It’s Been A While….

You know how life gets so busy and you never have time for the things you want to do….that’s how mine has been lately.   Today’s post is going to be kind of random, letting you know all that’s going on at the farm and in town.

katy graduation

In May, my daughter, Kathryn on the right, graduated from college with her teaching degree (that’s the director of the education program standing with her).  I’m so proud of her – she is in at least 3 honor societies, and graduated with highest honors.  She has obtained her certification and is now actively searching for a teaching position in Katy ISD.  She worked extremely hard to have such a high GPA.  She absolutely loved student teaching and I have faith that she will obtain a great job for her.  We will be having a graduation party for her on July 18th.  We would have had it sooner but her father (Farm Boy) was traveling on business for several months and we wanted him to be there for it.


My daughter-in-law, Nicole, and son, Kaleb, attended a fund raising event at the school she teaches at in CyFair ISD and posed with props for a picture.

You’ve read about our red Doberman, Bella, and how much we love her. She was not in a picture taking mood when I snapped the Chihuahuas.


Here’s Pilar, the little princess, very comfortable on mommy and daddy’s king size bed.  She weighs less than 6 pounds and sleeps most of the day.


Pepe would have preferred to not have his picture taken and be allowed to just nap undisturbed.

before and after lamps

I got tired of the black lamps in our living room, and have been gradually adding some pops of turquoise.  Target now carries some chalk paint and I thought I’d give it a try.  It’s over in the crafts section, by the office supplies.  I really love the new color and it went on quite well.  The first coat looked awful but the second turned out great.


I”ve been attending a Citizens Police Academy put on by Harris County Precinct 5.  Here is one of the instructors, who also happens to be friend, Sergeant Preston, with all of his many toys.  It’s been an eye opening class so far, and surprisingly lots of fun!


And last but not least, a picture of Farm Boy with one of his new rifles, practicing out at the farm.  We have lots of unwelcome critters out there (boars, skunks, armadillos, wild cats, coyotes, poisonous snakes) and have to be prepared to defend ourselves and our dogs.  Some of them are quite aggressive.


Celebrating a Year of Volunteering

Don’t you just hate it when you get a post all done and it disappears?  That’s what happened with this one – twice!!!  Oh well, I’ll try again.  In our home outside of West Houston, we live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association.  Our’s is different in that it is all volunteers from our neighborhood.  My husband is Vice President and I’m security director.   Once a year, we all go out and celebrate by having a nice meal together.  This year we went to Atami, which is similar to Beni Hana.chef at Atami

The chef did all kinds of intricate moves with his utensils as he cooked and of course, no meal would be complete without a flame.flame

I had steak and shrimp -they were delicious and there was plenty to take home for another meal.meal

My husband and one other board member have birthdays in January so we had several desserts there.  Charles choose the fruit-topped cheesecake.fruit topped cheesecake

It was a relaxing, enjoyable evening.

On a completely unrelated note, my daughter made me this really cool, french-inspired clock for Christmas.  It’s hanging on the wall in my officeKaty's clock.