Monday, June 29, 2015

A New Mission

Through out the years of our marriage there has always been a mission of some kind for us. David's mom thought it was hilarious. We'd be heading out the door and Thelma would ask where we were off to and I would turn and say "A Mission". I'd ask her to come with us and she'd just laugh and say "I think I'll pass". She had a great laugh. David's mom lived with us for 7 years before she passed. Miss her everyday. We've been on mission for cars, race cars, tile flooring, trailers, wood flooring, counter top material, homes and landscaping. Why do we call it a mission? Well we don't just look at say 10 or 15 samples oh no that's not enough. We must have lots of options. LOL  We looked at enough floor tile that we had enough samples for a whole room. Our mission for land had us traipsing all over looking for the one that made us say "This is it" After over 300 propertieswe found the One. 
Which lead to us to a mission for a tractor, a bushwhacker, and a 4 wheeler. Now we're on a hunt for a place to stay over nite or longer on the farm until we can build a permanent home. Oh and the biggest thing is a bathroom. Closest one to the farm is nature but not much cover or drive 5 miles down the road. We've looked at RV's, mobile homes and small cabins are on the list. We're discussing a plan and time line of how all this is gonna work.  David loves Missions. And the best deal for the buck.
It's always an adventure around our house.
With all this rain it's driving all kinds of things out of the ground like frogs. I went outside with Lilley to see if I could get her to take a potty break before bed you could hear all the frogs. I looked over to the pad David had poured to store the trailer on and I counted over 18 frogs of all sizes. 
The next morning when I went out with Lilley I saw something rather large crawling across the grass. I was curious so I walked a little closer and this is what I saw. A mud bug. Darn thing's tail was bigger than my thumb. mmm made me want so spicy crawfish.

This weekend I thought I'd find time to take some pictures of Pamela's new place but that didn't happen. We went back up on Saturday to help some more. While David and Pamela hung pictures and curtains I proceeded to open some more boxes and put things away. Pamela had made a pretty good dent in the boxes but I was able to put 4 more away for her. After that I go busy and set up my sewing machine and sewed up a dust ruffle for her guest room for the new quilt that I'm in process of fixing. Thanks to Mandy and Nancy at Quilters Crossing for helping me pick the perfect coordinating color for the dust ruffle so I'd have something to even sew. I took the quilt top up to show Pamela my fix and she was very happy with it. Winner! now to just finish it. 
Oh and the reason I didn't get any pictures.... well this wonderful photographer, NOT so much let the battery go down and my spare battery was in my purse at home. Good place for it don't you think? Then I had this other obstacle called Pamela. She didn't want me to take pictures of it at this stage so it was just as well that my battery was dead.

Today is a short and sweet blog post.
Until next post...Life is a patchwork of memories.












Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pamela's big Move


  Friday was a big day for Pamela. She signed the papers on her new home. She couldn't be happier and neither could we. More space, a yard and bigger bills but after 3 years of throwing money away on rent she was ready for something she could call her own.  Don't we all know about that.
After an hour or so of signing papers they handed over the keys... YAY it's official she's a homeowner.    The next step is a bite of lunch at the Chicken Oil, a couple of errands then the fun stuff...    We headed back to her apartment to change clothes and get busy loading her car with what we could since our cars were already full.  We had planned on loading the trailer with her belongings from our house but the forecast of possible rain made us think twice. We didn't want to ruin her new mattress and bookcase so all we could do Thursday night was load both our cars to the brim with what we could. Even managed to load her queen size bed frame and rails in my car. 
By 5pm Friday she was putting the key in the lock of her cute new home.  We unloaded our cars and went back for a couple more loads of what we could fit in our cars.  By about 9pm we were all hot and sweaty and exhausted so David and I headed back to Tomball and Pamela headed back to her apartment for a bite to eat good night sleep and we all meet up again at the house early Saturday morning.....
Friday night before going grabbing a very late bite to eat and going to bed David and I loaded the queen mattress, box springs, a small bookcase and dresser in the bed of his truck and then parked the truck in the garage until Saturday morning. We got to Pamela's house early enough to unload the truck before I was to go to the apartment. I had to be there by 9am to meet the movers. And Pamela and her Dad stayed at the house to meet all the delivery trucks, security folks, etc. Boy it was Hot.  3 young men showed up from I believe it was Little Guy Movers. They worked quickly and seemed take care with the furniture and boxes. The lead guy got hurt though. They used rubber bands to keep drawers shut but it didn't work and one of the rubber bands popped and hit him right in the corner of his eye. Made my toes curl thinking about the pain. Poor Guy was in pain but he sucked it up. I don't know how he did it because you could see he was hurting. 
They didn't take any time at all. They finished at the apartment and headed to the house and by noon they were done and off to their next move.  And we were left to start unpacking. First task was to make the beds so when we decided to stop we'd have a place to lay our heads. We were to be Pamela's first over night guest. LOL. Pamela ordered us Pizza for dinner. Tasted pretty darn good. Pamela was dying to have a glass of champagne for a celebration drink so she and I had a glass and her Dad had a beer.
Seeing how Sunday was Father's Day she didn't make him work so hard. No heavy lifting at all.  We all slept in for a while. It felt good. We grabbed a bite to eat and headed to Bed & Bath for items that Pamela needed and to one of David's favorite places, Home Depot. Time flies when you're having fun. It was after 5 by the time we got back to the house and it was time to take David out to a nice Dinner. We surprised him by going to Nappa Flats there in College Station. They have really good food. He and I had the pork chop special and Pamela had a filet. So Yummy.
I didn't take any pictures of the disarray which I guess I should have so you could see the progress when I go back next Saturday but I didn't.
Before we knew it it was almost 9pm and David and I had to head back to Tomball and go to work Monday.
For a sneak peek of the quilt that I thought I had finished for Pamela's guess room. Big problem.... some how I didn't make it big enough for a queen size bed and it's already quilted. TEARS and lots of cuss words.
The lighting in her room here isn't that great for taking pictures but the quilt did not drape over the edge of the bed like she wanted and wasn't really long enough either so now how do I fix it. God only knows. 
In this picture I have pinned a piece of the fabric from the backing to the border but how was I suppose to attach it and get it quilted without the raw seams showing. Clueless. More Tears.
I was even so bold to turn the quilt the other way to see if maybe she could just use it as a topper. Of course that's not what she wanted to do.  So I started calling my much more experience quilters for ideas.  
Well while at Tshirt Quilts of Texas getting some backing for tshirt quilt blocks I got to talking with my friend and the owner Betty about my dilemma. She goes why not do like the Quilt as you go method. Huh? So she explained how I might be able to salvage my screw up.    Guess What!?!  I believe it's gonna work. I hope to get most of it done this week before we go back to help Pamela with some more unpacking and hanging pictures or whatever. 
If you need a tshirt quilt contact Betty and she also does quilting of all kinds. Click here or on the name above in green.
Okay I couldn't pass up a chance to not share of a couple of pictures of my coworkers daughter Aria. This little gal plays hard and doesn't give up. Nope she just falls asleep in motion.   She also likes to share her swimming pool with Phoenix and Bandit.  Too too cute







This morning Pamela sent me this picture. Welcome to homeownership!

She walked out this morning and a neighbor from across the street decided to plow through her freshly sodded yard and park. She had to snap a picture then head to an appointment then come back to deal with. Even without the picture it was easy to figure out where the truck belonged. The muddy tires left a track to the house across the street.. She went over, introduced herself as the new neighbor that his truck just tore up her new yard. Young kid.. He did keep apologizing and said it would be fixed. Wanna place your bets? This is not how Pamela wanted to start out getting to know her neighbors. Cross your fingers all turns out well.

Until next blog post....A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. 



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY at least for while

Well finally we got relief from all the rain. It's a little over a week of no rain but it may start again this week. Awesome.  David finally got to mow at the house but we haven’t been able to mow at the farm. It’s gonna be a jungle by the time we get to. He hopes to go up this Thursday to meet a couple of folks for some quotes on septic and set a meter for city water until we get a chance to test a make sure the well water is safe to drink. While there he hopes he can hook up the bush whacker to the tracker and mow some of the property. 
This is what I was facing trying to drive in the first morning of the heavy rain back on the 26th 



and 



the clearer blue skies is what I faced coming home. While the rain had stopped the creek and the rivers were still coming up. 
This is the main road to get to my house about 4 miles down the road. I was able to hug the inside curb to avoid the high water on my side to get home.  The oncoming traffic had more of an issue since that side is lower.




