From The People of Texas
Sunday, November 30, 2008
From The People of Texas
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Well, I like using the "original brand name" cereal, not the store brand. I've found that the original is crispier and tastier... and heck, I only make the treats once or twice a year. When I found the "brand name" cereal, it didn't have the recipe on the box. The store brand did, but I didn't want that cereal. I knew what the ingredients were: puff rice cereal, marshmallows, butter... okay... got those... but no recipe.
Well, thank the Lord and Al Gore for the internet! I found the recipe and printed it for future use. So here dear friends, is a link to "The Original" recipe for marshmallow treats. Use it in good health!
and yes... Still thinking about food down here in French Lique...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This photograph makes my office look positively serene!
No more clutter!
Now all I have to do is finish the other side of the office, and decorate. Steps 2 and 3... stay tuned... lots of decluttering, organizing and decorating going on here in French Lique!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I love toile fabric! This is the back of the pillow, which is a Waverly toile.
This lovely pillow came from eBay seller treadleart*boutique.
On a decorating/organizing frenzy down here in French Lique...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
So early afternoon Sunday, I went out and picked the last of the Summer Squash. This is it. I'm thinking casserole... yummy eatin' down here in French Lique...
ps... I seem to be on a food theme this week. Wonder if it has anything to do with Thanksgiving? Food for thought down here in French Lique!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Ricky and I both love pumpkin pie. This time of year, they are plentiful. Every week, I buy a pie somewhere... (sorry Joan, I never seem to find the time to bake one!). Along with the pie, I buy a container of Coolwhip Light. Somehow, we manage to finish the pie and the Coolwhip at the same time.
This piece of pie was mine (we also split the pie evenly - Ricky gets half, I get half). What usually happens though, is that Ricky finishes his half first... over a period of 3 or 4 days. Then, that last piece of pie sits for a day or two, until I know he can stand it no more... and I always do what I did last night. I tell Ricky that I just don't want that last piece. "Are you sure?" he always says... and I always reply, "yes dear, I'm sure... you go ahead and eat it before it goes bad". And, he does.
Isn't life funny... year after year we go through this same little ritual and it never gets old. I just love sharing my pumpkin pie with my "Big Pumpkin" down here in French Lique...
Friday, November 14, 2008
He then asked me (rather sternly) to find a place in a file, labeled, for every important piece of paper on my desk. He wanted to be able to find paperwork even if I weren't around. Imagine that! I later found out that he'd spent the better part of a day, earlier in the week when I was on a business trip, looking for that same document that I had just handed him. He was very frustrated with me and my "filing system", and I had to admit, it did lend itself to a certain amount of job security. I spent the next weekend in the office organizing. The following Monday morning, Joe came into my office and congratulated me on the organization of my files. Then, he fired me.
Since that day about 16 years ago, I've had one singular guide that I've used when it comes to a work office/space. I keep everything 100% organized, and I never bring more personal items into the space than I can get into one small records box. I keep the records box under my desk. When I leave, I'll leave with my box and I won't look back. So here's my very well organized work desk.
There are almost NO personal items on my work desk. The pictures are of work friends/events, not family. The bookends are a gift from a vendor. The clock & business card holder are gifts from my company for achieving certain levels of sales. The only personal item I keep is a tiny yellow enamel cross that I got at church one day.
I don't plan on leaving this job - I plan on retiring here, but if someday my boss comes in to congratulate me on my great organizational skills, I've got my box, and I can pack it in less than 5 minutes. Then, I'll just bring it all home to French Lique.
ps... inspiration supplied by Organising Queen. Thank you.
Update: Friday evening, 10:08 pm - I got into the office about 10:30 this morning (remember, I'm commissioned sales... no appointments - no paycheck - no need to hang out there). Anyway, my little boss came to my "space" and asked how I was doing... I told him, "Well, you've had me out till after 8pm the past two nights... I'm tired!" to which he replied... "Yeah, I know. I'm sorry. That's it for 2008 though, okay?"... Guess I told him!! (dream on Dixie) I've got 'em on the run down here in French Lique!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday night I received an email from my sister-in-law, letting me know that the cookie-dough I'd purchased from my little niece would be delivered to my in-laws home on Wednesday (yesterday). Knowing that I'd be working, presenting the aforesaid seminar, I forwarded the email to the office next door... Ricky's office, along with a note..
"Sweetheart, please deliver the birthday card to your dad's tomorrow evening, and pick up the cookie-dough... reminder... I'll be working...". (Ricky and I each have our own home office - I work... he shops on ebay... it's a long story which I'll save for another post...)
Yesterday on the phone at lunchtime, I reminded Ricky about the birthday card delivery and picking up the cookie dough... Ricky seldom forgets anything... but just in case, I also wrote it down on our "reminder board" in the kitchen by the back door...
Last night, about 10:30 pm... I in my office... Ricky in his... I heard... "SHOOT! What was I thinking!?!" This one deserved my personal attention, so I walked next door and said... "What's the matter dear?"... to which he replied... "I forgot the dang cookie-dough!"... Now, I wonder what made him think about that??? More later... from here in French Lique...
ps.. Dad lives less than a mile away...
