Monday, November 29, 2010


Down the stairs they go...
wrestling over a stick

The race is always on with these two.  We all have more fun watching the interaction between these two girls and are amazed at the patience and willingness the Jackie girl has with the Lexi girl especially with the age difference!  

Sunday, November 21, 2010


 I received this and I thought it was a very poignant
so I wanted to share the message.

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool  that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added,  "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have..

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your  family and friends!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Take off your Spurs and Stay awhile...

Our guest bedroom was fussy with blue and white porcelain with light yellow walls.  Very traditional and feminine.

  When we started our remodel I decided I was going with a Western  theme.  We had discarded our headboard when we got a King bed and I decided to resurrect it with hair on hide and nailhead trim and use it for the guest room.   I made a paper pattern to cut the hide to size and attached it with Barge glue.  Since the headboard was pressed wood with a veneer over it I had to rethink my just nailing....I had to actually drill every hole for the tacks because the nails would just bend and not go in.  It was a very time consuming process but worth the outcome.

The semi finished project,  I still have to make a cover for the window seat and a Roman Shade for the window.  I have a few more things to hang on the wall, but I am happy so far.  Notice in the top photo there was a door where the window seat is now. I have prints on the wall you can't see here that are a cherished gift from my dear "TrainWreck" over at Cowboys, Kids, and Sunsets blog.  
I am lucky to have several ultra talented artist friends, makes me feel so inadequate but we all have our strengths I guess, just don't know where mine are yet....!!!! 

Oh heck,
I will show you that wall so you can see what a great artist she is.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


A Veteran
is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable
to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including,
their life. That is beyond honor.

Thank you to  my brother and my father who served the United States Army
and sacrificing so much for our freedom,

 and to all the other military men and women who fought before, after and along side of them.


My dad served 12 years in the Army

 and the Korean Conflict

My brother served in Viet Nam