Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nineteen Years!

The last two days have been great, even though there wasn't anything exciting going on out here to write about, unless you find us mowing all day yesterday and most of today interesting news. I guess you could say that we are going through the dog days of summer out here.  

Today around 11:30, I cooked Tony, Kinky and me another one of my delicious zucchini and portobello mushroom frittata, with scallops, garlic, eggs and Parmesan cheese, because Kinky, Tony and I love it so much.

As soon as the frittata came out of the oven, I covered it with homemade salsa and then topped it off with some large avocado slices and then I served it to Tony and Kinky. While we were eating Kinky said, "I am really not a frittata type of a guy, but for some reason I love this zucchini and mushroom frittata. It's my favorite one that you make." Then he chuckled and took another bite. And before he left to go, back over to the Lodge, I sent him home with the leftover frittata.

Around 12:30, I jumped into Trigger and went over to the Lodge to visit with Kinky, because he wanted to tell me a story that McGovern had just told him.

McGovern is a dear friend of Kinky's that, over the years, has become a dear friend to Tony and me, too. He lives in New York City and has appeared often in many of Kinky's popular, fictional, mystery novels.

Anyway, when I got over to the Lodge, Kinky and I sat down, at the kitchen table and he immediately starts to tell me McGovern's story, "It's about a rescue dog, in Texas, that gets adopted and a few years later goes blind. The dog's family,"

"Hi y'all, our dear friend Nelda says, as she walks inside the kitchen.

After we howdy-ed her back, Kinky looks at me and asks, "Do you mind if I start over, because I want Nelda to hear this great story, too?"

"That's fine with me," I said.

Then Kinky starts over telling McGovern's story. "....This dog's family kept him, because they loved him so much. So, they took him everywhere they went. One day the woman had this dog on a leash and was walking him on a Texas beach. When suddenly they heard a girl, out in the ocean, screaming for help. She was drowning. This blind dog immediately jerks his leash away from the woman and runs into the ocean, to go rescue the girl. As the girl is screaming for help, this blind dog is swimming towards her—until the girl stops screaming, from exhaustion. The dog then starts swimming in circles, because the drowning girl is silent. The woman hollers to the girl the dog's name and tells her to keep calling him. When the girl starts calling the dog's name and the dog swims to her and rescues her. Now that is one great dog."

"I love animals," Nelda said. "They are so much smarter than us stupid humans."

"I know," I said. "And they are so much kinder, too. That's a great story, Kinky...." We sat around the kitchen table visiting for about fifteen more minutes, when suddenly I noticed that none of us were talking anymore and it made me remember all of the good old times, that the three of us had spent, in those chairs, drinking Kinky's delicious kona coffee together and laughing while trying to solve the world's problems.

"Why is nobody talking?" Nelda asked, followed by a laugh.

"I know," I said, as the three of us started chuckling about it. "I was just wondering about that, too."

Then Nelda says, "It's because we've just gotten old. That's all. Heck, I've known Kinky and his family for over thirty years and I've known you for at least twenty years."

"Nineteen years to be exact," I added. Then the three of us started reminiscing, making jokes and laughing about the good ole days that we've shared, around Kinky's kitchen table.

And that's about it for tonight, because Tony and I are fixin' to go back outside to do some more boring mowing. "Come on Fall!"

Y'all have a great evening!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Little Rescue!

Today has been great. We did a little rescue this morning, while we were outside doing our chores. When I was feeding Lois Lane, I noticed the water was moving, in her yellow, plastic, swimming pool. Which didn't make sense to me, because there was no breeze. When I went over to her pool, I saw the cutest, little, frog swimming around and then desperately trying to get a grip on the side of the pool, so it could jump out. So, of course, I hollered, "Tony!"

"What?" he hollered back, because he was way down, at the other end of the rescue ranch, feeding Springsteen.

"We need to save a frog! Hurry!" Seconds later, I heard Kermit The Frog start up and then I watched them head my way. When Tony walked inside Lois' pen, I distracted Lois, who still didn't know that she had a guest frog, in her private pool, while Tony safely picked up the exhausted the little fella and remove him from Lois' pen.

And that was the most excitement we've had out here today, because I spent most of my afternoon just doing reports and then having to drive to Medina, to mail them out.

