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!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sorry I'm Late! or Too Cute Cheaters!

Yesterday Tony and I spent the afternoon working over at our new place and when we got home I was planning to do another yoga workout, but sadly that didn't happen, because I decided to drink a glass of fine Chillable Red Wine boxed wine, with some ice cubes added. And trust me it was a good decision that I made last night, because my body was still aching a little bit from trying to do yoga. And after I drank my glass of wine I was feeling no pain.

Today has been great and a lot of fun, because early this afternoon, Tony and I met our dear friends: Kris & Jim and Denise & Les for our monthly lunch club, at Kerrville's newest restaurant Po Po.

Tony and I arrived first, at Po Po restaurant, which now occupies Pampell's, an old, beautiful, historic, downtown building, that our good friends Sandy & Jon Wolfmueller used to own many, many years ago.

Anyway since we were fifteen minutes early, give or take a few minutes, I decided to do a little window shopping while Tony, sat on a bench, waiting for our friends.

The first shop I came upon was Hill Country Living and because of the beautiful window display, I decided to go in and check it out. When I walked inside this lovely store I was immediately greeted by Pam B. who was wearing a friendly face.

Sweet Pam offered to help me, and I said, "Thank you, but not today. I'm just looking and killing time, because my husband and I are meeting our friends for lunch, at Po Po..." As I was looking around at all of their beautiful items I heard a very familiar voice say, "Hey Nancy. Tony told me you were in here. I love these two shops. I've bought several things in here."

I greeted Kris and then she and I started visiting with Pam and that is when I found out that Hill Country Living and the other shop Cricket's were located in the same building and are both owned by Lyndia Rector.

After I took this picture in Hill Country Living, I walked over to the Cricket's side, where Kris was checking out fabulous cheater glasses while she was visiting with Christy G., another very friendly woman.

Well, we got to talking I soon discovered that Pam and Christy are also good friends with Sandy Wolfmueller, too. "It's a small world," I said,  just before I saw this hilarious t-shirt, on display. "Omg, I love this t-shirt, Kris! Can I please take a picture of it for my blog tonight? And can I also take a picture of that hilarious queen sign, hanging under your counter?"

And before Christy had the time to answer my two questions I had already snapped these two pictures, because I really do love what they have to say.

I had a fun time visiting with Pam, Christy and Kris and while I was thinking about buying this beautiful, hand-embroidered llama, throw pillow, that I had thought was a weird -looking Chihuahua, I heard another familiar voice say, "Kris. Nancy," Jim said. "Les & Denise are here and they are waiting on y'all..." 

So Kris quickly paid for her her too cute cheaters and this beautiful, pink, shiny, writing pen and then we adios-ed our new found friends and went to go eat lunch. Bottom   Line: The food was delicious and Tony and I totally enjoyed seeing our friends.

After our super fun lunch Tony and I went to Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, so we could pick up Henry. We dropped him off, at the clinic, yesterday, so he could have his ears re-examined and treated for an ear infection.

When we arrived at Hoegemeyers, the lobby was full of happy people with their dogs and cats, waiting to see the doctors and we didn't know any of them, in the lobby, except for our dear friend Marguerite, who was talking to Susan, at the counter. So while we waited to get our Henry Standing Bear we had a very nice, fun visit with Marguerite. 

And after Tony had put Hen, in JJ Cale's backseat, we came back home. And that's about it for tonight, because I've decided to blow-off yoga again and drink a couple glasses of wine.

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

Monday, September 4, 2017


Happy Labor Day to all even if you don't work or you have never worked or you've never given birth to a baby, because I fit in two of these categories.

Yes, there have been a few times in my life, over a hundred years ago, where I did not have an official job and I guess that my job title would have been housewife or stay at home mom.

I was a mom but not to children, but I was a mom to all kinds of animals—including a baby elephant, baby monkeys, baby orangutan, little lambs, piglets, fawns, wallabies, kids (goats), opossums, ostriches, birds, etc. And those were the days (in high school) when I got to work at the Fort Worth Children's Zoo.

And of course I've never given birth to anything, including babies, because at an early age when I discovered that giving birth to a baby hurt. I vowed and made a promise to myself that I would never have children and I've kept that promise and never broken it.

Before I finish writing this tonight I want you to know that yesterday after doing my first yoga lesson I was totally inspired about doing yoga, until I woke up this morning and crawled out of bed. Omg, my body was aching big-time, because I've been pretty much out of shape.

