Monday, September 29, 2014

Short and Sweet

Work continues to be busy and all I seem to want to do when I come home is fix dinner and go to bed but I don't. I usually find something unproductive to do. And it generally details me  sitting in the recliner watching TV and falling asleep. No sewing no reading no nothing.  Worthless yep. Haven't even been out to listen to music.

Something exciting did happen though. Not to me but to David. Something he has been waiting for for almost a year. His 2 year term as HOA Board President was over Saturday the 20th. The first year was extremely hectic for the board but the past year had been rather trying to say the least but it's over and he can breathe a sigh of relief. No more calls at his office, more calls on his cell phone, and no more early returns from a vacation to handle various issues.  Now he can be just a regular home owner. The best and most important advice I can give a home owner is....

  1. Before making those property changes read your deed restrictions, submit those changes to the board and allow time for the Board to review and approve those changes. 
  2. Attend at least 2-3 board meetings a year. Find out what is happening in your neighbor and how the process works.
Be educated and informed. It will keep you from receiving those letters etc. And remember being a board member is a volunteer position, it's a thankless job, and that board member is after all a resident too.  

Now I'm not saying David was happy or anything but after his final duty as president running the annual meeting, calling for a vote of 2 board members and passing off his keys we went looking at a couple of properties and then we stopped for dinner.... and celebrated

with a drink or two.

We do wish the new president good luck and best wishes. We believe the neighborhood and board are in good hands. He has had plenty of experience behind him as a board president in his old neighborhood.

I have a new secret but I can't share it yet. And No I'm Not pregnant. I hope to share the secret soon.

So until Next Blog Post... You may admire my dust but please don't write in it.......

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giving it a break

This has been a busy week.. Fun too.
Sunday we went on our usually weekend hunt for property to hopefully build on and retire to. I forgot to mention last post a new description to us that Billy our friend in Wimberly gave us when we were up there looking for a place on Labor Day.. We were looking for this property in a subdivision. Billy told us this may not be the area we would want to live if he remembers correctly from his and his Wife Cheryl’s search a year ago. His description was “If there was ever a neighborhood to have a meth lab this would be it”  As we drive thru the area to find the house(yep this property already has a house) we passed some unsavory looking characters on the side of the road. They were beyond redneck. I’m not sure I can even describe what we saw. By the time we found the house I had already decided that this was not the area I cared to live in. They probably had still’s in them there woods too and more than one meth lab. I mean this area was more than hearing dueling banjos. I think I could smell the meth cooking. LOL  
That’s probably mean huh? Those people may have been the niciest best neighbors ever…….aaaahhh maybe.

Our 4” binder is full on properties we’ve looked at. The right one hasn’t said “Buy me and Buy Me Now”
It will eventually I’m sure. There’s at least two that are pulling strings but they haven’t won the tug of war yet.

Tuesday we went to Main Street Crossing to hear the 
Resin Valley Boys. The opening act was a guy named Kenny Allen. He was great. Funny and entertaining. He had some great songs. LOL like “She put her Whore Make Up On” or “Them Titties are fake” 
Hey I didn't give him the title. He was really good. 
His day job is the morning DJ for 105.3 Texas Music Radio Station
The base player from Resin Valley boys accompanied him along with a young man that was awesome on the electric and steel guitar. His name was Albert. I guess he normally plays for another group of which I can’t remember right now.
Got an email notification from Davin

James that his guest artist was Mike Blakely on Wednesday so we decided to go to Puffabelly’s Wednesday. 
 It was a great show. Mike is a ballard  type singer. His songs are always catchy.
So two nights in a row of music. Oh darn. LOL Can’t ever have too much music.

Yay for me got another good doctor report. I was afraid that my blood sugars and other lab work might be off since in the past few months my eating habits have been way off for multiple reasons but the doctor was happy with all the results. He says I have to lose another 10-15 pounds before he’ll take me off this damn medicine that makes my ankles swell. In fact drinking more water only makes it worse. Great.

