Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Rolling down the Road...

 Continuing with my daily prompts.....

June 8.. My best qualities. Mmm, I'm not good at answering this kind of question. I'm told I'm caring, nice and a good listener. I hope they're right. I try.

I was hoping today would bring some fabric I ordered for the 2nd time.  I ordered 2 yards of a print fabric the first time back on the 3rd and it arrived on the 5th. I was so excited and then I opened the package. Inside was 4 yard of solid tan fabric. What the hell! So I got with the company and they refunded me and told me to keep the tan fabric that I don't need and I would have to re-order the fabric I wanted which I did on the 6th.... So since it took basically 2 days the first time I figured this time would be no different. Boy was I wrong. I wanted the fabric so I could find some coordinating fabric at one of the shops David found for me to go to on our trip.  It didn't show up. I called the company I ordered from and they said if I didn't hear or see my fabric by Monday the 14th to call them. Grrrr!

June 9.. My top priorities.. I Like to think my family, friends and health. My husband tells me my quilting is my top priority. It's important to me but not really my priority. I just have lots of projects.

First off today I had a hair appointment. I needed a trim to shape up my hair and touch up of my low lights. I have plenty of high lights naturally. I'm trying to embrace the grey slowing.  Later I took Lilley down to Pamela's so she could watch her while David and I take a trip of our own. We haven't gone anywhere together for more than a day. And some of those trips were to the doctors offices. Now that's excitement at it's highest. LOL.  Almost every June David and I head to Luckenbach for the Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival. They did have something in June 2020 but we stayed home but this year we're going. Sad part is none of our friends are able to go this year. Bummer.

And while David and I are packing to leave Pamela drove into Houston to visit with my niece, her cousin Shelby and her man Adam, While they were out Pamela's really good friend from high school Cole came out and joined them. 

June 10.. mmm a new thing to try. Well Using these blog prompts is something new. I haven't decided if I like it or not but I'll try it every month or so until I decide I'm tired of it.

We pulled out of the drive way about 9:20 or so. We were going a new route to check out some different towns and things to do. Our first stop was in Comanche, TX and had lunch at the Comanche City Café. We both got the ground steak lunch special. It was the perfect size and it was very tasty.. Once we finished up we walked (I hobbled) down the street to look in a couple antique stores. David scored some goodies in the first store. He bought a book a James Michener called Texas that he thought would look good on our coffee table and several old cd's that he didn't have. 

At the 2nd store we found a bird house we both liked to put over my kitchen cabinets. I have a collection of birdhouses up there and around the house. We really liked this house but it took us a minute to figure out how the bird was to get in or was it just for décor like I'm going to use it.  LOL   

The ladies in the shops were really nice and shared information about the town with David while I was still browsing.

As we were headed out of town he saw a winery called Brennan and we stopped for a tasting. The young lady Savannah set up our tastings, told us about each wine we chose. She was fun and friendly. We talked about the town, her school Tarleton about 40 minutes down the road, and the winery in Fredericksburg her Dad worked at called Texas Wine Collective. It used to be called 4.0.  She showed us a silly picture of her Dad so we would recognize him if we made to the winery he worked at. Of course her Dad would have killed her had he known what picture she showed us.  From here we headed to San Saba where we would stay the night at a B&B called Auntie M's.  I had to borrow her pictures because I didn't take any but here's where we stayed and our room was called The Blue Bonnet Room.

photo by Auntie M's
photo by Auntie M's

Before checking in we went to The Wedding Oak Winery and had a tasting. Again more friendly and helpful ladies named Belle & Melissa. They were fun. At one point this group of ladies in the front seating area we cracking up laughing and Belle (our server) said "I think we need to cut them off" and started laughing. Of course she was kidding. She said they were a book club. Oh really I thought. Okay so I had to know what book they were discussing so I walked over and asked. Well in actuality they weren't discussing a book at all but they did love to read. They just told people they were having a book club meeting being silly. They were a group of ladies who like to drink wine and have a good time.  Their reason for gathering sounded like something we used to say after school saying we were going to choir practice so none of the students would know we were going to meet for adult beverages somewhere.  I talked with these ladies for about 20 minutes and sharing books. I left David at the bar talking to one of our servers and buying our bottles of wine.  They told us of two of places we might like to try for dinner,  The Pecan House Grill or Diggs. We checked in and then drove around the town to see what we could see. As we were driving down one street I said to go straight to see the park where I could see people swimming and a waterfall. It was so pretty. Apparently there were 2 such parks with natural spring feed pools.  Isn't it beautiful?

One of David's former co-workers had suggested to eat at Diggs so that's where we went after driving around the streets of San Saba.

And while David and I are gone Pamela drove to Calvert up by our place to meet up with my God-daughter Michelle. Gigi, Michelle's mom and Pamela's God-mother was there too And so was Michelle's Abuela (grandmother). They met at Farmer to Market Coffee Shop.  Michelle was in town visiting her parents and old friends and it worked out that she could meet up with Pamela too. Aren't they pretty?

June 11...Where was I a year ago... ha.. pretty much at home at the Rock'n K. Things were just beginning to open up from the pandemic and I was canning tomato's in some form or another. LOL

We wake up to a yummy smell coming from the kitchen at Auntie M's. The owner cooked up breakfast with fruit, scrambled eggs, has browns, sausage, bacon, biscuits, fruit juice.  I'm forgetting something but it was so good and the owner sat there and talked with us. She told us about San Saba, about buying the B&B, the why's and how. Great lady. I wouldn't mind going back and staying in a different room for fun. After breakfast it was time to hit the road and head toward Fredericksburg but first we'll make some stops in Llano at 2 different quilt shops and some antique stores. David looked up quilts shops for me to visit. He's so sweet and thoughtful.  Never know what we'll find. 

photo by Pecan Grove    
Just outside Fredericksburg on Hwy 16 we stopped at Pecan Grove Historic Bar with vintage bikes. We didn't try their food but we had some beers. 
photo by Pecan Grove

From here we headed into Sisterdale to find our Airbnb for the next couple of nights. Too bad we hadn't stayed here before to see how they set it up so we could have taken cues on how to set up our Mini Mansion back before the house at the Rock'n K was built. Of which the mini mansion became storage. 

Anyway our place in Sisterdale was comfy and a straight drive in from Luckenbach where we'll be going to listen to music at the TMR Music Festival.  It was set up efficiently and cute. But we had to laugh because the TV was like a 14" computer monitor.

photo by Sisterdale Guesthouse
photo by Sisterdale Guesthouse
It's hard to tell how small it was by my picture but....it's small.

As the evening approached we decided to pack it in for the night but first we decided to drive down the road to Black Board Bar B Q. We weren't real hungry but needed a little of something so we thought we'd share some sliced brisket and listen to the music there. Well when I was reading about this place it said to call and place your order for dine in, carry out or curbside service but David said come on let's go and see what they have.  LOL.. as we stood there they crossed off a couple things on the board menu and the chef walked out saying they only had 2 steaks left. Uh oh!. Now it's our turn... we order some sausage to share because the brisket was gone.  While sitting at our table they came out to tell us that they didn't have any sausage after all but they would give a leg quarter instead, same price if that's okay.  

So okay that's fine.  When they serve us we get a leg quarter and they found 4 slices of brisket, plus they gave us their Asian slaw and a dessert. Holy cow! We ate way more than we had planned or needed. They kept apologizing for the error. Again super nice people.

Back to the "Tool Shed" for the night. That's what David kept calling our Guesthouse. 

June 12... Where was I 5 years ago... Well I was still living in Tomball and going to the farm to enjoy it while poor David worked at hard at improving the 14 acre farm and barn we bought last year. We were in search of a builder for our now home.

Back to 2021. We woke up and needed food. We drove a few miles into Boerne to Mary's Taco's. It was one of the suggestions on the Guesthouse board. They were packed and so was the parking lot but we found a place to park. Surprisingly it took no time to get food. David was out and we found table outside to eat at. The Tacos were good. 

My bad. I didn't write down everything we did so I've forgotten the order. We did drive back up to Lampasas to go to a couple of Antique stores and a couple of wineries. One winery didn't open until 4 and we planned on being back in Luckenbach by then but we did look at some antiques. We walked down the street to have pizza for lunch. I don't remember the name of the place but it was on the square. The service started off rather bad but there was only 2 waitress for the large crowd. Another example of finding people to work. We heard that everywhere we went.  After lunch we drove to Texas Legato Winery. We both had a tasting and might have drove away with a couple of bottles. We had fun there. The ladies there and another couple were entertaining and fun. David was willing to stop at the winery down the road for me but I said we should head back toward Fredericksburg.   

We stopped at Narrow Path Winery in Stonewall for some wine but I refrained so I could have a beer or two at the Music Festival. David had a glass and I had water. LOL. We sat outside and enjoyed the view. 

It was late enough we decided we need to eat something before heading to the Thomas Michael Riley music festival.  Alamo Springs Cafe was our choice of poison. LOL We split a pork sandwich and onion rings. The guy at the register convinced David we needed a piece of peach cobbler. Food was so yummy.  We found the route to get the Luckenbach. We're ready for some music. 

And some beers.  In the words of Thomas Michael Riley.. "holler & swoller".  LOL  

That's how our night ended with music. Got to hear some Thomas Michael and Davin James our favs plus a few others. Even had a chance to chat with Davin and his wife Tammy. 

Well that's it for now...

Until next post....Packs 2 hours before leaving for a trip. Unpacks 3 months after coming home.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Daily blog prompts with adventures thrown in

Gonna try something different this month when blogging. I'll be using blog prompt question for each day of the month.  We'll see how it goes.

June 2 Something good that happened last week. Well it was actually the week before when my niece Shelby and her boyfriend came for a visit. I hadn't seen her in like 4 years. So it was nice catching up and meeting the man in her life. 

David walks into my quilt room looking like a nerd from the movie Weird Science. Remember that movie where the 2 boys create a beautiful woman. LOL  This is supposed to help him while working on the cars. I think he is a nerd but lovable.  

June 3. A time I was frightened... hmmm I think there's been plenty of times that I've been frightened but most recent time would have been when I went into Afib and didn't know what was happening and then found out I needed a pacemaker. Scary stuff. All has been good since. I still kinda worry about it but I feel the doctors have a handle on it.

June 4.. A really good idea.  When it happens it happens. I've got a really good idea for a quilt I need to make but first the company I ordered the fabric from needs to send the right fabric. LOL.  I was so excited this morning when I opened my package thinking I'd start cutting the necessary squares only to find 4 yards of the wrong fabric in the package. I only wanted 2 yards of my fabric which was a print. How can you mess it up so bad. I ordered a print and I got a solid. Already got a refund and re-ordered the fabric. I hope to take the correct fabric with me while David and I are out and about to find some coordinating fabric to go with it.  I thought/think it's a good idea. 

The wild flowers in the East pasture make for a great backdrop to the critters. Jerry was hanging out at the fence waiting for some attention.

June 5. Books in my to read list.  Not enough time to list them all.  I have a closet full, plus others on my Goodreads list I want to read. I need to read Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez for book club before July 15th. I also want to read a book I got for Christmas from Pamela called A Simple Girl by Josh Flagg. I used to watch a show of Million Listings with Josh Flagg and a couple others high dollar realtors. Josh lived with his grandmother who always told stories of her life. This book has compiled those stories. She was a character. Like I say there are way too many books to list that I want to read. 

Today David and I took a drive to see antiques at Texas Pickers in White Hall.. David found a sign he couldn't live without for the garden and then we went inside to have a burger. We both ordered the cheeseburger and fries. Dang those burgers were huge. Forgot to take a picture but they were very tasty. A tad too much salt on the fries even for me but tasty. We left here and went to downtown Navasota to another antique store. I found a book and something to make a pincushion with.      

From here we headed down hwy 105 to farm road 390 to head toward Deanville.. Before getting there we rain into a torrential rain just outside Brenham. WOW! This is in between wind shield wipers. The road already had water standing on it. Those clouds kept following us around.

 In Deanville, we were looking for the Sons of Hermann Deanville Hall and found it. We plan on going there one evening to go listen to Gary P. Nunn play this month.. Then we stopped at a place called Bottlenecks for a beer. It was 5 o'clock somewhere we figured. The folks there were real nice.. This place has live music too. We might have to go back one time when they do. Decided it was time to head home and we hit the rain again in Caldwell. We finally ran out of it but it found us when we got home. 

Holy Cow!  Jerry and the cows were all lined up along the fence to the back pasture. Poor babies. Water was standing everywhere. The lower pasture had a lake before it was over. And the pond was getting fuller and fuller. June 6 Something to remember.. The good days with my Mom. The memories Pamela and I make and the life David and I share in the country and the adventures during retirement that we will go on.June 7 The best thing about my day... Was seeing the sun for a short time before the clouds took over.Well, that's it for this post. I'll pick up with the journal post prompts and other adventures in my next post.Until then....In the crazy quilt of life, I am glad you are in my block of friends


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Welcome June


The prompt for June 1 blog is list 5 things I want to experience this summer. LOL  The number 1 thing is too walk normal. Please. Number 2 is lose weight. Number 3 do some traveling with my husband. Number 4 complete a couple quilting projects and Number 5 is visit with friends that we haven't been able to visit with in person for over a year.

Back to work on Quilt Project 1 of 2.  Almost finished with it. 

That's it for now. Hugs

Until next blog....A Quilt will warm your bod and comfort your soul.


Thursday, May 27, 2021

More Visitors & Fun

Had more fun visitors! My niece Shelby is on a nursing assignment in Houston until July so she and her boyfriend Adam came to the farm.  They drove to Pamela's Friday night and hung out then they all came to the farm.  Of course Jerry was ready for a new visitor or two.   Jerry loves having visitors and it's even better if he gets a couple of carrots. LOL

The girls decided to stay on the porch. That's Bri laying down which is very unusual. She's always ready to bark at Jerry but she was tired. Lilley didn't want to get her paws wet since it had rained earlier. Sophie was in the yard with us.

Gotta love this girl. She's such a nut. Our first stop was for lunch in Calvert at the Wonky Donkey. It's a pizza place that opened since we moved to the farm. It was really good. Pamela had fun with Shelby and Adam and so did we. 

After getting our tummies full we walked across the street to En Gedi Winery where we found yummy wine to drink. The owners are really nice so it's always a great place to visit.    After the kids did a tasting we all had a glass of wine. While inside the rain came down really hard. Some of the streets were even flooded by the time the rain stopped but luckily the street we parked on wasn't flooded.  
From here we headed to Taylor to the Texas Beer Co. Adam drank some wine but he likes beer better so we had to give him to enjoy too. Well he did enjoy the wine but he likes beer. They have all kinds of beers and ciders.

It was getting late and I needed to get home to cook dinner if we all wanted to eat. While I was cooking baked penne pasta Adam and Shelby pulled the cover off the pool table.  Shelby was the winner. 3 out 5 games I believe. She gave her Momma the credit for pool playing ability. Are you reading this Nancy? LOL

 Sunday we got up and hung out at the house until lunch time. My original plan was to take them to the 4C Brew Barn for lunch and a beer but it was raining..Again. Uggh  We gave them a choice what they wanted because there was an opening on the covered porch to eat but they voted for Mexican food. So we drove on down the road to Cameron to have Mexican food at El Charro. We really like the food there and everyone else left with happy and full tummies.
Now we went back to the house and just hung out and took a couple of pictures. Well Shelby took a picture. I did something wrong when trying to use my selfie stick and none of the pictures turned out. So this picture that Shelby took is the only one that turned out.

We had a great visit. Hopefully we can all get together again before she goes on her next assignment. It had been about 4 years since we'd seen her. So it was good visit!
After PT this past week I got a present in the mail. Big surprise.. it wasn't a special occasion.  But wow check out this beautiful shawl. My cousin Gayle made it for me. She is very talented. 
I just love the colors.  And while Gayle and her sister, Lisa were cleaning out their parents things they found several Bibles and they thought I might like this Bible. Their parents, my Aunt and Uncle passed within weeks of each other the first of the year. 
They think my Mom gave this Bible to my Uncle her brother and thought I should have it.
Both gifts are really special. Can't think Gayle and Lisa for their kindness.

So another busy week and I'm thinking I've wore out my friend Shirley. Hope she ate her Wheaties. LOL. She always tells me she's wore out after reading about my blog adventures. 

That's it for now..
Until next blog...A family is pieced together with hope and faith.

Friday, May 21, 2021

A Little creativity and Friend time

I finally made my first log cabin quilt with Bonnie and Camille fabric. Love red and teal together.  I gave it to Pamela to give to her nursing friend Amanda who is having a baby girl.  She has 2 boys and now she's getting her girl. Hope her baby girl becomes her best friend like Pamela has become mine. Amanda's boys love Pamela. I think Pamela loves them back. I love my embroidery machine. I can now make my quilt labels and them not fade away.
My good friend Donna at Donna's Lavender Nest did the quilting for me. She always does a beautiful job on whatever I have her quilt for me. I had a fun taking pictures of the quilt. My knee was cooperating with me so I moved around a little easier. I had just finished PT so that helped.  Sometimes I can never decide which setting I like best to show off the quilt. It looks like the little girl is showing the old man the quilt.  This last picture shows off the quilt the best.
Yahoo our fan is working. LOL. Okay I know this is a crazy video to post but the fan has been down for almost a year. David had started trying to fix and ordered a part only to have it trashed by Jerry our donkey. Our front gate was closed so the UPS or Fed-X truck dropped the box over the gate. Jerry found the box before we did and chewed up the box along with the part. Well okay not so much the part but he probably stomped on it. The part didn't work. Now, was it because of the donkey or was it just not the right part who knows. Then David called the manufacturer for some help but work got in the way until now. He did some more magic and Thursday he put the fan back together and with fingers crossed turned the fan on..... And it works. These fans move a lot of air.
Friday (5/14) our friends Pam and Kevin came in from Austin to stay with us. Our first visit since before COVID hit.  It was great. David and Kevin drove in to Rockdale to get some BBQ from Brett's BBQ. Very yummy. We decided to go out to check out the blackberry patch in the pasture. David decided to wear some gloves while picking but Kevin was was brave one and did it bare handed. He also got pricked several times.
Pam and I stayed in the golf cart. LOL. Jerry guarded us. He was hoping we still had some carrots for him. Anyway We found a couple new cactus growing near by with bright yellow flowers.

So far the cactus by the front gate look pretty frozen. David was thinking of pulling them up anyway.
We had Pam all turned around when we driving on the back roads and showing them the country sights. We hung out on the back patio until time for dinner. We took them to Central Avenue Bistro in Cameron. It was a beautiful night to sit on their outdoor patio for dinner. David had the yummy roasted red pepper salmon, Kevin order the pulled pork nachos, Pam and I got the shrimp dinner. Food was great and so was the service.
Saturday we got up and went to the New Baden General Store for Breakfast. Love living in the country. When we got there there was only a few folks in the wide open space of dining area. No problem social distancing. After breakfast we drove to Calvert for the farmers market only it didn't have many participants yet. May be a little early for much produce availability. 

David bought me some ground coffee at the Farmers to Market Calvert Coffee Co.  It's pretty tasty. Now I drink it cold with a creamer but I'm sure if I were a hot coffee drinker it would be good too.  
We walked from one end of town to the other.
And the best part is my knee allowed it. It was tired and it tried to give out a couple time on the uneven cobblestone sidewalks but no pain. Yay. We did stop at En Gedi Winery in town. We all got a glass of wine before leaving Calvert. We drove down another back road to get back to Gause and down 2095 to go to 4C Brew Barn. It was late enough to order a bite of lunch so we had a pizza. David and I got the one with everything and Pam & Kevin got one with ...mmm I forgot but it was just the right size to share. 4C makes their own craft beer and David and the others chose their flavor and I got a frozen strawberry daiquiri. mmm so good. 
And yes it's frozen and yes it's different than  the frozen margarita that I drank when I went into Afib back in October. LOL how is that you ask? Well it's all in my mind really. I associate the frozen margarita with my Afib. It's like a former friend of mine that was eating a Clark candy bar and went into labor. She hasn't eaten one since. It's psychological. 
While looking for my selfie stick to take a picture of all of us, I snapped this picture in my sewing room testing it out. 

I handed the selfie stick to David to hold while I snapped the picture of all of us.  He was such a mess. He held the phone up above us and the phone only saw sky then the ground. Finally I got him to find us on the screen.  I do believe he did that on purpose. We were all definitely laughing for this picture. Then my Apple watch died so I had to reach out to hit the camera button on the phone instead of on my watch.  Go figure.
Lilley didn't want to be left out and neither did Jerry.
David mowed all the yard except this patch of wild flowers by the hay bales.
David had bought a couple of peach trees before the snow and they were still in pots and they survived. In fact they have some peaches growing. I hope that when he plants them they don't go into shock and die. You may have to look hard but the peach is slightly lighter than the leaves. Can you find them? There's at least 3 of them visible.  Check out the wild lilies we saw on the side of the road just down from us. I don't think anyone planted them on the fence line anyway but then maybe.  They're pretty. Love the country.  
Welp that's it for now. 

Until next blog...It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson