Friday, August 20, 2010

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch.

Last weekend, a friend invited me to spend the weekend with her and some other girls at her ranch.  After a long, sweaty week at Pine Cove, nothing sounded better than some girl-time around a pool with lots of yummy food.

And yoga.  I'm sorry, but at one point, these ladies - clearly experts in the art of body contortion - tried to show me one pose and I almost died.  Really.  Dead died with zero medical personnel present.  I'm still sore and it's Friday.  I think my skills sit more on the side of brownie eating.  I'm really good at that.

Unfortunately, the evening took a dark turn when a couple of the girls found these giant, clearly poisonous spiders.

Not really, I added the poisonous part for effect.  There are only two really poisonous spiders in Texas;

the brown recluse...

and the black widow.

Although large and fairly creepy, they are simply yellow garden spiders and harmless - unless you're a bug - then you're toast.

 That, friends, is your nature study lesson for today.  You're welcome.

In a state of delusion, Michelle thought she should catch it and take it home to her son also confirming that we never really take off our mom hats so we loaded up in the - whatever this thing is called - and headed off to apprehend the beast.

See how she's real close-like to the spider and I'm standing about 1000 feet away with my super-zoom lens?  Who's the smartest one now?

Actually, the smartest one was clearly Ginny Owens who joined us for the weekend but stayed behind in the air conditioning for this adventure.  It was a huge treat to meet her.  I've been a big fan of her music for years and loved getting to hear about the writing, composing, recording process.  She's incredibly humble, even after taking names in the "who can hold their breath underwater competition".  She's a rock star!

In the end, I came away with a couple of lessons learned from new friends.

1. A quality sound machine can put me into a near-coma and I'll sleep all day, even when it's not my house, if given the opportunity.  Tiffany asked me, after they woke me up at 10, if I just wanted to live there.  Yes.  Kinda.

2. Homemade bread tastes 1 billion times better than anything you can get in the store - getting your friend Jen to make it for you on a weekly basis, though, not so easy.

3. Yoga is not for the inflexible or faint of heart or mother of six who may or may not have enjoyed an afternoon Mojito.

4. You can't underestimate teenage inner-city boys.  The girls told me to make smoothies with kale (I'm sorry, what?), peaches, and lime juice for my kids and if I just called it Hulk Juice, everyone would drink it...the big boys love it and now ask for it every day.  Score one for vegetables.  And the Incredible Hulk.

Y'all have a great weekend!


kaseye said...

Can we get a little bit more explanation on the smoothie? Like how much of each thing and where in the world do you get kale??

The B Family said...

LOVE Ginny Owens! What a treat!
And please do share that Hulk Juice recipe! Sounds like a wonderful weekend (well, except for the spiders!)

Gwen said...

What a fun weekend - and even funnier to see one of my sis-in-law's best friends with you: Jennifer Chen. "It's a small world after all..."

The Corrocks said...

Yum!! Green Smothies are the best and my favorite veggie to use is kale.
Glad you enjoyed your weekend.

Henley on the Horn said...

Y'all are clearly not old enough to be mamas!!!

Deidra said...

Is there a mojito smoothie?

Tracey said...

...and your hand is sooo close to that spider because....?!?!?!? YIKES!
I make green smoothies for my little ones....usually with a bunch of spinich. But considering that when I tried to cook kale it tasted like dirty feet, maybe I will give it a go in a smoothie. Thanks for the advice!
BTW, girls weekends rock!

TN Mimi said...

LOVE my sound machine!!! Cannot sleep without it. I even have a travel version. The grandkids all sleep with one. I am also interested in Hulk Juice...