Wait!  There's more. My dear friend Judy, in Hutto, sent me a short video to watch and I have to agree with her that everyone needs to watch this video. Judy wrote:

Now this is a message that needs to be on all movie screens.

A movie theater in Hong Kong encourages its patrons to leave their mobile phones switched on so it can teach a lesson. And well done Volkswagen. What a clever way to communicate how risky it is to use mobile phones while driving. Here's the link.

Y'all have a great evening!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Recipes!

Saturday and today have been great. Yesterday afternoon, Carol and Bill came over for a very fun visit. While we were visiting we started talking about our love for kitchen gadgets and some of our favorite cookbooks and we all agreed that we loved the recipes found in Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks and Grady Spears and Robb Walsh's A Cowboy in the Kitchen: Recipes from Reata and Texas West of the Pecos cookbooks.

When I told them that, last week, I had cooked five, different, delicious recipes found in Grady's and Robb's cookbook, Tony spoke up and said, "The recipes were really tasty, but Nancy cooked two different soup recipes, two days in a row. I like soup, but I like something in it, that you can chew." And Bill quickly agreed with him.

Then Carol laughed and said, "Tony, you mean that you want something to eat that makes you have to put your dentures in." And that made me laugh so hard—my dentures almost fell out of my mouth.

After we had quit laughing I went back to the bathroom, to add some Poligrip. And when I returned to the big room, I picked up my copy of Cowboys & Indians August/September 2014  magazine and told them about wanting to try Lisa Fain's recipe that I had found in the magazine which I bet is included in her new cookbook The Homesick Texan Family Table. Click here if you want to see the the recipe.

Before we adios-ed each other, Carol invited me to go with her to The Apple Store, at La Cantera, in San Antonio today. When I heard her say San Antonio, I said, "Let me think about it. Tony and I have been to that Apple Store several times and I know that I will instantly fall in love and want to buy their latest products—that I can't afford. Let me call you in the morning."

This morning when I called Carol, I felt a lot better after telling her, "I can't go with you, Carol. Tony and I have to go to Kerrville today to get groceries and the ingredients needed for that recipe, in Cowboys & Indians, because I am want to cook it for our lunch...."

This afternoon after going to the big H-E-B, on Main Street, I cooked Lisa Fain's Tuna With Avocado and Red Pepper Baked in Parchment recipe. It was very easy to make and Tony and I loved her delicious recipe. And now I'm so glad that I didn't go to San Antone, because Tony and I now have a new, favorite recipe.

Y'all have a great evening!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hog Wild!

Today has been great, because our fabulous friends/volunteers came out and walked our dogs for us. We loved it and our dogs loved it more.

Our  great volunteer/friend Dawn, who adopted Sissy from us, last Saturday, brought Sissy with her today, so she could play with our giant dogs, officially sign-off on Sissy's adoption papers and walk our dogs for us. Dawn told us that Sissy has fit right in with her and Shane's old cat. That Sissy has stolen her husband Shane's heart and they have spoiled her rotten! So thank y'all for keeping your fingers crossed for Carol aka Sissy.

When all of us went to eat lunch together, in Kerrville, we got to kidding one of the volunteers, (Name withheld on purpose.). We'll call this kind-hearted person—Hog Wild.

Hog Wild has a wonderful sense of humor, except when it comes to her bacon. Hog Wild loves bacon more than any person I know and in the past, all of us have had a lot of fun teasing her about it.

While we were eating lunch, she noticed that her chef salad didn't have any bacon in it, "It says on the menu that it comes with bacon and..." When she frowned, that was all we needed to start teasing her.

"Oh dear," I whispered. "This is not good. Look, she's turning into the The Bacon B*&^% right before our eyes."

After we had quit laughing and a volunteer had suggested that Hog Wild ask the friendly waiter about it. Hog Wild asked the waiter. "Yes, it does come with bacon and I'm sorry," the friendly waiter replied. I guess our cook must have forgotten the bacon. I'll bring you some in just a few minutes." Then the waiter took off for the kitchen, to get Hog Wild some bacon.

While Hog Wild waited for her bacon, we took turns teasing her and saying things like. "Your headstone should have The Bacon The Bacon B*&^% on it. And now we can call you BB for short!"and "It's not smart to withhold bacon from Wild Hog." and "I think you should change it to The Bacon Babe.".... Seconds later Wild Hog was served her bacon. Then the cook came out and apologized for forgetting. After that life was good once again and lunch was a total blast with our friends.

