Sunday, May 28, 2017

Oh Whata Night and more

I started this blog 3 weeks ago but prepping the house to put on the market in a few short days from now is lots of work. Especially since there were things I neglected. David has been working like a mad man making the house and landscaping look awesome. 
So I guess I try to recap the month of May in one post. 
Tuesday (5/2) night David and other co-workers, along with their significant others were invited to join Nexon/Amercable to a nice dinner and drinks at B&B Butchers and Restaurant. Nexon is a vendor for David's company and they were in town for the OTC. This place was amazing. The dinner and open bar were on Nexon. It was wonderful and we had the best time. 
We got there early so us and the couple who rode with us ordered drinks at the bar since the upstairs wasn't open yet. I got a Washington Mule while David, Larry and Sylvia got Derby Day Mules. Main difference is mine was made with vodka and theirs was made with bourbon.  
Check out the butchers window.... Wow. On their Dinner time special menu You could get a 28 day dry aged A5 Japanese Wagyu Ribeye 12 oz steak for only $250.  Holy cow! Literally.
Once the upstairs was open we got drinks at the bar there. My drink choice for the night was White Russians. Mmmm so good. Everyone was socializing and the waiters kept bringing us another drink. Whoa.  I lost count after 4 or 5. Glad I wasn't driving back to the other side of town. Finally they started bringing around some appetizers. 
Like Mini Beef Wellington with truffle aioli, Mini Crab cakes drizzled with remoulade, truffle chicken stuffed in a wanton cone, sliced mozzarella, roma tomato with basil, olive oil and prosciutto, 
along with little skewers of meat with a spicy seasoning.
 Everything was so good. My friend Sylvia loved the truffle chicken cones. I'm not sure which was my favorite they were all soooo good.

When it was time to sit down for dinner there wasn't a table to hold the group of 6 of us. So we chose to sit outside on the patio. The manager and the the Big Guy from the Nexon company was worried that service wouldn't be up to par but we were fine.
 Our waiter Cliff was the best. We had food and drinks with very little wait.
He made sure our glasses weren't empty and we were happy. I think we were plenty happy. LOL

Here was our choices for each course. 
I had the crab salad, rib eye and carrot cake. We all have sauteed mushrooms and macaroni and cheese. We had left overs! So much food and drink.
It was such a fun evening. Just a couple pics.

I haven't learned yet.. I should take pictures when drinking.  This is my friend Melissa.

And if you need cookies made for a special occasion you need to look her up. She makes the cutest cookies. Her company is called Sperry's Cookie Company. Click on the name and it'll take you to her site. 
She makes every design possible. No kidding.
Then on Wednesday we went to Puffabelly's for Davin's Showcase
guest artist in Spring to listen to Tommy Alverson. No alcohol that night for me. Had plenty the night before. Davin was there but wasn't up to playing yet. I guess not, after quadruple heart surgery. 
It was good listening to music at Puff's. It had been a while.

Followed by a quiet weekend of picking up, packing, and making a good will box. We are in the process of preparing to put the house on the market and preparing for that eventual retirement to the Rockin K. That is if we really find a builder and decide what we want.

Joe, Mom, Pamela and David
Hope all Momma's of furless and furry babies had a good Mother's Day. I did. 

This is one of the best pictures of us in a long time.

