Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It's Wedding time...Vacation continued

Fair Warning Photo Heavy!
Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks. Okay while Sophie might eat anything I don't think those items are on her menu.  It doesn't matter what they do to this little hound she is quite the star. Sophie is so good for the groomer even lets her pose her and take her picture after getting groomed. Sophie's never this still for Pamela or me. 
Now back to the vacation saga. It's Saturday June 25th. It would have been I believe my step Mom's 74th Birthday. I guess she and my Dad are in Heaven celebrating with the Angels. I'm sure they looked through the holes in Heaven to watch Zachariah and Bailey Jo tie the knot. Would have loved seeing them dance together again. Big sigh.
Whew anyway Pamela and I headed back to Missouri Star Quilt Company for a couple of hours in the AM before we had to be at the church for the wedding.  It was so much fun to see all the fabric and all the shops. Love the the murals on the side of buildings too. They're really cool. 
Didn't get time to take pictures of the ones in Chillocothe but I did take these in Hamilton.

Pamela took a selfie of us in one of the shops on Friday and then on Saturday I took a picture of her having fun picking out fabric for a friend's baby quilt. Yep another baby quilt in my future.
She got into this quilt shopping and she's good at picking out and coordinating colors.
 We went upstairs in one building down the stairs into another building. So much fabric, so many buildings and so little time... Before we knew it, it was time to get back to the hotel so we could get ready for the wedding. David was waiting on us. At least this time we know how to get to the church. No corn fields today.
What can I say about the wedding.... Got a good picture of Pamela and her Aunt Jerri Lynn and a pretty good one of me and my sister before the wedding.

And there was this cute picture taken of my sister Barbara with our nephew Beckett. Don't you just want to pinch those cute little cheeks, Becketts. Well maybe Barbara's too. LOL

The bride was beautiful and the groom, my nephew was nervous standing up there waiting for his wife to be. As the the groomsmen entered each one greeted Zach and handed him something. Well when he went to put what turned out to be notes of advice/wisdom in his coat pocket he couldn't. LOL They were all sewn shut. You know when you buy new pants all the pockets tend to be sewn shut.  He got a little flustered but he found an inside pocket and all was good.  Then there was the cute flower girl and my little nephew Carson (ring bearer) coming down the isle. They're walking down the isle and Carson is telling her "You're suppose to be dropping the the flower petals." The Flower girl ignores him. She doesn't drop one petal down the isle. Carson won't let her forget it either.
Zach and Bailey were so cute together. He had tears claiming it was allergies and she was all fine until it was time for her turn to do her vows and then she lost it.  With a few deep breaths and a at the wipe of tears she did it.  
Of course her hand was wet from tears and Zachariah pulled his hand free from hers and wiped his hand off on his jacket then grabbed her hand again which made everyone watching chuckle.

Then it was time to announce these two husband and wife. They did it!
And these 3 officially became a family.  
Oh and as everyone was leaving the alter the Flower girl was leaving she decides to start drop the flower petals. LOL
Now I can't take credit for most of the following pictures since I didn't have my camera and at a point in time during the reception I have to admit I was in no condition to take pictures. The ones I did take were rather fuzzy. My name is on these only to keep them hopefully from being stolen off the blog. I will say thank you now to all who did take pictures like my sistera Nancy, Barbara, Jerri Lynn and Cresia, Emily, Pamela and David while they still could. And any one else I might have forgotten to say Thank you to.

The Cousins having fun while waiting for the bride and groom to make their exit

This picture I know was taken by Cresia. Awesome picture! She caught them and the bubbles. Love it.
The reception was held at the Black Silo Winery. Wow who knew my small home town had a winery. And it had some really good wine. Might have come home with a few bottles. Just saying.
Their first dance as husband and wife.
Introducing Zachariah and Baily Jo Kasinger
These 3 are called the outlaws. Also known as trouble makers
when they get together. When Pamela or Hannah left their phone on the table these 3 were known to take all kinds of pictures with them. So did a few other people. Never leave your phone unattended folks you never know what might show up.

 Cute picture of Pamela and Cresia. Love these girls.
 Nephew Baby Beckett Moments 
With Grandma
    With his Mom

Getting Love from Auntie Nancy
Me Moments with family
my nephew Tyler
 Hanging the                                 Husband  &
With my sister Barbara



then here's one with Pamela and her cousin Zachariah the groom

It was such a fun evening but I did have a bit too much to drink. Not sure but I think these guys did too. 

There are some photo's that will never see the photo album for others to see. Oh boy!

Singing and Dancing their way into your heart.
Hannah, she's my nephew Tyler's beautiful girlfriend, my sister Nancy and her beautiful daughter Shelby

That's water in that there wine glass for that little Missy. My tiny dancer niece Emily

The night was coming to an end.

Sunday was obviously a sleep in kind of day for everyone then we met up for lunch in Jamesport at the Country Cupboard. Their motto on their facebook page reads... "Many People have eaten in this kitchen and gone on to lead normal, healthy lives"  
LOL  This place has the best tenderloin sandwich. They have great food period. YUM.  

Of course you have to share the road.This is Amish country.

