Thursday, October 6, 2022

 I don't know how many of you are familiar with the famous "Sonic Fast Food Drive Thru Places?"


"Sorry....I tried to upload some pictures, but they never would come up." 😓



Our little town has one that is less than a mile from our house and I am a frequent customer........like everyday!!

I always make a trip each morning and purchase TWO large Un-sweet teas........one for me and one for Sam.  Hey, this is much better than drinking a Dr Pepper every morning.  

This afternoon, I was on my way to pick Mylee up from school and I saw a Sonic in a different town from where we live.   I thought that it would be nice to have something cold for Mylee to drink, especially since she has athletics for her last class.  Figured she would be sweaty from running and a nice Cherry Sprite would be just what she needed.   

I pull in to the drive thru, and I order two medium Cherry sprites.   When I get to the window to pay, I give the young lady my money and it ends up that she owes me $12.49 in change.  I am watching her as she gets my money ready to give me and she never touches her "CHANGE" drawer.   Instead, she hands me $12.00 and $12.00 only.   She then said, "Would you like your .49 cents??   I was a bit startled by her question, but I then said...."Yes, yes I would."   


.49 cents?   That's like paying an extra .25 cents per drink.   Why would I not want all of my change?  I was thinking, if they do this to every customer, just think how much extra they make each day.  What if my change had been .79 cents or .89 cents.  Would she still have asked if I wanted my change?


I don't understand a lot of things about how things work in our world today.  I know that .49 cents  these days will not buy much by itself,  but when I was 10 years old, it would have allowed us to purchase 2 loafs of bread.  


I don't know.......I was just so puzzled for her to ask me this question.  


Laughs today!

Is there anyone else out there having problems with photos not loading onto your post??  

Shug! 


Sunday, October 2, 2022

 Adding vibrant shades of "Fall" colors to your home decor, makes for feelings of a visually satisfying sensation, that we embrace with a welcoming spirit.


Adding tiny bright lights to a wreath filled with colors, gives much warmth to any room.....and hey, who doesn't love these amazing little lights that bring warmth to any room?  The lights are so gentle and cozy.

I use them all the time, throughout the year, no matter what season it is.


 
This is also the time of year when I love to burn candles.  Mind you, I'm not a huge fan of many of the fragrances of burning candles.  I have my favorites as well as my dislikes!
Vanilla and apples are some of my most liked smells, but I stay away from anything cranberry!  Cranberry was always my moms favorite candle, but for me, it is too sweet.




Who keeps their dining table set throughout the year?  
ME!  I do.  I still have my turquoise and white dinner set out, I just added a sunflower for now.  I may get a little more creative in a few weeks, and add some small pumpkins and gourds.  


Same for this cabinet that I have had for 25 years.  This one piece of furniture has brought me so much joy!  Adding color to the face of this piece of furniture adds so much to our dining area.    I usually keep it decorated with plates for whatever holiday or season is happening at the time.   I also love adding colorful magazines to the front of the cabinet.  

Pumpkin Spice, Lattes, Hot Chocolate, bon-fires, sweaters, football season, Changing colors, mugs of Apple cider, picking the perfect pumpkin, Caramel, Fairs, Crisp Air, Scarecrows, Hayrides, Decorating, Candy corn and peanuts, Fall festivals, scarfs, boots, drizzling rain, Thanksgiving.....WOW, so much to enjoy about FALL.

I'm very excited for the season of Fall.   The gorgeous colors are a reminder of how awesome our God is.  The crisp air, refreshes my breathing and I so enjoy stepping outside so I can take in the scents of nature.  
Being the soup lover that I am, I love the smell of a full pot of soup simmering on the stove.  Comfort food makes me feel good.

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let go of things that weigh us down.  May your spirits be lifted each and every day, as you watch the colors change and as you feel the presence of each new day.

Shug 🍂






Saturday, October 1, 2022

 Life is moving fast, like a swift moving river, making its way down a steep gradient slope!!


Seems like yesterday, I was chasing our 6 grandkids all through the house, playing hide n' seek.  The boys were constantly wrestling with me or pulling jokes on me.  Lots and lots of laughs.

Tori was always exploring through every drawer in our house.....and her favorite thing to do was going through my jewelry box.  Honestly, she still loves doing this!!

Mylee, the baby of the family always enjoyed helping me in the kitchen.  She always wanted to "make cookies for the boys."  She also loved singing "Oh happy Day," while running throughout the house, sometimes doing a little dance.  

