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Greetings all!! Wow, it's been a minute since I've posted. I've been busy working with my girlfriend, Dorothy on our 2nd Annual Conference. We had a fantastic time with some wonderful ladies uplifting God and one another and making plans for the next conference next year.
Today I turned 63 years old. I got it right this time Molly......LOL!!!
I chose to post a fierce lioness because I'm still here, retired, happy, content, devoted to family, friends & community, loving life!
God has truly blessed me and I acknowledge that daily.
Y'all have a great day. Mr. Cowboy is taking me out to dinner at one of my favorite places. I'll post about that later.
Look at this eye-candy. Batiks and Grunge......love em!!
As you all may have guessed from my posts this summer, I've not been sewing anything AT ALL, however that has not stopped me from ordering fabric over the Internet. Mr. Cowboy couldn't believe what I'd done and was about to lecture me on spending money on things that I probably won't use this century but I stopped him in his tracks when I mentioned his spending habits when it comes to golf stuff, trailer stuff, fishing stuff, truck bumper stuff.....all of which pales in comparison to my itty bitty purchase.....dusting of hands, scoring #1 in the air...........LOL!
Today's mom's 85th birthday. I'm so happy that I still have her with me!!
Mr.Cowboy and I cooked breakfast, took it to your house and ate with her. Breakfast is her favorite meal so I did bacon, scrambled eggs and French toast. We laughed, reminisced and looked at old photos. Now I'm back home and thinking about making her a nice dinner.
I'm sharing the following recipe and hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.
1 lb. ground meat
1 jar picante sauce (I use mild)
1 can chili (no beans)
1 16oz small curd cottage cheese
2 8oz bags grated mozzarella cheese
9 Lasagna noodles
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. minced onion
seasoned salt& pepper to taste
Preheat oven @ 400 degrees.
Combine ground meat & seasonings in skillet & brown.
Add picante sauce & chili, heat till bubbling.
Cook lasagna noodles till tender.
In a 9 X 13 baking dish put a thin layer of sauce then layer 3 Lasagna noodles side by side then put cottage cheese, meat sauce, mozzarella. Repeat.
Bake @ 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
This photo is an example of all the gray horses Mr. Cowboy chose.
Hi everyone!! I have really enjoyed reading your comments. Yesterday I was laughing at the comments Carol and the Left-handed quilter wrote and then I saw what Needled Mom wrote when Mr. Cowboy walked in for lunch. Of course he wanted to know what was so funny so I showed him all the comments. He "really" loved all your wonderful thoughts....hehehehehehehehe......and said that the next time we go to the races he was going to bet on all reddish brownish blackish horses. I hooted with laughter with that one.
The next time we go back to the races will be next July so I'm sure he won't remember what was said by then.......I hope.
Here's a weird thought. I made tuna fish salad for lunch yesterday. Mr. Cowboy looked up from his sandwich and chips to ask why we always refer to it as tuna fish? We already know that tuna is a fish. I responded that it was too hot to contemplate why we call it tuna fish. Any thoughts on that out there is blogger-land??
And now for the weather.....today it was 101 degrees by 11:00am. I didn't think I'd ever cool off from just walking to the mailbox. Even the squirrels were napping in the trees. Whew! What's it like where you live?
Sorry, no photos today but I sure wish I had taken some.
So here's what happened.....Mr. Cowboy and I took his brother and the wife to one of their favorite places for his birthday......the horse races in the Dallas area. Mind you, I know nothing about horse racing and did I mention that I'm afraid of horses because they're much bigger than me and they have large eyes and big hooves that can kick you and ....... well, never mind.
So, as we were ordering dinner, the horse races were gearing up. You had to choose your picks for the several different races and all those stats were floating around the table as Mr. Cowboy and brother were discussing jockeys and wins so far. I was focused on ordering the meal because I hadn't eaten all day. Believe you me, I could have eaten a horse at this point.
The girl came around so the guys could choose their horses and Mr. Cowboy decided that he'd go with the gray horse. It's at this point that I really started to listen to what was going on and said to him, "honey, gray horses don't win." Everyone looked at me as if to say, "what is she talking about and what does she really know, anyway!!" Mr. Cowboy rolled his eyes, placed his bet and we got to the most important part.....eating dinner.
Moments later, the race started.....everyone around us was cheering loudly and shouting, "come on so in so......but as mentioned....you guessed it....the gray horse lost, not only lost but was dead last. Now Mr. Cowboy brushed my prediction off as a fluke and promptly bet on the next gray horse, which I told him again that those don't win.
How do I know this? Well, I've seen enough races on TV to see that if the horse isn't a brownish, reddish, blackish color....they really don't stand a chance. Maybe I'm wrong but I wasn't this past weekend.
Mr. Cowboy cheekily said that he wasn't going to talk to me on the way back home but I mentioned that if he wanted his favorite meal anything soon, he'd better get over it. We laughed but as soon as we hit the road, I fell asleep just like a toddler. He and his brother had a great conversation and the wife played on her phone. I'm very poor company when traveling a long distance.
