Friday, June 25, 2021

Lunch Date With Terre and Critter Chores!

 Our Samantha wears a perpetual look of surprise on her pretty face!

Last night I took this pic of her as she was wrapping herself around the legs of a stool!

Then tonight as I am writing my journal entry.....
she's peering over the laptop trying to see what I'm doing.

My friend, Terre, from California was in Texas visiting grandchildren and she was coming down Interstate 35 on Thursday so we decided to meet up for lunch at Jason's Deli in Waco.

We met for the first time two years ago......

when she and husband Joel were in Texas.
We all hit it off  just like we were old friends!
We visited at their hotel and then went out to dinner and later to Braums for ice cream.

We still laugh about Louis Dean jabbing a hole in his cup and leaking his malt all over the place!

This trip she is traveling with two of her grandchildren.
The grandson is a twin so I asked him how he and his brother got along.
We had quite the conversation and then I asked how he would like to be a quadruplet and told him a little about my grand quads.
He said his mother would probably have freaked out!

Lunch was a lot of fun and then we all went across the parking lot to the Half Price Book store where Garrett recommended a book for me.....

.....mind you, this young man is 11 years old and highly intellegent!
I bought the book for Louis Dean and he's looking forward to reading it!

Terre and her grands got back up on the Interstate heading for New Braunfels and I picked up a prescription at Walgreens, shopped HEB......and saved Hobby Lobby for my last stop!
There was a Michaels closer but it does not compare with Hobby Lobby!

HL ranks right up there with Starbucks for that amazing 'feel good' atmosphere that envelopes you as soon as you walk in the door! Target is another place that 'feels good.'
I basked in the sights, scents and sales and walked up and down every single isle!!
I KNOW it's June and I KNOW it's early for pumpkins but I do admit to feeling a little thrill in my heart when I saw them stocking the shelves for FALL!!
All I actually bought was some art supplies....and paper plates and plastic forks for a little cocktail/dinner party we are having tomorrow night.

I love the country roads.
This is Walt's Road that I turn off on right before you would enter Mart.
I call it the scenic route!

Sherry and Dean had already left for Irving when I got back to the ranch.
They spent Thursday night at our house as Dean had a super early flight out of DFW to North Carolina this morning. He is at a Karate event this weekend.

So close to sunset, Louis Dean and I went down to do Critter Chores.

I love these signs in Sherry's kitchen.
She used to have a t-shirt that said......

We all know how much Sherry loves her tractor - and any and all other heavy machinery!

They had penned the goats up before they left as they do not want Louis Dean to have to deal with them. He used to do them with no problem but through the years, it's become a little too much for him.
So we just saved our table scraps and some more husks from the shelled peas to feed them.

They were all standing at attention!

Bruce is the name of the new Billy goat.
We all still love and remember Buddy!

He will always be our very favorite Billy goat of all time!

We worked hard last night cleaning and organizing things here.
Louis Dean has been sorting his tools and supplies and I have been spring cleaning in June.
Nearly ALL of my art supplies are down here now and I organized them so they are out of sight behind curtains on the set of shelves Louis Dean put in for me 3 years ago when he was building this front room. I will be setting out my art table on Sunday and plan on painting for eight straight days as well as whacking up a serious tub or two of denim for my quilting.
I've given up on the idea of writing more in my book until we come back next month - or I can write at home since all I need is my laptop. I am praying God will help me finish  this book! 

As soon as I woke up this Friday morning, I got ready to go down and take care of the critters.
They left Rufus here and when we let him out last night, Louis Dean sat on the steps and watched him .....until he wandered off - up here to our place where he can always count on a hand out   treat!
It took awhile - and some more treats as in lunch meat - to get him to follow Louis Dean back down to their house and let him in. So I was anxious to make sure he got out to do his business this morning.
Louis Dean tended to Rufus while I took a can of feed to the duck pen.

I feed the ducks inside the pen so the geese don't steal it all.....
but I did throw them a handful for good measure.

Doing the ducks is my favorite critter chore.

Louis Dean and I both do the chickens/roosters/peacocks.
I do the feed and he makes sure they all have water.

