Monday, November 17, 2014

i was without

my car for a couple of weeks.  My fuel pump went out... in the Kroger parking lot.  That was awesome.  Long story short, it's fixed and that makes me happy.

In other news, I can't wait for this week to be over.  Did I just think that?  Not only is there a funeral this week, there will be people I don't care to see this week.  On the other hand, when this week is over, that means it will be the week of Thanksgiving and I don't really know if I'm ready for that.  Okay, instead of skipping ahead, can we back up?  Can we back up a week or two?  Let's make that one week because Eric was sick the week before that.  But last week... yeah.  Last week was awesome.  I was getting my stuff taken care of and it was about me.  It sucks not having a vehicle to be able to jump and go but it's also awesome.  I stayed home and TCB.  Like I said, it was all about me.  So last week made me realize something.  I need more time that's all about me.  I know people won't get it.  I've said it before and I'll say it again.  When someone doesn't work, everyone assumes they have nothing to do and are sitting waiting for something to do.  Wrong.  I was so on top of my stuff last week.  You know why?  I was stranded and couldn't take on anything else.  (Not that I'm wishing to be without my car again... let's get that jinx out of the way real quick.)

So, other than being back to functioning normally, here are a few things that have been going on:
 - my Christmas tree is up and there are a few presents under it
 - I threw my tree skirt in the garbage this morning because Lucille threw up on it, missing any presents 
 - the cats are driving me nuts
 - I ordered and received film for the Polaroid camera, a roll of color and a roll of black and white
 - I need to order more film for the Polaroid camera (and btw, that stuff costs a lot more than it did in the 80's)
 - I'm probably making banana bread today or tomorrow
 - I'm probably eating several loaves of banana bread today or tomorrow

That's about it.  Here are a couple of Polaroids of the cats.  I know they're not good but you try using a Canon digital for years and then using a Polaroid after not using one for 20+ years.

Friday, November 7, 2014

last weekend

I went on a Capture Crawl (aka photo walk) with a Houston group I'm a member of.  This was my first actual outing with them and I had a fun time.  We went to a Day of the Dead Festival.  Basically, there's a group of people with cameras, walking around taking pictures of stuff.  A couple of days ago I joined the fb group for the people who go on the crawls.  So it's a place to talk and post pictures.  I haven't worked up the nerve to post anything yet.  Since I'm so scared, I thought I'd start small and "privately".  Here are a few I took.  (Some of these might eventually make it to the page and some more than likely won't.)







I'm not totally impressed with my images but it did get me pumped up about wanting to do more.  I'm really going to try and make it out to Brazos Bend this weekend or maybe somewhere else, I don't know.  In related news, I've ordered two packs of film for the old Polaroid.  I can't wait for them to get here.  On the downside, those packs are 8 pictures each and about $25 a pack so messing up would really suck.  On the upside, I know where to get film now and I have a lot of ideas.

Monday, November 3, 2014

we had a lot

of fun on Halloween but I'll talk about that later.  For now, I have to talk about Maggie's favorite thing to do.  Chase dragonflies.

A dragonfly has been spotted.
(Archer's in the picture too.  He's the black dog in the shade.)  And how do you like my unburied wire fence?  I have my reasons for not wanting it buried.

Get it!




I really wish I would've gotten these with my camera instead of my phone.  Maybe next time... there WILL be a next time.  I think I enjoy watching as much as she enjoys trying to get them. 

Every once in a while Archer will help out but Maggie's a little more obsessed with it.  To honor her obsession, I made a meme for her.

We also will let the dogs sleep in their cage inside at night, to keep them from barking.  Here's a picture we got of them the other day.  If Archer doesn't look comfortable, I don't know what does.





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

last night as

I was sitting here on the computer, just looking around, I got the sudden urge to drive around and take a few pictures.  I probably would have gotten more had I not been alone but I just felt like going for a nighttime drive, getting some of the lights around small town Texas, USA.  As soon as I got in the car I realized my camera battery was low.  Oh well, I decided to drive until it died... or until I got tired.  (Guess what happened first.)