Even the Bride and Groom joined us for lunch. 

After lunch we went out to my Dad's place to feed the calve's and the chickens.

 They were very interested in saying Hi getting some water, food and a scratch on the nose or between the ears. Future fajita's I'm told but for now FFA projects. That Sunday after the wedding was just about hanging with family before heading out to Nashville.
Until the next blog post the vacation saga will continue However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

8 Days, 8 States, 6 Rivers

Things have been busy with working, preparing for vacation, being on vacation and then home doing laundry so blogging was put on hold Oh and my nails had gotten so long that it made it hard to type. I had tips put on for the first time in years before we left for the trip so they'd look nice for the wedding. I was so happy to get them off this past Sunday. It was like getting 5#'s off each hand and I can type.  Well sorta.
This will be a multiple post to cover the 8 days we we're gone and whatever in between unless you want to sit and read a forever post. I mean this is like my journal and I'm gonna cover 8 days of travel. In those 8 days we drove through, ate in, took potty breaks, stayed in, visited, partied in and/or toured in 8 different states. Of course we travel through Texas which takes forever, we traveled through Oklahoma, we stayed in Missouri for my nephews wedding, we traveled through Illinois, Kentucky, stayed in Tennessee for fun and site seeing, traveled thru Arkansas, stayed in Louisiana for one night of gambling and back to Texas. 
And yes people there really is a city called Muskogee, Oklahoma like in the song "he's an Okie from Muskogee." A co-worker thought that was just made up. I missed the Welcome sign so this was the best I could do.

With all this driving we crossed at least 6 major rivers... the Red River, Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio and the Tennessee. Whew. Whirlwind vacation

We left on Thursday the 23rd to go to our nephew's wedding in Missouri but first we had to drop of our Lilley girl at the pet resort which was pretty sad. We've never left her this long before. I might have shed a tear or two as we drove away. There were tears behind those glasses. Then we drove to Bryan to pick up Pamela and the fun begins.
Not so sure our chauffeur thought so. He loves it when I take his picture well sometimes, mmmmaybe not.
Now we could drive straight through but we usually drive as far as Joplin, MO which is about 10 hours with pit stops and that's just about as much sitting and confinement we can all stand. We had dinner at the Texas Road House that first evening that was across the street from the hotel. Now the not so fun part of our hotel stay was that it was also the stop off for multiply soft ball teams in for a tournament in town. Yippee. There was a Mother who was a setting a great example..... She was tossing the ball in the hall to the kids and of course they missed and it hit our door at least once and then someone else's door another. Nice Real nice. Over all the night ended up quiet and restful.
Oh well Saturday was another day and we only had 3 1/2 hours left before we hit my hometown and see the family. This was the first time I'll have been home with out my Dad being there. Seemed kinda weird and sad. Plus I kept expecting Carolyn my step Mom to come into a room but that didn't happen either. It's hard believing they're both gone and weren't there to celebrate the wedding with us.
We weren't far outside Kansas City, MO when I posted on facebook that a peculiar feeling had come over me. I couldn't quite figure it out then I saw the sign. Dang it sorry I wasn't camera ready........ We just passed through................. are you ready for it................Are you sure?.......... Peculiar, MO..... LOL Sorry I couldn't help myself. My nephew Tyler replied to my post with "loser sound Wa Wa". I've been off my game lately and the camera has not been ready or handy and I just can't seem to take descent pictures with my phone.
As we drove down Hwy 36 and we got closer to our final destination I saw a sign. Yep a sign. Mmm only 23 miles to the hotel but wait Can we exit? Can I stop? Do we have time? 
What! Yes! EXIT Now. Missouri Star Quilt Company here I come. I can't believe it I actually got to visit some of the shops. For you non-quilters this quilting company brought life to a once dying rural town of Hamilton, Missouri by Jenny Doan (mother of 7). She started with just one old renovated building and a quilting machine with the help of a son and daughter and the rest is history. Hamilton, Missouri now has visitors from all over the US. She now has like 13 buildings. Hamilton is no longer empty. Other shops are starting to open store fronts because of the traffic the quilt company brings to the town. Thank you David and Pamela for letting me make that stop. MSQC is a big deal to us quilters and Jenny Doan as awesome youtube quilting tutorials. We didn't have much time because we had to get down the road to the hotel, checked in, cleaned up and meet everyone at the rehearsal but I was so excited to see what could in the time I had. I managed to find a few 
items and do a little damage. It was so fun. 
Here's a couple items. 
The perfect wine glass for wine and coffee cup for retreats or anytime.

And husbands/non-quilter travel companions have no fear MSQC has a place for you. David thought he would sit in the hot car and try to nap but first off he found J's Burger Dive and got a chocolate shake then before I found out he was told about "Man's Land"  It had AC for one thing, magazines, TV's, recliners, pool tables etc. That's where he ended up. He was just getting comfortable when I called to say we better get to the hotel. MSQC wants to make the quilter is happy and so is the non-quilter.

