Monday, May 25, 2015

Thank You

Thank you to those who gave their life for our freedom.
And Thank you to those who continue to serve and fight for our security and freedom.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day. I had a full weekend. 
But first let me share this truck with you. I had stopped at Petsmart and when I was getting in my car I looked up and saw this truck. OMG you've got to be kidding. All I could do was laugh. I mean it gets your attention and then you notice the website link.
  
It started on Friday night. I went out to eat with a couple of friends from work Samara with her daughter Marina and Ashley with her baby girl Aria. But we had to wait to meet up. First Samara had to get her daughter Adelynn off to her 8th grade dance. For an 8th grader it's like High School prom.Then met at Mucho Mexico for dinner and a couple of margarita's. Aria kept us entertained. I do believe she was flirting with the waiters. 
 This baby is so cute and looks just like Momma. We all had our turn keeping her busy but like all little ones she could only stand so much of being stuck in a high chair so it was time to move on. But we had lots of laughs and fun before splitting up 2 hours later.

 
But girls we messed up. Marina was taking the pictures and never got in them.  Next time she has to be in the pictures. Marina is 9 or 10. Dang I forgot how old she is but she did a fine job taking pictures.


These girl's are a bad influence on me. 
LOL
Then Saturday morning I got up and got ready for a baby shower. I got the shower invitation and didn't recognize the person's name on the envelope or the name who the shower was for. I figured it was one of Pamela's and I couldn't put the names and faces together then I pulled out another card insert where it asked to ship the gifts the honoree's home in Wyoming.  LOL All of a sudden it clicked...It was a HS friend of Pamela's but Lauren was the daughter of our neighbor and motorcycle riding buddy of David's. 
When I got there Lauren and I talked and I was trying to remember when the last time was when I had seen her and it has been at least 10 years when her sister and Pamela graduated. Lauren was just as beautiful as she was then and expecting her first child now.
The next picture I messed it up. It's out of focus but you can see how the gift was presented. As Lauren pulled it out of the bag there were little clothes on a clothes line. It was such a cute idea.
 
This is a beautiful family inside and out.
Meet her sister Megan and her Mother Scottie

Now I hope I get this right. Her sister in law Ashley and her Mother in law Lillian were the hostess's. They had a lovely home and made everyone welcome. 
 Mother's day was breakfast with My Mom, step father Joe and David at Harris County BBQ.  They have a great breakfast menu.

This lady is pretty special to me. She provided for me when it was just me and her.. She made sure I had things that the other kids had like shindig boots (remember those), she made sure I participated in what sports or activities I wanted when possible. She was known to turn me across her lap and spank me if I had misbehaved. One time when I was around 8 or 9 she borrowed the landlady's yard stick to spank me for having friends in the apartment when she wasn't home. Cardinal rule no visitors when she wasn't home and to make it worse they hid in the closet. The yard stick broke. If it hadn't hurt so bad it would have been funny since she had to buy a new yard stick. And no I didn't need counseling or CPS. It was just a good ole spankin. I had a healthy respect for obeying my Momma. LOL    Love my Momma.
After breakfast David asked what I wanted to do and I really didn't have anything in mind. He asked about the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham and I said sure. We had heard how beautiful it was but we must have hit it at a bad time. 
Very few flowers were blooming and their rose stock was pretty low. I can imagine it would be lovely if all the flowers were blooming. We even made a stop at Sierra Classic Homes to get an idea the cost of having a home built on the farm.  Come to find out they don't build in the area where the farm is. Darn it. 
Here's a few of the pictures from the Rose Emporium.
 
This furry thing was dead so I was free to take it's picture. If it weren't a spider I might have said it was kinda pretty.
I had just walked pass this very spot 5 minutes earlier and that spider wasn't there. I'm guessing the guy and his son that was standing there when we came back by must have killed it.  I think I would have ran. It was big !



