Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Good Intensions!

Today was another Bunko day at the lake house.  My friend Sharon said I should be taking pictures.  Well, it was over before I remembered to do so, so I am going to show you my lake house and the remains of a great day with friends playing Bunko.001 

 

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These as you can tell is the bedroom, yes I know it looks like a beach house, remember that is where I was before I married Roy  and I still love it.

 

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This is remains of Bunko, a little dessert, dishes I had to wash and one of the three tables where we played.  Oh, I must share the dessert recipe with you.  ooops…I left it at the lake house.  Will share with you later.

A few more pictures and I will stop for today, I am tired and I have something to do tomorrow and then bridge on Thursday.

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You are so smart, you knew this was the bath room.

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These are a few pictures of the living room.

Fun Day but I am going to sit a while.  Hope all is well at your house and you can sit a while.

My Thought for the Day.

A person wrapped up

in himself makes a

very small package.

Love ya’ll

Barbara

Monday, January 12, 2009

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF VERY SPOILED GOATS!

I decided on my blog name because I love purple and we raise goats, but I haven’t written a lot about my goats.  So today is the day.

At the present  time we have about 40, which is a low number for us,  but I had back surgery last spring so we cut back and will buy more nannies in the spring. 

I name most of my nannies and they are mostly named because of some characteristic.

I have Momma who is a granddaughter from our very first 2 goats.  There is Hairy Legs,  she produces the biggest goats, one of her son’s is our next Billy, his name is Baron.

Other names, Spider Lady, Ugly, Wormy, Princess, Daisy Mae, Susie, Cry Baby, Dottie, Flying Nun, Folded Ears, and there are some with just numbers and I haven’t named the new ones. 

I only name the boys or boy we plan on keeping for the next generation Billy. The one we kept this time is Wormy’s boy and his name is War Blanket.

Most of our goats are a mix of Boar and Spanish.  In our area, where we usually have lots of moisture, full blood Boar goats are harder to raise because of the worm problem. We do have about 1/2 Boar and 1/2 Mix.

Contrary to public opinion, goats do not eat just anything, at least no ours.  This is the home of very spoiled goats and Roy blames that on me.  I insist we feel them when they should be eating grass and hay in the winter time.

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These are Wormy’s sons , the one with the white ears looking this way is War Blanket.

 

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Hope you can see this!  An old tree fell and before we could cut it up, the goats played King on the Tree.  Goats are very playful, they love to have things to climb on, in fact they climbed on my tractor and somehow turned on the lights and ran the battery down.

 

This is my Mary.  She is a full blood, registered Anatolian Shepherd and she is the love of Pilgrim’s life.  I am not sure he could live without Mary.  I just discovered several cuts on Mary’s ear, so they have been in fight with something.  Not bad cuts and I am sure the other fellow is dead.  The only thing that worries us….them trying to take on a very large cat that comes thru here about every 90 days, but so far the cat has not come in the pasture to our knowledge.

077 I will show more goat pictures later.  We don’t have anyone expecting (I don’t think) anytime soon.  We try not to have January or February babies…cold and damp, causes pneumonia.

Well,   I need to move on, I have to go to Bryan/College Station this morn and get stuff for Bunko tomorrow.  I got smart this time and ordered my meat, potato salad and baked beans, so all I have to do is dessert and tea.

Have a great day and may God walk with you.

See Ya’ll,

Barbara

Saturday, January 10, 2009

TRIP TO HOUSTON..UNBELIEVABLE

It took me about an hour and a half to get to 1960 and over 30 minutes to get down that road to Willow brook Mall.  There was bumper to bumper traffic at 9:30 in the morn and a traffic light every block.  When I finally got to the mall…I was to tired to shop…..believe that, well then as the song says ‘’ I have some ocean front property in Arizona”.

Why did I have to go to that particular mall, good question.  I had purchased Bare Essentials makeup on line  and want some further help and products and guess what there is no boutique in Jewett, which has only 800 souls and I don’t live in town.

Enough complaining.  After a little shopping in the mall, I head to the bead shop.  Bad  idea, too many beads, not enough money.  I  did get a few and a new ring called Staxx.  You city ladies are thinking boy is she behind the times.  I love it and it has a purple stone in it.

 

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This is the ring and the pieces I got to go with it.

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They are really cute and you can buy as many pieces to change it as your pocketbook or husband can afford.

The bead shop was awesome.  I have to look up name again but it was on Louetta Road in Spring.079

 

 

 

 

 

The ladies there were very helpful…easy when your spending someone else's money.//  Just teasing.

Well, I have been fooling with this new computer since 2:00 am is morn and I need a break.  Have a fabulous day.

See Ya’ll

Barbara

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I thought I would show you some of my jewelry

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I just started making jewelry and I certainly need to go to some classes, which I hope to do in February,  My only real problem is that the nearest class is 60 miles away and so many of them are at night.  I saw some day classes in Houston, I may try some of those.

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This one is for my daughter.......she loves red!

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I also like the animal print necklace....I have a lot to wear this one with.

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This is a cat pin and a valentine bracelet.

I am headed to Houston today to try to find more valentine beads.

