Friday, November 21, 2014

 Do you ever get over whelmed by the world around you?
especially the one right around you...
your home or business...
Do you ever feel it is out of control....
well we have been feeling that...
 The guys pulled every thing out of our shop...
a shop that had became so full...
there were only trails going through it...

 Hubbies junk Inventory had gotten out of hand....
so it was time to clear out...
re-focus...get rid of....
It's been looking a lot like Sanford and Son around here...
it is sure nice watching it disappear....
now maybe the shop...can actually be a shop...

feeling more relieved....
still more to go...
but a big chunk is done....
Stringbean had a blast...
he loves hanging with the guys...
riding the forklift with Pawpaw...
our leaves are starting to change.....
Happy Friday....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 it has been quite a week....
the cold winter blast.....
my head cold...
finally went to the Dr...
he put me on antibiotics...

 this poor sunflower is how I have felt....
drooping...trying to stay sunny....
the freeze finally got it....
this morning it is all crinkled up...

 I have to say my flowers have lasted longer than expected...
I'm always so sad to see them go....
I'm feeling better this morning...
still no voice...
not easy with a Hubby that can't hear....
I've had to do a lot more repeating...
I think he had done a lot more pretending...
pretending he understands what I'm saying...
Thank goodness Stringbean has good ears...
he can hear my whispering voice...
We have a busy weekend planned....
I'm hoping to be back up to par....
it sure is taking longer than I wanted to get through this...
We have an early Thanksgiving with my Dad's family...
a Fun Girls night...
then I'm getting together with my Daughters boyfriends family on Sunday....
Happy Hump Day.....

Sunday, November 16, 2014


what a difference a few days make...
last Sunday it was so nice....
then it went down hill after that...
our Artic blast...
I know they say you don't catch a cold from the cold...
but I don't believe it...
I got a  head cold...and a terrible sore throat...

It hit on Thursday....
I was in bed by 7:00...
got up on Friday thought I was doing better...
by lunch time...my throat was hurting again...
really hurting...I was on the phone most of the day...
the cold snap caught everyone off guard...
when the wind chill is in the teens...
everyone wants heat...
I was in bed by 5:45 on Friday....
 I spent most of the day in bed watching TV this weekend...
just taking it easy....
now I sound like a bullfrog croaking when I talk...
but knock on wood the sore throat is gone...
I gargled with salt water....with apple cider vinegar...
I drank lots of warm lemon...honey...ginger...cinnamon tea...

Today is my nieces 4th birthday...
I had to miss her party....
I didn't want to chance it...
it was cold and drizzly today...
not good things when you aren't feeling well...
I did work on getting my photos in better order...
let's just say I made a little dent...
 I started getting too sentimental....
I had to stop....
Stringbean...aka Hotrod...aka little britches....
they day he learned to walk all by himself...


he was such a sweet happy baby....
he's a sweet boy now too....
well most of the time....
a typical 4 year old male....
he is a different kind of fun now....
It is suppose to warm up next week...
boy am I ready...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

 Sunday was a beautiful Texas day....
The girls of our family had an outing...
we took my Mom to the Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens...
to celebrate a belated birthday....
we only made it through the Japanese Garden...
we had a picnic lunch...
then leisurely strolled through...
enjoying all the beautiful scenery...

 water...trees...bridges...
all so relaxing....

 I would love to have this view in my back yard...

 we soaked it all in....
wishing we had a hammock to nap in...


This was my soon to be 4 niece's  favorite part...
the Koi...
she had a blast feeding them....

 my daughter and SIL even got to pet a couple of them...
they love people...
we couldn't believe how big some of them were...
they could have fed a family of 6 with just one...

if you are ever in Ft. Worth Texas...
I would make time to take a visit...
now we have the polar blast here in Texas...
wind chill at 18...
temps below freezing in the mornings...
high in the low 40's...
Hey Mr. Winter...
it's not your turn ...
Come back Fall!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

 changes are a coming....
weather wise...
it was 76 degrees today...
sunny...
windy....
but tomorrow....
low 34...high 52...

 we had a beautiful Sunday....
I did my yearly family photo....
I have come to realize....
I don't like working with a tripod...
I don't like having to set the camera up...
set timer...get in the photo...
I'm a hands on...
get on the ground...
climb on things...
kind of photographer...
the tripod is just too stiff for me...
I'm not thrilled with how the photos turned out...
but...I don't see my family getting together again to do them...
we did manage to get us all...
3 out of 5 dogs in the photo...


After that we had a girls afternoon....
we took my Mom to the Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens...
to celebrate her Birthday...
the weather was perfect...
we had a picnic...then walked around enjoying all the beauty....
I took lot's of photos...
they will be coming...
 Next weekend is my nieces birthday...
she will be 4 years old...
we had a blast with her in Ft. Worth...
little girls are so different from little boys...
it was fun watching her...
she sees the world in a whole different way....

 Stringbean was so cute at the family photo shoot...
he helped take a few shots...
I'm thinking he might need a camera for Christmas...

