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Flicks & Teas

bear-77If anyone would have told me having a puppy was like raising a baby – I don’t think I would have believed them. But after six weeks, count me a believer. Thankfully, we’ve fallen – pretty much – into a regular schedule. His schedule, of course But that’s ok too.  For more pictures of Bear visit this link.

You can see his crate  (extra large)  in the picture below, fitted out with wee-wee pads, assorted toys  and bowls.  We weren’t too sure about having him in a crate, but now  think it was the best decision we made.   Big enough for him to comfortably move around in when he’s contained but coming with a moveable panel so the interior size can be adjusted .  The bottom is a removable tray making it easy to wash.   He’s gotten used to it and not only will he come check out what we’re doing in his ‘house’  when we clean it  but also he’ll go inside on his own to take a nap.


Took Bear for his second round of shots this week. We’re very happy with our vet and she is super about answering our unending questions. Have to say she was a bit confused though when David asked her about special treatment for flicks and teas (translation:  fleas and ticks). I was wondering myself what he was talking about since it was nothing we’d ever discussed. Guess my ‘what the heck are you talking about’ look caught his eye, because once he realized what he’d said – we all had a good laugh.


We haven’t had any more skiing experiences down the ramp, but I do want to say that I’ve learned that it is almost impossible for two adults and a dog to go through one door at the same time. I say almost, because last week that is exactly what happened.




While we were sitting on the back porch, the phone started ringing. I jumped up to get the phone but just as I opened the door – David thought he’d go through ahead of me and grab the call.  Only problem – I didn’t see him coming and continued through the door while at the exact same moment, Bear jumped up and made a speedy dash through my legs startling me so that I let go of the screen door. . . . it slammed into David’s elbow causing him to ricochet off the door jam, while Bear – unconcerned with all the commotion – continued his romp into the kitchen.  The whole scenario was a blur with everything happening in about a nano-second.    And, after all that, I can’t even remember who was calling. Probably means it was a wrong number.


We were out in the yard the other evening and saw the moon rising. The sun hadn’t quite set and the pink clouds were streaked across the sky. It was such a beautiful, peaceful picture. Hard to think there’s so much sadness in the world.




I’ve been getting a lot of good emails lately. The following one included. I’ve read parts of it in other emails, but this one puts it all together. In spite of this being directed to ‘women’, I think anyone would benefit.

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Stress Management for Women! This is absolutely wonderful!!!!

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

1 –  Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2 –   Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3  –  Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 –  Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 –   If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6-   If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 –   It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 –   Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 –  Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 –  Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11  – Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 –  The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 –  When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 – Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 –  Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 –  We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 –  A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 – Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


20 –  Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!

Today someone asked me if I liked you. I laughed, and I said, “Ha! That’s funny!! I absolutely LOVE that woman!! She’s funny, caring, crazy as heck, sweet, beautiful, she’s reading this email right now & I love her!!” Send this to ten ladies you love!! & I better be one!!!!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ “Oh Crap, She’s up!”

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