Tuesday, December 25, 2012

360/366 Christmas Day

We have now lived in a hotel for four weeks while our home is being repaired
following a hot water leak. We have a lovely two bedroom suite
and below is our petite Christmas tree, but it's just not home, if you know what I mean.
Even though we feel displaced, we are having a wonderful Christmas season
and we are so thankful for family, friends, health, pets, and life as a whole!

James was very excited to host Christmas morning at his place, and he and Sam did a great job.
James makes a great egg nog! Their apartment is wonderfully decorated
and very festive for the season. It was so cozy as the rain and sleet storm raged outside!

Oh, those brothers... Money is always good...

Bill's parents, Ruth & Vince, are getting settled into their new retirement community
and we are very happy that they are close by now. They joined us this morning at James'
before they headed back for a special Christmas Brunch.
L to R: James, Sam, Alex, Ruth, Vince, & Bill
(I'm pretty sure that I have problems with my auto focus on my camera.
I'm going to take it in to have it checked and cleaned. About time, right?)


 We had a nice meal at one of our favorite restaurants (thank goodness they were open)
where this little elf enjoyed his new electronic gadget!

While we were eating, snow began to fall - a White Christmas. I believe it is my first...
We went by the house to drip the pipes and put our kitty in the house,
where I snapped this shot of our back yard.  A wonderful day! Stay warm everyone!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

318/366 Preserve

Today, James introduced Bill and I to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, about 30 minutes from our home.
'This preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking,
off-road biking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity.' -- adapted from the website

My attempt at catching a starburst in Bill's hand. I wish I had seen the cell towers in the distance... :o(

Who says there's no fall in Texas? Lot's of yellows, oranges, and the occasional bright red!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

316/366 Barefootin'

Alex played two hymn variations as the prelude in church this morning, AND I must say, he played beautifully! I was bummed that the shot was soft, but that happens...
You gotta love the shoe rock stop, right?

Monday, November 5, 2012

310/366 Dallas Heritage Village

My first meeting as a member of the Dallas Heritage Village Guild was this morning and it was held at Heritage Village. The Guild helps to raise funds for the Village to use for upkeep, maintenance, and to acquire artifacts. After a fairly short business meeting, our hosts took us on a tour of the new (1904) hotel that had been moved from Carrollton, TX), the recently acquired doctor's office (1890) in a Victorian home that was originally in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, and the warehouse.

Here is a blurb from the website:
"Dallas Heritage Village is home to the largest and finest collection of 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. These buildings, moved from throughout North Central Texas to Dallas’ first city park, line the tree-shaded 20-acre setting of Dallas Heritage Village. Stroll the grounds and discover what life was like over 100 years ago for ordinary Texans."

Y'all come!

 Two sisters owned and ran the small hotel. Here, a sewing machine, in the sisters' bedroom.

 The doctor's office, complete with the skeleton of an unknown 17 year old girl. Hmmm...

In the warehouse.

Since we were so close to the Dallas Farmer's Market, I and my three gf's, Carol, Olivia, and Bonnie, decided to drop in to see what wonderful
fruits and vegetables we could find. We finished our "Guild Day" with lunch at the downtown El Fenix. Muy sabroso!

Monday, October 1, 2012

275/366 Chihuly Night with Friends

This evening we met our friends, David and Robyn, for dinner at Dodie's and a night of Chihuly at the Arbo. We had such a nice time catching up on events in our lives (fallen trees, irises, cabbage, eyes, etc.) The Chihuly exhibit is lovely at night, but I think I prefer the day time a little more. I had my tri-pod for these shots, and I really needed my remote shutter release too. Bill shot pictures 2 and 7. He always does a good job!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

266/366 Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!

We drove down to watch the Aggies play South Carolina State University today!
The game was a blow out (Ags 70 - SCU 14), but it was fun seeing A&M do so well!

Alex and Hailey are both considering Texas A&M after high school.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

264/366 "One Amazing Thing"

Since 2004, the city of Richardson has selected a book each year, for the entire city to read!
"The goals of Richardson Reads One Book are to build community participation in an annual program that selects and reads one particular book that is carefully chosen for its general interest as well as for its timely, thought-provoking issues; and to encourage citizens of our richly diverse community to come together to openly discuss the book and the issues it raises. The book will be accessible to high school as well as to adult audiences." http://onebook.cor.net
This year, the chosen book is "One Amazing Thing" by Chitra Divakaruni,
and Bill and I had the pleasure of meeting Chitra at a reception before her free lecture this evening.

