Tuesday, April 26, 2016


may I introduce you please?


  • both have jobs
  • have a teen, 8 year old, 1 year old and June Carter Cash lab
  • teach Sunday School and volunteer for other local events and charities
  • own and operate Yellow Bird
  • are under full scale home remodel and have been eating out of a crock pot for months
  • build custom cool stuff for customers like the light below
  • go to auctions on the weekends to find cool stuff for customers
  • are about to launch a vintage lumber yard
  • and never and I mean never ask anything of anyone

this family is one cool family
and I am so proud of them!

I hope you like the link to their online store!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Do you Facebook? 
I only do so I can put the HPO headlines front and center...as an old person, I have to face that social media is the way the majority of the public inform themselves. 
I have taken advantage of it and have LIKED several pages that are helpful and I can learn from.

Recently there was a FACEBOOK FIGHT on a bee association page...how can you tell it was a fight?  It's so interesting how the tone of a written word makes itself loud and clear! 

The topic...keeping bees or having bees...two entirely different things and the whole rant really put me in my place.

I am not and never will be a
so I guess that makes me a

this is my life list and I wanted to raise honey bees for a very very long time...so long ago that I almost forgot about it!

I suspect this was me in some other life...I would be the one drawing, except she's right handed

maybe what I really love the most is growing flowers and therefore having bees just comes with it

and no matter what, if you keep or have...you will get a bee sting

don't be scared...it only hurts for a little while...last week I got a bee sting on my upper lip and reminded myself of Marge....as my dad used to say
"I've had worse on my lip and never stopped whistling"

HAVING bees is so easy...no daily checks of the hive, no finding the queen and putting a dot on her, no inspections for mites and worms and bugs and stuff...no...just let the bees be bees like they have been doing for thousands of years...all without the help of a human

on occasion...giving them a little intoxicating cedar smoke (it intoxicates me too!)

and taking just a little bit of God's perfect food to have and share...

I hear it's the best thing in the world for a bee sting!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


We are so lucky to live a decently short drive to the Land of Enchantment.  We often can take a weekend and get lost in the drive there, which takes about 5 hours.

Typically we go to Santa Fe because it's I-40 most of the way, but from time to time there is no better place for a hippy hipster to visit than Taos.  There are many very cool places to stay and this time we chose The Historic Taos Inn with the famous Doc Martin's Bar 

We considered the El Monte, but truthfully it is the place to stay when the leaves are turning and there is a winter chill in the air...but of course you simply must have a cocktail at

The Anaconda Bar (can you see that brass scaled snake?)
the Anaconda bar is at

We always stop in to light a candle at the

and pop into Two Graces Art Gallery where this time I could not pass up a piece of fabric...Mr. PV was a little surprised that this was my "purchase" of the trip.  Actually, I left the fabric behind and it haunted me until I contacted Robert and Holly and had them ship it to me a few days later.

What I couldn't forget, is the story that Robert told me about the fabric, how long he'd had it, that he purchased it in Boston and about the man who created it.  I loved the story and the history and the color of the print block was incredible. 

so here I am....I have had two large pillows made for my sofa with enough fabric left over to do something fantastic with.  I am thinking I will take a large square and frame it under glass...and if I have enough after that I will have Mr. PV a vest made to go with his bolo...j/k...or maybe I'm not???

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


have you ever wondered the value of your existence?

of course we all have value and we all have our own sphere of influence
I just wonder sometimes if we realize the power that lies in the story of our lives

this man....is very smart.  
He graduated first in his class in junior high and high school
he was the class president
he went on to college, working his way through...
while he was attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, he worked at the sports hall the entire time
and came home to Spearman in the summer to work at First National Bank

just out of college he was hired as a teller at Amarillo National Bank where he worked for 6 months
and then began his lifelong career at First National Bank in Spearman

from the time I have known him
he has had goals
structured, well planned, 

he wrote his life goals when he was in the 8th grade

he never ever stopped
planning, thinking, wanting and working

and along the way he has made many many friends
I know he has made a few enemies...he is not perfect...but
he is honest and fair and good

he is a teacher
his example is simple

and then.....
apologize when you need to
and above all else

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


This Henry came to America as a young boy and became a farmer in Ochiltree County Texas,

he married Pauline "Pauly"

This Henry came to Bokchita Oklahoma Indian Territory, as a young boy by way of
he married Phoebe Onie

this Henry
 turned one on February 26
and is sitting on the ground where his family has farmed for over 100 years

 in a room full of young and old

while he was eating his tractor cake

each stood in turn to say who they were and how they were related to Henry

as we all stood to salute Henry on his big day
I couldn't help but wonder if 
Henry Benton
Henry Pshigoda

were talking a few things over... 
namely... how in the world did their separate lives all those years ago...

become woven into 
one little boy named


Wednesday, February 17, 2016


let me tell you 'bout

the birds

and the bees 

and the flowers and the trees

and the moon up above

 and a thing called


Tuesday, February 9, 2016


when I was a little girl
I wanted to be a Barbie doll
didn't we all?

Over the years, I grew into a 1970 full fledged bell-bottomed, halter-topped
hipster hippie chick who never wanted to get married, have kids, eat meat, do drugs,
drink or smoke or do one single fake thing
quite the contrast from the Barbie doll phase

as I got older I imagined that some day I
coloring my hair and maybe doing a little something to my wrinkling face
when the time and budget allowed

and then
I turned 55

 I reverted back to my 1970 self with my hipster 15 year old hippie chick mentality
(with the exception of  3 kids+ steak on the grill often+wine OFTEN)

I promised myself
no dying or cutting of hair
no cutting of face or neck

this is when I realized the ones I admired the most
had crowns of grey

my very great grandmother's hair was always in a bun
but I sometimes sat at her dressing table and watched as she let it down and 
brushed it with her horned soft bristle brush
it was to the small of her back...silver and wavy

my mother turned 82 this December...her hair turned grey many years ago and it is very long also

I'm not sure what gave me the peace to just
 let it be
to just let things be and occur as they would and will

but I have that peace
for my daughters, I want to be the kind of mother that doesn't try too hard 
to hang on to fleeting beauty because it will part...no matter what I do

and what better example is this little beauty...I have a feeling that this is exactly what Betty 
will look like when she's 92 

I delight to wonder 
what things in her life will turn her hair the most glorious color of grey
as my grandmother told me all of her life
is what you are on the inside

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


While you are in the midst of the rubble

keep on believing

that good times are just beyond the bend

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Mr. PV was serving on the City Council of Spearman when we married
he has been doing that for 22 years now

when he began, he was the youngest Alderman to to be elected

After our good friend Mayor Steve Benton moved to south Texas
Mr. PV was appointed to complete his term and then was elected the following year

so...he has been on the city council now for 22 years and the mayor for 10

our city council is a volunteer board...no money...
just time and love for community are what compel those to serve

He has loved it, and so have I.  I have been so proud of him as his post has given him opportunity to serve on regional boards such as Texas Municipal League, Panhandle Regional Planning Commission and was also appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Regional Review Committee.

He is currently Executive Vice President of First National Bank and will take a higher position in early March.  As much as he will miss being the mayor, 
he felt his energy needed to be more focused on his job at the bank.

I am proud of him for that too.
He began working at the bank in college during the summers...starting as a teller.

This man has a lot of assets...he is a hard worker, he does his very best at everything he does whether that be leading a community, a bank, or planting a veggie garden at home.

His position will end this May so there will be some last hurrahs as he ends his tenure,
and it will be exciting to see who will step up to be our new mayor.

The race is on beginning January 20, 2016