Tuesday, November 20, 2012

God Bless Texas

I am back from a road trip to Texas with my friend/sister Donna, after two weeks I am happy to be home. I do miss my lovely friends and extended family in Texas but my bed is a welcome comfort. 
We had such wonderful weather everyday, a special blessing for this Northerner.

We had a full two weeks of laughing, working, visiting, shopping and did I say working...
Donna's daughter April and her fiancee Russell just bought a home in the suburbs of Ft. Worth and so we painted, primped and set up their new home. They have a beautiful home and acreage, it was such a treat to the senses. But I fell in love with their precious spirits and the love they have to share with all that come through their Texas doors.

Donna worked her magic on the inside.

and even set up Christmas for her sweet baby girl.

I found a new friend just over the fence, I call him Sugar.
 I got to bring him carrots everyday.

April will be married in January and we attended her lovely wedding shower. It was a beautiful day and it was done in her favorite color palette by her lovely aunts.

We spent the morning in Cowtown...

Silly... but fun

And we had a great time... (no, I did not get on this beast)

I seriously need another pair of these...

And then God blessed me with a day filled with these beautiful ladies. I have loved these gals since I first started blogging and became friends with them 5 years ago. What a treat to be able to hug their necks and chat like we never skipped a beat and just picked up like we saw each other every week. 
Debra of Talking Trash fame, her lovely daughter Jen, my sister Donna ;) of A Reclaimed Life and the talented Lisa of Tarnished and Tattered. It doesn't get any better than this folks!
Lovely women of God!

The chatter never stopped not even for this good brisket and chocolate bread pudding!
God Bless Texas...

And of course the Bella Baby... known throughout blogland.
Look at that face!

My trip was a time of strengthening the spirit and the body... I am thankful for this time, because as I write this I am in Minnesota for a funeral. A dear friend of the family has gone to be with the Lord in a tragic death. God has the victory even in this.

For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that we might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:7-9

Wishing all of you a Thanksgiving filled with the Love that only comes from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Miss Potter and Road Trip!

November first already, fall slipped by quickly as it always does. The leaves are now on the ground and the wind whistles through the trees calling winter. I am as ready as I will ever be. The potting shed is painted, just the iron widows walk goes back up on the porch and it is done until spring. It has been a larger project then I thought... I must be getting old, I don't remember "Miss Potter" being that big before, she expanded with each brush stroke!

My son is going to put the iron widows walk back on the top of the porch for me... I got one piece up there and decided he could do a better job.

He put a new roof on the porch as the old one rotted from too much foliage 

I cut all the vines away from the shed, it looks pretty bare right now.

But come spring the vines will grow back and I will be replanting.

The inside needs to be redone also, but for now just a good cleaning is all I did.

It will be fun to give the inside a new lift come spring...

One of my favorite finds... a framed first place garden ribbon collection from the 1920's.

Looking out through the window

I am leaving for Indiana tomorrow to see my dear friend Donna and we will be driving to Texas Saturday, to visit her daughter April. We will be working on Aprils new house and we will be preparing for April's wedding coming in January. So for two weeks we will be in the Dallas area and I am so anxious to see all my wonderful Texas gals! We are going to try to make Canton.
So if you have time and you are near the Dallas area give me a shout out or an email which ever suits - I would love to see you!

Meanwhile things around here will have to wait...

I've been working on this poor painting all summer it seems...

She will be here when I return...

I'm packing my cowboy hat and boots and heading out...

Road Trip!!!