Friday, February 20, 2009

50 of 365

I honestly meant to get back here yesterday and post, but I got busy visiting with Emily. Typical's not often she's home in the evening and actually wants to sit and visit with us. I took advantage of that!

Here's my photo that is actually for yesterday:
I think this is my very favorite building in town. It's an old Lutheran church that's been boarded up and unused for years. The plaque on the building states it was built in 1928. I don't know what it is about this building that I like so much, but I do love it. It's overgrown on the sides of the building. The parking lot is cracked and weeds are growing in the cracks now.'s gorgeous! I have told Lee several times that we really need to find out who owns it and see if it can be bought. Can you imagine living in it? I would so do a heartbeat! All of the stained glass windows have been boarded up from inside so you can still see them and, surprisingly, they are all still intact. To live here would be awesome, but, since we're planning on selling the home we currently have (and everything else) in two years to become full-time RV'ers and travel around the doesn't make much sense to buy this lovely old church, does it? I do hope it finds a wonderful owner someday and is brought back to life.

Thanks for visiting and we'll see you later with today's photo!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

47, 48, and 49 of 365

I'm back again. I think I'm gonna have to face the fact that it's almost impossible for me to process, upload and blog every day. That's ok. I'm not going to beat myself up over it. As long as I'm taking my photos every day and getting them here every 2 or 3 days; I'm good! Although...I did sort of cheat on a couple of these photos. I'll explain in a minutes. First, I want to thank all of you that visited my blog and left birthday wishes for Emily. She was absolutely thrilled with all of them.

Now, back to my cheating. I do hope you're not all tired of hearing about Emily's birthday. Just bear with me a little longer and I'll move on. Two of the photos below were actually made this past Sunday (on Em's birthday), but I really wanted to include them in this project.

Day 47: Emily LOVES pancakes...specifically Lee's pancakes. She doesn't think mine are so great. Could that be because I hate pancakes; therefore, I don't make them very well. Back to the photo...Lee make pancakes for Emily's birthday breakfast. When she asked for seconds, he decided to make the ones in the photo below. That explains why they're not on a clean plate. Sorry about that!
Cute, huh? I'm sure he would've loved to have perfected them, but she was full after eating these!

Day 48: Not much to say about this one except that it's kinda funny. Em really likes those big chocolate chip cookie "cakes" so that's what she got....from the grocery store bakery. Yeah...I know...I probably won't win any "Mother of the Year" awards. Lee and I picked out this cookie cake, brought it home and the first thing Emily said when she saw it was, "It says Happy Buttday!" You decide!Day 49: Technically, Emily took this next photo today at school and emailed it to me. I want to sincerely apologize for the quality of the photo. It was taken with her Blackberry and she said the creature wouldn't stay still. A veterinarian clinic (I think she said) brought two baby kangaroos to the school today to visit the Ag Department. While they were there they took the kangaroos around to visit some of the other classrooms. The visited Emily's Chemistry class. She did take a couple of videos that turned out great. The kangaroos were soooo cute.'s the photo (bad quality and all).
Ok, guys! That's it for today. Hope you enjoyed them and I'll be back tomorrow. Seriously! I've got errands to run in the morning so I know I'll get some photos around town. Ready to see more of my town?

Until tomorrow....

Sunday, February 15, 2009

46 of 365

Sixteen years ago at 4:24am this morning, my last baby was born. Today, in place of that darling baby is an amazing young woman. Today's photo is of the flowers that her dad (who lives in Georgia) sent her. Sorry you only get Emily's arm in the photo, but she hadn't had her shower yet and said she looked crappy. LOL! Personally, I don't think she's ever looked "crappy". We have some plans for her today, but, since she reads this blog, I can't tell you about them right now.

So...on that note...I'll end this today by saying:

Happy Birthday, Emily! I hope you have many, many more.
I love you to the moon and back.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

45 of 365

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2009

40 of 365

You know, I had another photo I had taken and was going to use today, but my plans had to change. My youngest child got her first job today at Academy Sports! To say she is excited would be an understatement. She is beyond excited! It's a brand new store and is still under construction. She has her first orientation this Friday and another one later in the month. The store is slated to open the first part of March.

