Saturday, July 20, 2019

Spirits In The Material World! or I Have Mike!

Friday and Saturday have been great to say the least. We have been working a lot next door, at the Escondida Resort and we've been loving getting the extra hours.

Yesterday our good friend Ronnie Namour sent me a copy of his latest music scene column that he had written for the Island Moon. I always love reading his fabulous columns, because he is such a great writer and he has such a great sense of humor.

Long story short, Tony and I met Ronnie several years ago, because of our mutual friend Rick "The Friendly Lighthouse Keeper." And if I remember correctly, every time that Tony and I and our friends went down to Port Aransas to stay at the lighthouse, Rick made a point to be sure to take us to go visit Ronnie. Also Rick brought Ronnie to come visit us when we were still at the rescue ranch. And Ronnie and Rick also came to visit us here at our new place.

Basically when Rick would come up here to see us he always brought along his beautiful, sweet girlfriend Tracy Weatherall or else he would bring Ronnie, who is also good-looking and an encyclopedia on music, too. And it never mattered to Tony or I which one Rick brought along with him, because Tony and I LOVE Tracy & Ronnie.

As y'all already know Rick sadly passed away this past February and it was devastating to us, Ronnie & Tracy and all of Rick's many friends. Here is a picture of Rick that was taken for a Texas Monthly story about him. And a picture that I took of Rick, inside our trailer, hamming it up by pretending to be warming himself up, in front of the TV's faux wood burning fireplace that was in a constant loop.

We loved Rick and just seeing these two pictures of him makes me miss him even more. But thanks to our dear friend, Ronnie Namour, for sending me his latest column—I am sure that Rick is okay on the other side and that he is still up to playing his old pranks on the ones that he loved and left behind. And thanks to Ronnie—I am still laughing after reading Ronnie's hilarious account about Spirits In The Material World!

Here is an excerpt from his latest music column that he wrote for this week's Island Moon.
Three Chords and the Truth
By Ronnie Narmour

"There are spirits in the material world…I’m about to tell you a wild story and you’re probably going to think I’m nuts… or delusional. Maybe, but just let me start by saying I firmly believe there are spirits in the material world. My old friend Lighthouse Rick croaked (his word) last February. We were pals since I got to Port A over ten years ago. Even when Rick moved to Nicaragua, we talked every few days. At the very end when it was obvious he only had a short time left on this world, I spent a good amount of time with him, helping his girlfriend Tracy and other buddy Elisa deal with his final journey. The day before Rick died, we sat in my truck at Caldwell Pier and talked for a few hours. I told him I’d watch after Tracy and make sure she was taken care of. This comforted him. He died the next day and Tracy and I eventually fell in love. Here’s where it gets weird. 

You can’t hang out in my bedroom anymore…

Strange happening as soon as he died. When the three of us were at Charlie Marshall’s Funeral Home in AP making arrangements in a meeting room and the funeral director left to go get something, a door leading to a showroom with caskets and urns and funeral paraphernalia flew open by itself, there was no one in there, and a blast of cold, cold air hit us. It was wild and obvious and really cold. All three of us knew it was Rick. We struggled for another explanation. We walked into the room and it wasn’t that cold in there. Fast forward to last week… one night when I got up to get some water, the light on my ceiling fan came on by itself when I was out of the room. It woke Tracy up. You have to pull the chain three times to turn that light on. The next night when I again got up for water and Tracy was sleeping, the wind chime in the corner of my bedroom shook violently and there was no wind or reason for it. I know spirits attach themselves to material objects and Rick’s laptop, with all his pictures and stuff, sat directly under the wind chime. I got rid of it the next day and had some sage that Sally Marco’s (Gratitude in Port A) Shaman daughter Jasmine gave me and we did a thorough cleansing of both our houses, burning the sage, assuring Rick that we would always love him but he couldn’t hang out in our bedrooms anymore. So far so good with that, I think he got the point but the jury’s still out. Rick could be cantankerous.

I have Mike Ellis…
Then yesterday I got a call from Janet Planet, “Ronnie, I have Mike Ellis.” Mike Ellis is the founder of the Island Moon and died nine years ago. Janet went on to tell me that she had been talking to Patsy Jones on some dimension recently. Patsy died a long time ago, too. I just went with it. Patsy was a folk singer and wrote the classic song, ”That’s My Island”. Mike Ellis and Patsy were great friends and Mike would often roll around on the ground when she sang about tumbling tumble weeds. Janet Planet said that while she was talking to Patsy in spirit-land, a tumble weed blew up in her yard and she was sure it was Mike Ellis and she wanted me to have him, and brought the tumbleweed over to my house and hung it up on my clothes line, where it still is. I’m not trying to go anywhere with this story. I’m just telling you what happened. You can’t make this stuff up. I told you, you’d probably think I’m nuts. I think it’s time to talk about some music now…."

