Monday, September 22, 2014

On the road again....

Off on a little road trip this week -- we're headed to Vicksburg, Mississippi today for a few days!  The first day was, as usual, a lot of driving, although we took a little bit different route then we usually do - skipped IH10 completely and came through Waco and then took 20 across through Louisiana and into Mississippi. Whew, arrived in Vicksburg at about 7:15pm.

 John tells me that this is the new football stadium at Baylor. so I took a picture as we drove by.
 Entering Louisiana!
 The mighty Mississippi....
 We're staying at a historical bed and breakfast here, the Anchuca Mansion.  This is a historical building, built in 1830s -- I'm looking forward to seeing more of it tomorrow, since we arrived in the dark.  We're in the Old Quarters Queen room upstairs.  Yes, they've added a/c, thank goodness, and the bathroom has been modernized! ha!
 The library room in the main house.  They have a restaurant here, and we had a late dinner which was delicious!
 John enjoying a nice glass of wine -- needed after being behind the wheel all day.
Shrimp and grits - doesn't get much more southern then that!

Tomorrow we're off to see some of the civil war sites around town, so more tomorrow! I'm tired!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happenings....

Just a little round up of what's been happening around here.  I really don't know where all the time has gone, the old saying that you get busier once you retire seems to be true, although I can waste an awful lot of time just surfing the web some days (politics, you know... wink wink!)
Anyway, we got a shade sail to add to the pool deck, since it is full sun on there during the entire morning and all the way until about 4pm each day.  It was hard to have little Joss out there without some kind of shade.  I think this will work great!
I need to take a picture of the gate again since we added the wooden pelican that I bought when we went to the coast recently.  He's pretty cool.  I'll get a pic soon.

The hens have been starting to lay and lay...we're getting between 2 and 5 eggs a day now! Whew! They are beautiful, but I'll have to make a few quiches to keep up with them.
 On one of the cooler days we had recently, I dragged myself out and cleaned out the potting shed.  This looks about 100% better then it did before I started, and I threw out a lot of "crap" that I was saving for who knows what.  I think I have a little of my dad's disease of keeping everything because "there has to be a good use for it somehow."  Well, usually I keep it a couple of years and then throw it out anyway, but I don't seem to be able to help myself, so I go with it.
 On Tuesday I went with John to the golf course.  I really enjoy going with him - it's so peaceful and quiet on the course (well, except for when John duffs a shot...enough said about that!) I'm his cart driver.  It's actually a good time.
 This is how we roll on the course, beverage-wise.
After the golf, we drove back through Sisterdale and stopped at the Sister Creek Winery.  We've passed it by many times, but this time we decided to go on in.  It was interesting, a small working winery.  They let you walk through the back area on your own, with a print out to explain what goes on in each room.  
 

I was stumped by the white flag with the red arm above.  Had to come home and look it up.  Here's what I found out (hat tip to A&M faculty website):
Dimmit's Goliad Flag. This militant and defiant banner, designed by Goliad garrison commander, Capt. Phillip Dimmitt, dramatically reflected the political shift of Texians and Capt. Dimmitt away from support of the independent statehood of Texas in the Mexican Federalist Republic and return to the Constitution of 1824 to support of complete separation from Mexico as an independent Republic. Before he returned from the Siege and Battle of Bexar to Goliad in the middle of Dec 1835, Capt. Dimmitt was an avid Mexican Federalist and opposed to separation which was symbolized in the 1824 Mexican tri-color which is also thought to be of his own design. Dimmitt's bloody arm flag was said to have been raised ceremonially on Dec 20 upon the signing of the Goliad Declaration of Independence as the official flag of the occasion although the banners of companies of Capt. William S. Brown andCapt. William Scott were also present at Goliad at the time.
Which banner was actually flown over the Goliad garrison is the subject of controversy and comment by historians. Mary Agnes Mitchell in First Flag of Texas Independence cites memoirs of participants John James and Nicholas Fagan "The Goliad flag was made personally by Captain Dimmitt himself....It was of white domestic, two yards in length and one in width, and in the center was a sinewy arm and hand, painted red, grasping a drawn sword of crimson.....The flagpole was made from a tall sycamore which was procured from the woods along the banks of the San Antonio River.....The flagstaff was in the yard of the quadrangle opposite the entrance to the officers' quarters." Dimmitt's flag flew over the ramparts of Goliad through 10 Jan 1836 when Dr. James Grant and the Federalist Volunteers of Texas forced its removal with threat of violence and which caused the subsequent exit of Col. Dimmitt and those loyal to him from the garrison. The banner is thought to have exited with them. The motivation behind Dimmitt's use of the bloody arm symbol is unclear as was whether he acquired it independently or simply under influence of theBrown flag which employed the same symbol (see Origin of the Bloody Arm Symbol).

