Monday, August 31, 2015

I'm Going To Commit Myself!

The last few days have been great, especially Saturday, when Tony and I went to Steve Pietzsch's artist reception, at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. Oh my goodness, we arrived about ten minutes early before the reception began, so we could visit with Steve for a few minutes and within twenty minutes or less, the place was packed with all kinds of people admiring our dear friend's awesome art.

While we were nibbling on some delicious, healthy appetizers and visiting with several of our friends, I overheard a nice woman, tell another volunteer that works at the center, "I think this is one of the biggest crowds that we've ever had here."

And it was true, because it was basically standing room only and I think a lot of it had to do with our good friend Donna Gable Hatch's fabulous article that she wrote, to help get the word out about Steve's awesome surreal art exhibition and reception, in Saturday's Kerrville Daily Times Weekend Edition.

So, if you didn't make it to Steve's artist reception, on Saturday, you can still go see Steve's fabulous art exhibit, because it will be on display until September 20th.

Yesterday evening, early this morning and today, I have spent several long hours painting the inside of The Mother Ship. And I plan to go back out there, in just a few minutes, to do some more painting.

I've almost used up a gallon of paint and I've only gotten half of it painted so far, because I am having to put second coats on everything. Tomorrow I plan on buying another gallon of paint and I am going to commit myself to at least two hours of painting each day, in hopes of having all of the painting done within the week. And that's about it for tonight.

Y'all have a great evening!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I'm Unplugged!

Today has been great. For the past two hours it has been thundering all around us, but no rain yet. I'm unplugged and tomorrow I will write more about Steve's awesome artist reception.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Steve Pietzsch's Hill Country Surrealism Artist Reception—Tomorrow 1:00 to 3:00 At Kerr Arts & Cultural Center!

Today has been great, but I still have not worked out everything on my computer. This morning when our great friends/volunteers came out to walk our dogs, I was talking to Kris & Jim about my computer woes, when Kris volunteered Jim to help me while she walked dogs for us.

Jim was a big help to me, but I still have some issues to still fix one way or the other. And the good thing is at least all of it is fixable in time.

For several months Tony and I have known about our good friend, Steve Pietzsch's, upcoming "Hill Country Surrealism" art exhibition, at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, in Kerrville. We've told all of our friends and volunteers about us going to his artist reception, tomorrow afternoon, from 1:00-3:00 and all of them are going to be there, too and I hope that y'all will come to it too.

Today when we got our paper, this brief article was in today's Kerrville Daily Times about Steve's artist reception tomorrow afternoon and it also mentions that in tomorrow's newspaper we can learn more about the exhibition, which he titled "Hill Country Surrealism." And we can't wait until tomorrow to read more about Steve and his awesome art. Here's the newspaper clipping from today's Kerrville Daily Times.

Please note: That you can read more about Steve and see more of his beautiful art, on his website: Steve Pietzsch.

And speaking of art, I say that tongue-in-cheek, because last week I took out my paint and brushes, etc. to paint rocks, because my dear friend, who shall remain nameless, had sent me an interesting e-mail about a fun project to do with kids that don't have a green thumb. 

The article showed awesome pictures about how to paint rocks to look like cactus, that you arrange in a flower pot that you never have to water, because they are just painted rocks. So a week ago today, I spent three days having fun, painting rocks, toothpicks, etc. and I also had to make a few trips to the craft store for more supplies. And to say the least, "Every time that Tony would walk, into the kitchen while I was working on my project—he would laugh at what he saw me doing, and say something like, "Are those supposed to be cactus?" 

And I would laugh, too and answer, "Kind of. They're Outer Space cactus!" And here are a few step-by-step pictures on how I did my project.

After showing Tony my finished project with an Alien standing by the Appalachian Trail sign I decided that my project was not quite finished. So I did a couple of quick cut and pastes, using Adobe Photoshop to finish it. And I have titled my artwork The World According To Little Debbie. And I hope that you like it or it at least makes you laugh out loud and you call me crazy. 

I hope we get to see you tomorrow afternoon, at Steve's artist reception, because everyone who is anyone will be there meeting Steve and admiring his incredibly great art. And that's about it for tonight.

Y'all have a great evening!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Computer Is Temporarily Down!

Today has been great. I am having some computer issues and my computer is temporarily down. I have already spent several hours, with techs trying to remedy the problem and I am still working on it. So hopefully I should be back in the saddle by morning and then I will answer all of my e-mail and write about what's been going on.

Y'all have a great evening!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Woofing Camp! or Close Encounters!

The last few days have been great. They were busy days for me and I was just too tired to blog, but I do want to give you an update on Aggie, etc.

Yesterday afternoon around 1:45, I grabbed Aggie's shot records, my camera and a letter that I needed to mail, then Tony and I adios-ed our family dogs and went outside to go get Aggie.

