Lake time, canning and R.O.U.S.

We went to the lake on Sunday.


A view from the boat

We’ve got a little (8 seat) boat, so with the temp over 100 F. again we made a run for the water. It was nice. We live in an area of Texas near a number of boat worthy lakes. It’s been hot, it’s been dry (very little rain), but many of the area lakes are still boat-able.

I love the lake. We don’t fish or anything. We just motor around and swim.

I love the wind on my face as the boat glides along the water. I love the dragon flies that land on my hat when I’m bobbing in the water. One landed on my daughter’s nose on Sunday and she freaked out and dunked her head under the water.

I love the quality family time the boat provides.


Our "no wake" buoys are patriotic and Texas proud

We eat snacky foods, we gobble up fresh fruit, and we laugh a lot.

I don’t love the wasps, bugs are a part of time at the lake. I understand that, but we had a psycho wasp who would not leave us alone. In and out of the boat it flew. It landed here and there. It landed on ME! We shoo-ed it…no use. We had to move the boat away from the area where that psycho wasp was.
I also don’t love having to explain why the dragon flies are “riding on each other’s backs”. Yep. Forget the “birds and the bees”, my kids questions are usually courtesy of dogs and dragon flies.

One of our closest lakes has a freeway over parts of it. We usually swim in a cove near the freeway. It’s less windy. The rock area beside the freeway is also the only place I’ve ever seen

Princess Bride quote in
R. O. U. S. (rodents of unusual size)

I’m serious, these (what I assume are) rats are big. Mind you, not as big as the R.O.U.S.’s are. These lake rats must eat really well, or they are not rats…but you’ll never convince my husband and me of that.

I’ve also been canning crazy lately. Meaning, I’ve been canning A LOT. I need a larger pot. Is there such a thing as a canning pot? Maybe I just need a caldron.

Over the last week and this weekend I’ve canned okra, beet relish (and my hands are NOT pink Ha!), salsa, diced tomatoes, chopped and sliced jalapenos, and onions.


Not to mention the apricot-orange syrup. I also made blueberry-blackberry freezer jam (which is awesome times two). Seriously, it is divine. It’s grab a spoon and eat it from the jar good. It’s hide it in the back of the fridge to keep the kids from eating it good.


Blueberry-Blackberry freezer good, so freaking good


I hope you had a great weekend. I’d love to hear about what you did over the weekend. πŸ™‚






  1. Wow, look at that. Very impressive. (The canning in particular.) Love the Princess Bride. I could probably recite the lines with the sound off.

    • πŸ™‚ my husband could probably recite it too! Love that movie. πŸ™‚

  2. Love The Princess Bride quote! My favorite is the exchange between Indigo and Fezzik: “Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?” “If there are, we’ll all be dead!” “Stop that rhyming now. I mean it!” “Anybody want a peanut?”

    • LOVE IT!
      I also love “inconceivable”….”this word you keep saying, I do not think it means what you think it means”

      Your bacon pancakes look fabulous, BTW

  3. What a great weekend! And am seriously impressed by the canning, you clever thing you!

    • I’ll tell ya Tanya, it’s been so hot that I have stayed inside. What do I choose to do inside? Can stuff. LOL

      Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  4. I also love being on the water! You have been doing a lot of canning πŸ™‚

    • The lake was great!
      Yes, I’ve been stuck inside. It’s so hot outside. I get antsy inside too long, so I cook.

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