Thursday, September 23, 2021

Funny Day

 I have not worn a dress since my daughter got married in 2004.  I always wear slacks/jeans/pants of some sort to sort of camouflage my slightly bowed left knee (thank you Arthur-it is).  Well, it has been really hot here so I decided to buy a couple of dresses to wear around the house — just sort of knit shift affairs.  They are cute and trendy and looked so cool

Mine isn’t this cute little coral number but rather a blue and turquoise stripe and it doesn’t look like this on this rather old and roundish body but it was cool, as in temperature.  We were having some work done on the front porch and so I was going to be home all day so I decided to wear it around the house.  I have to say it wasn’t as light and freeing as I thought it would be.  

We had a cold front come through yesterday morning and it cooled things off very nicely and I am usually too warm so I figured this dress would be great.  I was wrong, I was cold.  Then, it came time to pick up the Bean from school and I went alone because Hubs was with the guys doing the work on the front porch and I got to school and realized I hadn’t changed clothes which was very uncomfortable because not being used to wearing dresses I felt like I had left part of my clothes at home! I was not comfortable at all and decided that if I am going to wear dresses — and that is a big “if”,  I am going to have to wear leggings.  I never really understood leggings being one of the panty hose generation, but I think I do now.  

Today I go back to my jeans.  And it is another cool day.  I think I will be more comfortable.

I promised photos of the front flower beds when we were done and I am going to share those but we had a post on the porch replaced and now we need to do some painting.  I am anxious to get it done before the weather really turns cool which won’t be until the end of October.  I think it will all look nice but we are going to have to buy some tarps to cover the new bushes should we have a repeat of last winter which froze everything into oblivion.  This is Texas, that isn’t supposed to happen.  But, it did.  So, that is what is on our agenda for the next month or so.  We have to wait a couple of weeks before we start painting because the new post is cedar and isn’t quite dried out.  We only have a little trim to paint so it won’t take long.  Hopefully. 

We are also adding a little rail to the porch.  I think it will look much more finished and it will give me a good spot for doing a bit of seasonal decor.  I don’t usually do  much because I am not up for spending money on stuff like that but I wouldn’t mind doing something.  I need a new Christmas wreath and I really like “real” ones but always use something I have made because I can keep it over the years.  In a couple of days I am going for faux pumpkins.  Never had faux pumpkins before but am going to now.

So, yes, fall has fallen here at Fox Hollow at Prairie, at least for a few days so I am going to enjoy it.  I might even make pumpkin bread.  No promises.

Friday, September 03, 2021

Hello, all!

 Things have been busy around Fox Hollow on Prairie lately.  School started a couple of weeks ago and along with it comes all the horror of Covid.  The schools are full of it, no mask mandates, and no real plan for when it crashes and burns.  We learned today that Bean was in close contact yesterday with somebody who tested positive. We are less than thrilled but it is inevitable I suppose.  Fortunately she is wearing her mask and washing her hands and using sanitizer but it is incredibly horrific when thinking about the littles.  

In addition to all of that hot mess, we have been working on our front flower beds.  I say “we” but I mean the Hubs — I went out once in a while to make sure he hadn’t collapsed in the heat but it was all him.  Here is a before - 

The shrubs in the front are loropetulum which died during the winter and they came back out but they looked awful.  The people who did the landscaping before we came had it all layered and stacked and things were growing into each other.  There were these scraggly rose bushes that had killer thorns and I really didn’t like them.  They didn’t survive the winter either so we just took those out.  In fact, we just started over.

I will post pics of the “after” when we get the mulching done but  it is much improved.  Now we have to have some repair work done on the front porch and then paint.  All before winter.  I am sort of looking at turquoise as an accent color and, of course, haint blue on the ceiling of the porch.  I have to have that.  So, we have a bit of work to do but not so much that it will run into winter.  I am looking forward to having it all done and I really do like the way it is going to look.

