Country Chatter from a down home Critter

Location: Conroe, TEXAS, United States

I have a passion for reading and for Roger Clemens, pitcher for the Houston Astros! I know that the Lord is always with me and my Granny is my favorite person! Paul David is the best hubby and gift from God. I enjoy watching birds and squirrels and appreciating the great wonders that the Lord provides! My Twins hold the key to my heart! What more could a woman want?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Another day ...Another dollar!

I have been meaning to post for days now. With school back in session, life seems to run in high gear.

The Twins are making it a point to be different...Caleb refuses to wear shorts and Christian is refusing to wear pants. They both have to spray (4 squirts) of cologne onto their he=man chests every morning. Is this a riot of passage? They are both in the same class this year. I picked their teacher, she was happy to have the pair. I only asked that they sit away from each other...well she has them sitting side by side. Oh well! The boys told me that it is fine with them, because they just pretend that they are not brothers when they are at school. Hmm wonder if they could do that for me? I can imagine saying in the morning "Stop that arguing you two! You are not brothers but classmates, treat each other accordingly!" Yeah mm-hmm in my dreams.

My mom called today, she is packing up her belongings. She is moving HERE, to Conroe Texas. Yep. My MIL is planning on leaving Kentucky next year and guess where she is re-locating? You got it...right HERE where I bees. So, I am pondering my options here. Perhaps, I could relocate to Arizona, ya know where Britmum resides. I know it is hot as hell there...but she has one swanky pool ya know. Maybe I could chuck some corn over in Nebraska. Cliff needs to spend some time on the golf course and he just lost one hand (oops leg) recently. It shore is pretty where he lives.
Never hurts to dream does it?

Well, I lost $100.00 dollars today. On a bet. No I don't buy lottery tickets, nor do I go to casino's. But I just knew that the fella that admitted killing Jon Benet was the one who did it. My brother was just as adamant that he did not do it. So, the gambler that he is ...said lets bet a hundred dollars and I said OK your on. You know the rest.

Gotta catch the last few innings of the Astro game, they might have a chance in the wild card. Crossing my fingers here. Dreams really do come true. Right?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Silver Dollar City

#1 - Me and Caleb on a ride at Silver Dollar City
#2 - The Twins
#3 - Caves-Way too scary for Caleb & myself!
#4 - Caleb
#5 - Christian

Monday, August 21, 2006

Down in Louisana where the green grass grows....

We had our kin folk get-together. It began on Thursday and ended on Sunday. I almost backed out of going, but changed my mind. My Mother's side of the family is totally different than my Dad's side.

The reunion was held in Louisiana at a resort called Cypress Bend. There was a sign up table in the lobby for activities. There were competitions held in Golf, Fishing and Washers. There was also a fishing tournament held for children only. I thought my boys would win was too dang hot for fishing!

Friday night was Karaoke in the bar. Saturday night was a band hired from Nashville called "The Heat". I video-taped them because they were so good, that I think they will be famous one day. There was a night of dancing in the ballroom. We spent most of out time out at the pool. The pool was half indoors and the other half was outside, you could swim under the glass wall to get to the other side. My boys loved it!

There were over 300 relatives there and we occupied the entire resort. This was the best one ever held. It was really nice to see my cousins, Uncles and Aunts. Since Grandma passed away we rarely get together as a whole.

Anyhow, it is nice to be back home!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Do you believe in magic?!

What a majical evening here at the Kirby VanBurch magic show in Branson, Missouri. Kirby -The Prince of magic, performs mystifying illusions and has many exotic animals in his show including two very rare Royal White Bengal Tigers.

#1 Kirby was dropped down in a cage on a running motorcycle, that re-appeared on the opposite side of the stage in another cage.

#2 The Twins, Myself, FIL and Step MIL. I thought we were fortunate to have front row tickets...but changed my mind when he appeared with a humingously huge boa constrictor snake around his neck and it hissed at us.

#3 Kirby and his lovely wife Bambi

#4 Mr. & Mrs. Magic with The Twins.

The best part of the show was the ending. The lights were turned out. Kirby held a glow in the dark string. He explained that magic is not REAL it is just an illusion. He shared a story that his Grandma told him about people ande broken dreams (as he tore a piece off the string), broken hope (another piece torn off of string) and broken lives (now he has three pieces of string) but with the Lord Jesus Christ you can be mended and made whole! THEN VOILA the string was all in ONE piece! Of course by this time I was boo-hooing crocodile tears!

He spent his summers here in Conroe , TX with his Grandmother, whom he gave a most inspirational tribute in his closing speech. I adore this fella and if you ever go to Branson do not miss his show! I found this old small story about him, from many years ago...if you have time click the link As you can tell pictures really do bring memories close to heart!

