Fun Night

IMG_5817This is Tom and my sister Sue. I would have to bitch slap her for touching his face if she was not family. We adopted each other. She is the smartest, cutest, funniest person I have ever met. (Besides my original family)IMG_5825This is Sue with her three human children and husband. They have three doggie children that we love like our own…..There are many photos of those guys in past entries. Hopefully they will come to Aunt Dana’s house again soon, to be spoiled in the manner that they are used to when they are at home with Sue and Gene.

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Nothing but Blues Skies

Cactus Jack

Our two Longhorns found an open gate and went to visit the neighbors large herd of welcoming cows. As much as we wanted them back, we were not sure how to separate them from their friends without a stampede. Weekday mornings do not allow enough time to do any cattle rustling, but luckily they happened to be hanging out by themselves along our fence line last Saturday morning. Tom opened the gate and led them back to their pasture while their 100 plus friends were wailing and telling them not to leave…..I think the boys are glad to be back. Welcoming treats of carrots and cattle cubes helped a lot! I just finished two new paintings to celebrate their safe return. I have them on my Etsy web site . Click on Leicalady.etsy.com to see all of the Longhorns

Post Cards from Paris

Little Leicalady

Better than postcards! We received daily snippets of the honeymoon via e-mail.My days have been filled with anticipation of what beautiful images we would be able to enjoy.The creativity combined with the too pretty to believe bride and groom is just amazing to me!I was on the same page as the newlyweds…..I did not want it to end!I am not sure how many cameras, including camera phones were taken on the trip.

I know there were at least two Leicas….one of them a film camera. And a Polaroid….I have never been to Paris, but I would not trade that experience for the pleasure of having this vicarious adventure. The whole experience, from the adorable face that I saw when our son was born, until I saw the adoring look that he has for Annie, is just a life fulfilling dream for a Mom.I know that their love of photography will be shared forever.I love you, Little Annie Leicalady

 

The Wedding

Christopher, Peyton and Tom

The day looked promising for a wonderful outdoor wedding.The wedding party was gorgeous…..The photographer said that Annie was the most beautiful bride she had ever seen.
No one minded the delay, as we waited out a thunderstormPeyton was happy to keep the girls companyA lttle rain could not dampen the radiance of the bride’s beautiful mother…..I was the only one who looked like a drowned rat!The father of the bride is quite a handsome man . You can see a lot of Annie in both of her parents. They are beautiful inside and out. I knew from the beginning that they would always take care of Christopher and he will always take care of them.Being a wedding photographer for many years, I know that there has never been a more perfect match than these two Leica lovers…..

With a little bit of Luck

Why do people say that you have a hard outer shell? Shells are not always hard. A tortoise or turtle shell is made of the same substance as our fingernails and horses hooves. Nutrition plays a vital part in the health and strength. Too much protein is almost always the culprit.  You can look at them and see the degree of health. One of our mini horses has trouble with his hooves….I have raised  Mini Mac since he was a baby and never has he had a problem with his hooves until recently.

Eddie in his winter man cave

Fast Eddie our African Sulcata Tortoise is 25 years old….mas o menos… He already had a perfect shell when we got him. Of-course I will feel like I did something wrong if ever he got sick…..I read about all the nutrition and supplement advice , I light candles, I do a little dance and pray. If you talk to 15 different horse owners, you will get 20 different answers, but if you have an African Sulcata Tortoise, you can just read  about care at  the Sulcata Station and they have the answers……

Spring has Sprung

This photo was taken by Leicaman on our morning walk. An unusual view of Texas Bluebonnets, but I love it, probably because of that or maybe because like Daddy Bub….Leicaman loves carrying a camera with him where ever he goes….sometimes two or three. This morning he took photos of the moon…..yesterday it was something different….all while I was still sleeping. He is so lucky that we have dogs to wake him up to get these AWESOME SHOTS!!!!!

I love these colors.I was inspired to paint some trees. I said it was not finished. My teacher and best critic, Tom said “It’s finished” So I said…Good I’m ready to paint something else….Tom and I have been remarking about the gold green color of the Mesquite trees as they are just coming out……I had just the right color in my palette, so I sketched this little tree today for him….
Speaking of Spring…..I just want to say that my Mamacita who gave me my maiden name of Spring….is the most awesome chica that I have ever met and I am soooo proud of her for taking care of herself and staying healthy and strong!!!!! Te amo mucho!!!!!

Staycation

300 mm man

The holidays have lasted a long time……..Peyton was here for five weeks!!!!! (Thank you Annie Sturgis for this wonderful photo!)Christopher has been here since Christmas Eve!!!!He has been working hard. We are so proud of him and the way that he represents Groupon.  We had several days of  t-shirt weather, butit’s cold here in San Antonio and it’s time for him to go take care of his snow princess in Chicago…..

Take a Little Trip

Packing for  life in a dorm is always challenging, I am sure. It was different in so many ways this time with Peyton. We drove with Christopher to SMU in Dallas and he had his own car by then. He could get whatever he needed without a problem. Tom and I packed extra food, even though there is an unlimited array of restaurants on campus at Ohio University. We left early….around 4 in the morning September 1st…it was dark. We made a last minute check of the suitcases before we zipped them up. Good thing we did….

no outfit is complete without dog hair.

The Spookster was trying to stow away with Peyton. She has been sleeping in his bed with him for a few weeks now. My luggage got lost on the way home. I was kind of wishing that I could have stayed just a day or two more and missed the transfer also.

good- bye, Columbus

No worries. The wings are cleared for take off…….

Pony Boy’s Girls

Our precious great nieces, Hannah and Emma spent the week-end with us. They said they were ready to learn to ride ALONE without someone leading them.We made plans for Sunday afternoon. We were going to saddle up two ponies, but my back went out on me,(UGH!) so I thought one would be good for the first time. They brushed Pony Boy and Tom saddled him up. We stayed in the fenced yard. They were so good about having to take turns.

Emma rides alone

Next time we will put on some boots and helmets, saddle up both ponies and head down to the pond.  We had a cook-out Saturday night and just stayed on the lead line the whole time. taking a breakThese girls could not be any sweeter or unspoiled.

Little Cowgirl

They made up the bed every morning without complaining and brought their dishes to the sink. We had great fun in the art room, too and I think they created about 20 masterpieces each! We have lots of great photos that I will add and can be seen on Leicaman’s blog Just Saying Not sure what is up with my back! I am a laptop sitting couch potato today. That’s all for now……