Wednesday, July 30, 2014

RAINY DAY PROJECT


Global Warming Al Gore?
is that what it means when you get an inch of rain a day for a week in July with highs in the 70's?

when in doubt...the to do list always works on these kinds of days

my old outdoor kitchen farm table with the new seating...
the different leg finishes have been bothering me from the beginning

vintage music

From the old piano teacher everyone took music from

whose house I also bought, renovated and lived in for a bit longer than a year

supplies

the number one of which is a sharp razor blade...these clearly will not cut it
literally


cover the legs of the chairs with vintage music and modge podge


ok...not that crazy about the outcome but I do like it better than those black legs

maybe a little wax to soften?

I love to use old music on just about anything

here I have shredded it and used in my owl nests for a Christmas mantel

it really does look a lot better and this project is great for this room
since it is the music/formal dining room with the piano/cello at the other end

I think I can live with it

over an inch of rain this morning and it's just 9

grow roses grow
we bought these roses in mid May cheap cheap cheap...like $6 cheap
because they 
FROZE
18 knock out bushes that looked like...well...they looked real sad
but the crazy rain in July has helped them over the late freeze in May
crazy


ok...I do get distracted from my project list
which is probably why it's still so long
today?
well...this list is long...yet fun!

Monday, July 28, 2014

PROGRESS

Last week we had a very exceptionally cool day for July
I believe the high was 69 which is more like an October day than a July day
so I took a bit of time to go through all our renovation photos
delete
crop
save to a disc

and I found myself in a state of not even knowing how to describe how these photos made me feel
(entrance into formal garden)

kind of like in the old days there was no air conditioning so you didn't know how hot you really were

(backyard)

when I saw these photos again

(connecting garage apartment to house)

I realized how lucky I was to have been so unaware of  the project we had taken on
otherwise we really might have thought twice about it

(adding pool)

***overwhelming***
to state the obvious

and even though the renovation of 822 is still not complete

at least the hardest part is over


seriously I cannot even believe this is the same backyard



even the butterflies have made it back!





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BE YOU


A gazelle, no doubt 


is a lovely sight to see

But so is a panda

they are just different animals

so if you want to eat lettuce? eat lettuce!
if you want to eat ice cream?  eat ice cream

just let your little light shine

and your life speak!
 and be the very best 
YOU
you 
can
be











Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LESSONS OF MY SS CARD

Long story about my social security card
....this June when my driver's license expired I had run out of times to apply via the internet
I'm rural right?  
So I have to drive into another town to renew my license where they discovered
when I gave my social security card
that I had married
17 years ago
they told me that my new DL would be kicked out of the system so I needed to update my SS card and couldn't believe I had "gotten away" with it all these years
I'm rural right?
so...I drive into another bigger town to the SS Office

(please forgive my attitude that I am about to expose to you)
It was my birthday and I had a gift card and a few gift dollars to spend so I planned to 
"pop in" and get my name changed and go shop
it was like the Wal-Mart Shoppers only scarier

3
three
THREE
3
armed guards
(mostly to make sure all cell phones were turned to silent)

I took a number and began my
wait
for 1.5 hours
in which time I saw
all manner of very sad situations
*this is the one that affected me most*

the office was 
full 
but there was a couple and one or both were deaf
they had a small child walking (2)
and a baby in a stroller (infant)
she had a fast food uniform on with flour on her pants and shoes
they were using sign language

(please forgive my attitude that I am about to expose to you)
Her husband gave a "whatever" sign to her as they were walking out and I thought
they're faking it...they aren't deaf..they are faking it

my number was called next and it took me about 5 minutes to
finally make my marriage real in the eyes of the government
and I walked out into the hot summer day
to my luxury vehicle on my way to my favorite garden store to spend my birthday booty
*and this is what I saw*

that precious family
baby on  hip, infant in stroller, flour on pants, speaking in sign, 
waiting on the side of the 
INTERSTATE
in the hot dry Texas Panhandle wind
for a bus

(O Lord please forgive me for that attitude that you saw in me that day)
and I thought to myself as tears filled my eyes
how did I become this mess of a person?
judging, cruel, hateful, haughty, harsh...I could go on and on with the adjectives that filled my heart
and humbled me way down deep

and so I decided right then and there to be different and the way I used to be before I got so
?cynical?
to read
1 Corinthians 13
as often as I feel/think one of those dreadful things that keep one from being a lovely person

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

It was a lesson to me that day and one I have told to a few that I love and now you
it still puts a tear in my eye to think that I thought I was living a life of gratitude, but deep inside somehow

a seed of a weed had crept into my soul

but not to worry...I'm getting my heart back in line


I am working on my garden!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

TEACH YOUR PARENTS WELL

Dear grown children....

if it seems at times we are
out of sync
at odds
not on the same page

just remember....this means only one thing

we are still teaching
and
so are you

Monday, June 30, 2014

BUFFALO WALLOW

A buffalo wallow is a natural depression in the prairie that holds rain water. The wallows serve as temporary watering holes and they are a spot favored by the buffalo to "wallow in" to cool off  and drink from on hot days.

This late 1800 map shows the extent and size of the land where the buffalo once roamed.  The American Indians lived on Plains of North America and the buffalo were their entire source of existence, as they used every single part of the animal in their day to day life....not wasting one smidgen.

Also in the late 1800's a couple of young buffalo hunter brothers from England made their way to Ft. Zulu Stockade, about 15 miles from where I live. The Cator Brothers lived and died in the area as they hunted buffalo alongside the Plains Indians.


Ft. Adobe Walls

a map of the fort

hunting the buffalo

Later, as the military began to relocate the Indians into areas where they could contain and maintain them, they began to slaughter the buffalo.  An estimated 31,000,000 buffalo were killed between the years of 1868 and 1881
 with only 500 buffalo left by the year of 1885.

I hope this makes you sad...but be sad no longer because 
THE BUFFALO ARE BACK!!
oh yes they are!

on our trip to Mount Rushmore we traveled through 
where nearly 600,000 acres contain a diversity of plants and animals and are one of the most extensive, productive ecosystems in the United States....and especially dedicated to
the buffalo

what an  amazing and emotional sight to behold

it would cause this chief

and his entourage

to do the happy dance!

to read more about Adobe Walls click the link below

If you love history and natural beauty...I would so encourage you to visit this area
and here we actually have a small buffalo herd close by and though not much is there to see at the Adobe Walls site, it's an amazing vacation!  Let me know...and you can be our guest at 822!

**the above  photos were given to me by my mother (the actual b&w hang in our office) and they were given to her by a man in Minnesota who came to the 1974 Anniversary of the Battle of Adobe Walls where he took the photos.