Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Vistas

It's always fun to look for a new fence or gate for Theresa's Good Fences. So here's my entry for today, along the Ranch Road to LBJ Lake.



You can see by the title that this is the gate to "The Vistas" at Round Mountain. Might be an exclusive area, and I'd wager there is a gate code in that little structure in the middle front. It also appears that they have their own water tower off to the left.

Thanks for hosting, Theresa. Everyone be sure to check out the other entries as there are usually many linked in.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Aloha! Honeymoon

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.


Here's my picture for today and the story that goes along with it:

Jerry and I were married on April 26th a few years back. I had never been on a major airliner, but we decided to take a trip to Hawaii for our honeymoon.  We were set to board the plane in St. Louis early in the morning for the flight. We found out that the plane that was to pick us up was delayed somewhere, Chicago if I remember right. 

After working with an agent, we were put on a flight that was to take us to Denver, then to LA, then to Hawaii. We would be arriving a little later than expected, but that was all they could offer. The flight to Denver then to LA was not such a challenge, but when we got to LA, the computer system on the plane went down after landing. The problem was that they couldn't tell who was supposed to continue on, etc., etc. So they put us in first class to make the flight to Hawaii. Not bad, right? We were running very late by this time. We landed in Honolulu, and were to board an island hopper to Maui where we had reservations, but it had become very late at night by this time. 

But first, the plane had to have someone make a run to a shop to pick up some brake fluid for the plane. Needless to say, I was getting pretty nervous by this time, and we had no idea where our luggage was or when it would arrive! We finally boarded the plane to Maui, and I swear we could see the ocean through the floorboards. Arrival at the hotel was somewhere around two o'clock in the morning at Maui. We fell into our bed, exhausted. About five in the morning, the phone rang, and I picked it up to hear "Aloha, this is your wakeup call!"  Of course, I didn't leave a wake up call, but by then we were wide awake, so excited to be in Hawaii that we ran on nervous energy for the rest of the morning, getting out to see what we could see. 

That was 30 years ago! It's been a great marriage, and we have had some incredible experiences together in that time. Don't you just love our traditional Hawaiian dress? 

Now it's your turn. Just post a picture and write your story, then join in below to share.
Aloha!
Linda Kay


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Port Aransas Weekend

Last Friday I mentioned that I was going to be on a Girl's Weekend trip to Port Aransas, Texas (on the Gulf) for the Sand Art Festival. We had a great time, and I thought I'd share some pictures with you.
This is the house we stayed in. There were 12 of us and there was actually room for all twelve of us for sleeping, a small kitchen downstairs and larger one upstairs, where we congregated most of the time. Port A had lots of rain prior to our arrival, so the beach was full of water puddles. But no mud, just sand between your toes!
These are some of the many works in progress we saw on Saturday, after the rain cleared off again from Friday night. Luckily the rain didn't destroy what had already been constructed.
















They were all wonderful. Because of the fog and rain we did not go back on Sunday to see who had won. The beaches were packed with people, kites and seagulls.
Despite the rain and unbelievable humidity (bad hair days), we had a wonderful time and great food. 

Linda Kay

Monday, April 27, 2015

Garth and Meet Your Mom

Garth Brooks singing a very touching song. He sang this to a lady in his audience who held up a sign that said "Chemo in the morning, Garth Brooks at night" at a concert...Meet Your Mom.


This is really awesome, and what a great performer. Happy Monday!

Linda Kay

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday's Kitty

I ran across this picture on Facebook, so thought I'd share this cute little critter for Eileen's Saturday Critters. What do you suppose this kitten is looking at?

And this is just for a chuckle on a Saturday.


I'm out of town for a couple of days, enjoying my girlfriend weekend at Port Aransas for the Sand Castle festival. I'll miss commenting on all the blogs for a few days. Have a special Sunday.

Linda Kay

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday celebrations

There are always things to celebrate, so today I'll share some:

My nephew Cody has a new song (Chicago Farmer). This is a picture of him with wife Kymber.
And the new song: 
Grandson Carson played in a 'Select Team' (Austin) tournament this past weekend, and their team won undefeated. Here's a couple of pictures of the team and Carson. He is on bottom left, all showing off their rings.

The ring on the chain was for the champs of the team. He thought maybe he could keep the ring and sell the "gold" necklace for at least a hundred dollars! ;-)

Granddaughter Lexi's Aunt Susan had a bridal shower for her for her dad's side of the family. So here's Lexi (center, blonde curls) with her cousins in attendance. Sister Macy is on the left, and sister Kenze is on the right. Wedding is May 23rd!

Joining in today with Celebrations!


Have a happy weekend! I'm off to Port Aransas and the Sand Castle Festival with the girls!

