Sunday, August 21, 2016

And the Wheels Keep Turning

I just can't seem to catch up on my blogging so let's see if can I try now. I've got so much to type.....

A few weeks back in July David and I took a quick trip to Austin to celebrate another Taco Bell Gang member turning 60. Pamela said she would be our dog sitter for the weekend so Lilley and Sophie got to play. Since I already had Friday off David and I decided we'd drive up to Marble Falls first and use some of our hotel points and stay the night at the Hampton on the Lake.
Let's hit the road. 
Before getting there we made a couple of stops. First stop was Mueller Metal Buildings. Yep we're gonna get serious about this building stuff. We stopped off there to discuss the idea of building a barndominium. We have found a floor plan that we like but just have to decide if this is what we want versus a traditional home. Of course some this will boil down to that green stuff. The meeting was very informative and we got name of a few contractors that we need to call to get more quotes and ideas from. So many things to figure out and look out. 
From here we drove out to the Rockin K to check on things but as I posted last time our mini mansion only had framing for the patio cover and the barn only had the the framing for the side lean to and the front extension completed. And then with the rain it wasn't completed last Friday either. Not sure exactly when it's gonna happen. David is getting a little frustrated but I know it will be done soon. I hope.
Next stop was to look at models at Tilson Homes Builder and get some pricing in Georgetown. While there she gave use some other ideas and suggestions and lots of informative facts and figures about building, cost, and financing. She also told us to check out the models at a couple of the other locations that might suit our wants even more. Which at this time we have and I think we've found the one we like with a few modifications. Now we just have to get the pricing back for building a barndo and compare the pros and cons of each.
After this we drove on in to Marble Falls. Our Hotel was right on the lake and our room actually had a view of the lake. Not bad.  It was getting a little late in the evening and we were getting hungry and had decided to eat at the River City Grill right next to the hotel. They had some great food and drinks. David got a jalapeno margarita and I got a Bloody Mary. We ordered their green chili queso for an appetizer and it was sooo good. I had fish taco's for dinner that were really good and I can't remember what David had. I was enjoying mine too much. 
After dinner we went out and set off to the side of the pool to enjoy the sites of the lake. It was warm but it was tolerable. It was nice just relaxing with the hubby.

Next morning we hit a couple of antique places to see what we could find. We saw some ideas for later but for now we kept most of our money in our pocket. So we headed on out to Austin to enjoy the birthday party and the birthday boy.
Here's Kevin the birthday boy at the ripe age of 18 standing on a cooler in the Taco Bell on Bellfort and Telephone Rd area. It's been torn down since then. Photo was taken by the Bell Gang historian Tom Flaherty. They gave him a bad time back then for always taking pictures but now they're glad to have those memories. The trophy in the foreground was something an Austin friend and fellow golfer awarded him for participating in the game of golf. Kevin was well roasted. 
A picture of the Bell Gang guys present at the party.
L=R :Billy, Carter, Birthday Boy Kevin, David, Tom. Kevin wasn't going to be 60 for 2 more days so in the picture only David and Tom are already 60. Billy and Carter are closing in fast if I remember right.
We had a lot of fun. We always do when we get together with this gang. They were giving us and a couple others hell because we'd turned 60 and did so quietly without fan fare. What can I say our plate was full. Can't speak for the others. 
We were invited back the next day for an early lunch but we got up earlier and had breakfast at Kerby Lane. MMMMMM. We got there in time and only had to wait 15 minutes. If you get there after 9:30am you could wait an hour or more. I got Egg Francisco. And David got Migas. He has to get them everywhere and he couldn't resist ordering an apple pancake to share. That put us over the top, way too much. But OMG so tasty good!