Academy hires a lot of students and they seem to be concerned about them. The gentleman that hired Emily scheduled her to work 5:00pm to closing and then asked her how her parents would feel about her working until closing four weekdays. She told him we would be okay with it as long as her grades didn't start to suffer. He said that she was to come to him immediately if she had any problems with work interfering with school and they would be more than happy to work with her and adjust her schedule. I'm a little concerned, especially since she'll be taking dual credit courses next year, But...she's a good student and I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and see how it goes.

Now I'm off to go burst her bubble and tell her she can't use work as an excuse to get out of cleaning her room!

Until tomorrow...

Day 39 of 365

Emily and I were in Walgreen's this weekend and ended up browsing the aisle with all the Valentine stuff. Of course, I was craving chocolate so we ended up with what became my photo for today. I'm not really sure I like having a huge bag of M&M's that are only red, pink and white. The brown ones are my favorites and I missed them in this bag. These were actually on sale 2 bags for $5.00 so we were forced to get a second bag. The second bag of M&M's are all green and on the packaging it states, "Green is the new color of love". Something to think about.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Day 38 of 365

Last night was Winter Formal. I took several photos of Emily and her boyfriend, Chris, before they left, but the lighting in our house is awful. This one is really the best of the bunch, but I had to do a lot of post processing. We've known Chris for several years now (he's a senior this year) and this is the first time we've seen him in a suit. He cleans up very nicely! Of course, I'm a little biased, but Emily was gorgeous! Emily told us this morning that the dance was a lot of fun. Oh! Her curfew? It was midnight. Time she actually got home? 12:05! We let it slide since they did leave the dance early to go eat dinner at IHOP afterwards and lost track of time. Besides, I think this is the first time she's not gotten home 10-15 minutes before curfew.

Until tomorrow....

I've Been Tagged

I love Chris' blog and she tagged me the other day. Here is the tag.

1. Link back to the blog that tagged me: Chreamp's 365 Images

2. I'm supposed to list six interesting things about me. I tell you, I'll list six things about me, but I'm sure you won't find them very interesting. I'm kind of boring!

With no further are my facts:
1. Although I never did, I have always wanted to be a funeral director and own my own funeral home.

2. I can't stand to have my food touching each other on the plate. I won't eat the parts that are touching, unless it's mashed potatoes and corn.

3. I count. I think it's stress related or a little OCD. I'll count the white lines on the highway, holes in an acoustic ceiling, screws on cabinet doors, anything...and then reduce that number down to a number that's divisible by three.

4. I'm a MENSA member.

5. I love old Bette Davis movies.

Now that you know how strange I am, I get to tag five people. Here's who i am tagging:

1. Anne C.
2. Kait
3. Emily
4. Petra
5. Biancka

I'll be back later with my photo for yesterday and today. Got a load of laundry to finish first...LOL!

Blog Award!

Wow! I've really got some catching up to do. I'm not posting my photo in this post since I have other business to FINALLY take care of. I'll be back later this afternoon to post my photo. I still need to do some work on the turned out quite crappy because of lighting issues.

First, I want to thank my friend, Deb. A while back she gave my blog an award which I'm just now getting around to posting. Sorry, Deb!
I'm supposed to list 5 things I'm addicted to so here are my top 5 addictions:

1. Coffee...strong and black!
2. Photography
3. My laptop
4. Chocolate
5. My morning chats with Deb

Now, it's my turn to pass this award on to 5 of my favorite blogs. This was tough since so many of my favorites have already received the award, but I'm passing it on to....

1. Boise State Mom
2. Jan Mary
3. Dawn
4. Megan
5. Kait

Ok,'s your turn!

Monday, February 2, 2009

My Baby

Yes, she's still my baby even though she'll be 16 years old in thirteen days! I know this isn't the best photo I have of Emily, but I still like it. I can't believe she's about to be sixteen. My gosh...she's a sophomore in high school now and only has two more years before college. Where does the time go?

I love this child so much it actually hurts. She is such a good girl and we are so proud of her. She has given us very minimal trouble (much less than her brother and sister) over the years. She is sensitive, kind-hearted, loyal, insightful, and so talented. She has a gorgeous singing voice that is truly a God-given talent. Emily is just a beautiful person and I feel fortunate that she calls me "Mommy". Emmers...I love you, sweetie!

