Wednesday, April 22, 2015






Happy Earthday....


We had a awesome family weekend...


A mini family reunion at the lake...


With lots of fishing and visiting...


A few fishing lessons were given...
Friday night I was the Queen Fisher ...catching 5 fish in 45 minutes... All were released to go and grow...


Lots of time on the water...


My beautiful daughter all relaxed...


Just good ole family fun...


Thursday, April 16, 2015

 I miss blogging...
but it just seems like there are not enough hours...
in a day...to do everything...
I want....or need to do....

 my Stringbean will be in kindergarten this Fall..
so I am trying to soak up as much time with him...
as I can...
 we have been working on our Family Veggie Garden...
if I can keep certain animals...
mainly Athena...from running across it...
we should be in good shape...
the soil is really good this year...
Thank you bunnies...
Buster and Duke...
I have been working on using my manual settings...
and manual focus...
I appreciate all the people that let me practice on them...
of course I have learned the most...
just by following Stringbean...and all the critters around...

We have really been having Spring Weather here in Texas...
these April showers should be bringing...
lot's of May Flowers...
This weekend I get to go see Bluebonnets...
so watch out...you maybe overloaded soon...

Saturday was Girl Day....
My Mom...Niece and I....
had a fun adventure....


 Our new library opened up a few weeks ago...
we walked down to take a look at it...
it has a really nice children's area...
can't wait to take Stringbean...
after that we headed to the park...

 my niece is quite the climber...
we brought a picnic lunch....
 I'm thinking she might become a mountain climber...
no fear at all...
 there were a lot of Canadian Geese...
I bought frozen peas and corn...
I had read an article that said bread is bad for the ducks...

 come to find out...
my niece likes frozen...well defrosted...
peas and corn also...
she fed the ducks and geese a handful...
then ate a handful herself...
It's been a while since I've had the pleasure..
of spending time with a little girl...
I'm so used to boys...

she traveled like a true...
Hillbilly Princess...
Our time went by way to fast...
We talked about going fishing...
on our next girls day....


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 March flew by....
I hope April moves slower...
so I can soak it all in...
I planted some Brussels sprouts last year...
one came up...it took all fall to produce...
now it is flowering and going to seed...
such a pretty plant...
it made it through all the snow and ice...

 my sage is blooming...
it smells so good....

 there are signs of spring everywhere you look...

 Stringbean is enjoying the outdoors...
so is Athena...
they are pals...
until she plays too rough...
or he plays to rough...
or she chews up a favorite toy...
or takes off with one of his shoes...
but they always go back to cuddling and loving...

 Ginger is such a sweetie...
cleaning his face for him....
she will be a good little Mommy...

 Hubby is really making progress with our kitchen...
2 counter tops are in...2 cabinets are in...
he worked really hard to get a lot done for Easter...
we were suppose to have 16 guests...
my half brother and his girl friend didn't get to make it...
he has been putting in a lot of over time...
My daughter in laws sister couldn't come until later..
so we ended up with 13...
Stringbean and my niece had a blast...
even though they had to hunt eggs inside...
it rained off and on all day Easter..
It didn't dampen our spirits though...

Hubby cooked a brisket and ham on the smoker...
everyone brought goodies to add to the meal...
my daughter makes a really good Sweet potato salad...
My Mom brought her delicious kale salad...
her her famous chicken and dressing...
My DIL brought her famous deviled eggs...
this year Paleo style...
My SIL brought pinto beans...
Strawberry shortcake for dessert...
my Step Mom brought regular potato salad...
she was going to bring Banana pudding...
but things didn't go well...
she thought she had bought instant pudding...
well 2 were the cooking type one instant...
she realized when she was mixing...
so she tried to cook them...
needless to say...it didn't work out...
I made a fruit salad with strawberries...blue berries...
black berries...raspberries and oranges...
as always we had way to much food...
we really enjoyed our day...
I had just gotten out of the tub...
putting on my clothes...
when I heard a sweet voice...
Oma...Oma where are you...
Never show up to a event at my house early...
I'm always down to the last second...
My Mom and I had planned to go to a Sunrise Service...
Easter morning at a local Cowboy Church...
I knew what I was wearing...was really excited...
A storm blew in over night...
The Church had a back up location...
I woke up with a terrible sinus headache...
I called my Mom...she had one too...just not as bad...
so we decided not to go...
about the time we would have been leaving...
another storm blew through...
Heavy rain...Thunder Lightening...
it was a good thing we didn't go...
I took some sinus medicine...
went back to bed for a while...
woke up feeling much better...
then jumped up...went to work on the removal of more dust...
with all the construction...
it has been an endless job...
I'm long winded tonight....
Hope all is going well in your world...
don't forget to stop and smell the flowers...
enjoy a little nature and tranquillity..


