Cooler weather is starting to come in, I hope. I also hope that you bought your Texas Hunting License for 2023-24 because deer season starts on Saturday, 4 November. You need to be ready. You should be at the lease right now and not sitting around the house reading blogs! Get going.

Not a hunter? Well, here is some news. Sunday, 5 November is the end of Daylight Savings for this year. You should have turned back your clocks at midnight on Saturday night. Oh well, go ahead and do it now. We will wait.

Don’t forget that Election Day is on Tuesday, 7 November. Go vote! Remember to vote for the RIGHT person(s).

At the end of the week there are two very important days to remember. Friday, 10 Nov, is the 248th Birthday of one of the finest fighting forces that the world has ever known, the United States Marine Corps. And they have the best uniforms also. If you see a Marine, thank him/her for their service. Buy them a beer. They are Warriors, one and all.

On the 21st of November 1983 the Granada Campaign ended. It just started four weeks earlier. Those guys who served in this action got in, took care of business, and then got out. They are to be thanked for their service. They did an excellent job. All actions should be like this. Get your job done and go home to a grateful nation. Thanks to all of our Granada Vets.

Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, 23 November. Hope that you got a turkey while at your deer lease. Have a great day with your family and friends. We really do have a lot to be thankful for in the great nation. We are very lucky people to have been born and raised in the good old USA!

This month starts off with the Afghanistan War. It started on 7 October way back in 2001. Remember that was right after the World Trade Center towers were destroyed and a plane hit the Pentagon. 2,977 Americans were killed in NYC, including 343 firefighters, 184 were killed at the Pentagon and 40 were killed in Pennsylvania. A sad day in the USA. The Afghanistan War would continue on for over 20 years. About 2,450 military members died in Afghanistan.

Do we even celebrate Columbus Day anymore? If you do, then it is on Monday 9 October. The actual day is really 12 October, but we moved it to a Monday holiday.

A really important date is 13 October 1775. This is the date of the establishment of the United States Navy. 248 years of Naval History. We want to honor all of our men and women who have served proudly in the Navy. The Navy is pretty important you know. How would the Marines get to war if it were not for the Navy. All kidding aside, our Navy is pretty large. Its combined tonnage is equal to the next 13 navies in the world. This was true. China is gaining on us fast. We need to build more ships!!

The Granada Campaign started on 23 October in the year 1983. How times flies? Thanks go out to all those Veterans who served in this successful campaign.

Navy Day is on Friday, 27 October. Go down to Galveston and visit a ship. Thank an old Navy Vet for his service. And don’t forget to take your kids or grandkids out Trick or Treating on Tuesday, 31 October. It is Halloween. Hope that the kids get lots of candy. Stay safe on this evening. Go to a Haunted House. Have fun. Cooler weather may be on the way!

Summer ends this month on the 23rd of September, but we do have most of the month still left with hot to mildly hot weather. At least it is starting to cool down a little bit.

September is a very busy month. Lots going on besides school starting up again…or was that back in August? Who knows? Anyway, Tiger Football is back. Hope that we have a great year again. Go Tigers!!!

You should have bought your new 2023 Texas Hunting License already so you can go dove hunting on 1 September. I hope that you have a place to go. Dove hunting is one of the best sports around.

VJ Day is on Saturday, 2 September. It marks the date that the formal surrender was signed in 1945. Fighting continued on many small islands until sometime in 1946. It was not until 31 December 1946 that President Harry S. Truman declared the official end of WWII. Even then there were a few Japanese soldiers that never surrendered until 1974 or so. At the end of the war there were an estimated three million Japanese soldiers stationed on various islands and in the Philippines. Some of them held out for many years refusing to believe that the war was actually over. Loyal dedicated men.

Labor Day is on Monday, 4 September. Most of us don’t do much labor anymore so I guess it’s not that big of a deal. Anyway, Happy Labor Day. Take a nap.

