Today we are heading down for Antique week. Follow us on Instagram for our sisterly adventure this week. We will share latest ideas, news and fun over the next four days with you is Instagram. Woot woot…let the adventures begin!
I AM WORKING!!
I swear I really am working. Amber and Chris’s wedding is coming up and I am working my fingers to the bone finishing up their cake stands. I am nervous and excited because this has been one crazy project. I will tell y’all about that later.
My office looks like a hurricane hit it again. I am learning that is just the way I work. But still y’all, it drives me crazy. Nope, not gonna share photos of it with you right now but I am sitting in the middle of this mess trying to write. Disturbing!
It’s the middle of January and this year is already flying by. I am working on my list of trips I will be taking this year. After the wedding my next big thing is going to the spring Antique Week in Texas with Marie and our spouses. It will be the guys first time going. The following weekend we have a baby shower to do so I will be staying another week with Marie. Then in May we have a Mother’s Day luncheon, our son Nick graduates from college and hopefully, we will be back in Tennessee to our friend Mike’s place for a friendly gathering and cattle corralling. That will get me through May for my trips this year. Of course, that is all subject to additions and changes but so far so good.
Today I am adding the finishing touches to my projects. I can’t wait to share the beautiful event with y’all. It’s so exciting!!!!
It’s hunting season here. That means my wonderful husband will be off for a 3-week elk hunting trip with his friends. Once upon a time I was more into the hunting but not anymore. I thoroughly enjoy the enthusiasm and excitement hunting brings to Jimmy. He is the best!
Many, many years ago (warning, memory lane and ex-husband Dale story happening) we were on a lease at Travis Marks ranch in Fannin/Goliad Texas. He was an incredible man and the most fun to hunt with. Hunting on a working ranch is always fascinating to me. I love watching the ranch being worked and this family, including his wife was out working the cattle. I remember the 1st time I saw her in full face makeup and beautiful clothes on her horse working the cows. She sparkled and shined as she made it look like child’s play wrangling the cattle to be worked. The sight of her big convertible Cadillac with horns on the grill coming at you down the dark country road would bring a smile to my face, after it scared the daylights out of me. That woman could drive!
On the ranch was a little museum that memorialized his family’s history. His father was one of the founding members of the Salt Grass Trail Ride. What an honor to have been able to see this memorial he had. He raised long horn that were used in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the beginning of each rodeo performance. I learned a great deal about Texas history from Travis and his wife Linda. Dinner at the Empresario with them was exciting. Listening to the stories of not just Travis but his friends and neighbors made for an entertaining experience.
When Travis got a chance to hunt with us it was always entertaining. We once stalked geese on a pond, crawling on our bellies with our guns in hand as we came over the little hill trying not to spook them. He made sure my hunting partners always put me in the blind of the front pasture (Linda’s pasture). It backs up to the river behind the trees. Guaranteed to get a deer and since I hunted only for meat, I went for the does when it was the season. I would sit in the blind, wearing vanilla perfume, reading a book by a little light waiting for the sun to come up. Some days I just sat and watch the deer as they came out to eat in the early light. The smell of musk was incredibly strong on the ranch as the bucks marked their territory. And nothing made me crazier than being able to track deer for the guys, so they knew where the deer were crossing. Many memories were made on his ranches in the area. I shot my first turkey on his ranch. Dove season and quail was always incredible. Rabbits were not my thing, but the guys killed a lot. Those things can take over a field so quickly and eat the young sprouts. Once a little rabbit was just stunned and not shot. I took it and set it free while the guys were cleaning the dead ones.
And nothing like driving the jeep into town and forgetting about the rack on top as we drove through Dairy Queen for lunch one day. I don’t the think guys liked when the wives got together and headed to town. Always mischief to be had. I learned that rattle snaked jump straight up! First time I ever heard Dale yell. We chased turkey all over the Fannin property in the jeep. They are fast! Every year we had to take back the blinds from the owls who nested in them. Nothing like 6 inches of dead mice, rabbits and owl manure having to be cleaned out. Yuck! If you hunted you worked to maintain it just like the guys so we helped clear the blinds, fill feeders and mow the trails.
I hunted on Travis’s properties until I was too big and pregnant to get up and down the blinds. Then the vertigo set in and there is nothing worse than trying to get a big pregnant hot angry woman with vertigo out of a blind. I was so fortunate that we had a lot of game and fresh fish. We ate what we caught and killed. Dale would make venison sausage that was to die for. My family always wanted some when he had a chance to make it. I love fresh turkey cooked on the grill and loved waterfowl until I got pregnant. Made him cook duck gumbo outside that year. He is still a great cook. I learned a lot from him.
