Stairway to Casa Hug

In the sequence of time, this is old, but I wanted to take you on a voyage of our arrival once we left California. First and foremost I Love Mi Corazon and am pretty darn crazy about California. As a native Californian, California is all I know and has always been home for 63 years. I had unexpected hip replacement surgery on March 31, 2015. But, then again when is surgery ever expected. I knew I was in a lot of pain, but I was being told I just needed to exercise it more! After the surgery, we had to wait for my rehabilitation to be complete. But, once that was over, vamonoos! It was tough, because at the same time of my rehabilitation, our home was on the market in Paso Robles. But, we had an amazing real estate agent, that made it bearable for me. Jen Lawson was a sweetheart working around my schedule. We left California on June 23, towing our 39 foot 5th wheeler. We were going to take our time and allow it to unfold into a mini-vacation. First night we were Kingman, AZ. Second & third nights were spent in Albuquerque. Fourth night in Ft. Stockton, TX. Fifth night in Junction, TX. Sixth day we arrived in Victoria. Mi Corazon had planned on driving about 8-10 hours each day, till we arrived in Victoria, Texas. Which is where Mi Corazon has been working for the past few years. We wanted to look at homes there with the possibility of buying a home in Victoria. It was not written in stone, since Mi Corazon and I always talk about being flexible as bamboo. Several years ago we had taken a scouting trip to Gruene, New Braunsfels and Fredericksburg. We stayed in some cabins at Barons Creekside in Fredericksburg. Although, all beautiful, none spoke to us, like Boerne. I recall passing through a particular area; Boerne on I-10, and thinking what a nice area. We pulled into Victoria about 1:00 p.m., un-hooked, set-up, unpacked and finally sat down for a glass of wine outside. We Googled the area we both liked. Checked out homes for sale and prices. I started dinner. While having dinner, Mi Corazon asked me, “would you like to take a drive back to Boerne.” Of course I was elated. The next day was Sunday. Off we went on another adventure. We arrived in Boerne and we’re having breakfast at Dodging Duck. Mi Corazon then poses another question, “would you like to contact a real estate agent and check out some properties.” We prayed on it. Mi Corazon Googled, real estate agents and we realized we were only a few blocks away from a Keller Williams office. We called and drove over after breakfast. Hence begins the house searching adventure for the next month. Always knowing and praying that it was our Lord’s will and not ours. And it would be in His perfect timing, not ours. We looked at many old homes and new. But, we both knew when we saw this one, that this was the right home for us. It was not a cookie-cutter home. We had a vision of some of the changes we wanted to incorporate, to make it ours.
Our home closed in August. We purchased a 1983 home on an acre. We first removed old debris left by previous owners, such as an old dilapidated hot tub, trash in attic, etc. We removed 3,340 square feet of acoustic ceiling, painted all of interior, removed old carpet throughout our home, laid porcelain tile, re-did electrical, changed most electrical fixtures, including light switches throughout our Casa Hug. We re-did old wood staircase to a modern cable staircase, changed glass in front door, removed 6 old fans and installed modern fans, renovated guest bathroom, which included removing a round window, re-insulated old attic, cut trees, did minor work on pool, changed 5 doors. All in all, everything works and our home is beautiful, if I can say so myself. I was not pleased with some things like the paint job and the grout used in flooring was a nightmare experience! I know that when you have construction teams in your home and you are not there to supervise every minute of the process, they can slack off or do shoddy work!
I may have forgotten some parts of our renovation, but if you have ever been involved in buying a home and doing any kind of renovation, you know it is a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved with many trips to Lowe’s and/or Home Depot. Every day I would wonder, when will we be able to move in? But, I also know that there is something very therapeutic about renovating your home. It’s a sense of accomplishment and once it is over, you can say I did that or I remember the day…….you are making memories in your home.
We finally moved in in October. Then the fun begins of decorating. Believe me, like many of you, I have watched many HGTV shows and had Googled many sites like Houzz. I have spent countless hours doing research. I had even e-mailed Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper to perhaps consider our home, only to learn they are not taking on new projects because they are so busy.
We had a huge home and 2 camping chairs with two folding tables, it was fun. We were camping in our tree home. Gradually, we started buying furniture. We first purchased a bedroom set, a dining room table and washer and dryer.
In November, Mi Corazon, returned to California to pick-up the majority of our belongings. He had two 26 feet Penske trucks reserved, in addition to a crew of movers awaiting his arrival from California, plus two great Famigos who would be helping him drive the second truck back to Boerne, Tx. Remember we had been living in our 5th wheeler through-out this whole process. And we had arrived with bare minimums of absolute necessities, one pot, one skillet, two plates, 2 forks, two towels, etc.
It is now May 2016, we are soon approaching a year since we arrived. We still need to complete many projects and dreams at Casa Hug like our cocina and master bathroom, but everything is functional. These will be phases down the road. We are a work in progress. I also know how to be patient, and in God’s timing these changes will occur. It is not about renovating now, it’s about “living,” Mi Corazon and I feel very strongly that the Lord has brought us here to this specific community of Boerne. We want to do His work and be of service. All for the Glory of God.

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“When Helping Hurts”

I will be going to Guatemala in June, I have always wanted to go on a mission trip. There are 15 members from my church, 1910 who will be going. On a side note, “what does 1910 stand for?” Our name comes from the passage Luke 19:10 that proclaims the truth that Jesus came to find and restore the lost.
Our group meets regularly. The preparations have not only been your traditional talks on what to pack, passport, shots, etc. But, preparing the heart. In essence, i.e. why am I going, what do I wish to accomplish, my goals and purpose. We have been using a book, “When Helping Hurts.” a paradigm forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing both the poverty of heart and society. This book expresses the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than a lack of money or resources and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.
“When Helping Hurts” catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in but from the inside-out.
We really need to check our heart. I am not going there to change anyone, but to walk with them and love on them. I’m excited to see what the Lord has planned for me.
We are also organizing a yard sale to raise funds to fund our projects once there.
It has been a fun, exciting and enriching experience for me to say the least and I haven’t even left. I Thank my Lord for opening doors and giving me this opportunity.
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Waco with Mi Corazon


Las Uvas de Mi Mente

Las Lluvias de Mi Mente


Mi Corazon, and I enjoy exploring new horizons. We drove to Waco on Monday morning. My eyes were filled with landscapes of green hills, deer, palatial homes to humble casitas, farmers working the land, clear clean skies.

The city appeared with its high rises and row after row of industrial concrete, with my favorite old red brick buildings. The cleanliness is quite obvious in this industrial building rebirth of Waco. It was not cold or without heart, but enveloped me with open arms. I notice water, gazebos, flowers, parks, bridges, people walking or using the bike paths. I see people working; I notice life and happiness.

We went to our designation, as if on a religious pilgrimage to El Camino, Magnolia Market at the Silos, it is over the top, a city within a city with a bohemian vibe. A bakery is anticipated to open in May, Magnolia Flour, will provide guests with delicious treats. Continuing the tradition of making more of a community and not just a shopping stop.

Workers were raising a barn a few days after we left on Thursday outside Magnolia Market in downtown Waco, and they were doing it the traditional way. The barn, which was built in the 1870s in Canada, was dismantled and shipped to Waco. It’s being raised in the old-fashioned way because of its historic character. When the work is complete, it will serve as an outdoor recreation area. The grain barn, attached at the back of the building, is currently used as a stock room for the retail store. Joanna claims she will be using this space as a showroom for her new furniture line. There is also space in back for several food trucks. Another unique venue is the area for World Hunger Relief Inc., a local non-profit farm that teaches sustainable farming and provides local farm produce; raised garden beds will grow produce for sale to customers.

I had seen The original HGTV show, Fixer Upper when they had purchased the Silos, a historical landmark. At that time they discussed using it for offices and/or condos. But, as of current is still being developed and actual changes will occur at a much later stage of development.

I liked much of the Gaines’ ideas, but that one visit is enough for me, I prefer nature to shopping and God’s landscape. There is a whole world to explore, right?

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With Mi Corazon

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My luv for gardening, cooking, crafting, sewing, different cultures, decorating, vintage everything, crafting, traveling, friends, family, my Lord and so much more has initiated this new blog, Abrazos y Besos, in addition to a nudge by my sister, Dudies.
I had a blog under Hug Cellars, but this one will focus on my life’s journey sprinkled with a dash of love, spice and fun. Please tune in.

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