To mark my one year anniversary of no posts on the website's blog, I've shared a few pictures over there.  CLICK HERE TO SEE.

Here are a few more that aren't over there.

I don't really understand "H-Town".  We're in A-Town and the closest H-Town I think is technically a village, other than Houston being about 30-45 minutes away.  I mean A-Town is our county seat and the county jail is here too...

Ahh, memories... some really bad memories but at least it's in the past.

An A-Town church.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

and just in

time, I got the second print framed.  Here it is


Bluebonnets.  My only concern was the double mat.  I was really hoping for a single to be more like the other print but I didn't have time for custom so had to get one off the shelf.

And I got them both signed.  So now they're signed, sealed and about to be delivered... after I go... GET A NEW PHONE!!!

Anyway, here they are together and now I need to get dressed and head to Radio Shack.
(Ignore the fancy setup I have going on.)

Monday, September 29, 2014

i said i'd be

back with a photo or two to share... and here I am.  My second print didn't arrive Saturday, as USPS predicted, but I did pick up the first one from Michaels.  So, if you'd like to support a cousin of mine, who on top of needing help with medical bills for a surgery was also diagnosed with cancer, you can come out to his benefit in Damon, TX and bid on one of the auction items, my print included.

Here's the first one

I really like how the brown mat turned out and the orange one looked really good too.  But... even though I didn't go to Texas A&M, I lived there while my parents attended and my son is there right now visiting his girlfriend who is also attending and let's face it, where I grew up, the orange wasn't acceptable, ESPECIALLY on a framed print of those particular animals.  So, I know this print will only go to a purchaser of 1) a certain decor or 2) a loyal supporter of my cousin but either way, it's way classier for not having the orange mat.

Speaking of animals, we installed an electric fence this weekend.  It's not totally finished.  I still need to bury the wire at the gates but it's attached to our wooden fence around the yard and the circuit is complete.  Training began yesterday.  It's tricky because we only have one collar since the one I picked up from Home Depot either isn't compatible or simply a POS.  Cosme took the dogs around the yard yesterday on their leashes, taking turns with the special collar while I held the other one and kept it entertained.  It took one zap and Archer won't go near the fence, even without the collar.  I would say there's a light at the end of the tunnel of progress but I'd hate to jinx everything.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

in recent years

I've noticed that I get more and more intolerant of BS.  I place blame as such: 1/4 getting older, 1/4 social media, 1/2 people.

I've heard people complain about getting meaner with age but is it a proven fact?  I don't know.  I don't think I'm really getting to be a mean person but I think so many years of being a pushover and putting up with everybody else's BS is finally catching up and I'm skimming the surface of my breaking point.  Enter social media.  I'm reminded of the little things that some people do that really annoy me.  I'll stop here.  I typed more but deleted it and decided to not sound so bitter.  I mean let's face it, some people can't help being selfish or inconsiderate or whatever a good word is for being a waste of my time and energy.

Did you see that?  Am I turning over a new leaf?  Probably not but right now I'm letting it go.

Eric's going up to College Station this weekend and he's taking his dog with him.  Now that our yard has cinder blocked exit holes scattered along our fence, I bought an electric fence.  I had our yard guy fill in holes with dirt after I lined the bottom of sections with some kind of rolls of wire fencing.  Leave it to Archer to dig another hole.  I'm done.  I don't care difficult it might be, the electric fence is being delivered today and I will probably be installing on Saturday.  Next up on the list: a collar to stop his barking.  But, until that fence is up and working, Archer will go with Eric.  Did anyone ever think Maggie would be the dog getting into less trouble?  I'm going to place blame again.  This time it's parvo.  If Archer hadn't been parvo stricken, he wouldn't have spent all that time inside and in the front yard.  Guess where he wants to be?  Inside and in the front yard.

Wow.  Anybody need blame placed today?  I'm on a roll.

