Friday, January 10, 2014

From Henbit Acres to Life of Riley.

So it's been about a year and a half since I've posted anything on this blog.  Alot of things have happened.  I thought about just scrapping this whole blog thing, but then decided to take one more crack at it. We moved from Henbit Acres in August of last year, and I don't believe this yard has a single plant of henbit.  I hope you will enjoy join me as we make sense of the life of Riley. 

This year's Easter cake.

Where does the time go? It seems like forever since I've sat down and written a blog post.  And when I look back and see when the last post was dated... It has been forever.   I'm going to post a look at our Easter cake for this year and a promise for an update or two in the next few weeks.  Last year's Easter cake was the sunflower peeps pie.  Here's the picture.  Just a graham cracker crust with a peanut butter pie filling and the chocolate chips in the center.  It was easy.

This year's cake was even easier.  No cooking, no mixing.  Only 10 minutes at the table.  Here's a picture of the ingredients and the finished cake in the background.  It was just so quick and adorable.  And of course that leaves more time to hunt eggs with the Grandson!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

It's a Girl!

We found out on Wednesday that our second grand would be a little baby girl.  Miss Zoey Ann-Marie is scheduled to make her appearance in  late October.  The DH is so excited, and will from this point on will be referred to as Poppa J.   Isn't she adorable?

  Photo: Zoey Anne-Marie Phillips.<3 <3

Sunday, May 20, 2012

There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip and fall
When you can't lean on no one else,
That's when you find yourself
I've been around and I've noticed that
Walk-in's easy when the road is flat
Them danged 'ole hills will get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains so we could learn how to climb
                                                                              "Mountains" by Lonestar

Twelve weeks ago, I started the B.A.L.A.N.C.E program at OSU.   It is a fitness and nutrition program that is handled by the OSU Wellness Center.  In the last couple of years, I have had a couple of health issues that have kept me from regularly working out.  I originally thought that I could sail through the fitness portion of the program but I was wrong.  It was tough.  I started out with a trainer two days a week and by the end of the program, I was up to 5 days a week.  Midway through the program, my morning group decided to participate in the "Remember the Ten" 5K Run.  We had a small group sign up and on April 25, I actually walked by first 5k.  We made the walk in 55 minutes, and there were still people behind us at the end.  It was a major milestone for me.  I'm ready for the next one!

Monday, April 30, 2012

In Color.....

I wrote this post several months ago. I don't know why I didn't post it then.   Anyway, here it is, and to all my cousins, I will forever be LuLu.

I taped dvr'd a CMT Crossroads this week. The DH listens to Shooter Jennings every week on XM and we both like Jamie Johnson. We watched it this morning, while we were waiting for the rain to stop. As Jamie started to sing In Color, my mind immediately was returned to Thanksgiving week, and our family get-together. Thanksgiving was originally planned to be in my hometown, but my Uncle H had been sick and my cousins were afraid that he would not be able to make even a short trip for Thanksgiving. So we put our heads together and changed the location to their hometown. Food was purchased and I had everything ready to go. We all thought that it was really going to be perfect for everyone until I got a call on Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving that my Uncle H had died quietly in his sleep.

I had been working on a group of old pictures for the get-together. I absolutely love old pictures, by the way. I love seeing the faces and the clothes. I love trying to put myself in the picture. Study the background for things that look familiar, and talking to people in the pictures and finding out what was happening. Many of the old pictures came to me without names or dates. So the plan was for everyone to look through the old pictures and pin them on boards in the eras that they were snapped.

My cousins still wanted to have Thanksgiving in their hometown, so the DH and I loaded up all our stuff and headed to eastern Oklahoma for a long weekend. One cousin said it was going to be a "tender" time but it would be good family time. And it was. We were all able to reconnect and I think we are closer now than we have been in years. There is something about being with the people that you grew up with. They get all the jokes about grandparents that can't hear, or butterscotch candy. It's just a great time, and comforting. It's almost like you regress to a simpler time, when we didn't have a care in the world. Before we got married, had kids and grew older.

So as I sat and listened to the song, "In Color", my thoughts went back to those old pictures. My Uncle H and his brothers, all gone now. My mother,as beautiful today at 92, as she was back in the 40's. My Uncle's service in the US Navy. His 5 deployments to the South Pacific from 1941 - 1946. And of course, how he always called me LuLu. How I wished I had just spent some more time talking about those pictures. And now another chapter in my life is now silenced forever.

I said, Grandpa what’s this picture here**
It’s all black and white and ain’t real clear
Is that you there, he said, yeah I was eleven
Times were tough back in thirty-five
That’s me and Uncle Joe just tryin’ to survive
A cotton farm in the Great Depression

This one here was taken overseas
In the middle of hell in nineteen forty-three
In the winter time you can almost see my breath
That was my tail gunner ole’ Johnny McGee
He was a high school teacher from New Orleans
And he had my back right through the day we left

This one is my favorite one
This is me and grandma in the summer sun
All dressed up the day we said our vows
You can’t tell it here but it was hot that June
That rose was red and her eyes were blue
And just look at that smile I was so proud

That’s the story of my life
Right there in black and white

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should have seen it in color

A picture’s worth a thousand words
But you can’t see what those shades of gray keep covered
You should have seen it in color

You should have seen it in color.
Yep, wish I had seen it in color.......

**Lyrics to the song, In Color, by Jamey Johnson.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How about them OSU Cowboys?

It's a great night to be an Oklahoma State Cowboy! We have had a rough few weeks with the plane crash that took the life of our girl's basketball head coach and assistant coach and 2 alumni and our first loss of the season the night after the crash. Our Cowboys have bounced back, and gave us a great Bedlam win tonight and the Big 12 Championship. We have 4 new guardian angels looking over us. It's a great night to be an Oklahoma State Cowboy!