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By leaving your email within your comment, I can find you. I realize that this is sometimes a scary thing to do with scams and all but if you disguise the email as say.....
me at yahoo dot com
this is the perfect way to hide from the unwanted eye. So please help me out if you are one of the non-responders.
Thank you, in advance.....Ravelly Rhonda!!

Jan 20, 2020

My Soul is Conflicted

On January 1, 2020, I lost mom. It was quick but not unexpected. It hurts my heart but I know she is in a better place.
I told a cousin the other day that I knew her for 64 years (a private joke) and it will take a very long time to process it all.  I do have peace in my life through God, Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit. And through my pain He is glorified.
I had pre-posted Eclectic Me and will try to keep that going. Please know that I appreciate your comments but am unable to respond for some reason but will do within my posts.  Thanks to Gene, A Left-Handed Quilter, Guilitta and Barb for your comments. You all lightened my heart.
Keep my in your prayers!

Jan 17, 2020

Eclectic Me

Hi everyone. Hopefully, I'm back posting but not yet any sewing.  I've decided, in this new year of 2020, to open up a bit about me.
I thought about titling it "Just When You Thought You Knew Me," or "No! What?" but settled on Eclectic Me which shows my diversity and complexity.

Eclectic Me #1 - Words
I love words and my favorite and number one is the Word of God. 
God has been right there with me through my mom's situation; right there with me day to day.

Eclectic Me #2   Favorite Christmas Song

Until next time........Eclectic Me in 2020.

Dec 31, 2019

Happy New Year

In just a short while we will enter into a new year that when I was a small child never seemed possible. In a word, Wow! Here’s hoping everyone has a very happy & peaceful 2020.

Dec 26, 2019

Five Months?!

Greetings everyone!
I can't believe that it's been five months since I've posted. Let's just say life has really gotten in the way. Let me list the things that have happened:

  1. I'm in the same place but in a new home.
  2. I've lost my mojo for sewing "anything" at this point.
  3. Getting the grounds around the new house have been & remains a slight nightmare.
  4. Church and community have desperately needed my attention.
  5. My mom has fallen ill and is now living with me permanently. 
  6. Thanksgiving and Christmas planning and feasting.

I've glossed over some of the things but I am so glad that I'm able to have my mom with me.
A big thanks to Gene for checking up on me. I really appreciate your concern.
Happy Holidays to all!!
I hope to post more in the new year.

Jul 23, 2019

More Index & Thanks for Sharing

I want to thank you all for sharing your late night snacking habits. Mr. Cowboy just shook his head & smiled while reading the comments. He likes vanilla ice cream with salted peanuts on top.

Here are my next 4 cards.
 I don’t do the running events but lots of Texans participant to raise funds or just for fun.

The cap collection is Mr. Cowboy’s favorite pastime. Every tractor dealer, car repair, hunting store, etc. he either asks for a cap or they just give him one. They all wind up collecting dust. Anybody understand what I’m saying?

I’m sure we all try to buy locally to support the small businesses. I love our little farmers market.

My final card is about fishing. I like bass fishing but cleaning & dressing the fish, I leave to Mr. Cowboy.....shhhhhhh!

Jul 13, 2019

Late Night Snack

This is going to sound strange but one of my favorite late nite snacks is a bowl of vanilla ice cream sprinkled with Fritos. The salty/sweet flavor is soooooo good! Everyone thinks I'm a bit crazy but what can I say, I love it!!!
Mr. Cowboy was skeptical but one night I tricked him into tasting the combo and now he's a fan.

What’s your favorite nighttime snack? I'd love to hear from you.

Jul 5, 2019


I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July. I sure did. Good eats, great company, & fireworks in the evening.  I did find some time to myself.

I’ve just completed 3 more index cards. If you’re wondering about the holes at the top of each card, I’m storing the cards in their own tiny notebook. 

Jul 3, 2019

Four Down

Rhonda's New Project
Again, thank you Shasta for sharing the link to Daisy Yellow's "Index Card project." It's been a life saver for something to do while waiting to move into the new house.  I've been canning but that's a waiting game between the next step of rinsing the cucumbers to marinating them in the spices, etc. So this is new project is one where as I think of things to place on the cards, I can look thru magazines and old books, cut things out, then throw away, ahem, secretly get rid of the trash....shhhhhh.....Mr. Cowboy doesn't like for me to use his tractor/Ag magazines to cut from but what he doesn't know won't hurt ME!!!......LOL.
Anyway, I decided to make my Index Card project about All Things Texas as I see it. I made 4 in one sitting while Mr. Cowboy was baling hay......I know, sneaky was I.

