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. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Soggy with a little Sunshine

I wanted to share this awesome picture my daughter took and shared on her facebook page. She was leaving work after her 3rd shift at the hospital. It looks like a painting. Do you see the piece of rainbow in there. This looks much nicer than the picture she shared last week. It was a video of a tornado that was less than a mile from her house and everything in College Station and Bryan was flooding at the same time. She's getting good at this photography stuff.
Those of us in Texas are getting pretty tired of this weather. We're all so soggy that the tree's are just pulling out of the ground. Trying to go any where is a trick because you never know what road might be closed due to flooding. Areas that have never flooded are flooding. A friend of mine wished for 6 months of sunshine but that would be a long time without rain. Mother Nature really needs to learn to spread out her weather rampages. And now it's hurricane season who knows what we can expect there. We haven't had a hurricane in a while now. Let's hope it's not our turn this year. Rain and More rain. Our yard is so soggy but David finally got to mow on Saturday. It was a very tedious job. The yard was tall and wet. There were areas he still couldn't mow. It rained Friday then again on Saturday and then again Sunday. Eventually we'll be wishing for rain but for right now we could use that break. At least a week or two to dry out.
Pamela is also loving how her backyard is coming together. She now has two bird feeders and hanging planters. She loves watching her fat little birds but she's finding out they could go through a bag of bird seed pretty fast but I think she's finding them entertaining. She can't wait to add more color to the flower bed and a tree in the middle of the yard. She just has to decide what she wants. She's learning what it takes to landscape from her Dad.
Well David is all about the Mini Mansion and the Rockin K so he hasn't really had time to drive or play with Mustang Sally since he bought her so he decided to sell her her.  Sold her within a week of placing the ad. wow. Her sales are gonna pay for some upgrades on the barn and the mini mansion. 
But have no fear we have a new toy... A golf cart. For now it will be great for going around the neighborhood and helping park the trailer on the trailer pad behind the garage. And then at the farm we can ride around the farm down the loop. Or be like one of our neighbors down the highway from the farm they ride on the shoulder to get to the loop to come check on their cows in a pasture across from us. Maybe I could ride it down the shoulder to the BBQ place. Maybe. Not so sure I'm brave enough to try that. Even Lilley likes to ride on it as long as I'm right beside her. 
After all this rain we've been getting check out my hitch hiker when I opened my tailgate on my highlander. Hope he don't move and get squished when I close it one day.
This past Wednesday night we headed out to go to one of the Bell Gang Guys 60th birthday. I got to wear a new outfit. Yep we're all getting older. After listening to some of the stories these guys tell about growing up I wonder how they ever lived long enough to see the age of 20. LOL. Some of the guys have actually known each other since they were 10 years old. Tom's family threw him a party at Kay's lounge off Bissonet. 
Here's the Birthday boy. Photo taken by his sister Erin. That was a huge German chocolate cake. I was a good girl and didn't eat any but everyone was saying it was delicious. It looked really tasty. It was a very pleasant evening. Several of the boys were there with there wives to help celebrate along with many other of Tom's friends.

Friday night David and I got our all we can eat catfish fix by driving out to Cat Springs. We had to cross the Brazos River in Hempstead to get there. Wow it's still high and it's been a couple of weeks since the big rains.  Normally you can't see it this easy going over the bridge. Anyway we met up with our friends Larry and Sylvia for fun and good conversation well and good food.While having a beer another couple walked in the door that we knew. It was Dean and his wife. The guys all work together. At least for now. The oil and gas business is a little scary right now and they aren't real secure in how long they'll have a job. It was the topic of the night at dinner. 
After 2 months of Pamela driving a rent car Honda finally called to tell her they had the parts to fix her air bag on her CRV so she needed some help getting cars dropped off so I headed up to Bryan to help her out early Saturday morning. 
 On my drive up I noticed what I thought to be new construction and then realized that it wasn't new construction at all. It was destruction by the tornado that went through Navasoto a couple of weeks ago. It had uprooted trees, buildings, signs and at least one home along my route. 
I held up my phone and just snapped some pictures as I drove hoping to capture something. 
Here's a couple shots of what I got. 

I do hope no one was hurt. This home always intrigued me. I hope they get to rebuild.  It was a site to behold as I drove down the rode for about a mile or two.

While in Bryan we went to lunch and did some shopping. I needed some shoes and had a gift certificate. 

For lunch we went to Madden's. It's kinda like a tea room in an
antique shop/building. I like meat but it's not always my favorite and they have an awesome southern fried portabello mushroom and that's what I got. Pamela got healthy and had the salmon with a cabbage base on a tostada shell. 
One day I'll have to branch out and try something different. One day.
It was a good day but it was time to head home before the rain started and it was gonna start
Oh and Did I mention that I've become addicted to the Bloody Shiner. It's a bloody Mary made with zing zang mix and Hill Country Distillery Jalapeno moonshine. Oh Yeah.  Even David is impressed I think. I had bought some V8 juice but it just didn't do the trick. The Hill Country recipe called for zing zang and it made the drink along with 5-8 dashes of Tabasco. I used to never like Tabasco. 

Well that's it....
Until next blog post..... 
Nothing lasts forever so live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, 

avoid the drama, take chances,
never have regrets*—and don't forget
to stop and smell the roses.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Get Away for David

So before David and I took off for the Hill Country I needed a touch up on my hair. I had my stylist add red low lights to my hair this time. I already have the highlights.... lots of white. My hair looks kinda like it did when I was in high school except I didn't wear bangs back then. In the direct sun light you can really see the red pop. I like it and I think David likes it. When I got home he goes "mmm I can tell you did something this time. Yep I see some red". He didn't tell me I looked like a punk rocker wanna be so that's a good thing. LOL
It's the end of the school year and technology has it's final meeting with all our technology service techs. Part of the meeting is a luncheon and They asked if we'd help serve pizza.... Hard job when the pizza doesn't arrive on time. We finally had a stampede of hungry techs when it did arrive. We had to save a piece or two for ourselves. Crazy. Ashley and Samara thought about hiding.

I took that Friday off so David and I could head to the hill country early for a little R n R. Poor David needed a break. Trying to keep up with the farm and the house is keeping him busy. We dropped Lilley off at Pamela's for the Weekend in Bryan and we're off for good times with our friends the Jackson's. They'll be coming in from Austin. David and I decide to make some stops along the way since we'll get there early since we didn't go to work. One place we stopped was in Dripping Springs at the Pizza Cave for some calzones and a salad. Not bad. The lunch special was 1/2 a calzone, salad and a drink for like $7. We walked away stuffed. We've always said we should stop there one day. You know how you pass something and think I wanna go there one day but never seem to have time but this time the timing was right.
Our next stop of interest was in Blanco. There's this antique mall there that we like to go to when we can. I came home with a couple of Crockery bowls and David found a pilsner beer glass and a beer serving tray we didn't think we could live without. LOL Crockery bowls was something my stepMother Carolyn loved to collect and now I'm kinda hooked.
Instead of jumping back on 290 and heading straight into Fredericksburg we took a left on 1623 to Albert, TX. In Albert you'll find an old time dance hall and ice house. It was built back in the early 1900's. It's no longer opened for dancing every weekend but is now only used for special events like weddings or special scheduled music events. It's really pretty on the inside. 
While the dance hall is primarily just for viewing you can still grab an ice cold adult beverage from the Albert Ice House that's open Wednesday thru Sunday usually after 3pm just across the parking lot. They tend to have music on the weekends.

David and I did walk into the dance hall here so I could take these pictures. The sun was blazing through the front entry. I was standing on the stage when I took this. Afterwards we did partake in an adult beverage or 2 from the ice house. They had a great setting right under a huge oak tree. While the sun was warn it was cool under that tree. If we hadn't already eaten we could have grabbed a bite to eat at the Pig Pen Food Truck. We were told the food was really awesome. Maybe next trip.

From here we drove on into Fredericksburg. 
Once we got into town we checked into our hotel and decided to head back out to check out some of the vendors out at the Trade Days. Of course as we pulled in we saw that they would be closing in about 20 minutes and before we could even think about parking our friends Pam and Kevin called they were checking in to their hotel and were ready to get together. The fun begins. You put Kevin and David together and you never know what's going happen or be said. They met us in the lobby of their hotel with cold beers and we went out to sit by the pool for a while to catch up on the latest. Very relaxing. We were busy catching up when we decided we might want to go get something to eat before it got to late. We decided to eat at Crossroads Saloon and Steak House. Which was very Yummy. 

During dinner Pamela sent me a picture of Lilley being a good girl and chillin.
I got updates periodically. She's such a pretty girl.
Lilley and Pamela. LOL

Instead of hanging out in the saloon for music after dinner we walked across the street to Hondo's for some music and jalapeno margarita's. Don't turn up your nose until you try them. I thought yikes jalapeno sounds spicy and nasty but boy was I wrong. You know how margarita's can get a little sweet tasting well the jalapeno takes away the sweet and gives the drink a nice shot to the drink. They are really good. Try it you'll like it. My friend did when she went a couple of weeks ago and she had 3 of them. You know sometimes jalapenos can be really hot when this was one of those times but it actually made the drinks taste even better.
He's smiling!

Kevin is also a Bell Gang guys. You know one of the guys that David worked with at Taco Bell back in High School for anyone who might have just started reading my blog.. These like 7 guys have remained friends all this time and became know as the The Bell Gang.  We try to meet up with Kevin and Pam at least once or twice a year to hang out somewhere in the hill country. Sometimes it's in Fredericksburg and sometimes it's in their hometown Austin. We may be thinking of a new location. Who knows.
On that Saturday we all headed back out to the Trade days and spent like 3-3 1/2 hours out there shopping and wandering thru all the various vendors. Pam and Kevin spent the most money. LOL I think this is one time we didn't spend anything. Now if the mini mansion was complete we might have picked up a few things but since it's not we got to keep our money in our pockets. After a while we decided to go back into town and shop for a few things. Had to stop at the store front tasting room for Fat Ass winery for Pam and Kevin because their daughter told them it was the best.  
After exhausting our shopping options for the day we drove out to Comfort, TX to have some wine at Bending Branch winery. This has become one of David's and now Kevin's favorite place. There was a guy out on the patio providing entertainment. Singing and guitar playing. Doesn't David look relaxed?  He was disappointed that our favorite "somebody" sommelier had left to go to a new winery that will be opening up off Hwy 16 this fall. After finishing off our bottle of wine we drove back into Comfort to the Hill Country Distillers. No Corn or Grain for these guys. They make their white lightning aka moonshine with jalapenos or prickly pear cactus. High octane ... the jalapeno is 80 proof and the prickly pear is 102 proof. Now my fav is the jalapeno moonshine in a Bloody Shiner aka Bloody Mary. You can also some liqueors called dulces. Once drink almost everyone can relate to is the Dreamcicle.  Remember the ice cream bars on a stick called what else... Dreamcicle.  It's getting late and we were getting hungry so it's time to take this crew out in the boon docks to Alamo Springs Cafe for dinner.
When Pamela and I went to Fredericksburg back in April David told us we needed to go to the Alamo Springs Cafe. It was in this book he had of places you should go visit and/or eat at. So we did and we loved it so now on our trip we going again. At least this time I know what to expect for the drive but they didn't. I also knew my mouth was watering for the food.
Check out this hamburger on a jalapeno bun.         mmm I think I have a theme going on...  Everything is Jalapeno.... the margaritas, the moonshine and now the buns.  This time they had onion rings so David and I shared a basket. Another yummy dinner.
We got there early enough on this trip that there was still daylight plus it was daylight savings time to see where we we'regoing in the parking lot.
Kevin found that we didn't have to go back the way we came in but we could go to the right and would eventually,,, I said eventually catch the highway that our hotels were on. In the mean time we got to see new scenery and wait for the cows then the sheep that were all laying in the middle of the road.  
On so many of the roads in the hill country the water from the streams flow across the roads which freaked Pamela out a little when we were up in April. And on this back road we came across an area where the water was flowing freely across the road. It wasn't deep so it was okay.

Here we go.......weeeeee
Got a new picture update of Lilley on the couch and Sophie on the floor being lazy little bums. But that was after hard time of playing and running. Surprised the pillow behind Lilley was still on the couch. Usually Sophie goes along and flips them off with her nose to the floor.

Then when it was bed time they were all tucked in Pammy's bed ready for a good night's sleep. 

These pretty girls posed to Say Good Nite.

Sophie is in the front and that's my fur ball Lilley to the back.
Sunday morning we got up and we all went to breakfast at the Sunset Grill in Fredericksburg.  The parking is at a premium at this small venue so we car pooled. Got really lucky and got to park at the front door. That's a first. Great food and descent prices.
After breakfast we went our separate ways. Kevin and Pam back to Austin and we took off for The Wildseed Farms just outside Fredericksburg. We always find something we can't live without be it seeds, birdhouse, post, jelly, sauce you name it. It's fun to look around. All the beautiful wildflowers that were there in April are now gone and plowed under ready for something new.

Darn that means our trip is coming to an end. Bah hum bug.....

Awesome weekend with awesome friends. 

but I had to laugh because David got on one of his missions to find a oblong water tub the right sized to put tomato plants in on the patio at home and to do that he decided to stop at Tractor Supply and while there he picked up some bird seed for Pammy and her new bird feeder..  He got the bird seed at the first one but no water tub.    

Our final and 3rd Tractor Suppy was in Lindsay Texas. Yep #3. LOL
Still didn't find what he wanted.

Caught cha David.
We're gonna stop at the farm before going to Pamela's to pick up Miss Lilley.
Here we go again. It's been about 2 weeks since we've been up to the Rockin K due to rain and you can hardly tell Where David mowed. With all the rain the grass/weeds are growing fast but it still not as bad as it prior.
The Driveway was still visible. 
We just wanted to stop and hang out for a little bit. While there we fixed the gates that were sagging. It was rather warm in the sun.  Not so bad in the shade.
I took out the rocking chairs so we could sit and rock a while.

After a while I walked around and took a few pictures of our flowers and insects. 

Caught a bee in flight and hard at work.

Time to go

Until next blog adventure....  It's always 5'o clock somewhere