Monday, January 31, 2022

Cruisin' Galveston Artwalk Little Daddies Gumbo Bar

 Our new home town is a super fun place!  We are lovin' or new 🏝️ Island life and Cruisin' around town exploring.  

There are lots of fun and free things to do . . . 

Affaire d'Art Fine Art Gallery

Several galleries and shops stay open late during Art Walk.   Some have little munchies and serve wine. 

A musician was playing on a corner by one of the many murals.  
I never pass up Fried Okra! 

I had a child's Burger that came with Fries.  The Cowboy had a bowl of Gumbo. 

Since then he has had Gumbo at several places.  This one is the best!
I enjoy the fun Artwork.  It is hard to get pictures when it is busy!  Which it usually is especially on Artwalk night. 

As we walked up I snapped this shot.  The island 🏝️ is super dog friendly! 

At the end on the evening the Cowboy sat on a bench and watched the party busses go by.  

I fought the crowds for beads! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Wordless Wednesday - Cruisin' Galveston


No Tea Today! Sharing My Ta Da Moment

 Welcome and Good Morning 

Still in the mood for Hot Chocolate.

Today I am sipping and looking around at my sewing space!  

I didn't get alot done on my quilt yesterday but today maybe the day I am able to  whiz through it.  I sure hope so so!  

Keeping this one small. LOL.

The vacuum is still out from this morning.    Domino is in here most of the time.  I have to fight her for the chair! 

I still have some boxes to go through.  One is residing at the moment under my sewing table. 

See the quilt waiting to be stitched! 

Always happy to be by my feet! 

And so my Ta Da Moment today is getting my space more usable my and presentable.  

It's getting there!  

Enjoy your day.  I hope you have a 
Ta Da Moment! 

And keeping it Simple

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Character Guest Post-Frozen In Motion by Lori Roberts Herbst-Great Escapes Book Tour

 January 26 – My Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST

Back in the 1930s, Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again. I admit I’ve never read the book, but I can tell you from experience that the title is a lie.


I went home again, and it was the best thing I ever did.


My name is Callie Cassidy—or Callahan Maureen Cassidy, as my mother used to refer to me when I’d done something to frustrate her. (I say that as if it were past tense, but in the interest of truth, I still hear my full name on her lips occasionally.) I was born in Rock Creek Village, Colorado, a small, sweet mountainside town nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. My childhood—if unremarkable—was a happy one, complete with parents who loved (and still love) me, a tribe of friends, and a beautiful landscape in which to practice the craft of photography.


But I was one of those teenagers who couldn’t wait to fly far from the nest. The small-town vibe bored me, and I dreamed of the day I’d escape to the big city, where my fantasies told me excitement abounded. So when I graduated from high school, I set off for college in Austin, Texas. It was everything I hoped it would be, and I vowed never again to live in anywhere with a population of less than a million souls. For the next twenty-plus years, I kept that promise while I chased my whirlwind career as an investigative photojournalist, reaching a pinnacle when I snagged my dream job at The Washington Sentinel. Rock Creek Village became a distant blur in my rearview mirror.


I thought busy and successful meant happy—at least for a time. Who needed friends? When I got lonely, I adopted a loving golden retriever and named him Woody, after Bob Woodward, one of my journalistic heroes.


Then, about a year ago, a lapse in my judgment led to devastating mistake at the newspaper, and I knew I could never make it right. So I did what thousands have done before me and many more will in the future: I proved Thomas Wolfe wrong. Dog in tow, I ran back to Mommy and Daddy, who tucked us into a cozy cabin at the Knotty Pine, a resort they own and operate. They fed me comfort food, soothed me, and babied me—until they wearied of my wallowing and decided my pity-party needed to end. Without my permission, my mother signed me up for a photo gig at the village’s winter ball. Though that didn’t exactly work out as expected, it was just what I needed to rejoin the land of the living.


As so often happens, my parents knew best. What I believed to be the worst thing that could have happened to me turned out to be the best. Moving back to Rock Creek Village has been such a positive journey that I often wonder why I ever left. After a wobbly start, I’m on my feet again, stronger and happier than I can ever remember. My new career—owner of Sundance Studio photography gallery—fills me with a peace and joy I never attained as a journalist. My friendship with Tonya has blossomed again, and I’ve even rekindled a high school romance with Sam Petrie, owner of the Snow Plow Chow. The relationship has its trials, but I think we just might make it—whatever that means. Woody and I even adopted a brother for him last year—an orange tabby cat I named Carl, after Bob Woodward’s partner, Carl Bernstein. Every day, I’m more convinced Carl possesses an innate wisdom, along with investigative skills that may surpass those of his namesake.


