Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Prize!

Unfortunately, today and yesterday we did not get to work, at The Old Timer's Rusty Dawg food truck, because we are getting so much rain. We haven't been able to work, because of the rain, because when it rains hardly anybody gets out in the rain to go to a food truck or anywhere else for that matter. So to help keep costs down and not waste our time—we don't work when it is raining.

But please know that I am not complaining about all of this much needed rain that we've been blessed with, because by staying home the past two days I got to and get to write, write, write.

I love writing, even though I do miss having so much fun with Tony, at the Rusty Dawg and our great customers. And hopefully tomorrow it won't be raining all day, so we can get back to working at the Rusty Dawg. Here's a great picture of the Rusty Dawg that Tony took last week, when the sun was shining and we were taking a break from cooking up some delicious hot dogs and Frito-pies.


This past week has flown by and it was a whole lot of fun. Besides having fun with Chet O'Keefe, Stephen & Eva, Hans & Marita—I had a total blast going over to Carol's ranch for a super fun visit with her, Debbie and Vicki.

Debbie and Vicki are two of the nicest women and of course, Carol is too. Anyway, over the years Tony and I have become good friends with Carol's dear friends, Vicki and Debbie, from Dallas. In fact, Tony and I love them so much I've made them two of the main characters in my upcoming, soon to be published novella The Cowgirl Sisterhood: Part III, Ghost Riders In The Sand.

Anyway, last Saturday afternoon I went over to visit with Carol, Debbie and Vicki and to talk to them about the quirky characters that I've turned them into for my book. And while we were talking and laughing about their characters, Vicki mentioned that she thought it would be fun for me to do a contest, like one of her favorite authors had recently done.

Vicki told us that this author announced on her blog that anyone wanting to have their name, in her mystery book, should write her and tell her why their name (possibly made into a character) deserved to be in her upcoming book. 

Well that got all of us excited and after two minutes of listing the pros and cons of having this contest I decided that I should do a contest too, because it would be so much fun. But we figured out that I would have to limit the requests to just one paragraph, because otherwise I would be bombarded with reading for hours and not be able to write.

So I am now inviting all of you that would like to see your name in print, in my third novella to please enter this contest by writing no more than 1 paragraph telling me why your name deserves to be in my book. 

To enter the "I Want To Be In Your Book" contest please post it as a comment on my blog, because that way it will be confidential—I can read it and no one else will ever see it. 

The Rules:
1. You may not be eligible if your name has been in my previous books.

2. The contest starts today and it will end one week from today—Saturday, September 15th @ midnight.

3. And at the end of your paragraph please include your full name and the best way that I may contact you in the event you win. (e-mail, phone, snail mail, etc.) 

4. Please note that all contestants will be considered, but please know that I do not have the time to personally respond to each contestant individually and to send out rejection letters. So if you are picked the winner, I will notify you and only you and then I will announce it on my blog and post the paragraph that you have written to me for all to read.

5. But before I can announce the contest winner, I will need a consent form giving me full permission to use your name anyway I want to, in my book and it must be signed and dated. (Who knows? You just might become another quirky character in my third novella.)

6. The prize for this contest will be a signed, first edition copy of my third novella. 

7. The last rule is to have fun with this.

And that is about it for tonight.

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

P.S. Great news! Our dear friend Fay, in Toronto, is coming to see us on the 17th and we cannot wait to see her!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

I've Got Cabin Fever!

A while ago, I was feeling restless and I guess you could say that I had cabin fever. So, I took out my art supply box and grabbed a few paints, brushes, etc. And then I quickly painted what I've now titled: Cabin Fever. And after painting it I felt so much better. And here it is.


It is starting to thunder outside and that's it for tonight, because I need to put Big Al(ice)'s thunder jacket on, give her tiny doggie downer and then unplug everything.

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Stephen K. Morris' Outsider Songwriter Spotlighter's Series Featuring Chet O'Keefe! or Horrible Host!

Tony and I had a wonderful time going to Stephen K. Morris' awesome Outsider Songwriter Spotlighted Series, live show with Chet O'Keefe, at the Western Edge Cellars, in Fredville.

Several times during the show I actually got goosebumps, because the music flowed and was so awesome.

Anyway, if you were not lucky enough to go to this show here is the link, so you can listen to Chet's and Stephen's fabulous music. And please note that Chet's performance is the 2nd one down on Stephen's play list of artists.




Last night Chet, Tony and I watched this great documentary about cigar box guitars—Strung Together, because I actually have a super cool, cigar box guitar that Kinky gave to me many, many years ago.