UPDATE Thursday 10:20pm cst: We figured it out! Ricky wasn't suppose to pick up cookie dough until Thursday...(today) all is well again in French Lique....
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Project Legacy is sponsored by The History Channel. Their mission is to preserve the legacy of our soldiers by archiving "letters home" from soldiers during war time. What a wonderful way to honor our soldiers.
Happy Veteran's Day Uncle Alex and Dad Alfred, and all the soldiers everywhere, from we grateful citizens here in French Lique...
Monday, November 10, 2008
Ricky and I have a "Bucket List"... Tonight, we added something to it... But Ricky says the "Bucket List" is getting too long... We don't disagree very often, but this time I have to disagree...
- Spend 2-weeks traveling the country-side in southern Ireland
- Visit Ricky's ancestrial beginnings in Poland
- See Paris in the springtime with my sweetie
- See Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Visit a winery in Tuscany, Italy
- Go to Mass in Vatican City
- Go boating in the summer on The Great Lakes
- Have A white Christmas somewhere in the mountains
- Watch a Hawiian Volcano erupt
- Take a Train ride through the mountains of Canada
- Watch the whales migrate while on A cruise to Alaska
- East Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
I think thats a good start... more later... from right here in French Lique...
and if you LOVE the bucket... here's the link for the "How To's"...
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Pronounced Nor-ther for those of you in Rio Linda (tks Rush)... We get 'em down here this time of year. The sky clouds up, and the colder weather comes in. I looked outside today and there they were... those dark bands of clouds that come in ahead of the cold. It's funny, I grew up in the Southeastern U.S. where the trees are tall and the sky rains at least a couple of times each week. In Texas, the trees are short... and the sky... big. I don't know why really, but it just seems like you can see so much further in Texas... and you can see those Norther's comin'.
By next Sunday morning, we're expecting our first freeze. Now, down here that probably means that the thermostat might tip down to 32-degrees Farenheit, but doubtful it will stay there long.
Macy's, in San Antonio, got it's Christmas Tree today (it was a big news item at 10:00 pm) - takes 'em about 3-weeks to decorate it... Then we'll have the big Christmas Lighting at the SA Riverwalk on Thanksgiving weekend. (it's a big deal down here, ya know!)
It's beginning to smell, feel and look a lot like the Holidays are here... down here in French Lique...
Friday, November 7, 2008
Just about every day, I jot down notes on a steno pad... my "notes to self". Sometimes it's a word or phrase that I want to "google" in the evening when I get home. Often, it's a book title that I want to remember to add to my "reading list", or to try to find cheaply on ebay... or the used book store... sometimes it's a reminder of something I need to pick up at the store. Today I noticed that the pile of steno pads is up to six... Normally, when I finish filling one pad up, I get a new pad, review the old pad, tear out pages or transfer notes... then get rid of the old book and begin to use the new... I haven't done that in a while...
So here are today's "Notes to self..."1. "...doomed to repeat it"...
2. "cold snap"...
3. A Prayer for Owen Meeny... by John Irvin
4. Hair spray & mousse
5. Lladro outlet sale
6. steno pads... purge...
Well... got plenty to do this weekend... down here in French Lique...
Thursday, November 6, 2008
#1 - "So Panda, do you know who won President this week?"
Panda - "Yes Mama, 'Brock' Obama won."
#1 - "Did you talk about the election at school?"
Panda - " Yes, I said I wanted 'Brock' Obama to win."
#1 - "Panda, why did you want 'Brock' Obama to win?"
Panda - "Well, I like how he looks; I don't think I would want a dollar with the other guy on it. I like how 'Brock' Obama would look on a dollar."
#1 - "Hummmm... interesting thinking... but Panda... his name isn't 'Brock' Obama, it's 'Ba-rack' Obama.
Panda - "Oh. Well, that's okay."
Out of the mouths of babes... Thanks Panda for telling it like it is. Grandma and Grandpa really love you a bunch down here in French Lique...
Ps... Panda, you've got a point about the dollars ...
Pss... to dear readers... the Panda has a little friend named "Brock"...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
His family has celebrated births, baptisms, weddings and anniversaries here, and when the time comes, they celebrate life and honor death here at funeral mass.
This is a beautiful house... it is God's house... and we honor this place here in French Lique...
So what does this fellow have in common with the rest of us? I think this picture tells it all, and so; we're going to respect the office, and the people's choice. We're going to pray that God gives guidance to this man and protects him and his family. Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
and hey... he wore a pretty good-lookin' cowboy hat while down here campaigning in Texas... we like that look here in French Lique...
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Anyway, in our front yard we have three 30-year old Sycamore trees with leaves as big as a 5-inch saucer. Every fall, Richard rakes the fallen leaves into several giant piles and then hopes the wind will come and blow them across the road instead of back into our fence. Sometimes it works... sometimes... not so much... Which brings me back to the fabulous buy he got on ebay...
He received his wonderful new pride and joy piece of equipment today via UPS, and promptly hooked it up to the front end of his refurbished Allis Chalmers lawn tractor. Then he put a big pile of leaves in to chop.
Wow, garden mulch!
Now I'm impressed... guess I'll be waiting a little longer on that wine fridge....
Just sippin' wine on the front porch this evenin' with my sweetie... down here in French Lique...