Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday's Confessions

Hey y’all, Happy hump day to you. I came across a blog this morning that caught my eye because she’s a Dallas girl like myself. Her name is Bella and blogs at Dateless in Dallas.
She hosts a Wednesday link-up called simply “ Wednesday’s Confessions”.  My fave blog hop Hodgepodge is skipping a week while the host enjoys a vacation with her family over Easter week.

I confess that I’m pretty stressed that we move in 2 weeks.  Holy cannoli I’ve got to get busy and pack more every night!  I stopped by the  house this past Monday after work and so relieved and happy that they painted all the dark wood paneling. It made the house look so different and it calmed Todd down. He was not happy about the old dark look it had. I’m getting excited to have a back yard for Jax!

I confess that I feel a little guilty that I’m going to see Rob Thomas in concert this Friday while I should be home packing but not so guilty that I wont have great time. I’m going with one of my girlfriends that I haven’t seen in several months because we both are just so busy.  “T” and I have been friends since my college days and we were waitresses together downtown. I’m excited to hang out and have some girl time.

I am aggravated that I’ve crappy headaches all week and I missed a blogger party last night that was also a painting party. They were painting Dallas skyline and I really was excited for that.  Seriously, my headaches keep getting worse as I get older.  Which by the way I’ll be getting older next month and not exactly excited about it this year.  I’m approaching closer and closer to 50 and that FREAKS me out!

I confess that I’m addicted to The Voice and this season is so dang good! Lots of great singers and very R&B soulful singers which I like.

I wish I was spending more time training Jax. He does not know a single command. Not come here, NO, sit, stop, NADA- NOTHING!!  I just want to love on him and let him sit on my lap while we watch TV. 

I still need to wrap up my weekend at Antique week post and should have done that today instead of this random post. LOL Oh well!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Successful day - no horsing around!

Hey folks how was your weekend? Yep I know it's Tuesday but I was cross-eyed from a mini migraine yesterday so no blogging for me. Anywho I had an awesome weekend and wanted to tell you about our fundraiser that my parents hosted at the ranch for a friend. 
My dad has a garage apartment that he built several years ago for the various ranch hands that have come and gone. Keith has been working for Dad for many years ago and as you can imagine extremely helpful when Dad was sick and in hospital last year. He's helped out tremendously and all the horse boarders have grown close to him as well. 
Sadly, Keith was diagnosed with cancer and has a large tumor growing under his chin ( that he can mostly hide with his beard). He's opted not to undergo surgery and try as we might- we have to accept and more importantly respect his decisions. Keith has found some natural supplements and injections that he's heard about and they are a bit costly and he doesn't have insurance. Soooo, my sweet stepmom talked it over with Dad and they hosted a beautiful fundraiser that was an all day event this past Saturday. 
There was horse and riding games and events starting at 10:00 am with prizes given out to the winners.  Deb cooked the biggest pan of BBQ pulled pork and had beans, potato salad, chips , cookies , and more.  There were raffle tables with one dollar tables, 5 dollar, 10 dollar tables  and 4 items starting at 25$.  It was luck of the draw so you had to buy lots of tickets to increase your chances of winning. We charged 5$ for dinner , 2$ for beer or wine , and 1$ for sodas and water.  
I helped man the welcome table where everyone bought the raffle tickets , dinner  and drinks.  There was such a huge turnout and many of Keith's friends he went to high school with and family came  out to support.  I had some of my friends come out with the kids and they won a raffle prize that they bidded on. 
Some of the bigger prizes were a month free of boarding which was the most purchased ticket item. All of the boarders were crossing their fingers for that one.  A 1948 am radio completely restored and worked beautifully.  I loved it and wanted to throw my raffle ticket in but one man bought 1000.00$ worth of tickets towards it. He won thank goodness! Someone donated a 4 day 3 night stay in Rockport , TX in condo. There was fine print that said no pets allowed so we didn't try for that one either.  Todd and I really want to take Jax to the beach with us next time we go. 
I won an hour massage and I'm so excited! I placed most of my tickets for a brass butler that belonged to my dad but I didn't win. I was so bummed but I was the one that was picking out the tickets. Lol. I didn't have lucky fingers on items I bidded on. There was tons of prizes related to horses so I didn't bid on them. There was one horse blanket I won for Jax to lay on though after the initial drawing that no one bidded on. 

