Ginny B'S

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I got to baby sit today!!!

I got to babysit this little cutie yesterday, so his mommy could go to the grocery store.  With all the flu going around, it is not a good idea to take this darling baby into a large store where there are many possible germs.
We had a very good time and he was so very good.  I changed several diapers and changed his clothes. I was able to give him a bottle of some breast milk and he took it very well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time that I got to spend with this little darling.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Technology, sometimes drives me crazy!!

I have been having trouble with my laptop and also with my internet.  I have had to change internet providers twice now, since we live in the country a few miles from town.  I love living in the country,  and we are only about 4 miles from town, but it seems that I get a good provider and then something causes it to not stay connected. I called my provider and they said it's the bandwidth.  Well in the explanation, it seems more people are using their service, so now my service is slowed down to a crawl.  This to me is very aggravating.  Paying my bill and not having good service. so I guess I will call again today and gripe to see if I can get some of my payment refunded. 

Also, now i am typing this and it seems my blog will not show up correctly on my computer.  All of this is making me want to pull my hair out!!!!Just like this.  I typed the first part in large letters.  Never changed a thing and this is the way that it is typing now.  Oh, DEAR!!!!! I want to scream.  Ok, I have been ranting!!  Oh yes, with my laptop, it has not been working properly, so i did a system restore.  It works better, but maybe this is causing my blog not to show up properly.  Oh, dear!! what am I to do. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blast from the past!!

I made some blankets for my aunts for Christmas, this year,  I made a collages of some pictures, old and new.  These pics mean a lot to me.  I love the picture in the middle of our house on the farm in Dalhart, TX.  My granddad came from Canada and bought a farm.  He went back and married my grandma in Canada  and brought her back to Texas to live.  I love the top pictures of my parents and their square dance group.  I love when my parents and grandparents went square dances at the old XIT Rangers club.  These pictures were taken there.  There are pictures of my parents camping in Cimmarron Canyon.  Mine and KB's families spent many weekend summers, in the canyon camping.  We also started taking our girls there when they were only a week old. They were both born in the beginning of summer and loved camping.  We all still love going camping to the lake or any campground.  There is a picture of my granddad with his hand on my mammaw's knee.  This really portrays  how they were everyday to each other.  So cute!!!  There is a picture of my grandad and Aunt Beth with a palomino horse.  We've always had horses on the farm and loved everyone of them.  Now my girls have their horses and dearly love them.  There are pictures of my Dad and his sister and more family.  Memories mean so much to me.

Monday, January 6, 2014

I'm So Excited!!! We have another GRANDSON!!

Everyone, Welcome to this world, Corbin Clay Radke.  Our precious Holly gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on December 20, 2013.  He made his entrance about 8:53 am.  I am not sure if this is the exact time, I will have to check with her.  He weighed 7 lbs and 2 oz.  He is beautiful!!  Corbin is such an angel.  We feel so blessed by God to have these beautiful Grandchildren.

I have not been consistent with writing on my blog, but I started reading a young girl that I knew from my home-town of Dalhart, TX. and it made me want to write some more on my blog.  I need to take the time and do some more writing.

Our first grandson, Wes, is 5 and in Kindergarten. I got to attend his first Christmas program this year and it was just perfect.  He is so much fun and quite the little man.  I got to sit between his mommy and daddy and as his class lined up to sing their first song, he reached over to the little guy next to him and scobbed his knob.  He actually rubbed his knuckles on top of his head.  His daddy looked at me and said, did you see that.  We both had quite a laugh about that.  His mommy recorded everything on video, so His KB and Gran and Mac got to watch it on the big screen at Wes' house!!  He was also dressed as a dancing Christmas Tree.  This was a pic from my phone, so it has the labels from my phone, I'm such an amateur at this blogging.  Really I'm just glad that I can add a pic.
I feel so thankful and blessed that God has granted us these precious two grandchildren.  We truly enjoy every minute that we get to spend with them.
KB has been suffering from the flu, but is finally beginning to improve. I have had a terrible cough, every since Corbin was born, and I'm finally getting it all coughed out of my system.  We both can hardly wait until we are completely well and we can see both of these precious boys again.  Happy New Year and Best Wishes to everyone for a fabulous 2014!!!!!!  Wes did get to come and stay with us, while his mommy and daddy went to the NFR in vegas this year!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Peace, Love and Cowboy Boots

Peace Love and Cowboy Boots

 