I am extremely thankful for all of these precious times, and I'm thankful that I was given the opportunity to be a stay at home grandmother, and to be able to keep the grandkids while they were in their younger years.  

I only wished we were back in those days!!

What is so hard to believe, is that MYLEE (the youngest grandchild) will be getting her drivers permit in just a few months!!  This is CRAZY.

Time. . . . . Please slow down. 

Now, the oldest grandson lives over 1600 miles away and his a family of his own.   Our second grandson lives about 40 miles away and he and his wife are busy, busy!

The others are in College, working and the youngest is in High School.  They all have busy lives!

I've gone from cooking breakfast for all of them EVERY SINGLE DAY, to seeing Tyler's family once a year......Tucker and his wife maybe every two months and the others a couple times a week.  

Distance, it is said, Makes the heart grow fonder.  

This grandmother heart
misses those full days.  

Shug

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

 Well Friends.....  I found myself missing my blog more than I thought I would.  

I found that I actually have more time and would you believe that I have had so many topics to blog on since I decided Not to Blog.  

Hoping it will not take me long to start seeing you all stop by and say Hi...!

I am excited about catching up on all your post as well...


See ya tomorrow!!

Shug




Sunday, August 21, 2022

 Hope this day finds you all filled with Love and Joy in your hearts.   

It was 2010 when I first decided to journey into the land of blogging.  By doing so, I learned much about myself and I know without any doubt, that blogging changed me in so many ways.

I have decided that the time has come for me to move on to other things and while I do love my blog and ALL of the precious friends that I have made over these past 12 years, it is time for me to say.......See ya Later!  

I am friends with most of you on Facebook and I so enjoy keeping up with you all.  Over these past years, I have watched your families grow, I've enjoyed their birthday celebrations, I've viewed many beautiful wedding photos and I feel as if I've known your families as if you all were my next door neighbors.  

We have all prayed together, prayed for each other and our families and we have even shared life changing happenings with each other.  I will always cherish these relationships.  

I do hope that if you are not already my friend on FB, that you will friend me.     So....I will leave this post up for a week or so, and then I plan to delete it.  Thanks for all the sweet memories.  

Shug Pollard

Monday, July 18, 2022

Vacation time is the BEST!!


 Wouldn't it be great if we were all able to take a good vacation at least 10 days or so, ever other month?  When I win the big "lottery" I might just consider doing so.  Of course, you have to play the lottery to win it!


Sam and I just spent 10 days in Colorado, vacationing with friends.   Actually it was Sam and four of us ladies!
You know what though?  He had the best time.  He was our driver, our luggage carrier, our gas attendant, and best of all....we had curb side service at all of our destinations.......and he went and parked the car!!

We rode the train from Durango to Silverton and back.
Oh my....the most beautiful country side and the river was  absolutely gorgeous!


I took this picture of Sam at "Bear Lake."
If you have never visited Bear Lake, you need to add this to your bucket list and go visit this place.  Such peace surrounds this lake.  We all walked around the lake and just took our time.....sitting and loving all of the beauty around us.  


We stayed the first four nights in Estes Park, at the "Stanley Hotel."  I'm sure you all know about the Stanley?
The hotel where Steven King wrote "The Shining."
This is a Haunted Hotel......


I had to hire me a ghost Buster to walk around with me!!
Just kidding.   isn't she cute?  This lady is part of the ghost tours that they have each day.  Actually, I should say.....The MANY ghost tours that they have each day.

I was a little nervous staying here.....but wouldn't you know it, that we saw NO ghost, No Orbs, No Shadows, and none of the furniture moved around!!  lol.


Here we are....eating at the Stanley.  Minus our friend, Vicki.  She was taking the picture.

We had a full schedule.....Flew to Denver....Drove to Estes Park.....Stayed 4 nights.........took day tours through the mountains and National Park.....Drove to Breckenridge....had lunch.....Drove to Durango.....Stayed 4 nights......Rode the train....Drove over the Mesa Verde and hiked down to the ladder house......Drove the Million Dollar Highway......Went to Ouray.....Drove to Pueblo, stayed the night.....went to the Royal Gorge....Drove to Denver...stayed the night and flew home!

We saw lots of Elk, a Bear, Turkey's, Big horn sheep, rabbits, ground hogs, chipmunks, lots of mountains, many rivers and the most beautiful trees.

