Thursday, September 21, 2017

About Last Night! or Norwegian Wood!

This morning has been great, but it is still early. I overslept this morning, even though Tony kept trying to wake me up every fifteen minutes or so, like I asked him to.

Fortunately, I finally crawled out of bed, around 7:00 and was awake enough to call in and do Harley's Show.

I had a lot of fun talking to Harley Belew this morning. Right off the bat Harley asked me when was the last time that I had spoken to our mutual, good friend Sammy Allred and I told him that it had been way too long and that it was probably about two years ago. "Now Sammy is the one who nicknamed you Cousin Nancy. Is that right?"

"Yes, Sammy gave me that nickname, back in 1986."

So then Harley started talking about Sammy and Bob Cole, two of Austin's number one DJs. When he told me about being, at Bob Cole's Hill's Cafe, many years ago and that being the last time that he saw our dear old friends I reminded him about us being there too, because we were having a benefit that night for our rescue ranch. and then Harley remembered.

Well that jogged my mind, so I said, "That was such a fun night. And do you remember that Dwight Yoakam showed up, near the end of the show, as our mystery guest?" And Harley remembered that, too.

Then Harley changed the subject and started telling me that you shouldn't judge a dog or a person by their looks, because I had just told him that Rocky was his Pet of the Week. "Rocky is so sweet and he probably is about eleven-years-old. He sort of looks like a Chow, but...."

"He sounds like a great dog, Cousin Nancy," Harley remarked. "Do you know that I once had a friend who didn't like me, because my teeth were straight? Can you believe that?" 

After I had quit laughing, I said, "That's hilarious. Well, at least you had teeth..."

Before the end of our Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch segment I asked Harley if I could please put in a plug for a Hurricane Harvey relief benefit that we're going to with Carol and he told me yes. 

"Well, this coming Sunday, at 3:00, at the Western Edge Cellars, on Main Street, in Fredericksburg there is going to be a fabulous, fun benefit with a super, great line up of musicians. We're talking Walt Wilkins, John Arthur Martinez, Mike Blakely, Stephen K. Morris, Hollin McKay....and there is going to be auctions, too."

"Hollin McKay is great," Harley said. "I really like his music and did you know that...." 

"Yes and I love Hollin McKay's music, too. I love Stephen K. Morris and I also love Mike Blakely's music. Did you know that Mike is also a famous author and that his books are ranked right up there with Larry McMurtry and Elmer Kelton's?" And Harley didn't know that. And then he gave a plug for Randy's & Lisa's Save Inn Restaurant, because they have sponsored our Utopia segment for many, many years. Then Harley and I adios-ed each other.

I have some news about last night. When Tony and I got back home from working, over at our property, Tony hooked-up my Bowl Light for me and I totally love it. And our dogs are sort of freaked-out about it with the seven, changing colors and motion-activation features. 

In fact, yesterday evening when I was watching Heartland, my newest favorite binge-watching show, on Netflix, I realized that Henry wasn't sleeping in his chair like he usually does. So I paused Season 3: Episode 4 and went looking for him. And I found him, sitting in the bathroom, mesmerized and staring at our magical toilet. So, I left him there, staring at the toilet and went back to watching Heartland.

Before I finish writing this post, I've scheduled it to post it, at 5:00 this evening, because I am fixin' to go over, to the property, to hopefully finish up my latest, painting/building project, before our dear friends, Hans & Marita, from Norway, come over to visit with us.

And if you'll remember, over a year ago about this same time of the year, Tony and I met this lovely, music-loving couple. And they are the ones who we quickly discovered are also good friends with our good friends: Chet O'Keefe, Stephen K. Morris & Eva Robinett, Brian Molnar and Kinky. 

Anyway, I'm hoping to finish my latest, painting/building project, before they arrive today, because I want to name this almost-finished-colorful cabinet door, made with imported wood from Sweden—Norwegian Wood, so it will always remind me of them. And I guess that is about it for today.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Well, it's official. I'm not sick—thank goodness. It is just a bad case of allergies playing havoc with my head, nose and throat.

Yesterday after we dropped off Henry Standing Bear, at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, to get his ears flushed and medicated we came back home. As soon as we got back home I took a generic version of Claritin, drank a glass of Emergen-C Super Orange and then I went straight to bed with our dogs—minus 1. 1 being Henry, of course.

