Thursday, June 30, 2005

Good morning!

Last night I informed the kiddos not to stay up too late or there would be hell to pay! Okay, so I said don't stay up too late or you'll be sorry.

They need sleep. They need a schedule. This waking up at noon or after then lounging all day and then at 5 or 7 wanting to go here or have someone over is for the birds!

This morning I was greeted in the kitchen by smiling faces proudly saying they had not gone to bed YET. This was 6 a.m. ack!

What's a mom to do for punishment??

The laundry has been folded, the floors are swept, the windows are clean, the bathroom is clean, the kitchen is clean.... and it wasn't even 8 am!

They will be tired tonight! They have a very looooong day ahead.

They konked out at 10am. Rich will let them sleep and then work them in the yard this afternoon. They are gonna be so grouchy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Keeping you filled with excitement

It's never a dull moment around here. Between teens coming and going, lawn mowing, garden harvesting and work, sometimes it's just more fun than a person should be allowed to have!

Teens seem to swarm down upon my house, eat my food, drink my cokes and then pile up in the living room or front porch to hang out. I don't mind. Actually, the cokes are for them. We aren't big coke drinkers. And yes, in the south a coke means a carbinated beverage. "You want a coke? What kind?" And no, we don't think that is any stranger than eating off of waxed paper at Rudy's.

The grass is dying is spots due to lack of rain. All the neighbors have huge brown spots in their yards. We need rain bad. We water the garden, but it's just not the same. And even though there is no rain, the grass still needs to be mowed weekly. ack! It's not too bad. The kids like to cut it. So do I. But my sinuses flair up so bad that it's just easier not to cut. I usually wear a mask, but that gets hot and I feel like I can't get enough oxygen. I'm sure I look like Michael Jackson when I wear it. No. I've got more of a tan than he does.

We have harvested the corn and replanted more. We have harvested green beans, replanted more. We have eaten an eggplant from the garden (fried) and it was yummy! My yellow squash was attacked by a weevil. The bell peppers are a'plenty, but very small. The cantelope was delish! The watermelon are growing good. The tomatoes and cukes have overtaken my countertop.

Rich made homemade veggie soup with the tomatoes from our garden. It was delish! And there is no more. He's such a good cook.

Work is busy. Super busy. Speaking of.. time to hit the keyboard!

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Vacations

We have been very busy with laundry and gardening and work. What's with a vacation when you have to work twice as hard when you return??

Well, apparently blogger didn't like the fact that I had a huge post about our trip. I'll give you the run down.

Thursday - Headed to San Antonio (actually in was Gruene, Texas). Found a great hotel and then headed to the River. River is low and supposed to be an easy ride. Nothing is ever easy for me. NEVER put your feet first when about to hit a tree. This caused my ankle to get stuck in roots, and with rushing water and huge rocks that cannot be something good. I was petrified and could only think I'm about to drown. My ankle stuck so high up in the roots and the force of the water would have held me under the water. There is nobody around to help and my wonderfully amazing husband was making his way around the tree roots using one hand to hang one to the root and one to hold the float. I wiggled my ankle free and off we went. Let me tell you, when I heard the next rapids I was having a panic attack. We managed to survive those. The last rapids left us little to no control over which direction we were to go. You just succumb to the force of the current. Again, I hit a tree and this time lifted my feet up. This time I found a flat spot and pushed back. The current moving forward and me pushing back only caused the tube to flip out from beneath me and I was now under water. I was scrambling to get a footing. The rocks are very slippery and then I found myself clawing to find something to hang on to so I could get out of the water. At this point I could Rich talking but because I was under water I couldn't understand him. He grabbed me under my arm and was hollering for me to stand up. In rushing water that is impossible. We finally were pushed to the bank and at this point we just sat there. That's when the full extent of what just happened hit me. The tears and shaking and begging not to get back into the water started. My poor husband didn't know what to do with me but hold me and tell me he'd always be there to catch me and save me. Oh yah..then the tears really started!!

We made it out of the River of Death alive and back to the hotel to shower and grab a bite to eat.

Friday - Breakfast and back to the tubing place. Rich wanted to kayak and there was no way I was getting in that water again. I went shopping. If you know me, you know I hate to shop, that's how scared I was.

