Saturday, September 27, 2008

Obsessive/compulsive- yep, that's me!

I am taking a stained glass class. We are learning the foil method in this class. This is the first stained glass I have ever done, and I love it!

In case you don't know, like I didn't know- Tiffany invented the foil method of stained glass. All the Tiffany lamps are put together with foil, then soldered together. The old church windows are done with lead came, and it is a totally different method. I am going to learn that next.

We learned to make a 'cartoon' first- a pattern. Learned to cut it apart with special scissors, so that it will fit together nicely when you cut the glass according to the pattern. We have learned to cut glass- straight cuts, convex curves, concave curves, and learned to use the various tools. We have learned to use a grinder to smooth our edges, and assure that our pieces are duplicates of our patterns. We have learned to wash our glass pieces and apply the foil to the edges of the nice clean glass.

That is as far as I can go. I don't know how to solder yet. I learn that on Tuesday evening.

I do know how to cut however, and grind, and smooth and prepare to solder, so that is what I have been doing. I now have 11 projects that I have so prepared, and when I learn to solder, I will have something ready to solder.

GOOD GRIEF! Eleven projects, and they are all different, and one gets bigger than the last. I have not done any windows yet, nor large panels, but those things are in my plans. Heheehe. (I am working on a lovely panel of poppies.)

I must be obsessive/compulsive about everything!

I will post pics when I have something to show.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yellow spiders in my yard.....

You should just see how pretty these are!

These are yellow spider lilies, just beginning to bloom.

I have the red and the white, too, but these are the only ones blooming right now, so they are the most beautiful!

I think Fall has arrived.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My Word, we did have a plant sale!

And it was a good one too! These were taken before we opened the doors, and it was wall to wall plants! All these peoples are our Master Gardeners.....

This was a raffle item. We did very well on our raffle!
Look at that Jackie, thinking she can hide from me!

We sold everything in the house except for 3 banana trees, which will probably get sold yet.

This is Kenneth, one of our hardest
working MGs.
His wife, Debbie, is also a hard working MG.

We always have fun doing these sales, but we are always so glad to have it done too! I am thankful for so many who are so willing to work so hard to better our Master Gardener organization.

Friday, September 19, 2008

We're having a plant sale...

We are having a plant sale tomorrow. The Master Gardeners, I mean, and it is going to be a BIG plant sale! We have worked for 2 days, setting it all up. The doors open at 8:00, I need to be there around 7:00 am, to put the coffee on to percolate and all that.

We hope we will sell out by 10:30am, or around there, anyway. You just cannot imagine all the plants that are in that auditorium.

We have 2 plant sales a year. This is when we make our money to operate the whole year.

Wish us luck!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Checking in...

I am here, safe and sound. We are high and dry, just some wind, but no water. Not even any rain. We are giving Thanks for being spared again.

Prayers for all in the path of this storm. Prayers for Texas, and our Country.

Sincere thanks for all the comforting emails I got before the storm. I know I am in your prayers too, and that helps me so much.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Still here...

Just watching and waiting.

We will go by noon tomorrow, if we are going to go. The storm is predicted (at this time)to go in between Freeport and Galveston. That is quite a lot of difference from what was predicted yesterday, and if it holds, we will not leave at all.

I know it seems like tempting fate to wait, but honestly, it is much safer to do it this way. Traffic on the roads is un-believable, bumper to bumper. If we wait, we will miss all that fun. If we do have to leave, we will make a bee-line for somewhere south of San Antonio, and sit it out there.

Trust me when I say that we will leave if we have to. You couldn't make me stay, if it was going to come in anywhere close.

It is a beautiful fall day here too. I want to weed the vegetable garden this afternoon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'm not thinkin' this is good....

I am getting pretty scared here, now. This may be the big one for us. DERN!

check this out.

I am packed, just got to put it in our vehicles and go. The forecast is for this thing to come in as a Catagory 3 or possibly 4, at Matagorda Bay or San Antonio Bay. Either way, that is us.

The County has called to advise us to evacuate. Evacuation is mandatory below Highway 35, but that is not us. We are about 4 miles north of Highway 35, as the storm blows. People think that because we are 15 miles from Hwy 35 by road, that we are a long way off- not so, not so!

I am not concerned about water, although they expect 18' tide surge. We are nice and high here. The wind is the big thing for us, and the big trees in my yard. I am going to be undone if I come home to find a 40' pecan tree laying across my house.

We might go to my little sister's house in College Station. She has a brand new Grandbaby Boy that we need to see anyway.

Monday, September 1, 2008


Ancient One, I thought of you immediately when I saw this...

I have been chuckling for half an hour. My husband thinks the sun might have got to me this afternoon. LOL

What are those goats really doing? Why would they do that? I don't know anyone else who knows about goats.....