Friday, December 24, 2010

Three Rivers, Texas

We went on our annual Three Rivers visit my grandparents grave for Christmas
and to check out the changes in the little town.
My Daddy "Bobby" and my Aunt Patsy grew up in Three Rivers.
Rumor has it...the oil boom is back!
There is a new hotel being built and it has been said there may be a
Chilis and a IHOP near the highway.  We did see lots of new wells drilling between
Kennedy and Three maybe 2011 will be a good year for our
Live Oak County oil wells, too! After all #11 is my family's favorite number.
Rob's first trip to BEAUTIFUL Three Rivers!
Lola & Bogart stayed home....and watched the Christmas tree go round and round!
Our pictorial / historical trip ...ENJOY!
 Our oil wells in Live Oak County...
fingers crossed for another GREAT year of oil and natural gas!
My grand-daddy "Daddy Jack" would have loved watching them produce.
He never saw monthly checks near as big as they are now.
The main Montgomery Well in Oakville, was pumping away.
Our first stop -- Montgomery Square -- that is the block surrounding the courthouse.
Named after my "Daddy Jack" -- he was the mayor of Three Rivers for over 20 years.
 The "Daddy Jack" display in the courthouse -- city council meeting room.

Montgomery Park -- named for my grandmother Lillian "Dolly" Montgomery.
We called her "Mimi". She loved flowers and gardening.
This is a triangle of land that is maintained by the Garden Club.
It was decorated for Christmas.
Mimi and Daddy Jack's house.
It doesn't look as wonderful as it used to with all of Mimi's
beautiful flowers/trees all around.
She was a gardener...with a very green thumb.
I remember taking flowers with her church every Sunday morning.
One of the biggest house in the town...was amazing in it's time!
When we sold it...someone turned in into a bed and breakfast.
Then it has been sold at least twice and is for sale again.
Maybe with the new oil boom it will look better next year!
My Daddy worked at this movie theater as a teenager.
Mimi once had a doctors appt about an hour 1/2 away in San Antonio.
She took me and my brothers to this theater and told us she would pick us
up when she got back to town......I think we watched 101 Dalmations 3 times (or MORE)
before she returned.  MEMORIES........I remember us running around the theater...
it was not a good situation.....they were happy when the Montgomery kids left that day!
Three Rivers Doughnut and Chinese Food???
A funny new business across from the GOODIE BOX.
The Goodie Box is a craft/antique mall.....when the ladies inside
found out we were Montgomerys.....they brought over a framed picture
of my Grandma and her 1st grade class in 1952. It was for sale....of course,
we had to buy it!! The lady that was working was one of her students and
was in the photo, too! I also bought homemade pralines.
Mom bought a birdhouse and a Three Rivers Fruitcake.

Our next stop was the Choke Canyon State look at the lake
and wildlife. We used to go out ~ shake cofee cans full of deer corn and
the deer would be solid. Now there are signs that say feeding wildlife is prohibited.
500$ we didn't feed anything.
We saw......deer, turkey and armadillos.
We also saw a turtle crossing the road (RAIN coming!?!) and some hawks.
We hoped to see javalinas and alligator...but missed them today!
We wished for a fishing pole....Mama and I love to fish....Rob could have watched!

Rob said "it was the best day EVER".....he was being totally sarcastic!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas, Y'all!

Santa is bringing me an IPAD for Christmas..
I guess I have to start practicing my musical skills!

Check this out...Merry Christmas, Yall!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas in Austin, Texas...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 --- 4 days until Christmas Day!
It is a RECORD 85 degrees in ATX today.....they say big changes are coming!?
Will the cold front really arrive for Christmas?
If it does, we will have a fire in the fireplace all day...anything will feel cold after today.
I have confidence Santa will find us...even if it doesn't cool off!
Merry Christmas....Oh, What FUN!!
Ho! Ho! Ho!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Golfer's Apology

Being married to a avid golfer...I found this pretty funny!!
I had to read it several times..wondering what in the world Rob was talking about?
Then...I saw the picture at the bottom! (just a joke...whew!)

Hi Sweetheart,
I am sorry about getting into an argument about putting up the Christmas lights.
I guess that sometimes I feel like you are pushing me too hard when you want something.
I realize that I was wrong and I am apologizing for being such a hard-headed guy.
All I want is for you to be happy and be able to enjoy the holiday season.
Nothing brightens the Christmas spirit like Christmas lights!
I took the time to hang the lights for you today and now I will be off to the golf course.
Again, I am very sorry for the way I acted yesterday.

I'll be home later.
Love you……

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Wine and Swine Festival

December 5, 2010
Bridges Ranch ~ Driftwood, Texas
 What a fun Texas and pigs!
Matt, Diana, Ken and John waiting in line to pay....
 We picked a wine glass before we entered...
Huge oaks...beautiful ranch..that usually has longhorns roaming through it!
We had to watch where we stepped...
This was a perfect climbing could walk right on it.
 Wine vendors everywhere -- we visited quite a few.
I loved the Bubbly Rose the best.....Rob loved one of the Pinot Noirs.
 The Driskill Grill had pork tamales, with mango HOT salsa served on
a pork rind....there is pork pate' on the side.
 My first little walk around the fire pits.
Desserts from Whole Food....The canollis were awesome!
 Rob trying another glass of wine!
Diana brought extra snacks...grapes, breads, pate', and a cream cheese log.
My favorite of the frosted pigs...from Rather Sweet Bakery in Fredricksburg.
Dan Rather's daughter's bakery....delicious!!
 A walk through the pig fire pit and spits.
 This piggy was wrapped in fabric and cooking on top of the coals.
 These were the Alamo Drafthouse pigs.....oranges smelled great!

 All cooked and ready to go.....
None of the pork tasted totally delicious...after seeing the little guys cook.
 Alamo Drafthouse's pork with butternut squash.
The green was a basil relish.
Rather Sweet's Bakery -- pork and slaw tacos.
VERY GOOD actually!
Almost as good as their pink pig cookies!
 A sunny day (my eyes are squinted shut)...nice and cool!
We had a BLAST!
John and Ken enjoying some pork and beer/wine!
 Our entertainment was by Ole' Alvin Crow - with his same ole' songs!
We played bocce ball and horseshoes to finish out the day!
 Matt cleaned his balls early in the morning.... Diana and Matt are showing off the shine!
 Diana in action as Rob, Matt and Celia look on....
 Me and Celia in action --we tried to be the BIG WINNERS!?!
 Our bocce refreshments.....Jordan almonds, pita chips, wine,
water,hot chocolate and coffee!

 Me and my buddy, Matt!
 Matt and Rob played a game of horseshoes before we headed home.
A fun time was had by all...except for the little piglets!!

We will be back next year......SUPER FUN!