Day 64-My Life in Photos Week-Wild Weather Pics

I have to be honest here people, I did not prepare for my posts this week, I figured I’d think of something in a pinch. Let me just say, it’s better to be prepared! Use those editorial calendars because, I’ve been sitting here for an hour, agonizing over what to feature this week and what I came up with was to show you some of my favorite photos over the last two years.

Still, I am unsure, due to my reluctance of sharing personal photos here, not that I mind, just not sure how the family would feel about it. After pouring over my photos though, I did notice a pattern. Besides way too many photos of my beloved pets and children, my photos seem to gravitate to nature in some way. Weather, beach, birds, plants. Another point, while I’m being honest here, is that I really needed to make short, easy posts this week since I’m supposed to be working on a project, and here it is almost nine o’clock and I’ve neither blogged, or started working on my sewing.

With that being said, going over the pictures from the last two years has been rather painful- they happen to start here in my iPad from just before my mom passed away to the present. My thought was to have a kind of “my life through photos” week, but as I looked over the last two years, I realized even that would be hard to do since I’m not sure how to categorize them. So, for tonite, I’m taking the easy route and I’m going to show some of the best weather photos I took over the last couple of years.

Off my parents front porch
Off my parents front porch

This photo was taken just before my mom passed away in the spring of 2014. It snows so rarely and is always pretty to look at. I took it while home on a visit prior to her being hospitalized.

After driving through a tornado.
After driving through a tornado.

Although the quality isn’t the best, I love it because of the symbolism. I had just driven through the worst storm of my life, a tornado had just passed and I drove through the edge of it, on my way to the nursing home where she spent her last month.

Water spout over Galveston bay
Water spout over Galveston bay

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These were taken a few months later after we spent a few days with our boys, and David’s brother and his family in Galveston. We watched this water spout for longer than five minutes while crossing, then exiting the ferry. It was the biggest and longest lasting one I’d ever seen.

Interesting cloud formation
Interesting cloud formation

This was a bizarre cloud formation just ahead of a storm brewing in the gulf later that fall.

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Approaching sunset, through the clouds, down the beach
Approaching sunset, through the clouds, down the beach

This time last year, while on a trip to Crystal beach.

As you can see, I’m obsessed with the sky and cool cloud formations in general. I’m sure I have many more, but these were the coolest of the last year or two. I’ve taken lots of fair weather as well but those ill share in a different post. So now it’s too late to work on my project anyway, maybe I’ll blog earlier tomorrow, on the patio. 😉

 

Day 63-Free Days-Autumn Delights

Aahh Autumn, the cool crisp air, the falling leaves and the ability to wear our boots and sweaters-NOT! Not today anyway, the temp currently is still 81 degrees and we had to turn the air back on. However, we can-and did-get to enjoy the flavors of fall today at dinner when we had some delicious baked acorn squash, grill baked pork tenderloin and a nice salad. I handled the squash, fixing it like I’ve been taught since going Paleo, smeared with grass-fed butter, sprinkled with some coconut sugar and pumpkin pie spice, then a nice tsp of pure, 100% maple syrup drizzled over each half, baked for an hour in the oven. Talk about something so good it could have been dessert! It could easily replace my beloved sweet potatoes if they weren’t so darned easy and cost effective to make. Dave was the usual grill master and turned out an excellent roast, moist and tender with yellow bell peppers and onion baked alongside for flavor. The meal made us feel like it was fall anyway.

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It has been a busy weekend and we have a few more things completed in the master bedroom to report. First, Dave installed the base (cause it’s all about that base ya know), then we headed out for the great rug hunt, finally finding one we liked at Home Goods as well as some new bedding. We still need some king sized pillows to go with the new mattress and box springs we found at Sam’s and don’t have our headboard yet, but it’s coming along nicely. I decided on aqua and white bedding for a pop of color, I think it’s a nice contrast to the gray. I’m going to make you wait until it’s all done to post pics-sorry! 😉

I also started a couple of projects, an Autumn wreath, inspired by one I saw and pinned after viewing it on Home Talk, the artist is from Across the Blvd. She combined autumn with a coastal twist, I’m putting my own spin on it, I’ll post pics when it’s finished. I should have been done today but lacked a few pieces to finish it up. My second project is one I hope I have the patience to complete, my crocheting needs a lot of practice, but I’m attempting a baby blanket for my son’s girlfriend’s nursery. She is due this month or next-I have to work fast! They are going with a strange, yet evidently popular theme (I found stuff all over Etsy) for the nursery-A Nightmare Before Christmas. The colors are lavender, lime green, black and white. Hey, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Young people these days have waaaay different tastes than we did. Anyhoo, I couldn’t be 15 hours away for today’s baby shower, so I decided to try my hand at a home made project for her nursery.

With my Mother-in-law just coming back into town today and all the other activity going on, we decided to forego family dinner today and just had a relaxing meal and watched our Cowboys win, woo hoo!! Go Boys! It’s been a nice, productive weekend and although the weather has warmed back up for now, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. What makes for a special Autumn for you? Feel free to share in the comments and if you would like to view the wreath I’m copying creating, check out my Pinterest page, you’ll also find a version of the baked acorn squash (don’t worry Steph, I didn’t forget you!) that I changed up by subbing the brown sugar with coconut sugar. Not sure yet what I’m blogging about tomorrow, come back and you’ll find out! 😉

Day 62-Free Days-Doggie Daycare

My Father-in-law was a retired marine, for several years before he passed away, he and my Mother-in-law attended the reunion of his detachment from the USS Lexington. His passing has not stopped my Mother-in -law from carrying on the tradition, last year, my husband and I and the other siblings attended as well, since it was here in Ft Worth.

A moment of peace.
A moment of peace.

This year, the reunion was in Indiana, so my Brother-in-law accompanied her so she would not have to make the trip alone. We offered to take care of her little dog Paco, an apple head chihuahua that she has had for many years. My house has become a doggy day care of sorts, toys scattered everywhere, my game room taken over by kennels and food and water bowls. My dogs are approximately the same size, we thought “what’s one more going to hurt”….

Well, let’s just say, they don’t exactly like each other, Paco is older and used to living alone with Claudette. He hasn’t caused any problems, barely moving out of his little bed since he’s been here. My dogs however, are young and hyper and think he should be playing with them, they want his food instead of their own and if I try to cuddle with him, the jealousy reigns. I just had to snap this photo during a rare moment of peace when they were all calmly sitting together next to me on the couch.

Tomorrow our week of doggie daycare comes to an end and Paco can go back to life the way he knew it and Whiskey and Brandy can claim their rightful places next to Dave and me on the couch. All will be right with the world again.