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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Letter Writing

I was recently reading an article about the value of writing a letter and the healing power it can offer. As we think of people who are suffering from any number of tragedies, would it be helpful to take a few minutes to sit down and write a letter? I read an article in "The Lutheran Journal" recently entitled just that, "The Healing Power of a Letter". Here are a few ideas:

A Letter of apology - looking for forgiveness when you know you wronged someone.

A letter of condolence over a loss - be it a loved one, a home, a job, etc.

A letter expressing regret and seeking forgiveness - looking to the future.

A letter of appreciation - a simple thank you.

A letter of encouragement - young people in school feeling challenged.

A letter of support and comfort - Reach out with kind words.

Have you written a letter or a note recently. There are many who could benefit, I'm quite sure of it. I think I'll get out my stationary!

Linda Kay

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Left to Tell

Book Reviews are not what you usually see on my blog, but I definitely want to share this one with you. At the recent Global Leadership Summit held here in Fredericksburg, we were privileged to hear from Immaculee Ilibagiza. Her story is in her book, "Left to Tell".

Here is the book description from Amazon:
 Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
    Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.
    It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers.
    The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.
This is Immaculee’s first book.

The story is not only spell binding, but also heart wrenching as she takes you through her terrifying experience of persecution and threats. 

In my opinion it is a must read book.

Linda Kay

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Friday Night Art Walk!!!

You all know how much we enjoy our Friday Night Art Walk here in Fredericksburg, enjoying the food and spirits as well as the wonderful art in the shops up and down Main Street and on some of the side streets as well. So here's your tour of Friday night.

These were on display at the Hanna Gallery on Main Street.

The next group is from River Rustic, a favorite of ours.

The following one by our friend Carlos Mosely, owner of gallery - all done with rocks.

This is what you can do with those racks from the animals.....

At Insight Gallery - Some fine art and some wonderful cocktails prepared. If you click on their sight you can see a show of some of the pieces available.

The "Night in Cordoba" priced at a mere $18,000

The Still Life is $120,000

Wonderful cowboy sculpture.

Hope you have enjoyed the Friday Night Art Walk with me!

Linda Kay

Monday, September 4, 2017

Animals at the Fair

Hubby and I head directly for the animal barns to see all the entries from the 4-H boys and girls and the Gillespie County Fair.

These are the "fuzzy" chickens, as I call them. Wonder if their meat is the same as we get at the grocery store?

This one is a bit more realistic.

This ram sheep is getting a sheering. He will be judged on his wool and his other virtues.

This young calf is probably at the fair, because he is nursing his mama, or maybe he is in a special category?

Some fine beef specimens. But this last one is one I never saw before I came to Texas. I call it an "Oreo Cow".

That's all the pictures I have for you. There were, of course, lots of 4-H entries for everything from Hay to eggs to be judged. It's always a fun adventure. Hope y'all have a great Labor Day weekend.

Linda Kay

Sunday, September 3, 2017

National Day of Prayer

Many of us in Texas know someone who is caught up in those awful storms and flooding along the coast. We are thankful that we are not in one of the 30 counties effected by the hurricane. 

The President has declared today as a National Day of Prayer for those victims of the hurricane all along the coast. Take just a few moments to pray for them and to give thanks for your own blessings.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It's a Parade!

The Gillespie County Fair grounds are just south of Fredericksburg. On Friday of Fair Weekend, a parade is held on the wide streets of Fredericksburg, and the entries go east first, then turn around and come back west along the street. This year the parade was over an hour in length. Oh, also, it's an official holiday in Fredericksburg, offices closed and no school!

The local folks bring their pickups and SUVs to the parking spaces on Main Street the night before to have a first hand view of the floats.
Gotta have a band, and we had two this year. The local Fredericksburg High School and Harper High from a town nearby.

The Nimitz Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so they had several old military vehicles in the parade. These are mostly from the Combat Zone live presentation.

The Fair Queen and her court..

The Shriners are a lot of fun to have in the parade. They even brought this old Cadillac.

In Texas ya gotta have horses in the parade!

Some had fun just making up a float and riding in it. This one from where I work out.

This is definitely a western-looking bunch of folks!

A number of old tractors were represented from the local Antique Tractor Club.

My church even had a float. We enter three times a year in parades; July 4th, Fair parade, and Christmas.

This is just a short version of the parade. There were radio stations playing music on their floats, lots of big, huge trucks, antique cars, and the list goes on. I'll post some pics from the fair later.

Linda Kay

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