Monday, April 21, 2014

I know I said I'd fill you in…..

But….now that winter is finally over here, what in this is at all interesting:


It was April in Iowa. They had 8 inches of snow the day after I left. Let's call it over and move on.

Because spring is finally here!

Things are blooming!

We even have bluebonnets again in the orchard.

The bugs are out. (No grasshoppers yet THANK YOU VERY MUCH!)

And we're sleeping with the windows open.

I love spring in the country. Sneezing and all.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Both of my readers have asked for an update. I'm telling you, country life is QUIET life. Not much happening around here. HOWEVER, there have been developments. I'll start with the latest and then save the earlier events for later posts….maybe.

The Pileco Crew came today to install the sign that Mike was given when he retired.

I expected it to take the better part of the day.

I don't know why.

The concrete was poured well before lunch.

And the sign hung shortly thereafter.

We're official.

The crew.

Come visit! You can't miss us now!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I love planes

They take you places. Logistically, the whole business is amazing. Scientifically as well. I mean, I haven't fallen out of the sky once!

Cuddle Buns doesn't like to fly. Doesn't like waiting at airports.  What's not to like about airports?

On my way home from across the pond I chatted at length with a very nice young man who was on his way home from Sochi. How cool is that? He had been at the Winter Olympics with the news corp. I never found out who he worked for, but I did find out he lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, so of course we talked of the MidWest. He said it was warmer in Russia. He reassured me that most of what I read on Facebook about the accommodations in Sochi were false. (WHAT? The Internet lied???) He said security was amazing.

Then on the last leg of my trip from Dulles to DFW, I sat next to a Grampa who had been with his daughter and two young grandkids for a couple of weeks while his SIL was deployed. We talked grandkids. Best topic in the world.

And yes….there were two screaming kids on that flight, but I felt so sorry for that young couple. I mean, those kids couldn't have been more than 10 months apart. I remember flying with babies and toddlers.

And if not for airports and airplanes I would have missed:

The Forest of Dean

And The Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Westminster Abbey

And teaching Care Bear how to crochet. And reading The Phantom Tollbooth to the boys. And seeing "The Lego Movie" with Care and Hayden (something I wouldn't have done, most likely, without them, and I would have missed out!).

My most disappointing thing?? (And it pains me.)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Just for Gramps....

Who continues to hunt down skunks trying to burrow under our house. Seven so far.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I'm embarrassed

You'd think I'd be ashamed of myself for not having posted anything for well over a month. There is a very good reason.

I've been too cold.

That is why I'm embarrassed.

I grew up in the north. Not the north like New York. North like straight up almost to Minnesota, where, they will tell you, winters are always colder than New York. Where wind chill really means something. The HIGHS have been near ZERO. So, even with our "wind chill", we're still 40 degrees warmer.

With wind up there, snow blows. You can't see. But you shouldn't be outside, anyway, because when you breath, your lungs freeze. It isn't pretty.

But I've been cold. Here in central Texas. Unable to get warm cold. I'm thinking maybe the hormones are aligned now. Because I wouldn't mind a good hot flash.

In other news, the THIRD skunk to take residence under our house has had babies. She just left. We saw her go…and there is now little squeaking under the living room. I'm thrilled. Do you know what a pier and beam house smells like when a skunk is near? Do you know how afraid I am to let Rudy go outside?

Rudy is beside himself. He is trying to get behind the armoire because he thinks something is there. I sure would trade what is under there for the squirrel that took up residence last winter.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Stop me if you've heard this one

When I was in seventh grade we had a week long period with no electricity. In the winter. With 6 feet of snow over a layer of ice. Blew the town generator. I don't remember the temperature and I'm sure that as a 7th grader I wasn't as worried about it as my mom. I was missing a dreaded science test, after all. Life was good. 

Here in central Texas we have had no loss of electricity, thankfully. But last Friday, after frozen rain, sleet, and then snow, we awoke to this wonderland:

By my Iowa Root Standards, this is nothing. But here in the land of the Nearly Tropical, this is A Pretty Big Deal. Today is Tuesday and we finally have sun. But the temp is in the teens, so melting is going to be slow. The main road is not terrible...according to my neighbor. I haven't ventured. But the county road by our house is apparently rough. We've had no mail since Thursday. That means no Netflix. Which is only an issue because we were SUPPOSED to have cable installed on Friday. And this morning Cuddle Buns used the last of the coffee. So things are close to desperate. 

Desperate only if I really wasn't having a seventh grade fun flashback. I'll send Cuddle Buns to Rosie's on the corner for coffee in the morning if I have to! 

So what have we been doing?

Cuddle Buns has been bringing in the Christmas decorations a box at a time. (We were both sick at Thanksgiving so it didn't get done.) I have very slowly put a few things up.
Garlands above the doors and windows.

The pyramid from Germany. I love this thing.

The stockings my mom made. I had them framed several years ago since they were starting to be quite worn. I love how the sequins sparkle.

And we've watched both of the most recent Star Trek movies. Streamed episodes of Leverage and X Files. (Which seems even more bizarre now then when Cuddle Buns was addicted in the 90s.)

I have knit. Finished my set of Knitted Knockers...breast prosthesis for cancer patients after mastectomies. I am almost done with a scarf for Special Olympics. I started a Christmas present for a friend. I swatched (technical knitting term) for a sweater for me. And I knit a wreath.

I've baked cookies.

I've pinned like crazy. And found a home made starch recipe on Pinterest to block my snow and stars.

And Rudy? He is not a fan of ice and cold. He'll run out to take care of business, but that is it. The Princess blanket is his spot of choice. 

And if he can get under it, all the better.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snow Day Activities

All church functions were canceled today. The roads are still ice covered although the temp did get into the 40s. Cuddle Buns ventured to the corner store. I chose another day in.

I decided that if I were going to continue to "pin" things I should really try one or two. So I made this cool star today. Isn't it cool? And pretty easy.

Snow days should be kind of productive!