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Dear Lola,

Dear Lola,

I love you more than I can say. You are the BEST dog in the world. I'd do anything for you, but I think it's time for a little quid pro quo.

A little explanation: You bark viciously every time a UPS truck drives down the road or a kid walks down the sidewalk. You hear a squirrel pass gas from 3 houses away and go into high terror alert mode. You act like you want to tear every workman to shreds, and let's not even talk about your loathing of children.

But where are you when something really serious happens? Over the past 5 years, we've endured more than our fair share crap....

Exhibit 1: Some kids pulled my brick mailbox over in the middle of the night. A Neighbor said it sounded like a bomb going off. You didn't make a peep until the police were ringing our doorbell at 3 a.m.

Exhibit 2: Some kids vandalized my house with eggs, chocolate syrup, toilet paper, and cans of corn & carrots. Again, you didn't make a sound. I had to discover t…

From across the pond...

Around the time of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, I placed a little order off of etsy.  I've been patiently axiously awaiting it's arrival from across the pond, and it came in the mail yesterday!



I ordered this necklace to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.  There is the union jack, god save the queen, a crown and a "diamond"...


Sam from Hoolala e-mailed me a couple of weeks ago and said that the union jack heart was out of stock, but more were on order, but had been a bit delayed.  She promised to throw in some freebies for my wait, and let me just say that I LOVE all the little extras!

There are these three charms...


Also included was this cute little card and a set of dice...

The back of the card has the number to answers code.  So cute!

Here's the business card (on a playing card, how fun is that?)...

Hoolala has so many cute things.  If you aren't into the whole British thing, there are Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and....wait for it... Pride & …

Eye Color

I saw something on Pinterest awhile ago and it surprised me... It said that only 2% of the world's population has green eyes.  I wondered if this could be true, so I did a little research. 
I learned several things while doing my research.  First, I discovered that green was indeed the rarest of eye colors, and in fact that 2% is pretty right on. Interestingly enough, the majority of those 2% are women.  I also learned that basically what we learned in school about genetics and eye color is completely wrong...If you learned it pre-2007, then it has all changed.  

Apparently many people with Green eyes are said to have Chameleon eyes, which means that their eyes appear to change color due to mood, weather, colors you are wearing, colors around you, lighting and temperature. 

I have green eyes, but I guess they are also chameleon eyes because sometimes people say they are blue.  I think what I'm wearing does have an impact on how they look.  Since all the genetic info we le…

A Weekend at Home

{A weekend recap in iphone pics}
I went home on Friday to visit my parents.  My Dad had wanted me to come home a couple of weeks ago, but because it was the weekend before summer school was starting, I declined.  I think he said something like, "Great, I guess we will see you Thanksgiving then".  I think I joked back that I was afraid to come home because after the last year and half of getting put to work painting something every single time I visited, I was scared to come home.  But since it was Father's Day weekend, I thought it would be nice to visit.

Lola woke up with an eye infection on Wednesday morning.  I had a couple of days worth of medicine, but not enough to clear it up.  Not that I want her to be sick, but since we were heading that way anyway, it was a great time to go to the vet.  So we started our trip on Friday with the 2 1/2 hour drive to Wichita Falls to see our vet.  Here she is waiting on Joe, our vet, to come into the exam room...

She still has a g…

Friday Beauty Fix

Hi, my name is Kara, and I have cracked heels. No matter what I do, they just crack. I use my trusty Ped Egg. I sand my feet down with all those tools made for that sort of thing. I use sugar scrubs. I use super-duper lotions. Alas, they still crack.

In fact, this is why I rarely get a pedicure. Well one reason. I hate to pay for someone to do something for me that I am more than capable of doing myself. But that weird quirk aside, it's the cracked heels that normally keep me away. I don't want to get some sort of foot rot via the crack in my foot.

If you've never had a cracked heel, the count your lucky stars. If you have, then you know that walking can be extremely painful. It's kind of like someone is jabbing nails into your foot while you walk. This of course causes me to walk on the balls of my feet, or on the inside or outside of my foot, depending upon where the crack is. In addition to making you look "afflicted", it also can cause o…

Did you watch?

I've always totally cracked up at my little cousins, because they always want to know if something is "appropriate" for them to watch.  Normally, it's because I think "of course it is, or I wouldn't show you!", but sometimes it's because what I'm showing them is something like "Little Women" and I think "oh, come on!".  I was so surprised when I wanted to show them "Grease" and was told it wasn't appropriate because people were smoking.  I mean, Rizzo thinks she is knocked up, and you think it's inappropriate because of the smoking?  Okie-dokie! 

I was not a kid watching Disney.  Of course, we didn't even have Disney channel when I was a kid, so maybe that was why.  My parents were definitely not the appropriate police.  My favorite movie was "Urban Cowboy", my favorite songs were "Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson and "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer (RIP), and my favorite TV sho…

A coffee table update...