(Then there is this hilarious photo taken by Ronnie, of the tumble weed hanging from Ronnie's clothes line.)
 "Mike Ellis is on my clothes line and Lighthouse Rick is in my bedroom."
      —Ronnie Namour

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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

I Leaned Out The Window And Snapped!

Today has been great sort of. The bad news or weird news is this afternoon Tony walked down the driveway to get our mail and when he returned, he calmly said, "There is a dead coral snake on our driveway." Then he handed me the mail.

I could not believe how calm Tony was when he told me about the snake, because if it had been me that had discovered the dead-deadly snake—I would still be shaking in my boots and be  trembling so badly that I would not be able to type this post.

Anyway, there was a notice from the Post Office for me to come and pick up a package, so Tony and I decided to go get it, before the Post Office closed for the day.

When we neared our mailbox, Tony stopped the truck, so I could take a picture of the snake to use on my blog. So I leaned out the window and snapped this picture.

It is not a great picture, because I was too far away, so Tony took my camera, got out of Trigger and went up close and took this picture of the snake.

And Tony thinks that it must have been about 4 -5 foot long, before it decided to expire near our mailbox. And we don't know for sure what killed it, because Tony told me that it did not look run over or crushed. So I guess that will always remain an unsolved mystery.

But we are certain that it is a coral snake, because as we all know that famous old saying—"Red on yellow kills a fellow. Red on black venom lack," etc. So that is my creepy news for today.

Besides having to deal with the untimely death of this coral snake I do have some wonderful news to tell. Bandera Electic Co-Op e-mailed me our electric bill today. 

I know it is sad or should I say semi-pathetic when someone gets excited over receiving an electric bill, but I did! Because it has been over a month since Danny and Ernest put in our new, insulated ceiling and  instead of our electric bill being over $350.00 like it was last September—it was only $120.86!!! And we are celebrating this great news. So Life is good.

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

Monday, July 15, 2019


Today has been great even though we are still in M.I.R. (Mercury In Retrograde) Time and tomorrow night is a full moon. It is sort of like a double-whammy happening, but I can deal with it. (Knock-on-wood.)

This afternoon I fixed us a delicious lunch. We had leftovers of my Spinach & Artichokes mixed with a mouth-watering raw cashew sauce. And we had a delicious whole food plant-based version of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream. Totally delicious!

I found this tasty (healthy) "ice cream" recipe on Forks Over Knives and the four main ingredients are frozen bananas, frozen cherries, vanilla extract and almond milk. The video I watched on how to make it suggested topping it off with sliced almonds or using dark chocolate chips sweetened with stevia. So I used both sliced almonds and Lily's Dark Chocolate, stevia sweetened chocolate chips.

It only took Jaws, my trusty Vita-Mix machine, a couple of minutes to make it and Tony and I both agreed that it is our new favorite "ice cream" dessert. And if you are interested you can check out this awesome recipe on Forks Over Knives. And the very best part of this recipe is it is totally vegan and guilt-free with no sugar added.

And as I finish writing this post I want y'all to know that Tony has already lost 20 pounds in one month and I too am losing weight, but at a much slower pace. But I am fine with that too, because my 501 Levi's are getting close to being replaced with the next size smaller and by September 1st or sooner I should be wearing my regular size of smaller Levi's!

P.S. I still have ten pairs of these smaller sized Levi's jeans packed away underneath the bed, because when I started gaining weight I simply could not bare to give them up, with hopes that someday I would be wearing them again. So Life is Good.

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Blue Light Special!

Yesterday afternoon after returning from running many errands in Kerrville, I started cleaning up little areas in the kitchen and the big room. Like dust away cobwebs, remove layers of dust from things, etc.

You see, last week I decided to start doing 10 minute spurts two or three times a day (or evenings) deep cleaning small areas in the house, because I do love having a clean home, but spending hours or days deep cleaning depending on the job is simply not my cup of tea, so to speak.

And little by little or day by day—The Cabin is starting to look like we don't live here with our five four-leggers. And I am calling my many little accomplished tasks a small miracle. And here is a picture that I took of my almost cleaned-up kitchen area.

After I had deep cleaned a few more areas I treated myself to a sleepless, forty-five minute nap, with our dogs. They loved it and so did I.

Once out of bed, I went into the kitchen and put 3 AA batteries in a little, three foot long, twenty-tiny twinkle lights rope, that I had bought on sale, yesterday, at Home Town Craft store. 

I have always loved little white twinkling lights and because these were on sale I simply could not resist buying them.