I had an appetizer at a place overlooking the river... chatting a bit with friends online (yes, by phone has the web on it), did some shopping at the stores and then headed back to get Rich.

He had a great time on the river and we purchased a photo from a guy with an awesome digital camera who snaps your photo while you come down the river. We'll have the picture in a few weeks and I'll post it.

We drove on down to a Safari.. kinda like a drive through zoo. EEK! The animals love it and they all want you to feed them! Zebras, ostrich, antelope, reindeer, moose, bison, and all kinda critters I had no idea what they were, were all so happy to see us lol Rich had the best time feeding them cashews! And the babies...aww the babies! Bleating and running and playing. Soo sweet. But hot. OMGosh is it ever hot! It's dry... low humidity but you just pour with sweat and think, "Why am I sweating so much?? I'm hot, but I"m not THAT hot." But you are.. 100+ degrees is hot people! Rich had nachos and I ate icecream at the giftshop. I think I ate more icecream that week than I do in a year. Anything to keep cooled off.

Then we checked into our cottage. My husband... he insisted on the cottage. It was just a few more dollars a night and after all, we'd be right there in Gruene and close to everything. It was perfect. The place was perfect. The hospitality... wonderful! The people we so nice I had to catch myself before asking them to stop on by later to visit and have a cup of coffee. We didn't have a kitchen in our cottage - it was just a bedroom and bathroom - it was kinda secluded off to the side and in the back. Big ole brass bed, REAL towels, real furniture, doilies... it was so nice, so romantic.

The food at the Grist Mill was wonderful! No lie, the ribs melt in your mouth.

Saturday - once a month they have venders who come in and set up and sale their stuff. And some mind boggling stuff it was! Lots of jewelry, wooden do-dads, lots of knifes (made from RR spikes!), big ole parrots made from a cut up tire, purses and bath salts, cinnamon/sugar pecans/nuts, etc... We had the best time just walking around and looking. We made a round throughout the booths and then another round to pick up the things we wanted.

Then back to Gruene to the shops to pick out the things I wanted. I spend Friday looking so all I had to do was run in and show Rich the things I was questioned about and purchase what I wanted. And boy did I purchase. Good thing I don't like to shop! Then we had lunch on a deck overlooking the river and just enjoyed the time. A leisurely lunch. How nice! We drove on down to the gift shop at the toobing (tubing) place and found the joint was hopping. Egads! The parking lots were full and they were CHARGING to park! Not only did you pay to ride, now they were charging to park. They don't charge Mon-Fri, but they recoop on the weekend and it wasn't deterring anyone from going either. We bought the kids some shirts and then decided to go swimming in the river. Cept, there is no place to publically swim in the river that was near.

Soo... we drove on up to Canyon Lake - the start of the Guadalupe River. We stopped at a lookout point. We were not prepared for what we saw. The lake is enormous! And beautiful! Rich happened to look down and you could see people swimming... so we grabbed our stuff and headed down! Whoo hoo! The prettiest blue/green clear water you ever did see. And cold! Cold water that felt soo good on such a hot day! I think we swam for 2+ hours. We watched people, watched boats, tubers, skiers, jet skiers, and just relaxed. you could see clearly for about 5-6 feet down. We were pruned and cold.

Made it back to the cottage and showered and back to Rudy's. Rudy's is a down home kinda place. Real simple and good food. BBQ. Texas firmly believes in their BBQ. Every corner has a BBQ joint. Ya eat on wax paper. Yes, they give you a sheet of wax paper and that is your plate. Your food comes in paper or styrofoam, but your plate is wax paper. Don't laugh. Okay, laugh at first, like we did, because everyone considered eating on wax paper the norm! Families would gather round, lay out paper for each person and mom or dad would put a dollop of tater salad or slaw or an ear of corn on their "plate" and the kid didn't complain! They had fountain drinks or drinks in bottles or beer. MMM, cream soda out of a bottle never tasted so good! We loved Rudy's so much we went back three times. We loved it so much, when we got home we invited our inlaws over for BBQ to say thanks for feeding the dog and getting the mail, and we proudly served them on wax paper! hahaha, yes we did! They loved it.