I posted a couple of months ago about decorating my coffee table.  I had put a terrarium of succulents in the middle of the table and I thought I should update you all and let you know that I have given up on them.  I replaced several of them and still couldn't figure out how to make the dang things live!  Was it too much water?  Not enough?  Bad drainage?  Who knows!  So I threw in the towel and went to Hobby Lobby and got some fake ferns for 1/2 off.

I know there is a big push in decorating to not do fake, but at $5 a pop for the succulents, I just quickly realized this was going to be an expensive proposition over time.  While I'm breaking the fake rule, I think these look fairly realistic. 

I actually break the fake rule often.  In the fall, I primarily use fake gourds and pumpkins in my decorating.  I've seen that people have pinned some things on Pinterest from my fall decorating blog posts and say "Great idea, but with real gourds". 

I couldn't agree…

How does my garden grow

How does my garden grow?  Here's an update.  I normally like to do this more for my own benefit, than thinking anyone really cares.  I like to post photos of my plants throughout the season, so I can go back next year and see what did well and what didn't.  In the Texas heat, so many things start out well in the spring, but once we hit the upper 90's or dreaded 100's on a daily basis, they give up the will to live.  Who could really blame them? 

Trying to plant for the heat is no easy task.  It's even made harder by the nurseries stocking items that will never make it here.  Plus did you know that the tags that are attached to the plants are not regionally specific tags?  So if it says full sun, chances are that means where it's 80 degrees full sun.  They won't stand a chance in the Texas full sun.  There are so many challenges to gardening in this climate. 

Here's a look at my back yard pots and planters...

This pot has a butterfly bush, sweet potato …

Low Key

Low Key.  That about sums up my weekend.  I was dead tired y'all.  I had a heck of week last week, so I was just trying to recover.  I was running all over doing "law stuff", plus Summer school started, so I was tired from teaching 4 nights last week.  Luckily, I think that this week is going to be better. 

Lola and I just hung out.  I intended to go to Hobby Lobby on Saturday to get some stuff to make a door wreath for the 4th.  I took a shower, fixed my hair, put on make-up, got dresses, grabbed my purse, walked out into the garage to get into the car, and just decided I didn't have it in me. 

Lola was pleased with my decision.  Lots of petting for her...



On Saturday, I watched some recordings in my DVR and some movies.  I finally watched "Iron Lady".  I was hungry for a BLTA (BLT with Avocado).  I fried up some bacon and made a glorious BLTA (though I realized after the fact that I forgot the lettuce!). 
{sorry iphone pic}
 I'm not a big fan of b…

A new piece of furniture

I got a new piece of furniture a couple of weeks ago. 

It lives in the bathroom.  I know that is kind of odd, putting furniture in the bathroom, but there is a place in my bathroom where it is completely out of the way and fits perfectly.  I had had this piece there for years...
Problem is, it became the place for me to throw clothes instead of hanging them up.  I know I should have enough discipline to just not do that, but I don't.  So getting rid of it seemed to be the best option.  Plus I had some storage pieces in my closet that were taking up a whole wall and I wanted to get rid of at least one of them to de-clutter my closet. 

I've been looking for a piece like the one I bought for a while.  For the longest time, they always had one at Tuesday Morning or Homegoods.  Then when I really got ready to buy it, I couldn't find one to save my life.  Or I should say, I couldn't find one at a reasonable price, to save my life.  Sometimes these stores think that this mi…

The Finale

This is my last post about the jubilee.  I promise.  Unless of course, something else I find exciting happens and then I will do another post.  It's my blog, I can do what I want that way.

So Monday night was the Jubilee concert and Tuesday was the Day of Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral, lunch at Westminster, the main players riding in a carriage back to the palace and then the major royals took to the balcony and there were flyovers.

My DVR started working itself to death at 3:15 a.m. yesterday morning.  I just couldn't make it up that early.  This week has been incredibly busy on the legal front, plus summer school started, which means I'm teaching for 2 hours per night, 4 nights per week for the next 5 weeks.  Eek!  So I slept in like any sane person would, and have been playing catch-up on the activities when I had a second.

ABC got the exclusive rights to the Jubilee Concert and decided not to show it until last night.  It was ok.  They did quite the…

My visits to London

For as long as I can recall, I've always wanted to travel to London.  I do not recall a time when it wasn't at the top of my "Places to Travel" list.  In 1996, I got the opportunity to go to London for the summer and study their Political and Criminal Justice system. 
You know how when you build a place up for years and years in your mind, and then you go there and it kind of disappoints?  London was not that place for me!  It was everything I imagined it to be and more.  Here I am on my first day in London....

I got to see and do all sorts of things over the summer.  It was wonderful.  I even got to visit Buckingham Palace (it's only open August and September and tours only began in the 1990's).  On a trip to Dover Castle, we noticed a lot of hub-bub and decided to hang out and see what was happening.  Much to my delight, it was Elizabeth, the Queen Mother!

Then in 1997, I went back to London for a week with my grandmother.  I was her tour guide for the wee…