Friday, October 28, 2016


I just noticed that I have not posted on here in like a coon's age.. so sorry!!
been busy teaching at Michael's, working at DaVita and living the beach life.
callie died in August, almost a year to the day of Mr. Buoy's passing. Sad.
We are looking at end of life care for Cappi as she is way into the geriatric doggie stage now.
Did make it back to Texas in July & then again early October to see the kids, my dad & some BHS friends.
Also did some touristy type things like Horseback riding, walking the river, etc.
Bud did not get to go because I took the BF instead. he can go in March. :-)
Oh..get this.. DAD QUIT SMOKING!!!!!
Wait.. THAT should be the headline.. lemme go change that up top....
Ok... Title of blog post has been changed. That is like an awesome thing, y'all...So, working on teaching some classes outside of Michael's since they have changed how they pay me. They are now deducting a "Room Fee" from my "Classroom Bonus" ..and that is AFTER they take their cut of my Class Fees. Used to be their percentage of my classroom fee paid for the room, but not the case any longer. Which leaves very little "bonus" for me for a class that takes 3-4 hours of my OWN time to prepare just so they can get people in the store to buy supplies. So I am only teaching free classes there. That means no "bonus" for me and no room fee for them but I get paid to stand around a talk. I can do that for $20.
Facebook made me change my name. Peeved but sicne that is where I post all my classes I will adapt.... grudgingly.
Old friend of mine (Dink) had a heart e are close in age. I don't smoke, so that is a plus. Seems like lots of folks my age are dropping from cardiovascular events... eek!!
Still working in my MAMBI Happy Planner... fun & nice to look at a paper schedule at a glance instead of trying to see a "bigger picture' on my damn tiny phone. Getting back into more of my book making and less of my greeting cards. Pulled my card rack from the local book store. I do have about 12 dozen people on my holiday card list so started on that already. about halfway done but I have time. Scrapbook is caught up (ie: within last month). Will have to start posting some of my books I've made on here... get back in the posting groove as they year slows down a tad.

Blessing to all...
chaotic Kristi (except on facebook, now... argh!!)

Friday, July 01, 2016

July... already half of a quickly passing year

So, made the trip back home...we left way before daybreak last week. We hit Jennings park for a quick dip & roll...saw the baby gator (Bud didn't even bark...). Then back in the car & over the Baton Rouge bridge. Ever upward and onward until we finally see it...the Texas State line!! That meant we were halfway there! Made it to 5 Mile Dam and took a trip down memory lane...that was where Bud learned to swim with his Daddy as a mere pup. Speaking of his Dad, we made it to the kid's place in time for dinner and an early bed.
Saturday saw us head out at the crack of dawn to Bandera. Along the way I was going to stop for breakfast at the biggest (and newest) Buc-ee's in New Braunfels. That's when I saw it... BRAND NEW HEB+ ...right across from the Beaver!! Ah, my loyalties were torn :-( But HEB+ won. The grand opening was the day before but there were still LOTS of specials. Loaded up the car & ice chest as much as possible (the overflow got to ride with Bud but he didn't seem too put out) and then continued on to Bandera.
Once at Dad's I unloaded car and dog. Took Bud for a walk down the road towards dead end only to be chased by a HUGE Great Dane, hackles up. Bud & I sought refuge behind a neighbor's gate and it finally went back to it's own yard. We quietly snuck out of gate & back into Dad's yard. Sigh. Saw the usual deer and a big jackrabbit. Dad says he has a jillrabbit out there someplace but she is more cautious. After seeing the baby rabbits, I think she has the right idea.
Cooked a few recipes including anew one that will not see the light of day ever again... became the firestarter for the trees felled by last storm...they burned for days, even with a light rain. Managed some household chores, watched a movie, walked some more (this time UP the road!!) and chatted with a couple of the new neighbors during my time there.
Eventually began the trek back, retracing our steps (skipped 5 Miles this time but not the HEB+!!) and made it back in time to celebrate a friend's birthday with a dinner at Hard Rock. Today is laundry day, catch up on email, snail mail and art day.... and maybe a nap. Bud thinks that is an idea whose time has already come.. he's gone back to sleep at my feet and it is only 8:30am!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Now off to see the Wizard....

Or, in my case...Dad, who is a wizard in the kitchen, so that counts. Have loaded up the car with shrimp, San Marzano tomatoes (look them up if you want to know why), Old school shredded wheat biscuits, cat food & cat litter...the basics. On the way back I hope to bring lots of Dad's tasty experiments in culinary design as well as some HEB & Spec's items for the household. :-)
Some pics from my birthday camping escapade? Why, sure!!