Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What Does the Year 2009 Hold for Us?

     I sit here listening to the news and reading the Internet and  I wonder how we will economically fare as individuals and as a nation in the future.  Retirement for some is in the future, just around the corner for others, and here for some and scary.  Not      only are  retirement incomes being effected but  incomes for thousands of  working  people are being changed.

I have a friend whose husband's retirement is gone, will it come back, maybe, but what do these people do in the mean time. I saw the oil is down in the low 40's per barrel.  This is not good for my husband's type of work.  The company he works for has shut down 5+ rigs and laid off all those men.

We have an intelligent new President,  one who seems determined to take us out of this quagmire but he lacks experience.  We have both houses of Congress in the hands of the same party, not good for checks and balances. I hope that each member of Congress can put aside his personal interest and all work together for the good of this country and the world.

We all know that our economy will return to"normal "one day in the future, but thousands of lives will have  been damaged.  I just read an article written by a young mother of 4 whose husband was laid off 3 weeks before Christmas. She said they had to rearrange their priorities and discovered everything wasn't about  money.

As jobs are lost and these employees are forced to find different levels of work, they have to re-appraise life goals, values and their sense of purpose.  For many they are finding less stressful jobs which can be a definite plus by providing a more healthy, enjoyable  life style.

Technology is changing our lives so fast that most of us can't  keep up with them.   They do, however , promise more convenience, but at the same time they are taking away our privacy.

Why am I on my soapbox?  I am not sure.  I guess because all we hear and read on the news is our economy, job layoffs and protecting our privacy.

Whatever our year ahead holds, we will face it with God's help,  a strong back, and the courage and intestinal fortitude of our founding fathers.

We pray God will keep you and guide you in 2009 and it will be a blessed year.


Monday, December 29, 2008



Today like most Mondays, I have a million things to do, so I will just say hello and show you 2 of my calico cats.  Meow Say Toon was the first calico to arrive on our door step one cold December day around Christmas time. Roy named her and took her to the vet.  The lady at the vet's office ask her name and Roy told her and she repeated her question and Roy said the name again.  She looked at him hard and said "All right Roy, what is the cat's real name".  Roy realizing he was not getting through to her just said,"Noel".  So at the vet's office she is Noel but her real name is Meow Say Toon.  She is in the front of the seat of the chair.

Miss Cali, which he has since called Lt.Cali was the last to arrive. She came and left several times before she decided to stay.  She now lives almost constantly in the house and become Roy's buddy.

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Cali is in the back of the seat.  Can you tell they are kin? I would love to see or find the mother, we have 4 of her children, 3 calicos and 1 solid black (Tee Neg). I posted her picture before.

Well now that you are bored to tears, I will share my recipe for the day with you.


1 lb lean ground beef

2 tbs. taco seasoning mix

2 tbs. ice water

1cup shredded cheese



1/2 pt  sour cream

2 tbs. taco sauce

2 oz.  chopped ripe olives

3/4 cup coarsely crushed tortilla chips

To prepare tart chip filling, mix all ingredients together and set aside.

In medium bowl mix beef, taco seasoning and ice water with hands.  Press into bottom and sides of 1 1/2 inch miniature muffin cups, forming a shell.  Place a spoonful  of filling in each shell, mounding slightly.  Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for  10 minutes at 350.  With tip of a knife, remove tarts from pan.  Serve immediately or cool and freeze.  Makes about 30.  You can add sour cream or a slice of avocado or jalapeno on top or you can chop jalapeno  and put in filling mix.

I don't have a picture,  I am making these today.

Have a great day.

See Ya'll


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Testing New Recipes for My Bunko Buddies

I belong to two Bunko groups and I am hostess for both in Jan., so I am trying out new recipes on Roy.  Last night I made a Vegetable Beef Stew  in my slow cooker.

3/4 lb. lean stew meat in 1/2 cubes

1 can (14 1/2 oz.) beef broth

1 can (14 1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, cut up

1 1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

6 dried apricot or peach halves, quartered

1/2 cup chopped carrots

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup water

Brown beef and transfer to slow cooker. Add broth, tomatoes, squash, corn, apricots,carrots, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or until vegetables and meat are tender.

Combine cornstarch and water;  stir into stew. Cook on high for thirty minutes or until gravy thickens. Serves 4.


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Roy was pleasantly surprised..what no potatoes?  After eating a bowl, he said it was definitely a keeper.





I am making tablecloths and napkins for the card tables, we eat at 11:30, then play and eat dessert after we finish playing 15 to 21 games.

I set up at the lake house, this way I don't have to worry about dogs and cats and the lake house is always clean thanks to my helper, Gloria.

I was going to make bunko bracelets for everyone, but don't think I have enough time now, so I will save them for favors later.

You all should come to Texas for bunko, we have a "Texas Big Time" and the food is great.