Friday was David’s high school reunion social somewhere in Kemah and we were supposed to go but David was whipped. He didn’t come in from working in the yard and supervising the yard guys until almost 7 pm. So from our place it would be an hour and half drive there and back and David still needed a shower. He decided he’d probably be asleep while driving so he chose to pass on the social.. So we stayed home and I think he was asleep by 8:30.
David is working on the landscaping. He’s completing the back beds and then working on the front. Looking good and with just a few plants added the back looks totally different. I'll have to snap a couple of pictures to share now that they've got the flower beds built and a few plants planted and all the rock arranged.
I spent the evening in my sewing room.

I ran to College Station for the day to hang with Pamela. I was going to take the Momma but when I called her she sounded like crap. She wasn’t sure if it was a cold or sinus. Whichever we weren’t taking any chances and she stayed home and slept most of the day. It was home game day so Pamela and I hit the tent sale for some Team spirit goodies. We hit about 5 other shops in town. 

That nite was another music nite. My friends at work informed me I go out more than they do and they’re younger. LOL. This week we have gone plenty but yeah gotta do it while we can. AnywayWe went to Main Street Crossing to listen to Jesse Raub Jr. He’s a hometown boy. He and his band are awesome. He’s got a great sound. He just landed an agent out of Nashville. He’s moving on up which is great as long as he don’t forget us here in Texas. A friend and co-worker of David’s joined us. His wife Corine didn’t think she would make it this time when I was buying tickets this time since she is pregnant. And she was right. She’d had a long day and called Chris letting him know she was heading for bed around 8:30 right after putting their I think 2 year old down for the night.

Sunday morning I ran an errand then worked in the sewing room most of the afternoon.. I was busy doing some mending this time.
I haven’t progressed very far on my To Do List. Gotta get busy before the year is over. A Quilt retreat should help and I have one planned in November. Yippee.

No property looking this weekend. We may run out of properties to look at soon. Well there's plenty out there but they may not be in our price range or preferred location. So we're giving the hunting scene a break for now. Who knows what we'll do the coming week-end

Oh and let me share this little

postcard that my friend Donna VanHooser made for me. It was her way of saying Thanks for organizing another retreat. Too cute. It's hangin on my office cubical wall for all to see.

So until next Blog Post….I have never been convinced there's anything inherently wrong in having fun. ~George Plimpton~

Friday, September 5, 2014

Home Safe and Sound. Now to Relax

All this time David has been offshore I've had an unusual hard time trying to sleep. I might fall asleep and then I'd wake up and be up until wee hours of the morning. I'd get to sleep just in time to get up and go to work the next morning. Grrr no fun. I guess with all the other stuff going on didn't help either. When I got back from Missouri David was out on the boat/rig. But alas he made it home safely on the Tuesday the 19th and low and behold I was able to sleep. So glad he's home and for now he won't be going back out again for awhile like originally told. YAY!

I almost feel guilty getting back to a normal schedule while my sisters and Dad in Missouri deal with clearing out my Step-Mom's office to prepare to sell the Abstract Business she's owned since the 70's. But I understand they found some humor while cleaning and my Little Sister posted this picture of our sister Barbara.
Saturday was my Nephew Josiah's 9th birthday and well it looks like he had a slight accident when his face met the cake. MMmmm not that his big brother Zachariah had any thing to so with it. 

That was so ornery of Zachariah.

My Dad is dealing with everything but Jerri Lynn tells me that the last couple of Thursday maintenance Chemo treatments took their toll on him. He's sleeping more and the energy level is down. Of course everything has changed in the wink of an eye for him. Now the kids have gone back to school so he doesn't have them to keep him as busy during the day. So continue to pray for my Dad that he finds the strength he needs to heal and carry on and for Us girls and all the grand kids that we too heal and find peace. We want to keep him around as long as we possibly can.
Pamela has had a busy summer of baby showers, taking care of babies at work and friends having babies, wedding showers, bachlorett parties and weddings. She was recently in her friend, old roomie and fellow nurse buddy's wedding. 
Looks like everything went smoothly, everyone was beautiful and had some fun. Pamela tells me everything went off without a hitch. I have to share some of the pictures.

