Alex Came A’Knockin.

Wow, we’ve been hit hard with rain from Hurricane Alex.  Thank goodness we didn’t get the storm winds with the rain.

This is directly behind our house.  24 hours ago, this was a greenbelt with a small creek running through.  Now, it is a lake.  If only we had a boat!  I marked where our back fence line is.  There is no back portion of our fence because Hurricane Ike blew it down.  We put up the side fences because we share them with neighbors.  We want a particular fence for the back and are waiting to pay for a hundred other things before paying for that.  During Tropical Storm Allison (Sept 2001), this water came across our back yard and within a foot of our backdoor.

Little J wishes the creek looked like this all the time.  He loves to fish and he could just walk out the backdoor to throw his line.

On the other side of this greenbelt is a major park.  That’s where the July 4th fireworks are fired from.  We sit in our front yard to watch them.  Wondering how conditions will be by Sunday night.

Good night to stay in.

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Houston on the Cheap.

Houston Skyline from the South

My family is doing ok financially right now, but there have been times in the not-so-distant past that we were really limping along in the finance department.  We had one car, with no air conditioning, and Big J would drive me to the park-and-ride bus stop each day to catch the bus to work.  On the weekends, Little J and I would catch a bus that took an hour to get downtown, then we would catch the metrorail or another bus to go see a play or do something free or cheap downtown.  These days we don’t have to ride the bus downtown on the weekends, but I still am often looking for things for our family to do that won’t cost too much.

Well, I made a cool discovery today.  My buddy Bud referred to this website in a Facebook entry.  This website, Houston on the Cheap, tells what’s going on in Houston that is free or cheap.  For instance, today’s entries include free spaghetti at Buca di Beppo, free chicken at KFC, free kids shows at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and a $1 meal at Boston Market.

I scrolled down the website and saw free music downloads, a free movie in Discovery Green park, and a hot-air balloon festival in Clear Lake.  Definitely bookmark Houston on the Cheap ( or sign up for their free upates) and when you are looking for something fun to do with family, friends, or yourself, you ought to be able to find just the ticket on this website.

Houston on the Cheap is part of a network of Cities on the Cheap.  The Cities site will tell you all the cities in the US that have a website with the same type of deals and steals.  How handy would this be for your next vacation?  Or maybe you have a college kid living in one these cities.  Some cities I saw in a quick search were: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Boulder, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Worth, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle, Taos, Tucson.

Happy cheapness!


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