Thursday, August 17, 2017

San Antone Thursday Morning 8-3-2017

Doyle's class started at 8. I went with him to breakfast then he went to check in and I went back to the
room to get my backpack that had my Bible, journal and some other things.

I found a window view of the River Walk and  had a seat.

After spending a little time in quiet, I decided to walk on the River Walk.









It was pretty quiet on the River Walk. I guess everyone was sleeping in 😉









I thought this tree was pretty interesting. Look at how the roots are like knots on top of the ground.
















One of the many very large trees along the River Walk.

















Beautiful sculpture in front of the Briscoe Western Art Museum.












Beautiful waterfalls.




























I just loved this little walkway bridge across the River Walk.









A view of our hotel along the River Walk.

















Our room was not on the side of the River Walk. We had a view of the "Tower of Americas" on the right.

Doyle's class broke for lunch and I joined him. I'll tell you about my afternoon adventures in another post.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On the Road Again 8-2-2017

Doyle and I went to San Antonio for training for those newly elected to city council. San Antonio is
about 5 hours from here. His training was all day Thursday August 3rd and until noon on Friday August 4th.

We drove down Wednesday afternoon.

We stop to stretch our legs a bit at this adorable city park in Lampassas.

I thought it was very creative how they painted the restrooms.







Right outside San Antonio we made one more quick stop at a little roadside park. This place had HUGE Oak trees as you can see from this picture. I thought it was very interesting how the one limb has grown out in such a way as to almost touch the ground then turn back up.






Here is another view of this massive Oak.











Here is another huge Oak tree.








We made it to San Antonio. We stayed at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio which is right on the River Walk. We got checked in and had time to walk around a bit and decide on a place to eat before calling it a night.

The view of our hotel from the River Walk.

Have a good one!










Monday, August 14, 2017

Girls Trip 7-29-2017

For at least a couple of years I have been following Steve and Wendy Backlund. The Backlunds founded Igniting Hope Ministries. Their teachings, based on their experiences with their walk with God, have helped me tremendously in changing the way I think and what comes out of my mouth!

I learned that Wendy was coming to Texas to do a one day conference in San Marcos. Now San Marcos is not all that close but it was close enough! I bought a ticket to go and asked Julianne and Jean  (friends of mine from church) if they wanted to go. It's about 4 1/2 hours from here. We leave after Julianne gets off work on Friday.


Here we are waiting for it to start on Saturday morning.

I was surprised there weren't more people there but was glad it wasn't a packed house.

We finished up around 5 and made the trip back home.

It was a great time!

Steve is coming to our church in September. I am pretty excited about that!

Have a good one!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sweet Friend, True Friend

I didn't make this card with anyone in mind. The stamp I used is from Unity's June Kit of the Month called "Time to Enjoy Life". I had been wanting to stamp it up and see what I could do with it. I must say I was pleased with how the card came out.

I used some liquid pearls, a red pearl pen, and black enamel on the ice cream. The rest I colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment goes with this image. I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black powder on vellum.

This card I made for someone I know who has had some tough situations this year one of which was losing a very close friend to a horrible accident a couple of months ago. She, like me, loves horses and has some.  I had been thinking about her and decided to let her know I was by sending a card. I colored the horse to look like the one she has.

She loved it!

This image is a Unity Stamp by artist Phyllis Harris called "Listen from the Heart". This set comes with three sentiments. The horse stamps are my favorite of Phyllis Harris although I'm a fan of nearly anything she does (my collection will prove that 😍) I colored with Copic Markers. Because the background paper I used behind the image wasn't "white" I chose to apply with a blending tool Distress Ink "Antique Linen" to knock a bit of the brightness of the white out. I used a red pearl pen to color in the heart.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pretty Evening Skies

There have been several evenings of pretty skies

I don't know what it is about these type skies that are so intriguing to me but they are. Not much color but the ever so slight streaks of light are so beautiful. I refer to these as "starbursts". I haven't tried to find out what they are really called.

These two photos were taken 7-17.














This was taken on 7-24. I almost missed it. I was cleaning up the kitchen from supper and caught a glimpse of it through the window and ran outside with my camera. It was much more brilliant before I could get where I could take a picture of it.







The next 4 pictures were taken 7-27.

Do you see the moon through the pink clouds?



































Color is almost gone. The moon is brighter here.












This one was taken 7-31. I like the pinks highlighting the blue clouds.


Have a good one!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Snail Mail

I love the technology we have available today but I also like doing some things the way we used to. Like sending cards and writing letters. It seems that this is becoming a dying art or at least seldom used. I for one enjoy getting mail....real mail....in my mailbox....not my inbox 😉

Now days you hear that type mail referred to as "snail mail." I recently purchased a sentiment stamp set from Unity called "Happy Snail Mail." I love Unity's sentiment kits as they come with several sentiments with images that can be used with other stamp sets. Happy Snail Mail comes with 15 sentiments!

Here are a few cards I made recently with this stamp set. This one I made for someone who is recovering from surgery.

I colored this image with Copic Markers. I did put glossy accents on the yellow dots of the mushroom.


This card I made for a young man that used to attend our church. His parents live in the Ukraine. He lived with the pastor of my church and his wife while he attended high school at our private Christian School. After graduation ,he went to California to attend Bethel's School of Supernatural Ministry. He is now working this summer at a youth camp on a ranch. He mentioned in a post one day on Facebook that he was jealous that his co-workers were getting mail and he wasn't getting any. I made a comment I would write to him if he would give me an address. He did and I made this card to send to him with a letter on the inside. I had no expectations that he would write back but he did! A page and a half in his own handwriting! He was thrilled to get my "snail mail" and said it was the best kind...with a handrawn smiley face emoji 😍.I used pearl pens and liquid pearls to add dimension on the snail and mushroom. The rest I colored the Copic Markers.


This is a card I made for a belated birthday. I colored it with Copic Markers.

Thanks for taking a look.

Have a good one!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Football Camp July 24, 2017

Vanessa and Keannon are planning to let Kashton play flag football this fall. Vanessa learned about football camp and that they were opening it to younger kids so she signed him up.

The first night of camp Vanessa asked me to take him as neither she or Keannon could. He is wearing a black and gray shirt with red shorts next to the man with a red shirt.




I thought he did pretty good! Click here to see another short video clip.

It should be fun watching him play this fall.

Have a good one!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Birthday Cards

 There have been several birthdays in our church. I have started trying to send a card to each member. There aren't too many right now but I know there are SEVERAL in September. I should probably start now getting them made!

I have a whole box of cards made of varying kinds but every time I look through them they don't seem to fit the person I want to send them to so I end up making a card just for them.

This was for a teenager in our church. I thought the girl kind of looked like her.

The girl image is from the Angiegirl Collection at Unity called

This is actually an acrylic stamp set that is NOT Unity! Can you believe it?! I think it is by Hero Arts.
















The sentiment and banners are a Unity stamp set. I stamped on colored paper and cut out the banners.

















I made this card for a little boy in our church. No stamps were used. This is all paper!









I had enough of this paper to create a couple more to have on hand.



















This is for a man in our church. The stamp set is Unity by artist Phyllis Harris called "Strong & Courageous". I just love this set. I have the girl set but I have figured out how to convert and make it look like a boy. That did require me to cut out the image but it works. Genius huh?!







I made this card for a dear friend who loves birds. This image came from Unity's May Kit of the Month "Free Your Dreams". I love this birds. There are lots of other neat images in this set as well.





This card was for my niece's birthday. This stamp set is Unity called "Little by Little" by artist Tierra Jackson. This penguin is so cute! I chose to only add a touch of color to him. I colored the heart balloon. I used red ink for the sentiment and heat embossed it.

Thanks for taking a look.

Have a good one!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Riding Bikes with the Kids

July 16, 2017 I rode bikes with the kids on the trail. Keannon has Korin behind him and Kashton is riding beside him.






Kennedy and Remi are behind me.










Kashton on his Spiderman bike with a Spiderman helmet.



















After we got back to the trail head the kids wanted to climb on the old caboose.
















I could not get all of them in the picture at once!






































Our time with Remi has gone by so fast. She goes home Friday, July 28th.


Have a good one!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ride at Bunker Hill Ranch

July 15th I had the opportunity to go on a trail ride at a local ranch with the Sheriff's Posse. It was short notice. Doyle said the email came either Thursday night or Friday morning for a ride on Saturday. He wasn't interested in going but thought I might be. I was!






It was a small group. Only about 10 of us but that was ok with me. We are waiting for our host who was a former ranch hand. Look at all that beautiful green grass. I had a hard time keeping Fancy's head up!






And we're off! I rode Fancy mostly because Diamond was missing a shoe.

There was only one other woman there. She's riding ahead of me in this picture. She is the daughter of one of the guys.








A few stranglers.

It stayed overcast nearly the entire ride making it very comfortable despite the fact it's July.














It is so pretty and green.


























I love how the trees form a canopy over the trail.










We came to this man-made tank (Texas term for pond).









Those who wanted a drink got one. Fancy wasn't interested.









Riding across the tank dam, the cows spotted us. Nope we're not after you today!








We rode by this large Oak tree that appeared to meet its demise by lightning.











At one point Fancy and I had worked ourselves all the way to the front!















The sky is so pretty.











You will have to click on this photo to see the buildings off in the distance. The entrance to this ranch is right off of highway 180 East almost right across the road from the State Park entrance.





It was a great ride. We didn't ride the whole ranch. That is for another time I hope. It was beginning to get hot and 3 horses in the group had lost shoes so we called it good for this go around.

Have a good one!