But the good news is that I do love yoga and I love Peggy Cappy's fabulous yoga DVDs. And even though I did not do yoga today, so my out of shape body could rest, I do plan to keep on "practicing" yoga on a regular basis—no matter how sore I am. And I am hoping that Tony will start doing it with me.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Legitimate Excuse!

This past week has been a busy one. In fact, there is just so much to tell, I will just leave it at that and begin this post telling you about what I did early this afternoon.

A few weeks ago, you may remember about me telling you about me purchasing three yoga DVDs to help get me back into shape. Well if you don't remember that it really doesn't matter at all, because I have either not had the time or just been too tired to start doing/trying to do yoga, because we've been  very busy working, over at the property.

Before I fixed us lunch today, I realized that I was totally caught up with my daily "to-do" list and I had no excuse left for not doing yoga. But I came close to not doing it at all, because the Peggy Cappy DVD would not play.

It wasn't Peggy's or the DVD's fault at all. It was the remote control's fault, because when I tried to start playing my first yoga lesson our old DVD player would not recognize the remote control's commands. So I changed out the two, AAA batteries and replaced them with two, new ones. But that didn't do me any good.

I knew that I had a legitimate excuse to blow-off doing yoga, but I felt guilty for giving up so easily. And besides that, yesterday evening, I had vowed to myself to start doing yoga regularly, at least four times a week, because my body needs to get into better shape. So, I decided to use my lap top to play the yoga DVD. And fortunately for me, that worked—thank goodness.

Since this was my very first time to ever try doing yoga I decided to use a kitchen chair, because I just wasn't sure what to expect from the yoga lesson. And I am glad that I used a chair and followed the man, in the chair, movements, because I discovered some new muscles that I never knew I had.

Bottom   Line: I love doing yoga—especially Peggy Cappy's Yoga For the Rest of Us. And if I am not to sore tomorrow I am planning on doing yoga again.

Before I finish writing this, tonight, here are a couple of pictures on our progress, turning our future home into a lovely, cozy cabin.

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sausage Dogs!

The last few evenings I've spent reading this hilarious book by Alexander McCall Smith. I've never heard of Mr. Alexander McCall Smith, which isn't saying a lot, because I am the first to admit that I am not well-read.

Anyway, this book The Finer Points Of Sausage Dogs was given to me by Kinky. Because the other day when I was, over at the Lodge, visiting with him, he got a phone call and went to his office to take the call, so I found this interesting looking book, laying on top of his kitchen table and I started reading it. So after Kinky finished his phone call I asked him if he would loan it to me.

Kinky said yes, so I took the book home with me and I've had a total blast reading it. And come to find out Mr. Alexander McCall Smith is a very famous, international author. So I hope that you'll check him out and his many famous books that he has written.

It is now 4:34 and it appears that we might be unplugging everything soon, due to some possible heavy rain. So before I post this and unplug our devices I want you to know that today has been great.

Late this morning we went, over to the property and I asked Aaron to please help me finish putting together the kitchen counter that I've been working on. Because when I started building it, a while back, I mainly used some of our recycled wood and a couple of the 4"x4" legs I used were pretty warped and twisted. Bottom   Line: Thank goodness Aaron helped me out, because I could not have done it all by myself.

This afternoon before we called it a day, over at the property, we shoved the soon to be finished kitchen counter up to the metal, kitchen wall, which soon will be replaced with wood and then we placed our new kitchen sink, on the counter top and put my pretty, painted boards on top of it, so we could see how it would look when we finished it. 

I know I need to get some more 2'x4's to stain and then use them to line the open-bottom shelves. And I know that I need to cut back the length of the painted boards to make them all fit perfectly, but I want to show you what we did get done today, because I am already in love with the homemade kitchen counters. And please visualize the soon-to-be wood-covered walls behind it and the two bottom shelves which will be stained 2'x4's. 

And that is about it for today.

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Open House!

Today has been great, but later this afternoon— it got a little weird to say the least. And at first I was blaming this freaky happening on our poltergeist that is known to show up now and then and cause minor havoc with Tony and me and our devices, etc.

It made perfectly good sense to me to blame it on our poltergeist, because as you know it is M.I.R. (Mercury In Retrograde) time again and our friendly/prankster poltergeist often shows up when it is M.I.R. time. In fact, it is almost a given.

By now I'm assuming that you must be asking yourself, "So what in the heck happened?" Well, I am fixin' to tell you, so hold your horses.

Around 3:00 today, when we got back home, from Kerrville, we saw that our screened-in, glass front door, on our front porch, was wide opened and that was before we got out of J.J. Cale. "Tony, why in the world is our front door standing wide opened?"