Anyway, I decided to put them in the cobalt blue candy dish that I cherish, because thirty years ago my sweet mom had given it to me. And even though I never put candy in the pretty dish, for years I've used it to put business cards in. Here is a picture of it, on my desk, but unfortunately my camera  didn't do it justice, because it just shows the candy dish glowing—instead of showing each individual light. 

 But I still love it anyway, because when I turn it on each little light shows up just fine. It is just the camera's fault, or probably because of M.I.T.

Late yesterday afternoon Carol called me and invited Tony and I to come over for a visit. And while we were over there we got to talking about our whole food plant based diets and when I told her that I needed more recipes Carol stood there and e-mailed me several of her favorite Pinterest healthy recipes to help me out.

Then she told me about this awesome veggie burger recipe for me to watch on YouTube, etc.

So today has been great, because late this morning, while Tony was working next door, I watched this great YouTube video on how to make the whole food plant based veggie burgers that Carol had raved about.

After watching this fun to watch, informative cooking demonstration, I already had all of the ingredients, so I quickly and easily made the (S.O.B Burgers—Smokey, Oat, Burgers) veggie burgers. Here are pictures of the mixture, the uncooked veggie burgers and the cooked veggie burgers—that were so delicious Tony is still raving about them.

So while these tasty veggie burgers cooked, I decided to make the oatmeal cookies recipe that Carol had also sent to me, because I also had all of the ingredients. And here are pictures of the before cooked cookies and the mouth-watering cookies I made using dates, raisins, old fashioned oats, almond butter, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla extract and walnuts. With no sugar, flour, butter or oil.

As soon as they came out of the oven I went next door to pick Tony up, so we could eat lunch and to say the least—he ate two veggie burgers and two cookies and he told me that they were the best veggie burgers and cookies that he has ever eaten. And it is true and I have Carol to thank for sharing these awesome recipes with me.

If you are at all curious about these two fabulous, super-healthy recipes, here is the short, YouTube link that gives you the recipe and shows you how to make the healthiest, most delicious veggie burgers: 

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Little Green "Alien" Visits Escondida Resort & Spa!

Today has been great, but then again it is still early. This morning over at the beautiful Escondida Resort & Spa, Tony and I were talking to sweet Darlene and the magnificent Sarah, when our friend Lisa came over to us, and said, "Come on guys. Hurry! You've got to see this!"

And not on purpose, but in a wannabe Tim Conway imitation, the four of us scooted/shuffled our way over to see what Lisa wanted us to see right outside of the main office.

"I was just passing by," Lisa explained, "when I caught a glimpse of this green thing in the corner of my eye." And with our cameras ready to shoot, we all leaned in closer to see what this tiny green creature was.

When we saw what it was, it immediately put big smiles on all of our faces. And I said, "Omg,  It is way too cute!...." As we excitedly talked about this adorable, little green alien visitor at Escondida, Tony and I both started taking several pictures of it. And here are just a few more pictures of the little frog that I immediately tagged Kermit.

Of course Tony took much better pictures of this little green alien visitor than me and I wish that all of y'all could have been over there to see it, because it brought instant joy to all of us. Because being  at Escondida, surrounded by all its natural beauty and nature, and then getting to meet Kermit is just another great reason why Tony and I love getting to work over there. 

And as I finish writing this morning's post I am listening to Louis Armstrong sing "What A Wonderful World." Even though I am well aware that is M.I.R. (Mercury In Retrograde) Time.

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

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Proof Really Is In The Pudding!

Today has been great, even though my thumb still aches and the old Band-Aids we have— keep coming off.

I have nothing spectacular to write about this afternoon, so I am going to tell you about my new recipe.

Late this morning Tony was grumbling about being hungry and so was his stomach, so after I put a new Band-Aid on my thumb I got creative in the kitchen and came up with Cousin Nancy's Chili with Beans recipe. And here it is:

Water-Sauteed: red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, garlic and veggie burgers. (I didn't have any crumbles, is why I used the veggie burgers.)

Remove veggie burgers and set aside. Using a blender chop up all of the vegetables. Pour into a pan and add a small can of tomato sauce, a can of rotel tomatoes, beans, chili powder, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.

Take the softened veggie burger and dice them up in the blender. Add the crumbles to the mixture. Heat and serve. (Makes 4 servings)

The reason that I keep writing about the importance of eating a plant-based whole foods diet is because Tony and I love this major lifestyle change, even though we do allow ourselves to cheat a little, because of French Vanilla CoffeeMate in the morning and one beer and one glass of wine in the evening.

Also because a friend of mine recently told their team of cancer doctors, at M.D. Anderson, that a month ago, after they had received their cancer diagnosis from them—they started eating a plant-based whole foods diet, and these medical experts told my friend that it was the best thing he/she could do to fight their cancer. And they also told my friend that they wished everybody would eat a plant-based whole food diet.  

