Friday, January 13, 2017


Sometimes, especially after the November-December-Holiday-Chaos, it's good to pull back and ponder for a bit. To think about where you're headed and what you really want. Things like how best to protect and have fun with that little guy above, now that he's suddenly so much more mobile; how best to utilize this blog, now that it's coming up on its 10th anniversary; how to eke out more creative time, and what to do when I have it; what lifestyle changes we might want to make. You know, important stuff. So that's what I've been doing this week. What about you?

New Watercolor Pencils From Sweet Nephew Geoff

Monday, January 9, 2017


One of the things I love most about our little town are the color-mad murals that keep popping up here and there. One of the first to appear was on Ino'z Brew 'n Chew, facing the bridge that crosses Cypress Creek.

Unfortunately, that location leaves it vulnerable to high-water events, and it lost a bit of its color-madness with each successive flood.

Or maybe this one in the Community Center came first. I'm not really sure.

Next came this one on Calley's Jewelry, located in a building that began life as a filling station.

Still a work-in-progress when I snapped this photo.

The latest additions were on the Boot Whisperer's shop...

and this one behind Santa Fe Connection. I seem to love each new addition even more than the last.

And, as I was scrolling through all of my photos to find these pics for you, I stumbled across this one...

of that half-painted cinderblock wall which I've successfully ignored for nigh on ten years now. And, it got me to thinkin', how cool would it be...?

Friday, January 6, 2017


I must admit, the first time I saw my grandson in a pair of rainbow-striped leg warmers, I found myself thinking "What on earth? Isn't he a bit young for a dance class?"  It didn't take long, however, for me to understand their amazing utility. You see, winter wear for babies comes one of two ways. Either you have a zillion snaps, up and down each leg, to undo before changing a diaper, or you have none at all, meaning you have to pretty much undress the poor kids completely in order to change them.

So, let's hear it for the unsung hero who first thought of combining a regular 3-snap onesie with pint-sized leg warmers in winter. Brilliant! Ab-so-lute-ly brilliant!

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Wanna know the secret to putting on the most delicious New Years Birthday Bash ever, when you still haven't recovered from Christmas? Just invite all your favorite foodie fanatics over for a pot luck!

Young Bella brought her new drone over for entertainment...

the most entertaining part being the guys trying to get it down out of our trees, over and over.

All in all, a most excellent celebration!

Sugar Shack's Triple Chocolate Cake topped with Austin's and Areeg's homemade amaretto ice cream and cherry sauce!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017


New Years Eve lunch al fresco, no jackets needed...

only in Texas, right? Even more typically Texan? The fact that we will be back down in the 20s in a couple of days!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


As they were leaving our house Christmas Eve, son-in-law Nate said "Everyone should just wear their jammies to our house in the morning. I'll be in mine for sure!" He wasn't kidding.

Deadpool Jammies?
That was just the first shock, not the only one.  You see, my hubby's family didn't really do stockings once they quit believing but, as soon as we were married, I let him know in no uncertain terms that that was unacceptable, and my stocking had better have some stuff in it come Christmas day, if he knew what was good for him. He took me at my word, and each year after that he got a little more into it. So much so that he now fills everyone's stockings to overflowing, and the space around them as well. But even he was taken aback when he found this waiting for him:

At least four feet tall!
Fortunately, they just did it to get a rise out of him, and there was a normal-sized stocking waiting in the sidelines!

Calvin's response to pretty much everything? Put it in your mouth and see how it tastes!

 The kids combined their efforts to prepare a fabulous brunch for us all.

I don't think Nate's parents have ever experienced a Christmas quite like this, but they were great sports about it all!

Alas, now it is time to move on, take it down and store it all away, in order to switch gears and get revved up for a couple of January birthdays, one of which is happening this Sunday, on New Years Day!

Sweet dreams Birthday Boy...

Monday, December 26, 2016


If there's one thing we know for certain, after celebrating Christmas Eve at our house...

Happy Pappy
it's that our days of Little Goober sitting calmly in our laps are definitely numbered, and we can no longer dilly-dally when it comes to baby-proofing our house. And, all those great hacks we saw on pinterest, like slicing a pool noodle down one side and slipping it on the edge of your hearth? Not so great after all!

Oh, and if you are impressed by that swanky traditional snap western shirt my hubby is wearing, I should probably mention that he bought it for himself at that funky bazaar we attended last week, which means it is anything but traditional. Check out the embroidery detail.

Now you know where my kids get their sense of humor.