 Look at these tiny tiny buds  and this pretty yellow rose bud


I would love to do something like this on the Farm. A bed of roses or what ever.  Not sure where at on the property but somewhere on that 14 acres this would be cool.





Our final destination was Bryan/College Station. We went up to visit Pamela and have dinner to end our day. She had worked the day before and would be working the day after so she didn't make it home for Mother's Day. It was A lovely day.  Before dinner we drove out to the her new house to check it out. Appliances, flooring and fixtures are in. I guess they'll be doing the touch ups, install the faux wood blinds, sprinkler system and grass before Thursday she does first walk through inspection. So Excited for her.

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my life and adventures as they are.

Until next blog post...A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. Tenneva Jordan


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Recoup and Regroup

I think I needed to recuperate from my trip with Pamela to Fredericksburg. I finally picked up a bottle of wine and opened it and had a glass or two. Mmmmmmm in fact I might have to have a glass tonight. Life has been semi quiet around here. Besides it is raining every time we turned around. We were beginning to get pretty soggy around here.
The last weekend in April on a Saturday me and my friend Denise went to Plantersville to a quilt show in St Mary's Catholic Church. First let me tell you the church and the grounds were beautiful. The land it sit's on was bought 1894 for a big whopping $30.00. WOW I wish I could have bought land for that. The church had it's first baptismal in July and it's first wedding in August of 1894. 


And in 1917 it was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt shortly without incurring  any debt to the church we entered that day. Sounds amazing.




The quilts were a draped over the the church pews front to back with a few quilts around the alter. And in the fellowship hall they had several vendors from all over. While standing in line one of the ladies said that the day before they had 600 people come through. The show was free but they accepted donations. I think pretty much everyone in line around us put in the donation jar. There were quilts of all kinds and colors. Of course my eye went to the Aggie quilt and the western motif quilts but
 I love them all. 

My few pictures don't do it justice but I'll share what I have.


Denise and I met up Jane another fellow quilt retreater and friend.


We've been to the Rocking K Farm to see if we could mow Sunday 2 weeks ago and again a week ago Saturday. David actually turned the mowing over to me. I could drive the zero turn mower fine up and down the road that was flat and smooth but the first time he turned me loose in the grass.... the look on his face was hilarious. Them I couldn't stop laughing because I had no control. As soon as I hit a bump my hands started going spastic. Going straight was not an option for the first 5 feet. I went right I went left and I went in circles. Oh crap I'm in trouble. LOL. I got the controls back together and pulled back to stop. Whew! Okay lets try this again. I started slowly this time and while I didn't go straight it was better. I was going kinda wavy. No circles thank goodness. After 15-20 minutes I had mastered sorta the zero turn mower. It was actually pretty funny.   I like mowing but I was worried about the sun. I am very fair and burn easily which then causes new problems. Me and the sun don't always get along. Low and behold I bought this PF30 spray on sun screen and I didn't even turn pink! YAHOO. I have to go buy more of that stuff.  
Pamela came up to visit. She took me to find a potty since we don't have one on the properety and find food. Sigh of relief. We came back with food and once we finished David took us down the hill for some shooting lessons with the 357 magnum but not without ear muffs. The last time we went deaf when David made the first shot. He of course shot once and hit the can. My first 3 shots went somewhere in the big mound of dirt then finally my next couple of shots with guidance I hit right next to the can. I'm getting better. Practice Practice practice. Pamela never got close but I'm sure with more practice she'll get there. 
Next we went for a 4 wheeler ride and she wanted to drive so with a little help she got it. We had a plenty of fun. And yes we were careful.... no jumping hills or fast turns.







