Sunday, January 22, 2017

 Today was our annual Family day at...
the Ft. Worth Stock Show....
This was the Sheep Salon....

 Pawpaw and Stringbean checking out the midway...
he is too big for the rides he rode last year...
his favorite was the tall slide...
he used all of his tickets doing it...

 It was a WINDY day....
it warmed up and the sun came out...
but it BLEW....

 All the areas were really busy...
cows...sheep...
getting all prettied up to be shown....

 some really liked the camera....

 I got a big slobbery kiss from this one...
I wanted to take it home with me...
I took Mom to the Cowgirl Museum...
which is located in the Stockyard area...
she really enjoyed it...me too...
I've been before...but it was fun...
watching her enjoy it...
these are the women we should be looking up too...
hard working...Women...
not spoiled celebrities...
Women who aren't afraid to get there hands dirty...
meets a challenge head on...
Women that sacrifice for their loved ones...
Can be tough...and gentle all at the same time...
Love Jesus and their country...
those ladies are the ones to look up too...

 When we got home a group of
Cedar Waxwings came to eat dinner...
there were around 18 or so in the trees...
next to the Cardinal these are my faves...

the weekend went too fast....
I enjoyed it...looking forward to a bright new week...



I read this on FB today...
made me giggle...
Funny How drinking 8 cups of water seems like it's impossible...
but 8 beers and 7 shots in 2 hours...
goes down like a fat kid on a seesaw...
it's always easier to do unhealthy...
harder to do healthy....
Giggles....

Saturday, January 21, 2017

 I love photography....
I want to learn more....
the only way to do that is to take more photos...
I know some people would say how in the world
could she possibly take any more photos than she already does???
I've never had any formal training...
it's just trial and error...
boy have I had lots of errors...
thank goodness for digital...erasing is great...

 I've been calling on my friends and family...
I've known Jamie since high school...
she is also a member of our Fun Girls group...
and my Insurance agent...
she is such a treasure...
one of the most talented ladies I know...
we had a nice session this morning...
she was so very patient with me while I tried different things...
she also had great ideas of her own...

 my goal this year is to take photos of
as many people as I can...
all ages...male...female...
learn how to get the best angles and lighting for each person...
and I get to spend one on one time with special people...

 I think this is my favorite one...
it shows her true personality...

 Is there anything more special...
than a boy and his dog...
Athena loves him so...

 Fancy says how was your day????
the girls laid 6 eggs today...
so only had one slacker today....

Friday was such a great day...
what a privilege to watch the Inauguration
of our 45th President...
A Historical day....
I have been behind President Trump from the beginning...
owning a business for 26 years...
I've seen we need someone running our country
that has business sense...
the politicians we have had running our country
for years have done nothing but dig us deeper
in debt...and line their pockets...
Time to put America first...
jobs for America...products from American workers...
We also need to stop all this if you don't agree with my politics or my ideas...my faith...
 I'm going to scream obscenities at you...
burn down the city...
or not be your friend...
Your color...size...age...political beliefs...religion
do not make me judge you....
your actions do...
we can always agree to disagree....
God Bless America...
God Bless President Trump...
and God Bless you....


Sunday, January 15, 2017

 Saturday was a foggy day...
all day long...
I saw a post on Facebook about local parks to visit...
well I found this one...
On Monday Stringbean and took off to find it...
well the Navigation system steered us wrong...
Saturday Hubby took me there....
we had been within a 1/2 mile of the place....
crazy Navigation system...
the fog was too thick to see take offs...

 looks like a robot...lol
I'm definitely going back on a fogless day...
I think Stringbean will like it too...

 you can listen to the air traffic controllers do their job...
there are picnic tables and covered areas too...

 we had another crazy week of weather...
up to 80 a couple of days...
then rain and cold...then fog...
looks like same for next week...
a little roller coaster ride...

 this is Stringbeans sand art we did on Friday...
he really has a flair for it...

 this is mine...
a little trip to the beach at home...

 I've been doing a little playing with my camera...
learning more of the features...
working on my indoor not good light shooting...

 of course I had to share my ladybug...
my Mom made this cross for me...
a pendant we wore to my Nana's funeral...
the pearls were hers also...
makes me smile every time I look at it...

This belonged to my Grandpa Nolan...
he picked it up on one of his many trips to Mexico...
it's chipped...but for some reason...
it connects me to him...
Hubby doesn't understand it...
but every time I look at it...
I smile and think of my Grandpa Nolan...
isn't it funny how something...
a object...a smell...a food...a song...
brings that person back...even for a few moments...
Happy Sunday....

