Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Farmer's Market

I'm so excited to be working with Montgomery County Market Days to start a farmer's market in Willis!  We've had a few hurdles but it looks like our first market will be held on Friday, September 4th at Montgomery County Milling Co. in Willis.  Please help us get things going.  If you are a vendor or know of someone who would like to be part of this please spread the word.  You can sign up to be a vendor at

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pumpkin Patch (attempt no. 1)

I've been meaning to plant a pumpkin patch every year for the last 3 years or so and always wait until it's too late to do anything. I probably waited too long again but I went ahead and planted today. July is the end of the planting period for zone 8 which happens to be where I am located.

 According to The Backyard Homestead and several sights I browsed online, pumpkins are planted on mounds about 4 feet apart with around 4 seeds per mound. I planted 7 mounds in a 10'x10' area and one in a planter box that happened to be empty at the time.

To prepare the soil I first spread compost/chicken manure and tilled that in. A few days later I tilled in Better Naturally veggie food.
Ok, technically it wasn't me that tilled the soil.  I'm not allowed to operate the tiller at 6 months pregnant.  I recruited my mom the first time around (when the ground was hard as a rock) and the best husband in the world the second go around (the hottest day of the summer so far).  Thanks guys!!

The seeds were purchased online from Sustainable Seed Co. The planter box was a last minute addition because I had extra seeds. The planter box is filled with top soil from a burn pile mixed with chicken manure.

 Stay tuned...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Items Around the House

During my last few days off from work, I decided to do a quick project.  I've been wanting to bring in more plant life in the house so I went to Home Depot and picked up several small indoor plants.  Next, I went scouting around the house for items to put the plants in.  Here is what I came up with.

Starting from the top left:  a glass cream dish I found in the woods near an abandoned house; a tea cup I fished out of a stream in England; an urn I bought at an auction in Normangee; an actual planter that was home to an ivy I killed and then some succulents I killed; Illy coffee cans that I spray painted silver; and finally a Rotel can I spray painted black.

I felt like I was on a scavenger hunt trying to find appropriate sized containers for my new plants.  It's nice to have more life in the house.  Hopefully I can keep them alive longer than my previous plants.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

So long 2013...Here's a look back.

This marks a year of blogging for me.  It's been very rewarding in that I didn't quit, and I found that writing about my life is enjoyable.  This whole thing started as a scrapbook of sorts for me.  I don't print out pictures anymore or keep a journal, so now I have all my memories out there for the world to see.

These are the highlights for the year.  I look forward to more blogging in my future, maybe someone out there will find something insightful...probably not.

So long 2012, this was the beginning of a new year that has come and gone.

From campouts, to graduations, we had a lot of good times with the family and friends.  I am so lucky to have so many people to celebrate life events with.  Can't wait for more this year.
The summer was a very memorable one, spent baling hay with my dad, getting a new job, and losing an amazing dog.

We enjoyed a nice evening at my grandparent's for an impromptu Friday night dinner, like the old days.  Rhonda had a proper send off before her wedding in Normangee in the heat of September, then more Normangee in the cool of November.  Finally, there was the trip to Louisville for lots and lots of volleyball.

These are only a few of the highlights of the year.  They're the small (and some large) moments that I never want to forget.  Time to ring in a New Year and make many more memories.  See you next year!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dover and Canterbury

Sept. 17, 2013

When we left London, we drove straight to the White Cliffs of Dover.  This particular day was cold and windy so we bundled up and took our photos of the beautiful scenery at the edge of the English Channel.

Next stop, after a scenic drive north, we arrived in Canterbury, Kent  What an amazing place!  So historic and beautiful.  The Roman ruins here date back to the 1st Century AD.  It's a little overwhelming taking it all in.  It began to drizzle while we were here so we had to take shelter in the Cathedral.  By the time we went back through the town center, everything was closing and the schoolers were flooding the streets.  No shopping today.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

Now we must hit the road to our next destination...Milford-on-Sea (and surrounding areas).

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


It's been over a month since I was walking the streets of London.  Sadly, it's been so long that all the wonderful memories are beginning to fade.  Let's see...

We arrived at Heathrow airport sometime in the afternoon on a cloudy Sunday, September 15th.  It's all coming back to me!  The rental car establishment was very helpful, in that when we asked to upgrade to a larger vehicle to accommodate our 2 weeks worth of luggage, they gladly gave us a brand new Audi sedan.  Yes, the Audi did have room for our luggage...without us in it.  This was not going to work.  Not only did this car have not a scratch on it and beautiful leather seats, but we were going to have to put a large suitcase in the front passenger seat with three people in the back if we wanted to drive out of that lot.  We promptly traded that upgrade in for a beat up VW minivan with tons of room to spare.