We skipped out on some of this Texas heat.  The mornings in Colorado were in the low 40's and the days were in the 70's.    SO NICE!

When we stepped out of the airport in TEXAS, the heat was triple digits.  🔥🔥🔥

Thank you Lord for this nice vacation with my husband and friends....

Hugs to each of you!!
Shug





Sunday, June 26, 2022

 Sunflowers are flowers that can brighten ANY day!!


They bring such a sunny attitude and they make me think Positive thoughts!!!


I guess you could say that they truly spread "Seeds" of happiness!!  Sunflower seeds are so good and they are actually good for you.  

Nothing like having a bag of sunflower seeds while you are sitting outside at a baseball game.  It might not be very "Lady Like"  eating them ...

But...it sure is fun and super tasty!

The Pecan Nursery has, like a cover crop in the Summer (on the Hill Yard) of Sunflowers and I keep saying I'm going to get smack dab in the middle of them and have a picture made.  Just haven't done it yet!!

I attended a funeral a few months ago for a sweet, precious young lady.  She loved sunflowers, and if a funeral can be gorgeous, hers certainly was.  So many Bright Sunflowers and that is exactly how she would have wanted it.  

Did you know that Sunflowers are native to America? 
In my reading about them, I found out that the Sunflower's botanical name is Helianthus annuus.....which is Greek; "Helios" means sun and "anthos" means flower.  

I also learned that sunflowers track the Sun.  They are heliotropic......meaning they make optimum use of light by moving with the sun.

There, you have it.  A gorgeous flower that is very smart.

Hope you all have a sunny Day.

Shug.  🌻


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Sam and I celebrated our 50 year wedding Anniversary this past weekend.  How did all of these years go by so quickly?  We have actually been together for 50 + 4 1/2 years.  Started dating our Freshman year in High School.      We married on June 16th, 1972.



 It was actually ME that asked him to be my boyfriend!!

A few days later....Wednesday, March 13th 1968, he asked me to "Go Steady."  They don't call it "going steady" 

now days!  

We have been together ever since then.  Guess this means that we are pretty crazy about each other!

Our two daughters and their families hosted a dinner for us last Wednesday evening.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Sam and I loved everything about that evening.  They really out did themselves from the restaurant, to the ambiance of the room, the flowers, the delicious meal and the gorgeous cake!  Of course, they surprised us with a card and a Gift of a trip to be taken this Fall.  

I can truly tell you that I am a very Blessed lady.  Sam is and always has been a gentleman.  He still opens the car door for me or any door that I go through.  He is a man with great integrity and always puts my interest ahead of his own.  He is a true family man that loves his family.......and ME.  He is a wonderful provider and takes good care of us.  Most of all.....He is a man of God!

He sets the standards high and he is serious in being a good role model for his grandchildren.   



We have built a beautiful life together and I look forward to spending the rest of my days with this man.  

One of my favorite songs is: "When I said I do" by: Clint Black.  


"When I said I do, I meant that I will  'till the end of all time....Be Faithful and True, devoted to you

That's what I had in mind, when I said I do.  

Truer than True you know I'll always be there for you,

That's what I had in mind when I said I do!"


Hugs to you all:

Shug

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

 Isn't she lovely?  I gave a broken piece from my cactus to Trista in order for her to start one for herself.  



Here is my OLD cactus!  I have had this thing for several years.  Just recently, three of the big sections fell off and I just kinda planted them at the base of the plant.


They had already begun to take root and I was so excited to be able to grow this cactus bigger. 


However....I went out to look at it one morning and every one of the broken ones were missing!!!
What could have happened to them??

It is still a mystery!  

They were too heavy for a bird or squirrel to haul off, and the puzzling thing is........ There was no sign of them being eaten on or nothing.  It is as if they just disappeared.