A lot of us are Grandparents. 10 September is Grandparents Day. Have a great day all you old timers! I hope that you get a card and a free meal.

Here we go. Patriots Day is on Monday, 11 September. It is very important to remember. We must never forget what happened on that day. POW/MIA Recognition Day is on Friday, 15 September. Pray for those that are still held as Prisoners of War. Pray that our Missing will someday be found and returned home to their families. There are still about 81 thousand that are awaiting return. Many of these are lost at sea and will never be found. Keep hoping.

On the 18th of September in the year 1947 the U.S. Air Force was officially established from the U.S. Army Air Forces. This is a great day for all our flyboys and flygals and they are very proud of this day. 76 years as the premier Air Force in the world. Keep ’em flying high.

Autumn begins on Saturday, 23 September. Here comes a little cooler weather, maybe. Who ever knows? It can still be hot for a while. Go see the Tigers play ball.

And remember that 29 September, in the year 1899, was the day that the Veterans of Foreign Wars was established. 124 years old. A great day in America. Go drink a cold one. Just no Bud Light please.

We are still in a hot spell. What is hot on 1 August is Air Force Day. Not Air Force Birthday, just Air Force Day. Figure it out yourself!

But on 4 August 1790, the U S Coast Guard was established. Happy Birthday to all the Coasties out there. They have a big job and they do it well. Thank you for your many years of service to our country keeping our coast and waterways safe.

The official date of the start of the Vietnam War is 7 August 1964. It was to be a long war and many of us served in and around Vietnam. Thanks to all those Veterans who served and thanks for what you did. On this date the Purple Heart Medal was also established in 1782.

On 14 August 1945 Japan surrendered thus ending WWII. It was 15 August before we knew it, I believe.

If you are an Airborne trooper, you need to know that 16 August is National Airborne Day. Go suit up, get on a plane, and go jump out. What, you are too old and out of shape? I guess that you need to start running again and doing a few pushups. See you at the track. Yea right!!!

We will end this up on the 19th of August. This is National Aviation Day. Go fly an airplane!

Hope that everyone has a great summer and August will just about finish it up. This is one last month to go somewhere before school starts again and the traffic starts to get bad again. It has been nice driving in DSTX during the past several months. Traffic, when school is out is actually fairly nice. But don’t worry, you will be cussing it again soon.

Well, this will be a short corner as it is hot in July and not too much is going on. The temperature is getting hot and will stay that way for a couple more months. Get used to it. Go jump in your pool or in the lake (if there is any water left in the lake!).

The first thing to discuss is that the Wimberley Rodeo is going on now. It started on 30 Jun and will go for a couple of more days. 1-2 July. We have several guys down there volunteering to help them with parking and other stuff. Thanks to all that volunteered. It is a good show. Go and see it.

On the July 2, 1926 the US Army Air Corps was established. I think that it started down at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Still the Army, but flying a few old planes. This would lead to the Army Air Force and then in 1947 it became the US Air Force. Fly ’em high.

The 4th of July is on a Tuesday this year. A great time to celebrate the Independence of our Country. I hope for some great firework displays around the area at DS Ranch Park or at Hog Heaven. Take your family out for a good time. Eat a hot dog or a hamburger. Drink a cold beer or two!!!

You have to go to the end of the month for the next big event. The Korean War ended on 27 July 1953. This is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. Thank an old Vet that fought in Korea if you can find one. They are getting scarce. Hate to lose them. They are/were good men and women.

Then on Friday, 28 July, in the year 1914, World War I started. We were not in it yet, but we started to get ready. It was going to be the War that Ended all Wars. Yea Right!!

Have a great Summer with your family.

Well, Summer has started, or will start on 21 June, and it is warm and will be warm for the next several months. Get used to it!