On Wednesday the 29th I went to a track meet to cheer on my co-worker Samara's daughter Adelynn.
She's in 8th grade and made it to districts. She had her own personal cheering squad. 
Me, Ashley another co-worker and her baby girl, grandparents, aunts and mom
That day she was running the Mile and 1/2. 
She looked so graceful and fluid as she ran around that track. She seemed so calm and focused as she ran. I was really impressed. 
She came in 5th but she beat her personal best by like 3or 5 seconds. The next day she ran the mile and beat the school record. Way to GO Adelynn! Check out the muscle definition as she runs. Then look at the girl in the red uniform. See her eyes watching Adelynn on her heels.
That was my first track meet ever. My daughter did swimming and water polo and my nieces did volleyball and dance. And the boys did football.
This past Tuesday David was invited by his company vendor to a dinner for engineers. This will be our 4th time we've been invited. The dinner is held during the Offshore Convention each year. We've been to restaurants we probably would have never gone to on our own. All of them have been very very nice and delicious.  This year we went to The Bird and The Bear down Westheimer. The restaurant was closed to the public. That was pretty cool. We really enjoyed ourselves and the people present. It was a great evening. And top it off it was Cinco de Mayo so we had to walk next door for a margarita so David thought. We finally got home at 12:20. The 5:20am alarm came awfully fast...too fast.
Tuesday I got and email that one of our favorite Texas Rockabilly singers was gonna be at Puffabelly's on Wednesday in Spring. Oh Man no fair we already have tickets to go listen to another band in Tomball. We contemplated skipping out and going to Puff's but 2 things well three things wrong with that
#1 we like the band we were going to see #2 the tickets were already bought and #3 we were too pooped to drive 27 miles verses 8. Hated missing Jesse and Davin but Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys put on a great show. And the best part was we were home and in bed by 10:20pm. ahhhhh zzzzzz
Last fall David planted 2 peach trees for Pamela. They were both covered in beautiful blooms in March 




And in Mid to late April we have little peaches growing. How exciting

 The roses at the back of the garage are growing like crazy. The bushes totally hide the trailer pad and stand about 5' tall.

 And here's our Lilley girl. She's such a sweet heart. She loves being outside when David is out there working in the yard or garage.






Oh and I learned that Thursday night in my home town that my nephew Zachariah announced the winner of the FFA scholarship that my sisters set up in their Mom's, my late Stepmother's name honoring her life and all the good she did for the community after her passing in July 2014. The winner was Emily Torrey a young lady from the community. I think Carolyn would be pleased with the winner. 


Oh and look what I spy. Tomatoes on the vine. I think I counted 5 on this one so far and just about as many on the other vine.


Well that's it for now.
Until Next Blog...“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all”
- Oscar Wilde


PS: Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day.  I did!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Oh What a Trip Continued

I didn't want to overload you about our trip on the previous blog so I decided to break it up. Again Photo Warning. I might have a a couple of pictures to share. LOL Honest Just a couple.

We went on this trip as a Mother Daughter bonding trip with my Mom included last year but due to her broken foot she didn't feel like coming and doing a lot of walking this year. I told her that wouldn't have been a problem....She wouldn't have had to walk because we would have made her our designated driver so she could move slowly out side the vehicle or nap if she so desired while Pamela and I drank wine around the Hill Country. And in case you think I'm depriving her of wine I'm not. Mom isn't a big drinker but I'm sure she would have got a good laugh or two out of watching Pamela or Me. I can't imagine the damage we could have done had we had a designated driver. Oh Wee Wino's!
We woke up a week ago last Friday morning ready for some adventure. We got cleaned up, grabbed a light bite of breakfast and went into town to shop. There's all kinds of shops and things to see. Some you can afford and others not so much. Pamela has this idea she'd like to put a chandelier in her master bath so she's keeping her eyes open for the ONE that hits her hot button. So one of the shops we hit was Phil Jackson's Amazing World of Crap I mean Things. I always thought was the name and just realized it wasn't. That's David's fault because that's what he has always called it. The shop actually has some really beautiful items in it like the chandelier Pamela went to check out. OOOkay not in the budget..$1500. Ouch. The one at Lowe's for under $200 is looking really good. LOL
We shopped until 11:45 and decided to head to Comfort, TX  for some Lunch at Guenthers Biergarten and then go, imagine find some wine and moonshine. Yes moonshine.
Guenther's is a place David and I found to eat the last time we were in Comfort. Reasonably price and pretty tasty. Friday was all you could eat catfish and fixings for $7. Not bad so we stayed and ate.
With our tummies full we were off to the first winery.. Bending Branch. I was so glad to see that mine and David's favorite Somebody was there. 
What's a Somebody you ask, well actually the title is a Sommelier. We never knew what that was and then David decided to call it a Somebody being silly and it's stuck. Dana is our favorite Somebody Sommelier. Actually she told us she hasn't been certified yet but let me tell you she knows her wine.That day Linda and Dana waited on Pamela and I. 
The wines were a little to dry for Pamela but I walked out with 2 bottles because David loves their Tannat wine. My tastes buds must be evolving too because I like it too but I'm still more partial like Pamela to the slightly sweeter wines.


