the Huber Family creative site

It has been a busy week at the Huber household.  Layne and Elissa and Brody flew in on Tuesday to spend a couple of weeks with us (so expect a lot of Brody pictures).

picture of Daelynn the  Magnificent shipping label
a recently encountered shipping label
picture of Brody and Daelynn
Brody is not sure what he thinks of Auntie Daelynn
picture of brothers at the airport
Layne and Davison
picture of Lori and Brody
Grandma Lori and Brody
picture of Daelynn, Brody and Lori at the airport
Aunt Daelynn, Brody, Grandma Lori
picture of Daelynn and Brody
Daelynn and Brody

Yard pics

picture of mexican sombrero bush
purple flower bush
picture of roses
this caption left intentionally blank
picture of a ripe blackberry
the blackberry
The birds appear to be eating the blackberries way before they get even remotely close to ripe. I managed to find this one hidden under a leaf. It’s probably time for some netting.
picture of monarch butterflypicture of monarch butterfly

Bilbo 2.0

On Friday, Bilbo had a grooming session.  

picture of moppy dog
this would be the pre-grooming Bilbo
picture of nattily groomed dog
the groomed Bilbo

There will not be any further pictures of Bilbo, as we returned him to the Poodle Rescue Society. He was becoming increasingly stressed and abruptly antagonistic to people who startled or crossed him. We are hoping that there is a better home for him out there. Or, in HR speak, “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”  

Back to Brody

picture of Brock and Brodypicture of Brody and Brockpicture of  Brody and Brockpicture of Brock tickling Brody's toes

It was a busy week at the Houston Huber Household.  Probably most important was that I completed the green card process, getting my permanent work authorization for the States.  No pictures to show of that.  In other news…

At a local Barnes & Noble store, I picked up a ‘build your own gliders’ kit (from their half price table).  After some tweaks to the tail ailerons, it flew pretty well even though it was sort of windy.

picture of lad throwing toy glider
Davison with the glider
picture of boy with toy glider
Brock with the glider
picture of girl and pet dog
the requisite Bilbo picture

Flowers and Fruits

picture of young grape bunch
next step in grape development
picture of mature pomegranate flower
mature pomegranate flower
picture of young pomegranate fruit
pomegranate fruit (really small)
picture of a rose flower
picture of a rose bud
picture of a rose
picture of cocoa red roses
picture of strawberries on countertop
strawberry harvest
picture of growing green tomatoea
picture of orange daylilies
yots of yilies

Flood Aftermath

Danaya and I took an alternate route to the chiropractor on Wednesday, driving through one of the communities that has been hit hard by the flood.  There were a lot of houses in this community with piles of debris (drywall, carpet, etc) out front.  I drove through again this morning, and a lot of it had been cleaned up already.  There were some streets that were still in cleanup mode.

Zach Winters house concert

On Thursday night, I drove Danaya and Daelynn to a house concert featuring a musician from Oklahoma named Zach Winters.  It was held in a large very soggy backyard (like step on the grass and sink into a couple of inches of water) and was a whole lot of fun.

picture of back yard concert
Danaya and Daelynn find a dry place to sit
picture of Zach Winters in concert
Zach Winters in concert
picture of Daelynn and Danaya with Zach Winters
Daelynn, Zach, and Danaya
picture of filament light bulb
One of the filament bulbs at the concert

On Sunday night, we were awoken by a major storm that dumped a lot of water overnight.  There was lightning and thunder all night long, some of it amazingly close and loud.  All of us received periodic public announcements to our cell phones providing tornado and flash flood warnings.  Both Mikaela and Heidi have old cellphones which are no longer in service, but apparently are still eligible for public service announcements.  At 2:00 am, I had a worried set of kids (Mikaela, Heidi, and Brock) and a distressed dog in the living room.  The detention pond was pretty much full at 6:00 am (see following picture), but by 8:00 am was down quite a bit already.

dark picture of pond
6:00 am picture of the park and detention pond
picture of green space
The view of the park and detention pond 5 days later
picture of water in atreet
the cul-de-sac underwater

At our place, we got (received, experienced, were deluged by) 15 inches of rain as measured by one of our garbage cans.
picture of rain filled garbage can
15″ overnight

 Work was closed on Monday, but for us the rest of the week was normal.  About a mile or two north of us is Cypress Creek.  It crested a couple of inches short of the all time measured high water mark, something like 127 feet above normal levels.  It closed major roads in our area for 3 to 4 days but didn’t really impact us.

In other news, 

picture of pomegranate blossom
further progression of the pomegranate blossoms
picture of tawny daylily
Tawny Daylily
picture of Gardenia flower
picture of strawberries ripening
picture of unripe blackberries
blackberries ripening
picture of pecan blossom
pecan tree blossom
picture of bearded Iris
Bearded Iris
picture of rainbow pinks
Rainbow Pinks

And in another news, Lori and Bilbo had a big altercation this week.  Bilbo is now undergoing obedience and submission training.

Pomegranate Blossoms

I had to return my Pomegranate Orchard Otharized Professional badge, as the pictures that I posted last week labeled ‘baby pomegranate’ actually turned out to be the pomegranate bud and flower as shown by the following two pictures.  I guess that the fruit comes after the pollination process.


Painting The Roses

Although I had captioned a picture last week about painting the roses (referring of course to the Alice in Wonderland movie), it was all in jest.  However, one (and only one) of the roses actually is mostly red and part pink, looking indeed like it had been partially painted.

Baker Davison

Davison made a dessert this week called a ‘pavlova’.  It consisted of a meringue crust, whipped cream and sliced fresh fruit.  It was delicious and allowed Davison and Brock to stay up past their bedtime as it took an extra long time to cook. 

 Mentor/Mentee Meet the Family event

For the past 1.5 years as part of a work-sanctioned give-back-to-the-community program, I have been mentoring a middle school student.  This consists of meeting once a week during a lunch hour for 30 minutes.

This past week, Lori and I went to a dinner and speaker event and had a chance to meet my mentee’s family.   Mentor (sitting) and mentee (standing) in the picture. 
Some additional yard pictures


picture of rose flower

picture of daylily flower
picture of wild garlic flower
Wild Garlic
picture of zucchini blossom
zucchini blossom
picture of blackberry blossoms
Blackberry blossoms
picture of tropical  flower
Tropical Milkweed
and last and least…


I forget the full name of our dog.  I do know that both “Bilbo” and “Fergus”are both part of it, and that he is usually referred to as Bilbo or Bo.

He is pretty laid back and so far hasn’t learned or been taught many tricks.  He must be an old dog.