Friday, April 29, 2016

Gruene TX

We visited some friends in New Braunfels last weekend, and drove to the little town of Gruene (pronounced green). Gruene has some delightful shops and a dance hall. Our first stop was at the Gristmill for lunch, where we were entertained by music as we waited.

They had an unusual way to call folks for their table. Outside was a huge chalkboard where someone wrote the names and table numbers when ready. Hosts and hostesses stood in front of the blackboard to take patrons to their tables.

The food was wonderful. We enjoyed sandwiches and iced tea/water. I got a couple of pictures of the old building and a white star jasmine climbing up a wall near us.


After lunch, we peeked into the bar and dancehall, where music and people are hoppin' so to speak on the weekends.


Had a beautiful weekend with some dear friends. If you are out and about in the area, be sure to make a trip to Gruene!

Have a happy weekend, and I'll see you on Monday!
Linda Kay

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Depression

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!



I had to laugh when I saw this on Facebook on a day when I wasn't particularly in the mood to deal with anything or anyone.....it could have been my picture. 

We are not the same furry creatures as the one in the photo, but we do sometimes face days when we just don't want to be bothered. Last Saturday, I was getting started with my cleaning, and always start in the master bath for some unknown reason. Anyway, hubby kept walking in there (like he belonged there!) to take his pills, to brush his teeth, to use the commode, to shave, etc., etc. He had an obligation later that morning, so I just stayed out of the way until he left. Grrrrr! How stupid is that? So how did I get myself out of this crazy funk and shape up?

First I took a Zyrtec, as my allergies were flared up from the rain and pollen. I drank two cups of coffee and ate some breakfast. Then I read my Max Lucado morning devotion. Max always hits the nail on the head with the random readings. While hubby was out at his volunteering, I finished the housework I needed to get done, washed some clothes, and finally put on some makeup and combed my hair. Pulled myself up by the bootstraps, so to speak, before he came back. I felt much more civil by this time. 

My friend suffers from depression, and she is always having her medication changed when she can't seem to get back. She might avoid people, spend a lot of time crying, and generally feeling low. Having just one morning of feeling blue with the rain coming down and the sunshine hidden by the clouds, I can't imagine struggling against this on an ongoing basis. I've made it a point to not just send her a text or call her on the phone, but stopping by or inviting her to an outing. God bless each of you who might be suffering from depression. 

Now it's your turn. Got a picture that sparks a story or a thought you might want to share? Post your picture, write the story or poem, then come back and join in with us here.

Linda Kay

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Writing 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!

See you tomorrow!

Linda Kay

Monday, April 25, 2016

Blue in Still Life

A picture to join in with Jeanne at the Backyard Neighbor for Blue Monday.


This still-life art piece was on exhibit at the Llano Fine Arts. See my post from Friday. I do love these type of paintings. The yellow is wonderful with the blue on the teapot. Note also the beautiful colors in the background. The artist did a wonderful job.

Have a wonderful last week of April!

Linda Kay

Friday, April 22, 2016

Llano Fine Arts

If you follow my blog, you will already know I love to wander through art museums. My good friend Barbara from my writer's group is also an artist, and she and some artist friends had a showing in Llano, TX.

In Llano, there is a fabulous BBQ place called Cooper's. They have huge outdoor grills going, and one just has to walk in and find an item that addresses your hungry tummy. This is what hubby chose:
I settled on BBQ Chicken, and let me tell you it was so fabulous, as was the rib eye.

We found the Fine Arts building, right next door to a cute little antique shop:

I'll share a few of the photos I took of some of the exhibits. We had some wine and appetizers as we wandered through all the displays. There were some outstanding pieces of art, including my friend Barbara's:  Doesn't this look French?

Pretty roses on a picket fence


For my cat loving friends out there.


And this pretty and friendly kitty was on the sidewalk near our car. I finally got her to pose for me.

And finally, on our drive home, I couldn't resist taking just one more picture of the beautiful wildflowers along the Texas roads. These are indian paintbrush and indian blanket flowers. There are a few bluebonnets mixed in, but the orange is really beautiful.

Have a good weekend!
Linda Kay

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Alamo

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!


In your imagination, try taking all the colorful tourists out of the way, along with the paved walkways and green grass, signs, etc. The Alamo, San Antonio Texas. It's one of the most visited shrines in the U.S., with people coming from all over the world to see this place of great human sacrifice for freedom (2.5 million a year).

For a short version of the conflict: William Travis and James Bowie commanded the troops at the Alamo. The rebellion here was against the Mexican rule of Bexar County (San Antonio). There were less than 200 men fighting against perhaps thousands of the Mexican Army. Travis knew they were very short on fighters and appealed for help, but it did not come. The Mexican army led by Santa Anna had skirmishes with the Texian fighters for several days before finally marching on the Alamo on March 6, 1836, leaving only a few women, children, and slaves alive. The Alamo was originally a mission, now seen as a significant battle site for the Republic of Texas, defined later that year in a battle at San Jacinto, led by Sam Houston. 

