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

Meanwhile back at the Ranch

Our evening routine is simple yet effective for keeping all the pasture ornaments fat and happy!All it takes to produce glee is to open a gate and let the ponies explore and sample…well actually devour the fresh grass that has been growing in their absence.  They will fly around the pasture for about five minutes and then start begging for carrots.Hugs are welcome, too!It is very satisfying to have a small herd who are lovable, sensible and steady.It is heaven to be surrounded by such precious animals, but I do miss the ones who are really in heaven.

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 !!!!!

WOW From Karnes City

 

WOW getting some beauty rest

WOW getting some beauty rest

We stopped by the cattle barn to see WOW taking a rest before his unhaltered class at the South Texas Longhorn Association Show held  on the first Saturday of the San Antonio Stock Show. We missed seeing his performance in the unhaltered class for steers, but we are sure he was stellar as usual. It was great to meet the beautiful Dr. Joyce Kimble and to see her beautiful daughter Dr. Joyce Kimble O’Brien and her handsome husband Sean O”Brien.

Sean O"Brien and Dr. Janice Kimble O"Brien

Sean O"Brien and Dr. Janice Kimble O"Brien

Houston Street Fair in San Antonio, Texas

 

There's my crazy, sexy husband!!!!

There is my crazy sexy husband

I found out how to recycle all those used wine corks

Start saving all those corks!!!!

Start saving all those corks!!!!

 

 

wonderful Mariachi band

wonderful Mariachi band

 The Houston Street fair in downtown San Antonio is held on the last Saturday of the month. This month the theme was Christmas. The crowd was not so huge. Lots of cute little kids having fun!

 

Ride 'Em Cowgirl!

Ride 'en cowgirl

 

Soooooo tempting

Soooooo tempting

 

Law enforcement

Law enforcement

     

World famous Photographer

World famous Photographer

Texas Flag

Texas Flag
Hi Santa

Hi Santa

This is a great family place to go on the last Saturday of the month. There were SO many nice people selling jewelry, T-shirts,toys and just about everything you could imagine. The live music ranged from mariachis and country to rock. It was all great. We bought a CD for Peyton and he loves it. They had a ski slope with snow and bungy jumping (no thanks!) santa-and-dana I talked to Santa and told him that I wanted a Longhorn for Christmas. He said “Ho, ho, Ho I just rode here on one this morning!  I am giving Rudolf and the other reindeer a chance to rest up for Christmas!” Sure enough, BINGO the cutest sweetest Longhorn in the world was there!!! Here are some of the pictures of the festivities.

Roper

Roper

 

sounds good

sounds good

 

We bought a CD called Sweet Disaster by Nate Davenport

We bought a CD called Sweet Disaster by Nate Davenport

 

Carrot nose

Carrot nose

This ski slope is available for parties
This ski slope is available for parties
Snow in San Antonio!!!!

Snow in San Antonio!!!!

 I could tell that Bingo remembered me……..Longhorns are so smart! We saw Bingo and his buddy Tator Tot in the Floresville Peanut Festival Parade in October and here they were again! I missed seeing Santa Claus riding into town, that must have been SO cool!!!!  Greg gave me a boost up on Bingo and we talked about some of the gentle cows and steers that he has on his ranch in Bulverde. The ranch is called Saving Grace. I can just see us next year at this time with our little herd of Longhorns to spoil!!!!!

I LOVE this guy!!!!

I LOVE this guy!!!!

 

Happy trails to you until we meet again!

Happy trails to you until we meet again!

We had fun looking at all the arts and crafts. Tom bought me a bracelet for $3.00. Michael McMahon had some beautiful jewelry.A local author and illustrator had some great children’s books for sale. Her name is Mary Borgia. Tales of the Texas mermaid is about a girl that gets her legs stuck in a cowboy boot. The tale is told by Blarney a Texas Longhorn. How could we resist such a great book and the beautiful author was there to sign it for us!

 

Book signing by San Antonio author/illustrator Mary Borgia

Book signing by San Antonio author/illustrator Mary Borgia

Next stop was a tatoo artist. Tom helped me decide which one to get. There were so many great ones to choose from!

airbrush-no-needles

A horse, of-course!!!!

A horse, of-course!!!!

Longhorns And Bluebonnets

I just picked up an incredible Giclee of my painting…… I did not have to worry about the care and consideration of my cherished paintings! I could hardly tell the original artwork from the reproductions. I can go to HEB and get copies of snapshots, but this process is just incredible!!! The print is done on the same paper that I use for my originals and it is even more archival than most surfaces that artists use. I can put my originals side by side and they are so comparable it is awesome. it is not expensive and I love being able to share my artwork with my friends and family without giving up my originals……I did some price shopping and also checked out some mediocre labs and this is what 

Giclee of Longhorns And Bluebonnets

Giclee of Longhorns And Bluebonnets

I found out….

 

ALAMO PHOTO LABS,INC in San Antonio,Texas ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

3814 Broadway

San Antonio, Texas 78209   210 828-9079

Fancy Seeing You Here !!!!

 

Bingo & Me

Bingo & Me

Good news, bad news……the good news is that I saw my Longhorn  buddies Bingo and Tator Tot at the P-Nut festival in Floresville. These little angels shared my snow cone and gave me an awesome ride down to the courthouse to see the giant peanut. The bad news is that Bingo is for sale and I want that guy !!!!! The first thing I will do is take the ring out of his nose and ride him home….I think that ring might be the reason that he is so laid back, not sure but I will find out soon.

 

The first time I met Bingo

The first time I met Bingo

This was our first encounter at the Houston Street Fair in San Antonio. It was love at first sight for me and I really think that Bingo remembered me when I saw him in Floresville at the Peanut Festival.

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!!!!