Then when we got up, on the front porch, our red front door was closed like we had left it, but our glass/screened-in front door was wedged opened, on the other side of the ceiling beam and it had made about a 1/2" groove, into the wood, before it to got wedged to the other side of the beam. It was totally amazing. Here are four pictures that I took of it, before Tony got on the phone and called Aaron to ask him to please come out and fix our door for us.

After Tony told me that Aaron was on his way out, he took off to go over to our property to meet with our plumber friend. And that's when I called Kinky. "Kink, we've just gotten back, from Kerrville and our front door is ajar. Wide open. Did we get some real high winds while we were gone?"

"Yes," Kinky replied. "There were some really high winds here that lasted for about fifteen minutes or so...." So that immediately confirmed that the high winds had blown our screened-in/glass door wide open and forced it to go under the beam. 

Now it gets even freakier! While I was waiting for Aaron to show up I started writing this post for tonight and about five minutes before Aaron arrived, I heard the front door knob turn, on our front door and I assumed that Tony had come back to get something that he must of forgotten to take over there. 

But when our dogs started barking madly, at the front door, I quickly put our dogs, in the backyard and then I went to the front door to greet Aaron and to thank him for coming out so fast to fix our glass door for us. But Aaron wasn't there. In fact, no one was there. So I took this picture to document what time it was when this happened.

And five minutes later Aaron arrived, so I went out to the front porch to greet him and thank him for coming out to help us fix the jammed door.

While Aaron was getting his tools out of his truck, I half-hollered, "Aaron, did you come up to the house a few minutes ago and then leave?"

"No. I just got here. Why?" 

As Aaron came into our front yard, I told him, "A weird thing just happened before you got here. I heard our door knob turn and I think someone was at our front door, because our dogs started barking and when I went to the front door—no one was there."

"Nancy, please don't tell me that. You know that I am scared of ghosts and stuff like that."

"Okay, but it was really weird. It must have been our poltergeist playing with me. It does things like that." And before I could finish what I was going to say to Aaron he turned on his loud, electric saw to tune me out. 

Which of course, I understood. And two minutes later—Aaron had sawed a big notch, into the beam and then our front door closed smoothly, underneath the beam, that had been holding it open. Thank goodness for no more open house. 

After Aaron left here, he took off to go help Tony, over at the property. And as I finish writing this tonight I am glad that Aaron fixed our front door, but I am still wondering if it was our poltergeist that turned our front door knob. And that's about it for tonight, because I am going over to the property to help Tony and Aaron batten down the hatches, because we might be getting a lot of rain over the next few days.

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I Nailed It & I Screwed It!

Since my Sunday post—we've been busy. Yesterday Ronnie came back down, from Dripping Springs to help us finish firming up the floor, in the big room and the kitchen. And I am happy to report that the eclipse had little effect on us working.

By 1:00 our floor-work project was completed and Ronnie was, outside, loading up all of his tools and equipment to take back home with him, as I went back inside our house and snapped this picture of our beautiful, new sub-floor. Then I went back outside to thank Ronnie for helping, before giving him a hug.

This morning after doing our chores, inside and outside, we went back over to the property to meet up with Aaron, because we had planned on the three of us doing some fence work outside. But at the very last minute, before we started to work on the fencing, I said, "Y'all, wait a second. I've just changed my mind. Let's start putting in the kitchen floor today instead of working outside...."

And three hours later, after I nailed it and I screwed it, along with Aaron and Tony nailing and screwing down the floor much faster than me—our new (recycled wood taken from Outer Space) kitchen floor was finished and it looked absolutely beautiful, charming and cozy. And to say the least—I was absolutely thrilled with it and could not have been happier about how it had all turned out.

And that is about it for tonight, because I am tired and because my arms and back are sore, because I have not yet started doing my yoga videos to make me more limber. 

Maybe tomorrow I will try to start doing the yoga DVDs, but I wouldn't bet on it, because I am already hoping to take down the tin from the wall and start putting wood up on all of the walls until they are fully covered, so it will start looking more like The Cabin that we love.

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I Bought A Gun! or Concealed Weapon!

First off, I apologize for not blogging the past ten days, but I do have a good excuse. Tony and I have been spending all of our spare time working, over at our new property and that has been exciting as well as exhausting.

Seriously, we have been working our rear ends off (I wish) over there and every evening when we get back home I've been just too tired. In fact, I haven't done much yoga at all, because of the great workout that I'm getting from painting, sanding, etc.