And even more amazing, after my friend had committed to eating a plant-based whole food diet for a month—yesterday, at M.D. Anderson he/she was told that all of the bad "numbers" from last month had improved significantly. So the proof is really in the pudding, so to speak.

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

Unconditional Love!

Today has sort of been great, because it is M.I.R. (Mercury In Retrograde) time, again. Mercury went retrograde yesterday and it will last until August 2nd. Anyway, I just wanted everyone to be aware of it in case y'all didn't know.

A few weeks ago when our dear friends Drew & Ellie visited us and Drew cooked us a delicious, healthy lunch, they forgot to take their Foley metal, measuring 1/2 cup with them. When I discovered it in the dishwasher I sent them an e-mail telling them I would keep it until their next visit.

I've ended up using their little 1/2 cup measuring cup a few times and I liked it so much I went to Amazon and purchased a stainless steel set for me, because all of my life I've always used those plastic measuring cups.

Also, few days ago when Tony and I were buying groceries at the big H-E-B, in Kerrville, I decided that I also needed to buy a decent kitchen knife, because Drew teased me about it when I told him that I always use a steak knife when I am cutting up food. And before we ate lunch Drew informed me that a sharp knife is much safer to use than a dull steak knife. Point taken. Even though Tony tried to explain to Drew that I am not good with knives.

So this afternoon when I started chopping up vegetables for our lunch, I used my new knife. A Farberware that cost me less than $12.00. Instead of using my trusted steak knife.

While I was chopping up some red and green bell peppers, the new knife slipped and yes, I cut the edge of my thumb. and it started to bleed.

So while I am running water over the cut, Tony walks inside with the mail. "You've got a package from Amazon. Omg, did you cut yourself?..."

So while I am trying to put this giant Band-Aid around my thumb, Tony opened my package for me and asked me what it was.

And ten minutes later we were eating a delicious veggie burger covered in cooked mushrooms, red and green bell peppers and onions and topped off with avocado. We also had a side of homemade pinto beans, in bowls, but I forgot to take a picture of them. 

Then after we ate, using Jaws, my Vita-mix machine, I made us some homemade peach ice cream using pecan pieces, almond milk, peaches and 1/2 tsp. of maple syrup. And Tony loved it as much as I did.

And I guess that is about it for tonight, because I plan to make some pop corn for Henry and me and watch Unconditional Love, one of my favorite comedy movies starring Kathy Bates and Dan Aykroyd. With guest appearances by Julie Andrews and Barry Manilow.

And just so you'll know—Tony put my new Farberware Edgekeeper, in a kitchen drawer with instructions for me not to ever use it again. So I guess when Drew & Ellie come back to visit us I will give him my kitchen knife along with his measuring cup.

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

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Kinky FREEDOM Band Rocks Big Time!

Today has been great and then it became totally awesome this afternoon when Tony told me about Chet O'Keefe playing in a new band—the Kinky Freedom Band! Yes, freedom—not Friedman.

So I immediately went on YouTube to watch the Kinky Freedom Band and I was so thrilled to see our dear friend Chet O'Keefe playing some fabulous music with our other dear musician friends Jeff Haislip and Marc Utter and their band members Scott Walker and Scott McClanahan.

Please click here to watch the Kinky Freedom Band playing the song that Jeff and Marc wrote "Living The Dream," at the SOTOL FEST, in Terlingua. And then please help Chet and the band get the word out about there incredibly great sound by sharing this link on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

And be sure to watch the entire video, because Willie, Chet's beautiful dog also makes a stage appearance! Which didn't surprise me because Willie is a ham and a great entertainer, too.

And as I am finishing writing this, Tony comes back into the big room and says, "Liz (Chet's beautiful sweetheart) also posted a video of the Kinky Freedom band. It's awesome!"

So, I immediately went to Liz's page and watched her video of the Kinky Freedom Band performing at the famous Starlight Theatre, in Terlingua!

And as you can tell I am all excited about this great band and I am so happy for all of our friends. So Life is Good here and in Terlingua, too. Viva Terlingua!

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

No Regrets!

Yesterday Tony and I went to the Cracker Barrel, in Kerrville, to eat lunch with our dear friends: Kris & Jim and Denise & Les. But I have a confession to make, but I will tell you about it later.

For Tony and me it was Day 16 of us mainly eating a plant based, whole foods diet. Since starting this healthy lifestyle change we have totally excluded: beef, pork, chicken, lamb, fish all dairy, etc. and Tony has lost 12 pounds and let's just say that my weight is coming off much slower than his.

