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!