Monday, August 10, 2009

NO SURGERY FOR AMY!

 

 

IT IS WITH A BREAKING HEART THAT I WRITE THIS POST,  IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO SHERRIE’S BLOG… THIS IS THE LATEST NEWS….DEBBIE CALL ME ABOUT 2:OO O’CLOCK .   THE SURGEON CAME OUT AND TOLD THEM  HE COULD NOT REMOVE THE MASS, IS GOES FROM HER TONGUE TO HER SPINAL CHORD.  THEY WILL KEEP HER AND TRY TO CONTROL THE PAIN AND THEN DEBBIE SAID SHE COULD EITHER COME HOME OR GO TO HOSPICE.

HOW HOPELESS DEBBIE SOUNDED AS WE CAN ALL UNDERSTAND. I HEARD THE ANGUISH IN HER VOICE.

   PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR AMY,DEBBIE, AND THE FAMILY. 

BARBARA

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Triple Post Today/ Most Important Happy Birthday to Roy!

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Today is my Dear Husband’s Birthday.  He is at work, so there will be no party, cake or favorite dinner.

He is the love of my life and I could not have found a better man to spend the rest of my life with.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROY. I LOVE YOU.

MOSAIC MONDAY/ I DID IT!

 

 

DROP IN ON MARY AT LITTLE RED HOUSE TO SEE THE LIST OF EVERYONE POSTING MOSAICS.  THANKS MARY.

I have been trying for several weeks to make a mosaic and I finally sat down yesterday and said “I Can Do This”, and I did.

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I wasn’t concerned this time with the content, but with the process, I see that I must learn to remove the frame.

Happy Mosaic Monday.

Blue Monday/ WOW!

 

 

Bet you can’t guess who our hostess is for Blue Monday….in case you are new, it is the famous Sally at Smiling Sally.  There you will find all the Blue Mondays you could possibly want. 

 

download[2]  I started wondering about how many shades of blue there were and boy are there a lot.  So here are some of the ones I found listed  in Wikipedia. You can see the color chart below.

Shades of blue

Air Force blue
Alice blue
Azure
Baby blue
Blue
Brandeis blue
Cambridge Blue
Carolina blue
Cerulean
Cobalt blue

Columbia blue
Cornflower blue
Cyan
Dark blue
Denim
Dodger blue
Duke blue
Egyptian blue
Electric blue
Han blue

Indigo
International Klein blue
Light blue
Majorelle blue
Maya blue
Midnight blue
Navy blue
Periwinkle
Persian blue
Powder blue

Prussian blue
Royal blue
Sapphire
Sky blue
Steel blue
Teal
Ultramarine
Yale Blue

 

 

I decided I would look up a few of these blues.  The first one was  Brandeis Blue,   I knew there was a Brandeis University and sure enough it is associated with the University.

Next I looked up Majorelle Blue.

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Majorelle Garden, Marrakech

In 1924 the French artist Jacques Majorelle constructed his largest art work, the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco, and painted the garden walls, fountains, features and villa this very intense shade of blue, for which he trademarked the name Majorelle Blue.

Hope you enjoyed a little lesson in the color blue.  I thought it was quite interesting and may look up and post about some other colors later.

HAPPY BLUE MONDAY!

BARBARA

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

 

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men"

St.Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Trip to Round Top, Texas/ OUTDOORS WEDNESDAY

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OUR SWEET SUSAN IS THE GRACIOUS HOST OF THIS DAY AND YOU CAN VISIT HER AND SEE ALL PARTICIPANTS.

THANKS SUSAN!

Round Top is home to the James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts and its sole project, The International Festival-Institute at Round Top, were founded in 1971 by world-renowned concert pianist James Dick. Begun with a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square, the project is now an internationally acclaimed European-styled music institute for aspiring young musicians and distinguished faculty.
Over a thirty eight year period and with the help of its patrons and friends, The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts has developed superb year round education and performance programs. It has created also an unique 210-acre campus - Festival Hill - containing major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens, parks and nature preserves. Through its singular collection of rare books, manuscripts, archival material, music and historic recordings, photographs and objects, the Festival-Institute is also known as an important center for research and scholarly study.