Monday, January 9, 2017

 It was definitely a Monday today...
it started super early....
my DIL is having car problems...
so my son had to take her to work this morning...
I picked up Stringbean super early...

 Stringbean was tired from his weekend...
he spent the night Saturday night with his Aunt (my daughter) 
and her fellow...including Hatari...and the two cats...
he had a blast...
trampoline park...sushi...movie ...up until 11:00 pm...
super late for him...
then chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast...
by 10 am today I knew he needed a nap...
he actually took a hour and 45 minute nap....

after lunch...we went to find a park I found on line...
it's close to the airport...
we drove around for an hour...
the crazy navigation system steered us wrong...
like 3 times...$6.00 in fees to the airport...
I finally gave up...
DFW airport is crazy to try to find your way around...
or at least it is for me...
tonight I was playing with my camera...
I looked through the manual to try out settings...
I've had my camera for awhile...
but have so much to learn...
the sand art was made by Stringbean...
I was really impressed with his vision....
he loves crafts...
I worked on my calendar today...
The first 3 months are filling up....
my Daughters bday...my Dad's bday...
my Bday....trying to work with everyone's schedule...
no easy task...
but some how we manage...
Happy Monday....


Sunday, January 8, 2017

This morning I went to Church...
with my Mom and two of my best girlfriends...
it was such a great way to start off my day...
Todays service was about baptism...
the different ways each church goes about it...
some believe in sprinkles...some pouring...
some submerging...
it was a fun service...
he also played a song for us....

 everyone grooved to the song...
who doesn't love Stevie wonder...
then he changed the name Baby...to Jesus...
it gave us even more reason to love this song...


 after church I was starving...
why does going to church always make me so hungry??
does this happen to you??
I made lunch for Hubby and I...
we spent the rest of the day relaxing...
I worked on photos...and getting my FB page organized...
we watched movies...
the sun was out...but the wind still quite cold...
Hubby cooked dinner...

he even made homemade flatbread...
I don't eat bread anymore...
he has digestive issues and has found a book
that explains what causes it and what to eat to 
heal your stomach....
so many things you have been told not to eat...
or told to eat are just not correct...

 a dear friend called me...
her 16 year old dachshund is about to cross over
the rainbow bridge...
she asked if I could post on FB and ask for prayers...
it is such a difficult time... to loose a fur baby...
if you could please say a little prayer...

 tomorrow is the last day of Stringbeans
Christmas vacation...
I am going to miss him so much during the day...
we have had a good time the last 2 weeks...
believe it or not these were taken the week after Christmas...

  Our wedding anniversary is in February...
34 years....
sometimes it seems like just yesterday...
sometimes it seems like forever ago...
(especially when I look in the mirror)
we are planning a weekend away at our favorite cabin....
in March we will go there for my birthday...
in April for Easter...
so much to look forward to...





looking forward to warmer weather this week...
Goodnight and God Bless...



Saturday, January 7, 2017

 Snow....yep we got snow...
I'm not a winter girl...
I do not enjoy the cold...
and it was COLD....
windchill 7....
when just a few days before in the 70's....

 when you have critters to take care of...
this is not fun....
the chickens and rabbits did great...
much better than me...
and of course Stringbean loved it....

 His Christmas break weather has gone from the 80's to this...


 You always have to try to catch a few flakes...
on your tongue...

he even caught a few on his lashes...
the snow has mostly melted...
the wind has slowed way down...
it's still cold...but manageable...
I ventured out today....
a little thrift store shopping...
they had Christmas items for .50 each...
I grabbed several cute items...
my main goal was to get a few scarves...
with my shorter hair...my neck gets cold...
it was my lucky day...they had all scarves 1.99 each...
grabbed several....
then off to the grocery store...
groceries put away...
Hubby and I decided to have breakfast for dinner...
we have a lot of eggs...our sweet girls have been laying well...
even in this cold snap...
there is nothing like fresh eggs...
I never want to go back....

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Christmas is over...
there's still a few reminders here and there...
most of my decorations are packed up...
just not quite put up yet...
the tree is down...
always a little sad...

The new year is full of promise...
just waiting for new memories to make and share...

Stingbean and I are enjoying the last 
days of his Christmas vacation...
yesterday we went for a walk in the neighborhood...
gathering up nature that caught our eye...
leaves...sticks...acorns...an abandoned wasp nest...
we filled up our paper grocery sack...
after lunch we got out the hot glue gun and our imagination..

 stringbeans creation...
my creation....


Aunt and Uncle with their little guys...
the little one had a blurry hand...
so I covered it up with a heart...
the rest of the photo was too good to pass up...
Family is what it is all about....