This past week besides taking care of rescue ranch business and working my you know what off, I helped Tony enter a photography contest. Our good friends Eileen and Lisa found out about this awesome hummingbird contest/fundraiser that is being held, at the Jeff Davis County Library, in Alpine, and they talked Tony into entering it. So, he did. And he sent these two, beautiful photos of his hummingbirds, to Alpine. So please wish him luck.

This one is titled: The Shadow Knows

And this one is titled: Feedin' Time

Now for the gun part of this post. Recently due to an event last week, I decided to buy myself a gun, because I realized that I seriously needed to have one. So I asked myself, "What would Ronnie do?" even though I already knew what the answer was.

Anyway, last Friday morning, before meeting our good friends Kris & Jim for lunch, Tony and I went to Kerrville and I bought myself a gun. And I quickly realized that Tony was much more thrilled about me buying it than I was. 

I'm glad that I went ahead and bought this gun, that actually comes with a "life-time" warranty, which is great if you are a young person, but I am old and rapidly approaching 66 years, in October. So I guess the life-time warranty is nothing for me to go bragging about.

This awesome gun that I now own is almost too heavy for me to lift, so I am not sure just how much it is actually going to help me when and if I ever need to use it. 

After buying my gun and the needed accessories I was pretty excited about it all, but at the same time I was also disappointed, because it and its accessories were not pink. And when I groaned to Tony about it being orange and not a pretty pink—he just laughed at me, all of the way over to the Acapulco restaurant.

Tony and I arrived first, at the restaurant and before we went inside, to eat lunch with our good friends, we hid my (ugly) orange, concealed weapon, underneath a blanket, in JJ's backseat.  

As soon as Kris & The Mineral Man sat down, at our table, I blurted out, "I just bought a gun!" Kris & Jim politely smiled at me and nodded their heads and then I caught them turning their heads and raising their eyebrows, as they glanced over at Tony to get his reaction. Then Tony and I burst out laughing. "Y'all, I bought a nail gun just like Ronnie uses and it comes with a life-time warranty and...."

"Last Thursday Ronnie drove down here, from Dripping Springs and he spent the day helping us firm-up the wooden floor, in the living room and the kitchen. And he brought along his nail gun, palm-nailer and compressor and other equipment and it was amazing just how fast we got things done. It was so much easier than us having to drive screws one screw at a time...."  

Then I pulled my iPhone out of my purse and showed them these pictures of the floor, before Aaron and Tony had removed it all, before Ronnie came down, on Thursday, to help us firm-up the floor, because in the near future it will be able to handle our super-heavy, wood-burning stove that weighs well over 300 pounds and the heavy kitchen drainboards and counters that I am in the process of building, with Tony's help.

"And while Tony and Aaron were busy helping Ronnie put down a new floor, our two Tuff Sheds arrived!" I said, before I stopped talking long enough, so we could give our waitress our orders. And just so you'll know—Tony and I did not order the exact same thing like we usually do, because it is sadly M.I.R. time, again. And it officially started on August 13th.

Then I showed Kris & Jim a picture of Tony's and my new look-alike Man Cave and She Shed. "We've already bought the paint and we're going to stain them with latex cedar stain, this weekend. And...." 

Tony and I have now put two coats of cedar stain, on our His & Her sheds and they look beautiful, even though we have not yet painted the trim. So, among us working on these on-going projects I hope that you will continue to cut me some slack for not blogging regularly.

And before I finish writing this today, I want to let you know that, tomorrow morning, Ronnie is coming, back down, to help us finish putting the new sub-floor down before, during and after the eclipse. So it will be another busy for day us, but this time it will go twice as fast, because Tony will be using my nail gun, while I am carefully using my palm-nailer to nail in the joist hangers. 

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Drinking Our Breakfast! or WOO HOO!

A couple of nights ago I watched Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, a fabulous documentary on Netflix. It was about this social worker who uses music to unlock memory, in nursing home patients that have Alzheimers disease. And I highly recommend watching this very special documentary, because it touched my heart. And it was totally incredible watching the effect that the individual's favorite music had on these patients. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know about it and I hope that you'll watch it.

After I watched this great documentary I was so inspired by it, because I know just how important my music is to me, so I decided to watch this PBS fund-raising Special on Yoga and all of the health benefits you get from doing it.

The Yoga instructor was Peggy Cappy and within a couple of minutes she had me hooked on watching this show. Anyway, she inspired me to give Yoga a try, but instead of calling in a pledge to show my support for PBS—I went to Amazon and ordered three of Peggy Cappy's PBS Yoga DVDs. And then a few minutes after I had ordered them I felt guilty for not making a pledge to PBS, because I truly do love PBS.

