Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring break in south Texas

What a privilege to head south to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and little grandson over spring break!

 We went to Kemah and had lunch.

 We ate at Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack.

 Our appetizer was fried pickles. Yum!

 I had catfish, fries, and hush puppies for lunch.

 It's crawfish season in Texas, and this is my daughter's plate.

 After lunch we strolled the Kemah boardwalk.

 There were many gulls in the area.

 This was our shuttle.

 Later we went for a long walk in the neighborhood. One neighbor has an orange tree.

 Another neighbor has a Bluebonnet preserve.

 Bluebonnets are a type of lupine. Beautiful!

 Magnolias and other flowering trees were in bloom.

 Spanish moss hangs heavy in the trees.

We also were treated to a day at the beach. Here's Ron, looking for seashells. It was warm, but overcast, and the water was chilly. We enjoyed wading, though.

We had a great visit with the kids over spring break. Now we're back home, and it's almost time to begin working in the garden.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Where history comes to life

Last evening, we had the pleasure of attending a historic dinner at Living History Farms.

Living History Farms offers historic dinners in the 1900's farmhouse (our choice), the Tangen House, and the Flynn mansion.

We met at the conference center, where we were met by Dave and a pair of Percheron horses.

 There were ten participants in dinner at the 1900's farmhouse. We had four in our group: my hubby and I, plus our son and daughter-in-law. We got a ride in a horse-drawn wagon up to the farmhouse.

 The farmhouse, the corn crib (granary), and the outbuildings. There is also a large red barn that I didn't get a photo of.

 Kelly (left) was our hostess, and Erin was the cook. This wood-burning stove heats the house and cooks most of the food. Some of the food had to be cooked in the basement in a commercial kitchen to meet restaurant regulations.

This is a working farm, with things being done the way they were done in the period. There are other period farms, a Victorian mansion, and an 1870's town at Living History Farms as well. It's a great place to visit May - October when activities are in full swing. The historic dinners are an October - March event.

 Here is the pantry, where you will notice canned pears from the orchard and tomatoes from the garden.

 A view of the kitchen

 Kerosene lanterns were throughout the house and lighting wasn't the best for photography.

We were served a meal of marinated pork loin, cooked apples and onions, brandied carrots, escalloped potatoes, escalloped corn and tomato casserole, yeast rolls, chocolate cake with cinnamon filling, and pumpkin pie. It was wonderful!

There is a very interesting Living History Farms blog. Check it out here!

On another note, I have a blogging friend who treated me to these lovely notecards! Her name is Helen Sturgeon, and her blog is located here. Helen is an artist and she offers some of her works for sale.

 Beautifully packaged -

 I adore coneflowers. So happy that Helen gifted me with these!

 Daffodils look like spring, don't they?

More lovely cards.

And speaking of lovely, hope you all have a lovely day!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our days will come!

Sooner or later, our days of beauty and warmth will come! I'm certain of it; I've lived for more than half a century and I've never lived through a year without a spring!

Past springs inspired me....

 A beautiful bouquet of lilacs graced my mantel one spring...I'd love to have another like this again.

 Virginia Bluebells, a native wildflower in my area that grows and spreads wonderfully in my gardens

 Tulips, my favorite spring flower

 Crocus - tiny but so appreciated

 Siberian squill is a spreader, but as pretty as this is, how can I complain?

 Beautiful magnolias in our neighborhood

 Violets come in a range of colors.

Violets are lovely, violets are edible, and, unfortunately, violets spread aggressively.  I do some violet pulling every year but still have some in the yard and gardens.

This was a preview of spring, from springs past.
It reminds me that Our days will come!
Welcome Spring!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Enjoying Animals

February is drawing to a close, and March (with Daylight Savings Time and Spring) will be here momentarily.

In the meantime, I'm enjoying family time, reading, and animals.

 Taking it easy, and trying to soak up a bit of sun: Gracie the ragdoll cat and Josey the miniature schnauzer

 Pretty Gracie! Love this kitty!  :)

 Cute as a button, Josey is 11 pounds of sweetness AND energy. She's a lap dog!

 Feeding the birds: in the garden, I have a finch feeder with nyger seed as well as a bird feeder with cracked corn, sunflower and safflower seed. In the front (above) is  my squirrel feeder. Normally there's an ear of corn there but one day I put out an orange as well as sliced apple. That brought a lot of visitors!  :)

 The cardinal and junco enjoying bits of apple

 The starlings came too. Fruit for everybody!

 The red-bellied woodpecker really enjoys corn and apple.

Back inside, my little sweetheart looking cute after a grooming

I cannot garden inside, but I have animals in the house and out my windows, a treadmill and stationery bike, reading material, and a fireplace. I can manage.  :)

Yet, I will welcome spring with open arms!

Male Baltimore oriole


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