Tony and I have not missed eating meat, fowl, fish and dairy, because when we decided to eat healthier we decided not to give up everything that we love to eat.

We decided to keep on drinking our two morning coffees with the delicious Coffee Mate French Vanilla. Which I know is non-dairy, but is full of chemicals. And we also decided to allow ourselves to cheat once a month if we are really craving something—as long as we would jump back on the wagon and continue to eat mainly vegetables and fruits.

We decided to cheat once a month after Drew & Ellie came to visit us. They are vegans and health fanatics and they are extremely healthy and intelligent.

When Ellie told us, while eating one of my black bean brownies, that she has been a vegan since age 15 she gave us some much needed advice. "It is okay to cheat every once in a while and then get back to eating healthy the next day, because if you don't you will simply quit and give up. And then go back to making poor food choices that can wreck your health." And we decided that those were words for us to live by. And it works.

So yesterday, while enjoying a fun time with our good friends, I was munching on small servings of green beans, pinto beans, coleslaw and carrots, while Tony enjoyed "His Cheat Day" eating fried catfish with green beans, pinto beans and along with a buttermilk biscuit.

Near the end of our lunch, one of the girls started talking about dessert and they showed me this picture of this beautiful, banana pudding with vanilla wafers and topped off with whipped cream, just as I was eating my last bite of coleslaw.

When the friendly waitress came to our table to ask if any of us wanted desserts—Denise and Kris ordered the banana pudding deal and I must confess that I ordered it, too.

It was absolutely delicious and I enjoyed eating it without feeling any guilt, because yesterday became my once a month Cheat Day. And I have no regrets.

After our fun lunch with friends Tony and I went to the big H-E-B to pick up a few more groceries and this time I put in my cart: some frozen dark, sweet cherries, veggie burgers, bananas, almond milk, vanilla extract and walnuts.

FYI: I know that veggie burgers aren't made with only vegetables, but we are fine with that, because Tony and I have decided to just be vegans and just eat healthier.

We are still going to avoid eating anything that has eyes (or shells-eggs), avoid sugar, white flour, bread, pasta, etc., because we know that we can live with that.

Today, Day 17, for our healthy lunch I water-sautéed mushrooms, onion, garlic, red and green bell peppers and I served them over a veggie burger—topped with avocado with sliced tomatoes and bowls of beans. And for our dessert I made us delicious Banana Walnut Ice Cream, a fabulous recipe from my Eat To Live Cookbook, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. And it takes less than 5 minutes to make.

And I only used these four ingredients: frozen bananas, almond milk, walnuts and vanilla extract. Tony and I plan to eat this regularly for dessert and tomorrow I am making the book's Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream recipe! Life is good.

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

So Good!

Today has been great and so has this past week. We've been busy working next door and over here.  And I've been doing a lot of writing. Everyday I have been trying new healthy recipes and so far—so good.

This evening I had planned to write, but when Tony went outside to do some weed-eating I couldn't help myself, so I went outside and started trimming trees, shrubs, etc. and the time just got away from me. But I must brag that everything outside looks much better than it did.

Tonight I plan to do more editing on my novella. So, I promise to write something tomorrow night.

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Instant Pot!

Today has been great and it has been so much fun, because Drew & Ellie, our dear world-traveling friends came to see us this morning.

The minute they arrived we started talking non-stop and we laughed so much my back is aching. I knew this would happen to my back, but seeing them is well worth it.

When they arrived we sat around in the big room drinking coffee. And I served them the delicious black bean brownies that I had made a few days ago and like us—they loved them, too. And Ellie even asked me for the recipe, so I printed one out for her.

When we were discussing eating whole food plant-based foods, because for several years they have been eating this way, we started trading recipes and they gave us some helpful tips to help keep us on track, etc.

At one point when Drew noticed that we have an Instant Pot, he told us that they have one and then he asked if he could cook lunch for us, because he wanted to show me how to cook this easy soup recipe. And of course our answer was yes.

Then Ellie went out to their RV and returned with all of the ingredients he needed to cook us soup: carrots, celery, rice, Edwards & Sons Not-Chick'n 4 bouillon cubes and a package of Quorn Meatless Pieces (chicken). And as Drew chopped up the vegetables I took these pictures of the packages.

Thirty minutes later after Drew had seasoned the soup with some salt and pepper, we enjoyed eating his incredibly delicious soup and Tony ate a second bowl of it, because he loved it so much. 

 A few hours later—Bottom  Line: We hated adios-ing these two special people, because we love them so much.

After they drove away I was feeling a little down because they had gone and I knew it could be months or even a year before we would see them again. 