Well yesterday morning, while Tony and I were drinking our breakfast (healthy smoothies not me fine-boxed-wine or his cheap beer) I started telling him all about that great music documentary and the Yoga show, on PBS. And he seemed interested, even though he never once looked up from his laptop.

I must have talked to him for at least ten minutes about these inspiring shows, and then I said, "Tony, I think you and I need to work harder at being healthier and I hope that you'll try doing yoga with me. The three videos that I ordered are for easing pain, back care basics and easy yoga for diabetes. I know we don't have diabetes, but it does run in our families..."

"Uh huh," was all he said, so I took that for a "yes."

Okay. Today has been great. This afternoon Tony and I went to the Habitat for Humanity, in Kerrville, because we love to shop at that store. And we ended up only buying two door-stops and an incredible sign that I just had to have, because it spoke volumes to me and it made me laugh.

After that shopping brief spree we made a quick stop, at Walmart, so I could buy myself a Yoga mat and that took longer than we had expected. Because I wanted to buy this pretty pink yoga mat that was 3 mm thick, but Tony wanted me to buy this blue yoga mat, because it had a lot more padding—"10mm THICK." Bottom   Line: I bought the more expensive, blue yoga mat. Then we came back home.

Well to my delight there were two UPS packages waiting for me, at our gate and they were Peggy Cappy's PBS yoga DVDs! "Talk about perfect timing," I said, as we drove up to The Cabin.

As soon as we got inside, The Cabin, I lined up my purchases and was taking pictures of them for my blog tonight and then I started laughing at myself, because the big, blue yoga (Exercise) mat and Peggy's three yoga DVDs were about me (maybe us) trying to get healthier, but my newly-purchased, beloved, used-sign was putting out a completely opposite message.

So as I finish writing this post for tonight I've decided to leave you in complete suspense, wondering to yourself, "Will she do yoga tonight or will she drink two glasses of her fine, Franzia Chillable Red boxed wine?" And the truth is—only The Shadow knows. But if I were you, I'd bet my money on the wine. WOO HOO!

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I Forgot! or Funny Sunday!

Today has been great and so have the past few days. Tony and I have been busy working, over at the property.

Monday and Tuesday we received quite a bit of much needed rain, so those two afternoons, after doing our rescue ranch chores we went, over to the property and burned some cut-up cedar branches, logs and some clumps of dead, overgrown bushes, near the cabin, that we had cut down several weeks ago.

Oh my goodness, I'm jumping the gun already, because I forgot to tell you about our funny Sunday we had. So I'll do it right now.

Sunday afternoon Kinky called me and asked if he could bring a couple of friends over to meet us and to show them our rescue ranch. And of course, I said yes.

Anyway after introductions we were drinking coffee, inside The Cabin and Kinky tells us this Alzheimer's  joke. And it went something like this: "This comedian goes to this nursing home that specifically care for patients with Alzheimer disease. And when he gets there the staff tells him he only has to do thirty minutes. So he gets up on the stage and he is a nervous wreck.

"So he tells them a joke and only a few patients clapped when he told the punchline. So he tells the same joke, again. And the audience response was much better. So he keeps telling the same joke again and again. And each time that he retells this same joke the audience response gets bigger and people are hooting and hollering and laughing non-stop.

"So right after he tells this same joke, for the umpteenth time, a staff member, standing behind the curtain, waves to him to let him know that his thirty minutes are up and he was really relieved.

"As he is walking out of the auditorium, this man walks up and stops him, and he says, "You were hilarious! How do you do you remember all of that?"  (End of joke and all of us laughed.)

Okay, so then Kinky gets sort of serious and tells us about a radio call-in talk show, sort of like Dr. Laura, but not her, that gives advice to callers on how to deal with their personal problems. And it had impressed him somewhat. "This elderly, married couple were having this dinner party and they had invited some new neighbors over.

"The elderly woman had Alzheimer's and she would repeat something over and over again to her guests and the kind, loving husband ignored that she was repeating herself and not once did he make an excuse or apologize for her repeating herself, when she would go back and forth, into the kitchen.

"And I liked that he loved her so much that he didn't feel the need that he had to apologize for her behavior," Kinky remarked. "It says a lot about her husband not feeling the need to go around whispering, behind her back and making excuses for her. And I think that he should be admired for doing that." Then Kinky took a long puff on his cigar.

Silence filled the big room and needless to say the mood had drastically changed, inside The Cabin. We'd just been laughing, which was about a 10, in my book, and now my mood-meter had suddenly dropped down to maybe a 2 at best.