After watching this fun documentary we got out my amps and Chet plugged in the cigar box guitar and started playing it. And to say the least, "Chet sounded so good that Henry Standing Bear and I started dancing to Chet's awesome music. And here is a short video that Tony made of Chet playing it for the very first time.


And needless to say, "Chet and I have both vowed that we are going to make us custom cigar box guitars, because they are such a cool instrument."

Yesterday our dear friends Hans & Marita and Stephen K. Morris came over for a super fun visit. Being the horrible host that I am known for, I cooked two, cheap, frozen supreme pizzas for our lunch. And to my amazement our friends ate all of it and even complimented me on the delicious late lunch that I had prepared for them. And all that I can say about that is—they must have been starving.

Of course, Tony and I didn't eat any pizza, because we are sticking to our Keto Diet. So while they gobbled up the wanna-be supreme pizzas—we just sat there, knowing that we were burning up fat calories, as we watched them. 

But I must admit that Tony and I were definitely tempted to eat a slice of pizza, even though we know by experience it tastes like tomato and cardboard, with these colorful, tiny objects that represented pepperoni, cheese, bell pepper, onion and cheese.

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

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Western Edge Cellars! Be Square or Be There!

This afternoon @ 4:00 our dear friends Chet O'Keefe will be playing with Stephen K. Morris @Western Edge Cellars, in Fredericksburg, and Tony and I will definitely be there to enjoy Stephen's and Chet's awesome music. So be square or be there. Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

We Got It, Gaby!

Wednesday Evening Update:

Tony and I had a wonderful time eating lunch with Marita & Hans and our laughter was pretty much non-stop for almost two hours. So I am sure Tony and I must have burned-up a ton of calories.

After we adios-ed our dear Norwegian friends, from Bergen, we went to the big H-E-B to pick up some groceries.

When we finally got back home and had put up our healthy-keto friendly groceries, Tony went out to get our mail and our dear friend Gaby, from Germany, sent us the cutest, sweetest card.

In Gaby's kind note to us she told us that she will definitely be visiting Texas, beginning September 8th and we are so looking forward to seeing her and her lovely daughter, Xenia. "So Gaby, when you are reading this please know that we cannot wait to see you and Xenia! And maybe y'all will get to meet Hans & Marita?"

And here is a picture of the front of Gaby's cute card, just so she'll know that we actually did get it.


Second Hand News! or We're Off! or Mug Shots! or Foreign Friends!

Yesterday was so much fun. I actually got up early and I was thrilled about it, because I've been trying to change my body clock, so getting up early will become second nature to me. And it's working like clockwork.

Anyway, after getting up and drinking a delicious cup of coffee, Hazel came out of the closet and she and I got removed all of the dog hair, from the floor, behind things and underneath furniture. Then I walked 4 Fast Miles with Leslie Sansone.

After that I decided to check my e-mail. Mari had sent me some funny notes and Chet O'Keefe had sent me an e-mail that was written in three phases. What I mean he wrote some on Sunday night during a thunderstorm, Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Sunday's news was about him coming up to visit us on Friday and planning on playing a fun gig with Stephen K. Morris, at the Western Edge Cellars, in Fredericksburg @ 4:00. And we can't wait, because we love Chet and Stephen's awesome music and the Western Edge Cellars is way too cool a place to listen to great music.

On the Monday part of his e-mail, Chet added news about his new, custom-made guitar and the last part of it was exciting, because he was looking forward to staying with us over the weekend and seeing all of our dear friends Stephen K. Morris & Eva Robinett and Hans & Marita, who are here once again, visiting all of us. Marita and Hans are from Norway and they will be staying in Fredericksburg, for the next month.

Tuesday morning the last part of Chet's note was a short note—Chet told me that he had talked to Hans & Marita and he knew that they were coming to see us "today."

As soon as I read that Marita & Hans were coming to see us "today" I asked Tony to please check his messages, to see if they had contacted him.

A minute later, Tony came into the big room, and said, "They sent me a note. They said that they are coming to the Old Timer's Rusty Dawg food truck to eat lunch and get a visit in with us.

I went into a panic mode, and said, "Oh my goodness! We won't be there." Then I clicked the remote to open our gate outside. "Try to send them a note telling them we're off today and to please come to The Cabin instead."

While Tony was writing them a message, I jumped into the shower and took the fastest shower that I've ever taken in my life. And forty minutes later our dear friends, Marita & Hans arrived!

After howdies and hugs outside, we came inside The Cabin and the real fun began. But before we started catching up with each others news they gave Tony and me gifts. "These are our favorite coffee mugs and they are made in Norway and...."


Tony and I loved our new Norwegian-made coffee mugs and I claimed the blue one and he got the white one.

