Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dogs on Thursday

I chose this photo of my little girl, HoneyBelle, giving her big slug of a brother the what-for. Look at her little ears flying. She is going to be a lot of fun. I visited with our local basset rescue on Saturday and told them I should be ready to foster one after she gets finishes all her rounds of puppy shots. I have fostered bassets over 10 years ago, adopting one of my fosters. They make my life whole.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just Another Day at Work

Not really. This one had us wondering where the storm shelter was (again). This was the front coming at us from the West/Southwest. My dad called to let me know they were getting golf ball size hail and very green clouds at his location, about 30 miles northwest. This system brought us 7 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. This was a very fast moving front.

Around 2 p.m.

This was 2:30 p.m.

Here we are at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. It was midnight dark, with lightening giving us an illuminated glow. Luckily we did not get a tornado touching down.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Toddling for Tina

What a big girl! She has already toddled out of the whelping box. Good thing I just finished a new fence...

Avion Madness

All my life I have been attracted to the vintage trailers. Big aircraft aluminum behomeths. My first trailer was a 1950 New Moon, similar to the one trailered by Lucy and Desi in "The Long, Long Trailer". The interior was all mahogany, floor to ceiling. My next was a 1970 turquoise and silver Scotty Hilander that was too cool for school. I pulled it with my 1979 F250 around the country with a 65 pound basset hound taking up most of the entire front seat of the truck. Then this weekend my son went and helped me pick up a 1972 C-11 Cayo/Avion slide-in truck camper. I did not even know they made slide-in's. Well lookee here what I managed to get stuffed into the bed of my Chevy. Now, the interior has to be restored which I am all right with. I enjoy a good project. And the wood flooring has to be replaced. Still ain't scared. What scared me was this big thing possibly catching a wind gust on the bridge over the Port of Houston on the way home. Really, we did fine. Thanks to my son for helping mom drag up with yet another cool/crazy project. They just don't make things like they used too.

My old F250 sitting behind the carnival caravan. We managed to make it safely home. And I did not get pulled over by the police.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

HoneyBelle @ 3.5 weeks

She is just off-the-chart-cuteness. Her ears are starting to get length and I just love the nose wrinkle she has! What a doll.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Baby HoneyBelle

My baby basset girl at age 2 weeks. She will come home the end of May. I have been busy putting up new privacy fence, installing doggie door, and leaving the old carpet in place. When life starts to make me anxious, I think of getting to come home to her and Ruby in the near future. And I am okay again. Thank you dear Lord.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Beautiful Sunrise April 6, 2009

This was quite stunning this morning. I wasn't fast enough to catch the vermilion but it was attractive none the less. One of the things that makes me smile and it is free.I merged 3 shots in Photoshop to capture the panorama.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cause for Alarm

Springtime in SE Texas brings volatile weather. We have the rich moisture (100% humidity that can make you feel like you are walking into a wet blanket) that collides with cool weather fronts from up north. In the photo I took today you can see the result. An angry, indigo colored storm that appeared faster than The Weather Service can issue a warning to kiss your ass goodbye. Lucky for us, this fast moving storm had only lightning and bursts of rain. It is an hour later and I am looking at blue sky. But come to think of it, I recall pretty blue skys right after the tornados beat us into submission. I do not have a long fear list, but at the top is tornados. I think it is due to my personal education of growing up in a trailer on the flat plains of Texas and watching that giant barrel down on you. When I was 8 years old I asked my Daddy if he would build me a storm cellar for my birthday. He said no, the water table would fill it with water. I told him I had no problem standing in water to wait out a tornado vacuming the ground above us. Made sense to me. Have a good springtime weekend!