Look at these two cute babies.  

~~~~~~

Shug.   





Thursday, April 21, 2022

 Once again, I have been absent from blogging for a while.  


I have been spending a lot of time working in my flowerbeds.  Trying to plant more things that come back each year.  


One of the beds that is not finished yet!!  Hopefully in the next day or two, this will be a finished project.  


These pots are just getting started and in a short time, they will be full.  



This one has a spot out by the pool and I sure love the deep purple colors.


Got to have some Yellow ....... 💛💛💛💛💛


Gorgeous hanging basket full of purples.  I don't normally use purple, but this color is so pretty this year. 


A little rose moss will be so pretty when the summer sun opens up all the blooms.  


I always get so excited when Spring comes around and I sometimes overdo when potting and planting flowers.  It isn't so bad having to water all these beautiful plants and flowers..........UNTIL, the Texas heat comes beating  down.   I then always ask myself  " Why did you plant so much?"

I still have a lot to get done, but the hard work will be so rewarding.  

Be amazing......Be Inspiring....and always find time to be a little Silly!!!!

Shug 💛







Saturday, February 26, 2022

Mexican Food.....  I love it all.   

TEX-MEX  OR AUTHENTIC.........

 Churros, Fajita's, Carne Asada, Street Tacos, Pico, Taquitos, Salsa Verde, Enchiladas, Pollo Asada, Nachos, and the list goes on and on!


But not only do I like/love the food, I also like all of the beautiful banners, lights, Garland, etc, etc.

All of the decorations really set the mood for eating at a Mexican Restaurant...The ambiance along with the Ranchera style music makes for a great expression of the Mexican culture. 

There really is a big difference in TEX-MEX and AUTHENTIC foods.  Yellow cheese is usually a must in Tex-Mex foods.  Especially here in Texas! We love our yellow cheese!

North of the Border is considered TEX-MEX, however, we do have places here in Texas that serve the REAL authentic Mexican food and sauces!

I honestly think I could eat this type of food at least 3 or 4 times a week... 😁

I think this is what we will have for dinner!!

YUM, YUM.

Shug 




Monday, February 21, 2022

 God is Enough!  God is enough for each of us today, tomorrow, and every single day forever.  

You want to feel refreshed today?  Take a break and feel God's abundant Grace...

                                                                         ~~~~~~~~~~






Today is a perfect day to reach out and receive God's new Blessings.  His Blessings are new every morning.  

God's grace is as fresh as the new day.....His unmerited favor is waiting for us!  Perhaps there is one who is experiencing a day of sorrow, a day of heaviness or a day of loneliness.  Reach out and speak God's name.  Share with HIM about HIS promises.  Wait on God, seek Him, for HE is prepared to fight your battle for you!

God's Mercy and Compassions fail not.  


Enjoy this beautiful day. 

Shug....🌷🌷🌷

Friday, February 18, 2022

I don't post many pictures of our baby girl, Emma Kate. 

 My goodness, she is growing so fast and I miss both of our great-grandchildren so very much!!

I can only imagine the conversation she is having with "Archie" in this picture.  After all....she (Emma) is the boss of the house and possibly the neighborhood.

                                 ___________



I love ♥ this picture of the two of them!


"Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."
Kim Hubbard


I love this little quote.....especially living here in TEXAS!

Y'all.......Here is what our weather looks like for the next week....


Tanning weather on Monday with a high near 80.   Wednesday....possibility of ice and snow!

 No packing away of Winter or Summer clothes for sure!



 


                                                                                
                                                                             And....



Hey....I sure hope y'all have a great weekend....

Shug......💛

Thursday, February 17, 2022

"Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."     Langston Hughes



I'm not sure that I ever grew up with particular dreams.  Certainly not any dreams like Dolly Parton had in her movie,  "Coat of many colors."  She had big dreams, and her dreams were made BIG because she believed in herself.  

I also think of big dreams when I hear the song...."With a Broken Wing" sung by Martina McBride.  I hear it as a woman who had big dreams, however, she felt trapped in her life situation and was struggling to fulfill those dreams.  This song does leave one wondering if through her brokenness, she died by jumping through the window, or if the open window with the curtains blowing in the breeze, were enough for her to escape to find freedom that would lead her to her dreams.  

Dreams are things we hope for, or things that we want to become.  Dreams have a way of stretching our imagination and by doing so, we are able to find amazing joy just by looking through a visionary lens in hopes of living those dreams.  

Dreams make life worth living even if you have to wait years upon years to finally get that dream.  Same as having a bucket list......a list of things that you want so bad to accomplish.  

For some people, dreams do die, and it does bring pain.  Can you imagine the pain that comes when a bird has a broken wing and it can no longer fly?  Without help, the bird will most likely die.  This is the very reason that we must always be alert to those around us.  When a dream dies....let us be first to lift them up and heal any brokenness that they may have.  