Then recently Pamela went with me to my sorority charity luncheon and auction to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospital
& Texas Children's Hospital. This year I only won one item in the raffle but nothing from the auction. This year it was at Pappasitos out by the Reliant. Food was really good but the shape of the venue was kinda awkward. It was 'L' shaped and there was no PA system so the speaker was trying to throw their voice two different directions. 
Still had a good time and it's always nice seeing Phi Mu Sisters that I don't see on a regular basis. I try to see Sheryl ever so often. That's her sweet and beautiful daughter in law Abby with her.
Pamela took a picture of the 3 amigos ... Me ...  Kathy ... and Sheryl
I returned the favor and snapped a picture of my beautiful daughter.
Even capture Linda B. running around
She's is always friendly and has a smile on her face. She never lacks for conversation.

Never a dull moment with this gal.

Not only was it salsa lunch time it was Sheryl's birthday! She turned...... ummm well I'll never tell.  Her grandson Bentley thought she might need help blowing out all those candles so he had his other Grandma, Phyllis pick him up so he could help. LOL
Just one big fun day with friends.

Well that's where I'll leave you for now.

Until next blog...“In three words I can sum up what I’ve learned about life: It goes on”
- Robert Frost

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fun Times

Today Monday the 8th was all about my Mom. Today was her birthday so Pamela and I headed up her way to celebrate. We took her out to eat at the 105 Cafe in Conroe and then shopping. She's lost so much weight most of her clothes  don't fit. We had a good time. Hopefully I got her hope before we wore her out too bad.

One Saturday David and I went to breakfast at our favorite little hole in the wall place but when he turned out of the parking lot he turned right instead of left to go home. I just assumed he was headed to the post office near by but he passed it so I had to ask. "Where are we headed?" Funny I can't remember where we actually
went but we drove out to the Kenney Store in Kenney, Texas. They serve so I'm told awesome food each day like on Wednesday's you can have chicken fried ribeye all you can eat and on Thursday's they have all you can eat grilled or fried pork chops. Can't wait to go try the food. I've been told it's really good. They also have live music. So it's on our list of places to try.
At work one of the depts. had a baby shower for this little gal. She's so cute. She's due in August and hardly looks pregnant. She is an avid book reader so they figured the baby will be too so everyone contributed a book to the basket. LOL her favorite book was the potty book. It's usually the kids favorite too.
This is one of those a little of this and a little of that blog posts where I catch with everything that's been going on.
David went to the Rockin K to see how the septic system progress was coming along. wink wink.... You see back at Christmas David told me that he was having a septic system put in when actually he was trying to have a deck and cover put on the Mini Mansion for me. Well that didn't turn out so well but this time I think he's gonna get it done. He felt so bad but it wasn't his fault it was the crook who tried to take advantage of him. In the above photo the had just set the poles for the framing. David needs to send me the framed out pictures. 
Anyway David found a new
young man to do the job and there's progress as you can see.  Now David finished the deck and stairs all by himself but Jake is coming in to build the cover and add a lean too to the North side of the barn and an over hang in the front of the barn. We had hoped and so did Jake that it was be complete the Friday the order of tin didn't come in so we have to wait one more week. The suspense.. I can't wait to rock on the deck under the cover or park under the new barn cover.
Oh oh and the best part this past week I finished a quilt top for a former neighbor and old friends daughter's new baby boy. Finally I might say.  I made an easy quilt hard. Or at least as far as I thought it was easy. This is just a tease. She already knows what fabrics are in the quilt and this doesn't give away the pattern. It's at the quilters and I can't wait to get it back and finished up so I can send it to baby Hudson. I have started on another quilt top that is long long over due but I believe for now I may go to bed. I'm pooped.

So until next blog...'Map out your future, but do it in pencil.'~Jon Bon Jovi

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Girls and the Vacation finish

Pamela takes Sophie to Top Paw Pet Spa in College Station for grooming and for fun the groomer Misty always takes a picture of Sophie in some theme. 