We headed down the road to Winery #2 called Singing Waters







As we drove down the road we saw a herd of deer. One of those cute critters is a nice size buck. He had quite a Harem. The wind kept blowing the branch in front of the shot.

The young lady who helped us here was a sweetie. This is where Me, David and our Friend Sheryl was asked to be models for a glass of wine. We sat in the tree house drinking wine while a photographer snapped pictures of us. The young lady told Pamela and I that they still have the pictures and they'll be on their new website eventually.  We'll see. 
So Pamela wanted to go out and take pictures in the tree house too. This is a rare event...She's letting me take pictures of her.  
The sun had come out finally. it was  a beautiful day.
Selfie time!

The country side is just beautiful.
 The owners of the winery live on site and raise goats too. They had two babies that they were bottle feeding but we couldn't get close to them darn it.


A couple of bottles of wine later and we're off to our next stop.

Our next stop is the Hill Country Distillery where they make Moonshine. Oh boy!
First thing we're greeted by a guy and tells the tasting bar is a little full so how about a tour of the distillery. We said sure and the first room they took us too was the fermenting room. OMG. The 2 moonshines they make is Prickly Pear and Jalapeno so can you guess the smell in that room. My nose immediately started burning and then it became hard to breathe. Pamela didn't last long in that room. She had to walk out so she could breathe.  Moonshine isn't illegal if you get a license. The only problem the state had was how to classify the distillery. Moonshine well it's not wine and it's not burbon etc so they put them in the category as a Specialty Liquor.
The tasting room cleared out and it was our turn to taste the Moonshine. First taste was Prickly Pear. 102 proof oh boy we're in trouble. Pamela took her first sip and I do believe she was blowing flames like a dragon. I was scared but took my taste. FIRE! WHOA!
Next came the jalapeno moonshine also 102 proof. I'm not sure I'll feel it after the first one. It didn't burn. I think the first one actually torched all my taste buds. Now the next two were mellow. They're producing an orange and lemon cello. They had a tad of a bite but were tasty. They had a whole drink list to try and that's just what we did.