Remember 79 years ago? Do you remember what happened on 6 June? The D-Day Invasion of Continental Europe began. Long awaited, it was finally here. The US, the English, and the Canadians landed paratroopers behind enemy lines, and thousands of allied troops hit the beaches of Normandy in France. By the time the several days had passed we had a foothold and we never let go. Many brave young men gave their lives those first few days. We need to take a few minutes to remember their sacrifices. Many of those soldiers are buried in France in beautiful cemeteries. Go see them if you ever get a chance. Or look at them on-line. These are beautiful places.

Wednesday, 14 June is Flag Day. Fly your flag high. Be proud. It is a wonderful day to show your colors. It is also the 248th Birthday of the United States Army, our Senior Service. All of our soldiers who served in the Army should be proud. We are proud of you.

While not as important as Mother’s Day, there is another day that we should remember. Sunday, 18 June is Father’s Day. Hope everyone has a great day with your family. You deserve it.

We do not have very many Korean War Veterans left, but we do want to remember them. The Korean War began on 25 June 1950. Many of our fathers went off to Korea and fought for three years. We give thanks to all those brave guys and gals who served in those trying times. Remember them.

Take your family on a nice trip this month and see some places that you have not yet visited. There are many wonderful places within a few hours’ drive of Dripping Springs. Enjoy the start of Summer 2023!

April is one of the worst months. The weather is terrible. It is usually cold and miserable. Not much to do in April around these parts. What is this you say? Oh, you forgot about Saturday, 1 April 2023. April Fool’s Day. Well, I have to slip it in there somewhere. Why not get it right up front???

Actually, April is one of those months that is just about perfect around here. This is one of the very best months for weather, temperature, and just getting out of the house and doing things and going places on the weekends. Don’t sit at home. There are wonderful events all over Central Texas to see and visit. Start planning and then get going.

Thursday, 6 April is Army Day. And then on the 7th it is Good Friday. You know that Sunday, 9 April is Easter. Take your family to a local church of your choice. Then Remember some special people, for it is also National Former POW Recognition Day.

I know that you have been spending lots of time getting your tax papers in order. That is good because Tax Day is coming up fast. But, because the 15th falls on a weekend, the day that we all dread will fall on Tuesday, 18 April this year. They gave you a few more days to worry!!

If you are into it then celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, 22 April. It’s the only place that we have so I guess this is a pretty important day. Plant a tree or bush or do something good for the planet. It is just about the best place around for now. Use it wisely. Take care of it.

I hope that your April is good. It usually is a very good time of the year… maybe the best month we will have until October!

Well, here comes February 2023, the shortest month of the year. Just a little tidbit of knowledge for you. This month is a once in a lifetime month. There are exactly four Sundays, four Mondays, four Tuesdays, four Wednesdays, four Thursdays, four Fridays, and four Saturdays. This only happens once every 823 years. Enjoy it.

Just 28 days of chilly weather with a few pretty good days of warm weather. On Thursday, 2 February we have an American Legion meeting at the new Vet Hall. But this day is also Groundhog Day, or what we call “Bee Cave Bob Day” around here. Look it up. Bee Cave Bob is an Armadillo who comes out and looks for his shadow. No stinkin’ groundhogs around these parts anyway. You may not believe me, but this is true!

Four Chaplain’s Day is on 3 February. Read about these brave US Navy guys from the WWII era. An amazing story of bravery and valor. They were true heroes.

In the year 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was founded on 8 February. 113 years of teaching and bringing up young men correctly.

Former President Lincoln was born on 12 February. He was, and will always be known, as one of our greatest Presidents. You know the story. Teach it to your kids and grandkids.

Do not. I repeat, DO NOT forget 14 February. Hearts and Candy. Cards and Love. Flowers, lots of pretty Spring flowers… If you don’t remember, you will be reminded. Order some beautiful flowers for the one that you love. You will be a hero in your house. Cook her a breakfast or take her out to a nice place to eat. Make the bed. Clean up around the house. Just a few tips for the wise!!

Don’t forget to make the VFW meeting on Thursday, 16 February at the new Vet Hall too!

