Monday, May 30, 2011

Tomatoes!


Today is Memorial Day. That means two things. First and foremost is to take a moment to give thanks to those who have given their lives so that we can live as Americans.

The second, here in Texas, it is tomato time. The garden is overflowing with tomatoes today. We will be finding creative ways to eat the yummy tomatoes. Today will be a greek salad with a little bit of feta and olive oil. Doesn't get any better.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Georgetown Walk


Sometimes the day job has some perks. Tonight, I wandered through the streets of Georgetown with a good friend.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Blackberry Ice Cream


This weekend, we had an unintentional sleepover party. CK&E spent the night to give my brother and his wife a night off. We also had C and my mom decided to join the party. The kids picked blackberries from the bushes and we made blackberry ice cream from a The Pioneer Woman recipe. Each child had a task in the process. The declared it the best ice cream ever. They also made lists of all the wildlife they saw during the weekend. The list included a "seriously big lizard" that the cats brought into the house. It was actually a terrified horned toad. We took it back to the garden where it hopefully scampered away from the cats.

Today the boys and I went on a nature walk to see if we could see some more wildlife. We went to the old oak tree to look for the screech owl and we checked out the armadillo hole. Little C was very interested in the birds. I explained that you had to be very quiet and still in order to notice all the things around you. It was a wonderful time with them. E stayed in the house to help Hubby make chocolate chip pancakes. She was so proud of herself! Big C slept in - because that's what teenagers do. Later we took some pictures of Big C in the "park". I hadn't taken pictures of her in a while. I even managed to get the beautiful smile instead of the teenage fake one. It was a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Studio Progress



It started last fall when Hubby and I took a trip to Bullseye Glass in Portland (I was finishing up a project in Boise and figured that Portland was sort of on the way home). During our trip, we drove down the coast to go to a studio where they would let us blow our own glass paperweights. There are quite a few glass artisans in the area and we visited another studio, Alder House Glass, south of Lincoln City. On the way, we drove on a winding path through the huge Oregon pine trees. The studio was situated at the base of the mountains nestled amongst the trees. You could envision the fairies living in the greenery. I told Hubby that that was a heavenly place to create art and I wished that we could make our arid Texas landscape look like that.

A few weeks later, wonderful Hubby told me that he had found a place for my studio. He had given my musing quite a bit of thought. It would require some clearing at the back of our land, but we had the space and it would be nestled in the woods as I wanted. He has been clearing ever since and has discovered the most wonderful spot. I called our electric company to make sure that we could get electricity back to the spot - and they said yes. Yesterday, I had a contractor come out and give me his impression. He said that building there wouldn't be a problem and even better, he could do it within budget.

My dream studio is now within reach! Now comes the planning part (fun!) and the saving money part (not so much fun!).

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Deer in the Garden

We built our vegetable gardens with a nice fence and gate in order to keep the critters out. We even placed the dog kennel next to the garden to further discourage unwanted guests. However, when you leave the gate open, all bets are off. We lost strawberries, bee balm, cantaloupe, peppers and a few tomatoes. They even trimmed up my roses. Lesson learned…

P.S. Happy Mother's Day!