Then just outside my subdivision there was a truck load of boys having some dangerous fun plus the fact that it was at 5pm traffic and cars were trying to navigate thru the water that was flowing quickly across the road.   I pulled into my subdivision turned around so I could pull up to stop and take this video. Look closely at the The white truck coming at ya. It's pulling a boy on a wake board. What they don't realize is somewhere along there, there is a broken of piece of wood with jagged edges under the water.
Back on the 28th I went to my book club meeting where only 5 out of 20 of us made it. But the 5 of us had a blast. Our book was Food..A Love Story by Jim Gaffigon. The gal that picked this book said she wanted a book with no real plot and this one fit the bill. The author is a comedian who tells you his take on food(s). For instance he says most seafood reminds him of insects like spiders or cockroaches. Oh great.  He also felt you shouldn’t trust a skinny food critic and if you think about it that makes sense. Some how after talking about the book our conversation ran a muck or maybe that should read in the muck.  
As I told the folks that didn’t make it for the discussion….What happens at book club stays at book club! Me and this group laughed so hard and long that night.

Then my dishwasher stopped working. This sucks. Remember the old fashioned way of washing dishes. You know in the sink by hand. So much fun…NOT. The repair guy came out and it’s the control panel. Really it’s only been 2 years and 1 month since I bought this one. The last one the control panel caught fire in the middle of the nite. I woke to the sounds of popping and then the flames. That wasn’t so much fun either. So the control panel is almost but not quite the cost of a new one but for now we aren’t in the market for a new dishwasher so we have elected to go ahead and fix it. With any luck they’ll be back this Friday to install. I sure hope so.
We also changed internet providers. We don’t have a big choice in our area yes but our current provider lost their tower contract so they will officially disappear on November 6 but if you ask me they have been gone for the last 90 days. Our service has been almost non-existent. So we went from Clear to AT &T. That didn’t start off real smooth. The day they install everything was great but the next day when we signed in we had a very week signal. Oh great here we go.  But with the help of the Original Tech via text message we were able to get a Tech to come back to help fix the situation after 3 days of trying to work through it with the original tech via email. Apparently we had a bad modem plus needed a WIFI extender. Haven't had a problem since. YAY!
Would you look at this picture of My grandpuppie Sophie has got to be the most spoiled lovable little pup. Pamela took her in to get groomed and they did a photo shoot. She is the cutest little pup well just as cute as her Momma Lilley. My groomers don't do things like this. I need a new groomer. LOL  The groomers get Sophie to pose with no problem.

Had to share a couple of my favorite pictures my sister shared on Facebook from a recent Dance competition. My Tiny Dancer (my niece Emily) I love this picture. The point shoes are my niece and the other are her parents.
Then there's the Father-Daughter dance. My Brother in law is great. Would your husband get on stage like this for his daughter? 



This past Tuesday was Pamela's first walk through at her new home. Everything went great. The biggest problem they encountered was this.
Big Oops!
That's from Pamela falling thru the ceiling in the garage. Luckily she didn't fall all the way to the floor. She had no clue. David has our attic all decked. First lesson of the new home only walk on the studs until the attic is decked. My smart-ass husband looks at the assist superintendent and goes...."Do we put blue tape on this?"
Superintendent: "No, I think I got this"
Poor Pamela was so embarrassed and already starting to bruise. She came on this weekend with her pretty bruises and she was pretty sore. Poor darling but the good part is the house looks good.

This past Wednesday we hit Main Street Crossing to Listen to Jesse Dayton. This is the 2nd time he's played here which is close to the house. He was smokin those guitar strings. He was awesome that night. He played a bunch of new songs along with a couple songs he hadn't sung in a couple years. It was a great night..