Here is a Dreamsicle and a Blue Moon. The Dreamsicle was made with the Orange cello but Pamela's was made with prickly pear. Yum
Remember Dreamsicles?
That's what my drink tasted like.
Now I was really wanting to try a drink made with the japapeno moonshine so ....they made me 1/2 of a bloody Mary. I'm not a Bloody Mary drinker but I wanted to try. It was tasty but too salty for me. Didn't waste it though.
Pamela actually bought a few bottles for her friends. She really wanted to buy some of the cello but they don't have the labels yet. Give them 6 months and they'll be ready for sale.
Time to go on down the road. We wanted to go to Sister Creek Winery and off we went.
We found the an Aggie shed out in the middle of nowhere. I think it's the same one David and I found but it's been repainted.  As we continued down the road Pamela saw an old truck for me to photograph.  Now this one is rather colorful but still cool.
 Well we pulled into Sisterdale ready to check out Sister Creek Winery only to find out it was closed. Dang it but I found something to photo. Of course it was an old vehicle.
As we drove pass the building I saw another photo opt, a Turquoise door on that tin building but passed on it since we wanted to get back to Fredericksburg in time to try a another winery before dinner.
We stopped at our final winery back in Fredericksburg called Messina Hof like the one in Bryan College Station. We did our wine tasting with a young man who was lacking in wine knowledge and sight. He had to hold the glasses right in front of his face to see how much wine he was pouring. 
Then all he basically did was tell us the name of the wine which we already knew since we 
picked it out. We wanted to relax a little bit before going to dinner so we ordered a glass of wine and 
got a cheese plate to sit out on their patio. Not much of a view but it was relaxing until this couple came out and smoked a pack of cigarettes in the 30 minutes we were there. Plus the woman sat on the phone the entire time talking loudly about people getting divorced. Okay so maybe it wasn't so relaxing.
We finished our wine and headed out to find a place to eat.

We ended up at a place called the Buffalo Nickel. There was a new place on the right with pizza that was hopping but I passed on the pizza. I got a portabello mushroom sandwich and Pamela got...mmm I think a chicken sandwich. Dang too much wine I guess because I can't remember for sure what she got. Oh well. We decided against having a drink since we'd had plenty after 3 wineries and 1 moonshine distillery. LOL. You'd think we were alcoholics.
I have to admit that the moonshine was sitting hard on my stomach. By the time dinner was over we were exhausted and decided to call it a night. We were in bed and asleep by 11pm. Crazy.

We slept in till about 9:20 Saturday. Felt good but the moonshine was still rumbling in my stomach but I wasn't gonna let it stop me/us from having fun. We got dressed and went to Main Street for a tad of shopping/browsing until lunch time. We went to Hondo's  so Pamela could get that huge  chicken sandwich she got last year that over flowed the bun big time. 

This picture is from last year. See how huge the chicken was. I wanted to try this chicken sandwich that Pamela thought was so yummy. To our pleasant surprise  the chicken was more manageable. It fit on the bun with just a little hanging over the bun. Food was so yummy. I thought about getting one of Hondo's awesome jalapeno margarita's but thought better of it 
because after lunch we were gonna shop just a little 
more and then take on some more wineries. Go imagine. 
Good thing this Girls Weekend to Fredericksburg only happens once a year. I'd be broke and drunk. LOL

