Sunday, June 17, 2012

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 goopy eye and possibly not enough tear production, but she'll be fine.

Then we drove the hour back to Nocona.  As soon as we got there, we drove another hour to go eat (yep, 5 1/2 hours in the car total on Friday!).  We went to dinner at a great place over in Boyd, Texas, called Go Go Gumbo.  Fresh seafood.  Great prices.  If you live in the Decatur, Fort Worth, Springtown, etc. area, it would be a great place to visit.  Everything I tried was wonderful.  I got the Chilean Sea Bass that was served with Lobster Mashed Potatoes.  My Mom got what's called the TV Dinner.  It has gumbo, salad, crab cake, and shrimp & grits.  I tried a bite of her crab cake and a bite (okay two bites) of her shrimp and grits.  It might be the best shrimp and grits I've ever had.  Dad got the shrimp and scallops over risotto with a saffron sauce.  I tried the risotto and the sauce and it was very good too.  To top it all off, they have a Banana Cream Pie to die for. 

Saturday morning, Dad fixed us breakfast tacos when he got home from checking his wells.  I bought him a propane powered wok several years ago.  He had his friend weld handles onto a plow disk to make a different kind of cooking surface for the wok stand...

It's pretty nifty because he can cook something in the middle, then move it up to the side off the cooking heat, while he cooks another part of the tacos, and so on until he pulls it all back to the middle and mixes it up.  As you can see, you then throw the tortillas around the edge to warm them.  They were super yummy & in fact I had him make me some more for breakfast this morning!
Includes:  Potatoes, Onion, Orange Peppers, Jalapeno, Sausage, Egg & Cheese

I made the rounds on Saturday visiting my grandparents before going to eat a super late lunch/a little early dinner over at my favorite dive across the river, The Peach Orchard.

I'll show y'all a sneak peek of something I brought home from my Meme's house...

She painted this picture of the English countryside years ago.  I've always loved it and since we have been moving things around for her, she was ready to let it go.  I got it hung today.  You can't tell much about it from this photo, but it looks so nice in my living room.  Now, I need to re-do the things on the mantle so that they look a little better with the painting.

Oh, and we got this hall-tree from her house and moved it to my parents...

I oiled it up yesterday and plan to recover the seat in a couple of weeks.  I'm so happy that they got this piece for a couple of reasons.  First, I hated what my mom had there (Mom-I will go ahead and tell everyone that you think it was fine and that I'm crazy).  Let me rephrase, I didn't hate the piece that was there, in fact I like it in it's new place.  I just didn't like it in the entry.  Second reason is that it has been in my Meme & Papa's house for my whole life.  We don't know the full history of it, but we know that it came out of my Papa's grandfather's house (my Dad's great-grandfather in case you are losing track here), and he had "always had it".  Suffice it to say, it's old, and I'm so glad it is staying in the family.

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