See Ya'll,











Saturday, December 27, 2008


Well, I braved the crowds and ventured out yesterday into the world of bargains.  It was strange, some of the stores were crowded and others only had a few shoppers.....but everyone was eating out.  Resturants were full at lunch and dinner.

On to my purchases....I have bunko twice in the month of January. I'm just lucky that way, so  I needed prizes.  You will notice in the pictures that I am a practical prize buyer, but only after years of getting great prizes that were of no use to me.   Oh, I did get plenty I could use, but now I am getting picky and mostly tired of dusting all the stuff.

There 3 of the prizes, abargains 001 2009 Texas Road Atlas,a desk calendar called Country Living and 10 non-slip skinny hangers.





I also bought gift card,  those hot wax tubs you put your feet or your hands in, the box  of different flavors of chocolate and peppermint stick dipped in chocolate and the crosses on a stand.


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    For us, I bought 3 Santa's  (showing you one),material to make table cloths, and a table runner for Bunko.  I bought numerous other things I will not bore you with.  bargains 004

Did I get a lot of bargains....I think I did.....Roy probably doesn't agree.....hehehe

The weather here has turned cold and wet.  The temp has dropped 20+ degrees in the last hour and we are under a tornado alert.

See Y' all.


Friday, December 26, 2008


I know better than this...but I haven't been out on this day in several years, so I thought I would try today. I don't really need anything but my daughter will be here Monday so I will try to find some little things for her...she loves to open packages. My cousin in coming also and we will have Christmas on New Year's day. The oil field never shuts down, so you get accustomed to having holidays when Roy is off.

Roy was working yesterday, so it was very quite around here. He came home yesterday afternoon for a couple of hours and we had our lunch/supper.

I hope if you are venturing out today, you are very careful. The weather here is hot today but it will not last long. This has been very strange weather for us.

Well, I am off to capture all those bargains out there....will report when I return.

Have a great day!

See Y'all


Sunday, December 21, 2008


Thought I would show some pictures of our Christmas

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My tree is a spiral tree, I found several years ago and of course is purple, gold, silver and this year we added line green trees we found in Galveston and gold humming birds and gold and purple butterflies.

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My dishes are pink, green and gold. My Santa is Fitz and Floyd, Roy bought me 2 years ago. We love Fitz and Floyd.xmas 2 036

This is my bar and the write dish in the next picture came from the Nutcracker Market in Houston.

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Friday night was the Jones 10th Annual Christmas Party. What Fun!!!! Everyone brings their favorite finger food and we have the proverbial Chinese Gift "Ordeal". We are suppose to bring a gift for $5-$10 dollars, ever tried to find something worth wild for that price, so I just took 16 (thought I put 15) one dollar bills all crumpled up in a very small box without any eye appeal and was the first one to be chosen and the other one was in a small box I wrapped but included 2 rolls of pennies to make $16 and to add weight. These gifts were stolen all night until the boxes were coming apart......who would have thought.

Beth always takes each couple's picture, so if it a good one, I intend to put it on my profile.

See You!

Saturday, December 20, 2008




I wrote earlier about our weekend in Galveston. My camera is now up and running, so I would like to share some pictures with you. Here are just a few pictures, I hope you enjoy, remember this street had 6feet of water after Hurricane Ike.



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These are just people who were attending the event.  So many people come in costume and those that do can walk in the Queen's parade.






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Doesn't this man look just like the real "Jack Sparrow"?

He even gave me a card that said the other Jack  It also says to email the picture you take of the two of us and he will put them on his web site.  I didn't take my picture with him.


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size bike.  They are so fun to watch.


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He was part of the Historical Society.

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The Queen's guard.  The Queen rides in the parade, but my camera battery died .  Typical!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I can't post pictures, I have computer problems, so I thought I would just ramble. After all, isn't that what our personal blogs are all about. It gives us an opportunity to share ideas, recipes, make friends and vent.

The weather here is terrible and very strange for us. We usually have the air conditioning on this time of year, but we have had unusually cold weather off and on for several weeks. Yesterday and today, it has not gotten over 32 degrees. Needless to say, I have remained indoors except to feed and check on the goats. We have 6 new babies and I really worry about them in this cold.

I have spent this day cooking and making jewelry. I need a dish for Bridge on Thursday and a party on Friday and we have company coming on Wednesday and they will be here for lunch, so I am trying to get all of the above done today.

I have the Geek Squad coming Wednesday afternoon between 4 - 8 pm, so I hope to be back and running at full speed on Thursday and maybe we can get the changes made to the site within a few days.

I just read an interesting article on the Internet about the 5 dirtiest foods. They are in this order: eggs, peaches, pre-packaged salad mixes, melons and scallions. After reading the article I will definitely be sure I wash food more carefully. I have also been watching the decorating channel on tv and it makes me want to start all over on my house....Roy would die.

