, Texas.

Pike County is only about 100 miles northwest of O’Fallon through rural southern Illinois – a very nice drive.



Bethel ME Chapel Steeple - Pike County Illinois

Steeple – Bethany Methodist Episcopal Chapel, Pike County, Illinois

Daniel Cadwell and his family settled in Griggsville, Illinois about 1830.  Daniel operated the first trading post in the area.  The original building was a log cabin; over the years, it’s modernized.

Griggsville Illinois

Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois


Daniel Cadwell Trading Post

Site of Daniel Cadwell’s Original Trading Post – Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois

And then there were very interesting barns.


Barn - Pike County Illinois

Barn – Pike County, Illinois




Barn - Scott County Illinois

Barn – Scott County, Illinois





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