AND THE FAMOUS ANTIQUE WEEKENDS HELD TWICE A YEAR, ONE IN THE SPRING AND ONE IN THE FALL.

The crowds are tremendous and people come from all over the US and even foreign countries.  I have never been.

They have some permanent shops and a restaurant called Royer’s that has been written up in tons of magazines.

So off Roy and I went for lunch and some sight-seeing.  When we arrived, we put our name on the waiting list for lunch, I got a glass of wine and Roy a beer and off we went to the shop next door.006 click to enlarge…this is Royer’s007

This is Lizzie Lou’s and to my surprise, I recognized one of the ladies.  She is the owner and was from Beaumont and had a shop there at the same time I did. Small world, but wait…a lady in there visiting was from Lake Limestone and was neighbors with one of my friends.  We have a house on the lake also.

We returned to Royer’s in time to here our name called and first had stuffed and fried jalapenos. The were stuffed with broccoli and cheese.

Then for entrees, I had a stuffed quail with mashed potatoes and balsamic vinegar  veggies and Roy had snapper with a wine sauce  with  veggies.

Dessert for me was a creamy key lime pie and Roy had cinnamon bread pudding to go.

Wow…yes you are right.

We then decided we needed to walk around the square and so while I went in shops, Roy took pictures.

 

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This is a shop called Crazy Emma’s.  I think…

 

 

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This is a private home and it is much prettier than the picture shows.

 

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The above 3 pictures are all of the home and its  surroundings.

 

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Another private home.

 

 

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Old tub and bottle tree behind one of the stores.

 

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Area in center of shops.

The remaining pictures are shops.

 

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We left hot, tired and very fluffy, but enjoyed our day.  It is about 130 miles one way, but in Texas that is just considered a hop, skip and a jump away.  Did I buy something, yes, but it is a gift for a friend and she will see it.  Nothing just breath-taking.

Hope you enjoyed your trip to Round Top, Texas.

Crock Pot Wednesday

 

Thanks to Debbie@Dining with Debbie, we have a new day to celebrate. So hurry over and join in or wish Debbie luck.  We all know this is a lot of work.

 

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I love my crock pot, especially in the winter and more so when Roy is home. I made this recipe several years ago.   I always intend to make it again but never seem to get around to it.

HAM AND CHEDDAR BRUNCH STRATA

serves 6-8

prep time 10 minutes

cook time  low 3 1/2 hours

8 ounces French bread, torn into small pieces

2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

1 1/2 cups diced ham

1/2 cup finely chopped green onion (white and green parts divided)

4 large eggs

1 cup half and half or whole milk

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

 

1. Coat pot with non stick cooking spray. Cut parchment paper to fit bottom of pot and press into place.  Spray paper lightly with spray.

2. Layer in following order: bread, 1 1/2 cups cheese, ham and all but 2 tablespoons green onions.

3.  Whisk eggs, half and half, Worcestershire sauce and red pepper and pour evenly over layered ingredients.  Cover and cook on LOW 3 1/2 hours or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Turn off heat and sprinkle the rest of the cheese and green onions.  Let stand, covered, 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

To serve,run a knife or rubber spatula around edges, lifting bottom slightly .  Invert onto plate and peel off paper, then invert again onto serving patter.

Served with fruit and /or tiny muffins, makes a great brunch.

Hope you enjoy.  It is a pretty dish, here is a picture out of the cookbook.

 

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Enjoy……Crock Pot Wednesday!

Barbara

Sunday, August 2, 2009

LAWS OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK/ BLUE MONDAY

 

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Happy Blue Monday …thanks Sally, visit Smiling Sally to see bloggers with loads of blue thingies……

 

 


One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.
We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out
of a parking space right in front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other
car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head
around and started yelling at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was
really friendly.
So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined
your car and sent us to the hospital!'
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the
Garbage Truck.'