I am not a shabby chic, antiquer, or thrifter, but I love to see your homes and what you have done with them. They are beautiful and I am happy to see your talent, just wish I had some also.

Well, enough rambling, hope you will appreciate style even thought it is different and you will let me share your homes and ideas.

Freezing in Central Texas..............Barbara

Sunday, December 14, 2008



Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Galveston, Oh Galveston!

What a wonderful surprise awaited us. I am not ready to post pictures, but I can tell you those folks down there have really worked.
Dickens on the Strand was delightful. The weather was perfect and the crowd was awesome.
There were about 150 vendors and almost 1/2 of people came in custom. The atmosphere was one of light hearted and friendly. About 10 of the stores had cleaned out 5-6 feet of mud, torn out walls, replaced electricity and had some merchandise for sale.
Willie G's, one of Roy's favorite restaurant, opened Friday night and it is beautiful inside, the service was excellent and the food delicious.
My favorite store, Coastal Creations was also open with new walls, paint, carpet, and some beautiful new merchandise.

As you can see, we had a great time. Our bed and breakfast was great, food and hospitality typical of southern charm and the best part, my brother and sister-in-law came from Groves, Texas to spend the day with us.

Can you tell we had a great time and were thrilled to see Galveston still need lots of work, but the attitudes were WE ARE COMING BACK!

Will post pictures in a day or two. Still planning some changes for the blog.

Friday, December 5, 2008


WE ARE HEADED TO GALVESTON AND DICKENS ON THE STRAND. The local newspapers say there will be a much smaller version of it this year, but we are just happy they are having it at all and it gives us a chance to have a couple of days away from the animals and daily chores.

We are staying at a new B&B for us and Lana the owner seems to be an exceptionally nice lady. I will bring back pictures. There is an old drugstore there we love to go to, they have the oldest coke sign in the US, hope it is still there. Talking to the owner's aunt yesterday, I learned they had 7 feet of sludge in the store, but are cleaning up and coming back like all the other people down there.

We are leaving behind our beloved cats and dogs. The black cat is Te Neg, she comes every morning and lays down while I work on computer and waits for her attention.

Hope everyone has a great weekend....see you Monday

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Way Behind with Christmas Decorations

I have been going to lots of beautiful blogs today and nearly everyone has Christmas decorations, so I took a picture of the one decoration I have out. I had back surgery several months ago, so I need my hysband to get my boxes out of my fru fru house. This will happen Monday after we return from Galveston. Looking at this picture, you can see why I am the purple goat lady.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Perfect Gift That Fits Everybody

Are you still looking for that exactly just right gift to give this Christmas Season? Here's one that is easy to find, inexpensive, non-fattening, and fits all sizes. HUGGING! Yes, you are reading this right, hugging! Hugging has been found to be healthy because it helps the body's immune system, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it's invigorating, it's
rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects, anyone can apply it, it is unbreakable, and it works like a miracle drug!

Not only that HUGGING is all is organic, naturally sweet, no preservatives, no pesticides, no artificial ingredients, and 100 percent wholesome! HUGGING is practically movable parts, no batteries to wear out, no periodic check-ups, low energy yield, no assembly required, and always....fully returnable! TRY IT! You might be really surprised!

Monday, December 1, 2008

What Can I Say?

It is 9:30 am and my helper has not appeared, I called my friend that we" borrow him from" and she said his sister relates that he has gone to work for a roofing company.

I don't take back the things I said about him, I am just terribly disappointed. So are my friends.

That's life.

Help Is On The Way!

Today I have a young man from El Salvador coming to work for about 4 days. Roy is still gone, so this is a blessing for me.
His name is Danny and he is one of the most pleasant young man I have encountered in a long time. He told me, he lives in a travel trailer with his sister and her husband. His parents are still in El Salvador and they are field workers. He has a limp and some fingers crooked on one hand and the best we can understand is it happen on some kind of machinery.But believe me, it doesn't slow him down. He also related to me that he walked 1 month to get here. We ask about his parents coming and he said they had no car and couldn't walk that far.

A Hispanic lady at the resturant explained to me that El Salvador has the same currency as the United States and that the average pay is about $5.00 a day.

I know Thanksgiving has come and gone, but in this country we should always be thankful.

I look forward to my four days with Danny.

Well, on the lighter side, Roy and I are headed to Galveston on Friday for Dickens on the Strand.
We realize that it will not be the same as years gone by, but we want to lend our support and some money to these people who lost so much and have worked to hard to return to normal...... And I MIGHT ADD DID THIS MOSTLY ON THEIR OWN ......not sitting around waiting for someone else to do it. I am proud to be a Texan.

I am off my soap box for now.....see you soon.