Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Texas Longhorns-Wednesday Wit and Wisdom

Welcome back to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. You will find all about this meme and the instructions hereThe purpose of this link up is to help us share some stories we might have milling about in our minds as we look at particular photos.  Many of us have mentioned that we could "write a story" about a photo of a barn, an old store, or an abandoned residence we have found or shown to others. I thought it would be fun to find a photo and write a short story.  You can add a bit of "wit" or "wisdom" if you like. Give it a try and join in!

Ever hear the story of the Texas Longhorn.....here's my picture for today.

This is me, Daisy, with my manager at one of our gigs at Luckenbach, TX. I have a saddle on for kids to sit on my back while he takes a picture for them. I guess this money keeps me in oats and grass, right? Sometimes we walk in parades all around the area. 

We Texas Longhorns were brought to the US by Christopher Columbus. You will notice my long horns, which can range from an expanse of six feet to over seven feet from tip to tip. I have so many relatives with very different coloring from my brown and white hide. The varieties of color ranged from bluish-grey, and various yellowish hues, to browns, black, ruddy and white, both cleanly bright and dirty-speckled. Do you use ancestry.com to track your family? I'm not quite adept at using the computer, so had to resort to Wikipedia for some background. 

Apparently my ancestors were left to roam around in this hot country, so we became pretty drought and heat tolerant over the years back in the 1700s and 1800s. I'm told other cattle were more popular than my ancestors, as we weren't the beefy breeds of some of the others.

We became pretty popular in the state, when the University of Texas adopted my great-great-great grandfather Bevo as their logo and mascot back in 1917 for the sports teams.


 J. Frank Dobie and others gathered small herds to keep in Texas state parks. They were cared for largely as curiosities, but the stock's longevity, resistance to disease and ability to thrive on marginal pastures quickly revived the breed as beef stock and for their link to Texas history. Texas Longhorns with elite genetics can often fetch $40,000 or more at auction with the record of $170,000 in recent history for a cow.
Commercial ranchers cross-breed longhorns with other breeds for increasing hybrid vigor and easy calving characteristics. Smaller birth weights reduce dystocia for first-calf heifers.
Due to their innate gentle disposition and intelligence, Texas Longhorns are also increasingly being trained as riding steers, which is where I come in. I have to tell you my horns are sometimes a nuisance, as I can't get to the grass that's always greener on the other side of the fence!
Please click on the Wikipedia link to learn more about the Longhorns. Now it's your turn. Find a picture that speaks to you and write a story or poem, or do a bit of research. Put it on your blog, then link back here to share your story.
Linda Kay

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WWW Tomorrow

Don't forget to find your picture and write your poem or story to link in to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom tomorrow.

Some great stories last week, so be sure to check them out!

Linda Kay

Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter Monday!

Happy Easter Monday to all of you out there in Bloggerland. It's been a long weekend....see you later this week!

Linda Kay

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Sunday Drive

Last Sunday was a bit cool, but a beautiful day for a drive in the country. We had celebrated our daughter's big birthday the night before, so here are a couple of shots from the party:
My three children, Heidi, Angel and Randy 
 Army Nurse Friends
My baby and me

It is really hard to take a picture that captures the beauty of the bluebonnets and the Indian Paintbrush.

If you look off into the distance, you can get a feel for how beautiful the bluebonnets are along the road. And here's a closeup.
We stopped at one of those "historical markers" along the road and found a sign directing us to a little cemetery. Six Mile School and Cemetery Click to learn more about it.
We wondered where they were measuring the six miles, but found out it is six miles from the town of Llano TX. We love exploring, so walked into the fenced area.

One of the first monuments we saw was this sad one for a child, less than two.

The cemetery grounds were a sea of bluebonnets surrounding all the gravesites.


We drove into the city for an ice cream, and this is the courthouse in Llano. Texas courthouses are all very unique.

Joining in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WWW - At War

Welcome back to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. You will find all about this meme and the instructions hereThe purpose of this link up is to help us share some stories we might have milling about in our minds as we look at particular photos.  Many of us have mentioned that we could "write a story" about a photo of a barn, an old store, or an abandoned residence we have found or shown to others. I thought it would be fun to find a photo and write a short story.  You can add a bit of "wit" or "wisdom" if you like. Give it a try and join in!

Here's my picture(s) for this week, an Army Medical camp in Saudi Arabia:

For my daughter Heidi's 50th birthday (how did that happen), I was assigned finding pictures and setting up a video for her party last Saturday night. Heidi joined ROTC in college to pay for her education, then gave a number of years back in service to our country. Shortly after she graduated from college in 1988, she was sent to Desert Storm. I have to say her time there for four months was the longest four months of my life! In the pictures below, Heidi is the pretty blonde (I'm not prejudiced) with shoulder-length hair. 

