Monday, February 23, 2015

Texas was CLOSED today!

We do NOT handle ICE well in Texas!!

So the majority of the state just closed today!
We may reopen tomorrow - late in the afternoon!!
But then SNOW is in the forecast for Wednesday!
At LAST we are getting some W.I.N.T.E.R.

Deanie and I heard about the impending ice storm on Sunday morning so we decided to come on home last night instead of waiting until today! Good thing we DID! We had HOPED to watch the Oscars together but both of us sent word to our husbands to record them. It will not be any where NEARLY as much fun as watching them together but we can now fast forward through them!

One more good night of sleep under our eye balls and we were ready to leave San Antonio and head for home yesterday!

We did NOT leave the hotel room before having coffee and Mexican pastries!
Food for travel!!

My beautiful sister!!! 
LOVE those dimples, don't you???

I 'softened' myself nearly beyond recognition! Haha!!
I was rested and relaxed but not looking my best!
Some people have bad hair days. Sometimes I have bad face pic days. 

On our way north on I35 we stopped in Austin to visit with Deanie's son and his family.
They had prepared a delicious brunch of breakfast casserole, hash browns, fresh fruit, yogurt and granola, coffee and juice......the whole nine yards!
We had a great visit and caught up with family news. Deanie's three grandsons were SO much fun!!!
Would you believe I did not take ONE picture??

From there we did an HEB grocery store run! You KNOW how I love HEB stores!

Back on the highway, we stopped at Starbucks.....

and a kind customer offered to take our last photo together for this trip.

It turned cold and started to rain shortly after we left.
It was so GOOD to be cozy in our homes by the time the ice began to fall.

This was the way we looked this morning.

Green grass poking up through the ice.

Fall leaves, winter ice and green grass springing up all in one pic.

The fountain runs despite the ice around it.

Louis Dean wanted a lunch that had some FLAVOR to it!
Trader Joe's stir fry vegetables and chicken won tons!

I did 'Damage Control' today and it wasn't all that bad.
Louis Dean is learning to clean up after himself.
He took the sheets off the bed, washed them and put them back on!
ALL the pieces were there, too!
The last time he did this, he decided to dry the down comforter outdoors and draped it OVER the umbrella above the patio picnic table. It took me DAYS to find it!!!
This time he even put the sheets on right sides together - just the way I do it!
The only REAL 'Damage Control' was in the kitchen. When I tried to pick up a salt shaker that usually lives in the cupboard, I found it STUCK to the counter!
 And for SOME reason the coarse sea salt container was on the counter - empty - with coarse sea salt all over the place. It could have been SO much worse!!! It HAS been so much worse in past times!!!

Lucy is glad I'm home and she has stayed pretty close to the fireplace all day long.

Maddie is never far from Louis Dean whenever he sits down.

She is such a pretty little cat and fits in with us perfectly!!!

Staying IN and staying WARM tonight!
Hope YOU are, as well!!!


Deb said...

Looks like Texas will be closed tomorrow too
I'm ready for Spring

Stacey said...

So glad you made it home before the ice hit! Your trip pictures look like so much fun. How neat to have a sister. Stay warm tomorrow.

Kathy said...

I'm so glad you got home safely before the ice came. You Southerners just don't deal with ice well. Well... neither do us Northerners sometimes either. Looks like you had a wonderful trip with your sister. Hope you can do it again sometime soon.

Your Maddie is so beautiful. She looks so much like my Snowy. I love black cats, but white cats are starting to grow on me.

Stay safe and warm!

Ginny said...

Maddie is SO beautiful! And I love your boots are talented! Believe it or not, I have never heard of HEB! Just like I had never heard of Aldi! You are introducing me too all kinds of stores. They are building an Aldi here now. Maybe HEB is just a Texas thing. The comforter story is hilarious! How DULL life would be without our men! So glad you and your beautiful sister are home and safe.

NanaDiana said...

Your sister is just plain cute...and I love her smile. We don't have HEB stores here but I will take your word for it that they are something special.
I don't like leaving hubby alone home because I never know what mess I will find when I get back. They are all alike, Linda! lol
Have a great rest of the week. xo Diana

Linda said...

I am so glad you made it home in one piece, Linda. I love your photos, and the one of Louis Dean and Maddie makes me think of my own cat, sweet Romeo, who is never far from me as well. Take care of yourself.

Pondside said...

Stay warm, Linda, and SAFE! I'm glad you made it home before the ice. I can imagine that Texas would not do ice well at all!

Jutta said...

What a lovely visit inbetween sisters! True fun!!

Susie said...

Linda, I am glad you are home safe. I know you enjoyed your sister time. In the picture of the leaves, green grass and are showing 3 seasons. Good photo. Your cat is so calm and pretty. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Arlene Grimm said...

Isn't it wonderful to have a sister? I am blessed with two who live in Georgia. Glad you had a good trip even though you had to cut it short!!

Vee said...

What a cute header! Wonderful way to share your art!

So, believe it or not, when I heard about Texas weather, I was hoping that you girls would hightail it home. Very glad that you had a great time and that you are both now safely home near the fire. What a winter!

Sandra said...

so glad you beat the ice storm home.. love lucy in her bed.. warm and cozy. you made memories that will last the rest of your life.. stay safe

Sandra said...

forgot to say love the boot painting n your header, you finished it.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Now that hardly looks like Texas weather! I think we are having your weather...and you are experiencing what we should be having! Glad you made it home safe and sound!

Wanda said...

You boot painting is so cute and colorful. Love it. Doesn't it just say TEXAS. I'm so glad you had such a marvelous trip with your sis. Can't wait to have one with my sis.
I took down all the red splashes today....And Spring is filling our home. Will post pictures soon. Our place is so small.... it didn't take long.

Carla said...

Kitty has bonded nicely with y'all. glad y'all made it home before the icing too.
Stay warm up there.