Saturday, February 27, 2010

Movie Review --- The Wolfman

Worth the price of a matinee movie as it was okay. I'm thinking about what my husband said, (he liked it too) but he commented as we were leaving that "they just can't scare us anymore." I think that's a valid point, although the scariest movie I've seen in the last 10 years was No Country For Old Men (that Anton Chigurh played by Javier Bardem seriously creeped me out, and I'm not kidding.) Even with all the special, special effects, it's hard to scare us. We all know that almost nothing we see on film is real anymore.

A small point, but I had a hard time buying Benicio Del Toro as Anthony Hopkins son. And honestly, Benicio is not aging well. Add a serious case of lycanthropy to it and he's looking a mite peaked and paunchy.

*** 3 Stars -- and NO, Colleen, you won't want to see this one. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Were we ever this young?

From our wedding day, May 2, 1970.  Look at those bee hive hairdo's I made those ladies wear. The bridesmaids were in a pale apple green, and the younger girls were in pale yellow.  My mom and I made the dresses, including mine.  I can still remember sewing on each of those little seed-pearls, whew!  I still love the daisies - they look so cheerful to me. 
My sister Mary, John's sister Susan, my high-school friends Donna and Janie, me, John, his dad John was his best man, and our flower girl was John's little second cousin, Yvonne.  That day was and still remains a blur in my mind.  I left my shoes at home and my dad had to drive like a bat-out-of-hell home to pick them up.
We honeymooned at the Fontana Apartment/Motel over on Fredericksburg road for a few days until John got shipped back out to California by the Air Force.  I had to stay with my parents for a few weeks until we could arrange my travel there.  We were as poor as church mice, as I remember, but thought we were living la vida loca!
It's all seemed to have worked out okay, though, almost 40 years later.  I think I'll keep him, afterall.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nurse Schwencke, date unknown

She spent most of her life in these white dresses and a hat with a black velvet ribbon, white hose, and white shoes.  No wonder she loves her white shoes so much.

Monday, February 22, 2010

My sis...

My sister, circa 1974 or 75 or so??? 

Top 10 songs from that year...
1. Love Will Keep Us Together, Captain & Tennille

2. Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John
3. Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell
4. Shining Star, Earth, Wind & Fire
5. My Eyes Adored You, Frankie Valli
6. Before The Next Teardrop Falls, Freddy Fender
7. Fame, David Bowie
8. Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas
9. One Of These Nights, Eagles
10. Thank God I'm A Country Boy, John Denver

Oh, yeah, I did, Mary Ann.... haha!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

KT meets her Grand-Godparents!

Last night KT got to meet her grand-Godparents, John and Mari Hoyt.  They agreed, she's just precious!

Well, that sucks!

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

What we did today!

Tilled the garden -- getting ready for the spring garden.  We got a fancy, new, big time tiller.  Very exciting!  I'm getting Spring Fever, bad!  Can't wait until we can start putting in seeds and plants.  Yahoo for spring!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A favorite photo...

My dad on a hike taken many years ago at Big Bend National Park.  I think he was with John on a Boy Scout trip here.  Someone will correct me if  I'm wrong. I'm sure he was in heaven here, out in the open and with a bunch of scouts. He's coming up over a rise... I  miss him.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

KT's First Valentine's Day

KT with her Valentine bear from her Grumpy.... 
Her first Valentine's Day is already gone.  I can't believe it!!  Oh well, on to St. Patty's Day!  This is her with her Valentine's monkey (doesn't everyone get monkeys on Valentine's Day?

Oh, memories....

Sarah and Colleen
As we move into the Easter season, I found this duo of beauties to share with you. Oh, I remember the fun of dressing up my own living doll - real Southern ladies, weren't they, right down to the pristine white gloves. Sigh...I hope KT will let us dress her up in ribbon, lace and hat some day....

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Lenten Season

Terrific website to help you during the lenten journey. I absolutely love the work these blessed people do.
Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, becomes Journey to the Cross through the season of Lent. Spread the word to your friends and family about this great, free devotional series!

The Aggie Catholics have a wonderful site also, with lots of FAQs and resources.  Gig' em, Aggies!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

She's over 6 pounds now!!

Good job, KT, KT's Mom and KT's Daddy.  She's growing now - by her due date she'll be over 7 pounds, I'll bet!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Some turkeys from my mom's past....

This is somewhat of a famous picture from our family.  I can remember it coming up in conversation several times throughout the years..."have you seen the turkey picture?"  "who has the turkey picture?" 
Well, guess what I found?!!
It's not the big one that everyone is referring to, but it's one of the smaller ones.  It's stamped on the back with "44" (could that mean 1944?) and someone wrote in beautiful script, "Beck, Just in case you forget your roots!"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Is this a happy baby, or what?!

Aunt and Uncle Raska

This is my Aunt Sabina and Uncle Henry Raska.  The year posted on the back of the picture is 1969. 

I know the exact door that they are standing in front of in my grandparents house in Yoakum, Texas. 

Uncle Henry ran a shoe store in Yoakum and I can still recall the smell of leather from the many times that we came and went from that store during the summers.  Uncle Henry was a very kind man.  I have a memory of saying the Morning Prayers together before he went out to work as a family when I stayed with them.  I guess we'd all be better off if we stopped to pray each morning before starting our day.

I loved Aunt Sabina so much, too, although she did give me a HUGE spoonful of Milk of Magnesia once when I had a fight with Peter, one of her boys.  Gaggggg!!!  I guess she thought I was "sicking with something" and it couldn't be Peter's fault.  I remember being so MADDDDD about that! ha!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I'm in love....

Totally hand made!

Look what I got from Ashley! Totally hand made, including the screen printing.  She hand-stitched the entire outline and made the steam coming from the cup without a pattern.  It's very meticulously done.  This reminds me of the day when people took time to add quaint touches to their homes.  I will treasure it, Ashley!