A few hours later when I woke up I was feeling a little bit better but still stopped up, so I called my good friend Cindy, in New Mexico, to get some essential oils advice. And I am so glad that I did, because after talking to her I grabbed my essential oils case, that I keep in my office and I pulled out the small bottle of Peppermint essential oil and seconds later I put one drop of Peppermint oil into each nostril.

And that did the trick! I felt immediate relief from my sore throat, stopped up and part-time runny nose. It was totally amazing to me. Instantly, my sore throat went away and it cleared up my sinuses and I could breathe through my honker, again. 

Seriously, it was total relief and I almost felt totally well, except for just feeling tired from working too much. Anyway, I highly recommend using the Peppermint essential oil for allergies.

On my last post I showed you a picture of the black & white checkered entry way that I had painted, looking from the front door, into the cabin. And today I have a much better picture to show you.

Today has been great mainly due to doctoring myself with generic Claritin and using that powerful Peppermint Essential Oil. In fact, Tony's allergies flared up this morning pretty bad and after he had put one drop of Peppermint oil into each of his nostrils—it cured him right up, too.

Early this afternoon Tony and I took off, in JJ Cale, to go pick up Henry, at Hoegemeyers. But before we picked "Hen" up, we went across the street and down a few blocks, to Home Depot, so I could buy a few more cans of pretty, spray paint that I need for my latest "home improvement" project. (And in just a few days I will show you what I needed it for.)

Anyway, after I had picked out four, lovely colored cans of spray paint, we were walking through the store to go check out when I saw this display. "Look, Tony!" I said, as I excitedly pointed to the display. 

Tony looked and said nothing. Obviously, he was not as impressed as I was, probably because he needed to add a few more drops of Peppermint Oil to his nose, but who knows. "I've got to buy one of these things. It is so cool and it's under four dollars. I hope it's not bugged...." 

Tone shrugged his shoulders and then he sneezed real loud, as I was trying to remove my must have item, from the display rack. And when he saw that I was having trouble removing this item, he removed it for me. "Are you seriously going to get that?" Tony asked, followed by a cough. "My throat is getting sore."

Before I spoke a word, I pulled out my little bottle of Peppermint essential oil, from my purse and handed it to him. And while Tony was putting Peppermint oil up his nose I was putting my new Bowl Light, into our shopping cart.

And on our way over to Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, to pick up Henry I read to him. "Turn your toilet into a night-light! Motion-Activated LED toilet light! Auto on/off. Fits any toilet. Quick & easy! No tools, wiring, no mess. And it changes 7 colors, too and..."

When Tony parked JJ, I guess that he had heard enough about my bowl light, because he told me to stay put. And then he jumped out of the truck and went to go get Henry without me. 

It only took him a couple of minutes to get Henry into our truck, but that had given me enough time for me to suggest, "Let's go to McDonalds and get Henry a Big Mac to celebrate him coming back home."

"Okay, but I'm starving, too...." 

Five minutes later after paying for our lunch, Tony drove JJ up to the window where the sign points and reads "Pick-Up" which I thought was pretty funny, because we were in a pickup. 

Anyway, while I was chuckling to myself about it Tony picked-up our order and sat the bag on JJ's console. Then he drove off a few feet and parked JJ, so we could eat lunch.

Omg, Henry was beside himself when he smelled those delicious, burgers-in-a-bag. "They're really hot, Nance," Tony warned. "You'd better let Henry's cool-off a bit." 

Henry must have read Tony's mind, because Henry immediately sat down and started watching McDonald's customers coming and going, as I placed his soon-to-be-eaten Big Mac, on JJ's dashboard to cool.

One thing that our Henry is well-trained for is not to beg for food. Why I don't know, because we certainly didn't teach him that, but I am glad he doesn't do it. Anyway, when it was finally time to give Hen his "celebration" burger he opened his big mouth real wide, I guess, because he was thinking that I was going to toss the whole thing to him. 

Before I served Henry Standing Bear his delicious, smelling lunch, I grabbed my camera and tried to take a picture of him taking his first burger bite, but sadly the picture turned out fuzzy, because I was twisted around in my seat. But my picture is good enough to show you Henry taking first bite.

