Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! or Hairballs! or Trail of the Zeros! or Lacey!

Last year, 2017, was one of the very worse and one of the very best years for us and it was also exhausting and exhilarating. So not to go negative, on the very first day of this new year and on my first post, for 2018, I am not going to complain about the worse part of 2017, because thankfully it is all behind us now. And besides Tony and I have so much more to be thankful for.

I know that it has been over two weeks since I last wrote something for my blog, which is now a new record for me for going so long without blogging, and I still have the same old excuse I've used ever since June 22nd, the day when Tony and I were blessed and we became proud property owners with a very bright future to look forward to in our upcoming retirement.

So now I am going to highlight a few events, from the past two weeks, so I can start this new year on a positive note. But before I write another word there is one very sad, depressing thing that I must tell you. And my sad heartbreaking news is—Henry Standing Bear ate Carol's Top Bun.

Yes, I know you must be shocked to hear this tragic news, but not as shocked as I was when I caught Henry, ten days ago, heaving and trying to throw it up, over and over again, on the bathroom's tile floor.

Seriously, there was all of this different colored, wet, dog hair, with little chunks of green grass in it, scattered around in neat, little piles. And Henry had strands of dog hair stuck, in between his teeth, which made me start to gag when I saw it.

At first I was shocked as you can well imagine. Then I was sick to my stomach as I tried to clean up the multi-colored, multi-breed, clumps of hairballs that took me several times to flush it away.

Then I got mad and I was madder than a wet hen at Henry. Because so many of my dear friends, as far away as Canada (Fay), had collected and sent me their precious dog hair and I'd spent more than eight months washing it, then drying it in the salad spinner, then spinning it to weave together this cute, little bun, in time for me to give to Carol for her Christmas present. The Bottom   Line: I called Carol up and suggested that we not exchange presents this year and she was totally fine with it. And Henry only tossed up his cookies one more time for me to clean up and he eventually got rid of all of the hair that was wedged between his teeth.

Several days before Christmas I received, in the mail, the nicest gift from my friend Mary Sanders. She is and has been a loyal reader of my blog (when I do blog) for many years. Anyway, she sent us these pretty, crocheted cloths for me to use as potholders or dish rags as a housewarming gift and she also sent me a rare 1954, first edition of Roy Rogers: on the Trail of the Zeros. And I want to thank her for the thoughtful gifts.

About ten days ago, after we had worked most of the day, over at the property, I announced to Tony that I thought it would be fun for me to spend the night at our new place. "...Tony, Henry can spend the night with me, too. It will be fun..." 

Tony wasn't so sure about it and he suggested that I spend the night over there when the weather was better, because it was cold and drizzling outside and we don't have a phone installed yet. But I didn't listen to him even though later on I wished I had.

Anyway, before dark-thirty, Tony followed Henry and me, over to the property and he started a fire for me, in the wood burning stove, before adios-ing us.

At first Henry seemed to be a little confused to be over there and he was uncertain why Tony had left us there alone. So after sniffing around the cabin and checking out the commode Henry wanted to go outside to check some more things out. So I let him out the front door, because we had just fenced it in and I knew he would be safe from the nearby traffic. And I took these pictures of Henry's first time to be over at the property.

Within five minutes Henry was at the window staring back at me, because he was ready to come back inside for our slumber party—that never happened.

The Cabin was nearly as cold as the outside, so as we waited for the stove to warm up The Cabin, Henry and I decided to watch a movie—Pure Country.

As The Cabin began to warm up inside, Henry and I then decided to watch the movie City Slickers. When we finished watching that fun movie, neither one of us was tired, so we watched The Cowboy Way and then we watched Chef.

By then it was way past midnight, so I put another log on the fire, so to speak. Then I suggested to Henry that we go to bed. And Hen was all for it until he realized and then I realized that the single twin bed was way too small for us to sleep together. So after about twenty minutes of Henry jumping up and down/back and forth, on the twin beds, I gave up and suggested that we get up and watch another movie.

But Henry was tired and he looked confused as to why we were staying, over at The Cabin, instead of sleeping together over at the trailer. And I felt like he thought that he was being punished for something, so I calmly explained to him, "Hen, you are not being punished for eating Carol's Top Bun. I just thought it would be fun for us to spend the night together over here...."

