Back In The Saddle

Mourning is officially over, for everyone except Pony Boy. He usually just carts around little children and gets rewarded with buckets of carrots and sweet feed, but he was a good sport today. He even put up with lots of hugs and kisses.

nothing like that pony/puppy smell

nothing like that pony/puppy smell

His bridle was dusty and needed a little polishmy bridleI needed to walk over to the mounting block to climb on my 12 hand steed.

Double wide

Double wide

I thought it would be fun to round up the Longhorns, but changed my mind…..

git along little doggies

git along little doggies

After 14 years of smiling for the camera, our little pony has it down pat.

Smile for the camera!

Smile for the camera!

Fast Eddie the super tortoise wanted to join us on our trail ride.

Wanna come?

Wanna come?

We rode the fence-line and the weather could not have been more perfect.

Flower power

Flower power

Miss Piggy was content to hear all about it when we got back to the barn.

what did I miss?????

what did I miss?????

Everybody got extra treats to celebrate the awesome day……once again I feel like I am living the dream.

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49Th Annual Greek Funstival

Last year’s event at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church was so much fun, we could not wait to go back this year.St. Sophia The children were just as precious and we recognized some of them. Ta Adelfakiaready to dance2 boysI talked to one of the older boys and he told me that they practice every Sunday. You can tell.happy heartsthe starsthe older boysdancersIt was fun just to watch the dancers, but last year I joined in when everyone was invited to participate.  We met a gentleman named Will Beason and he was getting some last minute instruction before he and his friends joined the fun.

It's all Greek to me.....

It's all Greek to me.....

I never did catch on, but Will looked great! the amateursTom took lots of photos that we sent to some of the dancing stars.good spotWe loved the music, the musiciansand sampled some of the gourmet cuisine. My favorite was the Spanakopita, spinach with feta cheese and Greek herbs baked in layers of filo. We also tried the Dolmades, rolls of beef, rice and herbs wrapped in grape leaves. We picked up a few souvenirs and look forward to next year.

Tom in his Greek fisherman's cap

Tom in his Greek fisherman's cap

jingle jangle all the way For more photos, click HERE St. Sophia is located at 2504 N. St. Mary’s St. at Ashby in San Antonio, Texas. There is free parking and shuttle available. The Funstival is held every October. OPAA!!!!!!!!

Photos of the 2009 Floresville Peanut Festival Parade

Duke and Duchess representing Sacred Heart School.

Duke Peyton Parish and Duchess Jordan Boswell

Duke Peyton Parish and Duchess Jordan Boswell

doggiesclose up Aussie

dragon master

dragon master

The dragon in the cage is real!

The Grand Marshalls

The Grand Marshalls

The Grand Marshalls of this years parade are Al and Elaine Kolodziej, the publishers of the Wilson County News.

His Royal Highness

His Royal Highness

Ryan William of the house of Hubbard. Emperor of Nature’s Artistry and King of the Court of Enchanted Gardens

Queen Tunaep LXV

Queen Tunaep LXV

A beautiful girl inside and out…….Brooke Juanita AlumbaughMayor's bannermayorDaniel M. Tejada, Mayor

Rene Peña

Rene Peña

René Peña , district attorney and uncle of King Tunaep 1999 Michael Anthony Peña!!!!

she's got wings!

she's got wings!

What a perfect angel!

Floresville High School mascot

Floresville High School mascot

The Floresville Tiger!

Shrine Circus elephant

Shrine Circus elephant

Sacred Heart School Valentine Court

Sacred Heart School Valentine Court

Farmall Tractor

such a good little pony

such a good little pony

adorable

adorable

LeviLevi Campos representing the youth organization of the Lion’s Club, the Leo’s Club.

Duchess Daniela

Duchess Daniela

Duchess Daniela Aguillon also representing the Leo’s Club.little farmersFuture peanut farmer’s of AmericaDrama clubjpgDuke George Alonzo and Duchess Gabrielle Landrum representing FHS Drama Clubold red firetrucksmilewaveClownNo parade is complete without a clown. It was time to go try to sample all the Festival food that we could! For more photos of the Peanut Festival parade and activities, click here

The Paparazzi

The Duke and Duchess representing Sacred Heart School in Floresville, Texas were well documented as they waved to the crowd’s in the annual Floresville Peanut Festival Parade on Saturday October 10, 2009.

associated press

associated press

The Duke, Thomas Peyton Parish was honored to have his Godfather Tracy Spring, representing his Godparents at the festivities.

RCP

RCP

Peyton’s brother who is legendary in Wilson County surprised many with his appearance in this sleepy town.

Ryan Christopher Parish

Ryan Christopher Parish

Tom and I could not wait for Peyton and Jordan to pass by. We had a great spot to take pictures, thanks to Peggy and Curtis Holcombe who invited us to share the spot that they have had for the last 20 years!

what the?

what the?

While the rest of the paparazzi was happily snapping away, I was trying to jump start a dead battery in the big fancy schmansy video camera. Thankfully, Tracy had brought a very handy back up that did the job in spite of my dizzying special effects trying to hold it steady.

