Sunday, October 23, 2016

Oh No

I guess I am going to sound like the neighborhood crusader, but  again I was on my morning walk 
when I passed this well cared for old home. Love the front door, wide porch, paint job and beautiful landscaping....not to mention the tasteful Fall decorations,
and then I saw it! Can't be! Is this destined for the wrecking ball?I hope not...I will keep you informed. On a happier note.
I passed by the little house that had the large equipment parked on the side. Well, the equipment is missing and the house is still standing. Looks promising.
*Someone just reminded me that an old home was torn down to build my new house. Well, at least I didn't have to see it. (does that count?) We simply purchased a vacant lot.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

That Darn Lace Again

Some of you may remember last year when I posted  about making the small lace curtain for a window in a guest bathroom upstairs.
It wasn't a lot of lace....but my husband did not like my choice of fabrics. He really doesn't like lace. I knew this because when we were decorating our log house in the mountains, I mentioned buying some lace curtains for the bedroom. He said lace was for old ladies....and no he didn't want to look at lace in the bedroom. I conceded there, but not on the small upstairs window....where he never goes in this house.
Well, here we go again. I am betting that you can't even see it.  We have double sinks in our master bath, and little loops holding a hand towel by each sink. Look closely and you can see on the edge of the towel is a small amount of crocheted cotton lace.
I put the towel on a dark surface so you can see. The lace is not very big...and I don't think it looks like an old ladies towel (which by the way, I am)...
but every time he uses it...he turns it inside out and hangs it like this,(I know you are amazed that a man actually hung the towel back up). He hasn't said a word so far...and I am not even sure he is doing it on purpose...but I am getting the message.. this man REALLY does not like lace!....

Friday, October 21, 2016

Next Door

I blogged recently about the Monet exhibit at the Kimbell here in Ft. Worth.
Well, their neighbor next door is the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth. The large statue out in front is the work of Brian Donnelly, better know to the modern art world as KAWS. His amazing exhibit of over 100 works encompassing art, sculpture, street art and toys will be on display from now until Jan.22 and then moves to Shanghai. To learn more about this talented artist you can read Wikipeda's biography: HERE

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Pot of Cactus

On our walk the other morning
we came across a pretty pot of Prickly Pear Cactus . I was surprised that it was about to bloom. I thought that they bloomed in the Spring? Did you know at you can eat Prickly Pear Cactus paddles. They sell them in the grocery store around here. Of course the needles are scraped off. Hmm I never thought about it, but wouldn't that be an awful job.Sitting and scraping sharp needles off of a cactus all day. Surely that step is automated? So if you would like a recipe or two for Prickly Pear paddles, go here: HERE
The pot was attached to a small rock fence, so I am using it to 
Link to Good Fences: HERE

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Early Years

One of the many things we like about living in our new town of Ft. Worth, Texas is that we are very close to the culture district, where there is a whole array of wonderful museums. We had great museums in Houston too, but there we lived in suburbia... and going into town became a hassle.
This week we attended the new exhibit at the Kimbell Museum...put together by the Kimbell. It is titled: Monet, The Early Years. They have gathered fifty nine paintings from all over the world, of the first decade Monet painted, starting at age eighteen in 1859.

I am not sure if I am so interested in art, or claim to know anything about it, but I am a great lover of history.
I learned so many things about Monet. First of all is family called him Oscar, and that they cut him off financially when they found out his girlfriend Camille (who later became his wife), was carrying his child. He and Camille had two sons and she would become his model in a lot of his paintings. Some say because he was so crazy about her. Others say it was because he was too poor to hire anyone else. His friend Auguste Renoir even supplied the hungry family with bread on occasion, so they wouldn't starve.
Other things that I didn't know is that he was in the military for a short time, and that he also lived in England and The Netherlands. The above painting being the mills along a canal in Zaandam. Silly me, at first glance I thought it was Kinderdyke.

I have no idea if the exhibit will travel to other towns, but these works will be on display through January at The Kimbell.
Have a Nice Week!

Sunday, October 16, 2016


I was complaining the other day, because it is Fall and the temps don't reflect it. A cold front will make it here to north Texas, and you will say "ahh...finally". Then darn it, it warms right back up.

I did see these berries on my walk, hanging from a Pyracantha bush and it gave me hope. 
How is your weather.....does it feel like the season it is supposed to be?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fences of Yesteryear

Today is Thursday, and the day that I link up with other blogs to show fences in their areas. It is no secret that I will stop in my tracks when I see an old home, but I also love to see their antique fences.
This stone and iron fence is fairly new, but I see that they have used an old section of  nineteenth century fencing. This style of iron fence with it's fancy post or finial (?) seems to have been common all over the southern U.S. I have tried to research online, to see what company manufactured these, but have yet to find an answer. 
To visit other blogs with examples of fencing go : HERE