Monday, November 30, 2020

Aww Come on....and Rock n K news

Back on November 2 I was driving out to go to a quilting bee I joined that meets now in Cameron and had to stop and check out our new Welcome sign that David got hung up.

Looks pretty cool. We had bought this sometime when we'd been in Fredericksburg together. Love it.

As I was driving on out I hollered to David that Rose and her new calf were up front now and then I realized that it wasn't Rose and the calf was brand new. #2 Maddie just had her calf.  

The calf was still wet and so cute. This makes number 5. We now have a heard of 16. Dang.   We will need to start reducing that number. Won't be able to feed everyone when we only have hay to feed them.


I guess Ferdinand did do his job.

I got to bee and set up next to my friend Kim. I had to take a picture of her stuff drifting over into my space. It's a running joke from the retreat. Her stuff kept drifting into Donna Marie's table. So I sent the picture to Donna Marie showing her Kim is still up to taking over all the space she can get.  You know I love you Kim if you're reading. 
Right after retreat I needed to mail a letter and decided to drive back by this old building I saw when David and I went to eat at the Dutchtown cafe. The cafe was very tasty and prices were very

reasonable. I like old buildings and sometimes wonder about the history behind them. I snapped
this picture of it and I have emailed Cameron's Chamber of Commerce to see if  I could find out the history behind the building. No answer yet but here's the picture.
Pamela went to Houston to celebrate with Marlaina's oldest boy Thomas for his 5th birthday and stayed the night to hang out with her long time friend Marlaina and a mutual friend Kristina for a girls night.  I do believe they had a good time.
While she was gone we babysat the fur grand-babies. 
Then She left them with us again the following weekend while she and some of her nurse friends went to Fredericksburg to relax and unwind. 

While the fur babies were here I worked on a aggie christmas throw for Pamela. I had it all up on the design wall as I finished each block. Well Bri must have brushed her fluffy tail across the design wall and knocked a block on the floor.  I guess she decided if it's on the floor it's fair game. I didn't notice right away since I was sewing and when I turned around with the next block
 I saw Bri chewing away. Thank goodness I had extra fabric and was able to make a new block, What a brat! And I finished the top that weekend so I could send it to the quilter along with another quilt top I finished but can't show it yet.  It's a gift.
Okay I haven't been an early riser much of ever but capture a picture of the tree David planted a year or 2 ago and it's telling us it's fall. I should have taken the picture a week ago but I didn't but it's leaves are very red.

The weekend of the November 14th marks 30 days since the pacemaker implant and I can now raise my left arm above my shoulder. Yahooo
That means I got in and washed my hair with 2 hands, dried it and actually curled it.  Right now the scarring is minimal.  I wasn't sure what it was gonna look like.
Considering this is how it looked earlier.  As time passes I'm sure it will fade even more..  
 So for the title 'Aww Come on' .. Just when I'm thinking everything is all good my right knee started acting up. And the answer is 'no' if you're thinking of asking if I fell and hurt it. I was thinking it was arthritis but nothing is helping. Even got a steroid shot. Got relief that afternoon due to the numbing meds but nothing since. One day it was so bad I pulled the crutches but those things are such a hassle. But I had to wait 7-10 days to give shot a chance but nothing. So now I wait for an MRI but that is an issue with a pacemaker scheduling. Go figure. I had to wait 45 days, and a manufacture tech to be available which is December 18. Holy crap. So for now I'm hobbling around. No Fun.
On November 20 David asked if I'd like to go to Calvert to the Farmers Market and if I could walk okay. Well yes I'd like to go and the walking is questionable but I'll make it work.  We bought some homemade jellies, peach cobble, spaghetti sauce and some from peppers of some kind. We was gonna hit the Wonky Donkey for some pizza but they didn't open for another hour and we were hungry now. So we ended up at the Cast Iron Bistro another new place in town.  Calvert is starting to show life again. It's great. We both ordered chicken tenders. They were breaded and seasoned just right and the fries were crispy good. 
I went outside by my East sewing room window and found some roses still blooming. And under my North facing window in the corner my cute dainty camilla's were blooming.   When this rose blooms it'll be about 4" across. It's big. Can't wait.  The camellia blooms are so cute.

Thanksgiving was spent with us and Pamela and that's it. Between Covid and life everyone else went in other directions. Such is life. I missed everyone. Should of taken some pictures but I was slacking during the day. We had ham, but instead of turkey David cooked us a chicken in his oil less fryer. That chicken was 5 pounds of good. Our friends the Harper's raise broiler chickens.  No water inserted like the ones you buy at the stores or preservatives. All raised on their farm.
About 6pm Thanksgiving evening we all jumped in the car and headed to West which was about an 1hr and 20 minutes away to see some Christmas lights.  We went to see the 'Lights of West'. One of Pamela's nursing friends husband set it up with the property with other 2 partners. In the middle of the property is this huge body of water that they put some decorations/lights in. They plan on growing bigger every year. What they have is impressive. Can't wait to see what it looks like next year.
This is just a few pictures. Pamela took more but these will give you an idea.     

It was a great way to end the evening. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
And now we move on to the Christmas Holidays.....

Until Next Blog post...."Draw your chair up...and I'll tell you  a story..." ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Life and Adventures continue

I got home from a great quilt retreat on 10/23. Next Morning 10-24 David asked if maybe I wanted to go have breakfast at our new found spot in Caldwell called the Garden Spot. Well I'm no fool I said 'Yes'.  The food is good and reasonable.

Driving down Hwy 36  to Caldwell David says "somewhere before we get to Caldwell there's supposed to be this great little hamburger place called Front Street Burgers."