There were many stories to share about her time there, from her carrying her huge back pack to living in the desert in tents. She celebrated a birthday while she was there, and her friends arranged to go to a Bedouin camp to eat mutton and rice. They were not allowed to show their feet, so sat on their heals around the food on the floor mat in front of them. Another time, she was walking in Saudi Arabia with a male soldier. The police stopped them, and talking to the man, had Heidi put a cover over her very blonde hair. She was so tanned and her hair bleached from the sun.

In all the time there, the nurses and doctors treated only Iraqi soldiers (their camp was just twelve miles from the Iraq border in Saudi Arabia). Heidi stayed in the military for a total of 12 years, and met her husband, who was completing his residency in oral surgery. Folks who serve in the military together have a great bond. For Heidi's birthday, a number of her nursing friends traveled from all over the U.S. to help her celebrate. It was a fun time.

As you read this today, say a little prayer for those who are still serving in the military, especially those overseas and in great danger. And stop to thank those who have made sacrifices to serve in the past.Thank you, Vets!





Got a picture that leads to a story in your life? Be sure to link in and share it. I look forward to reading your stories and poems.

Linda Kay

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tomorrow is WWW

Don't forget to find your picture and write your poem or story to link in to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom tomorrow.

Some great stories last week, so be sure to check them out!

Linda Kay

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bluebonnets and Butterflies

The best laid plans. I'm joining in with Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor today as she takes over Blue Monday after so many years of Smiling Sally. 

I saw this fabric and pattern and couldn't resist the beautiful blue bonnets and the butterflies. So I selected a tunic pattern. By the way have you priced patterns lately??? Yikes! I haven't sewn for myself for some time, but I thought I'd give it a try. Well........

Here's the pattern and the fabric. Isn't t pretty?

The good news is that it fits me perfectly. I was careful to get all the adjustments in place to shorten the waist, narrow the shoulders, etc., etc., and my sewing machine worked perfectly.

The bad news is that it looks like something a nurse or assistant would wear do a doctor's office. Not sure I can wear it out in public. My girlfriend and I laughed until we cried!

Have a wonderful Monday. Think I should wear it?6a00e552178e4988330147e0dd092c970b-pi

Linda Kay

Friday, March 18, 2016

Grandma adventures

Friday is a day for reflection on the week, so I'm joining in with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday today. 

Tomorrow we celebrate my daughter's big birthday in Boerne, TX. Grandson Carson has been spending the week with us for Spring Break. Here a few pics from our adventure at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg:

Carson (right) and friend Camden by a Tepee 

Old schoolhouse where they were teaching German from Fredericksburg Heritage. 

Re-enactment of old times in the West

We had a lot of rain last week, resulting in flooding in some parts of Texas. You can see from this video how it was coming down in torrents.

Have I told you I'm going to be a great grandma? Joking with my granddaughter, I told her I already was a "great" grandma. So I got busy and sent her this little item, along with a cap and a blue or pink tassle to attach when she knows the sex of the baby. When she went to her first doctor's appointment she "face-timed" my daughter who recorded the baby's heartbeat and sent it to me. Amazing technology.

We attended our monthly PCAA meeting and had the privilege of hearing two Fredericksburg artists: September van der Stoel  and Jeryl Hoover singing from Phantom of the Opera.

Such incredible voices. The Fredericksburg Theater Company has a rich history, and the performers include many locals doing fabulous theater. We are so blessed to have some amazing opportunities in a town of barely over 10,000 folks.

And finally, my fun item for a Friday for all my friends who would like to use a few pounds.

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead. It's in the 70s and 80s in Texas this weekend with sunshine.

Linda Kay


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday's Story

Welcome back to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. You will find all about this meme and the instructions hereThe purpose of this link up is to help us share some stories we might have milling about in our minds as we look at particular photos.  Many of us have mentioned that we could "write a story" about a photo of a barn, an old store, or an abandoned residence we have found or shown to others. I thought it would be fun to find a photo and write a short story.  You can add a bit of "wit" or "wisdom" if you like. Give it a try and join in!

Here is my picture for this week's writing challenge:



Images come to mind, thinking back to my days as a child on the farm. Inside the house an old cast iron sink graced the wall of the dining room. Outside the kitchen door a sidewalk, cracked and heaved from the frost led to the outhouse, a two-holer connected to the tool shed and the oats bin. Although we had indoor plumbing, kids were not allowed to run in and out the kitchen door, but instead use the outdoor facilities.

An old windmill offered climbing opportunity until our parents caught us. A garden teaming with vegetables offered ingredients for mud pies with carrots, onions, green beans and and peas. The aroma of hay engulfed us in the old barn, where heat from the cattle warmed us in the winter months. One section was reserved for the milk cows, where the stanchions held the animals while my daddy pulled on their teats. We'd open our mouths to catch some of the warm milk when he squirted it our way. The hay mow was a source of climbing and building hay houses. 