I still don't have any pictures to share.  I've been too busy but I will share a couple in a few days.  I have a cousin who has a lot of medical bills and there is a benefit coming up to help raise money.  Anyway, I'm donating a framed print or two.  I'll post the matted and framed finished product once I have them.  I would have them finished but... I was going to donate one but then Michaels had frames, buy one get one free.  I went ahead and bought two and now I'm having to wait on that second print to arrive.  I'll stick with the theme for today and place blame on Michaels for not being more like Hobby Lobby and just selling their frames for a percentage off.

Now I'm off to the grocery store and I'm blaming Mom.  I'm making cookies for her and I need more butter.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

i don't really

know why I haven't posted anything lately.  Maybe it's because there's been so much going on, I haven't had time or know where to start.  Maybe it's because even though there's been a lot going on, it's just the regular old stuff that I haven't felt like stopping to type.  Maybe it's because I've been wanting to get out and explore with my camera but don't have anything.  Or, maybe it's because of all of the above... sprinkled with a little bit of the lazies.  Yes.  That's definitely it.

Let's see, to sum it all up:

- We were talking about a trip to Scotland but that's been postponed.
- We are now talking about a trip to Big Bend and are really just trying to pick a date.
- We have been talking about repairing our fence and adding a gate with a walkway.
- It is DEFINITELY allergy season.
- Cosme is working on his flying.
- Eric is working on his schooling.
- I am working on "whatever it is I do here", as Eric refers to it.
- I will be 42 on Saturday.
- Pets are exhausting.

On that note, I will try to be better with this blog.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

i've been

scanning my grandfather's slides.  While I've been scanning old ones to share with family, today I've been sidetracked.  Today I've been scanning his non-people slides and I've come to the conclusion that my grandfather would've been the perfect photography buddy for me.  I've scanned some that I'll have enlarged and whether printed and framed or on a canvas, they'll be displayed.  I've been playing around with a few too as far as color/black and white go.  I'll share some on here and if any family wants a print, I can send you the file.

Here's one I really like and might even try converting to black and white.

Here's another that I did convert to b&w.

And here's a sunset... makes me think he'd probably enjoy Instagram.


And that's all I've got for today.  Hey, I've got slides to scan.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

one thing that

frightens me about flying is being above the clouds.  I don't want to do it and until Saturday, we hadn't.  I was on my phone, not paying any attention to the scenery.  I usually like to watch for everything like the roads and landmarks just so I can keep up with where we are... and I announce it and verify it (because I like to be right).  So I looked up from my phone and this is what I saw.


NOT. COOL. AT. ALL.

At this point I put my phone away and started reading my book.  Anything to take my mind off where I was...

Monday, July 28, 2014

what can I

say?  I've been preoccupied.

But for right now the pool is good and we just got some swimming/floating time in, just in time for a front that's expected to hit tomorrow.  Maggie has her pool back.  Speaking of Maggie...

Saturday night, around 11:30, Archer was barking.  I sent Eric a text asking him to make it stop.  He let me know it wasn't going to stop because Maggie had a possum.  So Maggie caught a possum and apparently, as with most things, she wasn't about to share.  Archer wanted in on it so he was barking.  Here's where it gets a little interesting.  The possum wasn't dead, he was playing possum.  Long story short, I was sleepy and did what I always do when awaken by an animal... threatened to get rid of every pet we have.  By 12:30 Eric and his friend were outside with the dogs in their cage, trying to get the possum over the fence.  The possum decided to come to and ran up a tree.  At that point I didn't care because the dogs seemed to be over it.  I enjoyed the peace and quiet and got a good rest-of-the-night's sleep.  So the next morning I was in the backyard with Cosme and Maggie started barking... at the tree.  Then I saw it. 

That possum had stayed in the tree for the rest of the night.  At that point, Maggie was trying to jump up to get that thing.

 And if she couldn't reach it, she was determined to wait right there for it to come down.

Archer agreed, Maggie would do it.


Still waiting while Archer decided to see what the leaves were like.

I wasn't sure where the pellet gun was so Cosme did what he could to knock it out of the tree.  And just like that, Maggie scooped the possum up and was running around the yard with it.  I managed to run inside wearing flip flops with camera in hand and hopefully the neighbors were awake because I was screaming the whole way.