When Trigger pulled up to her pen Aggie was excited and wagging her tail, because she knew that something was up.

As planned I leashed up Bella, her sweet neighbor and then I took her to the back of her pen, so Tony could leash up Aggie and get her out of the pens, without Bella trying to kiss them.

When Tony went inside Aggie's pen she ran up to him and immediately sat down. It was obvious to us that she could not wait for him to put a leash on her, because the last time we did that she had enjoyed eating Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg and Cheese biscuits.

After Tony got Aggie out of her and Bella's pens she could not wait to get into Trigger's backseat. It was amazing to us how smoothly it went.

Miss Aggie rode beautifully in the backseat and when we got to Medina, we stopped, at The Old Timer, so I could go inside and buy and micro-wave her four, delicious Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg and Cheese biscuits.

And this time I was totally prepared to use the black micro-wave oven and not make a total fool out of myself, like I had last Thursday. But I ended up needing help again, because they had replaced the black micro-wave oven with a white one.

I was able to get the door open, but since life is not always fair when it comes to micro-wave ovens, I had to ask the nice, friendly cashier to please come over and help me cook Aggie's good behavior rewards, as Sam, my sweet brother-in-law, watched from the picnic table, chuckling at my ignorance.

When I finally got back inside Trigger, Tony immediately gave Aggie a biscuit and then we took off, to go meet Sharon Griswold, by the camel, at Camp Verde.

We were early when we arrived, so we took Aggie out of the truck, so Tony could feed Aggie another biscuit for being so good.

A few minutes later, Sharon Griswold, a fabulous dog trainer, who owns Woofing Camp, arrived.

After hugs, we gave Sharon Aggie's two, still warm biscuits and then we introduced her to Aggie. Aggie liked her instantly and because she was not acting nervous Sharon fed her a biscuit. Then we went around to the back of her van, so she could open the hatch. And to our surprise Aggie jumped inside it before we could even ask her to load up.

As Aggie calmly sat down, inside her van, Sharon and I stood there talking, for about thirty minutes, about Aggie's issues and how Sharon was going to work with her.

When all was said and done, Sharon closed the hatch and Aggie seemed totally fine about it and then we adios-ed each other and drove off in different directions.

We've got our fingers crossed that Sharon can work her magic on Aggie, so this sweet three-year-old dog will be much more adoptable and I hope that y'all will cross your fingers for Aggie, too. 

This afternoon we had a really great surprise. Our good friend Aaron came out to possibly adopt a dog from us. "If y'all don't mind, I would like to go walk around the pens, by myself, to see which dog grabs me and  tells me that he wants to be my dog." We told him to take a hike.

Fifteen minutes later, Aaron told us that he wanted to adopt Tom Landry! And to say the least, "Tony and I were more than thrilled about his choice, because Tom is one great dog and he has been with us a long time." 

After Aaron signed Landry's adoption papers, he and Tony put Tom's dog tags on a new collar and then leashed him up. Here is a cute picture I took of Tom and Aaron celebrating. And the other one is of Aaron moving things around, in his vehicle, so Landry could ride up in the front seat with him, before he and Landry took off to go swimming.

Before Aaron and his new best friend took off, Aaron told us that Landry will be his constant companion and go everywhere with him. "Everyday Landry will go to work with me, to the park and swimming. And he will sleep with me, too." Which was great news even though Tony and I already knew this, because we know how much Aaron loves his dogs.

Before I finish writing this I want to show you an awesome picture that Tony took a few days ago, in The Okay Corral and I think it should be titled Close Encounters. And that's about it for tonight. 

Y'all have a great evening!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Just Push The Button!

Today has been great. This morning I got a phone call from the nice couple that adopted Judy Collins, yesterday. Yes, Judy Collins was the mystery adoption dog that I wrote about last night. Here's a picture of her when we rescued her.

The husband told me that they are in love with Judy and that she is getting along great with their older dogs and cats. He told me that she was fitting in beautifully. And last night she slept on their bed with them and the rest of their furry family. So needless to say, "Their news made my day great." Here is the picture I took yesterday, with Judy and her new, super loving family.

This morning we had an appointment to take Aggie to Dr. Lindstrom's, Bandera County Veterinary Clinic in Medina, because she needed to get her shots. Aggie is a sweet dog, but sometimes she has some fear-biting issues, because we believe that the woman who threw her over our fence, never socialized her or had anything to do with her.

Anyway, when it was time for us to take Aggie in for her shots, Tony had already put a large crate for her, in the backseat of Trigger. "Tony, Aggie is probably going to be nervous from the get-go. She rides great in cars and we don't need the crate, because it will just make her more nervous." So Tony reluctantly removed the crate.

