Saturday, November 10, 2018

Becky Crouch Patterson! or Zooming! or The Mineral Man!

Today has been a lot of fun. I spent about four hours this morning writing on my upcoming third novella The Cowgirl Sisterhood: Riders In The Sand, but I had to stop writing for two reasons.

Reason one—my neck and shoulders were aching. Reason two—I was laughing so much writing the scene, my back was aching worse than my neck and shoulders put together, because I was laughing so much.

Knowing that I must take a writing break Tony and I decided to go to Kerrville to get some groceries, at the big H-E-B.

But before we went grocery shopping, a chore Tony never enjoys doing, we decided to drop by Wolfmueller Books, so we could visit with Sandy & Jon and catch up with each others latest news.

When we walked inside the world's greatest bookstore Jon & Sandy greeted us. Then I immediately was drawn to this book display near the front counter.

"I love this book," I said. Then I picked it up to admire the intriguing front cover.

"This is a great book and it just arrived," Sandy told us. "In fact, Becky Crouch Patterson just delivered them to us and she signed all of these first editions for us. Do you know Becky?"

"No, but I wish I did."

"She's a fabulous author and a good friend of ours. She is Hondo Couch's daughter and she has also written several other great books...."

And a few minutes later, I said, "I love Luckenbach, Texas and I want to buy this book."

As I was paying for Luckenbach Texas: The Center of the Universe Sandy said, "You are the very first one to buy this book from us..."

Then Jon says, "Looks like the parade is about to start."

So Tony and I followed Sandy outside, so we could join all of the other onlookers watching the Veterans' Day Parade, come down Earl Garrett Street. And it was a lot of fun. Here are just a few pictures of the parade that I took using my iPhone.

In this photo, a man inside the pickup saw me and as he passed by us, he hollered, "Are you zooming?"

Then the people around me turned to look at me, and I half-hollered, "Yes!" And after The Ranch truck and trailer passed by us, two nice women, standing beside Sandy turned around and asked me, "What does zooming mean?"

"Heck if I know," I replied. "I've never heard of it either." 

After several other floats and parade entries passed by us I heard a familiar voice holler from the street, "Hey, Nancy! Tony! Sandy!" And as we waved back to The Mineral Man, and while Sandy was thanking a very friendly WWII Veteran, I snapped this picture of our dear friend riding on the Hill Country Shrine Club of Kerrville, Texas float.

When the parade ended, the three of us went back inside Sandy & Jon's bookstore to find Jon covered up with customers. So we quietly adios-ed our friends and left them to help their customers find books.

Our shopping spree at the big H-E-B was uneventful, unless you think us forgetting that we had accidentally parked in the designated "Curb Service Only" parking spaces. We parked in the "H" space.

And we did not realize that we had done that until we returned to the pickup with a grocery cart full of groceries. "Oh my gosh," Tony said. "I bet people are hating us for doing this."

"Don't worry about it," I remarked, casually. "They'll just laugh and call us two, old, stupid, senior citizens. I can live with that...."

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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Roadhouse Troubadour!

We've still been busy. So you might be asking, "Doing What?" Well, for starters we've been working on my new writing cabin.

Which has been a chore and a half, because we had to move some of "my stuff" in my shed and "Tony's stuff" in his shed back and forth. You see Tony's shed was full of a lot of insulation to be used for our sheds, my saddle and saddle stand, several unpacked boxes, etc. And my shed was full of tools, more unpacked boxes, tools, furniture, etc.

The weather played an important role in completing this task, because it could not be raining when we transferred our stuff. So we spent 8 hours, four days ago, on a beautiful sun shiny day completing this project. And the good news is my shed/writing cabin is now totally insulated except for the ceiling and we wired it for electricity.

So all we have to do now is connect the electricity, put up the drywall and decorate it. And Tony's shed is now organized with a lot of our stuff still needing to be unpacked and it should be a breeze for us to fix his man-cave.

Yesterday, another beautiful sun shiny day, we painted our other shed that is located across from our circular driveway. The painting went fast, but we had to stop and go to the Home Depot in Kerrville to buy the trim boards for it. And by 4:30, yesterday afternoon, we had painted the trim boards and put them up. Then we celebrated our accomplishment with a couple of Lone Star beers.

We still need to get a few more 1"X4"s to finish trimming the door and window, but that will just have to wait for a few days, until we get another beautiful day to paint the remaining trim boards and put them up. Anyway here is a picture of Henry being caught watching Tony work on the shed.

And here is a picture of our newly painted bistro table, in our front yard, with the almost finished shed, in the background.

Please note that our enlarged front yard took us a whole day also, because we had to move the fence, paint the table and chairs and then bring in gravel and spread it around. And that's why I've been too busy to blog or work on my novella lately, because we've spent our days outside improving our Big Foot Ranch.

And now with our weather turning to rain and much cooler days beginning tonight, I plan to stay inside, cozy up to our awesome, wood-burning stove and start writing again.