We drove home Sunday and since then we have been non stop. The corn was ready in the garden, the grass needs to be mowed, the clothes washed and then the kids came home 2 days later for Georgia. They had a wonderful time and are dark like coffee beans from all the fun in the sun swimming action they could take.

Now it's back to reality and the trip is another memory. It's good to be home :0)

Monday, June 13, 2005

Georgia Bound

My two youngest left this morning with my parents and are headed for Georgia to my brother's house. My parents will have 5 grandkids in one house for 3 days while my brother and his wife head out to Vegas.

While our kids are gone, Rich and I are headed out too. We are leaving Thursday and won't be back until Sunday. After 17 years, it's time for a vacation alone and a second honeymoon! Whoo hoo.

Jessica will be staying at a friends and they'll take care of work detail. Gotta love kid swaping. I think her and Amie have spent the night with each other every day except 2 in the past 2 weeks. I remember those days well. It's fun to watch them together. Reminds me of all the times me and my best friend spent going back and forth to each others houses. Lots of memories.

The garden is doing well. Lots of cukes and finally some green beans. MMM. Corn and tomatoes are just about ready. The watermellons and cantelopes are getting big. I even have some eggplants that should be ready soon. Lots of bell peppers even though the plants themselves are really small.

Most of my squash plants are gone. Something in the soil. You can see a band of yellow plants in one area all affected. My lone okra plant is producing. Rich has two heads of lettuce and some straggling carrots. I noticed yesterday that my spaghetti squash had flowers. Hope I get a few there. That sure would be nice. Those things are expensive!

Other than that... life is good. No affects from the tropical storm felt here. Keeping everyone else in prayers who comes in the path.

Time to get back to work!

Sunday, June 05, 2005

5-gallon bucket

I guess a 5-gallon bucket full a day of cucumbers isn't too shabby.

Today was three bell peppers.

I saw 3 cantelopes and goobs of watermelons.

When the tomatoes ripen we are in for a flood of them.

My corn has silk- which means there are cobs growing!

Another "mess" of beans tonight MMMM

Fresh is soo good.

I'm pooped. Worked all weekend and watched my sister's kids. I'm too old for late nights.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Updates

Richard - working hard in the garden. I think he picks a 5-gallon bucket a day of cucumers. He worked some overtime and now he's planning a lil trip to the camp.

Me - Gotta work this weekend and it's mumble mouth. Hope all goes well. I'll have my sister's kids Saturday evening for them to go out to eat. I'm sure I'll be exhausted. Sinsus flared up and I'm not feeling too well. I'll make it through. They may have to be duct taped to the chairs... naw. Not really. I'll just feed them sugar all night long :)

Jessica - Really enjoying this job thing. She konked out early last night. She's off this weekend and already planning something to do with her friends. Should be interesting to see how often they all get together with all of them getting jobs this summer. Hopefully she can save up for a car soon!

Daniel - We went to see SW III last night. He was in heaven. I'm sure he'd love to see it again and again. He has watched SW since he was 4 or 5 and has been able to follow it, even knowning that this was the future and this was now explainng the past, etc. Smart cookie! He loves sci-fi. We get the results of his latest EEG today. Keep your fingers crossed.

Sarah - her foot is MUCH better. Last weekend she stuck a piece of wire in her toe while crabbing..and the next morning her foot was horribly infected. It started draining a few days ago and is now back to normal. Guess she will listen when ole mom says GET YOUR SHOES ON AND KEEP THEM ON!

Gearing up for the kids to go to Georgia. Rich and I still have not decided what we are going to do. Better hurry up and decide. Times a ticking.

Hopefully J's schedule won't interfer too mcuh with our getting away for the weekend.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

She works hard for the money....

Jessica called me on her lunch break. She said it was really "cool" and "neat" to be working. Her boss is really nice and patient. Jessica's friend also works there and was coming into work around 11. I'm sure THAT will be fun.

She gets off at 2 and I cannot wait to hear about her day.

When she was getting ready for work this morning I told her what Rich had said: Now when you come home you can get supper started and put some clothes to wash and you can really feel like an adult! LOLOL She dind't like that too much. I'm sure she will crash when she gets home. She has to work again in the morning.

I feel so old, but so very proud. I just hope she gets a car soon! LOL