Tracy and Christopher

Tracy and Christopher

Peggy had made brownies and there was a huge lunch inside the building where we sat and awaited our royal golden boy.

Parishparazzi

Parishparazzi

Tracy snapped this while we were lining up to get the best view.

a very cute group of kids and animals

a very cute group of kids and animals

We knew Peyton would be right around the corner when we saw this cute little group of cowboys and cowgirls. If you look really close you can see a little Yorkie  puppy riding in a basket in the front of the pony cart!

and finally.....

and finally.....

I was glad to see that the hearts and flowers were still in place.

Chris Holcombe at the wheel

Chris Holcombe at the wheel

The parade ended all too soon!

Good-bye Floresville

Good-bye Floresville

Goodwill Hunting

Future's so bright, gotta wear shades

Future's so bright, gotta wear shades

The last two week-ends we have gone thrift store shopping. We started out in Southtown in down town San Antonio and last week-end had good luck at the Texas Thrift Store. Peyton found these sunglasses. There was no price tag. “That will be ninety six” the cashier informed me. Dollars or cents, I wondered. Well, we ended up with 2 CD’s, a Ralph Lauren shirt, these cool sunglasses and our bill was $6.00.

million dollar baby

million dollar baby

The Houston Street Fair is held on the last Saturday of the month. Tom and I have gone a few times. This was Peyton’s first experience. He found this hat. We had looked for hats at all the thrift stores and finally found one here. We are disappointed to hear that next month (September) will be the last month of the Houston Street Fair! Que lastima!!!!!

My Kind Of Town

We walked just about everywhere that we wanted to go. The weather in Chicago was especially nice over the week-end before Saint Patrick’s Day. Lots of the same stores that we have in San Antonio, but bigger, like Borders,Barnes & Noble and the Target on Roosevelt is two stories…. HUGE. We bought a broom and a dustbin and I am sure I looked like a bag lady carrying them  along Michigan Ave. That’s OK, better that than a tourist with a fanny pack. I even got stopped for directions a few times. Art Effect on Armitage in Lincoln Park is my favorite store. Very cute stuff . Their web-site is shoparteffect.com.They have lots of bird themed items.  I bought a silver owl keychain.I wish I had bought the owl wine stopper also……next trip, I will. 

It was freezing that day.....

It was freezing that day.....

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The Opera and Giocos are located on South Wabash  right around the corner from  Christopher’s apartment on Michigan Ave.

opera-in-chicago

 

RCP and Kevin

RCP and Kevin

 

The food was great! We had dinner at the Opera with Kevin one of Christopher’s best friends in Chicago from SMU. It seems that where ever we ate in Chicago we were served enough food for three meals. We had leftovers for two days from dinner at the Opera and Sunday brunch at Gioco which have the same owners. 

Gioco's

 Gioco has a great Sunday brunch. There omelets are really good, but so is their fettucini with bacon!!!  We had a great time visiting with the wonderful Thrall family. Jenn and her parents Jeff and Susie.  Jenn and Kevin are getting married in June. 

Omelet with asparagus

Omelet with asparagus

The fettucini was so yummy!!!!!!

The fettucini was so yummy!!!!!!

This pasta was enough for our table of seven to share  and we had it for dinner the next night. It was weird not having Miss Piggy and the goats to share leftovers with, but we managed ……

a little blurry we spotted this place thru the cab window

a little blurry we spotted this place thru the cab window

Aurelia’s has great pizza and salads, too……The phone number is (312)994-2000.

A river full of ducks and streets full of horses

 

The Alamo

The Alamo

So we leave the ranch and the critters behind and set off to the big city of San Antonio to take some photos to inspire our creativity and what do we see? Mallards and Muscovy ducks swimming in the San Antonio river eating nachos and gorditas that the tourists sitting outside the restaurants are tossing to them. So this is where all our ducks went. All we had to offer them at home was organic grain and fresh pond water, no wonder they chose to leave the stress of catching grasshoppers and stealing food from the cats. I just wonder about their clogged arteries and cholesterol levels after all the french fries and hamburgers they have for their steady diet. 

 

 

Feed the ducks

Feed the ducks

Next we see big beautiful carriage horses prancing past the Alamo with their manes and tails braided and their coats shining with the glow of good health and exercise.

 

Wanna ride to the Alamo?

Wanna ride to the Alamo?

It was worth the trip to see the horses. It was so strange not to have a cloud of dust when we gave them a pat on the rump…….time to go home and groom our grungy little ponies and saddle them up to check the fence-line and herd the sheep and goats into their pens for the night. A flock of Mallards landed in the pasture just in time to have a treat before they nested in the barn for the night…..Wait, I think I might have something special for you guys!!!! Yep, half of a guacamole chalupa and a few bites of a quesadilla in the truck to share with Miss Piggy. Look, I found a few tator tots left over from Sonic! Gotta keep ’em fat and happy! Buenas noches, mis animales preciosos……