Linda Kay

Thursday, April 23, 2015

At the Dock

In a previous post, I mentioned that we had traveled a bit north to LBJ Lake to visit some friends who were camping there. There was a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the lake breezes at the dock, where a number of boats were bobbing in their slips. The lake was a little choppy, according to some folks who were bring their boat out of the water, as you can see from this photo of the condos across the lake. It was a picture perfect day with sunshine and the breeze.


As we walked along the dock area, with my IPhone in hand, I took a picture of this unique rope fence, so I could join in with Good Fences for the Thursday post! Be sure to check on others who have posted a fence here, as some are very unique, and such a challenge to find a new one!


Enjoy your Thursday, as the weekend is just a bit away. And I'll have some pictures to share of my weekend with girlfriends in Port Aransas for the Sand Art. I'll be missing for a couple of days!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Aunt Dorothy

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.


Don't you just love the technology we have available to us today? I found this old picture among my packing items, so thought I'd share a bit of a story about my Aunt Dorothy.



What a lovely lady, my Aunt Dorothy was. That's here holding me when I was just a little shaver. Dorothy was just two years older than my mom, and in this picture, was still a single gal. After high school, she went off to "teacher's college" to become an elementary teacher back in the day.  She married Uncle Herman when he was in uniform during WWII, and waited for him to return from Germany. They had three daughters, Karen, Kay and Lori, who are just very lovely cousins. We don't get to see each other very often, as all live still in Illinois. 

When I was a child, Herman and Dorothy lived on a small 80-acre farm outside Hartsburg, IL, where Dorothy and my mother actually grew up. My grandparents had moved to town, leaving the Scully Lease to them. Dorothy had a fabulous and huge garden, and I remember well the apricot tree from which she made these wonderful jams. A tire swing hung from one of the sturdy branches. The house was very small, but I remember the little pantry off the kitchen where there were wonderful cookies or cakes whenever our families were together to play cards. The card game of choice was pinochle. 

Sources of income for them were the chickens, the milk cows, Dorothy's income from teaching, and Uncle Herman's pay for working at the Ag Extension office. The milking was very time consuming, as it had to be done twice a day, no matter what. They were very confined, as you can imagine. 

There was a small building just a short distance from the house, called the milkhouse, actually. If I were staying with them over a weekend, we had baths out in this building in a galvanized tub, as it was some time before they had a shower or bathtub in the house. Such a simple life, but left many happy memories for me. I loved her dearly.

Thanks for stopping by to visit. It's your turn! Share a picture and a story with us by linking in below.

Linda Kay

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Treacherous


Have you ever taken your life in your hands (or in the car) to drive in a rainstorm?  We "had" to make a trip from Fredericksburg to Boerne to meet up with my daughter, so hubby could take Carson to baseball practice. (And of course baseball practice was cancelled by the time we arrived.) We started out from Fredericksburg, where there was no rain, but heard on the radio that it was raining pretty hard in the southwest. You have to understand that rain doesn't happen all that often, and the weather predictors are usually off base. So we headed South.

About 15 miles down the road, it started to thunder, loud enough to rattle the windows on the car. And the lightning was also lighting up the thunderheads. It started to rain buckets! Where our south road meets up with Route 10, there is a Love's Truck Stop, so we pulled in there to try to wait out the storm, as, like I said, we seldom have downpours in Texas.  

We watched the radar on the IPhone (Weatherbug, for those who might want the app), and the orange and yellow seemed to be continuing on our way. Hubby decided to risk it, and we got back onto the highway, then onto Route 10 to Boerne. I can't tell you how hard the rain came down. And idiots kept flying past us on the 4-lane highway like there was no concern at all. We kept a steady but slower pace, and it made me really nervous. Thank heaven there was no hail, just torrential rain. There were flash flood warnings for those low spots in the Hill Country, but none on Route 10. 

The usual one hour trip took us an additional 45 minutes. We had plenty of time, actually. Boerne got 2 1/2 inches, and some towns around also got several inches of rain. 

Have you ever been caught up in a storm? I'm joining in today with Two Shoes Tuesday with the prompts "rattle" and "risk". Check out the site for other stories from these words.

Have a great week!
Linda Kay

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday After

Can't believe the weekend is already past us, and it's Monday again. I'll share a couple of things with you today...

We drove north in Texas to the LBJ Lake in Kingsland to visit with some friends who were camping there at the Rio Vista RV Resort. Along the way, we passed the Wild Seed Farm, just outside Fredericksburg about 5 miles. They had two fields of Corn Poppies that were just stunning, along with other poppies and of course the bluebonnets (and even a hybrid white bluebonnet-shaped flower). So I made a collage of some pictures I took there.

The view of these fields was breathtaking. Then in all the ditches there was a blend of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and yellow black-eyed susans. What a wonderful drive. The lake was lovely and it was a beautiful day.

I've started packing. If you saw my post on Friday, our house sold in five days, so I thought I'd get started. My friend had just moved back into her house after a very tragic water incident, so she had lots of paper and boxes to pass along to me. If I get started now, I'll be in better shape as time goes on. Starting with things I don't use too much.



