Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Daybook and More Flooding

Outside My Window.... We have a break from the rains and the sun came out. Where does all this water come from? It seems like a waste because we know we'll be wishing for this water later this summer. 

I Am Thinking....about my oldest out in the Gulf on this little bitty boat, haha. He said it's very state of the art. I miss him. At least he has good internet for communication.

I Am Thankful....for my husband's job and his diligent work ethic. My kids inherited that strong work ethic and it makes me proud to know they take their responsibilities seriously. 

I Am Going....to dentist for me and Nick. Poor kid always has something to deal with. Next visit a oral surgeon for a tooth implant where an adult tooth was never there. :( I still have one old filling that needs to be replaced and I'm finally getting it scheduled. 

I Am Hoping....the rain doesn't delay our church building completion date. The Cardinal will consecrate our hall October 29. We will use the hall for Mass until we can save enough for the next phase. It will be wonderful to finally be on our own property after five years at our hosting parish. 

I Am Praying...for a good outcome for heart surgery for my sweet Uncle Bill, and cancer relief for dear Uncle Jack. For all for suffer anxiety over health issues and the unknown. For us all to remember Christ's sacrifice for us being greater than any present worry.  For our country. For my kids' future spouses. For my husband's employer. For peace of mind.

Around The House....keeping it tidy and clean as we plan a party for our priest's ordination anniversary. 

Around The Farm...we lost a duck to a greedy raccoon. The remaining three are learning to go up in the coop at nights, occasionally, so we still have to check every night. We have not been getting enough sunshine to power the solar panel so the chicken butler door is not opening and closing. The morning they cluck loud enough to remind us if we forget, the evening we have to remember so no raccoons find an open door to their dinner.
The garden plants are growing as are the weeds. Euly helped me clear a section of weeds this weekend. She is so industrious, there wasn't a sign of a weed when she was done. We do have a peacock problem. They fly over the garden fence and eat all my blackberries. When done with blackberries, they work on the strawberries. They are hard to dissuade.  

In The Kitchen....back to working on dinner planning. I have a bad habit of where I throw myself into projects, then look up and realize I need to scramble to get dinner together, or not.  I have a few around here that will help remind me to stop and get dinner prep going, then dive back into whatever project du jour. I'm going back to family favorite easy to please recipes too. Last night we had hamburgers and hash brown comfort food dinner. 
Euly is strict on her gluten free with lettuce for bun, I'm trying to follow her lead more and more. I've had a few gluten allergy break outs, I need to get more serious, consistent and strict.  

I Am Pondering....involvement in groups. I'm not anti social, but I am anti group think. I've moved into a small county where people have grown up together. Change hasn't hit hard here..yet. It's coming. It's hard breaking into established groups and some places old timers resent or don't trust new people.
We've moved a lot in our married life; and have been blessed by many of our moves to meet wonderful people in different parts of the country. We've lived in a few of the fastest growing cities/towns/counties and seen communities change from rural life to something different in a short period of time. Moving has helped us reach out and try to meet new people, make new friends, because none of us have lived in the same place and has the same friends since high school. There are some who apparently do not like to make new friends and it's painful to see my kids kept out of social settings based on cliques and small town group think. It makes their sibling bonds tighter, which a good thing. We have to be stead fast, friendly and consistent and toughen the skin a little bit. All good life learning lessons. I'm not feeling sorry for ourselves, just sorry on missed opportunities for new friendships. Would it help us to yell: We're nice people, people! Haha. 

I Am Watching...I accidentally watched two George Clooney movies(not usually a fan):

Hail Caesar: funky, ok, as a day in the life type thing. It make me think it was a baseline for a tv series. Maybe a good idea for Netflix to start. A little unsatisfying as a movie, but ok.

TomorrowLand  was a fun movie to watch if you don't get tripped up on the environmental slant and wonder if TomorrowLand is another dimension away when what physical threat do we have here? Is it all in the mind? I would do better if it was a planet instead of dimension. 

The kids watched a Kung Fu Panda marathon via Amazon during the most recent deluge.