Walking in the fields could be dangerous if a new calf was with its mother. But the salt blocks were a great attraction, licking them like the cattle. Sometimes we could break off a corner with a hammer to have our own little section. 

Each of us had chores assigned, which had to be completed before we dressed for school and had our breakfast. That meant rising early, sometimes in freezing weather to tend to animals. Then when we rode the school bus home after school, we repeated the same assignment. 

The memories never stop scrolling through our minds as farm kids. Returning to the farm as an adult, nothing looks the same with new buildings and enormous equipment. But I can still see the little girl running down the lane and out to the mailbox for that important catalog coming our way in the Spring and Fall.

Have a great day. Now it's your turn. Does a particular picture speak to you and tell a story? Join me here.

Linda Kay



Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tomorrow is WWW

Don't forget to find your picture and write your poem or story to link in to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom tomorrow.

It's also my daughter's birthday today. So happy birthday to Heidi!

Hope to see y'all tomorrow!

Linda Kay

Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday frustrations

My friends, I've decided I cannot listen to one more news analysis of our political climate, which has obviously gone straight to h***. I'm ashamed of the behavior on both parties and the candidates involved, and it is beyond me at this point if there is anyone who might be a World Leader. Exasperating, in the least. So I found this posting on Facebook and decided it was the perfect posting for me today, and to pass along to you. 



Even when we get past the elements playing a part up to the conventions, can we survive the months up to the final election in November? God help us all. 

BTW, this is my 100th post!

Linda Kay

Friday, March 11, 2016

Signs of Spring

Polly and I walk every afternoon around the neighborhood, and one day I actually remembered to take my cell phone along. I thought I'd share the signs of Spring we are seeing....





Here's my Friday challenge for all of you. How many can you name? 

Have a fabulous weekend, my friends.

Linda Kay

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sturdy Gate

Thursday is Good Fences day, so I'll link this in tomorrow, and I found an intriguing gate to share with you. This looks really busy, what do you think?



These trees seem to be making a fence line.....


Thanks to Theresa for hosting Good Fences!


Linda Kay

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.

To my writing friends, I've decided to reopen my Wednesday Wit and Wisdom meme. The plan for this is to find a picture and write a story about it, or a poem. I need some short story writing practice, so thought some of you might want to join me?

Watch for my post and link next Wednesday!

Linda Kay

Monday, March 7, 2016

Lambs

You can't really get much cuter than a lamb. But how about twins?



Hope this made you smile on this Monday morning. 

Linda Kay

Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday Thoughts to Share

Our week was a little less hectic than last. I even had some time to get some writing accomplished! That's a good thing. My friend Sally sends all of us in our writers' group possibilities for entries in writing contests, so I'm trying to get a couple of them together. It's a fun diversion from my next book, where I need some time to think ahead before I write.

1. Daughter #2 is finishing up a course in Event Planning online. She needed a structure for a backdrop at weddings and events, so enlisted my hubby for the project. He created this framework. The "feet" are removable just by taking out a couple of bolts, but it is really not so heavy that she won't be able to leave it assembled. Her first project is for Daughter #1's birthday in a couple of weeks. The idea is to have black curtains, then have people take "selfies" and post them to Facebook. Should be fun. Looks like our back patio needs a bit of cleanup!

The new vines planted along our fence in the backyard are blooming, even before the leaves come back out. It's been very warm and they get the sun in the west.
The Honeysuckle are on the left, Carolina Jasmine on the right. The center vine is a White Star Jasmine, not yet in bloom. The pheasant is not real, just metal.

Designer daughter (#2) also created this hanger for her jewelry, maybe found it on her favorite site Pinterest. She probably found the frame at a thrift shop, I'm guessing.

Since the weather has been so favorably warm and springy, I couldn't resits a tomato plant and basil plant. Notice the tomato plant already has a bloom!


This cute little picture and quote reminded me of all of my friends in Bloogerville!

Have a wonderful Friday, my friends. Joining in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks to Tanya and Amy.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Luxury Camping

Not sure I need to link this to anyone, but had to share this picture with you.

Some of you have posted pictures of your travel trailers, and this one takes the cake, right? 

I'm really not a camper
In the literal sense of the word.
But to camp in this kind of luxury
Is really quite absurd!

We've had a little dab of rain, and the weather is still holding in the 70s most of the time here in Texas. On Tuesday nights, we are continuing our conversational Spanish class. Yesterday was our last class, and we played Uno in Spanish. It was quite entertaining. We continue working at getting these words and phrases into our brains, but it is a challenge. It does help to speak the words. Buenos Dias, my friends.

Linda Kay



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