We raised over 5,000 dollars and there were also several sealed envelopes given directly to Keith. It was just an amazing beautiful day and to be a part of such a fun event spent laughing and donating money to a friend was so special. Then the very next day on Sunday , it rained liked crazy and temps were so much cooler. 
Now I will shower y'all with bunches of photos from the day: 
That's Keith and my cute Daddy! 

Way cool AM radio from the 40's

I wasn't able to grab pic before they sliced cake but a boarder is also a pro cake maker. 


I did win those vintage canisters on end. 
Todd teaching Jack to drive golf cart

Selfie of me and buddy Wendy 
Dads new truck. How sweet is this! 

And this is Dads old Cadillac . He likes his old toys and we did buy his Harley a few years ago so these are safer. 

I've still got a killer headache so I'm bummed because I had plans to attend a blogger painting party tonight and have to cancel. Stupid winds and cold weather have triggered my headaches. I love me some excedrin migraine pills! 

Talk to ya later ....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Texas Antiques Week

I recently had one of the most AH.MAZ.ING experiences a few weeks ago in parts of Small-town Texas.  Round Top, Warrenton and La Grange to be exact.  I've known about this slice of Heaven for many years but never made it out for various reasons. As mentioned a few posts ago, I reached out to one of my fave bloggers Debbie (Talking Trash) who also is a longtime seasoned Junker who sets up every year at these shows. I volunteered my free labor while also learning the ropes and having her mentor me.  I am actively working on being a small time junker in the very near future and have lots to learn.
Debbie's daughter Jennifer happened to live very close to me so she rode with me to keep me company and she knew the way to get to our destination. It was a win/win! She met me fairly early on that Friday morning and we got there around 4.5 hrs later. Plenty of time to get to the booth and get used to the surroundings. 
It's hard to explain how excited I was to see rows among rows among rows of large circus tents of booths. It's a two week shindig and hosts over 60 "shows".  Each field has a name and thats the show. Example we were in Zapp Hall building and the field/land it's on is the Zapp show.  It had everything from genuine fine antiques , garage sale sorts and hand crafted pieces. Celebrities come out like Miranda Lambert, Mathew McConoughy, John Malkovic and more. Have you ever watched Junk Gypsy's on HGTV or GAC? Amie and Jolie are the main girls the show is centered around. Well this is their haven and they recently opened their new beautiful headquarters and shop down the road from the shows. 
We made a stop in to look around and to buy a souvenir. Fun fact , my friends Debbie , Jennifer and Debs husband Danny have known these girls forever before they made it big time. Every time Jolie saw them , she stopped to talk to them or hugged their neck. It was pretty cool! 
I will wrap up this post of pictures I took while visiting the Junk Gypsy headquarters . I don't have a camera so these are phone pics. I have so many more pics and stories to show so stay continued. 
Large Marge is this pink beauty! 

I got a tshirt with this saying

Children's section. So cute! 

Archie is beautiful model on their website and works there. Sweet sweet girl! 

Large Birdcages with lights. I die!! 

Um yeah, JG totally did Miranda and Blake Sheltons wedding . 

Jolie, her son Cash Baker and Jennifer


So there ya go! Ready to with me next time? 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My weekly HodgePodge

1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last 'shower' attention on someone or have attention 'showered' on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm? Well I did just get married 6 months ago so I was showered with attention on our wedding day. I loved having all my closest friends and family around me. I am also having a wedding shower this Friday so I get to do the showering of attention.

2. Share a favorite 'spring break' memory. Not talking about just the 'college spring break' thing, but any favorite spring break memory you'd like to share. Keep it family friendly please! My college roommate/best friend and I drove to South Padre island and had a great time on the beach with our school friends. On our way home passing through downtown Dallas- our concert arena posted one of our favorite bands playing that same night. We got back to Denton (45 minutes away) and we were so crispy sunburned, took a nap and shower and drove back down and bought scalper tickets and got the best seats to a great concert! We had so much fun being young and spontaneous. Makes me smile every time I think about it.
 