Anyway after I had cleaned up the kitchen my mild depression didn't last very long, because we had to go to the Post Office, in Medina, so I could pick up my George Foreman 4 Serving Grill & Panini. Also we went to Medina, because Tony had to go the Medina Ace Hardware to buy some air compressor parts that he needed for a job.

 When we got back home I opened up the box. Omg, I love this grill and I cannot wait to grill us some delicious vegetables on it. And now I am wondering if I could grill pancakes on it since I no longer have a waffle maker.

And that is about it for this evening, because I plan to do some writing and editing.

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Twice As Much!

Today has been great. This morning Tony walked into the kitchen and announced, "I've lost 11 pounds!" And he was so thrilled about it, he did notice the waffle maker, inside the trash can.

"I've lost 6 pounds," I said, as I covered up the waffle maker with a couple of paper towels. "And I know it is not water weight, because I'm drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day." Then Tony left to go to work next door for a few hours. And I tied up the trash bag and took it outside.

Feeling a little jealous, because Tony had lost almost twice the amount of weight than me I decided to get some exercise, so I finished drinking my cup of coffee and then I washed it down with two glasses of ice cold water. Then I went outside and started pushing the lawn mower around for a few hours. And I got everything mowed before Tony came home for lunch.

This afternoon Tony and I had to go to Kerrville to wash and dry a load of laundry, at the Country Clean Laundromat, and to buy more vegetables and fruits.

When Tony and I were walking up to the laundromat, a friendly voice opened the front door and Kinky greeted us, "Hi Nance and Tone!" So we had a fun visit with him, outside and before we adios-ed each other Kinky had invited Tony and me to eat lunch with him and Dylan, at 2:30. But we declined his invitation, because of bad timing and also because we had already made plans to go visit Sandy & Jon, at Wolfmueller's Books, while waiting for our laundry to dry.

While our laundry washed, at the Country Clean Laundromat, Tony and I went to the big H-E-B to get gas and to buy more whole plant based groceries . And after we returned to the laundromat we tossed our clothes, etc. into a big dryer and then we went to go visit Sandy & Jon for thirty minutes, because the dry was set for 42 minutes.

We had a wonderful visit with Jon & Sandy. We caught up on each others latest news and we also did a lot of laughing. And that is about it for now.

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

Monday, June 24, 2019

Rinse & Repeat! or Waffeling!

Today and the last few days have been great. We worked a lot, at Escondida Resort and when I wasn't working I spent most all of time writing or sleeping and I spent the other hours shopping for vegetables and fruits and preparing us delicious, healthy meals. So yes, Tony and I are still only eating vegetables and fruits and we really are loving this new lifestyle change. Plus the pounds are melting away. And it is not water weight, because we are daily drinking a ton of water and eating as much vegetables and fruits as we want.

The other evening, at Escondida, while we working in the kitchen, Rob grilled these beautiful, delicious vegetables outside and they were so tasty it inspired me to try to grill us some vegetables. So the other day I picked up some vegetables when we went to the big H-E-B. for groceries. Here is a picture that I took of Rob's grilled veggies that Escondido's guests raved about.

Yesterday morning around 7:00, when Tony and I were drinking coffee, before going to work—the electricity went out. So I stayed home and Tony went up to the top of the pass to phone in the outage. Then he went to Escondida to see if their electricity was out, too. And they too had no electricity. 

Then Tony came back home and told me that the Bandera Electric was aware of the outage and they were working on it. And we should be getting our electricity turned back on around 9:00.

Then Tony went back over to Escondida to work. I stayed home, because I did not want to leave our dogs  alone without electricity.

Around 8:45, knowing that we would have power soon and I needed to go to work, I jumped into the shower to wash my hair. And everything was fine until I had lathered up, because suddenly there was no more water, because the pump had no electricity.

So  there I stood in the shower covered in shampoo and soap with no way of rinsing it off. So I dried myself off with a towel and then I waited for the power to come back on, so I could do a do-over—like the shampoo bottle suggests—Rinse & Repeat. And the good news is the electricity finally came back on around 9:30 and I went next door to work for a few hours.

This morning while Tony was next door working I was cooking and preparing our dog's breakfast for tomorrow morning and I decided to multi-task and that can be very risky for someone my age.  

Anyway while the dog's brown rice was cooking in my Instant Pot, the first thing I did was mix up a batch of black bean brownies using dates (sugar substitute), raw almond butter, vanilla, natural non-alkalized cocoa powder and ground chia seeds. Then I tossed them into the 200 degree oven for them to bake for 90 minutes.

With so much time on my hands, I finished preparing our dog's breakfast and then I put it into the refrigerator. 

Then I decided to make us healthy (non-alcohol) Bloody Mary juice to drink with our lunch. Here are the ingredients that I juiced together: tomatoes, red bell peppers, celery, lemon juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper.

