Monday, May 16, 2016

Life with Boys

We had a lazy weekend around these parts.  I ran some errands...grocery store, crickets, Lowe's, birthday shopping for my Chip.   But there was ALOT of downtime.  We played lots of cards, watched a movie, cooked some meals, bird watched…basic hanging around.

This morning at 7:35 a.m. Chip is laying in the floor of my office talking about how unprepared his theatre group is for their performance today.  He is dreading it.  Then he says as if a light bulb went off in his head "Oh, I need to wear khaki pants tomorrow for Athletics."

Me:  "Can you wear your khaki shorts?"
Chip:  "No.  It has to be pants?"
Me:  "Can you wear your black dress pants?"
Chip:  "No, mom.  It has to be khaki pants."
Me:  "Well, you don't own a pair of khaki pants."
Chip:  "I don't?"
Me:  "No. Do you ever remember wearing khaki pants?"
Chip:  "No, I guess not."
Me:  "I sure wish you would have told me that this weekend, when we had some free time."
Chip:  "Oh.  Well, I just remembered.  We can go after school."
Me:  "You have practice after school."
Chip:  "Can you go?"

This entire situation does not surprise me at all. In fact, I am going to count my lucky stars that is isn't Tuesday morning at 7:35 when he tells me he needs the pants.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Scenes from the Backyard

Me and Chip started a backyard transformation a month or so ago that has brought us so much enjoyment this spring!  We started by cutting back all the gangly, straggly, dead, dying, messy growth.  Chip wielded an ax like a real lumberjack and chopped down anything I pointed out that needed to go. 


Hello, Chipperjack. 


Then we got a raised vegetable trough to plant some veggies in that wouldn't be hard to reach, weed or could be peed or pooped on my our furry friend, Astro.   We painted it a pretty orange color, filled it with four tomato plants, a jalapeƱo plant, some basil, parsley, cilantro and some delicious smelling chocolate mint! 



Next we cleaned up all the patio furniture, got some new pillows, a water fountain, a table top fireplace and an outdoor carpet. 


We added some lights to enjoy our space at night. 



We spread 30 bags of mulch!  


Put some cool red stars on the fence. 


Planted lots of plants, put in a bird bath. 


Now, we spend lots of mornings and afternoons doing this…..Birdwatching!   We added a variety of bird feeders and watched our backyard come alive. 


Hummingbirds are frequent flyers. 


We have many woodpeckers.  They visit the feeders then hang out in the trees. 


They travel in pairs.  Can you see one on top of the limb and one underneath? 


We have sweet little chickadees. 


And this squirrel that was my arch nemesis until I figured out how to keep him out of the bird feeders.  Now I feed him nuts, apples and corn.  He is actually very entertaining. 


We have seen some really cool birds.  We have a Texas Bird Guide and love trying to identify the birds  we see.  Hubby thinks it doesn't count if you don't get a picture, so we are keeping the camera out on the kitchen counter for easy access.  This is a house finch. So pretty! 


This is a a cardinal. We have named his Stan.  He visits many, many times a day and we have even started to recognize his sweet bird call. 


This is Stan's wife, Ozzie.  They travel together and sometimes even feed each other. 


Woodpecker on the corn.  I also put shelled nuts in this feeder and the BlueJays keep coming back until  over and over again until every nut is gone.  They wiped me out in seven minutes flat one morning! 


Mystery bird.  We can't figure out what this one is?  We each think it is something different. 


I even put a bird feeder outside my office window.  Two woodpeckers entertaining me during a teleconference or two. 



Astro enjoys all the time we are hanging out in the yard. 



Lizard. 


Titmouse taking a bath.


Veggies are growing. 


Flowers are growing. 


Look at those tomatoes!  Can't wait! 





Everything is healthy and happy.  Weather has been pretty mild with plenty of rain.  I am sure summer will be a different story! 


Here is my friend, still occasionally checking to see if he can get some seed out of this bird feeder. 
 He can't! 


This pair made their first appearance today.  This is a male and female lesser goldfinch.  
Who knew they lived in the neighborhood? 


Iris bloom. This plant is one from my house in Alabama, which I originally dug out of either Louise's yard or Joe's sister, Auntie Al's yard.  It has been to all my houses.  Makes me happy. 



Rose bushes were stellar this spring. 


Can you see the lizard? 



Cardinal on the feeder with the squirrel baffle.  That old squirrel boy is baffled and cannot climb up the pole or figure out how to jump on the feeder!  Victory!!! 



My gardenias started blooming this week.  Takes me right back to Vimy Ridge Avenue in Norfolk Virginia where my grandma and grandpa's backyard had gardenia bushes.  They also had some rose bushes with tiny pink roses, a clothes line, an old bathtub full of worms for fishing, a fig tree and a freezer full of frozen strawberries with sugar on them.  It was paradise for a kid when we were lucky enough to visit their house in the summer.  Funny, how a simple smell can transport me back over forty years like it was yesterday.  Gardenia's always remind me of my momma too!  Her favorite flower.

Harry came home from college on Mother's day (YAY!!!) and Chip was proudly showing him everything we had done in the backyard.  He looked around and said "It's like someone finally started giving a damn about this backyard."  Cracked me up! 