"He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength.  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."   Isaiah 40:29-31

Shug







Wednesday, February 16, 2022

 Quote for today:


" Be Strong, not rude.  Be Kind but not weak.  Be Humble, but not Timid.  Be Proud, but not arrogant."


Shug 

Saturday, February 12, 2022

 I know.....this is a lot of Snow!!  

I know I have said this before, but truth is truth.  In TEXAS, the weather has a mind of its own.  As one friend put it.....

"That's how we know Texas is a woman.....she can't make up her mind.  The last few years I'm convinced she's having a mid-life crisis."


I honestly had on shorts yesterday and the temps were closing in on 80.  Today, it is chilly and we had a lot of snow!  Did it accumulate?  No!  Because our temps are above freezing.

                                   ~~~~~~~


Quick update on Trey:   He is now walking on crutches.  He is allowed to put 30% weight on left leg (still) and has already had 2 days of out patient therapy.  Got to get his core built up so he can protect the back.  Prayers are still needed and I thank you in advance.


                                   ~~~~~~


I'll leave you today with this:


"Sometimes, I wish I was the weather, you'd bring me up in conversation forever. And, when it rained, I'd be the talk of the day."

John Mayer.


Blessings this Day!

Shug ⛄

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

 Is it Winter yet?   Last year at this time, we had SNOW and then came the big FREEZE!!  I am definitely complaining and I do hope we never have a freeze like that again.......BUT, being that it is Winter, I would kinda like to have a few snowflakes falling.



The snow last year was really nice and so fun to not only look at, but to do a little playing outside.  


With TEXAS weather, you never know what you're gonna get when it comes to the weather.  Today, the sun is shining and the temps are suppose to reach into the 70's.

Around here, you can be ready for the pool one day and the very next day, you will find yourself pulling out the mittens, coats, and toboggan's.  

                                    _________


Shout out to my dear friend Marsha.... she brought over a super delicious cake this past week.  Nothing better than the taste of pears, cream cheese, cinnamon, and a praline topping!!! 💓💓

    

                     Apple or Pear - Cream Cheese

                                  Bundt Cake


The sound I am hearing right now is enough to drive a person crazy........BUT, I am so glad to have progress being made on my Kitchen.   The noise I am hearing is a constant sawing sound.  The electrician is having to cut out pieces of my Bead Board wall in order to add more wiring for the New Double ovens and gas range.  I will be so happy when this is a finished project.  

Of course...there is a delay in getting the ovens, so who knows....it may be March before the kitchen is finished.  


What else?  Hmmmm..... I desperately need to go in there and do a deep clean in my closet.  Argh!!  Seems like I need to do this on a regular basis.  How do 2 people get things so out of order??    May just do a Closet purge while I'm at it...

Trey sees the Plastic surgeon this afternoon to find out if grafts are needed for his leg.  Keeping our fingers crossed that he doesn't have to have this procedure done.  Friday is a MRI and next week, the Back Doctor will let us know if surgery is going to be required on his back.   Continued prayers please.   


I'll leave you with this:

"Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful."

                                               Annette Funicello


Enjoy a Beautiful day.

Shug. 💛

Sunday, January 2, 2022

 Happy Sunday....   


Here in Texas, we are finally having some Cool weather.  All of this past week, we were reaching record highs in the upper 80's.......this morning, our temps started out in the upper 20's!   Winter closet, Summer closet.....they're all the same.  

On any given day, we may have to go from having on sweat pants and a heavy coat, to changing in to shorts and flip flops!  CRAZY!


                                                 ~~~~~~~


The New Year always brings motivation for me.  Motivation to get my house organized, to get rid of things that have no place, to get started on my end of the year bookkeeping, and to set new goals for the year ahead.  The calendar shows Jan. 2, but I have already found myself digging into some of these things.

I've already made a trip to "Hangers of Hope" to drop off items that I personally have no use for.  Like they say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

All of my Christmas decor has been put away for another year, and my house is pretty organized.  Well....other than the kitchen!!  I'm having a few things done in the kitchen (some new cabinets built, a new gas range, and some double ovens put in).......right now, the cabinets have been emptied and the dishes are being stored in containers out in the garage.  Hoping to be finished with this project within a month...keeping my fingers crossed.  

My goals are to try to compliment others each day,  be more involved with bible studies, and to be conscientious in my own daily living. 

Each day is rich with many gifts, I hope that I can relax more and soak up all these good gifts that come from our Father in Heaven.  


Hope you all have a GREAT week, filled with positive thoughts. 

Shug.... 



  I don't know how many of you are familiar with the famous "Sonic Fast Food Drive Thru Places?" " Sorry....I tried to up...