Last week, when Tony and I were working next door, at Escondida, the beautiful resort owned by the much loved Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips and his lovely wife Kelli, our dear friend Sarah Robinson introduced us to Dan White "The Roadhouse Troubadour."

Dan White, a very talented singer/songwriter/musician was over at the resort setting up his equipment, because last Saturday night, he preformed his awesome country music for Kelli's & Bob's guests. 

And to say the least—Dan's fabulous music and his humorous stories made it a wonderful evening never to be forgotten. So I hope that you will check out Dan White "The Roadhouse Troubadour," because we love him and his music. And please click here to watch and listen to Dan White performing.

After we visited with Dan the other day he gave Tony and me this album, I Haven't Been Everywhere Yet...But It Is On My List, and we love his songs so much—we can't quit listening to Dan's CD.

Before I finished writing this I went into the bedroom to put on a sweatshirt and I found Henry Standing Bear sleeping on the bed. He looked so peaceful, in La-La-Land, I had to grab my camera and take this picture of him, before I go take a short, cozy nap with him and the rest of our dogs (My Best Friends).

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

P.S. Gaby, we received your sweet note from Germany and we miss you more!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cosmos! or Fall Headgear!

Today has been great. This morning our dear friends Jonell & Roy came over to deliver us our very first cord of wood. So now we are truly ready for the cold weather months. I was so thrilled to get the oak wood. So after Roy & Jonell left Big Foot Ranch I took a picture of it.

But Henry Standing Bear was not as excited about it as I was, because we stacked the wood, along the fence line, in front of his side yard, blocking his view of the wildlife.

After taking this picture I stepped back to admire the tall, beautiful Cosmos that Tony had planted, months ago, along the fence line to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Then I took this picture of this beautiful Cosmo flower.

Before returning to The Cabin I decided to take another picture of our delicious, climbing Malabar spinach plant that is growing so fast, we can't eat it fast enough. 

Earlier this afternoon we met our dear friends Kris & Jim, in Kerrville, for two reasons. The first reason was to enjoy a fun lunch with them and catch up with each others news, at the Cracker Barrel. 

And the second reason, so I could hand off a copy of the first chapter (Wednesday), of my 3rd novella The Cowgirl Sisterhood: Ghost Riders in the Sand, so they could help me edit it. And here is a peak of page one.

Since it may be hard to read, here are those first, three paragraphs: And yes, this is a teaser  : )


After we had eaten my delicious tuna fish salad for our lunch, another recipe that I have stolen from my best friend Carol Vail and took credit for, I washed and dried the dishes and put them away. Then I went back to the bedroom, sat down at my ancient sewing machine again and got back to sewing some cute, tiny eye patches for Little Debbie to wear. Because her old ones were starting to fray. 
I had just finished sewing this darling, pink, camouflage eye patch when Tony walked into the bedroom, and said, "Hey. Here come the Waxlers." Then the phone rang. "I'll get the phone. Don't let them leave until I get back."
"Okay," I said, as I carefully trimmed away the top and bobbin threads for Little Debbie's newest, adorable, Fall, headgear collection. Then I went outside to greet our dear friends, "Good afternoon, Alison and Blake. I hope y'all slept okay, last night, during that thunderstorm.""


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

Friday, October 26, 2018

More Cow Bell! or Ooze Control Tip!

Today has been great. This morning Tony and I went to Kerrville to wash and dry a couple of loads of clothes. And while our clothes were washing we went and voted. And during the drying cycle we went to Home Depot, so I could buy some yellow and purple spray paint. Then we came home and ate lunch. Then I went to work.

First of all, after Tony took my cow bell down, that is next to our front door of The Cabin.
Then I started spray painting it.

While that paint was drying, Tony and I put up the shutters that I designed and had painted, but there was one little problem. When I first put a set of hinges on a shutter, we realized that I had put them on the wrong side of the shutter. And that left six small screw holes. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper.

Anyway, after Tony corrected my mistake he installed the shutters hinges correctly. Then we went outside and hung them up. And I love how they "popped" my soon to be, super-cool writing cabin.

After I did some more spray painting on the cow bell, I went to look for some caulk, so I could fill the holes in the shutter and then paint over it.

Well, I could not find any caulk. And like many folks that choose to live in the country, I was determined not to make another trip back to the Home Depot, in Kerrville.

Then I had a brilliant idea or at least I think so. I went into our bathroom and found my tube of Poligrip.

 Then I went back outside, and while the mosquitos were eating me up, I easily filled the screw holes, because Poligrip has an ooze control tip. Now life was good, again.

While the denture adhesive dried, I went back to painting the cow bell. And while it was drying again, I went and painted over the Poligrip and I am thrilled how it turned out. And you cannot even see the pink goo. So I highly recommend using Poligrip for dentures and filling in holes to cover mistakes.

After I took this picture of the shutters and downloaded it, I was more than thrilled to see the two orbs that my camera captured. And whatever that thing is above the shutters, I refuse to think it is just sun reflections.