Three Generations
I didn't get a picture of me, David and Pamela together. David said we could take more pictures later at Lowe's so I did. He's in his element.  
Pamela showing me what a great plant her Dad was picking out to spruce up the landscaping at the house.  David bought me a plant to put in my little red truck planter.  It's got solar headlights. They came on a little early that night....
The rest of the month has been all about the house. Today I finished wiping down all the cabinets in the kitchen. That was a chore. I have a lot of cabinets but it's done now. 
I just need to pick up a few items in Pamela's old room where my desk is now and tackle my sewing room. Say a prayer for me. LOL.
Actually it looks deceit right now but I still need to finish the closet and maybe pack a few other things.
Work has been really really busy.  It's the end of the year and it's a mad rush for new equipment and ordering equipment for the 4 new schools we'll open this fall. YIKES! Then poor Samara lost her work station. LOL. See that's what happens when you go to lunch....  Actually she was working at a couple of tables but they're getting ready to install her a cubical. She's officially a part of our work group again. YAY
And I still need to finish a quilt for Joe's great grand-daughter and Pamela's t-shirt quilt. 
And most of all I need to finish my border for my round robin.
This is the medallion I'm working on now.  It already has 3 borders on it now. The medallion belongs to Margie. She's the one who convinced us to do this Round Robin thing. Each of us has learned a lot but each of us are intimidated to work on Margie's medallion. We don't want to disappoint her. She's really good at this and we're just learning.... Wish me luck.
We did make a quick trip by the farm to check on some trees David planted after going to visit with a possible builder. There was still some wild flowers popping up.

Well that's it for now. I'll try to do better next month.  
Until then....“Imagine” ~ John Lennon

Friday, May 5, 2017

Foto Friday

photo by Pamela Kennedy
Love this picture that Pamela took. This is Pamela's friend's, Marlaina and Josh's little guy Thomas. He loved getting kisses from Sophie while visiting us at the farm one weekend. Marlaina has been like part of our family since 3rd grade.

My lastest creation so far this year. I have almost completed 2 more and working on my third.
Bluebonnets came so early this year and gone so fast. 
I've always wanted to stop here and take pictures when heading to Fredericksburg on our trips in April because it is usually covered in Bluebonnets but this year not so much.
Most of them have already faded away. I love windmills.
Caught a few Bluebonnets in this pictures but there weren't as many as usual.

Photo by Dixon Family

Meet the Beau, Rhonda and Hudson. Isn't Hudson a cutie? I mean the whole family is cute. Hudson's Momma used to babysit my daughter. Doesn't seem possibly that she has a little one of her own. 

photo via Melissa Kasinger

I love this look on my nephew Beckett's face
at his first dental appointment.... "You're gonna do what with that sharp object?"

My Crazy Niece Shelby jumped out of a perfectly good plane the other day. Way braver than I!

Look at the smile on her face. Now her Uncle David says he wants to do this.  He's already done the bungee jumping thing, ridden in a Nascar in Las Vegas, drove his own front engine dragster for many years and he used to race a drag bike. So he's ready for a new adrenalin rush. I need to make sure the insurance policy is up to date.

And she landed safely and still smiling..
And a blast from the past... I have no clue what I was doing or saying.  The guy with me is my big brother Sorrell from fraternity. Ran across this when cleaning out my files. Taken around 1985 maybe. 

I'll have to tell you in my next post about the awesome dinner we went to on Tuesday

but until then.....

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fun Times

About a week and half ago I went to book club meeting and the hostess said the theme was the 50's @ the Shamrock Hotel.  The reason was because of the book she chose that we just read. It was called 
"The After Party" by Anton Disclafani. It was about the River Oaks socialites in the 50's. 
It was fun to read and recognize several of the landmarks that were mentioned. At least 2 of the girls dressed the part with their dresses, hats and gloves. 
I got the best picture of Gaye dressed for an evening at the Shamrock Hotel in the 50's.
Fun evening with great friends and great food. Most of us girls in the club have been together 20 years this year.

Saturday the 22nd our subdivision had a community garage sale. I have to laugh because apparently there's only 3 folks in our community that had a garage sale.  Maybe next year we'll have more notice and more people will participate. I threw a few things together and so did David. We got rid of a couple of outdoor rockers, flower pots and misc other items. We did make some money but what didn't sale went into boxes and straight into the back of my car to drop off at Goodwill. I wasn't taking anything back in the house.. After we closed down I found and David remember so items we could have stuck out there.  Oh well maybe we'll have another one before we move. 
We rearranged the rockers we kept and set a bench out there that matches. Looks more cohesive now. We sat down to relax before going inside and Lilley was free to roam again. Instead she jumped up on the bench next to David and went right to sleep. Garage sales are tough work. LOL

I walked out into the yard to capture a picture of our Cinco de Mayo roses. They are looking great. No smell but they look great.