Pamela came home Friday so we could get our hair all touched up and then we ran a couple of errands then headed back home to pack up her things in her room that need to go to her new home next week. Okay she hasn't lived at home in over 4 years but packing up made me all weepy. I actually started crying and she looked at me like I was crazy. Which okay I am but now her taking things from her room make it all seem so permanent and real. She'll always come home to visit and in a couple of years we'll be up her way and closer so it's not a big deal but it just hit me kinda weird.

I have been working on another quilt for a friend plus the one for my daughters new guest room. Well I got the quilt back all quilted so I was on the home stretch then when I laid it across the bed I realized I had totally screwed up. I had not made the quilt wide enough for a queen bed. CRAP CRAP CRAP. Tears more cussing then more tears. How can I and How do I fix this???? More cussing.  Well after many calls and discussions I went to a friend to buy some Tshirt backing to make a Tshirt quilt and she solved my problem so this week I will be fixing Pamela's quilt so I can hopefully have it ready for the bed next Friday. Cross your fingers and say a quilty prayer.


Until next blog post....Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way. ~Dr Seuss


Friday, May 29, 2015

Relief


Three weeks ago I barely had ankles and my feet were so swollen I wasn't able to wear my regular work shoes.

Finally after 3 1/2 weeks I can finally see my ankles. Well I see that I have ankles and I can get my regular shoes on. The swelling went from the tip of my toes all up my legs. I was rather miserable but much better now.


Not sure what was happening but the doctor changed up a couple of my meds and removed 2 others an viola I have ankles and 10 little piggy's again.




Last week when I opened facebook one morning I saw a post from my little sister. I looked at the picture and thought "huh" then realized who the dogs belonged to and the front porch...
How exciting My Nephew and his sweet bride of 2 years announced they are having a baby. I know my little sister is probably as excited as can be to be a Grandma again.

We've been teasing my nephew Jeremiah for over a year now about needing a baby in that new home. I mean the boy would turn white as a ghost with fear at the thoughts or mention of a baby. LOL It wasn't that he didn't want babies but the idea of it scared him plus the fact that twins run in Melissa's family.
I guess he's gonna face that fear head on now. Congratulations to my Niece and Nephew in Missouri.

With all this rain everything is soggy that we can mow up at the farm and David was able to get a few swipes at the yard at home. The rain just won't stop. At this time I'd say we have 1000's of frogs. Mmm anyone up for fried frog legs.  Can you see their little green heads.
Things got pretty serious Memorial Day weekend with flooding in the hill country and has since moved on down this way. No one is exempt.
Some one posted on facebook last week that it started raining the day the Blue Bell Creamery closed and God is crying.  We are in trouble if that's it. We need to help him find a substitute quick.

We made it up to the Rocking K Farm in between rain storms the Saturday before Memorial Day. We had to stop in Bryan @ Lowes so I could run in and order Pamela's washer and dryer for the new house she's buying next month. They were having a big sale and no tax but she was working so I went and got her taken care of. Had to order them from the store they'll ship from.
We couldn't do much at the farm with everything being soggy but David was able to take care of some spraying, tractor tire that has leak, etc. While he was doing manly things I grabbed my camera to snap some pictures of the landscape.
At the front entrance on both sides the previous owner planted vitex bushes. They were just beginning to bud out the last time we were at the farm but they are now big, green and in full bloom. 
I went in for a close up and ran across this guy.  Not my favorite of insects by no means but he was busy and paid me no attention which was fine with me.
And next to the vitex are the cactus that David and I were considering removing since we're not fond of thorny cactus but they were blooming this time and they are really pretty. Plus they fit the decor. We'll see what we decide as time goes on. I mean David loves his landscaping. The entrance needs to be cleaned up now but it's got a good start.  And since we haven't been able to mow the wild flowers along the outside fence line are really pretty so I guess it's okay that we can't mow but we need too eventually.
 And there is this huge Pecan tree at the front of the property. Looks to be a native pecan. We found some on the ground when we were first looking at the property. Crossing my fingers we'll have a bunch of pecans next year.
If it really is a native pecan then those are the kind that the candy stores love so they should be tasty.... or at least I hope so.



And I'll end with our sweet baby girls. Sophie the one on the left is Pamela's and the one on the right is Lilley, mine and David's. She's Sophie's Mom. They're so cute together, They're waiting on a treat. Spoiled little girls.




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






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