Then I went and finished spray painting my cow bell. Then Tony put it back where it belonged. And that is it for tonight.

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Felix! or Einstein?!

Today has been great, even though it is still raining. But the good news is the cold, gray, rainy weather is going to improve starting as early as tomorrow. And it looks like we are in for several days of beautiful weather.

I am one of those people who must have sunshine 99% of the time or my mood goes down rapidly and doing without sunshine for so long—I cannot wait to see the sun tomorrow.

Okay, I know I've told you about being busy these past few weeks and because I am feeling guilty for not blogging much I am going to show you one of the projects we did and the progress that we've made on my "she-shed" aka soon to be writing cabin/guest house.

A few weeks ago, we had two, consecutive, beautiful days with plenty of sunshine, so because of my need for sunshine I spent the majority of my time outside, with Tony, putting windows in my shed, painting it South Western colors, and then decorating the exterior.

But the sad news is we've not been able to finish out the inside, because we cannot move the storage boxes that are inside it, due to all of the rain. But the good news is starting tomorrow afternoon we should be able to start working on it again.

Anyway, here are before and after pictures of my upcoming writing cabin and I hope that you like it. The shed had no windows and I forgot to take a picture of it before we put in the windows.

After we painted the shed, I recycled some old, used wood and made the window flower box with Tony's help. I wasn't clever enough to come up with the flower box design, so I we copied this flower box from a picture that was in one of my tiny house books. And they look exactly alike except for the colors.

I really love this flower box, because it only has two legs and it was so easy to make. (Thanks to Tony)  

Then Tony and I put flat stones down to make sort of a patio and then we used two old, wash tubs, an old milk can that I spray painted yellow and several of my flower pots to decorate the exterior.

I was so thrilled with the way it all looked, I then decided to change the front of The Cabin, too. If you'll remember we first stained The Cabin's siding with cedar stain. Then several months later, after building the front porch I painted it white. (With Tony's help.)

On the second day of sunshine, we literally only had five hours to repaint the front of The Cabin, before the rain returned and the sunshine disappeared. So here are before and after pictures of it.

Please note that the tall pile of cut oak, to use in our wood burning stove, is hiding a lot of the color.
And after a few weeks, once we've gone through that wood pile, I promise to take another picture, because the wood pile sort of makes it look cruddy.

Four hours after repainting the front of The Cabin the rain returned, so I feel that we got very lucky to accomplish so much before the cold, damp, rainy weather.

Before the rain came that day I took this weird picture of the sun shining on our front door. When you look at it long enough I think it looks like two different silhouettes of a man. One is dark on the right and the other is light, in the middle of the door. 

The silhouettes don't look like anyone that I know. But I think that the one on the left corner might be Einstein? And the other one looks like he ran into a door. Anyway, I thought it was pretty interesting.

I now feel better letting you know what we've been up to and just to prove we've really been busy here I want you to know that a week ago Tuesday, I drove myself up to Dripping Springs, and spent the evening with my sweet sister Cindy, Ronnie & Nita and so we could all visit with Felix, our dear, old family friend, who came to Austin, from Las Vegas, to play golf and to see us.

I had a wonderful time and I spent the night at Ronnie & Nita's Ronderosa Ranch and drove back the next morning. 

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Am Writing Up A Storm!

I apologize for not writing since the 6th of October. We have been very busy and I've spent most of spare time writing on my 3rd novella. Which I am very thrilled with, because I think it is the funniest one I've written so far.

So please be patient and hang in there with my few blog posts, because right now I am writing up a storm or at least I'm writing until another storm comes our way.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

An Empty Glass! or Purple Mountain!

Today has been great. This morning after cooking Tony and I breakfast I took a shower and while I was washing my hair I decided that I would take a day off from writing.

I decided to paint. Not paint a wall or something like that, but paint a picture for the possible cover of my upcoming third novella. Then I rounded up my art supplies and set up "shop" on the kitchen island.

With Henry Standing Bear, Little Debbie and Big Al(ice) intensely watching me, I then started playing some of my favorite music, in hopes to be inspired, because a desert scene mainly consists of: cactus, sandy dirt, rock mountains, etc.

When Gary Stewart, one of my all-time, favorite singer/songwriter/musicians started singing one of his Classic hits An Empty Glass, I love that song, so I started trying to dance the two-step with Henry, while also holding Little Debbie, in my arms, while Big Al(ice) jumped up on the couch to watch us. And needless to say, "Henry needs some serious dance lessons."

Anyway, An Empty Glass was the perfect song to inspire my desert painting. And I just might use this painting for my upcoming, third novella The Cowgirl Sisterhood: Ghost Riders In the Sand. But please know that, I do have a few more ideas for the book cover that I want to try painting. So nothing is set in stone, so to speak. Here's my "Purple Mountain" that I painted earlier today.

If I choose to use this painting I plan to put the title up near the top, above the moon. And if you noticed the turquoise rocks, there is a reason for them being there, but I can't tell you why, because you will have to read the book.

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