We hit a couple of shops near Hondo's and we discussed our plan of attack. We decided to go back into Hye and start there. So as we're driving out of town I changed our course. 
I made a quick right turn into Torre Di Pietra Winery. Here we shared a tasting. They wanted $15 for tasting of 6 wines. It was a pretty place and they had live music. They're currently in the process of building a restaurant. Pamela did find a wine that she liked from there before we left. We tried to go to Becker Winery and Lavender fields but holy cow the parking lot was packed and I could see the people were packed near the wine tasting stations. 
We drove out of the lot and drove the rode where we decided to stop at Woodrose Winery. It has a nice set up. Pretty tasting area in and outside, and 2 meeting buildings. 
We walked in and A young lady told us to have a seat in or out and she'd be right with us. She came over to give us a list of wines for tasting and glasses and said she be right back. 
We sat there for a good 15 minutes and no one came back to us. Our glasses were empty.
It's sad to have wine glasses and no wine.
Finally a different gal came over and started talking and laughing with us and still no wine. Finally she notices and starts our wine tasting. Now Pamela and I chose the sweet list so that made it easy. Okay not so sweet. I think this vineyard is still too new. We sat there again with empty glasses and now a 3rd lady comes up to pour our next 2 tastings. Not much explanation on the wines they just poured. I think I'm spoiled. Dana at the Bending Branch describes each wine and tells you where the tastes will hit your pallet. We left Woodrose disappointed.
We drove on into Hye to go to the Hye Cellars but again parking lot was full and we didn't want to waste time standing around so we turned around and went to William Chris Winery. Not too crowded or so we thought and they had music. We had to check in which was something different and found out that they had no openings until 4:30pm and it was like 2:45. I don't think so but for $5 we could go to the dessert wine tasting. What the hell let's do it we thought..... Why in the hell did we do that? LOL The 3 wines we tasted were infused with Brandy. Neither of us liked that blend.
So back on the road and heading back into Fredericksburg..
Our next stop was Hilmy Vineyards. The young man doing our tasting was very friendly. He ended each conversation with 'yeah'. For instance he told us.. "This wine is good with... sunshine... uh yeah"
But it was done with smiles but we weren't that impressed with the wines. Just not to our liking. They weren't bad but not what we wanted so off we go for to Winery #5. Are you counting?
We wheeled into Fiesta Winery. They too had live music. We went inside and bellied up to the bar. Well the guy behind the bar was a little bitchy. Pamela said he threw out the F bomb at least once but he kept complaining about people coming in and they needed to go home. Hated to tell him but the place didn't close until 6:30pm and he had another hour to go. At least the people standing next to us were fun and nice. We each might have walked away with a bottle of wine from Fiesta in spite of the guy being a jerk.
For last winery we went to Rancho Pointe. They also had music that was a tad too loud for the small patio area but at least the employee's were friendly and so were the people around us. We had been here before and really liked some of their wine. They had one we really liked on the tasting list but was totally sold out. No Fair. You tempt us with something we really like but don't have any to sell. Rude but we did buy a couple bottles before leaving and closing the place. 
I needed food by then. My tummy was grumpy with all those wines and believe it or not that damn moonshine was still letting me know I did that shot the day before.
We decided to try an Italian restaurant called Pasta Bella next to the Buffalo Nickel. If a line indicates how good the food is we figured it must be good. We only waited 15 minutes. When we parked I started laughing and Pamela thought I had lost it but I had her look across the street at this poor girl and her boyfriend. She was drunk. She could barely stand and her head just kept flopping back on his chest or shoulder and sliding down. He finally put his arm around her waist and lead her down the street. 
NO MORE WINE. Put a fork in me I'm done. Give me water and food.

I think the pictures say it all. I did walk out of the restaurant a happy girl. The food and the service was good.

Can't believe this is our last night in Fredericksburg. I guess all good things must come to an end. Pamela and I both found some wines, she found some items for decor at the new house and I found a couple things for David. 
Sunday we got up had brunch at the Old German Bakery down by Hondo's. The food and the service was good with large quantities.
This is the German pancake I ordered. Almost like a crepe but better. It came unfolded and draped over the edges of the plate. YUM
We grabbed a couple of pastries for breakfast Monday. I shared mine with David.

It was time to head down the road towards home but first we had to stop at the WildSeed Farms. It's always fun to walk through and see what seeds, nick nacks, plants and flowers they have. Again my daughter was being very obliging and let me take more pictures of her.
A few bluebonnets and Aggie bonnets.






On our travels we did see lots of bluebonnets and wildflowers. These particular pictures were taken at the Wildseed Farm.  Bluebonnets and Poppies and other wild flowers.

Then I saw the picture I wanted and had been looking for. A longhorn with thousands of bluebonnets and a few of his closest friends.
 
I love this horse. I don't know much about horses but this one is all spotted like a Dalmatian (maybe Appaloosa) and she's small in stature. And the best part she had a tiny foal. OMG it was so adorable and tiny. It was smaller than a Great Dane. Found out before posting that the horse is a Miniature Appaloosa


The baby came running to Momma when I got out of the car to take their picture.
Sooo pretty.

The rest of the drive was uneventful. Our trip was nearly over. About 50 more miles and we'd be home. 
We may try to choose a new location of stay next year but it's all close enough we can drive in to Fredericksburg for the day if we so choose.
But who knows that's next year and maybe then my Mom will feel like joining us.

So until next blog....A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart