Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Week

It's actually here....Christmas Week! I've mentioned that we are preparing for a community Christmas Dinner at our church, so that is what I'll be about all week.... grocery shopping, decorating and cooking. I'll post some pictures next week of our guests, etc.

Can I brag a bit on my younger daughter (Angel)'s fiance? Brian is just a fabulous guy, a big man with an even bigger heart. He works as a technician for a local heating and cooling business, and during the year he identifies needs for the clients he serves as he services their air conditioners and heating systems. For two years in a row, he has earned a cruise with the company for he and Angel because of his sales. Gotta love this guy!
Granddaughter Lexi bundled up our little Adelyn to go out in the snow in Chicago. The child has two aunties who find the cutest clothes for her. 

Blessings to all for this Christmas weekend approaching. Hug all those family members. I have several friends and acquaintances who have lost loved ones and will not have them for the holidays. 

Linda Kay

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Thoughts and observations

Good morning, indeed! It's almost 60 degrees here in Texas on this Tuesday morning. We've been blessed with some wonderful rain showers and a bit of chilly weather. 

Have you ever reached your point of maxed out with responsibilities? Some of you may know that I am retired from years of accounting as a CPA. When I was asked to help prepare some tax returns for lower income folks here in the community, I signed up back in early October. This morning I attended a meeting of the preparers, and as the leader started describing the amount of study and testing involved to be completed before January 10th, I just put up my hands and said "I can't do it." We are working on a Christmas dinner for those who will spend the holidays alone that requires a lot of planning, and then a lot of time in the kitchen. Our granddaughters are all coming Christmas night to the area, so we will spend the 26th with family, along with several days after. Then we go on a short vacation from Jan 2 - 6th. Whew, I just had no time left. So I volunteered to help fill out the preforms for folks when they come in for help.

I'll be you have been waiting for an update picture on my beautiful little great-granddaughter, who will be here on the 25th.

Hubby harvested a deer on Thanksgiving weekend, so we have a new supply of meat in the freezer.

We are just cool, those of you who share with me in the 40's! Have a blessed week, my friends. 

Linda Kay

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Writing for Contests

I've started writing some shorter entries for a variety of writing contests, and I've been published in an anthology for Creative Writing Institute:

Creative Writing Institute is pleased to present its fourth annual anthology – EXPLAIN!

EXPLAIN! is a compilation of 30 short stories written in different genres using the same theme sentence, "Explain how that happened."

Authors include contest winners, finalists and judge's picks, bestselling authors, previous contest winners, the judges, and Creative Writing Institute staff.

Proceeds from sales of the ebook and print book will benefit Creative Writing Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses. The school also provides a variety of writing courses for all levels from beginner to advanced.

In the pages of this, you will find my article "Antics". 

Here's the link to the book on Amazon, available in Kindle and print. 

Have a special week, everyone!

Linda Kay

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Update for Missing Linda Kay

Greetings, my friends. I have been missing in action, and probably will still be somewhat unpredictable. My first problem is that I don't have my glasses prescription yet, following the cataract surgery. It was such a glamorous spectacle (pardon the pun), as you can see.
Today I get my prescription. My left eye was done many years ago, and I still have to have correction for astigmatism. So I've been trying to function, read, write, etc., with one corrected lens for my left, lazy eye, and no lens in the right eye until I can get my prescription and order my glasses. It's been a bit challenging and so much happening!

The really fantastic news is the arrival of my new great did that happen???? A GREAT grandchild. Adelyn Beth lives in Lisle, IL, where her daddy is a dental school student.

This is just one day old. She weighed 8.93#s, and was only 20.5 inches long, so she has such really cute chubby cheeks. 

Daughter Angel is the grandmother, or Mimi as she prefers to be called. Adelyn's mother is Angel's oldest daughter of three, just turned 23 in July.

And here she is at just two weeks in her jeans and North Face vest. 

We get to see her at Christmas for a week, when she makes her first airplane flight to Texas.

Have a wonderful week and a joyous Thanksgiving. I have much to be grateful for, how about you?

Linda Kay

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Animals at the Zoo

Monkey see, monkey do? How about some animals from the zoo?

The giraffes are my favorites. I am so fascinated by those long necks and how they move so gracefully. The Asian elephants at the San Antonio zoo are kind of small compared to African elephants. My hubby loves the bears, but some of them were inside in the caves to keep cool, as it was almost 90 degrees when we were there. Can't blame them!

Here's my post-election comment!

Linda Kay

Monday, November 7, 2016

Birds at the Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo is also in Brackenridge Park and it's really a lovely and natural environment for the critters living there. The Zoo has a great number of birds on display, so I got a couple of photos to share with you. I didn't write down the names, but maybe you can identify them?

I thought this was a really sweet little thing to share with you on this Monday.

Have a special week!

Linda Kay

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Miscellaneous

I'm setting this post up ahead, as I have cataract surgery on Thursday. I might have a little trouble focusing on the screen until I get new glasses set for the new lens. Amazing things people do. How do you ever acquire the skill to be an eye surgeon???

I've shown you pictures of our purple passion flower, but now one of our red blooms popped open on another plant, so had to share it with you.

I voted already in this most unusual election, but had to share this with you.

We had some tile left over from our previous house. Our fireplace hearth in this house was a plain slab of rock, so I decided it would look much nicer with some tile on it for a finish. This is how it turned out.

Since the tile man would have some extra time, I asked him to also do the front porch. We found the tile we needed and he completed the job the same day. Makes it look much more finished than the raw concrete. I love it.

Have a special weekend in your neck of the woods! 

Linda Kay
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