 3. It's National Pecan Month...are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite dish that calls for pecans? love love love pecans! I also pronounce them PA CONS- not PEE CANS. I love my Nanny’s rum cake with pecans baked on the top. I love millionaires which is chocolate , pecans, and caramel. All things pecans is good. 4. 'Put all your eggs in one basket', 'egg on your face', 'rotten egg', 'walk on eggshells', or 'a good egg'...which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life? would say Put all my eggs in one basket because we are moving in a few weeks and I have a lot of eggs to pack in many baskets! I’m married to a good –egg and my puppy Jax is truly a rotten egg because he’s spoiled rotten!! I don’t like having to walk on eggshells and avoid those situations as much as possible.
Jax went to Petco with me and drive thru for lunch. He hates riding but he liked the treats at petco.
 
 5. In my experience you have to plow through whatever it is that’s important to you no matter what speedbumps are thrown your way. I’ve been with my company going on 19 years this September and there has been 2 times that I actually HATED coming to work because of an evil coworker or a supervisor that was not equipped for his position. Now I’m the last one standing and both of those people left the company for various reasons over the years. I’m so grateful I didn’t react to my emotions and knew that I was with the company I wanted to be with and I cant let others try to push me out or bully me. 6. What's a favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics? have dozens of songs that I love around the topic rain. Here are just a select few: Here comes the rain (Eurythmics), Rainbow Connection (originally Kermit but I love Sarah McLachlins rendition), Grace Like Rain ( Todd Agnew) and I wish it would rain ( The Voice contestant Preston Pohl)

 7. What does the word hope mean to you? Hope is a necessity. You have to have Hope to look towards every day and the future. Items or things can be symbolic for Hope such as a dove. Its biblical: in Romans 8:24- "For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees?
 
8. Insert your own random thought here. Todd and I moving the first week of May and the stress is slowly creeping up my back and neck. I have SO MUCH TO PACK! I hate packing and I hate moving. Good news is that we hired a moving company for the big stuff but we have to have everything packed and ready to go. Pray for a seamless move and no tempers in between this stressful time.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!

Its been a very busy week and I'm so excited today is Friday!  A week ago today I was heading down south for my weekend at Antiques week and I haven't even told y'all about it.  It was amazing and I took loads of pictures! I'll have to spread it out and not all on one post.  I do have to share some pictures now of our beautiful state flower Bluebonnets. Mixed with the Indian paintbrushes , the fields and highways were gorgeous! 

So I wanted to share a sweet story about my awesome husband.  We got into a pretty intense argument this week and things were said that really hurt my feelings.  I kept thinking about the heated words that were worse than what we were even originally fighting about.  I mentioned to my husband that when he says those things to me, it's like my heart  is a chunk of cheese and he slices off a piece at a time and it's gone.  I know , just like me to compare my heart to cheese. It is my favorite food ever!  Anyway, Todd called me yesterday while I was at work and asked if he could take me out to dinner and I of course said sure.  Don't laugh but I picked Texas Roadhouse because if you get there before 6pm there are specials for only 8.99$. It's a great deal! lol  
Todd had a card and something wrapped in pink tissue paper and handed it to me once we were sat and ordered.  This is why I love him so much and sure that i married the right man. He bought me a cheese grater.   He does listen after all and it clicked with him.  This little cheese grater actually means a lot to me now and Todd said some really sweet things.  I know that couples are going to have their disagreements. It's how you deal with the aftermath is what will strengthen your marriage.  Laughter too is everything and I laughed when I saw it was a cheese grater.   

Have a great weekend y'all and be gentle and speak nice to your husband or wife or loved ones.  Words can hurt worse than a broken bone! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hodgepodge time!