The pictures stop here because although it looks dead, the possum was alive... here, anyway.  Cosme eventually got it thrown over the fence and the dogs were locked up trying not to bust out to get it while I cleaned the blood off the back porch.  Then I started thinking how maybe it isn't so bad when the dogs bring dead grass snakes up to the back door.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

i went for

a drive yesterday so I could scope out a location for some portraits that are coming up.  I was looking in Danbury and used my phone to snap a shot of a few places but then...  I found the cemetery.  Then the camera came out.  It's so hard for me to turn down a cemetery.  I didn't do any walking around but I saw one scene I knew I wanted.

This one:

Now to lighten the mood a little.  Here are a few more pictures of the dogs.

Archer

Archer not letting Maggie have one of her own

and a few together shots







Right now they're in a little trouble.  I found the latest chlorine floater in the yard... disassembled.  This morning I went and bought our fourth one.  (sigh...)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

like I mentioned

yesterday, I took a few pictures.  I've been preoccupied lately with this pool stuff going on.  OMG.  For about two weeks this pool was a total nightmare.  Seriously, our days have been revolving around this pool.  I know this started as a pool for the dogs and then turned into a "let's see if this is right for us" situation but last week I was ready to get rid of it.  IT WOULD NOT TURN BLUE.  We tried EVERYTHING.  We treated it for every possible thing and nothing worked.  It definitely wasn't algae.  The pool was clean, no slime and the readings of the water were right.  But something was messing up the water and we still don't know.  We finally gave up started over.  We're on the third day and I haven't made it out to test the water but I'm hopeful.

Here's how it looked last week

I promise.  There was no algae, as swampy as it looks.  On Tuesday I treated it for metals.  At first it seemed lighter on Wednesday but then I checked again.  We also upgraded the filter.

So, now with an upgraded filter and a fresh start, I'm hoping this works out better.  Also, all this has made us rethink an in-ground pool versus our plan of sinking an above-ground down a couple of feet.  We're still undecided.  (No surprise there, we're dealing with me after all...)

Here are a few pictures I took yesterday.  Yes, it's dog pictures but sometimes I just can't help myself, especially when Maggie gets in the pool. 

Usually Maggie climbs up and jumps in from the side but yesterday she followed Eric up the ladder and jumped in.  Now if she would just keep doing that, it would be perfect.

I love watching her swim.  It's cute and she loves it.  When I took her for her shots a couple of weeks ago, everyone asked if she just got a bath.  I let them know that no, she had just gone swimming.  The vet thought it was great and would help her muscles.  That scares me a little.  She is already ONE STRONG DOG.

When we first discovered her climbing in the side of the pool (notice the paw prints on the side in this next picture) I knew I immediately needed to get her to use the ladder.  Ever since then she's at least been using the ladder to get out.

Archer, on the other hand, hates the water.   He doesn't know how to use the ladder but it doesn't matter.  The lifeguard queen is perched atop her throne.
 

 If he's going to be in the pool, he prefers to be in someone's arms or on a float.  And if he is in someone's arms, he usually has his head on their shoulders as if it's a plea to please get him out.

When they do get out, it's business as usual, galloping and wrestling.

Monday, July 7, 2014

i used

my camera!  I know it's shocking but since my phone is always handy, it's what I grab.  I used my camera a couple of times over the weekend and once again today!  WOOHOO!  I'm a little busy right now so tomorrow morning I'll be back to share.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

to give you an example

of how this week is going, I started this post yesterday and had to leave it.  Now I'm back and I'll try to finish before I have to leave again.

First I want to take back a few things I said on the last post about the recipes I tried that didn't work.  Last night I gave a second chance to a Mongolian Beef recipe I'd found on Pinterest.  This time, knowing how it was the first time, I knew of a couple of things that needed changing and guess what.  Everyone loved it, it disappeared and there were complaints that there wasn't more.