Remember I am far from being a jewelry maker, but I enjoy it.  It is not an inexpensive hobby, good beads are very expensive and it is easy to acquire a lot of them in a short period of time.

Thanks for indulging me in looking at my work.  Hope you are having a great day.

Oh, by the way we had a great day Wednesday at Bunko. I couldn't ask for a nicer bunch of friends to spend the day with and I got some great hostess gifts and lots of compliments.  We will do it again with a few different ladies on Tuesday.

See Ya'll,

Barbara

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

HOW ABOUT THOSE HORNS!!!

What an awesome game....first half it looked liked they forgot to come, but second half, McCoy got in his stride.........and we won!

Things were wild around here yesterday.  Roy found a sick baby goat the night before and I had her in a play pen  in the kitchen. In the morning it was obvious she was in pain, so we had to put her to sleep.  It never stops hurting us .

A little later we discovered that the freeze door we thought had been left open wasn't our problem.  The freezer went out and everything in it was spoiled.  Poor Roy, he spent hours cleaning the freezer and the garage floor. BUT....before he could clean the garage floor, he had to move my car and it would not start. My car has no key, just a small gadget that starts the car and the battery in it had gone out.  So off we went 40+miles one way to the nearest Toyota dealer to get this special battery......technology?

When we arrived home, the Fed Ex truck and the UPS truck were both at our gate, which is electric, writing those little tags that say they were here....we were not. I got a new printer and books and Roy got books and a new mask for his CPAP...so now we have stuff all over the house.

Now I have to start cooking for Bunko today....Wow

Now it is 2:43 a.am., I have strange sleep habits and the stew is cooked, the corn bread muffins are made, the cake is ready and so is the tea.  All that is left is the Banana pudding dessert and the pineapple salad and I thought I might do some bananas,apples and oranges dipped in chocolate. The only left is for me to dress and haul all this stuff to the lake house.  Roy goes back to work this morn, so no help there.

Just think...I have another Bunko group next Tuesday at the lake house.........WOW

The greatest thing about blogs, besides making new friends, is that you can sit down and type your heart out and the other people can say ...glad that wasn't my day, but sorry it was hers.

Hope all of you are well and things are going great at your house.

SeeYa'll

Barbara

Monday, January 5, 2009

"CATCHIN UP!"

I haven't posted in a few days...Roy is off and we try to do things together...he will be gone again on Wednesday for a week.
I am getting ready for by Wednesday Bunko group, setting up tables at the lake house and gathering groceries for lunch and dessert. I found this recipe for Banana Pudding Dessert and thought I would share with you. It is a little different than regular BP!
Banana Pudding Dessert
1 pkg (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup cold milk
1 pkg. (3.4oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 carton (8oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
52 vanilla wafers
4 medium firm bananas, sliced
In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in condensed milk: set aside. In another bowl, wisk milk and pudding mix; add to cream mixture. Fold in whipped topping. Place 1/3 of of the vanilla wafers in a 2 1/2 quart glass bowl. Top with 1/3 of the bananas and pudding mixture. Repeat layers twice. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Roy's comment to this dessert and most of the desserts I fix....You ladies just try to see who can clog the most arteries in each others body.....he is not a sweet eater.
The weather here is miserable....cold and windy. It is this time of year I am sorry we raise goats, they look so miserable.
Since I am not real crafty, I don't have a lot of pictures to share, but I have started and I mean just started making jewelry, so I will show you some pictures tomorrow.
TODAY IS DEDICATED TO MY LOVING HUSBAND AND THE FIESTA BOWL...WHERE OF COURSE YOU KNOW THAT THE TEXAS LONGHORNS ARE PLAYING OHIO.
I am sure all of you will be glued to your TV sets.!!!!! HOOK'EM HORNS!
Have a great day and think about coming to Nashville for BlissDom09...I think we will learn some new things about blogging. I certainly will.
See Ya'll
Barbara

Thursday, January 1, 2009

BlissDom09

I am headed to Nashville on Feb 6&7 for BlissDom09.....Hope others will come also.

SEE YOU IN NASHVILLE

Barbara

MY NEW YEAR 'S PRAYER

His Unfailing Presence
Another year I enter
Its history unknown;
Oh, how my feet would tremble
To tread its paths alone!
But I have heard a whisper,
I know I shall be blest;
"My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee rest."
What will the New Year bring me?
I may not, must not know;
Will it be love and rapture,
Or loneliness and woe?
Hush! Hush! I hear His whisper;
I surely shall be blest;
"My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee rest."

--Unknown Author

I found this prayer and wanted to share with you.

 

See Ya'll       Barbara

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM BARBARA  AND ROY TO ALL MY BLOGGER FRIENDS.

Monday, December 29, 2008

GOING TO BE A BUSY DAY!

 

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.

TACO  TARTLETTS

1 lb lean ground beef

2 tbs. taco seasoning mix

2 tbs. ice water

1cup shredded cheese

 

TORTILLA CHIP FILLING

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

Barbara

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.

 

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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,

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, December 27, 2008

BARGAINS? NOT SURE

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.

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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.

Barbara

Friday, December 26, 2008

HEADED OUT TO CHECK OUT THE BARGINS!

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



Barbara

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