Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Feeling empty

Even the goob cat, William Jake misses Rue.

It's been very hard around here since Rue left us. There is a big part missing from the loss of a little dog. It's amazing how much of an impact a pet makes on your life and the lives of the other animals around. The next morning after they're gone, you do your normal routine but it feels strange. Rue's bowl sits there on the kitchen counter. It's empty, you feel empty. You can even see it in the other animals. I believe we all have a place in a family, a rhythm and when one of us goes, then we all have to rearrange and find new places, a new rhythm. I guess that's change. I hate change, sometimes.

Moving out day... for the girls

The girls are officially old enough to be outside now! Brian and I moved "The Roost" out of the garage right under a nice shady tree. I still am picking out colors for it. Brian likes the white trim... right now it's primer white with a test color of red in places. I'm not sure about that red yet.

The girls had visitors come by to look in on them. The white goat... the girls think Bubba is a goat...

and William Jake even looked in on the girls.

"We're not sure about that cat. He's a goob!"

Monday, June 29, 2009

Very sad news today...

Our Precious RueRue died last night in the arms of her dad, Brian and I. She leaves behind her best friend Bubba McCloud, baby sister Tootie, Grannie Nancy and the rest of the Seehafer gang. Brian was blessed to have Rue for 15 wonderful years and I was honored to be with her the last two and half.

Rue was the best dog in the whole world!

Precious will always be loved and forever missed.


Friday, June 26, 2009


"The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Pumpkin Chronicles

Ok, we've had weather in the upper 90's for more then a week straight (feels like it's in the 100s!) The sun beats down on the pumpkin plant for hours and they are NOT liking it! Brian, Mr. INGENIOUS, builds this "SUN-AWAY" device, cuts down a percentage of the sun getting to the plant. The plants are MUCH happier now!

And there's one of the very happy pumpkins!

We also wanted to show how big the leaves were on the pumpkin plants...HUGE!!

Casting a big shadow

Guess who?

It's our Che-RUE!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Following DREAMS... part 2

This is Annette's booth... just beautiful!

Here's Corinne's window... love it!!

and Corinne has another wall of more antiques!!

Following DREAMS

I have three wonderful, beautiful friends... Di, Annette and Corinne. I love these women with all my heart. They are following their dreams. They have open up booths at GasLamp Antiques. I am VERY PROUD OF THEM!! Here is Di and Corinne's Booths. They have two together.

This is Di's window with some of her hand made INCREDIBLE items inside!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Wonderful Thing About Pets...

This is one of my new segments here on the blog... The Wonderful Thing About Pets!

This is what dogs look like when you have pizza in your hand... notice the smiles on their faces...

the drool on their lips...

just all around happiness in their eyes!

Then, William Jake joined in!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Picked Sunday Morning...

Brian made sure I got up early Sunday morning to pick these... I'll get him later for that! BUT look at the wonderful vegetables (and more peaches)!

The red onions weren't ready yet, we just picked two to see how they were doing. I still used them in Brian's Sunday morning omelette, along with the green pepper and roma tomatoes.

RC & Moon Pie Festival, Bell Buckle Tennessee-PART 4

We stopped at Corinne's friends who own a candy shop in Bell Buckle. She loaded up on one of her favorite candies... taffy!

On our way to the next stop, the Festival's Play, I had to get a RC & a Moon Pie!

So with my RC & Moon Pie in hand, we enjoyed the play. It was a GREAT DAY!!

RC-Moon Pie Festival 2009 Schedule of Events:
7:00 am RC-Moon Pie 10 Mile Run
9:00 am Art & Craft Fair/Food Court – Open All Day
9:30 am Cloggers
10:00 am RC-Moon Pie 10 Mile Race ™ Awards
10:30 am Cloggers
11:00 am RC-Moon Pie Parade
11:30 am Cloggers
12:00 pm Contests--Family who traveled the Farthest, Oldest Person Present, Youngest Person Present
12:15 pm Synchronized Wading
1:00 pm Uncle Tom's Band
2:00 pm Coronation and Opening of Olympic Games
2:15 pm People's Bank of Bedford county Games--Moon Pie Toss, RC Dash, Moon Pie Hoops, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, Hog Calling Contest
3:45 pm King and Queen select Knights. World's Largest Moon Pie Cut & Served by the King and Queen and Knights of the Moon Pie Round
4:00 pm Uncle Tom's Band

RC & Moon Pie Festival, Bell Buckle Tennessee-PART 3

After shopping, we walked "down town." It was packed!