I'd also like to take back all the nice things I had to say about the cleaning lady.  She stood me up.  Get this.  She initiated the appointment.  Seriously.  She sent me a text, asking if I needed her.  I told her Friday was good for me and she said it was good.  Then she never showed.  I haven't called anyone else.  That's a lot of work to find the right person and I'm just not ready for that emotional roller coaster of thinking I found someone and then have them dump me like that.  lol, Okay, maybe that's being a little dramatic but I'm a private person and it takes a lot for me to let some stranger into my house and get all up in my business.

In other news, that above ground pool is becoming a royal pain in the butt.  And right now I know WAY too much about pools and chemicals... but apparently not enough to get it balanced and looking right.  On the plus side, Maggie is thoroughly enjoying the pool.

Tuesday I was tempted to turn my phone off.  Not only because it's freaking out on me and doing wacky things but because I kind of need a moment or 50 to catch up on me.  I feel like I can multitask fine.  I don't like it but I can do it.  My main issue is with interruption.  If I have stuff I'm doing, I do not like being interrupted and I do not handle interruption well.  In the past, I may or may not have thrown my phone across the room on several occasions because it wouldn't quit dinging and ringing.  Interruption ultimately equals my temper coming out to play.  My temper means that everybody else is better off if I'm in hiding.  I'll leave it at that.  Oh, speaking of my phone acting wacky, that's been annoying me so today I get to drive to Sugarland to have it looked at.  AWESOME.  Was that sarcastic enough?  I surely hope so.

Since it's already 8:00, I better start getting ready.  If I don't post this now, I won't get around to getting some stuff done and if I don't get some stuff done, I'll be really cranky later and I don't have time for that today.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

it's early and

I'm in the middle of breakfast so I'm going to share a couple of food things with you.  For breakfast I'm having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I really don't see a problem with that.  Sometimes I have peanut butter toast and sometimes I have jelly toast.  Today I'm having a slice of each, but cold and pressed together.  I do love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Eric knows it.  Since he was little, he's known.  If I was having a bad day or in a grumpy mood, Eric would walk in, delivering a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  If he'd gotten in trouble and felt bad, he'd walk in, delivering a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  That started when he was about 5.  Luckily, he hasn't had to deliver too many.  Now that I've established my fondness of peanut butter and jelly, let me tell you about this

Cosme and I stopped at Crave for cupcakes and I'm all about the vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting.  What can I say?  I like to walk on the wild side.  It is my favorite anywhere though.  White on white BUT... When we walked into Crave and I saw Peanut Butter & Jelly on the menu, some sort of alarm went off in my head.  When I looked at the case and saw there was only one left, I wanted it more.  So I ordered the peanut butter and jelly cupcake... with a vanilla/vanilla for backup, of course.  (I have some sense, you know.)  So I bit into the pb&j and it was great.  I think the cake was actually a vanilla cake but the frosting was peanut butter and then there was that dollop of grape jelly in the center.  It was awesome and Cosme thought it was disgusting.  (Here's where my smarts kicked in.  I put the pb&j down to start on my vanilla.  Now that I knew Cosme hated the pb&j, it was safe.  That vanilla on the other hand, well, let's just say Cosme's known for liking to "sample" whatever I order.)  Anyway, I saw a recipe on Pinterest the other day for cherry cupcakes with what looked like a cherry preserve in the middle, much like the pb&j.  I can totally see how that could be altered to my pb&j liking and one day I just might try it.

Now for some rather disappointing Pinterest news.  I've tried a couple of recipes from one girl and the first needed tweaking.  It was some sort of beef stir-fry or something.  The other day I decided to try her recipe for zucchini bites.  It was little pan fried zucchini pancakes.  The recipe didn't need tweaking at all, it needed to be thrown out.


But not wanting to give up totally, I found another recipe from someone else and tried to tweak it.  I added more ingredients to make it more like the second recipe.  This was supposed to be like tater tots, made into little blobs and baked.


At that point there was nothing left to tweak so a pound and a half of zucchini when into the garbage.  It was not good.  It was horrible.  That's what I hate about sampling the recipes I find online, I never know.  On that note, I need to get a list ready for the grocery store.  Maybe next time I'll have more success stories to share.