Friday, July 18, 2014

A Taste of Fall

We've had some decidedly un-July like weather here the last few days. It's been cool and cloudy and we had over 2 inches of rain yesterday. Our daughter and her little ones came over today and we all enjoyed the cool weather. We took them to McDonald's for lunch (not our favorite, but the kids love it) and then the girls and I made cookies with my new "toy" when we got home.

My husband surprised me with an early birthday present earlier this week. (My birthday isn't for another month.) I have wanted a good, sturdy stand mixer for years, but wouldn't buy one because of the price. He ordered a reworked professional model for me at very good price and surprised me with it. I'm beyond thrilled!!

It came with a dough hook and I'm looking forward to making bread. I've been making bread, but my hands stay very sore at the joints and kneading bread is very painful. I made a pizza crust with it the day it came-the dough hook worked well and it was wonderful not having to knead!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fun Fourth!

We had our 3 nearby grands here for the long weekend while their parents got a much needed break and celebrated their anniversary in San Antonio. Here are a few of the things we did:

Made a flag cake-happy birthday, USA!

Lit sparklers and watched fire works:

and spent Saturday at the local splash pad.

We had our little man here too, but I managed not to get any pictures of him! He is too little to hold sparklers or decorate cakes and was in bed by fireworks time. When we went to the splash pad, he was having nothing to do with it and opted to play at the park with Pop! It was a great weekend, and today we are recuperating from all that fun!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June 28, 1974

40 years ago today, I married the love of my life. We were so young-17 and 19! There have been great times, bad times and everything in between. I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. Happy Anniversary Lonnie!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

If it doesn't rattle....'s a cobra. My hard and fast rule for snakes. In the mornings I love to take my coffee and go walk around our porch. There's usually a nice southern breeze that makes the 80 F temperature and 80% humidity reasonably comfortable. (Good old North Texas summers!) The birds are singing and everything is green-it's really lovely out here in the mornings.

Evidently, this little guy thought so too. He was curled up in front of the porch this morning. For those not familiar with snakes, this is a little copperhead, a venomous snake. Even the babies like this could be dangerous, especially to a small child. I almost missed him because his coloring is so similar to the dirt. Needless to say, I was NOT happy to see him. My old adage "if it doesn't rattle it's a cobra definitely applies here. We do try not to kill the "good" snakes, so we have familiarized ourselves with the differences between them.

The shape of the head shows it's a viper and the markings and tell-tale green tip of the tail show it's definitely a young copperhead. I think what really bothers me is the fact that it's a baby, which means a group of eggs has hatched nearby and there are more out there, and probably adults too. With our grands around we will have to be careful before we let them outside! (And yes, my husband killed it for that very reason.)

I guess that's my adventure for the day. Bother adventures!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Making Memories

I spent part of the day recently picking wildflowers with my granddaughters age 8 and 5. We wandered on our property picking brown-eyed susans, indian paintbrushes, daisies and some I didn't even recognize. I ended the day with some very sweet memories and this bouquet picked just for me!