Thursday, April 11, 2019

Quirky Characters!

The last few days have been great. We've been working a lot next door, because there have been so many guests staying at Escondida Resort. It is such a beautiful, peaceful place and because it is  one of the most popular resorts in the heart of the Texas Hill Country—people are drawn to it and they never want to go back home. And if you've ever been lucky enough to have been a guest at Escondida you will know exactly what I am talking about.

So for the past few days, if Tony and I weren't working next door we were home working at Big Foot Ranch. We did a ton of much needed mowing and weed-eating which was not that much fun and we also did some home improvements.

Our screen door was our first home improvement project. Tony found our old, Outer Space screen door, in the barn, so we did not have to buy a screen door and two metal, pet screen guards. And the good news is we saved a lot of money by using this screen door and the pet grills.

But the bad news is after I had painted the door and grills red, it took Tony and me almost an hour to put a new screen on the door. Because not having a roller to easily push the spline into the grooves—we used kitchen knives. And when we were finished we each had big blisters on our index fingers.

The blisters were well worth it, because we were so happy to finally have a screen front door. But ten minutes after we celebrated our accomplishment—things went south or better said, "Henry Standing Bear went south.

There we were standing on the front porch admiring our good work when Henry jumped up on the screen door to let himself out, of The Cabin, so he could join us in our celebration.

The good news is Henry did not damage or dent the screen. "Tony, there is no way that I am going to put another screen on that door, again." And Tony totally agreed with me.

So Tony went back inside our barn and when he  finally came out—he had two more pet screen guards, that we had used on our trailer's front and back doors. So I quickly painted them red, too.

While that paint was still drying Tony and I went to the Home Depot in Kerrville, and purchased a gable exhaust fan that Randy had suggested we install to help cool The Cabin. And I bought this great rubber door mat that was on sale and it only cost $6.95.

After we got back home it only took us about fifteen minutes to attach the two other pet screen guards and even though our screen door does look sort of stupid now—there will be no way for Henry Standing Bear, who stands nearly six foot tall—stretched out, to destroy the screen.

Here is a picture of Henry admiring our custom-made-Henry-proof screen door. And our old mat, before we replaced it with our new colorful one, because the old mat does look a little drab.

And here is a picture of the screen door with its four pet grills with the new mat in place.

As I finish writing this tonight, I have just one more thing to tell. Last Sunday afternoon after going over to Kinky's, I stopped by Carol's beautiful ranch, to have a fun visit with her and her sweet sister Carla and their friends: Sug, Julie and Randy. (Randy is the one who recommended to me about us installing a gable exhaust fan to help cool The Cabin.)

Cowgirl Sisterhood Alert—Besides Carol, Carla, Julie, Sug and Randy are all quirky characters in my upcoming third novella The Cowgirl Sisterhood: Ghost Riders In The Sand.

Anyway, I had a wonderful time visiting with everyone and I stayed over there for over two hours—laughing constantly. And here is a picture of us posing in Carol's front yard. And please note that we are all bent over, because our backs were aching from laughing too much or at least that is my excuse.

And that is about all for tonight.

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

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