Plant Parenthood

I will get some photos soon. Little Lamar lives at my Mom’s house. She adopted him/her from my cousin Jude. Sometimes he misses her, so Jude takes him home for a few days to visit. He is really no trouble and now has a friend, but I don’t know the name. They are strictly house plants, but are thriving well. Some of our stray cats do not even have names, so I consider these leafy mud puppies to be very lucky. That’s what happens when you don’t have a dog or two. I used to have plants, too, but I never asked them if they were thirsty  or anything…….

Week-end Fun

Shopping at Karma Leon

Shopping at Karma Leon

Yesterday, (the last Saturday in September) was the last Houston Street Fair in downtown San Antonio. “Lead the way” Moye said and I gladly made a beeline for the booth called Karm Leon. Claudia and Sandra were actually hand sewing some of their amazing cuff bracelets. That made it even more special knowing that we were shopping as locally as it gets…..no imports for us today. It ended up being kind of a late night for us. We had dinner with our friend Martha at the White House Cafe in Floresville. I am just now getting ready to go for a run and it is already 9:00 and it is HOT. I will add more photos later to this post, but click HERE to see what Leicaman has to say about the Fair.

The Best of the Fair

The Best of the Fair

I was thrilled to see that they had bins to recycle cans and plastic!!!!!!!

Look, Mom.......recycling bins in downtown San Antonio

Look, Mom.......recycling bins in downtown San Antonio

We had some water, but after a few days of fall weather, Saturday was hot, so we went into the Marriott to cool off  and enjoy some botañas……

San Antonio Stroll

San Antonio Stroll

Cerveza con hielo, por favor?

Cerveza con hielo, por favor?

I had to say hi to my mallard friend. I gave him a few corn nuts from the bar……

He's wishing I would fall in...Quack Quack!

He's wishing I would fall in...Quack Quack!

My 300mm man

My 300mm man

This was the last Houston Street Fair, but the Floresville Peanut Festival is just around the corner and Christopher will be here to watch his younger brother Peyton ride in the parade on Saturday as a Duke representing Sacred Heart School!!!!! Lagrimas, muchas lagrimas !!!!!

This Is Cool!

I was sitting in the Panera bakery waiting for Tracy, the other day and had a few minutes to spare, so I picked up a free newspaper. It was my birthday, and the rest of the mag was trashy, so I read my horoscope by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept.23-Oct.22) This is an excellent time to celebrate the emptiness (nest?)…to extol the virtues of the blank slate…to be open to endless possibilities but committed to none…to bask in the freedom of not having to be anything, anyone or anywhere. Are you smart enough to need no motto to live by? Are you resourceful enough to rely on nothing but the raw truth of the present moment? If so, you will thrive in the coming days.

Life is a beach

Life is a beach

It was A Dark and Creepy Night….

Go Away!

Go Away!

We love it when we spot an owl. Seeing two was a special treat late one  afternoon, trail riding in a wooded area of the ranch. We always carry our cameras with us on our saddles, but these two were long gone before we had a chance to capture them. This is a big painting  in oil that I have started that reminds me of that day. If we had been lucky enough to get that shot, the depth of field would have been shallow and the image pretty much out of focus and underexposed. I will never forget the eyes, though.

Flashback Friday

My Mom was a Diva before they became commonplace. Her acting career quickly became world renowned. She was a black man once. One of her most daring roles was the Statue of Liberty on a float….. in a swimming pool….in January. Her earliest performance is listed in the Hall of Fame. Even though she only had one speaking scene in the play, it was those most important words that launched her into stardom. She unselfishly gave it all up to raise three children, but Hollywood will never forget her debut and those legendary words……

The inspiration for the Veggie Tales

The inspiration for the Veggie Tales

LETT US DANCE

It’s no wonder that she hates salad to this day……

Tresspassers

No one comes here uninvited unless they are lost or maybe in today’s case….looking for lost souls. I had no clue who the strangers were who were brave enough to drive 2 miles down a private road. I was lurking in the barn and waited to see if they were going to knock on the door or at least honk for service. Just as I was tempted to reach for the steam punk atomic disruptor gun, they drove away. All the evidence that was left behind was a magazine issue from November 2008 titled AWAKE! These brave souls risked an attack by an 80 pound tortoise, a 150 pound pot-bellied pig and a goat trying to climb into their car,  just for me. Surely a few bucks would have enabled them to update their literature…….maybe next time.

Renegade Handmade

Beaver Poster

T-shirt by ClothMoth

T-shirt by ClothMoth

Etsy is just too much fun and I can thank MY ETSY for all the fun and letting me know what I missed!!!!! In Chicago recently Renegade Handmade had a craft show and I think I will have to be there next year. In the meantime I am following them on their blog, on twitter and where ever I can !!!!

Crowded House Poster

Crowded House Poster

Senior Moments

These moments are flying by so fast, it is hard to tell which ones are the most significant. All milestones send me into a spiral and my thoughts run rampant like an accelerator is being pressed to the floor, but the brakes are not functioning. Tom and I are seniors. and lest we forget, our mailbox is a constant reminder by the unsolicited junk mail that gets shredded for our parrot’s cage.   We get e-mails and coupons for motorized wheelchairs and state of the art hearing aids and solicitations for life insurance policies. Adding to the challenge of this territory we have a high school senior behind the wheel.   In the Chicago magazine recently, I read some interesting facts about the early development stage of an adolescent’s brain,  the part where you gain a sense of impulse control, thinking ahead and avoidance of risky situations. Apparently there is a biological reason that causes teens to act the way they do and it involves more than just a decision to rebel or  impress their peers. If you read the article THE YOUNG BRAIN it will give insights into the behavioral aspects of teens when they are in the presence of friends. We are blessed and fortunately we have an incredible family including nieces and nephews that we are so proud of. They know how much we love them ALL and we do not have favorites…. Any one who knows me well would be surprised to know that I have become interested in adolescent neurobiology. If you think about it though and especially if you really know my quirkiness, this is not surprising at all. Every facet of our children’s life has introduced us to things we would never have ventured into if they did not introduce us to so many new and fulfilling aspects of life. When Christopher was in basketball we were on a first name basis with all the Spurs players. We never missed a game whether RCP was sidelined with an injury or because the coach was an A-hole….we were there supporting the team. Now Peyton is preparing to go into the medical field with a love of biology. We will support him all the way….besides I can really see some parallels between adolescence and senility……

Just Sailing

Gypsy I love Google, Yahoo, Flickr and I am sure there are several other great ones yet to be dicovered. I am working on a new paintingI needed a library of awesome photos to work with,  so I took a peek at this site and found all my heart’s desires…..  Click here to see what I am   JUST SAYING

What Next?

Sweet Sarita Petita

Sweet Sarita Petita

We know that there are predators on the web that we have to protect our children from. Now I realize even our pets are at risk of exploitation. So I can’t even mention that my little pony has a crazy, sexy face without having her little face appear on a gross, skanky site. You can see on your stats page who is linking up to your site and so that is how I discovered my sweet innocent 2 year old little baby horse on a page of yucky stuff…….It’s not funny!