I don't feel so bad about Lee not reading my blog after hearing from you guys. Seems that several of you have husbands that don't read yours either. I've learned to keep my mouth shut, though. After interrogating Lee about why he doesn't read my blog, guess what he did? Yep...he read it from beginning to end. Big mistake! Let me tell you...that man is pretty defensive about his doctor. Remember the earlier post about Dr. Overn? Well, I got a mini lecture about that post being "inappropriate". He also told me that Dr. Overn does have female patients. I can promise you that I won't be hounding Lee to read my blog in the future.

Just two more things for tonight. Shannon, thank you so much for letting me know I had the wrong year on my photos. I appreciate it very much!

Don't think I'm slighting my other two children and my step-daughter because this post was about Emily only. The other kids are grown and don't live at home so we don't see them as often. The last time I saw my other two children was Thanksgiving and we saw my step-daughter at Christmas. We won't see any of them again until summer, but I may cheat a little and post the most recent pics of them so I can introduce you.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

More Mexican Pottery

I really want one of these. This guy is about 5 feet tall and would look great sitting in the corner of my front porch. The cool thing about him is that he only costs $65.00! Hmmm...Lee, if you're reading this, Valentine's Day is coming up and I really don't need chocolate!

Speaking of Lee...I asked him this morning if he reads my blog. His response, "No." WTF?!? How can he not read it or at least look at the photos? Do your family members read your blogs? I know that if any of my family members wrote a blog, I'd be reading it every day just because it was family. I'm just sayin'...

No pottery pics for February 1st. I'm headed in a different direction and I feel a rant coming on. As Hank Williams, Jr. says, "Are you ready for some football???"

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Yep! It's a turtle...

Isn't it adorable? There's a Mexican pottery shop here in town and I've always wanted to stop in to look around. They have all this amazing pottery sitting outside and when you drive by it's like a carnival. The colors are so bold and bright and there are SO MANY colors. Emily and I were out and about (with our cameras) and decided to finally stop. Oh my gosh! What a treat for the eyes! The owner was so nice. He let us roam all over the place taking photos. I'll post some more throughout this project. We had such a good time there. We saw turtles, lizards, frogs, butterflies, rabbits, dogs, monkeys, giraffes...all kinds of animals and, of course, tiles and planters. Today I'm showing off this little guy. I loved him and hope you enjoy!

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Frozen Fog

I'm back! I can't believe I got almost 2 weeks behind. I have been taking photos, it's just been so hard to get the blog updated. I took this shot this morning just before I left to take Emily (my daughter) to school. We had a snow day (actually an ice day) yesterday, but today school was in session. We had major fog and our temperature was about 25 degrees. Anyway, the weather guy called it "frozen fog". I had never heard that term before we moved to Texas. Although this picture looks like plain old fog (which it was), we also had big white flakes falling. Frozen fog or sure looked like snow to me!

Until tomorrow!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

15 of 365

Tired of houses yet? I hope not, but I'll change it up in the next day or so. There are other interesting things in my town. We've left Chestnut Square and are just meandering around town now. There's not a lot to say about this house except that it's one of my favorites. As far as I know, it doesn't have a name...unless the current owners have named it. I just call it The Blue House. It's a humongous Victorian that's been restored and it's absolutely gorgeous. The owners have really done a fabulous job on the restoration.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

14 of 365

Our history lesson and tour of Chestnut Square continues with the Dulaney House which is now a museum. Info from the website: The Dulaney Museum, built in 1916 for Mrs. Joseph Dulaney, is used by the Heritage Guild for meetings, luncheons, and private parties. The home displays a prairie-style two-story architecture with a wrap-around porch. An eclectic collection of furnishings and artifacts, as well as the vintage clothing dating from the 1860's through the flapper era, will capture the attention of young and old.