And that is about it for tonight, because we're fixin' to go over to the property to work for a few hours. Tony is planning on doing some yard work, while I do my spray painting. And I promise that I will keep y'all posted on the Bowl Light, because if it is as good as it says it is I think it would make a perfect gift to give to all of our friends.

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Not Feeling So Hot!

Today has not been great because I either have bad allergies or am getting sick. I've spent most of the day in bed with our dogs and I am hoping that by tomorrow I will feel much better. I can't stand being sick and lethargic.

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cabin In The Woods!

This past week has been really great, but it has flown by so fast. This past Tuesday, our super, sweet dynamic-duo, Donny & Marie Osmond got adopted to a fabulous home. They now live with sweet Amber, Amber's super-cool mom and Amber's two darling kids along with a parrot. It was literally a match, made in heaven and we are so happy for all of them.

The rest of this past week we spent all of our spare time working on our soon-to-be "cabin in the woods." And here are just a few pictures of what all we accomplished. This is the kitchen wall "stripped down" except for the recycled shutters that I repainted and we installed. This bare wall separates the kitchen from the bedroom.

And this is the finished wood-covered kitchen wall, with the black & white checkerboard board counter top that I spent several hours painting. And note those are the old light fixtures that we replaced with ours.

Then I changed my mind. So we moved the shutters to the window, that is above the kitchen sink, installed the stained glass light fixture, above the sink and added a light fixture that will be above the soon-to-be-built kitchen island. And we also built another checker board counter top so it will hide the trash can hidden between those two adjoining walls. And please note that I am in the process of building and painting a cabinet door for the small counter, that will be right next to our stove after we are ready to install it. 

Then we put the refrigerator back in the kitchen and added a little black & white checkerboard which will be right above the stove.

Then we finished putting down the kitchen and big room's floor using new and recycled, old wood. And I finished it off by painting another black & white checkerboard for the entry way.

Then early yesterday morning, Rodney (married to Tony's sweet sister Annie) and their hard-working son Mason and Mason's cute girlfriend, Rachel, arrived and they helped us get a "ton" of outdoor work done. 

Tony's super family adios-ed us early this afternoon, after they did a lot more work for us, over at the property and Tony and I cannot thank them enough for all of their help.

And as I finish writing this today I'm pretty sure that I am coming down with a nasty cold, because my throat is suddenly sore and my nose is all stopped up. I know that it is possible that it could be allergies and I am hoping that it is the case, but time will tell. Anyway, right now I am going to go take a nap with our dogs, so I can re-charge my batteries.

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

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Today has been great and it also has been day #2 of my food challenge diet. This morning my dear friend Kris sent me this e-mail:

"Hahaha! I noticed one item missing from the list—pasta!"

So obviously, her good-news e-mail started my day with pure joy. Thank goodness Kris sent me this e-mail, because for our lunch today I cooked us spaghetti, but I served it with no bread or cookies or juice or fried foods.

After lunch I cleaned up the kitchen and I was feeling stuffed from eating too much, so I thought about taking a short nap with our dogs. But I didn't after reading Kris' two latest e-mails that she sent to Denise and me, because I could not quit laughing.

First e-mail: "You might do better NOT on the diet....I'm just saying."

Second e-mail: "Of course, I have been perfect on my diet because I haven't started it yet." 😉

Then I read Denise's e-mail that she sent to us yesterday:

"Well, I'm on day two, since I ate the onion rings, I had some pizza and a 7UP that night. Oh yeah, some H-E-B brownie bites. When I go I go all the way.....bwwaaaaaaa"

Denise's e-mail helped me not feel so guilty about falling off the wagon yesterday, so once again I started to take a nap, but that didn't happen again, because Tony wanted me to go with him to do some more work, over at the property.

Tony and I got a lot of work done today, inside the cabin and I am more than thrilled about how much I love what we've done to it so far. And I am really looking forward to working some more on it, next week, because we plan to be installing our wood-burning stove, in the big room.

Just a few minutes ago, Tony returned home from his trip, to the Old Timer, in Medina and to my surprise he bought a sack of Oreo cookies. Gosh, I haven't eaten an Oreo in probably twenty years or longer. And I just ate three of them with a cold glass of 2% milk.

