Monday, February 29, 2016

Blue Rosemary

Plants keep trying to bloom in our very unseasonably warm weather, and here is the rosemary with it's pretty blue blooms for Sally's Blue Monday.


We survived the weekend and enjoyed the movie, Risen yesterday. A Christian must-see.

Linda Kay

Friday, February 26, 2016

Before the Weekend....Friday!

Friday is always a fun time to look back at the week and find some pictures and stories to share. I'm joining in with Tanya for Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Amy for Five on Friday. Be sure to check out what others have shared at these sites. Thanks to the hostesses!

1. You will remember that I've posted some songs by my nephew Cody (Chicago Farmer). His wife Kymber has now opened an etsy shop selling her jewelry designs from old guitar strings. Here is one she posted on Facebook.

The address of the etsy shop is Twice Upon a String. Check it out. Kymber says she has to work to offer more of these on her site, but I think they are delightful.

2. This video was posted recently, and I wanted to share it with you here. Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi dancing at the WMA to Whitney Houston. A great moment. Note that if doesn't open immediately, just click on the bottom of the video. 



3. My granddaughter is going to Italy this summer! Kenze sent me a text that said "Guess what, Gram?" "What?" "I'm going to Italy this summer!" I clicked off the text and called her, of course, and got the whole scoop. She is so excited... she is just 18 and very adventurous.

4. We had to waste a little time in Boerne before picking up our grandson, Carson, so walked around the little park downtown. Here is a plaque about the bandstand and German music heritage, and a park bench bearing the likeness of Wild Bill Hickock.



5. The workbench in the shed is complete. Hubby finished building it, and I stained and varnished it. I'm sure it will not look like this in the near future.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends. We have a busy one with a dinner on Saturday night and friends here for the night, then a movie and a wine event in the afternoon on Sunday. Whew!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Old and Rusty

Just an entry for Wordless Wednesday, contemplating the history and a study of shadows:


Linda Kay

Monday, February 22, 2016

Artists and Artisans

One of the images I did not show you from our Friday Night Art Walk, was this beautiful piece. It is tiny glass crystals on a hard backing. Such intricate work, I think you will agree. And the colors are so vibrant!

And a great quote on display at the Artisans shop (Sorry about the camera glare):

The Artisans is one of my favorite places, as it has such a variety of media. Click on the link to check out some of their displays.

Those of you artists and crafters out there can appreciate this, I'm sure. Have a special week and a fabulous Monday!

Linda Kay

Friday, February 19, 2016

Puzzl-ing

I started a puzzle last week Sunday, and unfortunately when I have a puzzle out, I can do little else. Every time I walk by, I spot a piece that needs to go in, then on, and on, and on until my eyes are all bleary. So here it was on Monday morning, after spending some time on Sunday.

I always start with the edges. This one was kind of tricky, as there were some pieces almost identical. Do you see all that blue sky and light? It's a Thomas Kincaid copy.


TA-DAH! Hubby helped me a little bit, and we had this finished by Thursday morning. It was quite a feat.

Sent messages back to my home town at the loss of an old friend, Lee. Years ago, when I had my own accounting business, Lee and his brother were clients of mine, and visiting them on a monthly basis was a highlight of my business. Lee was only 64, so young and so tragic for his family. R.I.P, my friend. Definitely one of the good guys.

Found this fun little quote for those of you with New Year's resolutions to exercise and lose weight:
There have been a number of bloggers who have written of challenges with health issues, mental or physical, so here's my message for you this morning:

Have a really special weekend, my friends.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Unusual shopping

There is a little shop just North of us on Llano (Rte 16) called Kuck-kuck Nest (Cuckoos Nest). I couldn't find an Internet site, but the owner takes her wares to all the German celebrations in the area to sell lederhosen (leather shorts with suspenders for men) and dirndl dresses. She also has some delightful German imports you might find in shops in Germany. I found this delightful little jug for my kitchen, since I love the dark blue. The top and handles are pewter.

At the Artisan Art Shop in Fredericksburg, I saw this delightful stool, intricately designed in mesquite, a popular wood used in Texas. This was among many displays of coffee tables and end tables. You can see other creations on top the stool and to the right. I didn't buy this as it was a little too pricey for me!
Have you found anything interesting out shopping lately? Have a great "hump day".

Linda Kay

Monday, February 15, 2016

Front Porch

And how does your front porch look? I had to take a picture of this very unusual front yard and porch of the house.



If you click on the picture you can see all the details; ramp, surfboards, boat and all!

Have a great week!

Linda Kay

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine hearts

It's Valentines Day! My hubby and I will be first attending a get together with some friends at 4:30, then going to a dinner sponsored by our youth group at the church as a fund raiser. It is so delightful to have these young people all dressed up as wait staff, serving our salads, then entrees, then desserts very formally. And the food is always delicious. The charge is merely $25 per person.

Remember these? I had to buy a small bag of them, just for old time's sake.



Have a lovely day!

Linda Kay

Friday, February 12, 2016

Busy Week

We always look for ways to get out and about here in our Fredericksburg, and there is always something going on. Guess what last Friday was....Friday Art Walk. But this time it was sponsored by Hill Country Memorial Hospital. So it was Friday HeArt Walk. We are so blessed to have this facility in Fredericksburg. Check out the website for more info on the hospital. It is extremely involved in the community, recent winner of a Malcolm Baldridge Award, and rated as one of the top 100 hospitals.