1. Since these questions are posting on the first day of April it seems only right to ask-when was the last time you did something foolish? If you can't answer that one, try this one-when was the last time someone fooled you?   My husband and I are very playful and play little jokes all the time! A prank that always stands out though is one that my Dad did when I was living with him in college. He put a fake mouse on the stairs to my room and waited up for me to get home to hear me squeal. It was night time and dark and I couldn’t tell it was fake at the time. Oh and the time he went dove hunting and asked me to walk down to the barn with him and said I could wear his coat since it was cold. He KNEW I would put hands in the pockets and it had the dead birds. Dear ol Dad loves jokes and I wont even go into how many times he’s used the fart machine.
 2. What's the last biography or non-fiction book you've read? Was it any good? The most recent non-fiction book was a decorating book. I want to read Pete Townsend’s book though that came out a year ago. Its still on hard-back and expensive. 
 3. Garlic-friend or foe? What's your favorite dish made with garlic? Oh my I love me some garlic!! I bought a jar of Garlic-Garlic and it goes on every thing except cereal. I love garlic in dips or on chicken. I use lots of fresh garlic and sauté it with fresh mushrooms and then put it on top of a burger or pork chops or anything.
 4. Several Spring flower festivals happen in the US during the month of April. Of those listed, which would you most like to see in person...The Skagit Tulip Festival in Skagit Washington, The Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville Tennessee, The North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington North Carolina or the Daffodil Festival Weekend on Nantucket Island, Massachussets? I have a tulip tattooed on my toe. One guess to which one I want to go to. 
 5. How do you choose which blogs to read? What is something that will make you stop and read every time? Something that makes you say, 'eh, think I'll skip this one and move on to the next'? I like the catchy names or I will check out peoples blogs on the sidebars. I figure if my friend likes these I may also like them. I will skip blogs if they are only pictures of what they are wearing that day. Hey I’m a girl that likes to shop and I get it when you want to show off your cute new outfit but it loses its pizzazz when I see every single thing you own in your closet day by day. This is just my opinion folks. 
 6. April is National Mathematics Education Month so tell us, when did you last use math? Yesterday when I got out my checkbook. I hate math. I don’t hate many things but I hate math! My eye just twitched just thinking about it. 
 7. In honor of the A-Z challenge kicking off on April 1...choose one word beginning with the letter A to describe your yesterday. Just one? Hmmm, I think I have to go with appreciative. I am grateful for my job that I love. 
 8. Insert your own random thought here.   I am still recuperating from my awesome trip I took over the weekend and just got back on Monday. I have so much catching up at work from missing Friday and Monday that I haven’t had a chance to blog and tell you all about it. Soon very soon. Oh and Jax is recuperating from his surgery last week and is doing great. I missed my little guy so much while I was gone.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hodgepodge

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far...'throw caution to the wind', 'three sheets to the wind', 'run like the wind', or 'see which way the wind blows'? Pretty much “ see which way the wind blows”. March was a month spent mostly sick which is never planned. Also the dang winds added much difficulty to my breathing. My summer months are more Run like the Wind because I’m constantly on the go! 
2. Your favorite green food:Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food? My favorite green food is fried okra (its green under the batter), green beans, and lettuce- Salads with either ranch or blue cheese dressing to hide the green. I’m not a fan of vegetables. At all. 
3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell! Why yes I have but not by my doing. My husband has locked our garage so when we close the door- theres this button that locks it from the inside. He’s done this 3 times and 2 times I’ve been stuck with him for hours while we break into the garage. I have banned him from EVER using that button again! 
4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wasowski (Monsters Inc.)...of the green characters listed, which one's your favorite and why? I didn’t realize how many green characters I love but most all of my friends know I’m OBSESSED with The Grinch!!! Have you seen my Grinch table every Christmas that I post? But WICKED is my most favorite musical and I love Elphaba! She’s a kick-ass green girl. And who doesn’t love sweet Kermit? 
5. "The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive."~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not? I do agree! People look to their leaders as a guide and Hope feeds into Trust and Loyalty.
 6. Share a favorite song with an emotion in it's title. First song that came to mind was “ I second that emotion “ by Smokey Robinson. I have so many that have actions but not necessarily emotions like “ I alone” by Live, Learning to Walk again 0 Foo Fighters. I could spend an hour just on this topic. 
7. What's a road trip you'd like to take? Well, I’m taking one this weekend to Round Top and Warrenton , TX for the greatest antique show on earth! I’m so excited I have been wiggling in my seat all week. I am blessed to have one of my most amazing bloggers who I look up to more than anything. She’s mentored me and given such great advice when I first started my blog. I also knew one day I wanted to be a junker and its her specialty. I reached out to her and asked if I could be an intern for her during the show and learn the ups and downs , and the howzits and whozits of setting up at a junk show. By the Grace of God, she agreed and said Come on! I’m heading down this Friday and returning back home on Monday. I WILL be sharing pics and stories when I get back so stay tuned. I’ve never been to this show and its been on my list for many years now. 
8. Insert your own random thought here : I’m approaching my birthday in a few months and I don’t know whats come over me but I’ve been reflecting A LOT on my life. Life is short and we have to grab the bull by the horns yall! Do something that makes you happy every day.