Saturday, February 17, 2018

La Crosse! or Gibsons!

Friday was great and so was today. Yesterday morning, as planned, our good friend Aaron came over to help us install the brand new front door for our cabin.

Actually, back in June, when Tony and I bought this place the first thing we did to celebrate getting it was to go, to Home Depot, to buy our new front door for The Cabin.

I know that sounds a little weird about getting excited about buying a front door, but I was adamant about it, because the last time I had gone to Ronnie & Nita's Ronderosa Ranch, in Dripping Springs, they had just put in new double-french doors that were double-paned with blinds built inside and I absolutely fell in love with them. So that is why we splurged on our beautiful, metal, front door, which I hope to paint it Glidden's Candy Apple Red, later this week. Here are a few pictures. And please note that the first picture shows our old reddish/orange front door removed and it is outside leaning up against the fence while our white one is waiting to be installed.

After installing the front door, Aaron was helping Tony install a ceiling fan, in the bedroom, while I was in the kitchen trying to figure out how to set-up my new La Crosse Technology Atomic Clock, because our old atomic clock had died during the move. It was due and not a big deal.

Anyway, as soon as Aaron and Tony got the wind spinning around, in the bedroom, Aaron was ready to go home, but before he did he easily set-up my new La Crosse Atomic Clock for me. And I totally love this La Crosse clock.

Yesterday afternoon my dear friend Chet O'Keefe had sent me a note, from Terlingua. He told me that all was good with him and Liz and that he has been very busy writing new songs, recording his music and was playing a lot of gigs and that made me happy. And he had attached this beautiful poster that Liz had designed for Presidio's upcoming Bluebonnet Music Series.

I was thrilled to see that Chet was kicking off this music series, on Friday, the 23rd and it really makes me want to go out there to hear him play. And then when I checked out the other great musicians that will also be performing, later, in the Bluebonnet Music Series, it tempts me to go out there to Terlingua and spend the month of March out there, too. So I guess time will tell if I go.

Today has been great. Late this morning Tony and I went to Kerrville, to help celebrate Gibson's Discount Center's 50th Anniversary and we had a total blast.

As you can see the parking lot was packed full and parked vehicles were lined-up up and down the streets. When we got there a fabulous band was playing to a standing room only crowd, while others were eating, delicious, pulled pork sandwiches, with chips and sodas—and it was all free to the Public.

It was a very festive crowd and in no time flat Tony and I were enjoying the food, tapping our boots to the great music and we also ran into several friends while we were there. And that is about it for tonight, because I plan to do a little reading and then shuffle off to bed.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Today has been a great day, again. Even though all I did was unpack our stuff and find places for it. I think it is amazing how easy it is to accumulate so much stuff.

Seriously, this afternoon I made 3 piles, in the bedroom. One pile was for stuff to keep. The second pile was stuff to take to Good Will, whoever he is. The third pile was trash stuff.

I sort of enjoyed opening up one trash bag after another to find our clothes, linens, pictures, little keepsakes, etc. It was like my very own guessing game— "I Wonder What Stuff Is In This Bag?" When I told Tony that I thought it was fun finding all of this stuff he rolled his eyes, and said, "How long do I have to play it?"

I let Tony play my game with me, for about an hour and then I cut him loose so he could go outside and take some pictures. And that's when I stumbled on my homemade, leather moccasins that Aaron had volunteered to help me make.

You know the ones. I had bought this kit, at Home Town Crafts, so I could make them and use them, when I was outside Earthing, to help ground myself. The very same moccasins that Little Debbie and Big Al(ice) had chewed on the leather laces.

Okay, if you don't remember them—I wrote this blog about them, on December 6, 2016. And I had titled it: Moccasin-Challenged.

Anyway, I was so thrilled to find my leather moccasins and I slipped them on immediately, even though I was still in the bedroom and was prevented from grounding. And here are pictures of them before I put them on today. And please note that the second picture shows the remaining glue, that was left on the bottoms, because I had to rub and scrub off the cushioning pad, because it was not leather and would prevent me from grounding. Also, they came with the number 49 on the bottoms.

Early this evening before dark-thirty, I grew tired of playing my guessing game and I went outside, wearing my moccasins. And I spent over an hour getting grounded, while playing my favorite guitar.

So as I finish writing this tonight, I feel like a new woman and I want to say belated Birthday Wishes to my dear friends Carol and to Denise, because I totally forgot their birthdays, until I got grounded today.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Okay, Now I'm Done!

Today has been great thank goodness, because the last three months were totally exhausting for both Tony and me. But the best news is that we survived the move and the shutting down of our beloved rescue ranch, with the awesome help of our good friends, at Austin Pets Alive.

In fact, we were so busy packing, moving, etc., during this time, that I finally found the time, two days ago, to remember to please ask Pat Symchych (our fabulous webmaster) to please post this farewell message on our site, before we officially take the site down next month.

Anyway, the past 90 days have been such a whirlwind for me there is simply too much for me to tell or explain. So, I am going to leave it like that and just look forward to what's ahead for Tony, Roy, Belle, Beau, Henry, Big Al(ice), Little Debbie and me. End of subject. So from here on out it's onward through the fog for me.

