First Anglo-American Texas Ranch

James Taylor White established the first Anglo-American ranch in Texas. White is thought by many to be responsible for the establishment of the longhorn cow in the third oldest town in Texas, Liberty, and southeastern part of Texas. James Taylor White did establish the first cattle trail in Texas known as the “Opelousas Trail.” The “Opelousas Trail” began in Liberty when White drove his cattle to the markets in Opelousas, Louisiana.

The Texas Armadillo Did Not See His Shadow! Winter Will Soon End.

Armadillo Day February 2, 2012

Armadillo Day is a holiday celebrated on February second every year.  In the traditional celebration the Armadillo sticks his head out of the Armadillo hole and if it is cloudy he comes out in search of Lone Star Beer.  If it is sunny he retreats back into the Armadillo hole for six more weeks of winter.

Armadillo Day, Groundhog Day

The Texas Armadillo

The rumors of giant Armadillos crashing tractor trailer rigs are not true.  A normal size Armadillo can roll into an armored ball and when the tractor trailer rig loaded with Lone Star Beer hits the sacrificial Armadillo, the truck will jackknife and overturn, spilling its beer cargo for all to consume.

Since the manufacture of Lone Star Beer ceased in 2000, there have been no reports of overturned beer trucks.  The Armadillo population is on the increase as a result. The Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio made Lone Star Beer, known as the “National Beer of Texas”.  The brewery was built in 1884 by Adolphus Busch.

Armadillo is Spanish for “Little Armored One”.  The Nine Banded Armadillo (Texas Armadillo) is an ancient mammal dating back much farther than that copycat Ground Hog currently hiding in a hole, in Pennsylvania.  Since the Texas Armadillo has no natural enemies, other than beer trucks, he has expanded his original range from Texas to as far as Nebraska, Florida and Southern Illinois.  The Armadillo will soon appear in Pennsylvania to take care of this groundhog named Phil.

Happy Spring, Texas!

Texas Daffodil in Bloom


The daffodil’s bloomed in North East Texas in the last few days.  Most of these were planted ages ago and reproduce adding more bulbs in a clump.  You can dig them in early summer after they have stored energy in the bulb, separate them and replant.

Driving down the country roads this time of year you will see them growing wild.  This usually indicates an old home place.  The house is long gone, but the daffodil’s mark the spot where the flower garden or fence line was.  Mine were planted in the 1930′s.

TexasGrands Blueberry Pecan Cake

TexasGrands Blueberry Pecan Cake

Blueberry pecan box cake

Blueberry pecan box cake

This is no lightweight.  Eight inch cake with four pounds of blueberries and pecans.

This cake was baked the old fashioned way in a wooden cake box we manufacture.

Texas-Best BBQ Restaurant

Kreuz Market
619 N. Colorado St.
Lockhart, Texas 78644
512-398-2361
Beef or pork on butcher paper, no plates, no trays no forks and no sauce, in the purist Texas tradition.

Kruz Market, Texas Best BBQ

Texas Best BBQ, beef and pork

1/2 pound of beef brisket and 1/2 pound of pork ribs. If you need sauce, its not Texas BBQ.

175 Years Ago Today

Colonel Travis letter read by Willie Nelson.  Click here to see the YouTube Video

Texas Rolling Power Outages Update

Mid-morning Update:

During the early morning hours, the ERCOT grid began experiencing numerous forced outages of generation due to the cold weather.  As of 9 am, more than 7,000 MW of capacity was still out of service or not producing at its expected level.

Rotating outages were implemented around 5:30 a.m. this morning to shed 4000 MW of load.  The rotating outages are continuing as this time, although the amount has been reduced to about 3000 MW.

We expect the rolling outages to continue until a sufficient amount of generation is back online.  We are continuing the appeal for energy conservation.

Further updates will be provided when additional information is available.

Power Emergency – Conservation CRITICAL–Rotating Outages Have Begun

Feb. 2, 2011, Austin — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.

Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electric service, typically lasting 10-45 minutes per neighborhood.  The locations and durations are determined by the local utilities.  Critical need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes are generally not included.

It is not known at this time how long the need for rotating outages will last.

Consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity use to the lowest level possible, including these steps:

*       Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.

*       Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.

*       Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

See more conservation tips at “Powerful Advice,” Public Utility Commission of Texas:

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Texas Best Ranches

 Check out Texas Best Ranch website.  Very nice intro video.  This site lists upscale ranch properties primarily in Central Texas.  This is a relatively new website.  Please give me feedback in the comments section below if you are familiar with this company.  Does this site belong in our best ranch listing?

Texas Best Ranches

Sissy Spacek Born Christmas Day 1949

Sissy Spacek  Born Christmas day 1949 in Quitman, Texas.  Quitman is in E. Texas, N. of Tyler.

Nominated for an “Oscar” six times, Sissy won a best actress “Oscar” for playing Loretta Lynn in “Coalminers Daughter”, 1980.