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Handsome Ben 1My Sweet Son, Ben

This is my wonderful, sweet, loving, smart, and handsome boy…and I love him with all my heart!

I remember the day the doctor told me I was pregnant…just a few weeks along but it was official. I had only been married about 6 weeks and I was in a state of shock. I couldn’t believe how blessed we were. It was the best thing that had ever happened to me and my husband (of course, aside from finding each other and getting married!). We were both thrilled…and when I gave birth at the “advancing” age of 40 (my OB/GYN called it a geriatric pregnancy!), we welcomed our son, Benjamin, into the world. He’s been a real joy to raise and has developed into quite the charming gentleman…just like his Dad!

Ben…always the adventurer

Ben at age 12


And So It Continues … Getting the Garden Ready for Spring

Ben planting onions

Good Morning Friends,

As I shared with you previously, my son, Ben, and I continue to work in our garden getting it ready for spring.

We planted some basil, lettuce, onions, and leeks.  Unfortunately, right after we got everything in, a cold snap came through central Texas dropping temperatures below freezing and even sending a bit of sleet!

We figured the onions would be fine, but we covered the basil, lettuce, and leeks with large pickle buckets.  Everything survived the night. :-)


We started placing our stepping stones in the garden to create a walking path

Our beloved, albeit cracked, “Welcome” sign

In a bad storm, St. Francis fell over and cracked the sign but he’s steady on his feet today! :-)

Overall, we’ve had a mild winter and one of the pepper plants survived and is still producing!

A gift from my parents

Flocked by Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Obi enjoys lying in the fresh mulch and getting a good scratch behind the ears from her boy.

Next up, we’ll be putting in our tomatoes and also trying our hand at some potatoes that we’ve been sprouting in our kitchen.  We’ll keep you posted on our progress!


Rainy Day in the Texas Hill Country

Hello to my sweet friends!

This cloudy Monday has found me reminiscing about the clouds and rain of last week…

Last week it was an absolute delight to be lulled to sleep by distant thunder and the patter of rain on our roof. We have been experiencing a terrible drought for so long here in central Texas, that when rain does come, it’s time to rejoice! Even the crashes of lightening that woke us around 1:00 AM were exciting to hear and not looked upon as a nuisance.

The “puddles” on our property with a view of our driveway and our home in the background

The rain came down so hard and lasted all through the night that in the morning our property – with the puddles and the tress boughs hanging down – all most looked like a bayou.  Well, maybe not exactly, but those puddles made us really happy. ;-)

More puddles

The patio wet and dappled with damp leaves

And a full birdbath…albeit a bit kattywompus

The following morning found the weather damp and cold.  So it was cause to light a fire in the kitchen fireplace and then enjoy some hot cocoa.

My son, Ben

Days like this are far and few between and will most likely continue to be so,  at least for the immediate future.  The weatherman tells us their is no end insight for the drought until late spring, at the earliest.

But there was more to this day than just being happy to see the rain.  It was a day when my son and I forgot about school books, homework, activities, and more and just set aside some time to chat about this and that.  Now that was something to be happy about!  Even though he’s a teen, he still likes to chat with his dear old mom.  I love you Ben!

Thanks so much for visiting with me today. :-)

See you soon.