With that said, Henry and I stayed up and watched the hilarious movie Starsky & Hutch. And halfway through that movie Henry tried several times to get up in my chair and sit on my lap, which was not fun for either of us.

So when we started watching the movie P.S. I Love You, I grabbed some blankets, out of the bedroom and Henry and I tried to snuggle together on the couch, but like the twin beds—there was not enough room for the both of us.

Bottom   Line: Henry and I stayed up all night and we came back home as soon as the sun rose. And the first thing I told Tony was, "I've got to redecorate the entire bedroom and get rid of the twin beds, because Henry and I couldn't even fit on one of them. I love the way the bedroom looks, but we need to put our queen-sized bed in there so I can sleep and also take naps with our dogs...." So here is one last look at the bedroom before The Queen arrives.

Yesterday, New Year's Eve, was a great day, because Wilma Flintstone was adopted to the nicest couple. Saturday afternoon Steve & Carolyn took Wilma home for a "slumber party" and yesterday morning Steve called me to tell me that they officially wanted to adopt her and to say the least Tony and I are more than thrilled for Wilma. And here is a picture that Carolyn sent to me of Wilma enjoying the good life. And her new name is Lacey.

Y'all have a great New Year and keep on laughing!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Doing Its Thing!

Well, I'm keeping my promise about showing you our new/improved coffee table. In the beginning, my homemade coffee table looked like this after we removed it, from Outer Space and took it over to The Cabin. And this picture was taken, on October 22nd, before I decorated the big room's almost bare walls.

Here are three pictures, at different angles, that I took this afternoon, of our new/improved coffee table. And please note that the big room's walls are decorated.

And before I go binge-watch all of Season 4 of The Ranch, on Netflix, with Little Debbie, Big Al(ice), Roy, Belle, Beau and Henry Standing Bear, I want to show you this picture that I took, this afternoon, of our wood burning stove doing its thing.

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

Cowboy Hats!

We've been working hard, over at the property. We've mostly been building fences for the past five days. And when I wasn't outside helping Tony and Aaron with all of the fencing, I was busy inside, our cozy cabin, listening to my music, continuing to decorate the bedroom. Or I was outside, on the front porch, painting/staining the old coffee table that used to be in Outer Space.

I built this coffee table over ten years ago, right after my brother Ronnie and Tom, Cindy's son, came down and built Outer Space for us. I love this coffee table so much and what inspired me to build it, in the first place, was Carol's beautiful coffee table.

I had a blast building this coffee table (that only took three hours to build) even though it never came close to being as awesome-looking as Carol's custom-made coffee table. Anyway, I don't have any pictures of our new/improved coffee table, but later today I will take a picture of it so I can show it off to you.

I am fixin' to go, over to the property, to do some more work, but before I go I want to show you the latest picture I took yesterday of the bedroom.

I did not turn on the lamps on, above the beds, because I forgot to and it is still not finished. It is a work in progress, because we still need to hang up pictures, etc. Anyway, here is the latest update, with a couple of our cowboy hats, framing the Yoda Lisa.

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Weather Reports!

Since the last couple of days have been pretty quiet, I am going to give a few weather reports. Because, believe it or not it is actually snowing here and it is starting to stick!

It started lightly snowing here, around 4:00 and that was when Ronnie (my super great brother) called me to tell me that it was snowing, at his & Nita's Ponderosa Ranch, in Dripping Springs.

After adios-ing Ronnie, the phone rang again and this time it was our good friend Chet O'Keefe. "....We've already gotten over 3 inches of snow (in Terlingua). There is a blizzard going on here. The winds are gusting up to 60mph and it is snowing so hard right now, you can't see the mountains.... "

Right after Chet and I adios-ed each other, Tony went outside to check on the dogs and to check on the water pipes, so I let our dogs go outside, grabbed my camera and I took a few pictures of to prove it was snowing.

But the snowflakes didn't show up very good, so I took this picture, of an old pair of my pink, beloved, retired boots, that Tony had found outside, in the front yard. Because a few days ago sneaky, Henry Standing Bear, had found them, inside the closet and he had snuck them outside, so he could entertain himself by chewing them up.