So we hit the road, got checked into the hotel, cleaned up and headed out to the rehearsal via google maps and Siri's voice guiding us. All we have to do is show up for the dinner but the hard part is finding the church. We're talking farm country and Siri was taking us on a wild goose chase (not our first time) and out into a corn field. Literally. Crap. And of course everyone is busy with the rehearsal or cooking so no one is answer their phone. Well after sitting in the middle of nowhere we took off in another direction but that wasn't right either then my nephew Tyler called. He had found the church. That makes one of us. He got us turned around and we made it before they were even done rehearsing. My little sister was in the church kitchen prepping.  She out did herself. Wow. She had salad, watermelon slices, deviled eggs, football sized baked potatoes, baked beans, and pulled pork with and without BBQ sauce. Then for dessert she had pink iced sugar cookie bars, blondies, a cheesecake with rice crispy treat crust and fruit salsa and what we in Texas call a Texas sheet cake. The girl totally nailed it. Everything was so tasty and she had plenty.
Yeah pictures would have been nice but like I said I'm off my game but I tried to describe as best I could. 
There was only a few more hours left before Zachariah and Bailey Jo tie the knot. Not sure exactly what Bailey Jo did but Zachariah and friends went home to party and then get up to go target shooting I believe that's what they told me. I forgot to ask how that went. LOL
His older brother got up after his night before the wedding party and went fishing. If I remember right he was a feeling a little weak for a while during his wedding. LOL
A few of us went to Washington on the Street a restaurant and bar in Trenton for a night cap and then called it a night. Wow Trenton got a bar. Moving up in this small country town. We had a few hours prior to the wedding Saturday morning and David had some paperwork to do and I went back MSQC to check out a few more shops with Pamela as my sidekick. I knew she'd find something to interest her.
2 days down. More stories to come.
Until the next day....Loving is never a waste of time. Astrid Alauda

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Hour

It's summer which means my work schedule changes to 4  - 10 hour days with Friday's off. It's not so bad as long as we're busy but at the same time it seems like you just get home, cook, eat, and then get ready for bed. Not much time for anything else. My first 10 hour day was busy but just seemed long. David actually beats me home now and that first night handed me a Bloody Shiner and said "Maybe this will make it  a little better"
What's a Bloody Shiner? It's technically a bloody Mary.
Hill Country Distillery recipe
4oz of Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
1 oz of Jalapeno Moonshine
sqeeze of lime
dashes of Tabsco to your liking. Me I use 5-8
Add ice                    Yum........... So good

Thursday night I went to my book club meeting to discuss our latest book "A Man Called Ove" by
Fredrik Backman. At first I didn't know if I even liked the book but then there was something about Ove and about this book. Ove is a 59 year old man who doesn't seem to like people and everything was black or white. And he was always right or at least he thought so. He was alone and wanted to die. This believe it or not is a feel good book. It just doesn't start off as such. I was ready to strangle Ove. But there are twists and turns and I really liked this book. It's always a fun night when I get together with my fellow readers. It was a small group tonight. We had a great discussion and Cheryl fed us well.
Friday David was suppose to go to the farm and we'd meet at Pamela's on Saturday but things around the house came up so David changed his mind only I had made plans to head up to Pamela's and on the way I wanted to stop off at my friend Sandy's house to drop a card and gift in honor of her Dad who just passed. So I went ahead and went up Friday and David went up to the farm on Saturday and then came to Pamela's. Hazards of David going to farm by himself..... He was mowing under the big pecan tree and a branch caught him on the forehead and almost knocked him off the tractor. He's being banned from mowing under the trees when no one is around..  Once he got to Pamela's and before he got cleaned up he fixed Pamela's curtain that was pulling out of the wall all by
itself. Then when he was cleaned up we gave him his Father's day gifts. He got gift cards and Yeti like mug but the best gift was his t-shirt from Pamela. She couldn't resist. It got a good laugh. He wore it Sunday. Then we took him out to eat  at Casa Rodriguez in Bryan. It was pretty tasty. After dinner we headed home because I had to get up and cook breakfast for David and Joe for Father's Day.
 Oh and yes Lilley went up with me to play with Sophie while we did our thing. She loves playing with Sophie and her toys.  She even got to visit at Sandy's house when I stopped Friday. Now Charlie the cat was not happy about that because his furless Mom put him outside on the patio. Charlie laid right at the dining room window with his big eyes flowing Lilley's every move.  Especially when furless Mom gave Lilley a treat... You could just see the flexing claws. Poor baby Kitty. Yes I know I should have taken a picture of Charlie but I didn't have my phone on me. I'll have to give Charlie some special loves when I go back without Lilley.

Sunday I got up and made a breakfast casserole for David, Mom and Joe. They came down around 9:30am and hung out with us until around noon. 
They left just before the little rain storm blew up. It wasn't much of anything but dropped the temperature which was nice and while sitting there on the patio the wind picked up and the flowers on the crepe myrtles made it look like it was snowing.  We have them all around the back yard but this one was the easiest to see all the flowers blowing in the wind. 
I must get to my laundry, a quilt top for baby Hudson, and think about going to bed soon. Like I said the evenings are pretty short after working 10 hours.

Fun Fun
Until next blog....My life is like tofu—it's what gets added that makes it interesting.