After I put the faux Bloody Mary juice inside the fridge to chill, I cleaned the juicer and put it back where it belongs, on the counter.

Then I decided to try to cook the squash and zucchini like Rob did the other night. But I did not want to grill it outside, so I went hunting for my small, pink, George Foreman (dorm-sized) Grill, but I could not find it anywhere.

I was really disappointed about not finding it, so I got creative. I pulled out my waffle maker machine and decided to try using it to grill the vegetables.

Because the brownies were still baking in the toaster oven, I knew it would take at least 5 minutes to cook two sliced veggies at a time, on the waffle maker, so I decided to water-sauté a few mushrooms, because we are suppose to eat mushrooms everyday. 

When Tony came home for lunch I had just pulled the cooked brownies out of the oven to cool.

 And I had also just finished grilling the last of the vegetable waffles. And yes I know they don't look as pretty as Rob's beautiful, grilled vegetables with the grill marks. But I'm fine with it, because I like the little, square dimples pressed into my grilled veggies.

When Tony saw my dented grilled vegetables he teased me about using the waffle maker instead of grilling them outside, while I sliced up a Roma tomato and then we ate lunch.

Our lunch was totally delicious and we also had a delicious brownie for dessert, because we had to, because we are supposed to eat at least one serving of beans everyday. Here are pictures of the healthy lunch that I prepared for us today.

P.S. I do not recommend using a waffle maker to "grill" vegetables, because I think mine is ruined, with stuck on burnt veggies. I tried heating it up and let it burn-off, but I can't get it clean enough to use again. So I guess next the time we have company I will be cooking them pancakes instead of Belgian waffles.

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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Day 4!

Today has been great. Tony and I worked this morning and tonight we will be working again, at Escondida Resort. So this is going to be a short post.

Well today is day 4 of our diet lifestyle change and Tony and I can already tell we are losing some weight, because our faces don't look fat. But then again, it could just be my poor eyesight.

For lunch today I really knocked it out of the ball park. I water-sautéed all of these vegetables:
purple cabbage, zucchini, onion, corn, black beans, cauliflower, garlic, carrots, mushrooms and I seasoned it with Bragg's Amino Protein. And it was so delicious, I was going to show you a picture of my plate, but it was not a pretty picture even though it was so tasty.

Never mind. Here is the picture anyway.

I made us smoothies using these ingredients: cabbage, kale, beet, blueberries and almond milk. And yes, it was delicious, too. (Note: That is Henry Standing Bear and Beau Bridges looking out the front window.)

Then for our afternoon snack I used our juicer and made us Pear Bear juice. For several years this has been one of our favorite juices and here is the recipe:

Cousin Nancy's Pear Bear Juice

2 Beets
1/2 Lemon
2 Carrots
1 Apple
1 Pear
1" of Ginger

Tomorrow after we work in the morning Tony and I are going to Kerrville to stock up on more vegetables and fruits. And since our dogs love the scrambled eggs with brown rice, kale and carrots so much—we'll up a couple of cartons of eggs for them. So Life is good.

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

One Board At A Time!

The last few days have been great. Sunday afternoon Carol came over to see us and we got to show-off our new ceilings. And needless to say Carol was totally impressed with Danny's and Ernest's beautiful kitchen and big room ceiling.

And Carol also loved our bedroom ceiling that Tony and I put up—one board at a time.

Anyway, while she was visiting with us in our much cooler, air-conditioned big room, we got to talking about the healthy, plant-based whole food diet, because she has been doing it religiously for a very long time. She absolutely loves eating plant-based whole foods and she swears by it.

Carol talked about watching the documentary What the Health, on Netflix, and I thought I had seen it a few years ago, because after watching it, if I remember right, I had downloaded the Kindle version of Dr. Fuhrman's EAT TO LIVE COOKBOOK. But because I realized I don't enjoy looking at cookbooks on Kindle—here is a picture of my hardback copy.

Anyway after we had adios-ed each other I decided to check out the documentary to make sure that I had seen it. Bottom   Line: I had not watched this documentary and I totally loved it. So Monday morning, Tony and I only ate plant based foods.

This meant no more red meat, chicken, fish, pork, lamb, dairy, fried foods, sugar, white rice and white flour products. Needless to say Tony was not all that guns-ho about it. (Because he had not watched the What the Health documentary.) But Tony was a good sport about it as I filled our grocery cart with vegetables and fruits, etc.

Tuesday afternoon Tony and I met Kris & Jim for lunch, at the Acapulco restaurant and on our way there Tony asked if it would be okay with me if he got off of the diet and ate carne gaisada. I told him, "Sure. But I am only going to eat side orders of: guacamole, charro beans and corn tortillas." But the truth is I actually ate a serving of guacamole, charro beans, corn tortillas and rice. Because I had forgotten about not eating white rice. My mistake.

