Classic Restoration…

I can’t even believe that I am going to say this publicly…

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If you knew you would only ever have one car for your entire life you would probably take really good care of it…you would make sure you took it in for its regular scheduled maintenance and you would give it a tune up from time to time. You would buy the best oil and gas you could afford…you would avoid hitting the pot holes in the road, you wouldn’t ignore the check engine light or forget to have the oil changed. Well…folks we only get one body…and for years I have treated mine with total disregard, no maintenance, no check ups and now at 54 I am trying to change my ways. Classic cars can be restored and can be made to look almost new again…I guess you could say I am attempting a restoration of this old classic. Melissa thanks for being an inspiration!!!!

Disclaimer: This is not my car or photo…Photo credit belongs to my Pastor Tim Liston. He and his son restored this beauty.  FYI…I did own a 66 Chevelle when I was in college…I loved that car!

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Balmorhea…

a cool oasis in the high desert

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Seasonal Colors…Mardi Gras

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During the heart of the winter when the landscape is greyed out and white washed with snow and ice, you are hard pressed to find color of any kind.  That may be why we find ourselves mesmerized by a clear blue sky or the stark contrast of a red cardinal against the bare branches of a tree.

But if you hold on to hope as I do, a day will come between late January and mid March…a day splashed with the colors of the season. Colors that will bring a smile to your face and put a song in your heart. The season I know as Mardi Gras! The colors are found in the decorations, trinkets, food and jewelry.  The colors are always the same…Purple! Gold! Green!

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If you are not from the city of New Orleans you may find yourself a little put off by the brash color combination…but the colors are symbolic and are embedded in the tradition of Mardi Gras.  Have you ever wondered what the colors represent? The color purple represents Justice.  The color green represents Faith. The color Gold represents Power.

If I were home in the Crescent City, I would be attending an afternoon party enjoying a King Cake from one of the local bakeries.  Friends and family would be gathered around the kitchen table enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of cake waiting to see who will get the surprise hidden inside. Yes every King cake made in the traditional fashion will have a plastic baby hidden in the cake.

Today, the baby symbolizes luck and prosperity to whoever finds it in his/her slice of cake. In some traditions, the finder of the baby is designated “king” or “queen” for the evening. That person is also responsible for purchasing next year’s cake, or for throwing the next Mardi Gras party. 20160130_134258.jpg

However, I do not live in the Crescent City. I live H-Town! So this year I am enjoying sweets made by my own personal baker Sweet n Lowe…Ms. D. has a way of capturing special moments in the form of cookies, cakes and sweet treats. I have to say that Devon’s cookies capture the spirit of Mardi Gras better than any I have seen.

 

The colors are spot on…the Mardi Gras mask and the Fluer de Lis capture the spirit of New Orleans.

 

20160130_134303.jpgThank you Sweet n Lowe for helping this Nolagirl enjoy the colors of the season.

Laissez les bon temps rouller!!!

Do you have a colorful tradition you enjoy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Escape…

How do you escape from your everyday responsibilities…

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Most people get one weeks vacation a year, if they’re lucky. So how do you escape from the demands of work and family responsibilities…I suggest you pour yourself a glass of whatever makes you happy. I prefer a glass of Malbec. Grab a good book and do a little traveling.
Lately, I have traveled to Nantucket, the Italian Coastline and 1912 Shanghai…next up I’ll be traveling back in time to the fall of Jerusalem.
Where will you travel this year?

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The unwelcomed common cold…

Well folks, its official…all the signs point to the fact that I have contracted the common cold. It doesn’t feel all that common, common would imply that this is something familiar or an everyday occurrence.  I have never been one to catch the latest bug going around…so I was quite surprised when i began to feel like I was getting sick.

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I attribute my strong immune system to several factors. I maintain a well balanced diet. I wash my hands often. I replace my toothbrush regularly. But the #1 reason for my ability to fight off infections, viruses and the common cold is my exposure to people.

For the past 35 years I have worked in sales, marketing and customer service. Until recently I interacted with over 2000 people every week.

I know what you’re thinking, all that human interaction, shaking hands and hugging necks would make someone much more susceptible to catching whats going around. That very well might be the case if it weren’t for the other factors I mentioned.

Even when my son was growing up he was only occasionally sick. He didn’t miss a day of school until high school. He got regular sleep, ate a well balanced diet which included a banana almost every day. Which I might mention is much better than an apple a day for keeping the doctor away.

But then there comes the day when your immune system is in a weakened state, brought on by too many Christmas Parties resulting in lack of sleep. A diet balanced by wine and cheese instead of fruits and veggies. Not to mention the unpredictable weather pattern we have had for the past 2 months…80 degrees one day, 50 degrees and rain the next, almost freezing 2 days later and back to rain and mid 70’s all in the span of a week.

Voila, the next thing you know your searching the internet for a quick diagnosis and a homemade remedy.

Wishing you good health and well being during the cold and flu season…

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Common Cold

Usually self-diagnosable

Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. High fever or severe symptoms are reasons to see a doctor, especially in children.

People may experience:

Pain areas: in the forehead, muscles, or sinuses

Cough: can be dry, with phlegm, or mild

Whole body: chills, extreme exhaustion, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, body ache, or feeling cold

Nasal: congestion, redness, runny nose, post-nasal drip, or sneezing

Throat: congestion, dryness, irritation, or soreness

Eyes: itchiness, redness, or watery eyes

Sleep: sleep deprivation or sleepiness

Head: congestion or sinus pressure

Also common: chest discomfort, headache, loss of smell, or swollen lymph nodes

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Farewell…2015

2015…was a year filled with new opportunities.  A new camper, new career, new travel destinations and new friends.
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New opportunities are usually the result of a change in your current circumstances.  The biggest change of 2015 was my career change.
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For the past 9 years I was the Director of the Welcome Ministry at a mega church. I organized the cafe, bookstore, greeter and usher ministry teams.  There were over 500 volunteers at 3 campuses.  I worked with the lead Pastor on special projects designed to help people experience God’s Word in a way that is relevant to their life. I also, had the absolute plesaure of assisting with the annual womens event.  I helped with the selection of the speaker, decorations, food and the swag bags that each attendee received.  I was also the book and gift buyer for the church bookstore.  I wore many different hats and I wore them well… I loved my job!
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Ministry work is incredibly rewarding.  You are a part of something so much bigger than yourself. You “get to” walk with people thru all of lifes events…babies, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, divorce, illness and death. You “get to” love your neighbor…you “get to” be the hands and feet of Jesus.
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But working in ministry has a couple of “have to’s”. You “have to” work weekends. And you “have to” be away from your family on Easter weekend and Christmas Eve. You “have to” agree to avoid certain socially acceptable situations.

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Overall the positive far out weigh the negative. But, for me the tide turned. I began to feel like I was missing out on too many family get togethers, either because I was working or too tired after work to enjoy spending time with family and friends. Thats when I knew it was time to make a change.
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The career change has been a challenge. For no other reason than the pace is much slower. The upside to the change…I now work with my husband and son running our very succesful small business. I have weekends and holidays off, time freedom to plan and attend parties. And I can now blog about whatever tickles my interest.
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2015…was a year filled with opportunities, changes and challenges. All in all it was a very good year!!! But all good things… Farewell 2015!
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What was the biggest change in your 2015?

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Happy Friday…

It’s Friday, another week in the trenches and we managed to make it thru with a smile on our face. 

So here on the ranch we are kicking up our heels, taking a couple shots of Cabo Tequila and getting ready for a Texans Wild Card Game weekend…

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Wishing you good golf, good tennis, full limits and a full ice chest…or whatever makes you happy!

Happy Friday!

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