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    Mustang Grape Jelly: A Family Tradition?

    They Grow Wild and Free As far as wild ideas go, the decision to make wild Mustang grape jelly fits the bill.  Wild idea.  Wild grapes. Texas is blessed with abundance, usually, and I do wonder about what my great, great, great grandparents thought about Texas when they emigrated here from Scotland in 1851.  They had been promised that Texas was a land where things grew easily.  Where life would be easy.  Abundance.  You know, the typical stuff you would say in order to get people to move half way around the world.  My great, great, great grandmother, Isabella Wood, wrote a letter back to Scotland and told a different…

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    Wine Making Class – Step by Step

    First, It Isn’t Difficult or Complicated When I made an offhanded comment back in 2009 that I wanted to learn how to make wine, I really did mean I wanted to learn.  I thought I would watch some You-Tube videos.  Maybe read a book.  My husband had other ideas.  He got online and purchase all the equipment I needed to get started and suddenly, with no preparation or warning, I was making wine. It is a good thing that he did this because if I had been left alone, I might have gotten around to watching a video or two.  I probably wouldn’t have purchased a book.  I would never…

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    April 2 – Day 16 of Our COVID-19 Adventure

    Some Things Stay the Same No Matter What In 1994, Jerry, the kids, and I moved to Sardinia.  I was so excited.  Sardinia is a small Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.  My life was about to be both exciting and exotic, but above all, it was going to be DIFFERENT. And it was and it wasn’t.  The water isn’t potable on Sardinia and so we learned to cook and brush our teeth with bottled water.  I learned how to hang clothes out on a clothes line.  We learned how to survive 115 degree and up temperatures with no air conditioning.  We also learned how to manage…

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    April 1 – Day 15 of Our COVID 19 Adventure

    Is There a Silver Lining? I have been reading lots of posts about, if there is a silver lining to be found during this pandemic, it may be the amount of time that we all have now to focus on things that are important to us.  I think there is a lot of truth in that statement.  However, I think that it would be difficult to convince medical personnel right now that they have more time, for example.  So I suppose that for some of us there is a silver lining, but not really one for all of us.  Some people are handling the crisis with aplomb, some are panicking. …

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    March 31 – Day 14 of COVID 19 Experience

    Skewed I hate to shop.  I hate shopping.  Crowded stores make me crazy.  Rude people make me nuts.  I don’t like crowded parking lots.  I hate being pressured.  I hate making important decisions on the spur of the moment. There was a lot of hate in my world today. Jerry and I spent the majority of yesterday making lists (I do love lists!).  We inventoried all the food, personal hygiene products, and cleaners we had.  We made a list of all the projects we wanted to accomplish in the next couple of months and what materials we would need to get them done. And then, today, we went shopping. We…

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    March 30 – Day 15 of Our COVID 19 Experience

    I Wore Real Clothes Today…Just Like I Always Do My cousins and I have been texting each other more during this pandemic than usual.  We aren’t trading survival tips or crying about what is going on in the world.  I have amazing cousins who send texts about how they have day pajamas and night pajamas.  They discuss how they rotate from one to the other and we laugh about it.  Today, I was thrilled to text the above photo while they were discussing PJs. I, the brave, strong one (ha!) had not succumbed to the pajama disease.  I had on real clothes…just like I always do. Habit or Fear? I…

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    March 29 – Day 12 of Our COVID 19 Adventure

    Good Morning from White Rock Today dawned and it was spectacular.  We were greeted this morning with the spectacular sunrise above.  It was easy to push back the concerns of the day for a bit longer while we watched this new day arrive.  We know that things can change in a second.  I always try to remember that so that I can be truly grateful for each moment of grace I experience. Izzy Goes Home Izzy’s morning started off with a dry diaper, clean (and cute!) clothes, a hair-do, and breakfast.  The girl loves eggs and loves to eat (usually).  She chowed down on her eggs while I sipped a…

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    March 29 – Day 11 of our COVID 19 Adventure

    Half of the Cuteness With JW gone, there was only half of the cuteness here.  Izzy worked really hard today to make sure that she delivered as much as she could.  First, she took over PopPop’s chair and decided that she should forego getting dressed since her purple shoes fit over her footed pajamas.  I think she has been on my Facebook page and saw all of my friends who have decided to live in their PJs too.  I can’t say that she is wrong. Izzy Has to Help The chickens needed a new box.  Izzy sweetly offered to help PopPop.  She has managed to get dressed and changed shoes. …

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    March 27 – Day 10 of Our COVID 19 Adventure

    A Bit of a Rough Start We had a rough night last night.  JW’s allergies really got to him in spite of his allergy meds.  He coughed all night.  He work up hoarse and out of sorts.  Both babies have had runny noses and we have been holding our breath, hoping that it was only allergies.  I think last night was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Poor little guy was not feeling well and I think missing his mom and dad and was tired of sharing space with another little person.  I can’t say that I blame him.  When I don’t feel well, I am never in a…

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    March 26 – Day 9 of Our COVID 19 Adventure

    Up Before the Chickens The first unhappy chirps began before 4:30am. Izzy wasn’t happy and she wasn’t inclined to keep that information to herself.  Jerry got her up and took her into the kitchen.  She was hungry.  Must be a growth spurt.  At any rate, when he exited with her, John Warren looked up and said “Pop Pop?” and then he was up in spite of my valiant efforts to convince him to go back to sleep. What this meant, in the long run, was that today was hard.  On all of us. Crash and Burn #1 While watching Paw Patrol, Izzy needed a lap.  That would be me.  She…