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this is the perfect way to hide from the unwanted eye. So please help me out if you are one of the non-responders.
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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.

May 9, 2019

Storm Warnings

Greetings All!!
What's been going on here at Ravelly's? Well, I'll tell you. R A I N & thunderstorms. In the last three weeks we've had about 15 inches of rain. The creeks have overflowed twice. Our cattle have been forced to move to higher ground and there has been no hay productivity whatsoever. This is not good. Mr. Cowboy is not happy which translates to my life isn't doing well because he is pacing the floor....sigh.
This weather is very unusual. Sure, it's the shower/rainy season but there is normally lots of sunny days spread throughout the weeks. And the temperature is unusually low. I'm talking 65 to 75 degrees. Normally it would be around 80 or higher by now. I'm not complaining about the temp but the rain is somewhat of a problem. We'll need it by August, though.
How's the weather in your neck of the woods?
Note my header photo. I took that the other day as a thunderstorm with loads of lightening involved rolled in.

Apr 25, 2019

They Don't Make Em Like This Anymore

From Ravelly1's Closet

From Ravelly1's Closet
In the very back of my closet, I found this.
 My grandma's winter coat. It's a Betty Rose, which was at the time, one of the top of the line name brands. I remember grandma was very proud of this coat. It's very heavy & was great when those blue northers hit.
When she passed away over 60 years ago, it was given to my mom. She gave it to me some years ago and I placed it in my closet. You know how things get pushed back and back and back as we add things to the closet. That's what happened to the coat. I'm so happy I found it and will soon put it in a clothes bag.
Betty Rose Suits and Coats was a company in Kansas City. The label was trademarked in 1926 by the Stern-Slegman Company.
Have you found something precious way in the back of your closet or a drawer? I'd love to hear from you about your find.
Many thanks to everyone who commented on "Lookie What I Found!" I love reading your adventures and stories.

Apr 15, 2019

Lookie What I Found

I'm still spring cleaning and let me just say that I'm finding it very difficult yet easy. Difficult because I have to look thru everything; easy because I find that I can let go of a lot of stuff.
These two things I'll not be parting with.
  The liquid bluing is from my grandma's stuff. I found the bottle in the far back of my medicine cabinet. I remember her using bluing when she washed clothes in a big black iron wash-pot with a blazing fire underneath. She would often caution us to stay away from the fire.  The Jiffy tooth medicine was also in the cabinet. There just a small amount of it left.
Do you have things stashed away from long ago? I'd love to know what you have and the memories that come to mind.

Apr 2, 2019

Right Eye

circa 1984
Greetings all!! I'm still recovering from the cataract surgery and doing a bit more spring cleaning. I ran across this photo of my teaching years in Teague, TX. Those were great years and I made some wonderful friends.

This apron was one of the give-aways.

The other weekend I was busy at our local community center with our 2nd Annual Little Taste of Butler.  The food was fantastic and everyone really enjoyed themselves.  One of these days I'll get back to sewing but at the moment I'm having a blast with life in general.  Hope your "spring" is going well.

Mar 27, 2019

Cultural Arts

Before I had cataract surgery on the right eye, which, BTW, went well, I decided to participate in our local cultural arts festivities. I entered three quilts and won in all three categories.

I was so excited to win and my ladies' group was happy for me.  Now, I'll need to recover from the eye surgery. That will take a couple of weeks of doing very little work...hehehehehehe....poor Mr. Cowboy will have to step up to the plate.

Mar 20, 2019

Spring Cleaning

Still no photos.
I just realized that Spring has sprung!! So for the first time in a very long time, I've decided to time the cleaning and getting rid of stuff with at event.

I've armed myself with plenty of cleaning supplies such as sponges, dust cloths, a couple of buckets, a mop, broom, vacuum, trash bags, strong liquid cleansers, protective gloves, a mask, etc.  I'll hit the living room first, then front bedroom, next the bathroom, another bedroom, a couple of other rooms and finally the kitchen......not looking forward to that area because I know I'll have to throw away some of my old pots and pans which I really love but they have seen their better days.

When Mr. Cowboy discovered what I was planning, he made a B-line for the great outdoors and said he'd be sleeping at the cow barn for the duration.....LOL!!!
I could see this coming long before he knew what I was about to do.....sigh!

Is anyone else planning to do some Spring cleaning? I'd love to know how you go about it.

Mar 15, 2019

My Guy & His Keys

Sorry, no photos today. 
Every couple of days, I go out with Mr. Cowboy to help open gates, count cows and calves, watch for fence problems, etc. And each time he hands me a "very" large set of keys. I'm talking at least fifteen to twenty keys on the ring and asks me to open a certain lock. He even knows the number on the keys.....OMG!!!! The numbers on most of them have rubbed off or faded and he expects me to find the key, hop out of the truck and open the lock and gate as a bunch of cows, calves and a two thousand pound bull charges towards the "cookies"/range cubes.
Did I mention that I don't like it when something larger than me comes bowling my way.  Ok, I got off subject for a moment.
My question is, to anyone who wants to respond, does your hubby, significant other, boyfriend, etc. have a bunch of keys and do they know which key belongs where? 

Signed flummoxed ;-[

Mar 9, 2019

While Recouping

I ordered two great Bible study books the other day and am very happy with them. My girlfriend, Molly has gotten me hooked with ordering from
It's amazing what I've gotten done while my eye is healing. I even was able to stitch on a label on a quilt.
What are you doing this weekend?
BTW, I want to thank everyone who has kept me in stitches with their stories of eye surgery. I love reading every comment so please keep them coming. Mr. Cowboy loves them too because it keeps me out of his hair. He can kick more dirt and not worry about me.....hehehehehehe!

Mar 8, 2019


I'm celebrating International Women's Day with one of my favorite songs....

Mar 7, 2019

One Eye At A Time

Greetings everyone!!
Gene asked a great question about my surgery the other day. Doctors recommend do Cataract surgery on one eye at a time so that's what I'm into at this point. The first eye was done last week and the second eye will be done next week.  I must say, I wasn't afraid at all and can see much better but am trying to get use to the brightness of these sunny days we are finally getting.
I could probably get in some sewing but I really don't want to strain my eye muscles (AKA) I'm being lazy for a bit.....hehehehehehehe
Hope you all are enjoying this month of March. Soon spring will be here and I'm really for warmer weather. Aren't you?

Mar 5, 2019


So where in the world have I been?  Under the knife....Cataract surgery on both eyes!! One of these days I'll be back and sewing again but for now, hopefully I'm striking the correct keys here.....LOL
See you soon.....no pun intended.

Feb 17, 2019

A Big Fan

I'm a big fan of Erma Bombeck who was a wonderful humorist. I often think of what she would say on certain subjects and I'd start to giggle.
Here's a bit humor from her "Forever, Erma" book:
It hangs heavy for the bored, eludes the busy, flies by for the young and runs out for the aged.
Time. We talk about it like it's a manufactured commodity that some can afford, others can't, some can reproduce, others waste.
We crave it. We curse it. We kill it. We abuse it.

Now that's something to think about, isn't it?!
These days I think I don't have enough time in the day, then at other times when I'm sitting in the doctor's office time seems to pass like dripping Molasses in the winter time.
But I must say, I'm glad I still have "time." How about you?

Feb 11, 2019

Busy Is My Middle Name

I've been busy with our local community center's Black History program. This past Saturday night was the event's celebration along with a Sweetheart dinner afterward. The meal was great and the fellowship was warm.
Hopefully I'll get back to sewing one of these days....hahahahaha!!!!!


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


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