Friday, May 29, 2015


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. 
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!