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

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Mini Madness

My nieces, the Tincredibles…..I like to call them, because they are twins and incredible….came to visit last week.They made the day so much fun for everyone. Their adorable cousins came with them and could not have been any cuter.

Paige going for a test ride

First on the agenda was a trail ride! The girls picked out their saddles. They had a big choice, from saddle seat, hunt seat and various sized western saddles.

Big day for the little squirt

“Has Mini Mac ever had a saddle on?” Everyone wanted to know. I said not yet, but told them to stand back and prepare for a rodeo. I picked the smallest saddle that we have, but it still dwarfed him!

"My life will never be the same"

The little monster did not think that he could walk at first. He took a few hesitant steps and realized that it was not such a bad deal to join in the fun!

CUTE STUFF!

I was amazed. He must realize that the ponies that get most of the carrots are the ones who are wearing the saddles! He was as laid back as they come. He can get by with just being a pasture ornament, but he could not resist these precious girls! All five of them!

Say cheese! Or carrots!!!!

Last Night and the Night Before

I could not wait to get home Friday night. Tom and I had a cook out planned and we wanted to get started before sunset. I thought we might just walk down to the tank and sit on a blanket and eat a salad, but I should have known better. I saddled up Pony Boy and he was my couch for the evening, while the Gourmet Chef grilled bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and onions to compliment our jalapeño and cheddar cheese burgers. Pony Boy munched on hay and was content to hang out with us. We had a radio, but it was more fun to listen to the Cara Caras (Mexican eagles) and the Owls as it got later. Last night was even more fun and Tom had the whole day to plan our feast.We had corn on the cob, roasted on the fire, green beans on another grill, chicken and sausage on the 3rd one.

Spooky's first pony ride

Noche and Okie stayed home (their choice)and I was a little bit worried about bringing Spooky. I thought we might lose her when it got dark, but she stayed near us all night. She even went for a ride on Pony Boy. Sky was really good, too. She did a little exploring, but never wandered off to far.

Every day opens up new possibilities for fun that only could be realized by living out here with the solitude, open land and abundant wildlife. Just recently we have been excited to see several deer on our property for the first time ever. Last week, I started putting out corn so that they will appear on a predictable basis.There is a big buck and at least four doe in his harem. I can’t wait to see little Bambis in May. If I feed them enough, maybe they will hang out here more often and try some of Tom’s roasted corn on the cob! We took lots of photos that are posted here. Check out Just Saying to see some of the ranch recipes.

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

Cows

just cows medThis has been the most fun painting to work on. It is painted with oil and I feel like I finally have the feel of it and I really love it….I thought watercolor would always be my first choice, but for now I am hooked on the richness of oil…….Besides these beautiful bovines, my inspiration comes from Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. My artist friends call me Dandrew and that is a compliment. My models for this painting belong to my neighbors. You can see how fat and sassy they are. They are contented cows, for sure…..Most of my paintings have been reproduced as Giclees by the finest photographic lab in the country and I just posted them all for sale on Etsy.com. This painting will be available in a limited edition (less than fifty) and will be reproduced on archival quality Artist’ stock material. Hand signed by Dana Spring Parish.

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!!!!!

The Adventures of Cactus Jack & Mesquite Joe

Part One of a series….

 Party hats, clowns  and streamers announced the arrival of these two precocious “Gifts” that came to celebrate Tom’s birthday on January 11, 2009. Everyone was excited to meet the new critters. The more mouths to feed means the more trips into the feed room for me and they all know that I cannot resist the meows, barks,quacks,oinks,moos,baas, nickers and neighs…..so EVERYBODY gets fed several times a day  so that nobody has hurt feelings or an empty tummy. It may sound like a hassle, but actually last week-end Tom and I had a fun time tracking down these two studly steers. We were on our way out to go for a training run for an upcoming 5K race and decided to feed the menagerie first….. Usually it would be here a moo, there a moo everywhere a moo moo, but the absence of this greeting was noted with alarm and then we realized that our two blonde bombshells were not begging at the fence line as usual…. .Our run was put on hold while we loaded our pockets with cattle cubes and grabbed our cell phones heading off in separate directions to track down our renegade steers….. This story will attempt to share all of the many possible adventures that they encountered during their traipse  across 1,000 acres of South Texas ranch land. Just to give you a preview of what they may have encountered, first there is a beautiful herd of Beef Master cattle along the way, a herd of Longhorn heifers just a fence-line away and last but not least…..lush green grass on the other side of the fence.

The grass is ALWAYS greener......

The grass is ALWAYS greener......

Floresville Peanut Festival Parade

 

Judge and Mrs. Quinney

Judge and Mrs. Marvin Quinney

Floresville Peanut Festival Parade

Floresville Peanut Festival Parade

 

The King and Queen of the Peanut festival

The King and Queen of the Peanut festival

 

Floresville High School Band

Floresville High School Band

Levi Campos

Levi Campos

The weather was perfect…….The band played awesome and it was a treat to see Palin,mMcCain and Obama having such a great time in Floresville!!!!