Friday, February 27, 2009

Goin' Texan

Today is Go Texan Day. That's right pardners, cowpokes, and buckaroos, it's rodeo time in Houston. To commemorate this special occasion, I decided it was high time I owned my very own pair of boots. And here you see them in all their black, shiny leather glory. I think I just might have to wear these more than once a year.

Anyone else going to the rodeo? I'm not one for the giant turkey legs, but I've sampled a fried twinkie. This year Steve and I are going to see Trace Adkins. Can't wait!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Saving Power of Soap

I thought of all sorts of spiritual applications, Biblical allusions, and gospel hymn bits. In the end, the pictures speak for themselves.

Meet Puppy Friend. PF is our puppy's stuffed animal. That's right, Radley has his own "mini-me." PF was looking a little, well, not himself lately so I subjected him to 20 minutes on heavy-cycle-super-hot-plus-bleach.

I don't want to use the word "miracle"....

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Katie's comment "Does this picture make anyone else think of Armageddon" cracked me up. I knew immediately the movie image she was talking about. Here, judge for yourself.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Birthday To Steve!

In honor of his birthday today, the dept. of public safety sent my husband his new driver's license. As horrible pictures go, that one ranks up there as one of the all time worst! To counteract the pain, I'm posting a sweet picture here. The song was "My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw. Just think: in 3 months this "little girl" is going to have her own little girl. That's one of the things that makes growing older easier to take isn't it sweetheart? Love you!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Going Crackers

When I was visiting my post-surgical, convalescing mother 2 weeks ago (hah! That woman can run rings around me even after having an appendectomy. At 70.) we enjoyed this yummy snack, a recipe from her friend Dot. The very next week, one of my students brought a similar treat to class. And this week, we are pleased to announce that we are expecting grandchild #2. Jaimee is eating crackers, but not this recipe!

Spicy Crackers

1 box saltine crackers, with unsalted tops
1 cup canola oil (I'm told that canola is a must!)
1 pkg Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix oil, dressing and pepper well. "Un-sleeve" the crackers and place them in rows on a cookie sheet. Drizzle 1/2 the mixture over crackers, then fan them the opposite direction and drizzle the rest. Toss the crackers to absorb any remaining oil in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and store. Best if made a day in advance.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wonderful Workspace

Some blogs I read post a "workspace of the week." Why not me? The short answer is because, until yesterday, my desk would only have won the "How on Earth Does Anyone Get Anything Done Here?" award. No more! Yesterday I busied myself at the task of creating peace and harmony on my desktop. The real one, not the computer version.

Positive changes: I cleared out the drawer on my left to serve as my "in box." I moved my laptop over to the right in order to hide all the power cords and also to free up the center space to be able to work at the desk itself. My Desk-Top Ten:
* Art for the Day Calendar
*Purple Post-it-note Pop-ups
*Picture of Alex and me
*Crystal box, gift from Troop 320, when I retired as Committee Chair
*Mini snow globe of New York City, memento of last summer's vacation
*Willowtree figurine of girl holding a book, gift from a student
*Candle in jar, surrounded by seashells and glass, gift from a student after her beach trip
*Bible verse of the day calendar, gift from Mom
*Huge paper calendar. Most of my life is organized online, but sometimes I just need to look on the wall for a date.
*Stapler. When my desk is clean, I can find it!