This spirit of determination and hunger for independence is still alive in the U.S., and the Alamo serves as a reminder to us and others who visit. One room of the Alamo is where the women and others huddled against the advances. Davy Crockett was one of the fighters.

There is an aura in the building, many artifacts including letters and weapons used in the day. The site is currently being studied for reconstruction in San Antonio. 

What's on your mind today about a picture you have seen or a place you have visited? Write your story on your blog, then come back and join in, linking so others can read what you have written. Have a special week!
Linda Kay

Monday, April 18, 2016

Blue, blue

Last week we took Carson to a class at the San Antonio Academy, a boys' school in San Antonio, to prepare for the STARR test in Texas in May. If you click on the link, you will see that it is quite expensive for full time, but they do offer some temporary classes that are excellent as well. This is the blue sign in front of the building:

And speaking of blue, on our Riverwalk Tour last week, we observed this building from our boat ride. It's kind of an optical illusion, as it appears to be just a wall standing there.

Check out that blue sky! Such a beautiful day. Have a happy week, my friends! Linking with Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor.

Linda Kay

Friday, April 15, 2016

Riverwalk

On Thursday last, hubby and I decided to spend the day on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, well part of the day at least. I have some special photos to share next week, but will give you just a taste of this beautiful area on this Friday at random, sharing with Five on Friday and Willy Nilly Friday 5.

This is looking back toward a street overpass through the beautiful flowers and cypress trees.
Lots of ducks in the water.
Sculpture near the Western Art Museum - remember this is cowboy country!

Carson came to spend a couple of days with us this weekend, and we had a science project to start on to help his mom out.
You can't see all of these, but the idea is the sun to the left and all the planets suspended from the top of the box. Jupiter is the largest. Carson uses an acronym to remember them. They will add some constellations and moons to the box before it's complete, then he has to do a presentation to the class.

This is a huge example of a live oak tree, growing near the Alamo. They tend to take on very mysterious shapes as they grow.

Another one of our cactus has a beautiful bloom. So unusual.

And here's my wish for you this weekend. 

Linda Kay

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Log Fences

I'm not always out where I can get a fence picture to join Theresa for Good Fences. We found this sturdy fence at the Wild Seed Farm among the many flowers.


The fence is on either side of a lovely walkway, where visitors can observe and take pictures of the flowers. Note that behind the poppies (red) there is a field of bluebonnets. A lovely and restful place, and they have lots of plants to sell along with ceramic pots.

Have a happy Thursday.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, April 13th

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:

The dusty, frightening trip through the desert left her hungry. Her hair hung in strings from the heat and the sweat on her body. The encampment was just across the river from America, where she could see police and hear their cries to "go back". Mami and Papa took her hand and walked for many miles along the river, away from the camp. Her legs hurt and her shoes were torn and tattered from their journey. A dirty, smelly man met them and took money from her Papa. He pushed them into the small boat and rowed to an island in the water in the darkness. When the coast seemed to be clear, he rowed to the American side of the river, ushered them out and into a waiting car, and disappeared. Another man took them to an old motel, where they were to wait for family to come for them. There were many people in the motel room, all trying to find a small area in which to sleep. She looked around at them, some good people, some very bad. She vowed that she would make her way in America. Here she could go to school and work, maybe marry and have children. 

Among the destitution and the thorns, there is still hope and beauty. 


This little cactus is growing in our yard, and it's beauty on this thorny stump (I think it's called "horse hobble", made me think of the impossible beauty in the plant and how it can apply to the lives of even the most desperate. Now it's your turn. Got a picture and a story in mind? Just link in below and share with others. 
Linda Kay

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Poppies

Miles of flowers. This is the theme for this post. We visited the Wild Seed Farm a few miles east of Fredericksburg to see these fields burning alive with Red Corn Poppies:


Cars were stopping along the highway to take pictures. Behind one of these fields of poppies was a field of Bluebonnets, but I've posted those already for you. It's a great time to be in the Hill Country!


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, April 11, 2016

Blue (Purple) Monday

Okay, so this isn't the perfect blue, but more of a purple flower. This taken at the Wild Seed Farm east of Fredericksburg on Hwy  290. 



I also love the setting. Anyone know what these are, and the yellow flower as well? Joining Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor.

Linda Kay

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Friday Collection

Friday rolls around really fast, doesn't it? I'm linking in with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday to share a few things with you, my faithful readers.

1. My brother, God love him, is always trying something new. He is a fabulous woodworker, very artistic, a retired minister, and now a gardener and sometimes a cook. When I talked to him last, he asked me "Guess what we are having for supper?" I had no idea, but knew it was going to be something gross. It was! He had dressed out and cooked a 'possum!

He mentioned that he and his wife had made so po-boys from the meat and it was delicious. He had added some special spices and such. My comment: It has a tale like a rat! Ugh!

2. The hummingbirds are back! We had set out our humming bird feeders some time ago, and now they are here and enjoying the nectar. I had to share with you this picture on Facebook. This wasn't one of our hummers.

