Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Wolf is at the Door

Who's that lurking outside the door? Is it the wolf??

No, just a little girl in red.

And, let me tell you, the wolf probably would have given me less trouble!

The Humble Arts will be offering storybook characters over the next few months, and this little girl just happened to step out of a book here at Sherry's Cabin. We've wrestled around for a couple of weeks now, but I think I have her under control for the moment. Talk about attitude!

I have another young girl who keeps flitting in and out of my storybooks. I hope to catch her off guard one day soon and put the finishing touches on her. She's been a real rascal, too! Maybe I can snap a photo of her if I hide behind the couch.

Be sure to stop in April 1st to see the latest offerings at the Humble Arts!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Another Peek in the Sewing Room...

Well, one of the gals has a rough sort of a beginning of a head. She needs work. Does anyone know a good plastic surgeon? She might need to give him a call! She's got to dry, so I can see what needs to be fixed, but I'm excited just to get a head in the works.

Poor lighting in here, but you can't miss those chipmunk cheeks. I believe those babies need some sanding!

Little Miss P. is just hanging out on the sewing machine... uhoh, did I just give a clue to her elusive identity?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Just Can't Get Ahead...or Should I Say a Head...

This day's just finer than frog's hair split four ways! I can't wait until the April offerings for the Humble Arts! The whole place will be filled with storybook characters. You won't want to miss it, either! I've decided to try my hand at another Izannah Walker inspired doll -well, several. I'm working on a series of Walker style dollies that have jumped straight from the pages of a book.

These two are just hanging out... don't worry... they're unarmed. Ok, bad joke... Hopefully, both will soon be gettin' a noggin if I can hold my tongue just right and stand on one foot and close one eye and... well, you get the idea.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Do any of you have gremlins??? Do you leave the house in order, only to return to things out of place? We have had gremlin problems for years, and I have been unable to catch them in the act....

until now.......

the "bed-bug gremlin" must have been too tired. I was able to catch her as she snoozed!

HA! Caught in the act!

I've had the camera out again! God has sent us rain. Thank you, Lord! We have been in such a drought for so long. He showered down on us, and the weeds are in bloom. Hey, we're happy with anything blooming here in West Texas! I even get excited about the cactus blooms.

Lord, thank you for sprinkling beauty around our home and allowing me to capture it on film to share with others.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Proof of God's Existance

If you have ever had any doubt of God's existance, let me take you for a stroll. Spring is in the air around here, and the Lord has sent my winged friends to flutter and buzz happiness into my heart. I've been working around the house today and just had to snap a few photos to share with you.

West Texas spring time is different from places that receive an abundance of rain, but it makes an awesome statement, just the same! I just took the time to notice our yuccas were in bloom today. I'm sure glad I slowed down to look.

The algerita bushes are in full bloom, and you can smell the sweetness for miles. Of course, that is, until they stop up your sinuses where you can't breathe! I sure hope we get some rain soon, so they put on a good crop of berries. You just can't beat pickin' berries to eat when you walk by(if you don't mind wiping the blood on your pants where the durned thing poked ya!).

The peach trees have opened their sleepy eyes and popped out blooms. We've had weather as high as the 90s for the last couple of weeks. I know we'll have an Easter cold spell, and we'll probably be fruitless this year. That's West Texas for ya.

The butterfiles are all a flutter, and dancing around the blooms.
And my favorite winged critter...

Yes, I'm a bug nut, and bees are one of my favorites. Yeah, I was the kid who always had a bug in hand...I've almost grown out of it... well, for the most part...ok, at least I don't carry cicadas on the inside of my cap anymore...
So, there you go...just a glimpse of God's handywork. No doubt about it! Hey, Big Bang theorists out there, put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Wild Nine Days!

Wow, has it been busy at the Hall House! We've had the Stockshow going on for the last two weeks, and we're pooped! We started last weekend out with a float building shindig for the church Friday night. We had the longhorns, several riders on horses, our float, and a group of llamas for the church entry in the Saturday morning rodeo parade...and let me tell you... it was COLD! We had lots of fun anyway! We loaded up the chuckwagon for a Sunday mornin' breakfast at the church, unloaded Sunday afternoon, and did some riding. We raced through the week trying to get ready for this weekend and the first San Angelo Stock Show Longhorn Show!! Our chapter we started this summer(with a whopping 9 founding members) of the TLBAA finally got San Angelo to add a Longhorn Show. We had the rodeo Friday night and were unloading longhorns at the crack of dawn Saturday morning. I have to say, we had a blast! The kids did a great job, and the longhorns did well, too! One of the boys from our church, Big Hootie, showed Bo in the Open and Red in the Youth. Our neighbors, Katie and Little Hootie, showed for us, too. Gayland and I are working toward getting kids who, otherwise, would not be able to show, into the showring. By the way, did you catch that? Big and Little Hootie... where else could you find two unrelated kids that didn't know each other and both go by the name Hootie?
Here are some photos from the fun-filled weekend-

Gayland and I got to post colors both days, and one of the girls showing sang the National Antham and Amazing Grace. Her voice was incredible - one of those that gives you goosebumps.

Little Hootie showed Booger Red and won his class!

Katie won her class with Rooster and won Champion Senior Steer!

Big Hootie won his class, beat out Little Hootie for Junior Champion Steer, and took the whole shabang with Grand Champion Steer. He won a beautiful buckle that I'm sure he's sleeping with!Little Hootie ended up beating out Katie for Reserve Champion with Red!

In the Youth Show on Sunday, Big Hootie took 1st with Red and Katie took 2nd.... then they got their tails whupped by a gorgeous steer that dwarfed ours!!

Then, of course, there's that handsome guy, the Bossman, that ran the staging area - the man I'm so blessed to share my life with -

And, we can't forget the Pit Crew - our daughter and granddaughter did lots of grunt work to make things happen!

They're standing here with my Mama's Boy. Mac was grouchy most all of the weekend.

We had packed stands Saturday and lots of visitors that loved on the longhorns. It was a great time!
I have to say a special note about the judge for the Youth Show- Judge John Baker. We have never seen a judge take the time he did to help all of our kids. He was amazing. He put his heart and soul into helping them become better showmen. We all wish to say thanks again to him for making a difference in the lives of young people.

In the work I do, I sometimes get very discouraged about today's youth, but these renew my faith in our future!