The first time I went duck hunting was not a great day. We were to hunt down in the Anahuac area there in east Texas. Dale of course had the proper gear and knew what he was doing. I did not! After an air boat ride we hopped out with the dog (named Trouble)and I was to follow him to where we were going to hunt. Yeah, well I stepped into a coypu (nutria rat) hole and sank clean up to hips. As I struggled to get myself out of the hole (he was putting out the decoys and Trouble ran around) the light was coming up and I heard him yell ‘duck’. So I ducked my head down thinking he was shooting. No, the ducks were coming in to the decoys around me and as I looked up all I could see was duck feet in my face. Scared the living daylights out of me. And Dale laughed. Yeah, I haven’t hunted ducks since except with Travis.
And a little side note here, I was always told you shouldn’t wear make-up or hair products to hunt let alone scented anything. Honey, I wore make-up when I wanted. Vanilla perfume attracts the deer. I would hunt in high heel wedge boots too! Oh yes, when I wasn’t roughing it with the guys I dressed to the top for my deer. And I always got a deer when I wanted to shoot one. So, take that y’all!!
After my little walk down memory lane, I watch as my husband Jimmy packs his gear and prepares the trailer for his trip. This year they are heading to Colorado. I will miss the dickens out of him. But he deserves this trip and the break from work. Jimmy checks on me regularly and shares his adventures when he has cell service, so I get to enjoy in his escapades.
Jimmy brings home the bacon, the venison, the fish and anything else he kills or catches. Yep, still a lucky lady here. Jimmy and my step-son Nick fill our freezer with fresh fish and lobster each year.
And it is that time of year where I am down to just barely any meat left so Jimmy better get to work on filling it. Hopefully it will be some elk but if not, he always gets the deer and venison is our main meat around here. Jimmy is better at the hunting than I am as you can see and enjoys his time with the Texas boys, Jeff, Robert and Josh. Once he is back, I get to share his latest adventure with you. Then we will be off to Texas for the wedding and bow season. I love hearing Jimmy’s stories and the mounts on the wall of the Mancave. But for now, my heart aches that he is going to be gone.
Good luck to you, Donny and Mike! Love you, be safe and have a great time!
I was sitting here quietly working on my many projects I have going and about to fix dinner when I got a text from my sister. (This happened a few weeks ago.) Marie asked if I was available to Facetime. Sure! I pulled out my iPad (I don’t have an iPhone, I am a Samsung girl) and called her up. What to my surprise, she and my niece Ashley were with the wedding planner talking about invitations.
Yikes! All I could think about is here I am with no make-up on, my hair a mess and I am in a tank top with sweats. Oh, please don’t let them be able to see me. I just can’t be seen like this outside my home. I must wear make-up to the grocery store people! I don’t do this! Yes, I freaked out! Don’t laugh, it’s not funny…okay, maybe it is but no! We need to work on our communication skills…
So, I am pacing in my kitchen as she flips the camera angle around, so I can see what is going on. Whoa! Forget about me, look at all the pretty paper. There are these beautiful invitations before them. I listen and watch as they discuss what is what to get me caught up.
I had my own ideas of what Ashley and Joshua’s invitations should be like. I had made a mockup of what I had in mind for her a couple weeks ago because I am horrible at communicating my ideas. I am one of those people with hand gestures and different words to describe things when I talk. Yeah, it drives my husband crazy, but he still loves me. Anyway, Ashley had liked my idea and was excited to see what can be done like it.
I loved the laser cut on the paper. It is expensive but exquisite and would have been great. Not in the budge though. There is such a huge variety of papers and weights as well as foiling and embossing available these days. So, as we went through everything and KC her planner helped pull it all together, Ashley was able to give them an idea of what she wanted. The art design will be a first of it’s kind for the stationary company they said. Everyone is excited to see the mockup when it is done.
No, I am not going to give the details away. My sister will share all that when it is all done. But to hear the excitement in Ashley’s voice as she was seeing it all come together was priceless. The little touches that show the many facets of who she is are going to be amazing. Oh, I am so excited for her! Just you wait and see!
Saturday was graduation day for my son Belvy. We had a party for Belvy and a few of his friends that were graduating, to celebrate the big day. We adopted Belvy, who is from Haiti, when he was 13 years old but he wasn’t able to come to the U.S. until he was 16 1/2. …lots of bureaucracy… But we were so excited when he finally was able to come home to us.
Belvy didn’t speak much English when he first got here. I homeschooled him for a couple of years working on his English and filling in gaps in his education. He then enrolled in Peaster High School where my older 2 children graduated. Four years later, he is a high school graduate. We are so proud of Belvy! All the hard work he has put in to his education. He is our super hero.
The party was so much fun. We went with a Super Hero theme. I think Belvy loved it. He is so into action movies… Marvel and DC…
Kids swam for hours, ate hamburgers, hot dogs and nachos, and played video games in the Game Truck.
Then as the sun went down, we watched a movie outdoors on a giant screen. …The Adventures of course! My favorite part. Sitting and relaxing with popcorn and a good movie.
CRONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2018