Monday, March 30, 2015

I'm a Fanatic

I fell in love with HGTV's show Fixer Upper when it first aired. 

 The rapport that Chip and Joanna have for each other..
the obvious love they have for their family...
their talent.
I am certain that the property values in Waco have gone up single handedly because of the show. 
 I am ready to move to Waco.
My husband is content to just have them come here and fix up our house.
Either way.
It is no doubt that I am a Fixer Upper Fanatic.
Are you? 
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Truism


Half Dome in Yosemite. Picture taken on March 19 in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.

 ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Saturday, March 28, 2015

College Basketball

THIS young man is why I am pulling for Wisconsin!


Friday, March 27, 2015

Conundrum

Happenings at this here NutHouse have been all over the board for the past two weeks.
  Lollipop Pop was on Spring Break LAST week.
Sugar Plum Fairy has been on early dismissal THIS week with her Easter Break starting Monday.
I like routines and schedules.
There have been few.
Add to that mix very limited water in the house and you have a recipe for a frazzled Mom.
We have known for nearly a year, that our domestic well was living on borrowed time. 
The pump had been lowered as far as possible. 
The  plan has been to run a water line from the new agriculture well to the domestic system, thus not having to drill a new well immediately.
This might allow us to pay for colleges
AND eat.
 When we ran out of water one day last week, we got our kick in the pants.. 
No water in the house.
Thankfully after about 12 hours, the tank slowly filled up again.
Most showers are being taken elsewhere, but we have had enough to wash hands, flush potties and make the coffee. 
You know the important things in life!
 My amazing husband has been stressing over this for months.
The holding tank has been in place, but plumbing and wiring it was new territory.
 Finding a pump company who is available at the drop of a hat is still impossible.
They are literally running from place to place called "no waters".
 Those properties who are dry and in dire straits.
Chris has been going to school as well as working part time at an electrician's shop so he, his muscles and work ethic have helped immeasurably. 
The pump company was able to squeeze us in and wired a new pump...hubby trenched from there to the domestic well and they have laid the pipe and wires to connect the two.

 I'm not sure what the next steps are, but according to my favorite men, it seems to be on the right track.
The ONLY downside is that I will have to start doing laundry and washing dishes again.
(As of last night, this new system was completed and works.
The kitchen is nearly clean...the laundry will take more time)
 
Despite the water dilemma, spring has sprung.
Don's Daffodils, and the callas are blooming but the irises need a bit more time.
Temperatures have been extremely warm for this time of year.
We have already had one weekend in the 90's and today is supposed to reach that as well. 
More than 20 degrees above average.
 
 
This rose as always the first to bloom one single, brilliant flower.
The bush is now covered with buds. 
 The wisteria is blooming at the base near the ground.
Not sure if lack of irrigation is the reason or a lousy pruning job.
Probably the combination.  

Being in a drought is an interesting conundrum.
Some people shout from the rooftops not to water anything outside.
Others seem to think the drought is not their problem.
As long as water is flowing from their faucets, they find no issue with washing down their driveway. 
As with most things, I believe the truth lies somewhere in the middle. 
 Our stucco house is covered with dust and spider webs that I want to wash off desperately.
I don't. 
Our lawn hasn't had a drop of water in ages and is a lovely shade of tan that crunches under one's feet. 
Lovely.
Sitting back and watching my father in law's rose bush shrivel and die is not something I am willing to do. 
Watering the vegetable garden  has been sporadic at best.
 Just enough to keep plants alive. 
 Not enough to help them thrive.
Getting creative with watering the "special" plants is a necessity. 
Keeping a 5 gallon bucket in the shower to catch the water that normally goes down the drain is the norm now.
Do I look like a nut lugging it out to water the boxwood hedge that is beginning to look crispy?  Maybe.
But it is how I have begun to do things.
Every little bit helps, I suppose.
 
