Sunday, April 21, 2024

Scenes From the Country!

 Thursday morning we were up early and heading to Marlin, Texas to meet up with a sister blogger, Donna, and husband Larry.

Love all the country scenery! Lots of cows and field after field of corn!

They live in the Waco area and love Mexican food like we do!
El Charro in Marlin is really good!

Meet Donna and Larry!
They are just the sweetest couple and still deeply in love after 52 years of marriage!
Donna has a blog called Made in Heaven!
It was such a good visit and we plan to get together again soon!
We are already like old friends!

Walmart is right next to the restaurant so we had a list and checked it twice and found everything we were needing.

Back to putter all afternoon.
I took down the denim skirt on the coffee bar and hung this cute fabric I got at the thrift store last month.

Lit the candle and called it pretty!

Friday morning was next to being COLD when I woke up.

Louis Dean had my coffee made and the electric warming blanket all heated up and waiting for me on the front deck.
I suppose the mornings were my favorite times here this week,
So quiet and peaceful and no fire engines, ambulances or police sirens.

Louis Dean absolutely LOVES to play in the dirt!
He's made a campfire every day but Saturday when it rained.

He also enjoys tilling!
Never mind that we aren't putting in a garden or anything!
He was 'making the ground level' he said.

He has been so happy and stayed busy doing all the things he loves to do!

I've been doing several art projects.
Finally got Samantha and Tabitha nearly finished.
One more session for highlights and whiskers!

I based in another Santa couple I'll be giving a friend.

I have painted this colorful horse before but wanted to do it again as a gift to someone special.

Yesterday I wrote 2076 words on Chapter 32 of my memoir....
First time I have sat down and got an entire chapter done in one afternoon!
Plus Amber is editing the early chapters now!
I truly believe I'm going to finish this book and hopefully this year!

We have been eating healthy meals.

One of Louis Dean's favorite meals is chili dogs.
When we came down last Sunday, we stopped at HEB and I bought fancy hotdog buns, grated cheese, onions, 2 cans of chili - no beans - and 2 packages of hot dogs!

Friday I turned on the grill and gathered all my ingredients together - but could NOT find the hotdogs!! Not in the fridge....not in the freezer compartment....not in the deep freezer....not in the beverage where to be found!
I never did find them!

We are heading home in a little while.
Louis Dean is ready and I am not - but we will be back next month and maybe for two weeks instead of one!

PS.... Change of plans!
We were packed up, camper and front room clean and LD ha us all loaded!
But we were tired - so we decided to have a glass of wine and stay an extra night!
Fished out the insulated bags and some potatoes -
put the potatoes on to cook and will take a nap - then loaded baked potatoes and a salad for supper!
It's a Win! WIN!!!

Will stop in Waco for breakfast and head home after traffic!
One more morning at the ranch.....
I'm loving this extra night1


Anonymous said...

Bring hot dogs when you come back!🤐

Susie said...

OMG where did those hot dogs go?? Linda, I can only imagine what you must have thought. So nice making new friends. I really want to read your book. LD just can't sit still. Blessings to all of you. Love you, xoxo, Susie

salemslot9 said...

🌭Were hot dogs on receipt?🌭

Arlene G said...

So glad yall had a good week!! And I hope that book is done this year. I will put it on my Christmas List for Marvin!

Deanna Rabe said...

I prefer chili with no beans! How disappointing to not have the hotdogs!

I’m really glad that you’re making progress on your book. Cheering you on to finishing it this year!

Your blog friend lunch sounds fun!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Louis Dean was ready to leave...that seems unusual? I adore your cats painting, recognized then at once when I spotted them on Facebook. We have a freeze warning tonight!

MadSnapper said...

it is great that you both love both of your homes, keeps life special. the cats are so cute, and I love the new coffee bar curtain. red is one of my most favorite colors. all shades of red. hope you have a safe trip home and still laughing at the the next time the mind goes missing, you will not be looking for it. I am there with you

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Glad you were able to spend another night in your favorite place, Linda. Meeting up with a fellow blogger is indeed wonderful and knowing you will keep in touch is even better.

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

I don't think a week is long enough, You just get settled in and it's time to leave again. Two weeks would be better for sure! Sounds like you two were hating to leave.

Changes in the wind said...

Your flexabily is what makes is all work!!!

photowannabe said...

I adore seeing Louis Dean playing in the dirt. He just glows being in his happy place.
Hope you find those elusive hot dogs..
Glad you will be returning to the Ranch soon.
Love your painting of the kitties.

BeachGypsy said...

looks like y'all had a ball with Donna and hubby! Glad y'all got together. Hope youre safely home by now. Loved all the pretty country pictures. Loved your "country outfit". So similar to mine EXCEPT I would never go barefoot in our legs would get ate up or even WORSE. (bad creatures) ha ha ha LOL. I have to wear boots in the fields, even in the summer. Big tall thick socks too. makes me so hot. But I would rather be hot than ate up with chiggers, no see ums, skeeters, thorns, etc. LOL. Glad y'all stayed an extra night. I love seeing the animals. How many bantys do they have and do they have any donkeys?

BeachGypsy said...

PS.....that is hilarious how the hot dogs DISSAPPEARED!!! LOL

Great-Granny Grandma said...

What a lovely picture of you and Louis Dean.
He is so sweet and thoughtful--having your coffee ready and blanket heated up for you.
The paintings you are working on are great. My favorite is the one of your two cats. You are so talented.