KB and I took a trip to back to our hometown.  It was very nice to be back home.  Many things have not changed and then some have.  It was great to spend time with KB's mom for her 79th birthday.   My mom and dad still own the old family farmland.  KB and I sold the old farm house and our portion of the land when we moved, but dad has kept the grassland.  It is extrememly dry there. I don't know if I have ever seen it that dry.  We were able to go out to the farmland to look at where we lived.  This is a very special place for me and our family.  My grandfather came from Canada when he was a young man.  I think he was 28.  I found something on that date a few weeks ago, but I can't find it right now.  After he bought this old home place, and stayed a couple of years, he went back and married my grandmother and brought her back to the Texas Panhandle.  All the roads from Canada to Texas were dirt roads and this travel was in the winter and the roads were a muddy mess.  Also, the cars had no heaters, so there were little huts along the roadside where you stopped to pick up heated bricks to put in your car to keep your feet a little warmer.  WOW, I can't imagine traveling this long distance like that.  I do remember my Mammaw talking about that trip.  The farm that he bought, is the place where my Dad grew up, I grew up as a young girl, and our daughters grew up!!  So it has a lot of memories for us. For these reasons,  I thought I could never leave our old family farm.  But after we moved and made our new home, I really felt that I could make any place a home and I always will.  NO matter where I live, I will make it HOME!!!

 

The old house was bought and eventually torn down, they rebuilt right where the house used to be.  It looks a lot like where we lived, so that helped not making me feel so sad!! I will always have great memories of the Bates "Place" or as KB always called it "El Rancho not so Grande". 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder

We've been planning to make a trip to see KB's mother since the last of December.  We planned to surprise her for her birthday, which was yesterday, but KB thought he better call her yesterday because  we always call on that special day.  So he told her we would be there to take her to supper at the best MEXICAN FOOD RESTAURANT ever, La Espanola restaurant in Dalhart, TX.  We have not eaten there in more that 8 years.
We have not been able to make it back to Dalhart much at all since we moved, so we're looking forward to the trip.   We do miss our family and friends from our OLD hometown. Have a wonderful Friday and Fantastic SUPER BOWL WEEKEND !!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

MAKIN STUFF

I have been making these cute dish towels.  It's a lot of fun to create them and I love using these type towels in my kitchen and they look really cute haning on my oven door handle.  I received this picture as a card from some company.  I scanned it and copied it onto fabric that I ran through my printer. I found these cute cotton colored dish towels.  They are in a package of turquoise, red and blue. I love them.  They are so soft....

I have made quite a few of these neclaces for family and friends.  When I started I thought that stamping would be rather easy.  Man was a sadly mistaken.  It is very difficult and I missed up many spoons before i have finally gotten the hang of it.  I love creating and making gifts for people.  The large one in the center is for my mother-in-law who turns 79 tomorrow.  She and my mom are the same age and they went to High School together.  Both of them are in really good health for almost 80 years old.  I just hope that I can be in that good of health and look that good when I am their age. 
Happy Wednesday to EVERYONE!!  God Bless and Hope you have a fabulous week from here on out.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

TOO MUCH FUN!!!

TOO MUCH FUN!!



When we have the little guy for the night or the weekend, it is always so much fun, and then this is how we end up at the end of the day. Last weekend we got to keep W for the night while his mommy and daddy went out. We had a lot of fun and he kept us both really busy. We did a little bit of everything. He loves to help KB out in the shed to work on just about anything. The first thing they made was a door in the shed for the two cats to come in and out of, this way, they do not have to go under the shed in all of the mud to get into the shed, which is where they stay in the cold winter. This was great fun because he LOVES using any TOOLS. He is very good with them too. He got to hammer, and saw, drill and put screws in wood. We have a small drill and he can use it real well.
Next, we made some cookies and also strung some bead to make a bracelet for mammy and his mommy.

WES the MAN!!

WES the MAN!! Upside down sunglasses and all.  This pic is not recent but so cute I had to write about this.  This is the first I remember of him being so very independent.         
He was in CHARGE  of everything, that is his horse Candyman, a minature.
I take so long between posts that I'm sure I don't have many people interested in reading my blog, but the real reason I began a blog was to post interesting facts about my grandson, and I haven't kept it up very well , but I'm going to try and remember or recount some of the things that he does and has done that keep us all entertained.  He has such a fantastic memory that he surprises all of us with what he remembers from a little bitty guy. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I just saw some great information on a blog that I started to follow.  She is recommending Dove body wash. She participated in reviewing their product and said for all of us girls here in Texas, it is what we need for our weather, and as hot as it is today, I can see that we could all use a little pampering.  So head on over to her blog and sign up for the $1.00 off coupon and a Dove sweepstakes.www.coloradolady.blogspot.com
Wes and his Great Grandad Mac