Friday night was our last installment of my daughters and I at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio. The show for this last play was Annie. On this website there is a comment about "Little Orphan Annie" being created by Harold Gray in 1924 for the comic strips. This is the last of the season play we will see this year, as we will all be out of town for a wedding in May. 

How was your weekend? We had lots of rain in the Hill Country which we really needed, so at the moment the creeks and rivers are running pretty full. Think I'll do a bit more packing today, and enjoy the peaceful sunshiny day after the rain.

Linda Kay

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Marley Quote

"Though the road's been rocky, it sure feels good to be me." Bob Marley


The quote was provided by Patricia's Place, so check out what others had to say about this interesting quote. Thanks for hosting!

The video I found by Bob Marley is one I remember most, and it reflects his attitude in the quote. And this biography was on the internet.

"Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. In 1963, Marley and his friends formed the Wailing Wailers. The Wailers' big break came in 1972, when they landed a contract with Island Records. Marley went on to sell more than 20 million records throughout his career, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World. He died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981."

When I look at the life of this singer and his band, the roads I have traveled pale in comparison.  All of us have a few challenges in our lives, which we usually manage to overcome, deal with, or pray about. But we were born into a country that offers us so much in comparison to what Bob Marley and his band experienced, until Eric Clapton heard their music. Check out Bob Marley on YouTube to hear more of the music.
Have a great Saturday and Sunday!

Linda Kay



Friday, April 17, 2015

TGIF

Thank goodness it's Friday! I think sometimes I'm on a treadmill, and I so love taking the time to write and visit with my friends in blogger land! So here goes. I'm linking into Willy Nilly Friday 5, and Friday Fragments. Thanks for hosting, ladies!



This first one was sent to me by a friend who found this flirtations male turkey out in her backyard. Doesn't he look like something out of a Thanksgiving poster?


2. This is this week's edition of my friends' Facebook postings. It's for all the teachers out there in Blogger Land.

3. Just what do you do when you have a big bovine like this standing in your way on the road? Honk the horn? Wave at her out the window? She finally got tired of looking at us in our red car, and moved out of the way.

4. We jumped at the chance to go up in the plane with our friends Henry and Coleen. Henry is a wonderful pilot, and here's a picture of the plane.


 And these were some of hubby's shots from the air of the bluebonnets in the fields below.





5. And how is the house sale going? Well I am happy to say that the house sold in 5 days...FIVE days! We are happy with the price, and we have arranged with the buyers to lease back from them until our new house is finished. Keep your fingers crossed that everything progresses as it should. I'll keep you posted!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Linda Kay

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stones and Logs

I have a couple of fences to share with you today and with Good Fences. Thanks for hosting, Theresa!

The first one is a part of the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. If you expand the picture you can see that the rocks were part of a ranch fence not far from town.


The second picture is from the LBJ Ranch near Johnson City. This is an old wagon on display in the foreground. The fence is just logs in the background.

Have a wonderful Thursday today, my friends. Be sure to check in on Good Fences to see what other masterpieces are presented today!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Outward Bound

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.


Here's my picture for the story for this week, by Normal Rockwell. Please ignore the reflection in the photo, as this is in a glass frame, a favorite of mine, for sure.


Outward Bound

My grandpa took me to the hill that overlooks the bay many times to watch the ships come into and leave from the port. He was a fisherman, in fact, you can see the mast of the boat he owned off the right of this picture, behind the old Methodist Church. His favorite time here was when the boats headed out to sea, Outward Bound, as he would say. I think it reminded him of the excitement he felt as the motor kicked in and the sails were raised to take him and his crew over the horizon.

That's my dog, Corky, with us. Corky would bark at the sea gulls for a while, then would get tired of the game and sit down iin the soft grass of the hill. Grandpa would tell me many stories of his days on the sea, fishing for shrimp and cod or salmon. 

One story I remember him telling was of one windy day he and his crew were out to drop their fishing nets quite a few miles offshore, when a huge storm came up. The sea was an angry gray and the waves tossed his little boat around, taking on some water in the process. He worked very hard to steer the boat into the waves, as a side blow would tip his boat over into the water. The men all pulled together to control the sails and bail out the water. After some grueling hours of fighting the storm, the sea calmed enough to allow them to limp back to the port to unload their catch from the day. Grandpa said my grandmother was waiting for him on the dock along with the other wives of the crew. 

The captain lives just down the hill. You can see the chimney on his house there on the left. He has trouble getting up the hill now, even with his cane. We buried Corky there on the hill when he died. I'm hoping someday when my grandfather passes that he can be buried there too so he can still watch the ships Outward Bound.

Not it's your turn. Find a picture, or you are welcome to use the one here on my blog to write a story. It is so much fun. Let your imagination take you to new places...even the sea. 
Linda Kay
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