Friday, October 28, 2016

5 thing Friday - Tango, home sweet home, Gus, bar plans, schedule changes

Our high school band did an AWESOME job at UIL on Tuesday night, earning Division I and qualifying for Area competition on Saturday!  Woo to the hoo, let's Tango!
 Such a great show - I always plan on recording it, then I get mesmerized...
 Plants in my mother's kitchen window.  I'm sure she is thrilled to be back home, even with her broken arm.  There's nothing like the serenity and comfort of your own home.
I'm sure Gus feels the same.  On Wednesday, he patiently waited for her to get dressed to go to lunch, knowing he would get a peanut butter busy bone.  
He is not the least bit spoiled...
On the way home from Brenham I stopped at Saddlehorn Winery again and enjoyed a glass of cabernet and wide open spaces.
 And I spied this on the patio - a "bar" made of wine barrels and decking planks.  And I was thinking, "couldn't we do that out in Burnet?  We could use cedar planks...hmm...and Wimberley Valley Winery sells the barrels...hmmm..." I can picture a table like this on a bed of crushed gravel, under trees laced with tiny white lights near a firepit.
I don't mind the least bit going to help my mother out, but getting off my To Do hamster wheel always makes me feel a little frantic. Here you can see I am multitasking - breakfast, making out my list for the day, paying bills, making appointments and checking email and the calendar.  I know that going to a M-F shift would change a lot of things for me, not the least of which would be one less day to get stuff done.  But the trade-off is that Hubby and I would be off the same two days.  I promised him I would work on it.  Something to think about...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lime Shredded Pork Tacos

Last year I found a wonderful crock pot recipe for boneless pork (or carnitas) to make into tacos.  I included it in a round of freezer meals and it was a big hit!
I placed it frozen, into my crock pot, then headed to Brenham for the day.  This afternoon when I got home the house smelled wonderful.  I picked up some tortillas, cheese, avocados, and pre-made pico from the store and we are going to feast on tacos!  Is there any better way to use the crock pot?  I think not!
Lime Shredded Pork for tacos
2# boneless pork ribs, country style, trimmed of fat
the juice of two limes
1 T honey
1/2 t. smoked paprika
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
Cook on low in crock pot 6-8 hours.
It's been a long day, otherwise I would show you the tacos we'll have to use your imagination and just take my word for it, they were soooo good! I really love my crock pot and every now and then I am reminded of exactly why.  Now to lay in my bed with some new magazines...

Monday, October 24, 2016

What the week holds, and scenes from a kitchen

It has been an early start to the day - a 3:30 a.m. trip to the airport took care of that - so I am actually getting a Monday post done early.  In a perfect world I would be able to catalog the week in advance and be organized enough to blog early, but most days, it ain't happening.
 This past weekend, Hubby and Firstborn went out to the Burnet property to do some work, and camp.  Scout was in a wedding, and worked.  So that left Bubbie to his own devices, which included making caramel apples.  I need to get that guy into the kitchen more often!
And speaking of the kitchen, here is the day prep I left for him:  breakfast and lunch in the oven set to be ready at 6:30 with some other items bagged for him to pack, and a note reminding him to get a back-up ride from school tonight as I am on call. This week Hubby is traveling, Bubbie has band and scouts on Monday {so he will be tired and super hungry by the time I feed him dinner}, a UIL competition for band on Tuesday, and more practice on Wednesday.  I have physical therapy on Thursday, and much to catch up on around the house.  I pick up Hubby on Friday afternoon and we go straight to presentation of letter jackets for the seniors at the band hall, then off to the football game where seniors and their parents are honored.  There is more band competition on Saturday, in there somewhere I need to continue work on the backyard and go see my mother who is back home in Brenham. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this...
What does your week look like?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday night lights

Tonight is a football game...another chance to see our band perform their marching show,  "Tango".  And, recently they had some excellent high scores in the US Bands marching contest - best music, best overall effect, best percussion, and best visual. Here is a quote from the band director:
"At this point in the season, each band member has spent  153 hours outside of the school day working on ‘Tango.’  They have memorized 8 minutes of music, 74 sets or subsets of coordinates and about 30 additional visuals from horn flashes to body movement.  This is an incredibly complex activity with a high demand of focus, determination and discipline.  We know from the timing tears we experienced a couple of weeks ago that even once we ‘know’ all of the music and drill, there is a world of other problems that occur and need to be solved. Charting 104 marching musicians and 55 guard on a on a football field spread so far apart, we are faced with inherent timing problems caused by the logistics of how sound travels.   Not to mention all of this is accomplished with students carrying a full load of academically rigorous courses."
Our kids have worked so hard!
It's been a pretty good football season for our high school, too - 3 wins so far, which has to be a record...It's no secret that our football team is not our star athletic team, but what we lack in wins we make up for in school spirit.  
It's nice to come out and support the athletes, dance teams, cheerleaders, and band.  Not to mention the color guard, choir...all of them.  They work so hard during the summer and most of them are honor students and student leaders.  And when our team wins, it's so much sweeter!  Three more football games to go.  I feel a little sad knowing we won't see Bubbie march much longer - I hope he treasures this time in his life.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hump Day progress