Now we're feeling good, first obstacle out of the way.  On to the next, driving on the wrong side of the road!!  The trip from the rental lot to the hotel was very colorful.  Our driver had 3 backseat drivers to help him along the way.  We treated ourselves to the Jamie Oliver Diner in Piccadilly Circus and then off to bed.
Street view of our hotel.

The hotel, in Sussex, was very comfortable.  We enjoyed a typical English breakfast of poached egg, toast, ranch style beans, and boiled tomato each morning.  It was pretty tasty.  The first morning we hit the trail to Hyde Park which was just a few blocks away.
I kept getting a rock in my shoe on our trip through Hyde Park

 This day was full of walking.  We hit all the main attractions in one day.  We only went in to a few because of time.  St. Margaret's Church, across from Westminster Abbey had no line and was free to get in so we opted for that.  We also went in to St. Paul's Cathedral and climbed to the top for a spectacular view.  The Tower of London was a favorite for me because it brought to life all the Philippa Gregory novels I've read about Henry VIII.  I also very much enjoyed sitting in the sun and having tea near Hyde Park.

A royal toilet

The sun did not last unfortunately.  By lunch time it was raining on us.  We had to duck in to a cafe in the City of London for a bite to eat until the rain slowed down.  From here, we made it to the River Thames to get a glimpse of London Bridge, Big Ben, and the London Eye.

By the end of day one, we were exhausted.  We took the tube back to the hotel from the river, freshened up, and had a delicious Indian dinner.

The next morning we were off to Dover...

Friday, October 4, 2013

Wedding of the Year

A major life event is upon us this weekend.  Tomorrow, the marriage of my wonderful younger sister to the love of her life will be taking place in Normangee, Texas.  I'm a little sappy and sentimental right now because I just wrote my toast.  I was going to try and wing it, but I'm not the most eloquent person.  I get tongue tied and forget words that are in my everyday vocabulary.  Even though it's in front of friends and family, I cannot help but stress about the public speaking.

So in addition to the bridal showers we've been having over the past few weekends, Rhonda's bachelorette party was over Labor Day and it was a huge success if I do say so myself.  Everyone seemed to have a good time (I hope) and we had the best mix of girls (women).  I definitely had an amazing time.  Destination:  Austin, Texas and then off to Fredericksburg to taste some wine.  We decided to skip dirty 6th this time and opted for Rainey Street instead and then a quick petty cab (or three) ride to west 6th.  So so much fun!  Rainey Street is my new favorite place in Austin.

So the wedding hasn't actually happened yet, I just wanted to get a head start on this so I can finish it up soon after the nuptials.  Rhonda is the most amazing sister anyone could ask for.  I love her more than I can express in words.  Count yourself lucky to have her in your life because she will put your needs ahead of her own.  It was like pulling teeth to make her let us take care of her last weekend.  She is so used to pleasing others.  I'm glad she finally let go and allowed us to celebrate her.  Ladies, and you know who you are, thank you so much for joining us.  You really made the weekend special.  Rhonda has great friends.  Thank you for putting up with me :)

Now for the highlights:

The bridal shower was such a success.  Our aunt's house had the best decorations thanks to +Amy Jones and her tireless hours finding just the right touches on Pinterest.

My new thing is making Zoe videos with my phone.  So much more interesting than looking at photos!  I predict you'll be seeing a lot of these in the future.

On to the bachelorette party.  VRBO is my new best friend.  Our accommodations were so nice and reasonably priced.  We were minutes from downtown on a game day weekend and we stayed in a great condo with plenty of room for everyone (OK, we packed ourselves in that place but it cut cost and we were so tired it was easy to sleep).
I will only share the tasteful winery pictures online.  We don't have any that are bad, the night shots in Austin are blurry and dark so they aren't worth posting.

And now for the main event!!!  I am in a hurry to get this posted so excuse the unedited photos.  My photographer did a wonderful job so it wasn't really necessary (thanks +Brian Doig ).  Rhonda was so cool, calm, and collected on her wedding day.  Not even the rain or the power outage could keep her from enjoying every second of her big (outdoor) day.  No power meant no music that was painstakingly picked out specifically for each moment of the bridal procession months before the wedding.  It worked out because while everyone walked to complete silence, she was able to walk down the aisle to an impromptu acapella rendition of When You Say Nothing at All sung by very talented guests and close friends of the bride.  That was what finally cracked that calm demeanor and brought tears to her eyes.
This wedding can only be described as a simple but very elegant country wedding that completely captured the bride and grooms personalities.  Everyone came out to support the best girl I know and helped make her day truly memorable.

Congratulations to the happy couple..