Sunday, December 21, 2008

MY HOUSE

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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PARTY TIME


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 wow..it 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 DID IT....I LEARNED TO POST AND ADD MY PICTURES ...YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A DEPRESSING THING FOR ME THIS WAS! I AM NOT THE SMARTEST PERSON AROUND BUT NOT THE DUMMEST EITHER..SO LOOK OUT NOW YOU ARE IN FOR LOADS OF STUFF.
NEXT PROJECT IS THREE COLUMNS AND WIDGETS......

I DID IT....THANKS JOANNA

DICKENS ON THE STRAND

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 Sparrow.renspace.com.  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

JUST RAMBLING!

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

COMPUTER TROUBLE

I AM HAVING COMPUTER PROBLEMS, WILL BE BACK SHORTLY...

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

TODAY IS THE DAY!



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 natural...it is organic, naturally sweet, no preservatives, no pesticides, no artificial ingredients, and 100 percent wholesome! HUGGING is practically perfect...no 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.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

SOME KICKIN' RECIPES

CHEESY VEGETABLE SOUP
4 10 1/2 OZ. cans chicken broth
2 1/2 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
2 1/2 cups chopped broccoli
2 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower
2 10 3/4 oz cans cream of chicken soup
1 lb. pasteurized process cheesed, cubed
1 lb. Mexican cheese
1 lb cooked chicken or ham, cubed
In a large soup pot, combine chicken broth, potatoes, celery and onion. Cook about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add broccoli and cauliflower. Cook an additional 10 minutes. Add soup, cheeses and chicken or ham; simmer until warm. Makes 14 1/2 cups.
SHRIMP PETITES
2 Cups plus 2 tablespoons Pioneer Buttermilk Biscuit and Baking Mix, divided
2/3 milk
1/2 lb cooked shrimp
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 eggs
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 2 cups Pioneer mix and 2/3 cup of milk. Form into ball and knead on floured surface until smooth. Dough will be sticky, so use plenty of flour as you roll out thin and cut into 24 rounds using 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Place each round in greased cup of muffin tin and mold to fit bottom and sides. Or, if desired, use a miniature muffin pan and instead of rolling out dough, make small 1 inch dough balls and press into cups. Set aside.
Clean shrimp and chop if medium or large. Divide shrimp evenly among muffin cups.
Crumble bacon and divide evenly over top of shrimp. Chop cheese finely and sprinkle over top of bacon. Mix eggs, evaporated mild, 2 tablespoons Pioneer mix, Tabasco, salt and pepper and pour even amount into each cup. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.
This recipe was a runner up in a recipe contest!
Hope you enjoy these, they are both excellent.

Friday, November 28, 2008

MEET PILGRIM/OWNER OF THE PASTURE AND HIS GOATS

This is Pilgrim, one of the dogs that guards our goats. Pilgrim came to the Bar H as a puppy. He had never been touched by a human until the day I bought him. He was raised in a pasture with his mother and father and a lot of goats.

They said in the goat books not to make a pet of your guard dog, so I listened well. I did put a collar on him shortly after he arrived and that was a fatal mistake, as he grew the collar didn't and we could not touch him. Finally the Vet had to shoot him with dart to put him temporarily down, so we could take off collar and treat his neck.

He has grown into a beautiful dog, but make no mistake the pasture and the goats belong to him. He has never bitten or attack anyone, but he does not want you in his pasture or around his goats. He will kill any animal that comes in his pasture....racoons, skunks, cycotes,possums, etc.

Pilgrim will live his life here and I guess when his time comes, he will die in his pasture with his goats and his Mary. Mary is the love of his life. But Mary is another story and another day.

Have great shopping day, if that is what you do, or just a great day period. We got a little rain last night and hopefully some more today.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND NEW BABY GOAT




Hi,


Well the long awaited day is here ! Time to eat all that good food you have been preparing.


Just stuff yourself, it only comes once a year, so to heck with the calories. Anyway tomorrow you can walk it off...shopping.


I wouldn't get out in that madhouse for anything. I think I will just stay home and start taking down all the Thanksgiving and start putting up Christmas decorations. The following are pictures that will disappear tomorrow. Well as you can see, I don't know how to move pictures.


I went to Houston Tuesday to get my hair cut and when I returned, I saw what appeared to be a lonely goat in the pasture all by herself and that is disturbing....I was expecting a new baby. There he was the cutest little wad of fur curled up on the ground.


As you can see I only added one Thanksgiving picture..trying to learn to put pictures below text. I am slowing getting better. (I THINK)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

FOOD FOR THE NEEDY

GOOD MORNING TO YOU ALL,

Friday, Karen and I went to Tyler, Texas to pick up some Greenberg turkeys for her company to give to customers. Her company also makes a donation to the Lord's Pantry that provides for the needy in our county. We bought cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, etc., things they told us the were in desperate need of. Her company is also giving about 10 plus commercially processed deer to the Pantry.

Folks it is that time of year, each one of us can make a difference in the lives of another
person.

My Bridge club is providing food and gifts for a less fortunate family in our area and the Bunko ladies are gathering food for the Pantry.

About 12 or so years ago, the Guadalupe River severely flooded the town of Cuero, where my husband grew up and his mother still lived. Her home was destroyed. He took several months off and went down to cleaned up the mess and fixed his mother another place to live. He said all the days he was down there, in the heat, the people who came with food and water everyday were the Salvation Army workers...........so don't pass up their red kettles.

So from our house to yours......HAPPY THANKSGIVING!........and make it one for someone else by sharing all the blessing you have.
God Bless this Country!