Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Lake

I haven't spent time at the lake in quite awhile. Of course, the lakes have all been very low due to the drought. Yippee, they are now at normal levels. This is Lake Texana, one of my favorite places! I was thrilled to visit my Pop and Barb along with brother, SIL and kids on Father's Day weekend.
My brother was fishing in a tournament hosted by area gas and oil supply companies. Numerous companies cooked food for everyone. The choices were wonderful. On Friday there was beer, sodas, frozen margaritas, Armadillo Eggs, steak, corn on the cob, empanadas, ettouffee, and beans. On Saturday, there were hamburgers and hotdogs with beans and corn on the cob. Saturday evening was the Fish Fry. We had to do lots of bike riding to burn off the calories!
I rode the nature trails with my niece and SIL. We explored the Breckenridge Family Cemetery. It had this wall on all four sides with no gate. The historical marker said that the family had the fence erected without a gate so that it would never be used to hold cattle.  

My nephews wanted to join some boys they met in the park in a paintball game. So we all went to watch the action.
Boy was it hot!
I think that is a hit!
Ouch, another hit!
After the hot game, we took a break for watermelon grown by Pop and Barb in their garden.

That evening, the boys returned to the Paintball field to use up some ammo! Their Papa joined them this time.

I think these two would love to join the fun.
Fun times!
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Old Stuff, Strudel and a Scorpion

One would think that I could post more consistently now that I am out of school for the summer! I have not yet shared some awesome things that I got at an estate sale. This is a Kromax Lazy Susan. I love it! The stainless base could also be used separately.
I just love its sparkle! The original box was also there!
I also found this wonderful stainless sugar and creamer set,
along with a glass hen.
I spent one whole day making strudels. I made four in all. I baked one and froze the rest to bake later.
My hubby took one of his weeks of vacation the first week of June. We didn't go anywhere, but I did manage to talk him into going to the mall and our newly opened T.J. Maxx. We each found some clothes. We also cleaned out our closet. These are bags destined for Goodwill. I've also done quite a bit of non-blogworthy cleaning! I attended a 2 day teacher training, and I nearly got stung by a scorpion for the 4th time in my bed. I was awakened as I felt something on my sleeve. Still half asleep, I instinctively moved to brush at my sleeve. Then I felt the familiar sensation of a scorpion. It didn't manage a direct sting, but it managed to brush my finger with venom. I sat up, yelling at my husband to turn on the light. Then, we couldn't find it, and I was afraid to even move. Finally, we spotted it on the sheet, so I slid out of bed. My husband grabbed the first shoes he saw, his Crocs, and attempted to smoosh it between them. Crocs are NOT effective scorpion smooshers. Then we couldn't find it AGAIN. We pulled back sheets, moved pillows, lifted dust ruffles and looked beneath furniture to no avail. All we found was an abundance of dust bunnies!  Finally, my husband said that HE wasn't getting back in that bed and was just going to get ready for work. I decided to vacuum the dust bunnies. While vacuuming, I found the scorpion, but I vacuumed it up before it registered in my brain! I should have taken out the bag and thrown it way, but I didn't want to waste a fresh bag. (SEBO bags are not cheap) The next evening, I was with family at the lake, when my husband texted to inform me that he had gotten into the shower to find a scorpion on the shower curtain. We decided that the scorpion had crawled out of the vacuum! I am still having trouble sleeping in my bed!
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Crocheting and shoes!

I am so glad that school is out for the summer. I hope to spend more time working on my current crochet project, the Blackberry Salad Striped afghan. We are finally getting some rain here in south Texas. That should mean some good indoor crocheting time. I didn't really take advantage though, laundry took precedence! I have been crocheting in the evenings while we watch TV. During the school year, I don't get to watch TV until we are in bed, hence, not much crocheting gets done.
Obviously, I have some crocheting ahead of me!
I finally finished the Japanese Flower shawl that I started LAST YEAR! I still need to block it. I first saw it done by Lucy at Attic24. I love her blog! She is so talented!
While on the subject of flowers, I found these cute shoes at the Shoe Dept. Best of all, they are Clarks shoes.
Crocheting is not the only thing on my "to do" list. I hope to make more burlap banners, do some sewing, learn to make some beaded bracelets, clean out some closets, continue cleaning out flowerbeds,practice my clogging, practice my photography,  and spend some time with family and friends.  I also need to get more proficient on this new MacBook Pro!
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

An Evening with the Critters

 Rascal likes to be on top of the chicken run. He especially likes it when sparrows have gotten in and are having trouble finding their way out! 
 Buffy has started bringing her chicks out of the coop. It is so fun to watch them run around with her.
I love the way they seem to disappear into her feathers when she is sitting.
 Somehow I caught Samson looking quite grumpy.
The dogs can't keep their eyes off Bella! She is in Dave's lap. School is out here for the summer. I have a long "To Do" list as usual. Rascal and Bella are starting to play with each other, but I just haven't managed to have my camera handy when they choose to play!
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