I thought this was a great picture of my dad and Wes.  Of course dad had to say well does it look like a big fat man and a little bitty toot.  I think it is just adorable.  We had a real good time that day.  Wes really enjoyed getting to swim with Mac and they both needed a little cooling off!!!  HAHA
We've had a very busy time this past week.  Had a great time for KB's birthday. 
He really enjoyed it.  Just having family together is always fantastic.  It's supposed to be really hot here today, so I guess we'll just try to stay inside or in the shade anyway.  We thought of going to the lake and maybe we'll make it this afternoon or tomorrow.  It's really nice just to have a day to relax.
I rode with KB to Kilgore yesterday and it takes six hours round trip, so that makes a long day for him.  I don't know if my company is very lively, but he gets to listen to me gab on the phone to my wonderful friends and of course I like to control the radio.  We do have a good time just being together.  Hope you are having a very blessed weekend.
God Bless,
Gin

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Let's celebrate KB's Birthday!!!  I've got a lot to do this week.  Went to BigW  yesterday and headed back today.  While I was in W, got a reminder call of dentist appointment for the next day, dang, if I'd known I would have waited and done everything on Tuesday.  Anyway, while in W and making my trip to Sam's, I bought a Ninja Kitchen system.  I really wanted one of these as I can use it as a blender  and food processor, etc..  So excited and brought it home and it doesn't WORK,  grrrrrrr.  Power light won't come on , so I'm back to W to return it today. I'll let you know how this turns out later. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I havent' posted in quite a while, because I have been so busy with all our summer fun activities. I have been making salsa, peach cobbler, peach jam, etc. Also, I've been helping my dear friend decorate her country home on their old family farm/ranch. She asked me to help her and it has been great fun for me. Today I wanted to share a delicious recipe from my mimmie. These are Mimmie's Bran Muffins. These muffins are absolutely fabulous and definitely good for you. Another good thing about these is you can make up one batch, or double it and they keep in the frig for 2 months (according to mimmie's recipe) I wouldn't keep them longer than a month and mine don't even last two weeks. now for the recipe. Mimmie's Bran Muffins 1 cup bran buds (just plain bran) 1 cup boiling water 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter 2 cup buttermilk ( I don't usually have buttermilk, I take 2 cups milk and add 2 T. vinegar) 2 eggs 2 1/2 cup flour 2 tsp. soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 cups bran flakes Pour boiling water over bran buds and set aside to cool. Melt butter in microwave and add sugar. Mix together. Add eggs and buttermilk. Add ddry ingredients. Add 2 cups of bran flakes. Last, add cooled bran buds. this mixture can keep in the refrigerator for 2 months. It is handy to double the recipe and use when needed. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Well, It had been quite awhile since I have had time to post something on my blog. Finished cleaning out my classroom today and Oh, my goodness. I have made a big decision about my teaching career. I have decided to retire after 28 years of teaching. I have looked forward to this day for many years, but when it comes right down to making the move and that LEAP OF FAITH, it is really pretty tough to do. I did go ahead upon Faith and DO IT!!! I spoke to my superintendent yesterday and she was such a sweetheart. She made me feel so good. I really didn't want anyone to make a big deal of my retirement and she understood. She said that she and the school would really miss me. I will really miss the little kiddos, that I enjoyed everyday. Of course there are the ones that I won't miss much, but others that I really will miss seeing. My last year was a very rewarding one, with a very beautiful group of children. I am so thankful to the Lord for being able to touch their lives with my teaching. Also, in making this decision, I used to enjoy teaching so much, when the state and government was not so involved in eveything and you could plan some wonderful themematic units of study for the kids. Now, everything is so mandated and it is not even enjoyable to me anymore. I missed being able to do the fun and creative things that I used ot do in my classroom. So now, I believe I will get started on a second career, just not sure what I will do. I would love to start a business, junks and crafts, and maybe write a children's book....... Let's see, where should I start first..

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Busy Summer!!! Not Ready for it to END!!


I have had a wonderful summer. It has been such a fun time of travel to and with great friends and family. I have been able to keep the precious grandson who is soooo much fun. He says and does the funniest things. I will start going back to school this next week for a couple of hours a day to get some things organized in my classroom. So today, I am trying to get this house straightened and laundry done. I will continue to be busy everyday. We are so much in need of rain here in TEXAS!!! Please continue to pray for all of us. We need to continue to pray for our country for some many needs.
God Bless Us All! America
Hope everyone continues to have a Blessed summer!!