We spent most of the day outside today...
I wanted him to soak in as much sunshine as possible...
get all the warmth we could take...
cause the rest of the week...
may not be fun to be outside...

Friday, November 7, 2014

 this has been a odd week....
started out with rain...
much needed...very thankful...
but it caused craziness around here....
Adults...Stringbean...dogs....

 we all have been accustomed to our outside time...
weather...time change...
DIL asking for Stringbean to give up his naps...
so we have rest time...
he just has to lay down for 30 minutes...
read or just rest...
let's just say it hasn't been exactly smooth sailing around here...

 I've been having trouble with my lower back and hip...
not sure what I did...but it has been sore...
so sitting has not been very comfortable...
but neither is laying in certain positions...
well the sun came out.....
so we have been able to get out some...
I added an Ap to my phone  Pacer...
it keeps track of how many steps you take a day...
but you have to remember to have your phone on you...
to count them....
the goal is 10,000 per day....
I have increased my steps every day...

Stringbean has had ups and downs this week...
he has been falling asleep on the way home...
Today he asked me...
Oma do I have rest time today...
I said Yes....
He said NO....I don't want rest time...
I thought to myself Oh boy...here we go...
he said I need to sleep...I want NAP time...
he was up at 5:25 am this morning...
Bad dream about a spider with a bunch of shiny eyes...
Today...he is taking a nap...
We have a busy weekend...
Doing photos for my Daughters Dancers...
Family Photos of my family...
say a prayer for me...
then us girls are taking my Mom for a fun afternoon...
to celebrate her Birthday that was Tuesday...



Thursday, November 6, 2014

the parents won....
well not really..
cause you know the kids are still full of energy...

we have had a wet few days here in Texas...
which we really need...
but it sure is hard on certain 4 year olds....
and dogs....
too much energy...and not enough outside time...

I'm always saying it is a 3 ring circus around here...
the other day Stringbean was getting in the vehicle...
he was going somewhere with Pawpaw and Rooster...
he said Pawpaw...we Are the 3 ring circus....
yep...Stringbean...Pawpaw and Rooster...
THE THREE RING CIRCUS...
The sun is out today...
hopefully everyone...dogs included...
will get the much needed outside time....
Burn up some of that pent up energy....

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It was good weather for a duck today....
lot's of rain...
we sure do need it too...


 every now and then....
you find a little fall color....


I try really hard not to get a Thorny attitude...
but I tell ya some days it is really hard...
I was having a few photo books and cards made...
got them all done on the computer...
sent them to the store...
I get a call at 10:45 Saturday night...
yep NIGHT time...
telling me the books can't be ready until Monday...
because the person who knows how to make them...
if off on Sundays...
This is a photo lab...
so I say okay...that will work...
On Sunday I get a email saying that they are ready...
my cards too...
I go to pick them up...
Open up one of the books to look at it...
pages fall out...
then I see the books have the wrong covers on them...
they reversed them....
looking closer...
the photo on the front is crooked...
and not glued down properly...
I glance at the cards...but my attention is on the books...
after a big song and dance...
they decide that I'm right...
the books are not done right...or even well...
they will be redo them on Monday...
when the person that knows how to do them is in...
when I get home with the cards...
I notice the photos are off centered on them...
so I take them back when I go to pick up my books...
the young man at the photo center was very helpful...
he found out someone had put the cartridge in wrong..
on the machine to make the cards...
he also found there was a problem with the
binder warmer (?)...
he was very helpful...very knowledgeable...
he said he would get it all worked out....
He was trained to do this work...
actually cared about the products he put out...
I will pick up my books and cards today...
I feel comfortable that it will all be taken care of...
which is so much better than the way I was treated
on my first trip....
If you are going to have employees do a job...
they should be properly trained or supervised...


Monday, November 3, 2014

 I have adopted this sweet family....
they are all so photogenic...
I just can't help but snap...snap...snap...

 I had such fun with them...
I could shoot for hours...

 they are not afraid to have fun....

while Hubby and I were walking in the woods...
I saw this...
the first thing I thought of was a deer eating...
I put it on Facebook...
I got a lot of different answers...
so now I ask you...
what do you see?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

 We woke up Chilly....
jacket kind of Chilly...
the sun shining...
Big Blue sky....
I got several projects done on Saturday....
it is nice to be able to cross them off the list...

we took Rooster to the park...
had a nice walk...

I am enjoying my new camera...
I have been snapping away....
I always enjoy the Fall Back time change....
I wish we could just leave it this way....
We have lots of November birthdays...
Today is my BFF's birthday...
we've known each other since 8th grade....
(yep a long long long time ago)
My Mom's birthday is this week...
My niece will turn 4 this month...
Hubbies is on Thanksgiving this year...
My SIL's birthday is this month...

We get to have 2 Thanksgivings this year...
One at my Dad's and Step Mom's the weekend before...
Then we will have Thanksgiving day at my Son and DIL's...
Stringbeans home...
My DIL has lot's of fun things planned for us...
she has become quite crafty lately....
Now I'm off to help Hubby with a few things...
then I get to try out my new camera...
on a very special family....