Friday, August 30, 2013


It's Friday!

Time for Five Random Things with Nancy.


My crochet for Halloween is almost finished.
I have one more ghost to make and I think I'm done.

Ghost Hot Pad

I found the pattern for the ghost hot pads at Moms Love of Crochet.
Even if I do say so myself, they are cute!


Michael's had yarn on sale.
Perfect, I thought.
I could get all the yarn I needed for my Halloween projects.
They didn't have the colors I needed.
I ended up ordering Lily Sugar N Cream yarn from Dick Blick!
The cheapest online that I could find. 


The new cat toy of the week -- a small empty cat food box that I placed a few toys into.
Something a little different to keep them interested -- for 10 minutes! 


Are you ready for football?!!!!
It's that time.


Yes, it is UGHust and the hot and humid is back.

Hope everyone has a fun filled Labor Day weekend.
Don't Labor too hard!

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

Monday, August 26, 2013

My World: St. Arnold Brewery

The last city on the Rice Football Caravan this year was Houston
and the get-together was held at St. Arnold Brewery.
St. Arnold was founded by Rice University graduates and they often hold special events for Rice.

St. Arnold

Here's just a little snippet from the St. Arnold web site.
You can read more about St. Arnold here.

"Our first keg of beer was shipped on June 9, 1994. Founded by Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, we chose Houston because, other than living here, this was the largest city in the country that did not have a microbrewery. Brock was a longtime homebrewer and had considered opening a brewery as far back as college, although that was quickly dismissed as a silly idea. Seven years after graduating, Brock revisited the idea, enlisted Kevin's help and the brewery was off and running. Kevin has since left the business after a bitter battle. (Just kidding - but don't you wish people wrote that when it was the truth?).

Our small crew does everything at the brewery: brew the beer, filter the beer, keg the beer, bottle the beer, sell the beer and drink the beer. For us, this is a passion, not a job. We believe that this comes through in the beers we make. Our beers have soul."

VW Bug

You can read the complete story here.

The Legend of the Beer Mug
It was July 642 and very hot when the parishioners of Metz went to Remiremont to recover the remains of their former bishop. They had little to drink and the terrain was inhospitable.

At the point when the exhausted procession was about to leave Champigneulles, one of the parishioners, Duc Notto, prayed “By his powerful intercession the Blessed Arnold will bring us what we lack.” Immediately the small remnant of beer at the bottom of a pot multiplied in such amounts that the pilgrims thirst was quenched and they had enough to enjoy the next evening when they arrived in Metz.

St. Arnold

And, a fun time was had by all!

(They make a great root beer, too.)

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Friday, August 23, 2013


It's Friday.

Time to look back on the week and join Nancy with Five Random Things.

I have a new dentist.
I decided it was crazy to drive half way across town to have my teeth cleaned
when I live in an area (near the medical center) where there are dozens of dentists to pick from.
To make the story short ... I like her!
And I like the hygienist.
And, when the weather is nice, I can walk to my appointment and have lunch after.
Sounds like a good deal to me.


The kitty toy of choice right now is the common, ordinary drink straw.


August was the month for doctor appointments.
Cassie and Mina both had their annual exams and were very good girls at the vet office.
I had my eyes checked today.
I have a family history of glaucoma and have my pressure checked very six months.
I passed again.


I am crocheting some Halloween hot pads.
Here is the pumpkin.


I'm working on some ghosts and will share them next week!


I can't complain much about the weather ... except still no rain.
The heat this UGHust hasn't been as bad as past years, but UGHust isn't over yet!
Now, if it would rain ... lightly ... for several days ... that would be nice!

Thanks for dropping by.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Note Card Party!

I've been missing the Note Card Party this summer and
I'm happy to be back!

Tea is always a good subject for Note Cards.

Old Country Rose

Liquid Wisdom

Royal Stafford Teacup


I thought I'd add a little tea humor.
This is part of a post by Regena Rafelson at TChing.
Please go to TChing to see the four other truths.

Some Important Truths About Tea.

3. People who drink tea mind their manners and avoid coarse language.

Who the %&#@ came up with that @$&* idea?

6. Males, left alone in a room with a tea cozy, will inevitably try it on.

You don't really want to know the dirty truth about this one.

A big thank you to Vee for hosting one my favorite parties.

A Haven for Vee

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Friday, August 16, 2013


It's Friday.
Time to look back on the week
and join Nancy for Random Five Friday.

I love mini-carnations.
They are cheap.
They are pretty.
They last a long time.
And, they smell good.

I really like Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream.
Yum Yum Yum!!!

Favorite Things


I love books.
I love to read.
This novel has been in my TBR stack for years.
I have no idea why I kept putting it off.
Now that I've started it, I can't wait to sit down and read.
At the same time, I don't want it to end.
I've quite enjoyed my trip across country with Otto Ringling and Rinpoche
having good American fun!

Otto is tricked into taking his sister's guru on a trip to their childhood home.
Six days on the road with a holy man and a skeptic was definitely not in the plan.
Otto gets to see his world  through someone else's eyes --  Hersey Chocolate,
miniature golf, to a bowling alley, to a yoga lesson and more.

A real delight.
A keeper!


I've been crocheting for Halloween.
Pictures next week!


It's hot.
 We have had some rain this week although we are more than 10 inches below our normal.
Every little bit helps.
We will get a short break from the heat with morning lows in the lower 70s as a very
unusual cold front stalls and brings some north wind to the area.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Walking A Path

Japanese Garden

“For far too long we have been seduced into walking a path that did not lead us to ourselves. For far too long we have said yes when we wanted to say no. And for far too long we have said no when we desperately wanted to say yes....When we don't listen to our intuition, we abandon our souls. And we abandon our souls because we are afraid if we don't, others will abandon us.”   - Terry Tempest Williams (When Women Were Birds)

The August Break 2013

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Tea Musing

My sista sent me home with one more teacup.
Believe it or not, I did not have a Roslyn teacup.
Now I do -- the beautiful Moss Rose -- 
photographed here with one of the ICADs from this years challenge.



The August Break 2013

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Sunday, August 4, 2013


or lunch or dinner

Wild rice rosemary sage bread
garlic peppercorn chevre
heirloom tomatoes

orange juice


The August Break 2013

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Friday, August 2, 2013



This is Aldred, cousin to Alice.
You saw Alice last week as part of the CAL at Meme Rose.
I stuffed Al with a pillow form -- soft and cuddly.
Finding the right name for him really didn't take too long.
When I discovered that Aldred meant old, wise counsel I knew I had the right name.
Perfect for an Owl.

I'm using Al's eyes as the circle prompt for August Break.

The August Break 2013