Long story short, last night Tony and I watched What the Health together and after we watched it Tony told me that he was glad he watched the documentary and he was now ready to get serious about only eating plant-based whole foods.

So today for our lunch I water-sautéed all of these vegetables: cabbage, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, red kidney beans (already cooked) and garlic and I seasoned it with Bragg's Amino Protein (natural soy sauce). It was totally delicious and this is what my plate looked like.

And instead of us drinking water or milk with our meal, I used Jaws, my Vita-mix machine, and made us delicious, healthy smoothies using: kale, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, frozen mixed fruit, banana and almond milk. And the second Bottom    Line: It was totally delicious, too!

As I finish writing this here is a link to a short YouTube video of Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen Check List, if you are interested in eating whole food plant-based foods. And here is the link to the What the Health trailer. And here is a picture that I took of sweet Henry Standing Bear napping in our much cooler cabin.

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

P.S. Because I watched What the Health, I am now cooking our dogs breakfast using: scrambled eggs, brown rice, carrots, kale and vegetable broth, etc.—using eggs instead of hot dogs.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Thank You, Danny! We Love You!

Today has been incredibly great thanks to our dear friend Danny and his awesome helper Ernest!
Bottom    Line: We have the prettiest and best insulated ceiling in Texas!!!

I keep pinching myself, because it looks so beautiful and The Cabin is so cool, in so many ways.

Thank you, Danny! We love you!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Be Cool!

Today has been great and this past week has simply flown by. It is hard for me to know where to start telling all of the things that have been going on, so I will just highlight the main events.

As y'all already know Tony and I put in a ceiling in the bedroom and it was a ton of work, especially for Tony, because he had to nail up one board after another and  then shoved the pink insulation between each rafter.

Anyway, because we were so thrilled how much our/his work helped cool the house we decided to go ahead and do the rest of The Cabin—the kitchen and the big room.

Long story short the other day when our dear friend Danny was here, Tony told him about our upcoming ceiling project. Danny offered to install the new ceiling and it turns out that Tony and him worked out a trade, so the only thing that would cost us was the materials.

So this past Saturday Tony and I took the day off from working next door and we worked here—helping (gopher-ing for) Danny and Ernest, his electrician helper. And just so you'll know, before we started The Cabin's front porch looked like Medina's version of Home Depot and the inside of The Cabin looked like a tornado had hit it.

With the four of us excited about putting in the ceiling by end of day things went south fast, because all 22 rafters were hanging at various heights from the roof and we also needed more electrical work than anticipated. So to say the least I tried to be optimistic about it all, but it was hard trying not to frown even though Danny had figured out a solution.

In no time flat Danny and Ernest started running string lines from the kitchen to the front door, underneath the rafters, etc. so they they could accurately measure and make each rafter the same height from the roof 

It took several hours for them to "rip" 22 strips from 2 x4s. And basically one end of the strip would be as tall as 3 inches and would go from 3" down to a thin sliver. And the pictures below shows some of the strips in place. (They are the white looking strips nailed to the bottom of the rafters.)

And while Danny and Ernest were fixing things Tony pulled me aside and suggested that I go work on my writing cabin, because I was talking to much to Danny, when he was trying to think.

My feelings weren't hurt, because I knew Tony was right, so I hauled several boards to my writing cabin while Tony was setting up the chop saw and connecting the nail guns to the air compressor, so I could work inside the cabin. And in no time at all I was chopping wood, nailing boards, etc. while listening to my music.

Around 6:00, the four of us called it a day, because we were all tired and exhausted from the heat. And even though only six sheets of 4 x 8 OSB were hung up and the insulation installed we all felt good, because all of the building issues and electrical issues had been solved and fixed. And the only thing that left for us to do was put up the OSB sheets and insert the insulation. And this is how we left things, until Danny and Ernest come back this Saturday to finish putting up the ceiling. Then we will be done with expensive electric bills and be cool and comfortable.

And to my disbelief I honestly do love the new OSB ceiling, even though Danny had suggested that we paint it. But I've decided not to paint it, because it looks rustic just the way it is. So all is great.

This afternoon Tony and I went to Kerrville to run a few errands and I purchased a new rain gauge, at Home Depot, because when we had that freak hail storm it broke pieces out of the top yellow funnel—giving us inaccurate rain counts.

And here is our new magnified rain gauge that we purchased for less than $4.00!.

And that is about it for today, because Tony and I are going to go visit with Kent & Ruthie (Ruth Buzzi) and Sarah next door, at Escondida Resort. And then I plan to write the rest of the evening.

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