 
The kale and beets are looking good, although I think the kale will need to be picked this weekend.
 Everything was slower this year as well as being hot earlier.
The leeks aren't ready.
 Again....a conundrum. 
 
 
In addition to the spring plant life and water woes, I have been working on a few projects.
 
 
Brownie points to anyone who notices something different

Painting these letters for an upcoming celebration is on the list for this weekend as well as making  our destination road sign readable again.
  
Once the must dos get done, I am going to sit down and work on my want to dos again.
 What are your weekend plans?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 









 



 

 




 
 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sit Back and Enjoy

I have a post nearly ready on the goings on around here, but when I saw this last night, I wanted to share it instead. 
It is 7 minutes of fun for a Thursday and who couldn't find that helpful?
Enjoy.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shamrocks and Hearts

As a Mom, I have always been a bit over the top on food for St. Patrick's Day. 
 Green everything. 
 I remember going so far as MAKING green bread for Chris' lunches when he was little. 
I don't do that anymore.
 I have never done some of the things I hear about...Leprechauns wreaking havoc in a room...hidden gold, etc. 
Just the food.
 Green begins with breakfast pancakes with whipped cream were this year's choice.
 I have a tab to the right in the labels marked St. Patrick's Day. In reading what I have done in the past, I think I may have a problem.
 
 
Lunch consisted of shamrock tortilla chips that I made from spinach tortillas and a cookie cutter, green cream cheese and cucumber sandwich, broccoli and green apples.
 
A couple St. Patrick's Day jokes completed the meal.
 
Dinner was, as always Corned Beef, new red taters and this year, asparagus that was too gorgeous not to purchase.
I have discovered my favorite way to cook Corned Beef as well.
I have used my crockpot for years for this. After I plunk the chuck of meet in the bottom, I add the seasoning packet and an extra bay leaf. 
I then add two cans of my favorite beer...Guinness.
I cook it on low for about 8 hours. 
It is tender, flavorful and sliced like a dream,
Do you have special St. Paddy's Day food each year?
The rest of this post is a bit random, but found these pics and wanted to make note of what I did because I WILL forget by next year.
Valentine's Day.
For my Hubby.
 
Last year, I started a week of Valentines for him and I think he was pleased.
I did the same basic idea this year, but changed the items a bit.
Each morning I snuck out to his truck and placed them on his dash or steering wheel. 
 




 
 

On Valentine's Day, he received a cool bottle of wine and a card. 
Not in his truck.
 The number on the front  was the number of minutes I since I had fallen in love with him.
 
 
Sugar Plum Fairy had a cake decorating meeting for 4-H so we also had dessert to boot.

Not bad, if I do say so myself.


 

 

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Look Back

Spring is here? 
Did I miss winter?
 (I know anyone located anywhere but here is gnashing their teeth about now)
Sorry.
Here's looking back on March 19th of yesteryear.
 
March 19, 2009
Not sure if I was actually a cool Mom or just a lazy and irresponsible one.

March 21, 2010
The creek is dry as a bone this year....there little water in the lake and none extra to release.
Even if there were water to release, the ground would suck it up before it ever reached us.
Good grief, this is scary!



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 19, 2011
Four years ago, I shared a bit of my Japanese sister in Japan.
She is such a sweetie!
 
March 19, 2012
Three years ago, we were kind of worried about the lack of rain and snowfall  in March. 
 I distinctly remember how these rain memories felt. 
 While we had had a lighter than normal season, we were still hopeful and Pollyanna-ish.
Not so much entering our 4th year of drought. 

We wonder if this is the end of a drought or are we just really entering a longer one?
Maybe three years from now, I'll look back here and the drought will be just a memory.
I hope.
And pray.
Constantly.
 
March 19, 2013
These two phrases along with "I am Sorry" are the most powerful of trifectas.
 
March 19, 2014
Making these geodes last year was a great success. 
 They have held up for decorations this year and are such a fun thing to do with kids.
Maybe this weekend?

 Whatever you are doing, I hope it is memorable for you!