When it was time to load Aggie into the truck, she amazed Tony, because she immediately jumped into the backseat and sat down. Then we took off for Medina.

On our way there, I suggested to Tony that he drop me off at The Old Timer, so I could buy Aggie two Jimmy Dean micro-wave egg, cheese and sausage biscuits, to give to her, as a reward, after she gets her shots. So, Tony dropped me off at The Old Timer and went on down the road to the vet clinic.

When I went into the famous store, I greeted, Melinda, the cashier and then I told her that I needed to buy two Jimmy Dean micro-wave egg, cheese and sausage biscuits, to give to our dog Aggie, after she sees the vet. The friendly woman smiled and then she told me where to go find them.

She gave great directions to the back of the store and a minute later, I was back, at the counter, asking her where their micro-wave oven was. And once again she gave me great directions to the front corner of the store.

Then I made a complete fool out of myself, because I haven't owned or operated a micro-wave oven in over ten years, since I discovered that they can be harmful to our health for many reasons. And if my memory serves me correctly, I think we gave our last micro-wave oven to either Ben or to Kinky.

As the nice cashier is checking out a customer, I tried to open the micro-wave oven's door, but I could not get the door to open. "I'm sorry," I said. "Can you tell me how to open the door?" Then I laughed and quickly explained to her and the man that I am old and it's been years since I've used a micro-wave oven.

"Just push the button, at the bottom, on the right side. It's hard to see, because the panel is black." So I pushed the button and the door immediately swung open. Then I start looking for the micro-wave instructions, on the frozen Jimmy Dean micro-wave egg, cheese and sausage biscuits packages. "I'd just micro-wave them for about a minute," Melinda suggested.

One minute later, I paid for Aggie's breakfast treats and then Melinda put them inside a plastic bag for me to carry, because they were still very hot. "By the time you walk down to Lindstrom's clinic they should be cooled off enough for your dog to eat."

As I was walking down the street, nearing the hardware store, a truck slowed down behind me and I heard a man ask, "Can I give you a ride, young lady? Are you lost?" Then I heard him laughing.

It sort of startled me, because it has been a very long time since I have hitchhiked. I cautiously looked over and it was our good friend Charlie teasing me. "Hi Charlie! Thanks for the offer, but I'm not hitchhiking today. I'm just going to the vet clinic..."

As soon as Dr. Lindstrom had given Aggie her shots Tony started to take her outside. "Tony here are Aggie's treats for you to give her for being such a good girl," I said. Then I joked, "And please don't eat them. They're for Aggie."

After I paid Aggie's vet bill, I went outside and climbed inside Trigger. "Nance, I've already given Aggie one of the biscuits and she loved it and she even licked the melted cheese off of my fingers. I think we should give her the last one, right after we put her back inside her pen, as another reward for being a good girl." And that's exactly what we did, too. And that's about it for tonight.

Y'all have a great evening!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater!

Today has been great. This morning, as already planned, this super nice couple came out to check out our dogs, because they were hoping to adopt one. They fell in love with the first one we showed them, so we took this mystery dog for a fun walk down to the creek.

When we returned the wife told her husband that she wanted to adopt this dog and he totally agreed with her. So we had a great adoption this morning, but until we make sure that her adoption sticks I am not going to tell her name or show her adoption picture. So please keep your fingers crossed for her.

This afternoon my dear friend Mari sent me an interesting e-mail about her making pumpkin muffins, that were totally delicious. In her note she wrote that it was an incredibly easy recipe to make, because it only has two ingredients: Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Classic Yellow Cake mix and a 15 oz. can of Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin. And all you have to do is mix these two ingredients together, pour batter into a muffin pan and Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Mari also told me that her sweet husband, David, put honey on his muffin and he thought it was absolutely delicious and a friend told her that she might want to add cinnamon and serve it with whipping cream.

So this afternoon when Tony and I went to Medina, so I could buy some more paint for my RV, at the Medina Ace Hardware store, we made a quick stop, at The Old Timer, so I could purchase the ingredients needed for Mari's Pumpkin Muffins recipe.

When we got back home I immediately made Mari's Pumpkin Muffins, but I added two tablespoons of cinnamon, as Mari's friend had suggested. And they were totally delicious even before I added the Reddi-Wip, (that's how it is spelled on the can.) that I had also purchased, at The Old Timer. And because Tony is not a Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater, he chose not to eat one of Cousin Nancy's Perfect Pumpkin Muffins and that's okay with me, because I love my new recipe. (Sorry, Mari. It's my recipe now and I bet that you already knew that I would steal it from you.)

And that's about it for tonight, because I am fixin' to watch three uninterrupted hours of NASA's Unexplained Files, that I recorded two days ago and this morning.

Y'all have a great evening! And try my newest, stolen recipe!