It’s time to decorate, Mt. City

Change in Loving Mountain City Holiday Decor Recognition Scheduled, due (mostly) to rains:

Advance Decor Scouts Out, December 9 (identifying substantially decorated addresses);

Decor Scouts Out, December 10, 6pm – 8pm in decorated trailer pulled by Roland Garza. Departing City Hall. Sign up with ptom5678@gmail.com;
Electronic Voting: December 14-16;
Santa Party, includes voting for Kids’ Favorite, December 14;
Recognition Signs Out: December 19.

Holiday Decorating in November (and even October) opens the gift of time for family and friends in December. And, it gives a gift of love to those who enjoy the lights and décor the entire holiday season, Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Eve.

If possible, please “Light Up” on Thanksgiving Weekend.

The Big Oak Tree at City Hall will be lit this weekend, thanks to Lucas Larson, Ron Tom, Jill Perez, and Kyle Perez (and Chuck Pace, who loaned his Little Giant ladder.)

Watch NextDoor.com and Loving MountainCity for notice of opportunity to help decorate City Hall (due to volunteer schedules and rain, this may be just an hour’s notice), which was delayed because the City’s yard crew could not trim bushes and trees until this week. 

If you see someone decorating and you’re willing, just stop and help. That’s what Jill did on Saturday.

I’m thankful for the abundance of butterflies in Mountain City in late October and early November.  On October 29, RonTom and I visited the Zanzibar Butterfly Center, after seeing Red Colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest. After a full-day flight on Tuesday, we awakened at home to see hundreds of butterflies visiting our native flowers, bushes, and trees.

I took the shortcut to obtain butterfly identification. By posting photos on the iNaturalist app, word came back that our visitors included Bordered Patch, Gulf Fritillary, Great Purple Hairstreak, Gray Hairstreak, American Snout, Monarch, Queen, and Cloudless Sulphur.

Beautiful.  Beautiful.  Beautiful.  Thank you, Jesus.

What a surprise when we passed in front of our house in the daylight for the first time after returning from Africa. Our Dutchman’s pipevine on our “Wildlife Tree” (the skeleton of a live oak that succumbed to oak wilt) had monstrous strange purple blooms for the first time.

What a surprise during the Loving Mountain City Spooktacular when one set of visitors to our self-serve house, after the short Halloween evening deluge, encountered a snake.  On our Ring doorbell video we heard, “It’s a snake.  It’s moving.  It’s alive.” That was no trick and it was no treat. 

Loving Mountain City hosted a marvelous appreciation potluck for our City’s veterans the Thursday night before Veterans Day.

I’m thankful for Loving Mountain City, envisioned and brought to life by Amy Hilton. It brings a sense of community to our little city.

I’m thankful for Mountain City friends and acquaintances.

I’m thankful for family. Most of us will be together in Deep East Texas (Hemphill) for Thanksgiving.

Most of all, I’m thankful for Jesus. “Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.”

And, as always, I’m thankful for individuals who submit tidbits. ptom5678@gmail.com or 512-268-5678.  Thanks! Love to you, Pauline

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