I wish my photo had turned out better. This house is really huge and so beautiful. I've not been inside this one yet, but it's on my list to visit. I think tomorrow we'll leave Chestnut Square for a little while and show you some of the fabulous residences around town. We've got THE most beautiful bed and breakfast housed in an old restored Victorian home. I'll try to get by there in the next couple of days to take photos of it. I think it's one of my favorite homes in town.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The John H.Johnson House, built in the early 1870's in the "Folk Victorian" style, was occupied continuously by the descendants of Mr. Johnson until the Heritage Guild acquired the home for restoration in 1987. A fiery political figure who had a distinguished career in the Texas Legislature and Senate, Johnson served as Captain in the Confederate Army and authored the Texas Homestead Law.

Until tomorrow...

12 of 365

Continuing on our photo tour...We've moved down the street a couple of blocks to Historic Chestnut Square. Today you only get the sign for The Chapel. When I took the photo there were several people on the chapel steps that were taking their time leaving.

Chestnut Square Historic Village is a collection of six historic homes, a replica of a one-room school house, chapel and store on 2.5 acres. The grounds also include a blacksmith shop, smoke house, and beautiful chapel and reception gardens. The buildings include period artifacts showing how people lived in our county from 1854-1920.

In 1994 the Foote Baptist Church was moved to Chestnut Square and carefully renovated to its turn-of-the-century splendor representing a typical congregational meeting house and was rededicated as the Chapel at Chestnut Square. It's available now to rent for weddings, receptions, or parties. It's a beautiful old clapboard church that I'll try to get a photo of later.

Just wait until you see some of the homes in Chestnut Square. They're gorgeous! Hope you enjoyed your history lesson of the day!

Until tomorrow...

11 of 365

The next stop on our photo tour of my town is The Londoner. This is a little pub that sits on the corner of our town square. I think that may be an apartment above it, but I'm not sure. It seems a lot upstairs spaces of the old downtown buildings have been converted to apartments.

I think The Londoner has a lot of character. There are little tables and chairs for outside dining. On the side that you can't see, there is actually an awning over the tables. I absolutely LOVE the flower boxes on the windows. Aren't they cute? I like the huge white planters in the foreground of the photo, too. Those planters are on most of the corners around the square.

Until tomorrow....

Monday, January 12, 2009

10 of 365

I think for the next few days I'm going to take you on a photo tour of our little town. I like it here. There is one side of town that's much newer, but we're not going there. I LOVE the older side of our town and I hope ya'll will like it, too.

I've loved this staircase since the day we first moved here four years ago. It's on the side of a corner building and leads up to the balcony of an apartment over this book store. I often wonder who lives there. You know it's not a family with small kids. What mother in their right mind would want to haul a week's worth of groceries up that staircase every week?

Until tomorrow.....

9 of 365

Overn Medical Center. Dr. Steven Overn is my husband's doctor. Lee had an appointment with him on the 9th for bloodwork. I went with him because I was bored. I grabbed my camera and my book and, since it was such a nice day, sat outside to wait on Lee.

I know I could've found something a little more interesting than Dr. Overn's name on his building, but his name really bugs me. Not the Steven part... the Overn part. This man should be an OB/Gyn instead of a family practitioner, don't you think? I keep wanting to call him Dr. Overy. I mean, if you change just one letter that's what you'd have, right? Dr. Overy! And anybody named Dr. Overy should be an OB/Gyn.

I'm pretty sure Dr. Overn doesn't read my blog, but just in case he does I hope he's not offended. Who knows? He could be one of those people that Google their own name to see what shows up. I've never met the man, but I'm sure he's a nice man. My husband seems to like him okay. He's been going to him for a long time. Although, I have to tell you that I've heard from women that he's not a great doctor. I've not run across a female that likes him very much. Hmmm....maybe he wouldn't make a good OB/Gyn.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 9, 2009

7 & 8/365

I know…I’m late with my daily photos. I did take them on time, I just didn’t feel well and didn’t get them posted. I think it’s okay that I didn’t get these posted separately since they do go together.

The first photo is the reading material (and my journal) that’s on my bedside table right now. Most of these books were Christmas gifts this year. It all depends on my mood as to which book I’ll pick up read.

The second photo is of my reading glasses. I can’t tell you how many pairs of these “drug store” glasses I have. I have some in my pocketbook, on my night table, in a kitchen drawer. They’re scattered all over the house! I do actually have “real” glasses and contacts, but I hardly ever wear them. Who knows why!

