Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
We had a total blast! Left early Friday morning with girlfriends and drove the estimate 5 hour trip in about 10 hours - LOL! We stopped at yarn shops, a ranch, Starbucks (naturally) and the grocery store.
There were five gals in our cabin and I think there might have been six cabins filled with people from our group. Friday night we hiked to the cabin next to us to meet a bunch of the other gals and ended up having a spaghetti dinner there. Coming back, wearing our stylish citified flip flops on this rocky, hilly terrain, hearing that it's rattlesnake season, laughing so very hard in the pitch black night, having only one flashlight for the group, somebody up ahead let out a startle sound. Being the brave souls that we are, Dawn and I grabbed each others' hand and just stood there holding hands. Not sure what we thought we would do next, but at least we were going down together! This of course sent us all into more gales of laughter.
Saturday found Carrie and I headed to town to do some retail therapy. Cute, cute little town that you just find a parking place and walk all around to the shops. I got some sunglasses that are simply "da bomb" and some other little trinkets. :) This was apparently a mecca for girlfriend groups because everywhere we looked we saw groups of gals laughing and "all about the chat".
We headed to a nearby alpaca farm to meet the rest of our group. The alpaca close up picture was Romeo, who had been bottle fed as a baby. He was so sweet and had the best hairy lips for alpaca kisses! Lunch was next, then more shopping before heading back to the cabins. That night we had lots of guests, so we tossed some frozen pizzas in the oven and did some knitting, spinning and LOTS of talking.
Sunday morning was more of the same, then a few carloads of us headed back towards Austin for lunch and another yarn shop visit. It was there we had a rock star moment and met Amy Singer of knitty.com fame. Yeah, I'm shameless and we took pictures. Luckily she was very gracious about the whole thing.
Honestly, I'm leaving out so very much and could probably type for days with stories. But really I'm trying to remember that..........What Happens In Buda, Stays In Buda....even if we were in Wimberley this year! :)
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
And the amazing thing about all this fun is that this cake truly is worthy of the praise. The recipe can be found at Recipezaar and is destined to become a signature cake for me. I read through the 23 comments on this cake and decided to try the glaze a little differently than the recipe calls for and followed one of the comments. We're not overly fond of cakes that have holes poked and glazed poured over the top as too often they can become soggy. I made the glaze and let it cool a bit before pouring over the cake and it was perfect.
I will admit that Irish Cream isn't something that I've ever purchased before, but I did know of Bailey's and headed for that. When I saw the price of the real thing vs. the cheaper substitute at half the price, well I'm sure you can guess I was a cheapskate. It was still wonderful. :)
But then there's Xena, her adorable black lab. She left the knitting out while she went to the bathroom and came back to this picture (that I have blatantly stolen from her)! She said she'd just started a new skein of yarn when this happened. And that the needles now have teeth marks on them deep enough to snag the yarn.
My little grandpuppy is just too cute! LOL!
We really couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for the race. And we really felt rather spoiled rotten before and after the race because our version of "tailgating" was in my brother-in-law's fifth wheel! Really nice to have a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom right there for our every need. :) We grilled burgers for lunch and sat outside enjoying the weather, then after the race we had pizza outside while the cars sat in pretty much a gridlock for an hour and a half. Very, very nice to have the trailer!This picture really tickles me and won't interest anybody that isn't a Nascar fan. As a group, one of our favorite drivers is Dale Jr (and I'll add that really he is a BIG fan favorite here in Texas). Anyway, he was doing so well all through the race and it was looking like if he didn't win, it would at least certainly be a top 5 finish. Next thing we know there's a wreck and in front of him and Kyle Bush ran into Jr's backside, causing him to spin out! There was practically weeping in the stands at this turn of events. We had scanners and sat listening to Jr. try and try to get the car going, but no go. Next thing we know the scanners said that Jr. was on the track again, this time driving Kyle Bush's car!!! Very funny - to the fans anyway. :)
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
I prewashed all the fabric last night and this morning ironed it. This is destined to be a gift, so I won't be able to post a picture until it has been gifted. But I couldn't resist sharing the beautiful colors.
Today Keith had to work, so I gifted myself a little over an hour spent wandering a nearby antique mall. I haven't done that since I last went with a friend before Christmas. Antiquing can be one of the most relaxing things in the worlds and that hour passed far too quickly. But I enjoyed every moment of it.
Our 27th wedding anniversary is tomorrow and since the day will be spent worshiping and celebrating Easter we went tonight for dinner and a movie. We saw Wild Hogs and it reminded me, in the less silly times, so much of the life Keith and I have now that we are getting older. Watching Tim Allen and his family altering his meals due to his LDL, when Keith and I are changing our eating habits for the same reason. Hearing him called a middle-aged man as we face the same period in our life. And watching these men hit the road on their motorcycles reminds me of times when Keith and his friends go on their rides.
True love isn't something that just happens. True love is a delicate flower that flourishes and blooms only when tended. - Unknown
Thursday, April 05, 2007
After dinner I headed back to my room for some papercrafting fun. One of the men I work with is retiring on Friday and making a masculine card proved to be a challenge for me! I think I like it though as it passed muster with my husband. "Honey, if you were opening a retirement card would this one be ok???" :)
And I should admit that the card didn't take nearly as long as the photo shoot of the card did. Some day I'm going to sit and actually read a little bit more about that cool new camera I have and stop letting all those buttons and settings intimidate me - LOL!
Blessed is the person who can enjoy the small things, the common beauties, the little day-by-day events; sunshine on the fields, birds on the bough, breakfast, dinner, supper, the daily paper on the porch, a friend passing by. So many people who go afield for enjoyment leave it behind them at home. - David Grayson
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The highlight was Jennifer demonstrating the drop spindle. She started out with silk hankies, which was something I had never heard of before. We passed those around and I seriously just wanted to hold on to this thing forever - oh so soft! She spun that for a bit, then was handed some roving (as pictured) and showed how to start spinning that. It really was interesting to watch and I am going to try really, really hard to not join in!!! I was explaining it all to Keith when I got home and he didn't help my reserve at all when he mentioned that really spinning would just go right along with the knitting. Sigh.
Monday, April 02, 2007
You can read about the book here. :)
Friday was Keith's birthday and his brother and his wife came to town and joined us all at the Museum of Nature and Science to see the Body Worlds exhibit. It was absolutely fascinating and I'll admit that it's changed the way I think about some things. We were also able to see the IMAX movie The Human Body before we went into the exhibit and that was really cool. We love IMAX movies anyway and it this one was so interesting.
Then Saturday Keith's parents arrived and we all had a birthday dinner at Outback Steakhouse. The kids came to the house afterwards to get Xena and they brought Keith's gift - a radio control Dragonfly! It was a really fun gift and he enjoyed it all weekend. However, last night he came in and Joe had his ears back and went straight for his crate. Apparently the dragonfly flew down low enough that Joe was able to jump up and grab it in his mouth. Keith was not amused. ;)
And here it is already Monday again! Makes me feel old to say this, but time sure does fly by these days. :)
“Jesus can turn water into wine, but He can't turn your whining into anything.” - Mark Steele