And that was driving me crazy and making me feel uneasy, so to change the mood and hopefully push it up a few notches, I said, "Kinky, he did it, because he has Alzheimer's, too."

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tony's Surprise "Over The Hill" Birthday Party!

Today has been so much fun, because this past week I've been secretly scheming, behind Tony's back, with Eileen and our great friends/dog-walking-volunteers.

Earlier this week sweet Eileen sent me an e-mail, wanting to give Tony a surprise birthday party, at the Medina Highpoint Resort's Koyote Grill and she also offered to bring his birthday cake. I loved her idea, so we set the wheels in motion.

Then Eileen and I secretly invited all of our great friends/dog-walking-volunteers to come to Tony's surprise birthday party today, even though his real birthday is actually this coming Sunday.

Eileen and I were thrilled with our good friend's response—everyone was going to come to it, except for our friends that are currently out-of-town vacationing.

It is very hard for people to surprise Tony and we did it! In fact, this morning Tony came inside The Cabin, and said, "Jim & Diane and Dawn are outside and want to join us for lunch. Where do you want to go?"

I casually looked up, from my computer, and said, "Let's go to Koyote. Around 11:30." And with that said Tony went back outside to tell everyone where we were going to eat lunch.

A few minutes later Tony came back inside, and announced, "Everyone is fine with that, but Jim told me that he was hoping that we'd go to Fuddrucker's for a change."

And my response was casual again, "Hmm." Even though I actually wanted to laugh out loud, because Jim was helping us "pull the wool" over Tony's eyes and Tony had fallen for it.

Around 11:30, Tony and I walked inside the Koyote Grill and our great friends hollered, "Surprise! Happy Birthday Tony!" And Tony had the funniest look on his face, because he was totally surprised.
And before Tony and I went to place our orders, Lisa said, "Happy Birthday, Tony! Your and Nance's lunch is on me today and I've already paid for it."

After Tone and I thanked Lisa for treating us to lunch. I pulled out my cell phone and snapped this picture of Eileen's cute "Over The Hill" chocolate birthday cake for Tony, that she had ordered from the little H-E-B, in Kerrville.

Our lunch was a lot of fun and it was filled with non-stop laughter. And Tony's birthday cards were hilarious. And Kris' & Jim aka "The Mineral Man's" birthday card got the award for giving Tony the funniest birthday card of all.

After we finished eating lunch, Kay, Dawn and Eileen helped light the black & white OVER THE Hill candles, on top of Tony's delicious birthday cake. And Lisa took this short, 15 second video, of us singing happy birthday to him, before Tony blew out the candles.

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Yesterday was so much fun. In the early afternoon we met our good friends: Les, Kris & Jim for a fun lunch, at the China Town restaurant, but right when we were pulling into the parking lot, an ambulance and fire truck, with their sirens blasting and their lights flashing red and blue—beat us into the parking lot and they parked the emergency vehicles, right in front of the China Town restaurant. So I immediately started worrying that it might be one of our friends that was headed to the hospital, because that would ruin our lunch.

When we got out of JJ (Cale, of course.) I was staring at my cell phone, looking at this delicious-looking Herbed Crab Rolls recipe photo, that I had earlier taken a picture of using my iPhone camera. It was inside my copy of Prevention magazine's August/2017 issue. 

Actually, I was looking at the recipe—not the picture, so I could be sure to buy all of the ingredients needed to make the recipe, after we ate lunch with our friends. So since I had my cell phone's camera handy, I pointed it and snapped this picture of the ambulance.

And right after I took this picture, a kind-looking, elderly woman walked up to me—smiled at us and then just stared at me. I asked her if she needed help, and she replied, "Yes, I forgot where I parked my car. I've been walking around this hot parking lot, for over ten minutes."

Tony and I asked her what color her car was. "It's a white Toyota." Then we asked her if it was a big or small Toyota. "Yes, it is small." Tony and I quickly scanned the parking lot and just about every other car that was parked there was white. 

"There's a white Toyota parked over there," I said, as I pointed to it. She looked, and said, "That's not it. It has a little A&M bumper sticker on the bumper." So I asked the sweet woman to stay put and we'd go looking for it.

Our search for her missing vehicle was short lived and within two minutes, because this sweet lady walked really, really slow, we waved goodbye to her as she drove off.

When we walked inside the restaurant, the emergency rescue team immediately asked us to stand back, as they wheeled another sweet, old lady out the front door. And thirty seconds later, we greeted Les, Kris & Jim, who were sitting, at a table near the fireplace. (Denise, Les' sweet wife was unable to make our luncheon, because she was entertaining their granddaughter, in San Antone.)

