Playing Catch-Up

Well, well, well… here we are again. How time does fly when you’re having fun! The last several months have definitely flown by, but we have had a lot of fun! We added a member to our family last August… Yep, we are now the proud parents of a darling little black Labrador Retriever. We … Continue reading


For the past several months I have struggled with my blog theme and purpose. It was originally a way for our family and friends to see the progress on our home, and that purpose still stands. However, I have begun to include my personal interests and hobbies in the blog, which made my notes, well, … Continue reading

Texas Wild Flowers

2011 brought the worst drought in history to Texas. There was no significant amount of rain for almost an entire year. I don’t have to tell most of you this, you lived it just like I did. Many feared it was just the beginning of another drought similar to those of the 1930s and 50s. … Continue reading

Family Christmas… in February

This post is incredibly late, but my goal for the next few weeks is catching up on my blogging. Believe me I have lots of photos backed up! At the beginning of February (yes, I’m aware that it is April) my Dad’s side of the family finally got together for our Christmas celebration. Because my … Continue reading

The Great Crash of 2011

A couple of weeks before Christmas my trusty HP laptop, who has served as my dear friend for almost three years now, crashed. It was a very sad day in our house, but I was hopeful that maybe it could be fixed and my files salvaged. No such luck. For future reference, we have all … Continue reading

Mission: Wild Plum Jelly

Two summers ago perfectly timed rains brought an abundance of wild flowers and wild plums around my husband’s family land near Seymour, Texas. We spent many hours picking the tiny wild plums (which look more like grapes than plums) to juice and make into wild plum jelly. I grew up in a small town in West Texas … Continue reading

The Great Haboob

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last post! Ok, ok, more than a month. It’s been a very busy month and I promise I’ll be more dedicated my updates in the future. I have some fun things to report on the house, so stay tuned! Today was a pretty typical Monday, … Continue reading

National Cowboy Symposium 2011

Four years ago I began an internship with the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration in Lubbock, Texas. At the time I knew it was a great internship opportunity, but never really anticipated that it would become such a big part of my life. Each year, the weekend after Labor Day, hundreds of chuckwagon cooks, musicians, … Continue reading

The Second Annual

What does a birthday really mean? You’re one year older or maybe one year closer to retirement? One year closer to crows feet and collagen replacer? All things I thought about last weekend when I celebrated mine. At one point in my life, my birthday was a week-long celebration with multiple lunches, dinners and parties … Continue reading

Here goes nothing…

I have been reading blogs for about two years now. I have several favorites, but the fact remains that I just read others thoughts rather than recording my own. So, here goes nothing… my very own blog! Notes from Nottingham seemed an appropriate title since my husband and I have recently achieved the goal of buying … Continue reading