Mostly, my life is ideal. Sure, sometimes I long for the adrenaline rush of my former life. But when I yearn for those old investigative days…well, fate seems to intervene with murder in our little village, and I find my skills in demand yet again.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Busy Monday-Sewing-A Prayer Need - Batch Cooking


I had a fun busy day planned  


We got a knock on our door at 7:45.  A.M.

Changed all my morning  plans.  I guess I should  have written  my post last night 


I needed  to take these pictures  

Let me tell you about who woke us at 7:45!  Because  it actually  is part of the prayer request  I mentioned  yesterday. 

Our visitor was the owner of our building.  He surprised  us last Thursday.   I/we weren't  totally  surprised because  I briefly  saw him earlier in the week when I was walking dogs.  He was on our porch  talking to our neighbor. 

I had an odd feeling  about  what was going on.    When I came out he was shocked to see the dogs. 

Which prompted  his visit  on Thursday.   It seems the management  company  did not tell him about the dogs!  

He was o.k. with us we actually  have papers for the dogs because  they are service dogs. 
Besides not telling the owner there have been major  problems  and so he is taking  over the property.  

And the best part is he has an apartment  in the historic district.   Our neighbor might move in but he is trying  to buy a house. 

And so our prayer is he gets the house.  

The apartment  is great. Great location.   Great streets and sidewalks and a yard for the dogs. 

We can move w/o any fees or deposits! 

Our prayer is this is  where  God wants us to be!  

I will keep you posted! 

And now onto the sewing

I hoped to finish this quilt by the end of the month. 
I adore the Vintage  Snow Scene.  It reminds  me of Dickens on the Strand.  It's perfect for Galveston.   And I love how it looks  on the bed. 

I originally  started this project  as a lap quilt for my Mama.  The folksy  holiday fabric  is more her than me! So I will be using  the back for my front.  

I didn't  have any batting so I ordered some from Wal-Mart  and it came today!  Maybe tomorrow  I'll  have time to sew! 


I am doing Batch cooking  today. 

I have Pinto  Beans  and Ham in the Crock Pot for tonight. 

I will be cooking 4 Hamburger patties 2 for later in the week  and 2 for the freezer.  

This is where we get the patties, Bacon and a few other things.  I wish we could buy all our meat there.  But with our budget we have to buy what  is on sale. 

The Burger patties  are so good they are a real treat!

I am also cooking Ground Beef for Chili or 🌮 or a  Casserole.   I like to have ground beef ready in the freezer. 

So that  is what I have going today! I hope you have had a great day. 

Come by tomorrow  and see my TaDa Moment!  

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Happy Homemaker in Texas


The weather 

Gorgeous sun.  But it is a bit chilly.  Some super cold nights.  

But it warms to pleasant upper 50's low 60's.  

As long as it isn't windy it is nice 

How I am feeling this morning 

Blessed.  Warm. Antsy.  I have some exciting news to share in Monday. 

On the breakfast plate

Hot Chocolate this morning.  I will have a nice glass of O. J. when I finish my post. 

Today I pulled out my Valentines day mug. 

On my To Do List  

Write my Tuesday Tea Time post include one last shot of my Snowman collection so I can put them away. 

Begin decorating for Valentine's Day 

Write social media posts for Love Is In The Air 

Go to Dollar Tree for seeds,pots and V.Day

On My Reading pile 

For a promo tour

On my TV 

Finished all the Chopped episodes available on our system. 

Watching Guy's Grocery Games now. 

Waiting on new episodes of Magnolia Table

On the menu 

Monday Ham and Beans, Fried Potatoes and Corn Bread 

Tuesday You know what that means!  I broke down and bought they Cowboy Taco Shells.  I prefer to fry my own.  But store bought is easier. 

Wednesday Mexican Chicken Soup

Thursday Hamburgers, Onion Rings

Friday  Shrimp/Chicken Fried Rice and Egg Rolls

Saturday Fresh Catch we will go to Pier on Friday

From the camera 

Domino sneaks onto the bed.  I let her.  Don't tell Daddy. HeHe. 

Looking around the house

The morning sun shining in.  One of the things I love about the bungalow is they left the original doors and locks (non working) on the closets. 


Come by Monday I'll be sharing 

What I am sewing 

My Ta Da Moment   

Exciting News/Prayer Request

And whatever is else pops into my my head! 

Have a great day day 

Keep it Simple

Linking with Sandra at her party