They have a small list of wines, but they are all good.  John likes the drys and I like the sweets, so we brought home several bottles of each.

Fall 2014 Garden Diary, Post 2

Gosh, where does the time go?! The fall garden is growing without any attention from me, we've had rain so often lately.  I never thought that was a sentence I'd get to write again, but Texas has been blessed with some much needed rain.
The pumpkins and squashes are starting to vine out, with plenty of squash blossoms.  Here's hoping we see a few fruit on them before it freezes here.  I think we have a while, so fingers crossed.


 The various gourds that I planted along one of the garden fences have gone bananas with all of the rain.  They've started growing again and are all the way up the fence and reaching for the sky.  Plenty of new little gourds on them too!
 The yard is just a mass of color right now -- all of the various Texas native plants that we have in the front yard are blooming in big masses of color - purples, lavenders, pinks, red, white, yellow....it's just gorgeous.  Rain is a magic thing.  The two big heirloom roses at the front are blooming again, too.  Here's the butterfly rose with an example of the different colors that bloom on that pretty plant. There's usually a pretty peach color, too, but I couldn't find one to photograph.
The only problem with the rain is that John has spent a good lot of time mowing and mowing and mowing.  It's a good problem to have!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mockingjay Part I coming soon!

Coming in November!  Can. Not. Wait. They really have done such a good job with this book to silver screen series.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Weekend of Total Fun!

We had KT and Joss from Friday morning until this afternoon!  Jeff and Colleen had a wedding to go to, so we got to get in some serious spoiling.  KT and I started a little Halloween sewing project, too, so we had some fun with that.
Here's a few photos of our weekend.  Friday and Saturday were so great, and then poor Joss's first tooth must have broke through on Saturday night.  Poor little girl, she had a pretty bad night from about 3 am.  We made it through, though, and thank God for Infant Tylenol!!!
 I should have known something was up with that tooth since she drooled all over three outfits on Friday.

 My favorite face this little imp makes!

 We went out and checked out the chicken yard!

Our techie girl!

KT made muffins on Saturday morning! This girl can cook!

 Playing with a hula hoop!  She loved that it rattled when she shook it.

 Bathing beauty -- although she only was in the water about 3 minutes.  She wasn't into it at all!

Cannon ball!

 Uh ohh...starting to gnaw on everything she could get her hands on. I think her gums were hurting....

 Princess Leia on Sunday morning!

KT showed me how to make banana sushi...banana, peanut butter, and honey.  She said you have to put the honey on in lines, don't put dots of honey on it.  Ha! Such a chef already.

Drool, drool, drool....this is about when I decided to feel her gums and see if there was anything there. Aahaaaa!!!!

September 7, 2014 Photo and Journal Challenge

That's today!  I'm trying to get back up to date with my photos.  Today's photo challenge was Something New.  I haven't bought anything new lately, absolutely nothing came to mind, so I went out to the garden and chicken yard for this one.
It was about 6 pm when I took these photos - I loved the way the setting sun was throwing the light across the egg in the laying box.  We have 12 brown egg laying hens that are about 5 months old, and one or two of them are starting to lay eggs already.  I'm not sure which ones are laying since we haven't caught them in the boxes yet.  I don't think most of them will start laying until late October or November, so we've been happily surprised by these few early layers. They are a mix of different breeds - Red Stars, Dominiques, Barred Rocks, Partridge Rocks, one Rhode Island Red, and two Easter Eggers.  Looking forward to the day they are all laying! Two of the "hens" that we were supposed to get turned out to be roosters. Sigh....

The small fall garden is looking good, thanks to all of the rain we've been getting the last few days!