So this proves that it is really snowing here and that Henry has a thing about pink boots, too.

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

With A Little Help From Our Friends!

Tony and I have been busy this past week and when we were not doing rescue ranch work we were doing cabin work and it has been fun, but somewhat tiring.

Anyway, this past week we worked, on The Cabin's bedroom and it is finally almost finished. So here are just a few before, during and after pictures.

Here are the before pictures, right after we purchased the cabin. Before June and Ellen had the time to get their furnishings.

Tony and I loved the bedroom just the way it was. But because I enjoy decorating so much this is what we ended up doing with a little help from our dear friends: Aaron, Tom & Marie. So here we go.

This picture shows half of the bedroom's walls done (log cabin style) using some of the old floor from my pink writing cabin. Tony and I stained every 1"x4" and my permanently-stained fingers and nails can prove it.

This picture shows that we've finished the walls and on the left we put up one of the blinds from the pink cabin.

Last night I stayed up late and made curtains for the bedroom. In this picture we have put up the blinds on all of the other windows and we hung two, small lamps above the beds.


As you can see Tony and I are thrilled with our "cabin" bedroom and to top it off, we put my mother's  homemade rubber tree that I truly cherish. Because back in 1959 or 1960 my mom and her best friend Lucia got creative and decided to make rubber trees.

I remember it well, because I remember watching Mom and Lucia pouring this gooey, green plastic stuff, into various, leaf-sized molds and then baking them in our kitchen. It made sense to me, because like Mom neither of us could ever grow anything. So making a plastic, "rubber tree" made total sense to me. And the best part of it was she never had to water it.

And since my dear mother's passing, almost 20 years ago, I've kept her/my rubber tree with me through the good times and the sad times and I've never once watered it, even though once a year I do dust it.

Please note that my Yoda Lisa hangs, on the back wall, between the two beds, so I hung my "Yo Mama" picture, on the wall between the bedroom and the back porch, but it is hard to see in this photo I took.

I cherish these two pictures, because back in 1993 or 1994 when Jim and I bought our first Apple computer, I figured out how to cut & paste using our Adobe PhotoShop software, before I even learned how to use ClarisWorks (Apples's version, back then, of MicroSoft).

Anyway, after I cut & pasted Yoda's picture on the Mona Lisa and on Whistler's Mother I had them printed. And I sent copies of them to David Letterman. And before I left Austin and had moved to Utopia, Texas—David Letterman actually held up my Yoda Lisa picture and he showed it to his television audience, saying something like, "A crazy lady in Texas sent this to me.... "

And that's about it for tonight, because I am fixin' to make a matching navy blue checkered curtain to hang, on the bedroom's back door window.

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Happy Pranksgiving! or Moon Pies!

Today has been great and I am happy to report that last night Stephen K. Morris' awesome music was a big hit with the fun crowd, at the Medina Highpoint Resort.

On my last blog I promised to tell you about the prank I played on our dear friend, Jeff Severson. Many years ago, because of dear Carol, who is dear friends with Jeff and his sweet Lori, introduced us to Jeff and since that time Carol has always made sure to get us together with Jeff & Lori when they come to visit her & Bill.

For several years Jeff & Lori have come down to Carol's ranch to spend Thanksgiving with her & Bill. In fact, it has become a "family" tradition, so to speak. And when Lori & Jeff are down here Jeff and I always get to do a little picking & grinning and it is so much fun. And please note that Jeff is a much better musician than me hands down. 

In fact he is actually a professional actor/retired pro football player who earned 4 or 5 Super Bowl rings/singer/songwriter/ musician known worldwide as "Jeff Severson The Singing Cowboy." Here is a picture of Jeff.

Anyway, this Thanksgiving Lori & Jeff spent Thanksgiving with Carol & Bill, up in Weatherford instead of at Carol's. And Carol called me and she gave me a heads-up before Lori & Jeff arrived, at Bill's place. "Nancy, be on alert about Jeff pulling a prank on you. They should be here any minute and I promise you that within the first hour Jeff is going to ask me about you and then give you a prank phone call."