Jul 1, 2019

Lots of Things

Canning first. I know this looks strange but remember I'm not in my own home yet so I had to improvise, adapt, overcome!!! Anybody remember which movie that's from....hehehehe
Anyway. It's pickle time. I was down to my last jar. Mr. Cowboy was becoming desperate. We eat pickles with nearly everything.
One of my girlfriends called to say the cucumbers were ready & that I could come & get some for free if......if I'd make a batch for pickles for her hubby. Of course I shouted YES!!!
 Next, I finally got to the store to buy the things I need for my new adventure thanks to Shasta (read the previous post to catch up on that).
I have a couple of ideas of the way I want to go with this but.....I've been known to change my mind.
On a final note, is anyone else getting the large amount of rain/thunderstorms that we are getting? Yesterday we got 3.5 inches. WOW! I'll need a canoe very soon.
Send some sunshine our way please...someone, anyone!

Jun 29, 2019

Thank You Shasta!!

One of my blogger friends, Shasta, is doing a very interesting project which she got the idea from Daisy Yellow. It is so interesting and I'm wool gathering at the moment with the house situation, so I'm late to the party but happy to be doing something.....anything.....other than twittling my thumbs.
I'm going at this full steam ahead!!! Many thanks to Shasta for posting about this and sharing it

Jun 28, 2019

I'm Totally Septic!!!!!

I know you thought by the title of this post that my mood was not as it should be.....happy......I was a bit deceptive. Sorry about that but I couldn't help myself.  As you may know, if you are a follower of my blog, that a new home is in the works. It's a slow process. Sort of a hurry up and wait. Some days or weeks nothing seems to happen and then, all of a sudden, we've got everyone showing up to work on things.
Well, yesterday the septic guys showed up with all sorts of equipment and the largest tank or tanks I'd ever seen.
Since we live in the country and the house I lived in was over 60 years old, I didn't realize that this new "fangled" thingy was the new code. In a word, "WOW!"

Since we've had about 30 inches of rain in 2 months, that wonderful sugar sand I live with was constantly caving in before the guys were ready for that to happen but finally things are in place and we now have running water.
Can you say yippie skippy?!
Hopefully things will continue to move forward and a bit faster. Fingers crossed & all.

Jun 8, 2019

A Little Field Trip

A group of ladies and I escaped to Jacksonville, Texas the other day to tour a basket factory there. Of course we has a blast and saw some amazing things.

Believe it or not, I didn't purchase a single basket.....sigh!!
Afterwards we ate lunch at Sylvia Mae's Soul Food restaurant which was featured on Texas Country Reporter awhile back.  Needless to say, the food was delicious. To top it all off, we did a bit of antique shopping. Again, I didn't see anything I really wanted.
I was happy to get away from the house situation which is slowly coming along, thank goodness.  I'm sure I'll have more to share about that another time.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

May 30, 2019

Not What You'd Think - Part 3

As I dated in a previous post, the house was riddled with termite damage and exposure from that western setting sun of 65 years. Plus, a bunch of the wood used to build the house in the first place, came from my great grandpa's old home. So, it was time but it's still a bit of a shock to see that it's all gone.  Mr. Cowboy had to push down several Crepe Myrtles. Mine had such beautiful pink blooms. We saved one so I hope to replant from a few of the saplings.
There's been more rain/lightening/thunder storms & tornados around our area which is quite scary but so far no real damage. Other than that, I'm sitting around wool gathering/not able to sew/nearly bored out of my mind but farm life/helping Mr. Cowboy with the hay fields hasn't let up....sigh....sorry, I'm just in the mood to complain.
What's happening in your neck of the woods?? 

May 23, 2019

Not What You'd Think Part 2


This is my house the other week and no, a tornado didn't hit the area or lightening. The tearing down of the house is a bit sad but necessary. You see most of the lumber that was used to build the house came from my great granddad's house which was built in the late 1800's. Mom says possibly 1887-ish. When that house was torn down in 1947 most of the lumber was used to build this house which was my granddad and grandma's house.
I moved into the house in 1983. Whew!  So the lumber is very old and the termites have gotten to it. I did manage to save the inside doors and hardware and some bricks from the two chimneys.
My girlfriend helped me save grandma's lilies. If you look very closely, you can see to flower pots on the walkway.
Thanks you Gene for the good guess as to what's going on around my way.  And to Magpie's Mumblings, I got a good laugh from your comment. And yes, this was on purpose....hehehehehe!

I'll have more to say after the holiday.  I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial weekend!!!

May 22, 2019

Not What You'd Think

This didn't happen because of the floods we've had the last month. Nope! I'll explain in the next few posts. I can say at this time that the bricks from the chimney were well stuck together and did not come down easily.
You can see why I've not been doing any sewing.
Stay tuned.

May 19, 2019

Yesterday, Oh My Word!!

This was the front yard yesterday during the downpour.


Don't count the days, make the days count!


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