Thursday, April 2, 2015

 oh to be a 4 3/4 year old boy....
full of energy....
full of questions...

 full of wonder....
full of imagination....
 turning a box into a dog house...
then a convertible car...
then a rocket ship...

 eating a snack...
watching bugs...dogs...birds...

getting all riled up...
when you find out what happened to Jesus...
taking a stand on being good...
getting rid of the bad guys....
counting the days till Ginger has her puppies...
so much going on in his little mind...
every day is a new adventure...
We are so blessed to be a part of it...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 I don't know what these plants are...
the blooms are awesome...
the bees love them...
so I'm leaving them until they stop blooming...
if you know...I would love to know...
 I am so loving Spring...and all that goes with it...
Bubbles...blue skies...
 soaking up some rays....

 getting my hands in the dirt...
yes I'm a girl that loves dirt...
my seeds are sprouting...

my spinach is growing like wild fire...
We have a big bowl of salad going at all times...
Stringbean likes to walk up and pull off a leaf...
and eat it...I have to keep reminding him...
we have to wash it first...
I've been digging in the dirt...
and have the biggest....fattest...worms...
I'm so doing a happy dance....
Please say prayers for my Uncle...
he had to be rushed to the hospital tonight...
waiting for results...

Monday, March 30, 2015

 Sunday was Family lake day...
to celebrate my Birthday ...
(it was the 19th)
we were going to do it the Sunday before...
but we had so much rain the day before..
it was just too muddy...
not the case now...
This is my Daughters boyfriends boat...

 Stringbean was so happy to be at the lake...
he ran up and down the hill....
it was windy...but when you have wind...
you break out the kites.....

the blue bonnets....are starting to poke up...
We Texans get very excited to see our State Flower...
you can see people pulled over on the side of the roads...
just to get family photos with them... 
I've never done that too scarey with all the crazy drivers...
I find fields not close to roads...
and always check for rattle snakes....
these gulls put on quite a show for us....
they lasted longer than the kite....
My sweet daughter did such an awesome job...
she planned the whole get together...
got to the lake early...found the best spot...
decorated two tables with balloons and table clothes...
cute bucket filled with Spring colored plastic ware and napkins...
planned the meal...
made the best ever Paleo Chicken salad...and
Paleo sweet potato salad...it was really yummy...
Hubby cooked burgers on the grill...
Daughter brought all the fixings for them...
My Son and DIL brought oranges and pineapple...
My Mom brought strawberries and carrots...
we had such a nice relaxing day...
Eating..laughing...boating...relaxing...
I never did get my fishing pole in the water...
but I sure will next time...
Stringbean and his Mom and Dad...
got in the water (59 degree water)
he had a blast....
in spurts...we made him get out and warm up...
I found out how really cold it was...
when I went for a boat ride...
got soaked...but it sure was fun...
Now for a busy week...
getting ready for Easter...
The WHOLE family is coming...
and I'm going to a sunrise service Easter morning...
7:00 am...a local Cowboy Church...
they are having it around the corner from me...
Tailgate sunrise service...
now what's more Texan than that...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 Spring has Sprung here in Texas...
I am singing on the inside and out....

 Stringbean has kicked off his boots...
enjoying the nice sun shiney day...

 my brother and sister in law gave me this bird bath...
perfect match for my new bird feeder...

 I believe the gang agrees....
 Even Mr. Cardinal is enjoying it...
now if we could get the Misses to make herself visible...
I am so enjoying listening to their beautiful music....

I have started planting seeds...
String bean decided he wanted flowers in his garden pot...
Zinnias...he liked mine from last year...
and all the Butterflies that came to visit...
My To Do List is so long...
it seems like I need to add about 12 more hours to the day...
Gardening...housework...office work...
projects galore...animals...sweet 4 year old...
Hubby....
I will get to it all in good time....

Friday, March 20, 2015

 Happy First Day of Spring....
it is raining here in Texas...
just off and on showers...

 The bees are loving all these weeds  flowers...

 no one is safe around here...
everyone gets to wear the Bee costume...
I tried it on Rooster but he is a little too big...
Hatari is the perfect little model...

 I had a great birthday yesterday...
yep I'm the big 53...
but you know I don't feel it...
of course what is 53 suppose to feel like...
I really like myself better now...
no more worries about what others think...
just concentrate on enjoying life...
enjoying the little things...
like weeds  flowers...bees...my family...
who cares if the laundry piles up...
if I can sit on the ground and watch Stringbean collect ants...
or worms...or build sand castles...
who cares if the dishes need washing...
laying on the floor telling stories...
listening to a cute little boy giggle...and add his own twist to the story...now that is what life is all about...
 my birthday gift from my Mom...
the birds have already fell in love...
me too...
I set in a chair for 30 minutes just watching...
and snapping...while Hubby cooked my birthday dinner...
Pork chops on the grill...
live is good..
Have you told someone you love them today?
Have you hugged someone today?
Have you told yourself you love you...
wrinkles...muffin tops...gray strands and all....
Go ahead...it will make you feel better...
it just might make someones day...