But wait! Omg, I forgot to say a big thank you to all of our dear friends that helped us, in one way or the other, during this transition period. I cannot express how much I appreciate those who either allowed me to vent my frustrations or literally cry on their shoulders, those who physically helped us move everything and for all of those who kept us in their prayers. Okay, now I am done. (I hope.)

This past Monday afternoon Tony and I had to go, to Kerrville, to buy groceries, at the big H-E-B.  On our way there Tony told me that he wanted to treat me to lunch, because I had finally quit whining, about this or that, that we still needed to do. And as soon as I said, "Okay," we both said, "Let's call Kris & Jim and invite them to eat lunch with us."

We had a really fun lunch with our dear friends, at the Cracker Barrel and believe it or not Tony and I did not order the exact same thing. Which I thought was pretty amazing.

Anyway, during our fun get-together, The Mineral Man and I started talking about easy ways to cook food without using our electric stove, because we still have not put the 220 in, so I can start using it, again. And FYI: My electric stove right now is still, over in Carol's barn, where she kindly is letting us store a lot of our stuff that we had to put somewhere.

When I complained to our friends about us being "stoveless" Jim's eyes lit up, and he said, "Nancy, get an Instant Pot! It does everything a stove does and more....In fact, H-E-B has them on sale right now for only $79.00....I am going to buy one myself....You can make pressure cooker Senate Bean Soup with it using navy beans."

Well, I must have had an odd look, on my face, because I've never heard of Senate Bean Soup, and that's why Kris added, "Oh, it is so delicious! It is my favorite soup that Jim makes."

"It's so easy," Jim chimed in, as we were leaving the Cracker Barrel. "I'll e-mail you the recipe when we get back home. You only need water, navy beans, butter, garlic, parsley, onion, salt & pepper and smoked ham hocks." And as we were exiting the dining area guess who walked in as we were leaving? Yes, it was Kinky, Max and Dylan, but they didn't see us, because they were talking to each other.

"Hi Kinky," I said, and it sort of startled him. Then he laughed and greeted us. So we had a fun, but short visit with him.

So after lunch, Tony and I adios-ed our dear friends and then we went to H-E-B to buy groceries. And the last thing that I put into our shopping cart, before checking out, was an Instant Pot. And to say the least, it was very exciting for me, because now I can cook, again. Instead of having to micro-wave junk food for us to eat.

Today, I made Jim's delicious recipe that he shared with me and I must admit that Cousin Nancy's Senate Bean Soup recipe was easy to make and it is absolutely delicious. And Tony loved it so much he actually ate seconds. Here is a picture of it, but you can't see the navy beans, because like a submarine they sort of sunk, to the bottom of the bowl.

Now before I go, I know that I told y'all that I would tell you the name of our new ranch, but I guess you could say that I lied, because yesterday I designed our ranch logo and took it to Tito, at TNJ Engraving, so they can make a gate sign for us. So sadly, y'all must wait for a couple of more days before we pick up our sign and I can reveal it. And that's about it for tonight.

P.S. Happy Valentines Day!

P.S.S. It feels so good to be blogging again!

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Eternal Squirrel!

Late this afternoon I took a break from moving more of our stuff over to our new place and I started working on the bedroom, because it was driving me crazy. It has been filled with boxes, garbage sacks full of our stuff, etc. and the bedroom looked like a total mess with only a small path leading to the bed and the bathroom.

Anyway, it is much more livable now, thanks to Tony, for helping me hang up some pictures and move things around and put things where they might permanently belong. But that will all be decided after we get everything, out on the front porch, unpacked and moved inside The Cabin.

I am thrilled with the results so far, because I know that I won't wake up, in the middle of the night and trip or fall or stump my toe, trying to find my way to our bathroom.

Here is a little peak at what we got accomplished today, in the bedroom. And please know there is still much to do like move and unpack the crate, in the chair, beside the bookcase and move the other chair out of the room, that my beloved, boxed, solar Eternal Squirrel is sitting on before we move it outside.

So please cut me some slack on how it looks right now, because I am hoping, that by the end of this week, we will have everything put in its place (where we can find it) and it will start to feel like home.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Today has been a good day. And tomorrow looks promising.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing~

Monday, February 5, 2018

Flower Power!

Late this afternoon, after a hard day of moving to our new ranch the phone rang—it was Carol. "Hi Nancy! Can I come over and see you? I just...." And of course my answer was "Yes, please do."

Five minutes later, after Tony and I quickly tried to hide a ton of boxes and garbage bags packed with our stuff, in the kitchen and big room—my dear friend Carol arrived.

So I went outside to greet her, while Tony hid a few more boxes and bags, in the bedroom.

When Carol climbed out of her white truck she was smiling and carrying this beautiful vase full of beautiful flowers. And she told me that she bought them for me, because she thought they would lift my spirits. And she was right about that—I absolutely love them.

In fact, late tonight (11:49PM to be exact) before it becomes early tomorrow morning and I go to bed, I was admiring my bouquet of pretty flowers while downing a dose of ZzzQuil. And that's when I decided to take a picture of the flowers, so you could see just how lovely these flowers are. And that is about it for tonight, because it is 11:54. And please note that I cropped out the boxes and garbage bags.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!