Chitra is a delightful woman! She has written many books and is a poet as well.
I look forward to reading her other novels, since I enjoyed "One Amazing Thing" so much.

The reception was catered by students in the Richardson High School Culinary Arts program, and featured Indian appetizers and treats since the book takes place in an Indian Visa Office in San Francisco. The color of the roses even matched the roses on the cover of the book!

Board President, Nancy Kubasek, on behalf of mayor Bob Townsend,
presented Chitra with a beautiful crystal gift from the city.

Of all the author lectures that I have attended, this one was the best!
I would love to take a creative writing class from her at The University of Houston, where she currently teaches.

Monday, September 10, 2012

254/366 Run, Don't Walk, to See this Exhibit!

Since May, the Chihuly Exhibit has been at the Dallas Arboretum. YOU. MUST. SEE. THIS. EXHIBIT. before it ends November 5th! I saw an indoor exhibit in Salem in the early 90's, so I was looking forward to seeing his work here. Oh my goodness, the exhibit is gorgeous outdoors amid the flora and fauna! Bill and I are going back on October 1, for "Chihuly Nights" when many of the pieces are lit. I can hardly wait!

Blue Marlins and Turquoise Reeds

Mirrored Hornets

Yellow Icicle Tower

Reeds with the Scarlet and Yellow Asymmetrical Towers in the background

Persian Pond

Friday, September 7, 2012

251/366 Two...I Mean Three, Buck Chuck

Yippee! Trader Joe's is finally here! ...well, in Plano, about 20 minutes from my house. I used to love buying Cat Cookies and Two Buck Chuck in Portland, when we lived in Oregon. Soooo, what do you think I bought at the Grand Opening? I'll wait until the fervor dies down before I go again though. :o) 
Now, if we could only get HEB up here...

Friday, August 31, 2012

244/366 Blue Moon and Mystery

Tonight we went to see Sam perform the lead role in Agatha Christie's "Black Coffee." The play was so much fun and it was really tough to figure out "who dunnit!" The performance was very professionally done, but no one surpassed the acting quality and beauty of Samantha! Good show!

As we walked out of the theater, I was able to capture a fairly good shot of the "Blue Moon!" Blue moons and mystery go hand in hand...just sayin'...

Friday, August 24, 2012

237/366 A Proper Thank You

My dear friend, Carol, and I have been trying to get together for lunch for ages, it seems. Today, we did it; we had lunch together at Cafe Max! Finally, I was able to properly thank her for all the work she did organizing Bill's Ordination Anniversary Gala. Thanks again, Carol, for your friendship and kindness!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

232/366 New President

Today, the St. Monica chapter of Daughters of the King, began our 2012-2013 year with a rededication of our vows of prayer, service, and evangelism, led by The Rev. Betsy Randall. Tina, pictured here, is our new president. I volunteered to be the new Historian in charge of photography and publicity, taking over from Sherrel, who has done an amazing job for three years! Add that to my duties leading the New Member Study. I'm excited about the new year; DOK is one way I am able to focus on what matters most.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

229/366 Cute!

Alex loves to talk with his Uncle Michael in Annapolis! They make each other laugh!

Alex, taking his Papa for a ride! I cant believe he won't let Bill or I drive it! YET...

Bill's mom, Ruth, made the clown costumes back in 1960.
Two of her three boys, Mark and Mike, wore them, then Mark's girls, Laura and Julie, wore one of them in the 80's,
and then our boys, James and Alex, wore it in the 90's.
Who's next?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

228/336 Back-to-school Shopping for Everyone!

I'm not a big shopper, but the Outlet Malls are great when you HAVE to do that back-to-school shopping. Everyone benefitted!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

227/366 Summer Puzzle

I enjoy piecing puzzles together, but I have an issue with this one.
Can you see the problem in the close-up? BUMMER!
But, wait... amazingly, the missing piece was in the puzzle a few days later.
OK, who had the last piece?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

207/366 In Port - Day 8

Early this morning we were docked in Vancouver once again.
This adventure was so wonderful AND we found out that the Scott's and the Cavanaugh's enjoy traveling together!
Where to next?

Thanks, Deb & Mike, for this last shot of the mural at the ship dock!
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