While we were waiting for the waitress to come and take our orders, I was telling them about us unintentionally following Kinky into town. "He was driving right in front of us," I said. "And he was driving under the speed limit. So I called him on his cell phone, and said, "Kinky, the speed limit is 60. Well it startled Kinky, and he said, "Who is this? Nance? Anyway, when I told him it was me we both started laughing and then he sped up to 60 mph. And before we adios-ed each other he invited Tony and me to join him, Kent & Ruthie for lunch, at the Hat, which is right across the street from the China Town restaurant. So they're sitting right across the street eating Mexican food while we..."

Well, our lunch with our good friends was a lot of fun and yes, Tony and I ordered the exact same thing, as usual—Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Hot & Sour Soup, Fried Rice, Egg Rolls and Iced Teas.

After lunch, Tony and I bought our groceries, at the little H-E-B store and then we came back home. And because Kinky had earlier invited us to come over, to the Lodge, to visit with Kent & his sweet wife, Ruth Buzzi and him, when we got back home, I baked (Carol's) my Cousin Nancy's Chocolate Sheet Cake to take over to the Lodge.

We had a really fun visit with Ruthie & Kent and Kinky and they loved my delicious cake. And a few hours later, we took Ruthie & Kent, over to see our property. And after we gave them a grand tour—they told us that they loved it as much as we do and they were very excited for us.

Today has been great. Kent & Ruthie came over early this morning for a short, fun visit, before heading back home, in North Texas. And during our visit Kent told us the most hilarious story about when a long time ago Ruthie and Jonathan Winters ran into each other, at the Burbank Airport and were crossing the street when a traffic officer stopped traffic. I will share the story, but not today, because this post is turning into a book.

For lunch today I fixed Prevention magazine's delicious Herbed Crab Rolls recipe—but minus the rolls, because we're dieting. It was totally healthy and absolutely delicious and it only took me 15 minutes to prepare. And we totally loved it.

 So I highly recommend that you make this recipe. And here's that picture of the recipe that I was staring at, in the parking lot, before we helped that, sweet elderly woman find her little white Toyota, with an A&M bumper sticker on it. Followed by a picture of my healthy lunch plate, before I ate it all up.

And before I finish writing this I must confess that after we ate our healthy lunch today—we caved-in and ate Cousin Nancy's Chocolate Sheet Cake for dessert.

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Cale!

Today has been great. This morning our good friend Jim aka The Mineral Man sent me this very interesting YouTube video on how to grow 9 of your favorite herbs, in Mason/Ball jars and I absolutely loved watching it. So then I asked Tony to please watch it.

After Tony watched it, like me, he thought this 9 Herbs You Can Grow In Water Over And Over Again For Endless Supply video was really cool, too. And he was ready to give it a try and help me do it.

So this afternoon, when we were, in Kerrville, running errands, we went to the Plant Haus and bought most of the herbs.

And on our way back home we made a quick stop, at the little H-E-B, so I could purchase a few more Ball jars to put our herbs in. Then we came home.

After putting up our groceries, we brought our herbs inside and got to work, while we listened, over and over again, to one of my all time favorite YouTube music videos—The 2007 JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Sound Check, in San Diego.

Then I made this short, less than a minute, video of our finished herb project and the background music I specifically chose is just a small sampling of the the fabulous music from, the great 2007 JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Sound Check, in San Diego YouTube video. And I hope that you will enjoy watching this video while listening to the awesome sound of JJ Cale and Eric Clapton, as much as I do

P.S. I know the title of this post reads: Parsley, Sage & Cale! But we didn't plant any parsley or sage as you will see. We planted Stevia, Peppermint & Spearmint together, Oregano, Rosemary, Sweet Basil, Thyme, Lavender and chives.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

We Love Gladys Ormphby!

This past week has been busy for us. We've spent most of our free time, over at our new property.

We had two big events happen this past week. The first event is that last night we went over to Kinky's Lodge, so we could have a fun visit with him and get to listen to the "rough cut versions" for Kinky's soon-to-be released CD.

Kinky has written all of the fabulous songs recorded for this CD and a few of his close friends helped him out with some of the lyrics. Anyway it is such a great CD and we cannot wait for it to be released.

The second big event this past week actually happened this afternoon and it arrived, in the mail, from one of our very special friends—Ruth Buzzi!  Ruthie is one of the sweetest people on this Planet. And both Tony and I feel so blessed that she (And her husband Kent) are two of our dearest friends.

