Thursday, May 24, 2018

Polly

Since I haven't been blogging regularly for a while, I thought I'd share a picture of Polly. She is now five!



She has a new groomer, who took this picture right after her "do". 

Have a great day....

Linda Kay

Monday, May 21, 2018

Observations

!. Whew! It's going to be in the 90s all this week in Texas, several degrees higher than the average for May. We did get some rain the last couple of days, which keeps us out of the severe drought category; just moderate drought conditions. Jerry put fertilizer on our small lawn space (we have mostly rock and mulch), and the rain really has brightened up the grass. 

2. My youngest granddaughter finished basic training in Fort Sill, OK a week ago, so my daughter (her aunt) and I went to see her here in San Antonio at Fort Sam yesterday. Such a delight to see her in her camo, visit her quarters, and bring her cookies. She looks great, studying hard on veterinary assistant MOS. 

3. Everyone is searching for answers to the tragedy in Santa Fe TX high school this past week. The governor is calling together all who want to contribute thoughts on how to protect students in the schools from such events. We are all sound-minded folks, for the most part, so we can surely come up with some answers. Even our church has folks on the lookout now, monitoring all who are coming and going and checking out all the nooks and crannies on the church grounds before services. 

4. My younger daughter expressed concern for the young people and the time they spend on phones. I shared with her how my dad was worried about me purchasing a calculator when I was in high school, worried that I'd never again be able to solve a math problem. So each generation has preconceived notions about world changes. Now that I have a few decades behind me, I just ponder where all the changes will lead, not too concerned. 

5. Just got notification that some dear friends are dealing with the husband's Alzheimer's disease. The wife has now placed him in a facility, but he is struggling there. She has taken such good care of him for so long. He now has other physical problems as well. This is such a cruel disease, effecting all family members. Our prayers are with them.

That's all I have to share with you this morning. I've been to the Wellness Center for my workout. Gotta keep moving my knee toward a complete healing. Jerry finished the arbor by our back fence last week. What do you think?


Feel free to share your thoughts on my observations.

Linda Kay

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Fun of Writing

Dear blogger friends,

I'm not sure how many of you are struggling to write a story, your memoir, or a poem. I belong to a lovely group of ladies who critique each other's work on a weekly basis, and challenge ourselves to be better at our craft. I've done some self-publishing, but even more fun, have entered some writing contests for magazines, etc. And I recently got paid for writing an article! My article, titled "Being Content" is published in the June issue of Purpose Magazine. How exciting is that??

In the past several months since my last post, I've had a knee joint replacement. What an experience that is! Not complaining, mind you, as my recovery seems to be in high gear. I've been dismissed from physical therapy, so am back working at in the local Wellness Center. This is an offshoot of our highly recognized hospital. The hospital, Hill Country Memorial, has a program called "Restore", which offers initial rehab from joint replacements.

Here in Fredericksburg, even the cactus bloom in the Spring.



If you are getting too much rain in your part of the country, please send some our way, as we are already dry and getting up into the 90s today. 

Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We Promised: A Story of Abiding Love

My fourth book from the series is out now on Amazon in digital and paperback.

We Promised: A Story of Abiding Love


This from the book description:

In love in their high school years, Colin and Carrie marry shortly after graduation while Colin is still in college. Together they face the usual challenges of married life, raising three boys on a farm in the Midwest. As with many women when the children are grown, Carrie reluctantly begins a career in banking. Her life is divided between her children, her career, and her parents in their declining years.

The farming business grows substantially, giving them both hope for a happy future. A series of falls and consistent pain in her knees sends Carrie to doctors to determine the cause. The diagnosis of a progressive muscle deterioration changes their future dramatically. Despite the prognosis and their plans for the future, Colin and Carrie work together to research the disease and discover and invent tools to aid Carrie. The love that began in their youth becomes an example of abiding love, one that overcomes all obstacles.

The book shares conversations with family members in telling their story. It is filled with laughter, tragedy, and hope for each new day. Those who have faced many life challenges will relate to how the future can quickly change.


The book will come up when you type in: We Promised Linda Kay

Linda Kay


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lots of Activity

Where does the time go?? It's been a busy week of birthdays and volunteering. First of all my younger daughter Angel had a birthday last Sunday. She is behind me in this picture, daughter Heidi in front.


On Sunday afternoon, our Local Missions Team recruited the confirmation class from our church and their parents to do the Highway Cleanup on Rte 87 for two miles south of Fredericksburg.



What a huge crew! We divide the two miles north and south into 1/2 mile sections, so we were finished in a couple of hours. But it was hot!

Then our friend Jim had a birthday on Monday, so we helped him celebrate at Hilda's with Mexican food.


Now we have some busy time ahead of us sponsoring a tag sale and silent auction on furniture and miscellaneous items left in property recently purchased. One of the prized finds is a painting by local renowned artist G. Harvey. 


This little smoker's stand is just unique.

The sale/auction is this Saturday. I'll have some pictures for you next week!

Linda Kay

Friday, September 22, 2017

Winemaker Dinner

My hubby and I are members of 4.0 Cellars Winery outside of Fredericksburg. I'm sure you remember my mentioning that Fredericksburg Wine Trail is now one of the most popular in the country. On the weekends, there are a number of vans and limos on Highway 290 and others radiating from Fredericksburg. They take passengers safely from one winery to another to taste their Texas (mostly) wines. 

Campo Viejo UK  party night red GIF
Last Saturday, as wine club members, we were invited to the 4.0 Cellars Winemaker Dinner. As we entered, we were offered a choice of one of five wines:

McPherson Cellars Dry Chenin Blanc 2016
Brennan Vineyards Tempranillo 2015
McPherson Cellars Les Copains Red 2015
Lost Oak Winery Viognier 2016
4.0 Cellars Gewurztraminer Frizzante 2015

As we mingled with other guests, servers from August E's Restaurant brought out Maple Bacon Wrapped Brie, Mini Shrimp Cocktail Cups, and Vegetable Empanadas with Verde Sauce. This restaurant was also in charge of our meal. Nine of us gathered around a huge round table outside under the covered patio.

Our First Course was Organic Field Greens with Arugula, Sliced Prosciutto, Burrata, Caramelized Apples, and Sliced Almonds with Apple Cider Vinaigrette. This was accompanied with McPherson Cellars Piquepoul Blanc 2015 - delicious.

The Second Course - Beef Short Ribs Bourguignon and Smashed Red Potatoes with 4.0 Cellars Montepulciano 2015. Not a big fan of red wines, but very good.

The Third Course - Pear and Hazelnut Torte with Salted Caramel and Vanilla Anglaise - Brennan Vineyards Mistelle 2015 - sweet and tart white wine. 

We were totally stuffed with all the wonderful food and the great selection of accompanying wines. Such a treat. Wish you could have joined us!

Linda Kay

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Flowers

The flowers in our yard are really beautiful in the late summer/ fall in Texas. As you know my husband is a master gardener, and he has done a fabulous job of planting and nurturing these plants. 

The first picture I want to show you is a rare beauty. The Night-Blooming Cereus is really one of the ugliest cactus I've ever seen. We have had this weird plant for a number of years, and just a few nights ago, it actually bloomed.Jerry took this picture in the middle of the night, as the next day it had wilted beyond imagination.

Did you know cactus have babies? We have two different cacti who are shooting off new starts, so I thought you would find this interesting.



The following are just some pictures from various angles in our back yard plots.





And finally, the purple passion flower on the fence with the coral vine intertwined.



That's my tour of our Texas garden. Hope you enjoyed all the colors!

Linda Kay

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