Four of the 6 Bridesmaids and the Bride are all Aggies. Gig'em!
Pamela is the one next to the Bride Spenser.
Showing off those Aggie Rings.

Lots of hard work behind those rings and money.
 This is so typical of these girls. They're so cute and Beautiful all at the same time.

David and I took some time for Music. We must have our Music.
Saturday the 23rd of August we went to the Mucky Duck over in the Greenway Plaza Area. Our first time there. They pack the people in there. Once you're seated it's not likely you be able to get up and go to the restroom very easy. The waitress's were having a hard time getting to the tables. Anyway we went to see Max Stallings and Bryce Clark. Max was the headliner but we knew that Bryce was going to be playing guitar with Max and the band. Love Max's smooth voice and great songs. David's favorite song I think is "I ain't drinking along I'm on the phone with my Brother".  Bryce is another awesome guitar player. The first time we saw him was with his wife who plays the fiddle when they opened for Max's wife Heather at Main Street Crossing in Tomball. The Clarkes are a great duo. 
We hit Puffabelly's in Old Town Spring to see Davin James and his guest artist Jesse Dayton the last week of August. That Wednesday was one of the best shows ever. They really entertained everyone with their songs, stories and guitar pickin. Holy cow they rock when they play their guitars. A lot of the players these days tend to strum some chords but these two truly play. One of the times we go I need to take a video to share with y'all. Can you tell I really like these guys? 
Last weekend Pamela was home so we took her on one of our land hunting missions. This time our mission took us to Dripping Springs and Wimberly.  While in Wimberly we stopped by our friends Billy and Cheryl's. They have a weekend home up there and they rode along and helped with directions. David and Billy kept us laughing the entire time. I got to laughing so hard I couldn't breath. This was definitely the best land hunting trip we've been on. 
They recently bought the coolest chandelier for their den. None of the rooms in this house had over head lighting. Snapped a picture of Cheryl in the kitchen. 
Pamela and I stepped outside to snap a couple of pictures of ourselves. I especially wanted a couple of her with her new hair cut and highlights. It's really cute! Brittney cut off 7" of Pamela's locks. The hospital probably thought they had a new employee when she went in today. 
      And of course she wasn't gonna let me take her picture with her taking mine.

Only problem with that is I didn't get my hair cut until Tuesday Oh don't get excited I only cut 2" off mine but I did get some new color. Maybe I'll take a picture this weekend and compare it against this picture.  

That evening after my hair appointment we all went out to eat at the Taste of Texas to celebrate mine and David's 36th wedding anniversary.  We've come long way Baby. 36 years. WOW.

Can't believe it myself. There have been days when we both wondered if we'd make it to the next day but we did.
That's us with my Grandmother who I always called OtherMom. We're so young. 

Well that's it for now... So until next post... Love means nothing in tennis but it's everything in life.....

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hot Nights and Cool Tunes

Had to share this picture of my sister Nancy and her selfie with Daisy.  I had to laugh. 
She had posted it for a friend of hers who was having a birthday and apparently likes cows. Makes me smile even now.

David and I went to Brenham a few weeks back for a little get away. Brenham has music every Saturday in the month of July called Hot Nights and Cool Tunes. I have no idea how long it's been going on but we found out about it last year. They set up a stage on the square by the courthouse. All you have to do is show up, set up your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the music. Oh and there are vendors with beer, wine, margaritas and food.  If you're so inclined you can get up and dance where ever you're at or go up front by the stage. Some how the weather has been simmering during the day but a breeze has found it's way to us during the concert. Last year we saw a group called Suede out of Austin and decided to back and hear them again this summer. They play 70's to the 90's music. They pretty darn good. Oh and the best part is it's free. This year we went up on Friday and stayed 2 nights at the Ant Street Inn. We used Friday as our day to search for property. We found a piece we liked and actually asked our friend and Realtor to check it out. Figures she found out it had a contract on it. In fact of the 5 properties we had put on our good possibility list to consider, all but one went under contract. Oh well the mission continues.
We stayed at The Ant Street Inn. It was built in 1899 and was a mercantile at that time. In fact it was the first place that Blue Bell Ice Cream was dipped and served. By the 70's the place was going into decline. In the 80's the downtown area began to revitalize and the buildings future was looking brighter.  By 1991 Tom and Pam Taylor bought the building with the dream to turn it into a 15 room relaxing and beautiful sanctuary.
 It took them 3 years to revitalized this old building. They did a great job. In 2011 the Taylor's decided to retire and sold it to the current owners Suzy and Keith Hawkins..You won't find any elevators here so you better be willing and able to climb the stairs.