We quickly stopped in and out of Phillips General Store to see their great window design and...

met some fellow RC & Moon Pie fans!

RC & Moon Pie Festival, Bell Buckle Tennessee-PART 2

We started off to do some antique shopping!

Beautiful old and vintage things.

Cool old record player.

Found a troll!

And not so old and vintage... I loved these wind chimes!!

RC & Moon Pie Festival, Bell Buckle Tennessee-PART 1

Welcome to Bell Buckle Tennessee! It is one of my favorite little towns.

Corinne and I just made it in time to see the "RC & Moon Pie Festival" parade!

Bell Buckle's old fire truck. They just built a new firehouse with in the last couple of years. It looks good!

Oh, here's a picture Corinne wanted me to take... talk about satellite! You could make that into a small pool!

Saturday, what a day!! RECIPE BELOW!

Corinne and I had a wonderful Saturday!! There's lots of pictures!! This is how we started our Saturday, we were out by 7am to every yard sale on Corinne's list! Here is what we ended up with... Corinne's Toyota Rav4 full!

AND this is how we ended it... "MOLASSES VINEGAR PORK BUTT!" Dang, it was good!!

Here's the recipe:
Molasses Vinegar Pork Butt
Yield: 14 servings

3/4 cup molasses or more if needed
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup liquid smoke
One 5- to 6-pound boneless Boston butt (shoulder) pork roast or same weight of boneless country-style pork ribs, excess fat trimmed off
1/4 cup Cheater Basic Dry Rub, see cook's notes
Cook's notes:To make Cheater Basic Dry Rub, combine 1/4 cup paprika, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon dry mustard in jar with tight fitting lid. Shake to blend. Use 1/4 cup in this recipe.

If you want to prepare the meat in advance, cool the meat and then cover and refrigerate it. Pour the meat juices in a separate container and refrigerate. Before reheating the juice, skim and discard the congealed fat layer on top. To reheat, place meat in saucepan with some of the reserved juices. Gently heat on medium-low, stirring occasionally. Or, place it in a covered casserole with some of the juice and reheat in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

1. Pour molasses in bottom of a large slow cooker (at least 5 quarts), using enough to cover the bottom. Add vinegar and liquid smoke.
2. Cut pork butt into medium (2- to 3-inch) chunks (the ribs don't need to be cut up) and add them to the slow cooker. Sprinkle meat with rub, turning pieces to coat evenly. Cover and cook on high setting for 5 to 6 hours or on low setting for 10 to 12 hours, until meat is pull-apart tender and reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees.
3. Shred meat with two forks. Serve with warm meat juices. If desired, top with coleslaw and serve on hamburger buns.

Friday, June 19, 2009


We want to wish Rod (Brian's dad), my Uncle Frank, Dave (brother-in-law), Robby (Brian's brother), Scott (brother-in-law) and all the other fathers out there a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!

I've been wanting to take a picture of this for the longest time. It's downtown on a side of a building. There are some other's I'll try to get pictures of soon.

My friend Corinne and I are off to Bell Buckle Tennessee tomorrow for the "RC and Moon Pie Festival"!!! I love going every year, if I can. I'll bring the camera and take LOTS of pictures. Unfortunately (or lucky for him), Brian has to work tomorrow.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Pumpkin Chronicles - Progress

Here is where we started, May 15th. Brian's plant small but health and then...

here she is today! What an amazing plant she has become! Brian had given such good care that this plant is just thriving. You can see Brian's shadow, he has to keep stepping back to get the WHOLE plant in the picture now!

Here's the other picture taken on May 15th. Here's my little plant but now...

it's doing good too! Brian's plant keeps moving in on my plant!