I knew I was heading to the farm this past Friday so I tried and got lucky to get Lilley an appointment at Top Paw so she got her picture taken too. Misty does a great job grooming and getting their pictures. 
So this post finishes up our last days of our vacation to Missouri, Tennessee and Louisiana. I do want to give the right person credit for recommending Jack's BBQ when we got to Nashville and that was one of my favorite people Cresia. She's still in good standing with us since it was really yummy good BBQ.  
While on our bus tour the guide pointed out this building saying they called it the Batman headquarters but from the bus I never could tell why and I'm not sure you'll be able to from the picture I took either but here it is. I think you can. It's really the AT&T building. At night when it's lite up you can really see that it looks like Batman. 
For our last day in Nashville on Wednesday the 29th of June we went to the Jack Daniels Distillery. If you go be prepared to walk and climb lots of stairs. I have to admit the very last set almost got me. They were steep and lots of them but I made it!  

The coolest spot was just inside a natural spring and cave. Temperatures dropped drastically. Felt so good because it was Hot that day. It had Pamela smiling. mmm I just realized I don't know where the pictures of me and Pamela are in front of the cave with ole Jack himself. Well a statue of him.
After the tour was over we got to have shots of all their different whisky's. They even have one with cinnamon like Fire Ball but better.  We might have bought something while there.  Just saying.
That night Pamela treated us to tickets to the Grand Ole Opry. We had great seats and saw some some great entertainers like Parmalee, The Swon Brothers, Mary Sarah, Emily West, Ray Stevens (remember the they called him The Streaker), and our very on Texas artist The Randy Rogers Band.

Pamela had a flash back to 2005 or 2006 when she and a friend Lisa took their first road trip to float on the Guadalupe River and hung out with Randy Rogers. He's moving on up.
What a fun evening! Thank you sweet daughter for treating us. I like you being a hard working girl. LOL
Thursday morning we got up and drove to Boiser City, Louisiana to the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel to spend one night and take our chances at the one armed bandit's and the Black Jack Tables.  David was the only one you came out ahead. Pamela and I would win and get greedy and then we lost our pot. Bummer but at least David came out ahead this time. It was a quick fun night. No pictures. What happens at the Horeshoe stays at the Horseshoe. In this case literally. They kept the money. LOL
Friday, July 1st we got up and drove home. We were hoping to beat some of the 4th of July traffic. We did pretty good. I think we were all tired of riding and I know David was tired of driving so much. That was a lot of driving so when we saw that Texas Line sign we were pretty happy. 

We drove straight to Bryan and dropped off Pamela and she hopped in her car and grabbed her pup from her 
puppy sitter. Sophie was happy to see her Mommy but was sad to leave her friends. The puppy sitter has 2 dogs of her own for Sophie to play with. Once she got her home Sophie crashed. She was one tired little puppy. Pamela wasn't far behind. 

We continued our drive on down the road to Tomball so we could get our baby girl. This is the longest Pamela or we have ever left the girls so we're sure they were wondering  if we were ever coming back. 
The last time I had left Lilley at the Kennel for like 3 days she didn't act like she was happy to see me. In fact she acted like she was mad but this time if she'd been a bigger dog she would have knocked me down. She was so excited to see Me and David. She was even happier to be in her on backyard and home. She ran through the house like she had to make sure everything was still there.

The vacation travels were over but we had a few more days off to recover thank goodness. Well we did but Pamela didn't. She had to go back to work a day later I believe. The life and times of being a nurse.

Well that's it. I'm done for now. Sooooo
Until next blog.......

