Wednesday, October 31, 2012


We have our home and lake house for sale and are planning to move closer to College Station…Problem?

Most subdivisions have deed restrictions and of course that includes the number of pets you can have, with 5 dogs and numerous cats, we are not welcome in their fancy neighborhoods, so we have moved out to surrounding area. 

We want to be within 25 miles of College Station, but are not interested in a large plot of land, not more than 2 acres.  We have found several areas and hope to find a house already built, but will build our own if necessary.

We lost our” most favorite house ever”outside of Caldwell, but can’t see anyway we can physically maintain 3 places, so we are hoping to sell out house first and soon….then we can move forward.

I was really hoping to sell the home before the tax went into effect on Jan 1. 2013, but this seems to be wrong time of year to sell in the country….but maybe!

W have a great agent, Chandler, he has been great following us around or taking us to look for property or homes.  I would love to pay him his commission for selling our places.

Why am I writing this post….because I am frustrated and they say it helps if you write it down.

If you know anyone that wants a house and 40 acres or a great lake house on Lake Limestone, both can be seen on They are both listed in Jewett, Texas.

Monday, October 29, 2012







Sunday, October 28, 2012



I made a couple of pumpkins, took them to Sharon’s and we decorated them, I came home and started making and decorating more pumpkins!!!!!   Velvet, taffeta, burlap, wool plaid, chenille……










Try it, you will have loads of fun, not only are they easy, but pretty…..

Happy Halloween


Monday, October 1, 2012

Burlap Wreaths…….

I decided to use burlap and lace in my Den and on the Mantel so I would not have to change it for Thanksgiving.  Sorting thru years of stuff and packing up to move is more work than I anticipated. 
The inside of the house is looking great and I have quite a few empty drawers, but the boxes continue to multiply in the garage and you can hardly walk in the frou frou house.
I am praying the house sells quickly….not worried right now about lake house, it is probably the wrong time of year for it.

Happy October!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I made a Texas University and an LSU wreath for my daughter and niece, but forgot to take pictures before I mailed them…..these are work in progress pictures.





This one I am making for myself…….003

I have 2 burlap ones but it is too dark right now to take pictures, so I will post them later.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Well, I am Behind Again on POSTING!

I can't seem to keep up with everything...we worked 4 days at the lake house to get it ready to is now up for sale.....included in the price is a Pontoon Boat, jet ski dock, zero turning radius lawn mower, freezer, frig, washer & dryer, couch, kitchen table and chairs, one gas grill and one wood burning grill, dishes, wall hangings, tables, lamps, out door table and chairs, chairs and tables on the the boat dock, sprinkler system and storage house and a beautiful outdoor kitchen.

Interested, go to Brazosland Classic Realty and look for House on Lake Limestone.  it is truly a treasure, but we are leaving the area and can't keep it.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Purple Goat Lady: WE ARE OFF TO THE BEACH!

We are headed to Crystal Beach to spend the weekend with my brother and sister-in-law. 

 Happy Labor Day to All!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting for Roy to see the Home!

I have been looking for a house for about 6 months in hopes of moving closer to College Station or another larger city.

After trying to find an old home, I was not interested in a fixer-upper, I finally gave up and found this gorgeous home with 18 acres just 23 miles from College Station. 

Roy has only seen the house on the virtual tour and has listened to my comments for hours. I will pick him up at the airport this afternoon and we will meet the realtors at 10:00 am tomorrow.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that he loves it like I do.


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The address for the house is Caldwell, Texas.


Love, Barbara

Monday, August 27, 2012


My return to posting has been longer than I planned…..things get in our way, like…029

What other color did you expect?  I would like to say I was sky diving or on a ski trip in the Alps, but the truth is I was trying to shoot a coyote and my gun jammed and while I was trying to fix it, I backed up and step backwards off the concrete and fell.  NOW what do they say not to do…put your arms down to break your fall…oh well.

I am also on the hunt for a new home…not new in construction, new in location.  I started out looking for an old Victorian type home and soon found they are either cheap in need of years of repair or they are wonderful and in need of huge amounts of money.  In my search, I found a fantastic newer home, location great, house beautiful and price where we wanted to be…..

I am waiting for Roy to come home Wednesday and go see my perfect house for us.  He has taken the virtual tour and comment was “what do 2 people need with so much house?”   I have lots of stuff!

You can see I have been busy, but there some other pictures from other Painted churches I wanted to show you.











This church had  a locked iron grill door, so I had to take these pictures outside the grill……it is way out in the country and only has Mass on Sunday, you can understand why it is locked.

If you live in Texas or are visiting, I would suggest that you take a day to visit these wonderful old churches before they disappear.

Happy Labor Day!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Today is my husband’s birthday and we are off to Victoria, Texas to share this day with our son and daughter-in- law.

Tomorrow we are going to start toward home and visit the some of the Painted Churches, there are about 20 total, but we will probably see only about 6-7.

Several years ago I went with a group of ladies and would like to show you just one of these gorgeous churches.  I will show more later.

This is St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville, Texas.

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It is hard to really see the total beauty of this magnificent church.

Hope one day some of you can visit these churches.

Will bring back pictures of the other churches we visit.

Have a great day!

Sunday, July 29, 2012


If you have never had any Nutella, you are truly missing some good stuff.  I had never had any until about 6 years ago when we hosted our first foreign exchange students and the first thing they looked for in pantry was Nutella.  Since those first two, we have had 2 more and continued to enjoy Nutella. 

  I never thought about any recipes for it, but today while on Pinterest, I found my first recipe.  I will not retype the recipe here, simply go to My Favorite Recipes and you can find it there.  I am anxious to try it, it sounds wonderful and will be on the lookout for of the same.  

Hope you have or had a Blessed Sunday.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Blog Design !!!!!!!!

 Thanks so much to Kaye at WAHmaholic blog designs for this wonderful new blog design....if you are looking for one, please give her a try, she is talented and absolutely wonderful to work with.


Friday, June 15, 2012

vacation rental

This is a picture of the couch and boat table in the living room of our lake cabin we are offering for rent.