31|52 Community (July 30-August 5, 2012)
We’ve had our lake place at Shay and have kept our small community membership dues current for 16 years or so. One benefit of that membership includes the use of the Shay Community Center for a nominal fee.
We’ve talked of renting the center for years and finally did this weekend for a group of folks that Keith works with along with their families. It was really just perfect! It has a great kitchen, 2 bathrooms, air conditioning, tables and chairs with plenty of space.
We started our Saturday on the lake and had groups in 2 boats and one group on the shore by a tree that provided much needed wonderful shade on the 113 degree day.
It was surprisingly comfortable out on the boats especially considering the temperature. I think everyone had a fun time.
On the way home Sunday we stopped at Purcell, OK where we bought a used power water washer. As I was waiting in the shade while Keith examined the power washer, a horny toad caught my eye. I was so excited and immediately exclaimed to all who could hear “It’s a horny toad!” I loved playing with these gentle but mean looking lizards and haven’t seen one since I was a kid probably when we lived in Texas & Oklahoma. This horny lizard sat very still as though he knew he was the model for my photoshoot.
The owner of the property there in Purcell says they are all over his place and his grandson plays with them all the time. I was surprised because I know that the horny toad is a threatened species. The Texas Horned Lizard Watch website is interesting and includes a video about how the Texas Parks & Wildlife department is studying the little lizards. Anyone can join the community of horned lizard watchers to help this threatened species.