I Don't Know DiddlySquat

Texas owes its name to the Caddo tribe - and the Spaniards. During the Spanish exploration of Texas in the 1540s, the Spaniards met the Hasnai Caddo tribe in present-day East Texas. the Native Americans used the word tayshas for "friends" or "allies." In Spanish, the translation came out as tejas. Eventually, Tejas became Texas.

Texas is also known as the Lone Star State, in reference to the state flag. The flag displays a single, five-point white star on a field of blue with an upper white horizontal stripe and a lower red horizontal stripe.

Texas declared independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, to become the Republic of Texas. Texas was admitted to the Union on December 29, 1845, as the 28th state. Texas state government is divided into executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The governor is the chief executive of the state and is elected for a four-year term of office.

EVERYWHERE ya go in Texas, you'll see how folks are Proud Texans!

Like this shop in Gruene, Texas  where the LoneStar is featured right along with old bikes, cactus and a...Flamingo?   

Why we even name our kids after Texas...well, nickname anyway.  I really thought my 9-9-09 Grandson's middle name should have been Dallas.  We all call him BabyBubba...that's pretty Texan.  I bet when he's 21 he'd like Dallas better or maybe even Tex...he'll probably use his given name by then...Jackson Thomas...which we'll shorten to JT.   Poor BabyBubba!

I guess it could be worse...he could have been conceived in Leakey, Texas.

Before we leave the Month of May and my visit to NewBraunfels and Gruene, I want to share a few more  pictures of the amazing flowers that the April showers brought to Texas. 
It's been this NeatO'Nikon Gals 'PitcherTakin' dream come true.

Sister ConnieMarie has a 'GrueneGreenThumb' and loves her yard, garden, plants and dogs, BabyBo and CuJoe. 

 PS...See, ya never know who ya will meet in Texas!

Poor BabyBubbaJackson!

They shoulda named him Dallas!  At least we coulda nicknamed him 'BigD'.


  1. Anonymous5/26/2010

    Yep... Big D would be much better than Diddly Squat. HA! Besides, who wants the last name Squat??


  2. Hi Sue, I enjoyed learning more about your Texas! Fun blog you have here with lots of great pictures of pretty things. You and your sister do look a lot alike :) I loved the post with the unusual flowers too.

    So nice stopping by to visit with you!
    Kindly, ldh

  3. Texas are a proud bunch that is for sure. Even those of us living elsewhere! thanks for a fun post!

  4. Haha! My niece has 3 children: Austin, Dallas(boys)and Tyler (girl). She is not from Texas but just really likes those names! They are beautiful children!

  5. Yep, I think I met Diddly once. It might have been in Italy when I ran into "Kilroy"

  6. You Texans sure can come up with great "Cowboy" names. But Bubba sounds more like Alabama than Texas to me! Love your stories.

  7. I liked the history lesson, I really learned something new! Kerrie

  8. Don't Mess With Texas or 'Texans' HA! Sue your post is terrific. I bet BabyBubbaJackson is adorable.
    It is fun to read a bit about the history of Texas. My sister lived in Dallas for a few years and my niece still says 'don't mess with Texas' she is 41 now. She loved living in Texas. She had her 21st birthday in Texas. We all came and celebrated it with her.

    I want to thank you Sue for your fun comments on my posts. I appreciate your compliments and your great sense of humor. You always make me smile and sometimes a good Texas(BIG) belly laugh.
    Love you CollectinTexasGal,

  9. Glad you found Texas-Blogging Gals! I will get you on the next updated list.

    Enjoyed a first visit. Following........

    Come see me at my personal blog, too, real soon.

  10. Thanks for the TX trivia...I love the new growth on the cactus...awesome greens. You and your sis just slay me...so young and beautiful...and so full of spunk...and by the way, You DO know diddly-squat!



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