Hope you enjoyed sharing a little bit of the joy that we have found right in our own backyard. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Top Ten Tidbits

Let's see if I can do this quickly…get my blogging feet wet…AGAIN!   I am going to pound out the top ten things rolling around in this old noggin of mine.

1.  Chip has been diagnosed with a new seizure disorder.  I am waiting on a call to schedule a six hour video EEG to confirm the diagnosis.  Waiting on a call is like watching water boil.  Patience, grasshopper.  He is going to be fine, but does need to switch medication to control the new seizures.   Maybe I will call them today and just make sure I haven't missed their call.



Okay, that was apparently taking up a lot of space in my head, because now I am staring at the screen trying to come up with #2 - #10.   Maybe, this won't be quick!

2. Let's do some celebrating that baseball season is back.  YES!


3.  And let's celebrate Harry, who is doing some really cool things!  First, he got to work an MLB TV gig with his videography professor that was awesome!  That is Paul Goldschmidt people!   Harry had to be at the field at 5:15 a.m. but he got to experience what really goes down to get commercial shots!  He got to do the Rockies the next morning.  Lucky kid! 


4.  Last weekend, he got to fly to Seattle to cover the ASU Women's Basketball PAC-12 tournament.  The ladies were supposed to have a chance to go all the way.  In an unfortunate turn of events, they lost the first game.  Girls headed back to Phoenix and Harry and his two buddies had a lot of time on their hands in Seattle! 


5.  They had a good time regardless and did some touristy stuff.  There could be worse places to spend a weekend!  Look how cute he is in his little beanie!  Love that kid!  


6.  Last Saturday, Chip had two baseball games, a bowling party and a fancy birthday dinner for a friend at Cheesecake Factory!  Seizures slow him down not even a little bit!  Look at him all dapper in his bow tie! 


7.  I am obsessed with these pickled red onions.  I eat them daily.  So damn good! 


8.  I am volunteering at a local elementary school to read with some precious third graders on Thursday mornings!  That is today!!  I love Thursday mornings!  We are reading The Lightening Thief!  I don't know who is enjoying it more…me or them!   Let's be real.  It is probably me!

9.  Getting fired up for Spring Break!  It is almost here!  YAY!  Headed to Phoenix to see Harry and watch some spring training baseball, swim, soak up some Vitamin D, visit a safari….lots of fun on the horizon.

10.  Let's conclude with some small talk about the weather.  It has been raining here all week.  I love it. It is a great kind of stormy.  Not, "Oh God an F5 tornado is coming through!" stormy, but a rolling thunder steady rain kind of stormy.  Best weather ever for coffee drinking!   Well, there really isn't a bad type of weather for coffee drinking, but it just feels extra cozy to hold a cup of hot coffee when it is dreary and wet outside.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Maybe I will be back tomorrow.

Don't hold your breath.

But, maybe!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Half Marathon….Didn't Hate It

Just popping in to update my "50 Things To Do Before I Am 50" list.  Lucky enough to mark two things off the list.  I think this is #24 out of #50.  Only six months left before I turn 50!   I think I will get two, maybe three more marked off before the big day.  I'll take it.

The two that I marked off tonight?

#21 - Do another half marathon and NOT hate it.  Finished the Disney Princess Half Marathon this weekend - along with seven of my family members.  Got the medal to prove it.  Walked most of it, which is why I didn't hate it.



#44 - Last Will and Testament - we finally got our act together and have an official will in place.  Signed by a lawyer and everything.  A relief.  So glad to have that one done.

Also, some job changes for me on the horizon.  I think I may be getting more time to blog.  Yay!  I miss this.

Have a great evening!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

My Harry

My Harry is home for the weekend!  A long weekend actually!  He has a Fall Break at college that equates to five days off and he is spending it here!  This morning, as soon as my eyes opened I remembered he was home.  Sleeping in his own bed just a few feet down the hall.  All is right in the world.  This momma heart is smiling.

Now, make no mistake about it….we will not just be sitting around at home!  Callie is flying in today, Chip has two baseball games this afternoon, we are going to Dallas tomorrow to see a Cowboys/Patriots football game, the boys are heading to Houston on Monday to see the Astros hopefully win a playoff game and then he flies back to school on Tuesday!  He should be good and exhausted when we put him back on that plane!

Hope you have an awesome weekend where you are and that your heart has a reason to smile!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Breaking Out In Hives

Does anyone else break out in hives when you hear something like this?

"You will need to remap your network drive by following the instructions below."

Every bit of that makes me sweat!   Why, you ask?   

If it can go wrong…it will go wrong.  

That is basically my life experience with technology.  

Will I lose everything?  

Have I backed up my back up?

Angst, I tell you!!! 

So, what do I do?

Nothing.

I do absolutely nothing. 

I let the deadline for remapping of the network drive come and go.  

Because the other thing I know about technology things is that the first folks usually have a few (a lot) glitches.  Those glitches get worked out and then it is easier for the rest of us.  

I have stalled long enough.  

The glitches should be worked out. 

I am doing it today.  

Me and that H: drive are going to a new address.  

May the force be with me. 

Send in a recovery team if you don't hear from me by noon on Friday!  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Walking in the Woods

How lucky am I that I can get in the woods within just a mile or so of my house?  


Really, really lucky.  

This is probably 50 yards from a busy running trail and a road with car traffic - but once you get under this canopy of trees with a little beat down footpath it just feels like another world.  

I like this world.