A Favorite Quote For The Day....A Prayer to the Sacred Heart or Jesus from John Cardinal Henry Newman:

Most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, 
You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist, 
And You beat for us still. 
Now, as then, You say: “With desire I have desired.” 
I worship You with all my best love and awe, 
With fervent affection, 
With my most subdued, most resolved will. 
For a while You take up Your abode within me. 
O make my heart beat with Your Heart! 
Purify it of all that is earthly, 
All that is proud and sensual, 
All that is hard and cruel, 
Of all perversity, 
Of all disorder, 
Of all deadness. 
So fill it with You, 
That neither the events of the day, 
Nor the circumstances of the time, 
May have the power to ruffle it; 
But that in Your love and Your fear, 
It may have peace.

A Few Plans For This Week....the rain and flooding are changing and cancelling plans. I enjoy having all of us stuck home together, even though some of us get cabin fever. I've had a pretty serious cold that wiped out Memorial weekend, cancelled plans and left me with no energy. Summer colds usually hit me harder, I guess because I don't see it coming. I've rested and read and completed some paperwork projects that have been on my mind.

Nick and Euly will compete in state 4H meat judging competition this week and there  will be dances and activities with State Round up in College Station. They still have many 4h activities through the summer: Leadership Lab in Galveston, Meat Judging Camp in College Station, state games in archery in San Antonio, state Wildlife competition in Uvalde, fashion sewing camp in Rosenburg and maybe a cooking camp locally, if we can work out the schedule. Many of these occur same time, different places. They are looking forward to it all.

I Am Reading...books on personality disorders and how to help loved ones manage stress of life. This challenge gives good practical advice for any one wanting mental ideas to control runaway thoughts. 

A Peek into My Life... the rain aftermath the past few days. The Brazos River is about ten minutes from our house and it has flooded all surrounding low lands. We also had a tornado hit just north of us. Our pond is currently full (and I wish I would stay that way! But it has a "leak").

A favorite road side barn shifted due to the tornado:

Brazos River flooding fields

Our  road creek crossing.
Too much water taking away road material.

Rains bring out the mushrooms.

Creek crossing by neighbor, the fence catching too much debris to stand up.

Holes left in road from heavy water:

Exposed culverts on bridge, will need attention soon. 

Pond at a level that I would like to see it stay:

Hey, it's almost the weekend! Have a great Thursday!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Photo Challenge - May - the whole month all at once

I love a photo challenge and have been wanting to get organized and join Erin all month. Many of these I took in mind of the challenge, some just fit and others I couldn't find a fit when I tried. 


High Angle

Daily Life (trying to feed the chicks before the sheep hear me)

Flowers (From May Crowning)

Funny (expressions)


Motion ( looking for clues on treaure hunt for Lilly's birthday)

Eyes (She always looks straight into the camera with those big pretty eyes)


Low Angle (hawk and nest high up in tree outside front porch)

Wildlife/Insects (green beetles in a nettle weed)


Close Up



Bush, Beach City Life


Water (bridge to Coronado Island, California)

Color Scheme (for our bedroom)

Heart Touching

Sunrise / Sun Set

The One You Love

Something Rustic (Molly and Ceci's creation for my birthday)



Favorite Place



Favorite Occupation (being a farmer and watching over our eclectic animals adm seeing they are safe after storms)

Family (three of my girls with their second cousin and grandma in back)


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

I went to California on a weekend trip with my oldest daughter. San Diego is a beautiful place.

It is good to be home, and the welcome from little girls who missed me was so special!
Plus their dad suggested they clean house before I get home. Sweet. 

Craig hung the old doors we found, barn door style.It helps add a little privacy to our bathroom, at least send a message to my kids that someone is indisposed, so stay back. 


We are using the outdoor cooker now. My vent hood still needs replacing, so keeping some heat out of the kitchen is necessary.
It's been yummy. And Craig said it was the first time he used wood from our property to cook dinner.

Max came over for dinner between his offshore stints. 