With that said, I prepared myself to be ready to receive one of "Bob's" (Jeff's prankster alias) crazy phone calls. And sure enough, a few hours later, Jeff called me and left this hilarious message, on Carlton. With his voice changed to sound more like a redneck, he said, "Hello. Hello. This is Bob and I need a turkey—now. Please get me a turkey...."

When Tony and I listened to his message we were nearly rolling on the floor. But because we had company, I didn't return his call, because I had decided to wait and return his phone call as soon as I came up with a good prank to play on him.

The following day Jeff called me again and left another message on Carlton. This time Jeff went on and on about needing a turkey which made Tony and me burst out laughing when we heard it. Tony urged me to call him back, but I didn't because I had not come up with a good-enough prank to play on him. So I let it slide until Thanksgiving morning. This is the e-mail that I sent to Carol around 11:00 Thursday morning:

"Hi Carol! I received Jeff's aka Bob's 2 hilarious phone calls about needing a turkey. I am finally ready to get him back. Here's the plan and you must be a good actor:

1. Tell Jeff and everyone (i want to also get Lori and Bill, too.) that you just got an e-mail from Tony telling you that I've been totally exhausted and depressed about.... and please tell Jeff that Tony has asked you to please ask Jeff to please quit calling me, because I am a basket case, etc. 

2. Then tell them that Tony told you that I've been so depressed that each time that Jeff (Bob) called that I burst out in tears when I heard his message, because i am so sad they didn't come down here.

3. Now let that sink in for a minute or two until Jeff, Bill and Lori feel bad about Jeff calling me and depressing me more.

4. Then call me so I will know that it is working and then act like I am crying on the phone, because I am so sad and make sure to do it in front of Jeff, Bill and Lori. Then tell Jeff that I want to talk to him so i can say, "I got you Jeff, Bill and Lori!"

I plan to be here for the next hour or so and then we are going over to the property to work, so, if y'all are not around we can do it later today…Nancy"

About an hour later Carol called me, and she whispered into the phone, "This is perfect. We just went for a short walk and while we were walking Jeff said that he wondered why you haven't called him back." Then Carol and I burst out laughing.

"Okay, Nancy. I am going to call you right back." Click. 

"Hello Nancy?" Are you okay? We miss you and.....(I talked back to Carol trying to sound like I was depressed, etc. in case Lori, Jeff and Bill could hear me.) "Nancy, I am going to put you on Speaker Phone now, because everyone wants to talk to you." 

"Happy Thanksgiving Nancy," the three said in unison and they sounded like they felt sorry for me and I was loving it. "We miss you and Tony," Jeff said, sounding very serious.

"Next year we are all coming to Carol's," Jeff proclaimed, in an effort to try to cheer me up and I had heard enough.

I started laughing and then in the background Tony started laughing and then Carol burst out laughing, on the other end, "Ha, ha, ha. I got you Jeff! I mean Bob and Lori and Bill!" Then there was a moment of silence, in Weatherford, Texas, until they had figured out my (and Carol's) prank. "I'm not depressed at all, y'all. You fell for it hook, line and sinker...." I said between fits of laughter. 

Later that evening Carol sent me this e-mail: 

"Jeff's brain is in overdrive trying to come up with a way to pull One on you 😊 
You got him good!
I miss y'all and I'll be home in a day or two. Happy Thanksgiving!"

Late this morning Tony, Little Girl and I went, over to the property, to meet up with our dear friend Ellen and her super-nice friend Curtis, because sweet Ellen was ready to adopt Little Girl from us. But before Ellen signed-off on Little Girl's adoption form, she gave Tony and me two-mini Moon Pies, and said, "Today is Moon Pie Day and we're celebrating its 100th Anniversary...."

Tony and I love Moon Pies and I was so excited about it I forgot to take a picture of Ellen and Little Girl's adoption. But at least here's a picture of our mini Moon Pies, before we ate them.

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

So Tonight Be There Or Be Square!

Tonight Tony and I have plans to go to the Medina Highpoint Resort, because of there super-delicious All-You-Can-Eat Catfish buffet and also because our dear friend Stephen K. Morris will be playing his awesome music, outside on their beautiful patio. So tonight be there or be square.

P.S. Tomorrow I plan to blog about the best prank that I've ever played on our dear friend.

Y'all have a great evening and meet us up at the Medina Highpoint Resort for some great music!