Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quality Control

Ever busy, Princess Blu stays 'on-top' of supplies for the kingdom.

Personally testing for softness and durability.

This stack of towels passes the test...
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~All Hail Queen Uno~

~Long Live The Queen~ 

Whenever I'm missing Blu, I just check the towels above the toliet.
 I have keep them stacked pretty high to keep her out. 
She has been know to knock them ALL off into the toliet. 
Makes me NONE too happy.
Pretty kitty tho...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Son-Day: "Arlington"

Trace Adkins

I never thought that this is where I'd settle down,

I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown,

They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men,

for a job well done.

There's a big white house sits on a hill just up the road,

The man inside he cried the day they brought me home,

They folded up a flag, and told my mom and dad, 'We're proud of your son'.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,

I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,

I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,

I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones,

I made it to Arlington.

I remember daddy brought me here when I was eight,

We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay,

And when we finally found that cross,

He said, 'Son this is what it cost, to keep us free'.

Now here I am a thousand stones away from him,

He recognized me on the first day I came in,

And it gave me a chill, when he clicked his heels, and saluted me.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,

I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,

And I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,

I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones,

I made it to Arlington.

And every time I hear, twenty-one guns,

I know they brought another hero home, to us.

We're thankful for those thankful for the things we've done,

We can rest in peace, 'cause we were the chosen ones,

We made it to Arlington, yea, dust to dust

Don't cry for us, we made it to Arlington.

Happy Memorial Day
~God Bless~

Son-Day: "Our Great God"

Our Great God
(Artists: Fernando Ortega: Mac Powell)

Eternal God, unchanging
Mysterious and unknown
Your boundless love, unfailing
In grace and mercy shown

Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight around Your glorious throne
They raise their voices day and night in praise to You alone

Hallelujah, Glory be to our great God
Lord, we are weak and frail
Helpless in the storm
Surround us with Your angels
Hold us in Your arms

Our cold and ruthless enemy, his pleasure is our harm
Rise up, O Lord, and he will flee before our sovereign God

Hallelujah, Glory be to our great God
Let every creature in the sea and every flying bird
Let every mountain, every field and valley of the earth

Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe
Sing praises to the living God who rules them by His word

Glory be to our great God~God Bless~

Friday, May 27, 2011


Once upon a time we had just the right property for goats.
I love goats.
I would much rather have goats eat tall grass down, than mow it.
Also their manure is very mild, and you don't have to wait til it ages to use it.

We loaded up the (teen) kids and went to the sale-barn.
I don't remember how many we bought,
but I do remember most were mini-sized,
and one was a long-legged, long-eared Nubian. 
The plan was to buy a lot cheap, and weed out the ones we didn't want.

We named them alphabetically,
and the soft brown, doe-eyed,
long eared Nubian was named "Chocolate Donut".
Later it was shortened  to "Donut".
Donut was the bottom of the pecking order,
even the smallest goat would stand on her and butt her in the head. 
Very funny, and very sad.
We eventually sold all the goats but our Donut.

Donut wasn't like the other goats.
She didn't run in a pack.
She didn't cry if she was left alone.
Actually she didn't hardly cry at all.
Maybe soft a "naa" if  you approached her.

She didn't butt you, or try to escape her pen or lead.
She like to have the kids lay on her and pet her.  
One day our Donut disappeared.
Our guess was the mountain lion took her.
Hopefully she didn't suffer.
What a gentle soul.

When we moved from that house,
restrictions didn't allow for goats.
Hubby and I found this metal planter,
and I thought of her.
My Donut.
I figure she could be our camper mascot.
Right now she is my front porch mascot.

"See  Donut?" I said to my (adult) kids when they came over,
as I pointed to my new planter.
They knew just what I meant.

Donut is planted with easy, hardy, low water plants.
Sedums, Small Happy Day Daylily, and a mini-Rose. 

It is filling in great.

I will probably be taking it to the camper in June.
And I think I will tie a pretty colored ribbon or rope around my Donut's neck:)

Fertilizer Friday

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oh You Beautiful Doll

Once upon a time I had a sweet baby doll (just a mere FORTY years ago.)
I loved her, and she loved me.
Actually, I loved her to death.
Sooooo, thanks to EBAY I have bought a replacement.
(because I didn't wait until the perfect match came along,
I first bought two little ones that were close)

Close but not exact.