President’s Day is observed on Monday, 20 February. George Washington’s Birthday is actually on 22 February. Remember the General and our First President. He was a good man and a Patriot. He did not lie. We could use a little of this type of conduct right now. Ash Wednesday also falls on the 22nd.

Thus, closes out the month of February 2023. I will be back soon!

We hope that everyone had a very nice Christmas this past month and we hope that your New Year’s Eve was fun and safe.

Well, we have ended another year and we are starting a new one. I was hoping for the very best and I was hoping that the 2022-23 Tigers Football Team would be the 6A State Champions. This would have been so good for our school and our community. But it was not to be. The boys did an excellent job though. The coaches did an excellent job too. The Band, the Cheerleaders, and the High Steppers all did great. 2022 will be a year to remember. Go Tigers!!!

The Army Mules beat the Navy Goats, but just by the “skin of their teeth”, in double overtime on a last play field goal. But a win is a win. The Air Force Falcons won 10 games this year and beat Baylor 30-15 in the Armed Forces Bowl up in Ft. Worth. The Falcons also won the Commander’s Trophy this year by beating both Army and Navy. Scott R. is “on a high,” as he should be… very proud of his Falcons.

What does the first month of the year 2023 bring us? Sunday is New Year’s Day. If you had a hard Saturday night, then rest up and enjoy a few football games. Regular deer season ends on Sunday, 1 January. There is an extended Special Doe Season for about 15 more days. Close up camp. It’s all over for another year. Hope that you got a big one. Start thinking about going fishing.

The Persian Gulf War began on 17 January 1991. We are so proud of our Gulf War Veterans. What a great job you did in a very short time. Go over, do your job, and come home proudly. Thank you very much for your service. Perfect example of how to perform.

On the 27th of January 1973, the Vietnam Peace Accords were signed. You all know how the story ended. Thank each of our Vietnam Veterans for all that they did, for their dedication to duty, for coming home with their heads held high. You did what was asked of you. Thank you. We are proud of you and your service.

We are into the winter months, and it will be chilly for several more months. I hope that we do not have a bad cold spell as we did a while back. Just remember that Spring will be coming soon.

Hope that your January 2023 is a very nice month. See you soon in February.

As of this writing, we have a couple of DSHS Sports updates:

1. The DSHS Girls Volleyball team recently won the 6A State Volleyball Championship! What a great HONOR for our girls and our local school. Congratulations.
2. The DSHS Football team just won their game in the quarterfinals against the Harlingen HS Cardinals. Our Tigers will be playing a semifinal game in Texas Memorial Stadium in early December.

December is a pretty busy month for us, so let’s get started. A very important date to remember is Wednesday, 7 December. This is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I think that everyone knows what happened on this day. The important thing is that we continue to teach our children and grandchildren about this day so we “Never Forget” what happened. In 4 years, we lost over 400,000 of our brave warriors while we were winning a war that had to be won. Over 16 million of our people served with honor and distinction. There are only a few WWII veterans left. God Bless them all.

Two important birthdays to remember: Tuesday, 13 December is the 386th Birthday of the National Guard, or what was originally called the Militia. These guys are important because without them there may not have been a United States of America. The second date is Wednesday, 20 December, the 3rd Birthday of The United States Space Force. You will be hearing a lot more about these guys in the near future.

Guess what happens on Wednesday, 21 December? It might be 80 degrees, but this is the beginning of Winter. I hope that we have a fairly mild winter this year! But be ready for some cooler weather. Get prepared now. Don’t wait for the first freeze!

We have a couple of very important days on Saturday and Sunday, 24-25 December. You know everything about these days called Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy your family and enjoy the reason for Christmas. We sometimes forget what it is really all about. Give thanks for our blessings and for our God and his special gift to us. Say a special prayer for all of our service members who are overseas and far from family and home.

Then be very careful on the last day of the year, Saturday, 31 December. It is New Year’s Eve. We want you to still be with us on New Year’s Day! Enjoy your evening, but Be Safe. 2022 is almost Over and Done. We will see you next year.