Everyone please mark your calendars for Monday, August 4th, 10:00/9:00C, because Kinky's, Tony's and my friend Steven Rambam, an international private investigator, has informed us that his new television series about his investigations, Nowhere To Hide, on the Investigation Discovery channel, will premier on August 4th. Click Nowhere To Hide to watch a preview of it. And that is about it for tonight.

Y'all have a great evening!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blue Moon Of Kentucky—The Best! Monroe Would Be Proud!

Well, we did not get any rain, hail or high wind tonight—thank goodness. My dear friend, sweet Mari, of the famous NoMads dog agility group, sent me this video to watch of a ten-year-old boy, at the Grand Ole Opry, singing Blue Moon of Kentucky and playing his fiddle. I have watched it twice and both times it made me smile and tear up at the exact same time, because it is beautiful and he is so talented and awesome. Please check it out, because I promise that it will bring a smile to your face.
Blue Moon of Kentucky.

I hope that y'all are still having a great evening!

Unplug Now!

The past two days and today have been great, but no exciting news to write about. Tuesday we dropped Buttermilk off at Balser's Northside Automotive, in Kerrville, to get some work done. Wednesday we went back to Balser's to pick up Buttermilk and drop off Trigger, to get some work done, too, because we love and trust the folks there.

Today we went back to Balser's to pick up Trigger and bring him back home and to get two, new front tires put on Buttermilk, at Wagoner Tires. And other than that, I've spent the rest of my time catching up the rescue ranch's paperwork. And to save time, I multi-tasked last night and did some writing and reading while I was outside earthing.

The sky is dark outside, as I am typing this and it has been thundering off in the distance. We've been under a severe thunderstorm warning, with heavy rain, possibly high winds that could produce 1/4 size inch hail. I hope we get the rain, but not the winds and hail.

Tony and I are fixin' to go outside to batten down the hatches (Put the Golden Girls in The Egg Palace.) Then we're coming back inside to catch KENS5's weather man segment. It just thundered real loud, so I am going to unplug now!

Y'all have a great evening!

Monday, July 14, 2014

We Love Wagoner Tires!

Today has been great, even though I overslept this morning, because last night I spent over six hours writing my third novella. When I jumped into bed last night I couldn't sleep, because my mind was still racing with more funny scenes, for the novella.

At one point, I even woke Tony and Mama up, because I laughed out loud. Anyway my creative juices are over flowing for the book and I am so thrilled about it. On this fictional, cliffhanger novella, I've decided not to even reveal the title, because I want everyone to be in for a surprised.

This afternoon when Tony and I were driving, to Kerrville, to run a few errands, I was telling him about the plot of my book and some funny scenes and it made him laugh. When I told him that I wasn't going to reveal the title to anyone and had asked him to please not tell anyone, he laughed and said, "Nance, you always say that and then you go tell everyone."

"I know it, but not this time. Seriously, I'm not telling anyone."

Tony chuckled and then said, "I bet you tell Carol."

"Nope, not even Carol. I want it to be a total surprise for everyone...."

Our first stop was at Wagoner Tires, on Sidney Baker, because we love Wagoner Tires and only buy our tires from them, because we love Wagoner Tires, because they are great, friendly folks and it is locally owned and not a chain store.

The reason that we needed to stop at Wagoner's was Trigger's front drivers side and back drivers side had slow leaks and Wagoner Tires will fix them for free, if you purchased your tires from them and they will also rotate your tires free, if you bought their tires.

When we arrived the friendly people greeted us and then asked if they could help us. Tony told the gentleman about our two, slow leaking tires and then he asked if they could also rotate them. "Sure, it should only take us about twenty minutes." Then the nice man went outside and began removing Trigger's two, slow leaking tires.

About ten minutes later, the man came inside the lobby and handed this to Tony. "We found this inside your front tire." Then the three of us laughed, because we were shocked. "Y'all would not believe what we find inside tires. One time, we found a kitchen fork inside one and it was just a little bent." And ten minutes later, we thanked them and drove away. Here's the steel object that they found, causing one of the slow leaks and please note that it was not the Bic pen. So, if anyone knows what this thing is—please let me know.


And that is about it for tonight, because I need to go outside and do some Earthing, for at least an hour. Then I plan to spend the rest of the night writing, writing, writing.

Y'all have a great evening!