Barton Creek Farmers Market

Today Elise and I went to our first Farmers Market in Austin. It is right next to our apartment. I can see the tents from our parking lot. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Barton Creek Farmers Market

Richard would have to be prepared to take me to a market. It can prove to be dangerous. I ask a bunch of questions. Plus if I see something of interest then I want to taste it or just plain touch it. Most likely I am going to buy it! Richard really needs to be prepared for the outing.

As you can see from the picture below we came home with a few items.   Like a kid in a candy store! Please can I try one of those and those and …

This picture doesn’t show all that I bought, but it shows a few of the delicious goodies we, including Bear, get to sample.


Dog treats, jalapenos, granola, honey, tamales & hummus

Below is a juice I tried at the market. Yummy! Kale, Apple, Ginger & don’t know that last ingredient.  I can’t find the vendor’s card.  Somehow I lost it.


Kale, apple, ginger & ????

Need to share  that I was bummed about two items: eggs and tacos. All sold out by 11 a.m. Elise and I arrived at 11:45 a.m. a bit too late. Missed it by that much!! Oh well I guess there is a reason to go back.

Exiting Toronto

Today we are leaving Toronto.  The city has been our home away from home for a full school year.  We arrived in Toronto on August 11, 2013 and depart on June 27, 2014.

We have all grown from our experience in Canada and are thankful to have had the opportunities made available to us.

USA here we come!

April Showers

The snow is almost gone.  All that is left is the dirty snow on the side of the road or at the ends of the driveways.  The yard is starting to green and I am hoping for some buds on the trees.  Last night is started raining and didn’t stop until 8 a.m. this morning.  A good solid rain.  I’m not sure we need but anything that washes away winter is fine by me.  The salt on the cars, sidewalks are roads is slowing dissipating into the Earth.

As I write this post the birds are chirping and flying around from the trees to the bushes.   Even the squirrel retrieved his nut this morning that he stored on on my front porch by the door.  Elise said it has been there for 3 days.  It was there when I took Bear out at 6:15 a.m. but had disappeared by 8 a.m. when Preston and I left for school.

Finally spring is on it’s way!


Etiquette for Party Guests

Recently I was looking through some of my grandmother’s cookbooks and found this gem.

Rules & Regulations for Party Guests

I am not sure when it was published but I found it in a cookbook dated 1967.

I am picturing a scene:  it is Friday evening and all the guests are gathered in the living room near the bar sharing stories from the week and sipping on cocktails. Women in their dresses and high heels, men in their suits &  ties. During the course of the evening the host pulls out this list rules to share with his guests.  Laughter irrupts as they review it.

I believe I will be sharing it at my next party. What a conversation starter.


Meet Bear

This little fellow is all ours. We picked up Aggie Bear, Bear for short on Wednesday, March 12th.  He was one of 12 puppies delivered to Rina & Reagan on December 27, 2013.  As of today Bear is 12 weeks old. Look at those blue eyes, brown nose, and sweet face.

Rina Reagan pups 8 wks old 038


Bear is in the middle front.  They are all so adorable! I was fortunate to visit and play with all the puppies on February 15th.  They were all full of energy and excited to see visitors. When we walked into the barn they all came running to us for comfort and playful fun.  The picture above is after our playtime together. All tuckered out!

As most of you know we lost Sadie on October 17, 2013.  She contracted a rare form of cancer at the early age of five.  We miss her dearly and are thankful everyday for the time she was in our lives.

Christmas card 2013

Here is Sadie girl.  Bear and Sadie are related.  Rina (Bear’s mother) and Sadie are half sisters.



Here is Dancer. Mother to Rina & Sadie. Dancer is very calm and loving as you can see from the picture above. Sadie was the same way.  From what we have experienced with Bear we believe he will be the same.

Bear 3/17/14

Here again is that sweet face.  Although we were waiting until summer to get a new puppy sometimes the right time is not our decision.

Bear welcome to the family!


About 3 weeks ago we got a break in the weather.  It warmed up to 40 degrees.  At the bottom of our driveway was a long, thick slab of ice.

Ice at the end of the driveway 2/20/14

Ice at the end of the driveway 2/20/14

Look at those chunks of ice.  Elise and I used the axe to bust it  up. It felt good to get it out of there.

Look at the driveway.



Ice builds up underneath my car after a thaw. Look at that drainage pipe. I practically have a skating rink.  One slippery slope.  Danger Will Robinson! So Richard and I extended the pipe to go under my car.  Much better still not safe but better.

Photo to be added later.

Daily Devotion

Everyday or almost everyday we read a devotion. The kids and  I read it on our way to school.  We put our focus on God to get our day started and keep us centered.

Our favorite devotion book is called  Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

You can find the book at Lifeway Christian bookstore or order it online through various book stores.  Richard’s mom gave me this book and it has been a treasure ever since.  I also have the app on my phone.  That way God’s words are with me at all times.