Friday, August 11, 2006


School is just around the corner, so we are getting geared up. I have been shopping here and there for over a month. I was amazed, as I began digging the bags out of closets....I bought alot more than I thought.

Anyhow, the only things that I have left to purchase are Cowboy Boots and Tennis shoes and then stick -a -fork-in- me, I am done.

My refrigerator has been making all kinds of noises. Groans, moans and spitting sounds. The Sears guy will be making a delivery today. For numerous years, I have the freezer on the bottom type of fridge. Also, the biggest one money can buy. All that is changing today. I am getting the old-timey know...the freezer on top. Perhaps, my mom will get stop complaining since she will no longer have to stoop to get ice!

I refuse to buy another appliance that is Stainless Steel! I detest stainless steel. My stove and dishwasher both are the horrible SS. I know that most desire it, but honestly it is a full-time job to keep it clean. It always looks nasty in-between cleanings. I even bought the expensive steel cleaner/polish but even a dribble of water looks like grafitti on my dishwasher. I am looking forward to the mis--matched bisque colored refrigerator.

We are going to Minute Maid Park tonight to watch the Houston Astro's compete against the San Diego Padres. Andy Pettite will pitch. Hopefully, we will win tonight.

Have a great weekend, doing whatever you enjoy! :O)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A Re-Run worth Repeating :O)


"The birds have to use pot holders to pull worms out of the ground.

The potatoes cook underground and all you have to do to have lunch is topull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.

Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from layinghard-boiled eggs.

I went out to check on my Pig and all I found was a slab of bacon.


"The cows are giving evaporated milk.

The trees are whistling for the dogs.

A sad Texan once prayed, "I wish it would rain - not so much for me,cuz I'veseen it - but for my 7-year old."

A visitor to Texas once asked, "Does it ever rain out here?"A rancher quickly answered, "Yes, it does.
Do you remember that part in theBible where it rained for 40 days and 40 nights?"
The visitor replied, "Yes, I'm familiar with Noah's flood."
"Well," said the rancher puffed up, "we got about two and a half inches ofthat."


"You no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water.

You can say 110 degrees without fainting.

You eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off.

You can make instant sun tea.

You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.

When the temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.

You discover that in July, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car.

You discover that you can get a sunburn through your car window.

You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead ofdistance.

Hot water now comes out of both taps.

It's noon in July, the kids are on summer vacation, and not one person isout on the streets.

You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

You break a sweat the instant you step outside and it's only 7:30 am.

No one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having airconditioning.
Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end uplying on the pavement and cook to death?"

You realize asphalt has a liquid state.

How hot is it where you live? Whew-We!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Home Sweet Home!

We arrived home yesterday, I was looking forward to our return. The vacation was lovely and packed full of activities. Ya know that sayin' that vacation can be work....well it was in a way.

We left on a Thursday and two hours into our trip the rain began falling. I am nervous in rain and I seem to upset people by driving below the speed limit. So, we pulled over in Hope, Arkansas. The birthplace of our former President Clinton. My mother-in-law would have been tickled pink. Every restaurant and even the local Wal-Mart, proudly displays his picture and the photo of his house located just a mile down the road. Just that fact made me want to find another town to nest in. But we spent the night there and headed to our destination bright and early the next morning. On our way home after exiting Texarkana, I rejoiced in the sign proudly stating "TEXAS-The friendly State and home of George W. Bush". Not to get into politicking or anything but I adore this strong Texas fella!

Branson Missourri is the place to go, especially if you have children. There is so much to see and do in that town, that even a month there would not make a dent.

We spent two full days (yes in a row Whew-We) at Silver Dollar City and one full evening at Celebration (Think Six-Flags here) and I was delighted when the Twins said "Oh, Ma our backs and feet are aching" I thought it was just lil old me feeling my age, but even the young-uns were whipped!

We took lots of pictures but we lost our camera and two rolls of film at the park. I have two to be developed and I will get a disc so that I may display a couple on my blog here.

We went to the Kirby VanBurch majic show and they called Paul up there to blindfold Bambi (The majician's wife) after that my husband was dubbed "Paullinator" and I was "Taminator" and we were the two most picked upon people in the whole show. The Twins were awestruck when he made a hellicopter appear on stage. Hopefully those pictures are in my possession.

My in-laws joined us for a day and night in Branson. And once we left Branson we drove the four hours up to their home to spend a little more time with them. They own a busy restaurant and a big antique mall there. So guess where I spent my time? Yep and I brought home a 150 year old mirror with hand wood carving around it! It is the oldest thing in my home.....besides me hehehe

While we were gone my chickens (Ahem ..the menfolks chickens) began laying eggs! This morning we gathered 6 of em'! I am going to have to buy a book and figure out when and how they hatch them.

Speaking of home there is no place like home!