This is the hallway upstairs. At the far end of the hall is a big room for guests to relax and play games or maybe put a puzzle together. You can even find movies to take back to your room and watch. Oh and one of the best things you'll find is in the common refrigerator..... complimentary Blue Bell Ice Cream ;o) and soda. 
Our room was vintage with a few modern conveniences of course. The lamps over the bed were cool. They turned on with a slight touch.
They have a really nice restaurant downstairs. As part of our stay we got free breakfast. We could choose anything off the menu. I couldn't help myself but I got the eggs Benedict both mornings. 
Our friends Ross and Sheryl joined us in Brenham. It was a fun time. 
They showed up Friday while we eating lunch at a really great place called the BT Longhorn Steakhouse
I order the Southwest Burger on the most awesome bun. I can't 
wait to go back and have another one. It was juicy, tasty, and just the right amount of heat. I'm not sure how they did the jalapenos but they were crunchy and very tasty. I found out about this place from a fellow blogger Christie from  Kiki&Me. She had written about their great steaks but we didn't get to try one. 
Maybe next time. Christie is always writing about great places to eat and stay.
Had Sheryl snap a picture of David and I on our last day there. 

And of course I snapped a picture her.

We had such a fun time! Sorry our friends Kathy and Mark couldn't join us.  Maybe next year.

Check out this big moth at the gas station. It was sitting by the gas pump I was using. It was huge and rather pretty. It almost blended into the concrete.

Last picture I'll share for this blog post. This is my Little Sister Jerri Lynn and our Dad. She's the one who has been there for the family. She has gotten Dad to his treatments which are about 100 miles from the house. All the responsibility has fallen on her and her family over the last few months and now she is the one who has had to step up and help Dad organize and finalize her Mom's estate.  I personally can't thank her enough for her selflessness. And her husband Kevin who has had to play both Mom, Dad, supportive spouse and Taxi when Jerri Lynn was taking care of Dad and Carolyn. I know my sisters Nancy and Barbara do their best but they are at least 3 1/2 hours away. As in most families it seems to fall on one of the sibilings to handle most of the situations that arise and in our case it was Jerri Lynn.

 I love all my sisters dearly. Don't know what I'd do without them.

Until next blog.....  Chance made us sisters...time made us friends

Friday, August 15, 2014

Too soon .....Carolyn

I have started a couple of other posts but never got to finish because on July 31st the world crashed for my sisters  and I. How could this happen? I'm getting ready for work when I realize my phone has been ringing. It's 5:47am and I've missed 5 calls from my little sister and niece. I'm thinking something must have happened to Dad. He goes to chemo treatment and has lab work almost every Thursday.  
Only when Jerri Lynn answers she says she's gone. It doesn't registered at first then I realized she's talking about her mom Carolyn /my step Mom is gone. How can that be? They transported her to the hospital for tests yesterday. As of today we still don't know what really killed her and will have to wait for the autopsy but they suspect a blood clot. 