This is the 'wild' peacock who arrived here maybe 2 years ago?
He's become so tame that he will follow us around fully expecting his meal from the little tin cans we carry about.

The chores are divided in half when we both do them.

You can see how calm this peacock is.......

and here is MY preening peacock - looking all Hollywood in his dark glasses!
I've been taking care and notice of him as we are working outside - both with the critters as well as in cleaning up 'our' place. The heat can be deadly and it has caused us to take lots of breaks inside the camper under the air conditioner.

It was such a pretty day! This is the upper tank aka Lake Toguchi.

And this is the other side.

As I was doing the chickens, I heard a familiar sound but it was out of place......
the geese were honking, the peacocks were screaming, the locusts were calling and the dogs were barking.....

but my ears were hearing the hum of bees!
There were hundreds and hundreds of them in this mesquite tree right beside the peacock pen!

Music to my ears!
There are other mature mesquite trees here on the ranch and I am sure the bees are all over all of them!
This may very well make the difference in whether or not we get a honey harvest this year!



Hootin' Anni said...

That book on Dunkirk, Bud has. Nice to catch up on friends!!! Your trip thru Hobby Lobby sounds fun too. I was there about a week ago & saw some cute scarecrow-like gnomes. I may have to go back! Lol.
Keep busy, stay happy, be safe!! ( And, hug kitties for me! )

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful time at your happy place. We head back to Decatur today with Audrey. I hope I have enough things to keep her busy.:)

MadSnapper said...

I do not remember Buddy or this fantastic painting of him. love it and Bruce is so cute, does he know any Bruce Lee Butts? ha ha
I basked in the sights, scents and sales and walked up and down every single isle!! this sentence has me smiling and smiling. you do love your shopping. i don't know how you fit all your life into your life, but you do and do it well

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your critter duty must be a joy JOY.It's wonderfl the bees found a place to get their fill. Hopefully you will have plenty of honey this year. So good you could catch up with an old friend too!

Changes in the wind said...

Critter duty is a job and just to think they do it every day. Having animals is wonderful but also a lot of work. That was a cute picture of LD with his dark glasses. I do remember Buddy but had forgotten until I saw the picture. Great painting.

Rain said...

"Will Trade Husband For Tractor" I LOVE that! OMG I laughed so hard!!! The critters are so lovely, you're so blessed to be able to have them in your life! Lovely photos Linda! :)

Rain said...

I pressed publish before finishing my comment lol...fingers faster than brain in this humidity! :) Samantha is just a doll...I love that look on her face! You all look like you're having such a fun time! And your painting is just beautiful! xx

photowannabe said...

Critter Duty looks so good on you. they know your heart and respond in like...
Love Samantha peeking out from behind your laptop. Pure personality.
Thrilled to see and hear the bee population doing their thing too.
Isn't it fun to get together with Blog Friends?
I have 2 precious friends I have met and visited numerous times because of blogging.
Wish we could do that with you and your LD. I know we could yak for just hours.
Enjoy the rest of your time whacking denim and painting.
Sue of photowannabe

Ginny Hartzler said...

What a coincidence! I am leaving for Hobby Lobby in a few minues. Ours is almost an hour away, so I don't get there very often. I agree about getting that feeling when we are shopping there! I adore your gorgeous goat painting, you have created the most beautiful goat I have ever seen. I love your 4th of July polka dot background!!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Always love visiting you Linda especially on the treat of seeing the farm. You drew me in and I had a wonderful time. Love the birds and animals. I saw my favourite very large herd of milk cows on my way home from my booths this morning - all grazing peacefully as I drove past and it was a RED light so I got to see them even longer.

Carole said...

Good luck with the book - how about just starting a few years later than where you left off just to get yourself going - memory doesn't work chronologically anyway! Cheers

Deanna Rabe said...

I’m glad you are being careful of the heat for both of you!

The animals are so cute. Glad you don’t have to deal with the goats anymore!

I love your painting of the old billy goat.

Enjoy your art, I’ll pray with you about finishing your book.