Friday, September 27, 2013

Out to Eat...Pizza Hut, Bastrop, TX...

Last Sunday after church we decided to have some lunch.  With a bit of time before the NASCAR race, we thought we would eat in.

As we drove around town, we came across the Pizza Hut in Bastrop, TX.

We entered the building and were told to just take a seat and they would come and take our order soon.  We chose a seat by the TV that was playing the NASCAR pre-race and sat.
See the TV up there right above the Customer Parking Only sign?
After about 15 minutes with no waitress in sight and watching people who had arrived before us still waiting, we headed for the cashier station and decided to order a pizza to go as we actually did want to eat sometime that day.  While standing there waiting to order, a few couples left--apparently they were done waiting to order as well.

So, pizza to go ordered, we sat back at the table we had chosen before to watch the NASCAR pre-race.

As we were sitting there, I noticed that there was more racing happening in the Pizza Hut than on TV.
Can you see it?
Here, let me get a closer view...
EWWWWWWW...This is actually after he died.  He was alive and going across the floor in the first and second pictures and feet down.

At any rate, with the lack of service and the, um, protein source, I think the Pizza Hut in Bastrop, TX is off of our list of places to eat!

Excuse me while I go and take a breath...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Fun #10...Davy Crockett

We see this all over down here.  Not sure if Davy Crockett actually said that, but what the heck!  We went to Texas too!  ;-)

Texas:  Where there are 4 seasons:
1)  Almost Summer
2)  Summer
3)  Still Summer
4)  Deer Season

We are in Still Summer--the temps are in the high 90's now, but with humidity they still feel like 100's.  Swimming pools are definitely appreciated!

Have a great weekend and stay cool--or warm--depending on where you are living!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We Remember...

Today is usually Happy Hump Day, but today I want to take some time to remember a day that I will never forget.  Even though it has been 12 years, I remember exactly where I was when the first news reports came through that a terrible accident happened in NYC.

And I remember a short time later when I watched in horror with millions of others around the world and a second plane hit the second tower.

And then when the plane hit the pentagon.

And when the plane went down in the field in Shanksville, PA.

And when the air space was closed down and we watched as the planes on the FAA site cleared off of the radar until there were none.

I remember where each member of my family was at the time and so glad that I knew where they were.

I remember silently going into my storage room and carrying every flag that I owned and flying them outside of my house, along the curb, hung on the fence and everywhere that I had space because I had to do something besides praying for all of those people who were lost and who had lost loved ones.
And I wasn't the only one...

In the next few weeks, many structures sported the red white and blue--houses, barn roofs, fences--you name it...because we stood up and became not Republican or Democrat, not from this state or that state, but we stood up and said "We are Americans!"

I remember talking to a man who does the same work as my husband who happened to be working right up the street from the towers with a straight view to the towers and where my husband would later be working.  He told me how they were terrified.  They had no idea what to do except pray and watch.

And then the fighter planes arriving.  The terror of feeling that we were being attacked and then the immense relief when they realized that the fighters were ours.  They're ours they repeated over and over.  Thank God!  And they fell to their knees in relief even as they watched the carnage right outside of their windows.

One place that Gman and I made sure to visit when we were in NYC was the area of the towers and this memorial.

 because when we were there, the new memorial was just under construction.
And across the street at St. Paul's Cathedral which survived the onslaught and where many found a quiet place of solace at a devastating time.

I want to take this time to thank everyone who keeps us safe and runs into the danger, even while we run away from it.

Thank you to our military, first responders, medical personnel and all who work to keep us free and safe!
And my flags are flying today because we remember...

Monday, September 9, 2013

Happy Birthday! Love To My Wonderful Son...

Happy Birthday!

On this day a few decades ago, (okay, that just made me feel old...) I gave birth to a little bundle of joy that grew up to become this wonderful man.

Just for grins and giggles, let's have a look at his birthdate...
Bread:  .53/loaf
Milk:  $1.79/gal
Eggs:  $1.11/doz
Car:  $9,890
Gas:  $1.28/ga
House:  $83,900
Postage Stamp:  .20/ea
Ave Income:  $27,391/yr
Min Wage:  $3.35/hr

Dow Avg:   1,047 (can you imagine if we had put a bunch of money in the stock market on his birthday????)

The President was Ronald Reagan and the VP was George Bush

What were we watching on TV?
Magnum P.I., Knight Rider, Remington Steele, WKRP in Cincinnati, CHiPs, Laverne & Shirley, M*A*S*H, Three's Company, Happy Days, Cagney and Lacey and last but not least, Dallas (from which Gman Jr's nickname from Grandma G came--JR--she was a big fan of Dallas!)

And Trivial Pursuit came out that year...and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Tron and Mattel Electronics Football II, Strawberry Shortcake Dolls and Magna doodle...

And songs?
Jack and Diane by John Cougar 
Maneater by Daryl Hall & John Oates
Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
I Love Rock AEn' Roll by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Don't you want me by Human League
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band
Hard to Say I'm Sorry by Chicago

Happy Birthday Son!  You make your parents proud!
We love you and will see you soon! 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

National Preparedness Month...

September is National Preparedness Month.

Are you prepared if there is a disaster in your area?  
What would you do in a tornado?  Hurricane?  Earthquake?  Flood?  Power outage?  Boil Water alert?

Where would you go?
What would you take?
What would you eat?
How would you stay warm?
What about your pets?

Take a stroll on over to the FEMA page and get started on your emergency kit.
And while you are at it, winter is on the way, so what about a car kit with blankets, flashlights, food, kitty litter, shovel, jumper cables?

Where is your paperwork?  Your birth certificate?  Your insurance paperwork?  Your pet's papers?  Your children's medical papers?  A utility bill to show residence?  Do you know what else you might need?

Okay, now, get over there and get to work to be ready for the next disaster...

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Fun #9...Crazy....

This was by the cashier at one of our fav restaurants, Maxine's in Bastrop, TX.

Gman offered me up as a teacher!  LOL

Have a great weekend!