Enough relaxing we had to get cleaned up and go to a Crawfish party. Yum Yum

The family had invited us for the last couple of years and something has always come up and we could make so finally this year we made it. The picture of the huge crawfish is the only picture I took while there but I should have taken a picture of how they had the potatoes, corn and mushrooms served. 
You walked up and grabbed a tray of crawfish and the sides were in what looked like row boats.
The potatoes were in one, Corn was in one and the mushrooms in another. Pretty nifty. Bad me for not taking a picture..

You could break off the some of the claws and it came out with lots of meat on it but these mud bugs were huge and so were the claws.The bugs were tasty but could have used a tad more spices for my liking but yeah who am I to complain. I think the mushrooms absorbed all the spices. There were good!
Oh and I can't forget to mention the drinks. The guys were drinking beer but their wives were drinking something that looked like chocolate milk shakes so I asked what they were drinking.  They were having Mud Slides with at least a shot of Malibu. OMG those were good too.
The mud bugs were finished and the party was winding down so David invited his co-workers and their wives out to the house. It was still early so back to the house we went and they got to meet Lilley. 

She was the star of the evening. Adrienne was trying to take a selfie with Lilley only Lilley wasn't overly cooperative

Next morning I got up and headed up to Pamela's get her pup Sophie. Pamela had a conference in Dallas so David and I were gonna babysit the Grand-dog. 
 By about Wednesday Sophie was missing her Mommy and kept looking out the window for her.
 Poor darlin.  But it's okay she was having fun with her furry Mom Lilley. 

This Saturday the 29th I headed out to see my Mom. I haven't able to see her in about 2 months but I do talk with her almost every evening even if it's only a few minutes. Check out the hazy look in these pictures. To look at it you'd think it was foggy or raining but it was a dust storm. Big time. It was cloudy but the haze is from all the dirt from the construction. 

I took Mom and Joe out to eat for Joe's birthday. Now the place had one table with about 10-12 folks at it and there were 2-3 other tables with 2-3 people at them and now us. AND ONLY ONE WAITRESS.  Really you got to be kidding. That little gal was running back and forth and all around. I think she was the only one working period. We waited almost 15 minutes before she got our drink orders and gave us a menu, then we waited another 15-20 for her take our order.  I notice that after all this has passed no one has food yet around us. I think the cook must have taken a break. It was almost an hour and half before we got our food. It was like all the food started coming out at the same time. It was good but really. We should have walked out after an hour but there wasn't much of anywhere else to eat in Plantersville. We were at the Relay Station Restaurant. Sorry but I don't think I'll be going back there again. My plan was to take them to eat and then go over to a quilt show at St Mary's Church but by the time we finish the last walk thru was about to begin. Oh and I had to almost 30 minutes for them to bring the check and another 15 to bring back my card. Not a good experience. I was gonna take a couple of pictures of all of us after this but unfortunately something got under my Mom's dentures and cut her gum really bad. She was in pain and had to remove the lower denture so pictures were out of the question or she would have shot me.

Today Sunday April 30th
We headed to the farm. Primarily we were going up to water some new trees David had up there and deliver the picnic table he built.
And we were going to drop of Sophie on our way home.
It was windy as hell but a beautiful day all the same. 
We dropped off the Sophie and gave her hugs good-bye and told her furless Mom would be home in about an hour. 

Home Sweet Home. Now it's time for bed to start another work week. Yippee.

Until next blog post...I’ll save a spot for you on the hood of my truck.” ~
 Laura MillerMy Butterfly
Okay so maybe I'll save you a spot on the porch.  Have great week everyone.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hill Country tripping round 2

Saturday the 8th we were ready for more adventures. Check out this house's back yard. If you get drunk and go to far you could have a small fall and end up on the middle of the road. We went exploring up the hill from our hotel. Our drive up and down this hill proved very scenic and lots of deer.