It's 3 p.m. on Hump Day!
{A sad $1.92 lantana plant from Wal-Mart brought back to life by the front door.}

This week the fence company came back to try and address the remaining issues - and really, they did.  I feel like I can just write the check for the remainder and call that DONE.  Besides, there is a lot to do back there!  I spent about 2 hours raking the entire back yard, collecting remaining rocks, limbs, and chunks of wood (grrr), trimmed up a tree that was growing too close to my crepe myrtle, and filled 6 lawn bags with leaves and debris.  Next on the list is blowing out the red lava landscaping rocks, cleaning off the patio, and pouring my wine...  I know it can't all get done in one day!  Plus, I agreed to work some extra hours tomorrow and Friday, so Hubby can help me work on the list this weekend.
Left to do:
Add bricks next to the fence so we don't lose all those lava rocks*
Powerwash the stepping stones and patio, clean the furniture
Dismantle the deck
Plan out the new patio 
Get some quotes for sod and topsoil
Change up the edging under the trees 
Maybe add tiny white lights along the patio roof 
My goal is to have the backyard be a sweet place to enjoy the firepit this Fall, and we are well on our way! 

*I'll explain this in a future post!

Monday, October 17, 2016

What the week holds, and fence woes...

From the Good News/Bad News Department - the fence is done.
The good news is that the fence itself looks overall pretty good.  New, bright - even the neighbors are happy and two of them are bringing me money to help pay for it, so yay!  There are some areas here and there that need to be addressed, but I feel like the fence company will make them right.
Such as boards that do not match up - not sure what they were thinking when they put in that tiny sliver of a board.
Or how they could have called this gate done when there is at least a 3 inch gap.
And the"fancy" cut work around this tree that has grown right on the property line - it's creative, but messy.  The thing that made me the most disappointed was the site clean-up that didn't happen.
 Are you kidding me?
 We won't even talk about the smashed wandering jew - it will bounce back.
 But the concrete spillage - why?
    And the trash left behind, not to mention lots of tree and shrub trimmings they just left wherever.
That just won't do.  
I called my salesman and he assured me that it would be resolved.  That was Friday afternoon.  It is now Monday afternoon and I have not heard from them.  Meanwhile, Hubby bought a large magnet and ran it over and across the yards several times.  We could probably build a new fence with the screws and metal left behind.   Under a lawn mower they would be projectiles. That is not cool.  So, the final check will not be written until I have my yard and landscaping back in order.  But I am pressing on...
This week I am getting the carpets cleaned on Wednesday, seeing the eye doc and the physical therapist on Thursday, and enjoying another Friday night football game on Friday (we won last week!), plus all of the usual here - work, chores, etc.  It's going to zoom by fast, as all weeks seem to do lately!  What does your week look like?

Friday, October 14, 2016

5 thing Friday - wine, backyard, flip flops, gifties, handsomeness

This week has been all about the spending...
The  closing went off without a was all the stuff leading up to it that caused stress!  Hubby and I went directly from the title company to Torr Na Lochs and got a bottle of our favorite, Fion Dearg to enjoy with our picnic lunch near the barn, on what is now our land,
{When you take that first sip of wine, aerate it in your mouth by drawing in air, like you are sucking through a straw.}  The best thing about that wine, in my opinion is the herbal and tobacco notes.  And I think that the Texas High Plains produces some of the best grapes. So good!  And how great is it to have a winery so close to the new place?
As of the writing of this post, here is the backyard, still in the process of getting a new fence.  For some reason it looks even smaller to me.  And when it's all said and done, I will have quite a lot of work to do. Still reminding myself to take it one step at a time, but I am anxious to get it spruced for Fall.
Last summer I got some hand-me-down orthotic sandals from Orthaheel.  I have loved them so much I bought another pair, in black this time.  I think my days of wearing Okabashi's are over.  I know it looks like my chubby feet are spilling out from these flip flops, but really, they are so comfy that I can wear them and stay on my feet for hours.
The Charlie Madison's lady has such beautiful stuff - I ordered this pretty one of ruby jade for a dear friend.  I'm giving it to her with a box of notecards featuring Scout's work.  I ordered another bracelet of Amazonite (light blue) for a friend at work.  And of course, I ordered myself one of the lava bead infuser bracelets and some matching earrings. {we'll just call that my early birthday present}   I do love me some joory!
Bubbie is taking his sweetheart to the homecoming dance on Saturday and needed a dress shirt and tie.  I ended up buying him two shirts, and two more for Hubby.  I got some pretty good deals all around. The dance is tomorrow night and I still need to go get flowers!
Bubbie is quite the looker.  When I showed this pic to my mother she said "where did he get those good looks?"  When I replied "genetics", she merely asked me again - she was being a little tacky....  It's no secret that my mother has her opinions.  
Regardless, he is one Handsome Devil.


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