Sunday, December 27, 2015

There is a blizzard warning!

 It was suppose to start around 6:00 but it was more like 10 before it really came down.
                  You can hardly see the fence in the back and their yard is not very deep!

                      I will take pictures in the morning.  They are expecting snow measured in feet.  This will be new for me too!
Oh and there was a 2.7 earthquake here today too... center was about 40 miles from us.  I don't need any more "new to me" things!

The snow was crazy.  it went from an inch or two in places to 3-5 ft because of the wind.  We played around in the 4x4 and got stuck in deep snow but it was fun.  I was walking Buddy and stepped into a drift that was up to my thighs.  It's hard for an old woman in boots to get out of something like that by herself.  I probably could have won "funniest videos"!

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful fun-filled day.
We had lots of food and there were presents galore under the tree.
                   It looked like an explosion at a toy store happened in the living room.  LOL
                                    I got some beautiful earrings from the James Avery store!
                                  I think this is for warmth not just darth vader or whatever
 Logan took forever playing with each toy for 30 min or so before moving on to something else
 Doug got some new tools, a bag to put them in and more wemo electronic stuff
                                            I think someone really likes his new fire engine!
                                             Ashlynn playing with some of her dolls
It was a wonderful day.  We ate too much, played hard and enjoyed the nice weather.  Today it's snowing.... more on that tomorrow.  There is a blizzard warning.  I have never been in a blizzard!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Getting ready for Christmas

I can't believe Christmas is almost here.  I have finished all of my shopping.  All of the presents are wrapped and under the tree.  Well not all of them.  I bought myself an Instant Pot pressure cooker and was going to put it under the tree but I couldn't wait to use it.  So far I had made a whole chicken, pork butt, a beef roast and chicken wings.  All were delicious!  It is so easy to cook in this pot, I might actually start cooking again!  Not everyday, let's don't go overboard, but... often.  lol
The chicken wings were great.  From frozen to almost fall off the bone done took 20 min.  I then coated them with BBQ sauce and put them in the oven on broil for a few minutes to  crisp them up.  
Lori has been busy baking for Christmas.  She made fudge, oatmeal cookies and an Italian cream cake.  She was working hard on the cake and I walked in the kitchen.  She was whipping the egg whites by hand.  I made the mistake of telling her that she wasn't whipping fast enough.  I was thrown out of the kitchen.  Note to self:  Never criticize a woman with a whisk in hand and a 18 month old pulling on her leg.  I took my grandson and we went to the den and watched cartoons.  Lesson learned.  LOL 
We are suppose to get a bunch of snow the day after Christmas.  Anything above 3 inches is a bunch to me.  I think they are forecasting in feet not inches..  We will see..... Could be fun.... could be....

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A tour of Bell Helicopter

Today our son took us to his workplace.  He is a quality control inspector for Bell Helicopter.  They are very particular about visitors.  Approvals had to be made, temporary ID's had to be issued and we had to have an escort with us at all times.  We couldn't take any pictures, which was a bummer because it was really interesting.  We saw different stages of them building the V22, the new V280, an Apache helicopter and a Huey.  The V22 is the one that looks like an airplane but takes off like a helicopter.  The engines rotate.  The were doing test flights on two of those, an apache and a Huey.  I can't imagine how scary that must be to take a plane up for the first time.  Will it fly?  LOL  Well, it better!
It really was an interesting morning seeing the way they put these big machines together.  They just keep getting bigger and bigger.  The propellers don't look that big until you are standing right next to them.  It amazes me how they fold up.  I really wish I could have taken pictures for you but I didn't feel like getting arrested for espionage.
                                                             This is  a picture of a V22.
This is the new V280.  The experimental aircraft that we saw wasn't complete.  In fact, it was just the fuselage.  They were installing all of the wiring, hydraulics and other stuff.  LOL  They were building the engines and propellers, but they weren't compete.  A lot of the work done on this aircraft was being done behind blinds.  They don't want Boeing seeing what they are doing.  Boeing makes the fuselage, so there are Boeing employees in the Bell plant at times.  it all sounds very "James Bond" secretive doesn't it?
I got these pictures off of Bell's web site.  I should be ok.  LOL
Later, I hope  LOL

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Baby it's cold outside!

We had snow last week.  Enough that there is still snow in places.  It was so pretty.  But it has been so cold too!  I don't care for the cold, but I loved the snow.  I have finished all my Christmas shopping.  I love  I did most of my shopping online.
Lori has the house all decorated for Christmas.  I need to take another picture of the tree because now there are presents galore!
This is the first time in my life that I have not put up a tree.  I thought about buying one of those little 2 ft trees and put it on the dash of the motorhome,  but I just haven't.  We spend most of our time at Brian and Lori's house anyway.
Nothing else going on here.... Just trying to stay warm!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thanksgiving, an Ice storm, and guess who is sick

We had a wonderful thanksgiving week.  Well, the days before thanksgiving were great.  My entire family was gathered under one roof and anytime that happens, I am a happy woman.  Unfortunately, an ice storm decided to grace us with it's presence thanksgiving evening.  This caused Mike and Kaitlyn to leave after lunch to head back to Houston.  It was a world-wind day.  We ate lots of good food and then Mike, Kaitlyn, Lucas, Brian, Lori, Ashlynn and Logan all exchanged Christmas presents. Thanks-mas is what they called it.

We ate and then the gift opening began.
Logan thought the box was the best toy!
A family picture

My boys are still just big kids.  LOL
Everyone loves Star wars!!!
Even though we didn't want them to leave, it was a good thing they did.  This is what we woke up to the next morning.  Unfortunately, this is ice not snow.
The day after Mike and Kaitlyn left, Lucas ran fever.  By saturday they took him to the ER with 102.7.  It was suspected he had roseola.  By Monday, he had the rash.  Yep, it was roseola.  By Monday, I had a terrible sore throat.  I had ulcers all over my throat and uvula (that hangy down thing in the middle).  Strep throat.  I am too old for this stuff.