Isn't she precious?
She has no tears, no clothes, and needs a bath.
I am in love.
My old one was named Suzy, this will be Suzy II.
Welcome Suzy:).
{if you know of any one interested in two small Horsman 1970ish dolls let me know}
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rocky Mountain High 03/11

Usually, every year, hubby and I take a little trip to the coast. 
This year, however, we went a different direction, we went North. 
Northwest from East Texas, North to Denver, then West into the Rocky Mountains. 
This was a working vacation for hubby. 
 (ALL vacation for me:)
Tiny Minor's Cabin, Builder's Model Home
Our in-laws are re-doing their little (darling) Minor's cabin,
and the builder they are using does some amazing work. 
We were able to go see some of his creations. 
I can't wait to see what they design together.
The landscape was interesting,
and we saw this group of mountain sheep nearly everyday.
Hubby was able to sneak up and get this close-up of MR. Ram. 
Great shot. 
I think this herd was more of a domestic group,
every time we went to the model house they were there.  
While hubby was inside talking 'shop' with the builder,
I was able to sit outside in our truck and watch SheepTV.
 (Very relaxing)

We stayed at a casino in BlackHawk (impressive),
where there wasn't much snow on the ground,
but just around the corner the snow was 5 foot deep. 

Hubby and I went for a little walk along the creek

(I call them rivers, but the Colorado folks call them 'creeks').
Walking with the hubs is sooooooooooo romantic...
Pictures don't do justice.

Frozen waterfall, romantic walks with hubby, great purple paint action in Georgetown, Co.
Hubby and In-Laws did the pre-build leg work in such a sweet Georgetown, set in a valley,
and the weather was so beautiful,
I was able to spend hours walking up and down the streets looking at the darling small Victorian houses and shops.
Almost every building had some purple on it, and I love purple.

Our 'work-cation' ended with a marvelous evening at the Denver, Colorado Temple. 

Good times...good times...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Recently our gracious Queen allowed the Kingdom to honor her with a Roast. 
Humbled by the honor and praise showered upon her,
the ever good natured Queen,
went along with the festivities. 

How gracious is our Queen Uno.

~All Hail Queen Uno~

~God Bless The Queen~
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Sometimes, I wonder if Old Uno has lost her mind. 
And somedays there is no doubt.

Cats On Tuesday

Monday, May 23, 2011

23 Indian Paintbrushes

I arrived at the camper, on our 23rd wedding anniversary, to this treat:

23 Indian Paintbrushes.

(bamboo, Indian Paintbrushes, ZZ plant)

Every April 11th, for 23 years, my sweetie has scoured the local fields and ditches for this beautiful wildflower, the Indian Paintbrush (my most favorite flower).
He looks for the fullest, brightest blooms, and each year adds one more bloom...
Nothing could be sweeter...

LadyBelle, our camper mascot, hard at work...
Except, maybe, a sweet white basset tummy:).
~Thanks Babe~

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cuteness Runamuck: May Blessings

I so love having these grands close enough to visit!!
Grandboy Kale loves to talk his Kale trash.

Grandgirl LauraJune showing me her pretty dress, Grandboy Miah giving me some 'cheesssssssssseeeeee', Grandboy David telling me about his ouchy...

It's good to be the grandma!!
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Friday, May 20, 2011

More Succulents:)

I added to my (Mother's Day gift to myself) Stack-a-pot succulents:

(bottom left pic: bottom left: Key Lime Pie Adromischus cristatus (crimped edges),
bottom right:  Senecio citriformis (blue gray bulb shaped);
bottom right pic: leaf starting area:)

Pretty Huh?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cuteness Runamuck: Tootsies

Look who found his feet!!
Granddarling Kale is 5 months old!! (05/16/2011)
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mother's Day 05/11

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day.
I was able to spend the day with my mama (and hubby and brother).
I sure do love her.
I heard from each of my kiddos, and one sent me these wonderful flowers.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Angel!

Happy 20th Birthday DIL Angel!! (05/13/11)
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Aaron!!

Happy 26th Birthday SS Aaron!!! 04/09/2011
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Son-Day: "I Surrender All"

I Surrender All

All to Jesus I surrender;

All to Him I freely give;

I will ever love and trust Him,

In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,

I surrender all;

All to Thee, my blessed Savior,

I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;

Humbly at His feet I bow,

Worldly pleasures all forsaken;

Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender;

Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;

Let me feel the Holy Spirit,

Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender;

Lord, I give myself to Thee;

Fill me with Thy love and power;

Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;

Now I feel the sacred flame.

Oh, the joy of full salvation!

Glory, glory, to His Name!
~God Bless~

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Easter (pt. 2) 2011

This year, on Easter Sunday, we were blessed to have some of the kids join us for church.

SS Mike and Granddarling  Kale...

Granddarlings: LauraJune, David, Miah
SIL Ralph, LauraJune, David, DD Misty, Miah

DS DJ and his sweetie Brittany...

DS Eric and LauraJune...

The Gang...

The gang plus my mom...
Thanks Kids for coming, made the day SO special!! (and thanks to friends who too the pictures for us!!)
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