Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013 White

Today's word is "white" and what is whiter than clouds, especially here in Colorado in August?

This is an everyday occurrence in Colorado during the monsoon season in August.  The sky starts the day a brilliant blue, and cloudless.  Around noon, the clouds start to build to the west and move eastward all afternoon.

On a day like today, they are light, fluffy and white--no rain.

The only thing whiter is the new fallen snow on a sunny day in winter!!

August 26, 2013 Refreshing

Back to the word for the day, something I have completely missed for the last couple of months!

Today's (Monday) word is "refreshing", and after a long hot day, this margarita does fit the bill!

 When we got to 3 Margaritas, Clyde went to back into the parking space.  It's a really narrow parking lot, only 2 rows of parking separated by a drive.  We back into the row across from the restaurant so that we didn't have to back out of a spot, we could just pull forward when we left.  But there was someone coming, so Clyde backed in quickly.

Me:  Uh, Clyde, you missed the parking space.

Clyde:  I know, I'll fix it after this guy goes thru.

Pulls out, and repositions the truck and backs up.

Me:  Uh, Clyde, you're on top of the line on this side.

Clyde:  Ok

And he pulls forward, moves over some and backs up.


Me: Uh, Clyde, you hit the fence behind us.

Clyde pulls forward a little,  gets out of the truck, goes to look at the damage, and promptly drops his phone.....

Me:  Uh, Clyde, you dropped your phone.

Clyde:  I KNOW!!

I think he was glad to get inside and get himself a margarita.  The evening went a lot better after that!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 25, 2013 Surprise

Today was Brandi's baby shower.

 I have been working on this quilt for about 6 weeks now, and I just finished it at 11am today.

 The shower was at 2pm so I had time to spare!

Brandi with her new baby quilt.  Good thing she's having a girl!

What isn't shown in the pictures, is that the backing is a very bright yellow.  I really like bright colors, and for kids, it's a must.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August 13, 2013 Above, in between, and below

This is what we see above us every morning.  By mid afternoon, it's become darker and covers the sky.  Then it rains.  Again.

Gabe rode Squirt again today.  And, Robert let him help work cattle so that Blinky could get some cutting practice in.   Mostly, Gabe just pushed the cows back into the herd, or turned them so Blinky could follow them and keep them cut.  (If you've ever ridden a cutting horse on cows you will understand what I just said, if not, don't worry about it.)

Here Gabe is warming up Squirt.  He loped him for a long time before we started on the cows.  That was good, because one of the cows was a runner, and when Gabe went to push it back into the herd from the other end of the arena, it took off.  Being the cowhorse that he is, Squirt took off also.  I have to hand it to Gabe, he stayed on and managed to stop Squirt.  But, boy, were his eyes big!

Here is Rosie trying to get Lily to play.  Lily is Rosie's mom, and she wasn't having anything to do with the playing.

Now for the below.  I took pictures of our flowers for you.  The pansies are doing great.  We have two boxes of these, and they grow so well.

We planted marigolds in a pot and in the bottom of the sunflower garden.  The ones in the garden are doing great, the ones in the pot not so much.

The sunflowers are growing just great, like they do every year.  We even have volunteers growing in the driveway from seeds that fell last year.  And, yes, I've let them continue to grow there even tho I pulled out all the weeds.  They look so cool!

And this plant (oats, I believe) is growing in the bed of the truck again this year.  We take our garden with us when we go places.  I don't know anyone else who does!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August 11, 2013 Trying out the new boots

Today was the first day that we tried out the new boots! I hauled Ponette out of her stall, and Molly quickly went to work brushing her and saddling her.

Look at the cowgirl on her pony!  She rode around the field all by herself, and we had to do it quickly because the rain was coming again!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 6, 2013 Growing up

How much we have grown!!  And how much braver we are getting!!

This is my 2006 Christmas card...The little one having the meltdown in the front is Molly.  She sure didn't appreciate being on Ponette at all!

This is Molly a couple of weeks ago.  So much difference in seven years!  She is now a perfectly lovely eight-year-old, and so much braver than she was at one. 

I bet she will be riding the big horses in a couple more years!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4, 2013 Old Mesilla

While I was visiting El Paso, we went shopping in Old Mesilla.

This is a historical plaza south of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and I love to go and look around in the little shops around the plaza.  And spend money.  It's easy to do here.  This time I bought a photo at an art co-op for Mom for her birthday, a pair of copper earrings and a bracelet for me, and I found a tote bag at the same shop that I bought my purse at last year.  

Then, Mom wanted to eat at the Double Eagle (I may have the name wrong since Mom was calling it by the incorrect name and I had to look it up on the internet).  I found it, but this place isn't open until 5pm.  However, an establishment called Peppers is located in the same building and opens at 11am, so we went there.

These two places are the same place, but Peppers is located on the patio, and the Double Eagle is the more formal inside dining.  It looked to be a great destination restaurant for a date night, and when we were leaving there were some couples coming in, so I'm probably right about that.  Peppers looked like a really nice patio:

We were seated in a corner, the service was excellent, and the food was really good!



Sam (who ordered the world famous giant hamburger and had to take 1/2 of it home because it was the same size as a dinner plate, and had 1 1/4 pounds of hamburger.  Did I say it was dinner plate sized?  About 9 inches in diameter, and 3-4 inches thick!).


I will be going back to that restaurant the next time I am in El Paso for sure!!