I have been reading a whole lot too.  Trixie has to go to bed at 9 p.m. and I go with her but not ready for bed so I read.  I have subscribed to Kindle Unlimited and it is working out well — I don’t feel so bad giving up on a book now. The one I am reading now “The Winter Cottage” has sucked me right in.  It is good and I can’t wait to get to reading time tonight!  I will let you know how it goes.

So, that is all for this evening.  Looking forward to the long weekend but our plans for my daughters birthday have been put on hold since Bean has been exposed — we are just going to sort of quarantine and then get tested.  This stuff really needs to go away.

Anyway, have a wonderful, long, healthy weekend!

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Thank you! And Book Review!

 Good morning everybody!  I hope your Sunday is proving to be a good one.  It is hot here and humid and I think that is going to be the story here for the next week.  I am not going to complain, though, because it has been a cooler summer all around so I am not going to say anything.  Going into fall we have a tendency toward bad weather, like in spring, so I don’t want to rush things.   

First off, thanks to everybody that is helping me recover blog addresses.  I read my blog list almost every day and I have missed doing that the last couple of days so later on I am going to work on reconstructing it.  I really appreciate your help.

I finished “The Art of Inheriting Secrets”.  It was very good although there were some not so great reviews.  I liked it.  I will say that as the book went on all the attention to details were sort of diluted a bit, not as prevalent as in the beginning but it was a good book with a happy ending and a couple of twists in the middle so it made me happy and I do recommend.

I am now moving on to my next read — The fourth installment of the Palmetto Isle series.  The first three were good and I am hoping this one is as well.  It will go fast I am afraid so I need to be on the lookout for the next in my queue.  For once, I think I might meet my Goodreads goal.  Miracle!

I have been having so much trouble with my knees, back and feet that the other day I just took my shoes off and let my feet rest on the cool tile floor.  I was thinking back to my younger days — yes, I can remember that far back although it is getting a little fuzzy — but I was always barefoot in the house.  My pediatrician told my mother, when I was learning to walk, to let me go barefoot and I always did.  When I started having knee issues I started wearing shoes all the time and the issues have just gotten worse and worse so I decided to try without shoes again.  Amazingly the knee was a smidge better yesterday.  And my back wasn’t too bad either.  So, I think I have been mistakingly looking at my knees as the problem when it could be my feet.  I will keep you posted on my progress because I am absolutely sure this is scintillating stuff! Haha!

I think I mentioned that I have given up sugar.  It has been about three weeks or a little longer.  I decided to get on the scale this morning.  I have lost four pounds.  I can’t believe it.  Just a million more to go.  I won’t keep you posted on that subject — well, maybe — because I am sure it isn’t interesting to anybody but me.

Ok, well, that is it for now.  I have a list of things, projects to start working on — one is organizing photographs — sounds like fun doesn’t it?  Not.  Not one bit.  We will talk more about this later.  

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 05, 2021


 Ok, folks, I told you I was having problems with blogger.  This morning I went to add a blog address to my list and I accidentally deleted the whole list.  I had so many on there and I don’t have them written down to put them back in.

Please send me your addresses.  I can’t believe I did that.  I think I will be looking for a new spot that is easier to maneuver than blogger.  There has to be something.  I am always messing up trying to do things.

The blog address I was trying to add is  A friend of mine, Donnie Pitchford, draws Lum and Abner and I would like to follow his blog so I was going to add it.  See how well that worked out for tech-challenged me! Feel free to visit his site — I have a special fondness in my heart for cartoonists — they are a breed apart — my father was one of the group and his friends have become my friends.  So, check out Donnie’s page.

I got a little farther in the book I am reading.  It is getting much more tense in many areas — like, the house is falling down.  The relationship between Samir and Olivia is heating up.  And Grant is being a complete idiot so out of control.  I will leave it at that.  The book is set in modern day England, in case I never made that clear, and I guess I went to sleep with it on my mind and I dreamed I was in Wales. Which I know isn’t England but it is the ancestral home I identify with most.  Most all of my family is from England or Wales so I identify with it strongly

Ok, I guess I am going to go try to put my blog back together.  I don’t think I can get it back electronically so I will just have to try to remember.  Hahahah! Yeah, have a good day and let me hear from you!