Just as he says it I go "there's the sign for it'. David does his famous hold on, we're going in hot and pulls off the road to turn around. Stunt drivers have nothing on this man.  LOL  We don't drive to far down this road and I spot the place on our right. Unless the town is hiding there is only 2 small buildings there and a house or two around..  This photo was taken by Front Street and was on their FB page. The yellow box there is going to be their Little Library. 

We'll go back one day soon to try but breakfast is calling our names now.  On Sunday they look to have music of some kind. We'll have to check it out further and I'll post I'm sure about our experience.

As we drive back to the highway we notice this purple house hidden behind the trees and shrubs. And then we notice the walls... 

It has bottles as the walls.  That's a lot of bottles. How we missed this the first time I have no clue.

Then I noticed the bright colored mailboxes. Pretty cool lookin I think.
We finish our side road sightseeing and head on to breakfast. 
David is working hard on the landscaping in front so he wanted to run by The Antique Rose Emporium to grab a couple more roses and some canyon daisies. They're really cool and get real full..  
These roses are called Mullinex.. So pretty. They went in the ground up between the stone pillars and big rails to front entrance of the house along with the pink ones he bought first time called Belinda's Dream. I thought I had a picture of it but I guess not. But it's full of petals and big and smells delightful. David is ready to retire so he can work in the yard more. He loves to landscape and all his plants.
Saturday was date night with the Kennedy's!  LOL 
Go figure we move to a wide spot in the road and meet more Kennedy's.
I was at cute place called Boutique in the Woods (it's literally in the woods on back road)and this woman walks in and says hi and introduces herself to the owner as Kelli Kennedy. What! I say well Hi Kelli Kennedy I'm Carla Kennedy.  Well it got even crazier. Come to find out both John and Kelli worked at Mustang Engineering where David still works but now it's called Wood. They had never met. Even they are raising Dexter cows. We sold a couple of calves last year to a guy in Somerville and he told David he had met him at Producers in Bryan. David didn't remember him but come to find out he thought David was John.. We had no clue at the time. We live on CR348 and they live on CR358.
We had a great evening at Central Avenue Bistro. Great food, music and great new friends. It's about time we get together again. 

Came home that evening and as we were pulling in we saw something next to the fence line but didn't know what so David stopped the car and as he did I saw a new baby calf. Momma #1 aka Rose had just given birth. When David walked close to the fence Momma tucked her head down as if she was gonna charge the fence and run David down with her horns if he got any closer.  
This makes Calf #4 for 2020.  The calf was wobbly but stood up slowly.  Awwww
David got a picture of it Sunday morning laying in the sun just snoozing away.

Momma #1 and Maddie #2 hoovered over the new calf. No one was gonna get to close until they decided it was okay 
It's been hard doing anything with my hair since I can't lift my left arm above my shoulder until a month since the pacemaker surgery has passed so I do what I can.  My body is trying to get used to the new faster heart rate so I either get tired faster or I get uncomfortable hot. Anyway at a hot moment I leaned my head to the left, grabbed my hair, twisted and put a clip in it leaning my head down. David walked in and snickered at my lopsided hair doo.  Hey it was the best I could do.  I had him put it in a low pony and he had trouble doing it. I think he got the hang of it afterwards.  Didn't have to be perfect.

Come Thursday (10/29) we had company for a couple of nights. We hadn't got together since my birthday in March. Well they almost backed out when they couldn't find a dog sitter.  Our response was bring those babies with you and they did.
This is Sylvia with her babies Jake(left), Zorro(center),
and Roo laying down behind them all.  Roo is older and had a hard time walking on our concrete floors but he did just fine outside. All these babies were 3 times as big as Lilley.
That night we went to The Old Post Office in Caldwell to listen to 2 of our favorite Texas singers Max and Heather Stallings. This is a great personable venue be listen and see them at. There was a slight mix up with table reservations that really ticked me off but they say they'll make it okay next time we want to come to a show.  We'll see.
Max and Heather didn't disappoint.  They were great. 
Friday (10/30) we decided to take them to Salado.  Our first stop was Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Winery.  First we ordered food. I ordered the half order of a Monto Cristo sandwich and baked potato soup. I don't remember what everyone else ordered. Now of us complained! We were all pleased with our food. We're ready to come back and try something else.  Or maybe just get the same thing. LOL  While waiting on our food we got some beer or cider. Larry, Sylvia and I got a flight to try and we got a free glass. I got all ciders.

Sylvia put me and David in front of the Chupacabra. He was practicing safety by wearing a mask. Can never be too safe. LOL  
From here we went over to Barrow Brewery. They all got a beer and I..... well I got a water.
Axis winery was open so we decided to over there. We'd been telling the about the wine swirl slushy Where David might have drank 5+ at father's day.  LOL.
Got a picture of me and Sylvia. And captured a couple of David and Larry.
OH no the slushy wasn't ready we bought a bottle of their Sangria to share until the slushy was slushy.
And then they were ready.....  I passed on a frozen drink and just finished my glass of wine. 
We were joined by Drake. He really liked David. He's part owner / social director.  Pretty guy.
That evening we took them to Central Avenue Bistro in Cameron. Never disappointing. Great food and of course great company of our friends Larry and Sylvia.
Saturday (10/31) we got up and I fix an egg casserole. They're not big breakfast eaters but we hoped that this would work. I think it was a hit.  
We hung out outside with all the critters.  Jerry knew Sylvia was here to see him. LOL
     Roo was happy to be outside and walking around.   Unfortunately Larry and Sylvia and the boys had to go home. Bah Hum Bug. It was great visiting and catching up.  But they had other pressing things to take care of and had to say goodbye.

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So until next blog post.... Life is meant for good friends and great adventures” ~ Anonymous