Yippee Skippee!!!!

It looks like my friend Judy from Patchwork Times and her hubby (of green T-shirt, purple croc fame) will be moving to our area of Texas this Summer!!!!   How exciting is that???

Judy inspires me with her quilt designs and the no-nonsense speed that she turns those designs into lovely large quilts!   Wall and lap quilts are more my speed, lol…but I’ve played along with several of Judy’s quilting project days.  It’s been fun and I look forward to  even more projects.

I look forward to being able to spend more time with Judy!  Welcome to TEXAS!!!

Susan ~ Patchkat  >^,,^<


A tale of woe

Our lovely Pecan Bayou is so low that even the fish have moved on (or so it seems)  

Ernie is out fishing this evening,  but it’s certainly not here…he’s fishing the neighbor’s tank. 

See those round concrete pumps on the right bank?  Those used to be in the water!  We’re so in need of a hard rain to fill the spreader dams behind us.  Otherwise, we’re never going to have water.   I almost hate the spreader dams, but I understand that those ranchers running cattle need to ensure there is water for the cattle tanks.  Before the spreader dams, the area you’re looking at was 20′ deep.   Now it’s probably about 4′ at the deepest.  Along the shoreline, it’s about 1′!  That’s pretty sad. 

Here’s another view.  The triangular bridge abutment on the right (visible under the metal railing) was Ernie’s fishing platform…when there was water.   The water used to run at the base of the concrete.  

Today, the water is about 6′ below that.   The neighbor’s cows have worn down a trail from the water to the pastures above.  They use it like a super highway, lol.  I don’t know how they keep from sliding in!

We’re praying for rain on a daily basis.   The whole community needs to have the Bayou running bank to bank cleaning itself out and bringing in new fish and water.

Susan ~ Patchkat

More Spring :-)

This is a view from the van window this morning…shot in downtown Coleman, TX.  My photo doesn’t do the Wisteria justice, but it’s what you get today!

I love the Wisteria and so do the bees!  The blooms are full of bees.   That’s why I”m in the van, lol.

Susan ~ Patchkat

It’s Bear again ~ Sigh ~ Sometimes, he’s so brain dead…

  Ernie caught Bear sleeping on the end of our bed…almost.   As you can see, he’s slid partially off the bed.  He’s knocked stuff off the dresser at the foot of the bed.   

 Bear almost opened his eyes for the second shot.  He’s so dead to the World.   Heaven forbid the stupid cat should actually have to wake up!   

If you were to pick Bear up at this point,  he would be like a limp noodle and just slide through your fingers.

Susan ~ Patchkat


I haven’t bored you with dinner photos in awhile.   Tonight’s dinner was inspired by the first asparagus spear of the season!   I cut it in little 1/2″ sections and added it to the baked chicken.   What a delight!  I hope there is lots more asparagus to come.

The chicken…breasts that I had butterflied and marinaded in a mixture of olive oil, fresh garlic, salt, pepper and a seasoned pepper rub.    I popped the chicken into a small baking pan, poured the olive oil mix over it all.  Added the asparagus.  Baked the whole mess uncovered for about 45 minutes at 325 degrees.    I wrapped the pan in aluminum foil when I took it out of the oven and let it rest for about 5 minutes.  

I’m so ready for fresh vegetables.   We still have last year’s okra, squash, green beans and tomatoes in the freezer.   I’ve been rationing everthing out trying to make the fresh, homegrown last until the new crops start coming to the table.   It’s been a yummy Winter of fried okra, soups, and so on with what has come from our freezer.  It’s good to have friends with big gardens and the desire to share!

Susan ~ Patchkat

The view from my seat

in our favorite cafe…

How would you like to eat with this thing and it’s two companions drooling over your plate???

These were shot in Texas.   Not sure exactly where, but it’s a big deal in March for a group of men to head out on the big Ram hunt.  These were from last year’s hunt.   The local taxidermist brings them to the cafe where they hang on the wall awaiting customer pickup.  I think it’s pretty sad for the animals.

Here’s a shot of all 3 above the booth where we normally sit.  They’re huge heads and were beautiful animals in the wild.

I’ll probably never understand the hunting thing.   Maybe if we still had to be hunters to eat.  I love to eat!

Patchkat ~ Susan