So as I finish writing tonight's post I guess you could say that I've fallen off the wagon, again. But that's okay, because at least I am being consistent.

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

One More Rule!

This morning I received an e-mail from Denise and two from Kris concerning our 30 Day Food Challenge.

Denise wrote us that she realized that yesterday she broke the diet, because she ate onion rings, at Po Po restaurant. But the good news is she is re-starting it today.

The first e-mail Kris sent to Denise and me made me laugh out loud and it was great news for me. She suggested that we add one more rule to our 30 Day Food Challenge—"It's okay to fall off the wagon every once in a while."

The second e-mail that Denise and I received from Kris was a challenge to me. Kris was asking me to start doing this diet with her, on October 1st and that made me burst out laughing, because I literally had two of (Carol's) Cousin Nancy's Ultimate Chocolate Sheet Cakes baking, in the oven.

So I wrote Kris and Denise a short e-mail declaring how much I LOVED Kris' new added rule. Then I told Kris that I was going to start doing this 30 Day Food Challenge today, because I had two delicious, chocolate sheet cakes baking, in the oven.

And after I wrote them back. I pulled the two cakes out of the oven, frosted them and added the pecan pieces. Then I called Kinky to let him know that I had baked Carol's, I mean my delicious chocolate sheet cake and that one of them had his name on it. And he seemed to be delighted with my news until I told him, "But I can't bring it over until later this afternoon."

Around 11:30 Tony and I met Kris & Jim and Kay for lunch, at the Medina Highpoint Resort's Koyote Grill. Of course the food was delicious and we did a lot of laughing. And the best part was we ate my chocolate sheet cake for dessert. And Tony gave away the rest of this delicious, famous cake to our good friends that work, at the Medina Highpoint Resort.

After our fun lunch, Kay and Kris & The Mineral Man followed us, over to our property, to check out all of the new things we've done over there. And quite frankly—they all seemed to be pretty impressed.

When Tony and I got back home, I called Kinky to let him know that we were back and then I asked him if it was a good time for us to bring his cake over to him. 

Two minutes later, Tony and I took off, for the Lodge, in JJ Cale, to make a special delivery, but we got intercepted, by a good friend, as soon as the rescue ranch gate had closed behind us. It was Fourth Coates. And after we had greeted each other we invited Fourth to follow us, over to Kinky's, because he and Kinky are good friends, too.

Within one minute of our arrival, Fourth and Kinky were sitting down, at the kitchen table, eating my/his mouth-watering, chocolate sheet cake. 

We had a really fun visit with Kinky and Fourth, in Kinky's kitchen and we must have stayed, over at the Lodge, for at least forty-five minutes. And the whole time that we were over there Kinky kept nibbling away on his cake. And that is about it for tonight.

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Food For Thought! or I'll Drink To That!

Yesterday while we were eating lunch with our dear friends Denise told Kris and me that she was doing this food challenge with a good friend of hers. And she was on day three of this 30-day food challenge and she didn't cheat at lunch. Which made Kris and me feel a little bit guilty, because we had both ordered Po Po's Loaded Baked Potato that was so delicious it was truly to die for.

Anyway, during our fun lunch I asked Denise more about this 30-day food challenge and I asked her to please send me the details, because I was really interested in trying it and so was Kris.

Well by the time Tony and I got back home, Denise had already e-mailed me the 30 Day Food Challenge Rules. And this is basically it and I am going to start doing it next week, after I finish off my large bag of M&Ms that I purchased a few days ago.

No Chips
No Potatoes
No Ice Cream
No Fast Food
No Fried Food
No Chocolate
No White Bread
No Soda or Juice
No Donuts or Cakes
No Candy or Cookies

After I read the food challenging rules I then forward it to Kris. Then I Googled this diet and I found several other versions, but these are the basic rules for most of them. 

And the only thing that I am still wondering about this great food challenge is that it doesn't rule out wine like my favorite Franzia Chillable Red boxed wine, so this diet looks like something I could easily do—as long as I get to drink two glasses of my fine wine, in the evenings. So I'll gladly drink to that.

So please wish me luck with this diet. And that is about it for tonight, because I am going to go get my first glass of wine.

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