1. Here are some interesting displays from our walk.




2. I know we all tire of all the anonymous posts on our blogs, but they are easy to delete. I found this expression of my thoughts:
3. We watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, and although I'm not a genuine football fan, I was really pleased to have Peyton Manning and the Broncos come out as the winners. On Facebook on Monday morning, this showed up on my phone, kinda says it all:
4. We could talk about the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, but what's the point? Will we all be glad when the primaries are finished and we know who the "chosen one" is from each party? 

5. Here's how I feel about all of you out there in bloggerville! Have a special weekend.


Linda Kay

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Unusual Blooms

Sometimes we get blooms when we least expect them. I have a cutting from a plant that was on my neighbor's front porch. It was broken off accidentally in her moving. So I stuck it in some soil with some root simulator, and we began to see this flower emerge. Does someone know what it might be?


My hubby took our large aloe plant into his shed to protect it from frost. Now it has this huge spikey bloom emerging. Here are a couple of pictures.


The closeup of one of the blooms looks to be about to open, so I'll post a picture when and if it does spread open. The shed is pretty warm in the afternoon, as it get sun through the window on the west side. It thinks it's in a green house!

I'll look forward to an identity on the orange flower. It's Ash Wednesday already, with Easter just six weeks away. Have a blessed day.

Linda Kay


Monday, February 8, 2016

Comfort TX

Just south of Fredericksburg is the small down of Comfort, TX. Comfort is actually part of the San Antonio area, as it is only a hop, skip and jump up route 10. The little town has many historic buildings, a population of only less than 2400, and many antique shops. We stopped there to go antiquing and have a bite of lunch at High's Cafe . Click on the link to see the menu. If you review the link at the top of the post, you will see some of the history and pictures of special sites there. But here are a few:

The old bank building, now a museum.

A place on the south side of town in need of repair, obviously.

A nice looking home on a corner with a very unusual fence.

We loved this very small Baptist Church.
That's it for my tour of Comfort, although there was much more to see and enjoy. Be sure to check out the link for the history of the FreeGermans. By the way the chocolate sorbet at the Cafe was like eating fudge! Yum!

Have a great week!
Linda Kay

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday at Random

Friday is always a time for thinking about the past week, right? So I join in with Five on Friday (Amy) and Willy Nilly Friday 5 (Tanya) 

1. I mentioned on Monday that our friends were coming by from Illinois on their way back home from a month in Tucson.  They left us Wednesday morning with about 18 hours of driving ahead of them. Always nice to get together with friends, near or far.

2. Had to show this gas price in Texas. It's great for us for traveling in the car, but it's not good for Texas' economy!

3. This little cartoon is for all you ladies out there with chickens and animals on the farm/ranch.


4.  Hubby and his friend finished the fence on the side of the shed between our neighbor Roger and us. He has a fence as well, and there is about two feet between the fences. We didn't want to shut Roger out completely, so they kept the fence lower for about six feet so they hubby and Roger could talk over the fence. He loved it. Our main purpose is just to keep Polly in and the critters out, so it works out great. The gate is yet to be completed, so a piece of plywood serves as the current barrier on the corner of the house. Now I just need to get the doors painted.

5. My son and daughter in law gave us a special gift for Christmas: Wine in January, Cheese in February, and meal fixin's for March. The wine arrived, a shiraz and a chardonnay. We haven't opened them as yet.

And just a special entry for Skywatch Friday: This was taken from my front sidewalk, sunset in Texas.

Have a special weekend, my friends. Be sure to check out the other entries for these memes.

Linda Kay


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cave Creek church

I attend a very large Lutheran Church (Holy Ghost Lutheran) here in Fredericksburg, TX., and we have partnered with a little country church at Cave Creek. The link will take you to the history of St. Paul's. My hubby and I took a little drive, about half an hour away, to have a look. Here are the pictures I took to share with you.


 This is the entrance into the church yard from HWY 1631. It's very windy in this wide open space.
A closer view

The cemetery in the traditional German style of "boxing in" the grave stone.


Especially sad, the Children's Area.


Very old headstones on both of these graves.


Inside, the church is very quaint with wooden pews and beautiful stained glass windows. Its congregation is made of largely by land owners and ranchers in the Hill Country, who want to preserve the history of their ancestors. 

Have a special day

Linda Kay

Monday, February 1, 2016

Blue and Fences

Blue skies and fences with lots of fluffy clouds on our drive around the Hill Country. So I'll share these with you today for Sally's Blue Monday and for Theresa's Good Fences on Thursday.



Note the golden lions at the gate posts on the top picture, and the live oak trees that are a part of the Texas landscape.


Here's a gate with some stone posts, and a simple fence line. The box you see in the foreground is an electronic gate opener that is activated by a code. Note the American flag and the Texas flag standing straight out in the wind.

Have a wonderful week, this first week in February. We have friends visiting us from Illinois. They have spent a month in Tucson and are on their way back to cold and snow country.

Linda Kay
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