Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Museum, Cake, and Parade

Are you ready for some really exciting "stuff" here lately? Now...don't get to excited about our lifestyle here...after seeing what Bandera has to offer for entertainment. hehe

One of the things we did on Ron's birthday was go visit a museum that is here in Bandera.

They had some pretty interesting things there...for a museum ;)

Here is Ron's SMALL German chocolate birthday cake. (that is not a full size plate- it is salad plate size)

Last Saturday, Bandera had their annual Mardi Gras parade, down main street. Everyone takes their own chairs and sits on both sides of main street. We sat directly in front of the Court House.

I didn't get pictures of all the people in "strange" outfits, but I did get pictures of the "strange" things in the parade :)

While we were sitting there waiting for the parade to start (about an hour early)- we were watching all of the people in their Mardi Gras outfits, sitting behind their pickup trucks or on their motorcycles , having drinks, dancing in the street (there was country and western music playing), and gathering with friends- we wondered, "How did WE get here???" It's a very new lifestyle for us. But...all I know is that Ron's blood pressure is as low as it has ever been...there must be something about living here that agrees with him. lol

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Noah, Chickens, and Valentines

Last week, I got my dining room all organized and pictures hung. Guess what the theme of that room is?
Noah's Ark ;)

My kitchen is still assorted "Chickens" :)

And for February...I put out some Valentine decor.
I don't have cute kids to take pictures of. I have to take pictures of cute STUFF. haha

I have been working on my office this week, but making slow progress there. I ordered window blinds from JCP this week. Custom window treatments were 30% off- then for using a JCP card, they gave me another 20% off. Yep...50% off- it was still a hefty price tag at that, for 18 windows. (Sad thing is, we have 28 windows, so I still have 10 more to go. Later)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Aspens in Texas

One of the things that happened when we decided to "retire" in Texas, was that I didn't get my yard full of aspen trees that I wanted. But thanks to one of my dear friends, I have aspens in my bedroom. This is the only aspen trees you will find in Texas :) She gave me this photo before we moved. I just got the mat for it yesterday- got it in the frame today- and Ron hung it for me.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Life is Good

For a while now, and especially during the Fall I was trying to walk a mile, ride my bike a mile, and stick to my low sugar, low carbs, low wheat, low dairy diet. I participated in a fitness challenge for 12 weeks. That ended the week we were moving. I didn't participate in the weight loss goals- because I didn't expect to lose any weight. During the 12 week challenge I might have lost a pound or two. Then as we were moving and with the Christmas holiday activity- I actually lost 9 pounds. Don't know if the results of the fitness challenge were just slow to take effect or what? :) Then I put a couple pounds back on :( 
So... back to walking a mile, biking a mile, and still on my diet. The diet is actually pretty easy for me- I have been on low sugar long enough that those cravings are gone. I will occasionally have a diet soda or chocolate- but those are my only vices ;) The only thing I really have to work at is drinking more water.
Here is where I walk now. Usually I scare up a few deer- they run along side the road ahead of me. No more dodging skunks (Cottonwood Lane), no more dodging dogs, cars, and trash cans (Creekbend Estates). I did tell Ron though, "If I go out to walk and don't come back in a reasonable amount of time. Come look for me- I'll be easy to spot- I'll be under a pile of buzzards along side the road!"

Yesterday, it was snowing in Denver and Utah. It was freezing in Atlanta. It was raining in Florida. It was a brilliant day in Texas. (Our builder has the railing up in the front. We are waiting for a painter to show up. The shutters are still in boxes in the garage.)

Today Ron is outside playing with his new chain saw :) Here was his last tree cutting project. He says, "I can make trash fasted than I call haul it away". He is really thinking he needs a "pick em up truck"!