So at 5:47am Carolyn Lee Heathman Whitney died unexpectedly of  unknown causes. The whole family is in shock. Carolyn was one heck of a woman I can tell you that. She loved listening and going to see The Gaithers a southern gospel and contemporary Christian music group. She got her picture taken with Guy Penrod from the Gaithers. She displayed that picture proudly in the house. I mean it ranked up there with her marriage to Dad and the birth of her girls. She had a heart of gold and did a lot of good deeds in the community.
She was a fun loving woman who always enjoyed a good laugh. 
The gentleman on the left is her X and the one on the right is my Dad. When visiting Houston one time my Mom picked her and Dad up at the airport for me and even took Carolyn shopping. It was this type of attitude that made it easy for all our families to get along and made it easier for us girls growing up and dealing with divorced parents.
She loved her family which was obvious from all the pictures hanging and/or sitting in her office. 

On Thursday I got another call at 10:30am from my Little Sister asking if I was sitting down. I was at my desk so yeah. My heart was pounding and she says "Dad is in full remission. The is no cancer in his body." OMG What glorious news!! But this isn't fair! Carolyn wasn't there to hug and cry with joy with Dad. I know she was there in spirit but it's not the same. Thank you everyone for you continued prayers for my Dad and family.

Pamela and I head to Missouri on that Friday. David wasn't able to join us on this trip to Missouri because he was headed offshore for work. When we arrive on Sunday I kept expecting Carolyn to run out with tears in her eyes as she would with her arms opened wide to give us hugs upon arrival. Only that didn't happen this time. 

Sunday Before the visitations we took various family pictures with Dad. Something Carolyn had wanted forever. 
This is everyone but my husband and my nephews girlfriend Hannah. These pictures were taken by Jerri Lynn's friend Michelle Vandevender. If you click on her name you can go to her Facebook page to check out more of her work.
And this one is all of us girls with Dad.  

Me  Barbara  Nancy  Jerri Lynn
 and of course dad.

I don't know who thought of this but my sisters, nieces, nephews and brother-in law all went to the radio station and recorded a CD with their tributes to Carolyn to play at the services. Pamela and I texted our thoughts and another family member read and recorded it for us. 
My sister Barbara probably got to me the most with her tribute.
"Mom, Mother, Momma" I don't remember the exact words but Mom is what she called Carolyn on an every day How ya doing call or visit. Mother is what she called Carolyn when she scolded her mom. I have heard Barb say Mother you need to calm down or whatever.. It made me smile at the memory. And last it was Momma when Barb was hurting emotionally or physically. Today was a Momma day. Barb said it well. My my niece Emily gave one that made us smile. She said the last question Grandma Carolyn asked was if she had a boyfriend which shocked Emily and she replied Heavens no.  Grandma's final word of advice was to ignore her two big over protective brothers and dad or she would end up an ole spinster. 
My Niece Shelby B. gave a beautiful eulogy for Grandma. Shelby was amazing.

On Monday August 4th my step-Mother Carolyn was laid to rest. She had over 200 in attendance to pay their respects.

Hold my family in your prayers as we work through our loss. And continued prayers for my Dad as he continues on his chemo maintenance and that the cancer stays away.
There was some lighter moments while in Missouri like when Jerri Lynn corralled everyone out the door and into cars for the luncheon before the service and off she went. One problem with that... she forgot me and Pamela. I called her and as soon as I said Hi she realized she had forgotten us. We got a good laugh out of that. My little sister knows we won't let her forget it too soon. Oh but wait it gets better. After the service a family friend invited the family over for dinner. So again Jerri Lynn was gathering everyone up and got in the car and started the car. As Pamela and I walk to the car I slide in and look at Jerri Lynn and ask her if she knows where her son Josiah is??? We all started laughing. 
She spins around in the seat and realizes that he's not in the back.
Josiah was laying on the couch watching toons.  I love you Jerri Lynn. ;o) Thank you for being there for Dad and Carolyn, for all that you do, have done and continue to do.
It's always so hard to say Good Bye when it's time to leave my Missouri family. An this time it was even harder and more emotional..As I hug Dad he says "Things are about to get real and everyone will be going home. I wish you could stay another week.
I hugged him harder and through my tears I whispered I wish I could stay another week too.

Thanks for letting me ramble on this post. Thank you for your kind words, support and prayers for me and my family.

'Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.'
~ From a Headstone in Ireland