Anyway, Ruthie took the time to send us this really cute, sweet card, along with an autographed picture of one of her most famous, loved characters, the dowdy spinster, Gladys Ormphby. And we love Ruthie's/Glady's signed photo so much—we are definitely going to get it framed. "Thank you, Ruthie!"

And that's about it for tonight.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Leather Gloves! or Farside! or Old Sunspot AR2665!

Yesterday was great. Around 10:00, Tony came into The Cabin, and said, "Nance, there are some people outside. They are real nice and Dan told me that before he and Jessie, go over to see Kinky, he really wants to meet you first."


"I think he's a musician. He's from Buffalo, New York. And he acts like he knows you and he loves our rescue ranch. I just finished giving them a tour."

"What's his name, again?"

"Dan Gailey." Hmm. His name did not ring a bell with me, but that was not unusual, because we do meet a lot of people. Anyway, I went outside to greet Dan and his friend Jessie, from Austin, who had volunteered for a friend to drive Dan, down to the ranch, so he could hook-up with Kinky and sit-in on the recordings.

I instantly liked Dan and Jessie, so we got to visiting. We talked about our mutual love for dogs and animals, how he knows Kinky and music, etc. And by the time we were done talking we learned that he is one of the co-producers on Kinky's upcoming, new CD, that he and Brian Molnar and several musicians are currently recording, over at the Annex.

After our fun visit with them, he and Jessie followed me and JJ, over to the Lodge, because they didn't know how to get over there. And a few minutes later, after Tony had finished doing his morning chores outside, Kermit brought him over to the Lodge. Bottom   Line: We had a lot of fun visiting with Kinky and everyone else that is involved with making this CD.

Late yesterday afternoon, I baked Kinky and his guests another one of my (Carol's) delicious, mouth-watering Chocolate Sheet Cakes and let's just say that Kinky was more than thrilled to receive it.

After I adios-ed everyone JJ (Cale) and I took off to go over to the property, where Tony was already working. Because I wanted to do some more painting on the boards, for our future kitchen counter top, that we are in the process of building. And the good news is—I didn't get one splinter. But the bad news is—those two, painful splinters are still wedged underneath my fingernail.

This is a what I accomplished yesterday, while wearing my new, pair of protective leather gloves, before we quit and came back home.

And yes, I have not begun to distress it like I was planning to, using the picture below, as my guide, because I am actually loving how it already looks. So we shall see. And if you're a betting person I suggest you bet on the boards above for being our counter top.

Today has been great. After I took care of some rescue ranch business this morning and after Tony had done his morning chores outside, we went, back over to the property, to do some more work.

Then we went to the Home Depot to buy a few more supplies. Then we went basically across the street and ate a delicious lunch at Randy's & Lisa's Save Inn Restaurant. And once again, we ordered the exact same thing—Sinker Omelets and iced teas and I highly recommend that you order it the next time you go to the Save Inn Restaurant.

After lunch we went, to Wolfmueller's Books, to visit with Sandy & Jon for a few minutes and to also pick up a couple of Mike Blakely's paperbacks: Comanche Dawn and Vendetta Gold that Sandy had found and was holding for us.

On our way back home Tony told me that he really wanted to read Comanche Dawn first, which was fine with me, because I've just started reading Marie Bostwick's great book Ties That Bind, Bostwick's fifth awesome book of her Cobbled Court Quilts novels. Seriously, Marie Bostwick has now become my favorite author and I highly recommend you read her novels, because you'll get hooked on her books, too. And that's a promise.

Before I finish writing this post I have one more thing I want you to know. This morning our good friend, Jim aka The Mineral Man sent me this informative Space Weather News link for July 23, 2017 and after reading their Space forecast it got me somewhat worried.

I was worrying, because it is also close to being M.I.R (Mercury In Retrograde) Time, again. Which officially begins on August 13th - September 5th. Anyway, I wanted to let you know about all of this, so you'll be prepared and understand why weird things might start going haywire with your travel plans, computer and other devices, etc.
Space Weather News for July 23, 2017

MASSIVE EXPLOSION ON THE FARSIDE OF THE SUN: On July 23rd, NASA and European spacecraft observed a massive explosion on the far side of the sun. A spectacular CME tore through the sun's atmosphere and it now appears to be en route to Mars. Earth will not feel the effects of the blast because of its location on the opposite side of the sun. However, the source of the eruption, old sunspot AR2665, will turn back toward our planet in early August, possibly bringing a new round of geomagnetic storms and auroras. Read all about it on today's edition of
Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!