And that’s it for the last two days. I do have my photo taken for today, but I’m not going to post it until tomorrow morning. Emily and I rode around our little town today and took some shots. I need to go threw them and decide which one I want to use for my daily photo.

Anyway…until tomorrow…

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Emily (my almost 16 year old) told me this is a mole. Yep, that's what she said...a mole. She made it herself, too. She printed the pattern, stole some of my quilting fabric, cut it and sewed it up by hand. Oh yeah...she also stole some of my quilt batting to stuff it with. She did add that she's not finished with it. This little critter still needs eyes, hair, clothes and jewelry added. Jewelry?? On a mole?? Uh huh...This mole is named "Marilyn Moleroe".

I know you're wondering why this wonderfully creative child of mine made a stuffed mole. I was! Seems this project is a Chemistry project. But wouldn't a mole project be better suited for Biology? You should've seen the look when I questioned that one. Seemed like a rational question to me. Seems the class is celebrating National Mole Day! Did you know there was a National Mole Day?? That's what I thought...neither did I. Seems this unknown (except to Chemistry teachers) holiday is celebrated on October 23rd.

You know...there are times I forget what day it is, but I'm pretty sure this month isn't October. I could be wrong, but just to be sure I checked my calendar. Just to be fair, Emily did say the class (and teacher) realized this is January, but they were doing the project anyway.

Now...back to the mole and why the Chemistry class (not the Biology class) is doing the project. A mole isn't really an animal, at least in Chemistry it isn't. It's a unit of measure! Go figure! A mole is actually 6.02 x 10 to the 23rd power. Make sense? Guess what my next question to Emily is going to be...."Why isn't your Algebra class doing this project instead of Chemistry?"

Until tomorrow....

EDITED TO ADD: Emily just finished "Marilyn". If you're interested in seeing the finished product, check her 365 photoblog a little later this evening.

Monday, January 5, 2009


I really wanted to get out and take some photos of my neighborhood, but it was way too cold. It wasn't only cold, we had freezing rain that made it that much more miserable. It's not the best photo, but it's not food today!

This is my new favorite Ipod Touch! I got it in November for my birthday from my husband and daughter. I didn't know how badly I needed it until I got it either. I LOVE it! I check the weather constantly. I can check my Facebook on the go and my email. It's great for passing the time when I have to pick up my daughter someplace and she's running late. You know, I've filled it with some of my favorite music, but I don't think I've used it as an mp3 player once since I got it. Maybe I'll do that one day soon.

Anyway...until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 4, 2009


We were just kind of lazy today. It was too cold to do anything outside. Emily and I did go to Starbucks this afternoon to meet a friend for coffee. I actually took my camera with me, but left it in the car. Dumb, huh?

Well, this is my photo for today and I promise all of my photos are NOT going to be of food! We decided we wanted biscuits and gravy for breakfast this morning so Lee (my wonderful husband) jumped up and made his "oh-so-good" homemade biscuits. Yummy! He thought I was a little strange taking pictures of his biscuits when they came out of the oven. He even whined a little because I wouldn't let him eat until I got the pictures taken. was all of maybe three minutes!

Thanks to everybody who has visited my humble little blog and left comments. I love reading them. Even more, I am really enjoying visiting all the other blogs. It's fun to see everybody's take on this challenge. I hope everybody can stay motivated (especially me) and do this all year.

Until tomorrow!


I know...I'm late getting my photo for today uploaded. Sorry!

Not much to say about this one. Emily just didn't want to get up!

Friday, January 2, 2009


Yesterday we had a huge dinner for New Year's Day so today meant leftovers. Since I didn't have to cook dinner tonight, I decided to make some more chocolate pies. In between cleaning (a little) and playing on the computer, I made two pies. That's what my photo today homemade chocolate pies! Yummy!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Here's my first photo for today. It's not exactly what I was thinking of photographing, but it seemed so appropriate. You see, Emily (my 15-year-old) went to a slumber party at Krystal's house last night. About 8:00a.m. this morning we heard someone trying to get in the front door. It seems that Emily got sick and started throwing up so she asked Krystal's dad to drop her off at home on his way to the golf course. First thing I did was give her some Pepto Bismol to settle her stomach and then sent her to bed. She slept for a while and woke up feeling better. Whew!