Friday, July 29, 2016

Handsome Lunch Date and Nashville

A week and a half ago Pamela and I met her best friend from elementary school Marlaina and her  sweet baby boy Thomas for lunch at Whistle Stop Tea Room in Tomball. Marlaina and Pamela were in-separable for the longest time. Especially after her family moved from the Heights out to Cypress just across the road from us. Marlaina is like family. Would you look at that happy sweet baby face? Thomas was so good at lunch. We were there for almost an hour and a half. He just smiled and flirted. I think he loves his Auntie Pam and vice versa.
****Our first 2 days in Nashville, TN while on vacation. 
We left my hometown of Trenton, Missouri on Monday the 27th of June and headed to Nashville, Tennessee.
Got excited as we drove down the road through Kentucky and I saw this exit for Paducah. It's another big quilting town. Big. But alas there was no time to stop and explore. Darn. But I might be able to convince David of a trip this way in the future since there is a race track here that he could visit.  We got to Nashville late in the afternoon so we checked into the hotel and proceeded to get a cab and headed to Broadway street also known as Honky Tonk row where there's lot's of music, bars, people, sites, people, food and etc.  We walked down the street and decided to stop at Jack's BBQ which our friends the Harper's told us to try.  We were standing in line and our mouths were watering for some ribs but by the time we got to the front of the line they were out. What?! No Way. Oh well Pamela and I shared a plate that had 3-4 meats on it and I got a veggie plate. It worked out perfect.  It was delicious. The flavors were awesome. The meat was tender and juicy. After dinner we walked down one side of Broadway, crossed over then stopped at the Acme Feed & Seed for a drink. The downstairs where the live music was, was full so we went upstairs. No live music there but we had a drink. I had water thank you folks. Yep just water.  After a bit we headed back downstairs and got lucky and grabbed a free table and listened to the live music and watched the people.  
Next day we caught a bus and took a tour of the city. If you go to the Pancake House the guide says to expect a wait but you may get lucky and see a celebrity or a local favorite. Learned that the Hard Rock Cafe used to be none other than the Silver Dollar Saloon. Our guide was great. He told about some great places to eat and go see. Did you know that Nashville was the home of Fisk University for free slaves. I think in 1871 they started the Jubilee singers to help raise money. They traveled the world wide.
Music Row is all the recording studios and not to be confused with honky tonk row. Nashville is full of fun stuff to learn and see. I need to go back to write it all down and see more of it.  
As part of our tour we got to go through the Ryman Auditorium which used to be the original Grand Ole Opry. We got to see a really cool video that played on the screen up front and it projected images on the side walls of the room at the same time. 
Right before we left I stopped to say HOOWWDEE to my friend Minnie Pearl. Dang it I forgot who the guy was. Anyway our last stop was Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. What a cool place. It was filled with memorabilia galore. Wow.
We went through everything room and floor. Check out Elvis's TV in his solid gold caddie. LOL Nothing like today's flat screens. Can you see it?
Love this steel guitar from the 1920-30's played by Bonnie Dodd who played for Tex Ritter. A true steel guitar. Cool.

 After going through everything we were getting hungry so where do we eat?  Food.. We leave the Music Hall and head back to Broadway to find lunch and end up at Rippy's Bar & Grill. 

Next we caught a cab to Antique Archaeology. You know Mike and Frank off American Pickers. Besides having a shop in Iowa we knew Mike had a shop in Nashville but wasn't sure where but while on the bus tour we saw it and definitely wanted to go back and did. 

It would have been cool to run into Mike but this was a Tuesday and he usually makes it in on Thursdays when he comes in. Darn it. It was fun looking around the place. Now I'd like to go check out his place in Iowa.
That night we hit a couple of the bars to listen to more live music. Our first stop was Tootsie's Orchid. This is right behind the Ryman Auditorium. Where several of the entertainers would come over hang out and have drinks in between sets and watch the Grand Ole Opry on the TV so they'd know when they needed to run back across the alley so they could go back on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. 
Anyway while we were at Tootsie's we got to see Andy Gibbon's and his band. His fiddler was pretty damn good.
Andy and his whole band are pretty darn good. We really enjoyed his show. After his set he came over and talked with us for a while. PR work. LOL

Another place we hit was Honky Tonk Central. I never did hear the name of the band here but they were really good. But watching the people was just as fun.
We only had one more day left in Nashville and there was so many more places we wanted to see and go. 
My next post will wrap up our vacation adventures

Well Until next Blog post....“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all” ~- Oscar Wilde