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

The Wild Wild World of my Back Yard

 I have to admit that my husbands camera was a unique way of offering up some breakfast table entertainment.  It is fun to view the feed as we eat our oatmeal and blueberries.  It looks like the foxes are spending less time here and the other critters are coming around more. I think it is a seasonal thing.

And this morning, around 9 a.m. my phone signaled that there was activity on the deck and when I pulled up the footage this is what I found —

Now this cat has been coming around the whole time we have lived in this house so I figure she knows the foxes are here.  It is surprising to me that she is sitting there watching the spot that the foxes come and go.

I am sure she is looking for a spot to have babies because she is so clearly expecting but I would like for her to find another place.  I don’t need kitties becoming a fox snack.  That will make me very upset.

So, this is the first time we have caught the cat on the camera and I was really surprised although she likes to join my husband in the garage from time to time when he is out there working on a project.  I can handle the cat, I just don’t want the foxes taking a liking to him!

I have done quite a lot of reading on my current book “The Art of Inheriting Secrets” and it is a page turner for sure.  I don’t want to share too much because you might actually want to read it.  All I will say is that Grant is history, Sam is the future and the mystery unfolds in ways you didn’t expect.  Or at least I didn’t. I will add that the food sounds wonderful!  Ok, that’s all.  Maybe more tomorrow.

Monday, August 02, 2021

New Header Photo

 I added a new header photo so you can see what we are dealing with.  Meet Finley and Fiona Foxx.  One of their children is running around someplace.  They are wet because it is raining.  I wanted it to rain so I could read — see how well that worked out?  I digress.

Finley and Fiona played on the deck most of the night.  In one or two camera captures we saw a younger one.  And we even got a snap of Penelope Possum.  She has been around for a long time and we have even seen what is probably one of her kiddos — a much smaller version of herself.  

I guess foxes don’t care for  possum.  That is good I guess.  However, if my childhood pediatrician were here, he would be trapping them to eat them.  He liked possum.  Yech!!!!   

It is getting dark earlier.  Have you noticed?  I took Trixie out for her last call at about 8:30 and it was already dark so we stayed close to the house — far away from the deck.  However, I looked along the fence line as I always do because that is how Penelope travels, and I was met with two glowing  eyes staring at me from under a lantana plant.  I don’t know if it was a possum or a fox but I told Miss Trixie to get a jiggle on because I wasn’t staying out there for very long.  It is one thing to watch the shenanigans on a camera feed but when you feel like you are being watched, in person, and discover you ARE — quite another thing altogether.

I read until midnight on my new kindle and I would love to share with you what is going on in “The Art of Inheriting Secrets” but that would spoil it now wouldn’t it?  Don’t you always form a mental image of the characters in your mind when you read?  Well, my idea of Olivia was shattered last night in the passages of her going to dinner at Pavi’s restaurant “Coriander”.  Now I have to rethink the whole thing!  This book certainly has a lot of imagery to help form those images, it is very easy to place yourself there mentally and it is very enjoyable.  This is the second book I have read by Barbara O’Neal and I definitely recommend.

Well, I guess I will go try to accomplish what I didn’t accomplish yesterday.  I think when I fell last year and wiped out my wrist I also damaged my back.  I don’t think anything was broken but I do know I have arthritis in my back and my hip and it seems to be a lot worse these days.  It seems I am sitting down between tasks so much more often than I used to and some days I don’t get up at all. So, word to wise, old people shouldn’t fall down! 

So, on that note — well, we will see how the day goes.

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Hmmm……It’s Gone

 I wrote a rather lengthy, albeit dull, post last night and it doesn’t seem to have posted.  Maybe the powers that be decided it was not post-worthy.  Oh well, it probably wasn’t.  It was just about my shopping habits and my reading habits and all that has been covered before so maybe it is for the best.