Nick is having fun with robotics Lego's from the county. One of the agents took his and a few other's interest seriously and broke out the older mind storms kits and ordered the newer versions. This will be really fun for Nick who loves robotics if we can get a team off the ground.

{Funny & Real}
Farm animals. Always something.
Hope still lives on the porch, but Craig is getting serious about having her move out to a friend's, who is begging to have her. She is a great pet, just uses every where as her personal potty, and she goes a lot! She doesn't bark, chew on things, jump up on people. She just likes to spend the nights on the porch (not with the other sheep) and leave her bathroom refuse right where we step out in the morning. :0

Nick is a big help around here. He reminds me some day he will go to college. But I don't want to talk of such things now. Denial!

So many layers of feathers!

A raccoon killed one of our ducks last night. I love the ducks and their friendly happy quacking. They are so fun to watch waddle around and swim in puddles. We are having an invasion of hogs, kids spotted 12 the other day. It's time to get serious about being on the defensive about predators. We love all our animals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

San Diego recap and tons of pictures.

For Molly's graduation I had hoped we could get away to San Francisco for a mother daughter vacation, but the year slipped away, and then Max graduated which took us on a different trip last year. Then along came a BF who is stationed near San Diego, and the idea  of the trip was re planned to include seeing the Bf.

So this gave me time to myself, I took advantage of having my camera as my encouragement to explore the city alone. Craig has traveled there many times and knew just where to to have me stay to enjoy a great view and would be easy to walk to most everything or uber the rest. He picked a room with a great view of the harbor.
Visiting a museum without children is something new, for almost 24 years. I enjoyed talking to random strangers, taking the time to listen and read. Taking photos was a conversation starter most places. I leaned a lot and I enjoyed the reasons to go to museums as adult.

I hit the San Diego maritime museum on Pirate Day. A happy day for kids and adults. The museum has so many ships of different kinds which is great, I love all kinds of ships, everything that travels by water. I soaked in the view of ships passing outside my window all weekend, and I walked and walked. Miles and miles.

Cool tree roots

I met this man and he gave me his Cd of his saxophone music.

New old ship, still being rigged out, duplicated from the 1500's.

Sassy saucy pirates.

I made myself tour the subs. I have a little claustrophobic panic with subs, especially from a strong memory of touring one when I was a day away from delivering my first child.

Old and modern. Pirate ships and airplanes. Busy city.

On Saturday, I met up with an old friend, Marlene. Oh fun! We took the town by storm. She lives in Long Beach, but drove down to play. We went to the Coronado Island and visited the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Very nice. I could imagine many movie scenes filmed here. Apparently Some Life It Hot was filmed there. Gorgeous hotel with an old elevator, over 120 years old, with an operator. The crowns around are to memorialize a crowned price who gave up his chance for the crown since he fell in love for a local girl. We stopped in the bar, and sampled some ice drinks and discussed my photos on Instagram.
Then we went to dinner at a new hipster place down in Little Italy called Juniper and Ivy. We sampled all kinds of interesting concept dishes and laughed over wine. I felt like a couple of college gals who took the town by storm. I really enjoyed every moment.

Sunday, I walked a mile each away to Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy. This church was beautiful with murals depicting the rosary all over walls, ceiling and stain glass windows. Our Lady Rosary photos here.

I picked up breakfast on the walk back. I loved the weather, breezy, not too cool, not hot. Lovely.

I met Carrie, a friend from Instagram at the San Diego zoo. Fun! I had my camera, but never took it out because we had so much fun visiting with each other. Just like an old friend. I do like Instagram and connections made there.

Went to every part of the zoo except the children's section, Haha. We talked thru the visit like old friends and have so much in common for "strangers." Most animals were sleeping. The zoo is huge and hilly and by the end of the day, my phone showed I walked over 21,500 steps. Many were in the hills.

Then I went with Molly and her friend to La Jolla for a visit to the beach, and dinner at a cute Mexican place with the yummiest shrimp tacos.

The girls missed me, called me often and were so happy for me to come home.

Hotel Del

Our Lady of the Rosary

San Diego Zoo

La Jolla Beach