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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!!

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.

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.


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