3. Last week I mentioned collections. This little knick knack shelf is in the hallway by my office and contains lots of little collectibles, most from hubby's mom that he can't part with.

Two items on the top shelf are old Avon bottles, one a lantern and one a telephone replica. The little pink bowl in the front on the second shelf is from my Aunt Florence, and the cup and saucer at the bottom are from my Aunt Dorothy. The blue bottle is Evening in Paris perfume. These all make me smile. Any look familiar to you?

4. Last Saturday was book signing day in San Antonio with the Writer's League of Texas.
These are always fun because of the interaction with other authors, but usually not very productive. I was part of the Writer's League of Texas table.

5. Just reminiscing about the old days. What do you remember that was just part of your normal life 'back in the day?' 


Have a really happy Friday, my friends. See you on Monday!
Linda Kay


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

It's Wednesday, Time to Write

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 and story for this week:








She lay discarded, her heart trampled, encased in mummy’s wrapping. Still alive, filled with revenge and hungry, she quietly moved on tiny feet and began her path of destruction. Flaming red, she reached for any tired and parched being ripe for consumption. She laughed as the tallest and grandest fell at her feet. Gray clouds surrounded her. Despite water from the sky, nothing served as an effective deterrent to her fierce vengeance.


Suddenly, she was born in the air, sparkling like a fairy on the wind. She pointed her tiny wand at yet another victim. Evil cackled and danced, swirling in the wind above her blackened path. Poisons filled the air, putting her to rest under piles of debris. She rested, gasped for another breath, surrounded by blackness. Would she lay in quiet death, or would her fury bring her back?

I wrote this for a short prose competition some time ago. Now it's your turn. Find a picture and share with us a story or poem. 
Linda Kay


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Alice Walker

Patricia posted the following quote for her writing challenge, and it brought to mind my current state of thoughts. Thanks for hosting and providing the quote.

In Other Words"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker

First I had to look up Alice Walker to see why we might want to address a quote she presented. Ms. Walker won a Pulitzer Prize in literature for "The Color Purple". As an author wanna be, I'm impressed. Now for what this quote means to me:

I've been watching all the debates, news stories and media coverage for the past several months, and I have to say I've become very jaded and uninterested in the current climate of our country. Between the administration and our legislators and our judicial system, nothing seems to be working effectively for our country. I turn off the television news after just a short time of watching, flip off the radio when commentaries come on, and put my hands over my ears when people begin to discuss the primaries.

What sits in the back of my mind, is 'why should I vote'. I can't make a difference, and I have no power to change the course of history. That is really a pretty dumb question for myself, especially in light of Ms. Walker's quote. Voting does make a difference. If everyone walked away from the voting privilege we would soon give up the power of the people. We need to be involved. We need to find the best candidate, even when it looks like we have little to chose from. And then we need to hold our legislators' feet to the fire. 

Ms. Walker's quote applies to almost every day of our life. We can dwell on negatives about our place in society, or we can step up and make a difference, whether it be volunteering, working at a job, or just being among friends. And that's what I have to say about the matter. When November gets here, no matter who is running, I'll get out and vote with confidence that God is in control.

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, April 4, 2016

Clear Blue Sky

I mentioned my time on Cross Mountain last Friday, and wanted to share this view with the beautiful blue sky. Joining Backyard Neighbor today for Blue Monday, our first Monday in April.


If you look in the distance, you will see church steeples and the hills in the distance. Fredericksburg is in a valley among the hills.

Have a special week ahead!
Linda Kay

Friday, April 1, 2016

It's Friday!

Yikes, how did it get to be Friday already? Time for reflecting on the week past. Joining in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting!

1. Last Friday I participated in a reading project set up by my friend Sheila Kale. In four locations throughout Fredericksburg, 90+ volunteers read passages from the Bible between 7 AM and 7 PM. This lasted all through Thursday and Friday in which time we read the entire Bible. My assignment was at 9 AM on Friday, Eccl 6 through Isaiah 1, on Cross Mountain. Here is a picture of the cross beside where I was reading.
From the top of this mountain (probably really a large foothill) there is a 360 degree of the area. As you can see it was a beautiful day. The opposite side, facing Fredericksburg, is lighted.

2. On a lighter Easter note, I found this pretty amusing:

3. My tomato plant is producing. So far I've had to cover it twice against the cold, but it is surviving and looking good.


4. As I was cleaning house earlier this week, I ventured into my hubby's office. He has some collections, and I took the time to move them and dust the shelves. Here is the walrus bunch. There are more that don't show in this picture. Note the cameras on the next shelf up.

There are also duck decoys and many toys. You gotta love him! I talked him into this natty hat when we were shopping at Penny's.


5. Amanda was a speaker at a recent conference and did a fabulous job of helping us writers with organizing our thoughts. I am planning to read her latest book this next week. What are you reading?

It's April Fool's Day! Did you play a trick? Have a really special weekend, my friends. 
Linda Kay


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