 


He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around
full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of
disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes
they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally.
Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their
garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the
streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks
take over their day.
Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,
so ... Love the people who treat you right.
Pray for the ones who don't.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

Purple Hugs,

Barbara

PLEASE PRAY FOR AMY!

METAMORPHOSIS MONDAY

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Wow I have something to show today.

Thanks to Susan@Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this very popular day.

Last week when I met The Texas Woman for lunch, I purchased these items.

 

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Following Spencer’s instructions, this is how they look today. Thanks Spencer for the know-how.  I loved making these and will probably make more.

 

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I didn’t have any crystals to hang on them, but I think I will dress up the one with just the green ribbon.

Also that day I showed this picture but didn’t say what I was doing.

 

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Well I was putting together this trim for a lamp in our den, which is manly.

 

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There are two different trims here.  The feathers were one trim and the ropey trim I glued on top is another.

 

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I am not very crafty, but I can follow instructions..sometimes.  Hey, it is hard being a blogger with some of extremely talented ladies.  But, everyone has a different set of talents and I am still looking for mine.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Barbara

Still Praying, but Thanking the Lord !

 

Amy and her furbaby niece Izzy

 

Last night, Amy, Debbie’s daughter @There’s an Angel on My Front Porch , was taken to the hospital in very critical condition.

I am thanking the Lord that at 4:30 this morning she was receiving fluids and is talking a little.

This wonderful family needs our prayers.  I know God has a plan for Amy and so I have just turned it over to God and his will be done.

Please join me in sending up your request to God in prayer, that he hold this precious child of his in his hands.

Please also pray with me that God give Debbie  and her family strength and peace.

Updates can be read on her sister, Sherry’s blog, Country Wings in Phoenix or I will post whatever news they send me.

 

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Thanks Ginger and Charlotte for this day to praise the lord.

 

Barbara

Friday, July 31, 2009

As a Native Texas…..

 

I was a teenager before I realized “fixinto “ was not a word, “coke” is not the universal word for all carbonated drinks, and not everyone knows what pickled okra is.

If you are a Texan. I’m sure you can relate to these as well.

You know all four seasons---almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.

           “Ya’ll” is a word.

The Texas flag is the only flag that can be flown at equal heights to the U.S. flag.

In South Central Texas there is only one question….do you bleed orange or maroon?

You know what “snipe hunting” and “cow tipping” is. 

Distance is measured by minutes not by miles.

Going to Walmart or Wally World is a good form of entertainment.

You don’t know how anyone can survive without a truck or all-terrain vehicle.

You know what leaves make the best toilet paper.

Cowboy boots are considered dress shoes.

You drive with one hand resting on the top of the steering wheel and raise two fingers to wave at every passing car.

 

Hope you enjoyed things that are Uniquely Texan.

Barbara

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wow, What a Great Day!

 

I walked into Blue Bakers and there stood Cher in her Cowboy hat holding this sign.

 

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I knew I had found a friend.  We had some soup and split a brownie and talked and talked.  We found we had many things in common.  Finally we decided we better go junkin.

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We went to  three and I made some purchases.  My prize was the sterling silver tea set in perfect condition for $20..Just what I needed, something else to clean and polish, but it looks so good.

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I got 2 brass candle sticks to paint and 2 punch cups to glue on top to hold a candle, I will add some ribbon, etc.

 

 

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Next was these 2 pieces by Andre.  I am not a collector of the blue and white pieces, but they were 2.00 each…what can I say.

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I bought something else, but I will save it until I use it and show you the finished product.

 

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After all the looking, shopping and buying, we went to Cher’s house….OMG, what a talented lady…It is cowboy up and it is beautiful and darling all rolled into one.  She has a workshop that is unbelievable with all kinds of equipment.   Believe me when I tell you she is talented.

About 3:30 we parted and I thought as I drove home, what a very nice day we had, 2 strangers at 11:15am and a friend at 4:00pm.

 

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Cher has such a postive attitude about her newly found lump in her breast which is malignant.  Cher will, if anyone will, lick the cancer and live to be 100.

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Cher, if you are reading this, I want you to know, I now count you as a friend and hope you feel the same.

Purple hugs,

Barbara