Our next adventure was to a quilt shop there in Kerrville. And it has a retreat house next door. This shop was the very most friendliest shop I've ever been in. Wow. And they had beautiful fabrics and patterns available. At some point I would really like to book one of my retreats here. It's a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive but I think it would be worth it. They had a great selection of my favorite kind of fabric. Western/Texas  
Photo by Creations
And they had the cutest stuffed animals around the shop. I haven't grown up. I could have brought them all but then I be in debt for sure. They had some great jewelry too. Pamela found something for her Mimi's birthday in August. Pamela always shops ahead for gifts. See the tuffet in the lower left corner under the table. I love it out of that striped fabric. I may call them about how to make. 
Photo by Creations

Time is up and we're hungry for lunch.
Pamela was gracious enough to let me come check out the shop but I figured I better feed her. She's not into quilting per say but she always fines things there she likes and she's a great help to me when I'm buying fabric for a project. She's gets very grumpy when she's hungry.... Love you Pammy.
Our lunch choice today was the Welfare Cafe in Welfare. It used to be a General Store and Post Office. The place was a recommend by one of David's  Bell Gang friends Tommy. I'm glad we went. It was all very tasty. Next time David and I go to the Hill Country I need to get him there.

We both ordered a hamburger. I should have ordered the one she got because it had grilled onions and candied jalapenos. This is the picture of my partially devoured pimento cheese burger.  It was very tasty but after a while I was overwhelmed by the pimento cheese.

After lunch we headed to 

Comfort, Texas to go to a couple of wineries and the Hill Country Distillery where I buy my jalapeno moonshine. On our way we came across the great shot. Big Joshua Creek. 

 First we went to Singing Waters Winery. A glass of Sweet Lupe and a relaxing moment on their patio.  
  Pamela is good at this selfie picture taking thing. I'm no good at it at all.
After a relaxing time here we went to Bending Branch Winery, a new winery tasting room called Newsome's and then we walked next door to my fav the Hill Country Distillery. Now we might have had a couple of drinks each there. We spent some time there and I picked up my jalapeno moonshine and I got some Orange Dulce (60 proof) to make a drink that tastes like the dreamcicle ice cream bar that many of us ate at some point in time. This drink can be very dangerous tasting so good.  
After this I wanted to take Pamela on a drive to Lost Maples State Natural Park and back down Hwy 16. Both are gorgeous drives. I can't tell how many crossing to the park we crossed that said watch for water across the road. 
I'd hate to get caught between these crossings in a rain storm.  We saw lots of wild life like deers and turkeys. Pamela caught this view as we coming out of Lost Maples towards Medina Texas.
Coming down the twisty curvy Hwy 16 Pamela caught the sunset. Surprising since part of it she was squealing as we traveled around all the curves.

Several hours passed and we got back to Kerrville around 8:20 pm. Imagine our tummies were thinking it was time for food so I took Pamela to the Pint & Plow for pizza and a beer. She got a beer called River Shandy. She gave me a taste and it was good and I'm not a big beer drinker.
This was our latest night out. Normally we'd be back to the hotel no later than 8:30 but tonight it was nearly 10pm. We're rebels I know but yeah we pack a lot in each day out.
Our trip was coming to an end and we still had places to go. Next trip.
Sunday we got up and headed to Fredericksburg for an early lunch at Hondo's and a couple of last minute wineries. Our final stop before leaving Fredericksburg was the Wildseed Farm. They always have great photo ops. LOL This is one time that I can actually get the kid to take pictures.


And so ends our trip. Oh we did make one more winery stop closer to home. It was the Texas Star Winery in Chappell Hill. They had a tasty Cranberry Wine. Again this one could be dangerous because it was like drinking Cranberry juice. mmmm Need take David here since it's not that far from home.

One last picture I'll share is the quilt I made for my long time friend Brenda who became a first time Granny. I delayed this post so by the time it actually posts I'll have met up with Brenda to give her this quilt for Olivia Kate S.

I hope she likes it.  My quilter Donna @ Donna's Lavender Nest chose a rose pattern to quilt it with. She always picks the perfect quilting pattern for each of my quilts.
Until next blog post...