A big salute to the Veterans!!
Here in central-ish Texas, my little community will be saluting, veterans past and present, this Saturday. There will be a scavenger hunt and board games for the kids, a mini museum for the adults filled with items from way back when, a car show and of course, good eats!!!
These are just a few of my family, friends and community members who served with honor.
It's funny what small things can bring happiness into ones life.
This is my new spray bottle. I purchased it at a Sally Beauty Supply store. My "wacky" girlfriend, Kathy, told all the "wackies" about her new find and that she was very happy with the spray range and the rest of us really needed to get one and try it out. Of course it took me a week or so to get to town but I tell you, I'm very happy with this little bottle. It mists the fabric with a gentleness, much better than my old spray bottle did.
I've been very busy lately. What am I saying......I'm always busy but for the past few weeks I've been helping to clear off, straighten up and mix & pour cement for benches in our community cemetery. It was hard, sweaty work, believe you me, but luckily I saw no snakes.
I'm also updating the Directory of the cemetery. It's been several years since I've had to do that. I find the recording of the headstones very interesting. I often think, "What was your life's story?," as I take down the names and dates.
I can't believe that July is a day away. We've been having some strange weather around here. Rain, strong winds and mild temps. This morning it was 82 degrees. That's nearly unheard of for late June. I wasn't complaining though, it was a great morning to mow the yard.
Mr. Cowboy had just stepped off his 4-wheeler & was walking one of the fence rows when he heard thrashing in a wooded area. With little time to lose, a 200 pound sow charged him at close range. Two shots later my guy walked away from, what could have been, something I don't even want to contemplate.
Wild hogs are everywhere around these parts. It's wise to always carry a rifle. When he texted me a photo then called to say how close that hog was, my heart nearly pounded from my chest.
I won't go outside these days at night fall anymore because of the hog problem. Several of our neighbors have started hunting with hunting dogs because we are so over run.
These hogs have no natural enemies & they aren't afraid of anything.
Mr. Cowboy asked me to help him participate in his cattle/soil/water conservation group project. Of course I said yes before he gave me the instructions.
After reading the instructions and listening to what he wanted, I was off and running with ideas.
I was really on a roll by the time I got to the water crane.
And was very happy with the deer minus the antlers for the moment.
Then I realized the tight fit for the 9 inch block. I decided to call and email a photo to the gal who's the head of the quilt group that will be sewing the blocks altogether. Boy am I glad that I did. At first that was dead silence on the line so I knew that things weren't going well on her end. She was kind to steer me in the direction need so back to the drawing board I went.
Here's the block Mr. Cowboy will be sending in. He liked it better that the three section block. I'm just happy things worked out. He doesn't ask me to do things for his organization so I wanted to do him proud.
Hi there! The old snake wrangler here. Not really! Can you say,' freaked out!'
I was out at our church running an errand when I happen to look down at the foot of the door I'd just walked through a couple of time already when I noticed a rather too thick of a tail to be a lizard. "Please let it be a lizard! Please let it be a lizard," I babbled as I was sure it wasn't.
Of course I wasn't dressed for hunting snakes.
This is my normal attire for hunting critters.
Anyway, back to my dilemma.
As you could probably guess, there was no one, I mean, no one around to help me. So I grabbed the wasp spray thinking.....well, I wasn't really thinking very much at this point. I gave the snake two cans worth of the spray while chanting, "Please slither away," over and over. But alas, he didn't get that message. On two the next solution.....call everybody to help.
Wouldn't you know but the secretary was busy, my cousins had literally gone fishing, the neighbors were, I'm thinking hiding in their homes or something because absolutely no one was about.
I did manage to find a couple of garden tools but by this time, said snake had managed to wedge himself between two very heavy planters.
Praise be!!!! Two guys came along and I managed to flag them down and together we came up with a plan to slay the snake. Basically they told me to stand back and they'd handle things! That was all I need to hear. In a matter of moments the snake was dispatched as I watch on with frayed nerves.
I actually thought about having a bit of Communion wine to steady my nerves.
I thanked the guys profusely and offered them bottles of water before they went on their way. I did come home and took a couple of aspirin a little while ago. I think I'll need a nap as well.....sigh!! BTW, I am unable to respond your comments at this time. Blogger or someone needs to fix that situation but please know that I read & appreciate every comment!!
Using heavy duty foil & a large over ready skillet, add loads of your favorite chopped veggies, salt/pepper & as shown in the last photo, pats of butter. Fold over foil & bake @ 325 degrees for 1 hour.
Enjoy with a meal or serve as a meal with garlic bread!
I can't believe that it's the end of May already. Where was I during all of it?! Not sewing anything, that's for sure. But it's hay season......again, so I've been busy making lunches for the guys and running around gathering baling stuff. I did get started on my latest watercolor project. I'll need to paint in the sky and do a bit more work on that pitiful tree. The bluejay is a little on the heavy side but I like him, I think.