To say the least, since this post is growing by the minute, "We had a wonderful time with Hans & Marita and we hated to see them go back to Fredericksburg. Not because we don't like Fredville, because we were having such a great time with our foreign friends.

This morning while I was cooking us breakfast, Tony was outside taking pictures. When he came back inside The Cabin, he was carrying a gift wrapped package. "I found this by the gate. Fay has sent you something."

Since I was busy cooking I asked Tony to please open it for me.



When I saw the cute box, I said, "Let me open it. Will you stir the eggs for me? They are almost ready." Tony took my spatula and began stirring my scrambled egg concoction (sausage, onion, mushrooms, garlic, eggs, parmesan cheese, heavy whipping cream and power greens) for me.

When I opened the box and saw the hilarious mug's message, I laughed out loud, because those were mostly my thoughts for the most part of August, because of Mercury doing its thing. It could not have been more perfect, because it said it all. Then I read Fay's sweet note. So right here, I want to say, "Thank you, Fay! I LOVE this mug! I Can't Even—"




Then I cut up a ripe avocado and halved it. Then I smashed it, on our awesome restaurant plates, they sweet Liz & Jim gave to me. Then I dumped my scrambled egg concoction, on top of the smushed avocado and we ate another Keto-friendly-low carb breakfast. And in four days, we've been eating delicious salads, burger without buns, etc. And Tony has already lost five unwanted pounds and I can almost button the top button on my 501 Levis!

Here are our mug shots. 


As I finish writing this post this morning, Tony and I are fixin' to take off for Kerrville, because we are meeting Marita & Hans for a super fun lunch, even though neither one of us is hungry. Then we're going back to the big H-E-B, so we can stock up on more Keto-friendly food, because we are loving this amazing, healthy diet. And that is about it for today.

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

More Nuts! or Sea Salt!

Yesterday and today have been great until late this afternoon Tony and I ran out of those delicious sugarless chocolate chip wafers that I made the other day, because these low carb, chocolate treats are so delicious and they melt in your mouth.

Actually they also melt in your hand, once you remove them from the refrigerator. So I am referring to this concoction as a Fast Snack, because if you don't eat a piece of it really fastthey start getting soft and melting so fast that your fingers will be covered in dark, delicious, chocolate goo.

But oh no—I am not complaining about this tasty treat, because they instantly squelch your craving for sugar or sugary snacks and they are low in carbs, as long as you don't pig-out on them, which in our case has been very tempting to say the least.

In fact, this Fast Snack is so tempting that we had to make a fast dash, to the big H-E-B, in Kerrville, so we won't be craving sugar, as in cookies, pies, cakes, ice cream, candy, etc.

Anyway, this recipe has many variations to it that I've found on the Internet, but because I am not good at following recipes, because I always want to put my own spin on it—this is my Cousin Nancy Fast Snack recipe.

This recipe is so quick and simple anyone can make it. My version of it is I've added sliced, blanched almonds, because as we all know we all need more nuts in our lives. I mean a daily serving of nuts.

So here is my recipe, with pictures and I hope that you will try it, even though it can become so addictive that it will make you drive 20 miles, to the grocery store, when you don't want to go anywhere, because you'd rather stay home and take a nap with your dogs.

Ingredients:

1 - 9 oz. bag of Lily's Dark Chocolate Chips


1/2 Tsp. of Adams Vanilla Extract
4 - Tbs. of Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup of Blanched, Sliced Almonds


Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together and melt the chips, using a double-broiler.


But if you live in Texas right now—just put the pan, out on the sidewalk, for a few minutes, but keep an eye out for fire ants. Or better yet, place the mixing bowl, on top of your truck, make loud noises and wave your arms around to scare the birds away. 

And Please Note: If you choose to do my truck method—you will have burned some extra calories, so then you can eat even more! This is my preferred method.

Pour the mixture into a shallow baking pan and then dust with Sea Salt.


Place the pan in the freezer for about 20-25 minutes. Then remove the pan and using a blunt knife (They are the only kind that Tony will allow me to use.) Break into bite-sized pieces and store them in a safe place inside the refrigerator, so Tony (Your kids, spouse, etc.) will not be able to find them. 

Speaking of finding things or not finding things, in the refrigerator, have any of y'all ever noticed that men, in particular, can look inside a refrigerator for hours, to get you something and they never seem to be able to find it without your help?

Anyway, Tony does this all of the time to me, so I know that my Fast Snacks are safe, until he gives up and finally asks me to get him a fast snack. 

And that is about it for tonight, because I plan to spend the rest of the evening writing on my third novella. Unless, of course, I start craving sugar sooner than later.

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