I have been reading a book titled “The Art of Inheriting Secrets” by Barbara O’Neal.  It is about Olivia Shaw, an American (native Californian to be exact) who learned, upon her mother’s death, that she has inherited a gigantic manor house in England that is falling apart and a title.  She is Lady Olivia Shaw, Countess of Rosemere Priory.  Now, Olivia’s mother never told her about any of this — the house, the title, her life before immigrating to California — this came out of the blue and has sort of gob smacked Olivia.  Needing to deal with the legalities she made a trip to England to sort things out and learned that while she knew nothing of this part of her mother’s life, everybody knew her! And they were jolly well not very thrilled about her being there! Clearly there is a mystery to be solved, a romantic take on it considering she is very disenchanted with her American fiancĂ© and has met the very charming Samir (Sam).  So, that is where I am — It is getting to that point that I can’t put it down.  I love it when that happens.  Now if it would just rain a bit!  Perfect reading environment

I have always liked, in my writing, to name my house.  I like the British idea of naming houses — here we don’t do that officially but I like the idea.  In my new house, the one we are currently in that isn’t really new except to me, I have had difficulty coming up with a name.  I have been calling it Brinkley Cottage but I think I have come upon something much more fitting — Fox Hollow on Prairie.  Clearly this has something to do with the fox population inhabiting our back yard.

I have been doing a lot of reading about grey foxes and they are really pretty interesting.  They aren’t a species to be feared particularly which is good — unless you are a mouse, rat or, their favorite, a cotton tailed rabbit.  I have seen them with all of those.  They do, however, leave the possum alone and we seem to have two of those that trip through the yard.

Anyway, it seems that they are denners and only use their dens during mating/birthing season which is January/April.  It takes 53 days for the pregnancy to complete and once the babies are born it takes them about 4 months to become fully independent and able to hunt without their parents.  I think this is the period of time that we came to be fully aware of their presence.  

We have had several captures of four of them on our camera — two clearly smaller than the other two — and we assumed they were pups — or kits — or cubs whichever name you prefer.  Well, over the course of two or three weeks we have watched them run like crazy, play, catch mice and climb trees — yes, climb trees which I didn’t realize foxes did but the ability only lies with grey foxes not red foxes.  Apparently they also like to rest in trees, like cats.  Fortunately I haven’t seen that yet.

In the last two weeks we have seen the youngsters disappear which makes sense because at about 4 months they go off to do their own thing.  We have seen the other two come around less and less and not really hang out for very long and for the last few days, there has only been one.  From what I have read, once the mating/child rearing season is over and the babes are gone, the parents leave because they only use the den for mating/child rearing purposes and they don’t live there full time.  Kind of like Airbnb for foxes.  At that point, which is where we are at, they will leave and most likely come back in January when the whole cycle starts again because it seems they return to the den they have previously used. So, it is probably not unusual to see them less and less and perhaps they will go away completely until winter.  While I have enjoyed watching them after being initially terrified of them, I wouldn’t mind if they went away forever.  Not destroyed, just maybe find a better den.  We have closed up three sides of the deck and if I knew they were gone I would have Hubs close up the fourth but they do burrow so if they wanted to get in they could  by digging under — seems the only way to get rid of them short of having them picked up is to dismantle the deck and I doubt that is going to to happen so I guess we will have to learn to co-habitate.  Maybe they will leave until January — that would be good too.  I will take it.

I really can’t believe it is August! What happened to summer?  I am upset over the surges in covid again — Texas is a hot spot — and I am not looking forward to the chaos that will ensue when school starts.  But, I will be glad for the weather to cool down.  I am really over the heat and it hasn’t really been that bad but I am dealing with it less and less as I age.  

So, I am going to get a cool drink and meet up with Olivia Shaw and see what is going on at Rosemere Priory.  

Funny Day

 I have not worn a dress since my daughter got married in 2004.  I always wear slacks/jeans/pants of some sort to sort of camouflage my slig...