Thursday, February 22, 2018

Women's Ice Hockey

 With great delight I snapped a not so good photo of my T.V. this morning, when I heard that the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team had taken the gold metal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Pictured here with T.V. anchors of the morning NBC TODAY Show being filmed on site. in South Korea.
A far cry from the Women's Ice Hockey Team circa 1922
                                                    published by Vintage History

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rain rain, Olympics and the new gadget

It has been raining here all week....and today it threatens to turn into ice. There is flooding east and west of here, but not in our part of town

Just a puddle in the beds outside the window. It has been a challenge to find things to keep us busy. Sorting, organizing and watching movies and cooking have been keeping me occupied at the moment...but running out of rainy day ideas.
We of course, as many of you, have been enjoying the Olympics.
One of our daughter's gave us this new gadget for Christmas. I am not sure 
Tom was ever going to take it out of the box....so I did and left it and the instructions on his desk. He couldn't resist and after a few confusing runs figured out how to connect it to Internet.I tried it out this morning. I said "Alexia play some soft music." I was so pleased that she did. I even said "Alexia lower the volume"...and she did. Wonder if I could ask her to make the bed, do the laundry, and cook dinner?

Monday, February 19, 2018

An Artist

I mentioned in my previous post that I accompanied my sister to a friend's house for a Zentangle lesson.
That friend (Paula) is also an artist
and I enjoyed seeing some of her paintings displayed throughout in her home.
I especially liked this painting (pardon the glare coming from the window) of  Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia made famous by the 1994 novel by John Berendt Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Do You Doodle?

Do you doodle? is the question that  my sister Polly asked me, when she invited me to an art event to be held one afternoon at a friend's house.
There was an instructor there who would teach us the art of Zentangle (which you should not refer to a doodling). Zentangle is defined as a easy to learn, relaxing, fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. The patterns are usually drawn on small squares of watercolor quality paper called tiles. Above is and example ....drawn on a bookmark size paper.
There are books being sold that show you how to make the different patterns which all have names and special pens that have very fine points.
It sure was a relaxing fun afternoon. Yes, those are the two little tiles that I did. 
Thanks Polly for the invitation

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Discoveries Under the Sea

Since I retired...and moved to a new town, I am trying my best to stay busy as well as learn new things. In addition to the fun courses that I take at T. C. U. I have also joined The Lecture foundation, an organization (all women) founded in 1935. It's goal is to bring distinguished speakers in the field of literature, education, current events and the arts to it's members which are 800 strong.With so many members, the lectures are held a a local country club, meeting six times during the year.

Today's speaker was the world's foremost maritime archaeologist and author Dr. James Delgado. He has spent four decades exploring the world's oceans and in the process he has come across many treasures encased in ancient sunken ships.
He was a terrific speaker with the most interesting information and beautiful slide show. The audience was hanging on his every word. He told us that our oceans hold so many secrets and is only 8% explored. We know more about the moon, Venus and Mars than we do about our oceans. I would love to attend another of his informative lectures.
My Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Expressing Herself

When you were a child, did you have any say in what you wore? Not sure that I did, and I remember vividly having an argument with my own four year old that she could NOT wear the green t-shirt with the purple pants! Now...a few years later...I realize what a silly argument that was.
Meet Abigail my very precocious three year old granddaughter. No, she was not playing dress up. She is dressed for preschool...picking out her own outfit. I am happy to report it is just fine with her parents. Soon enough our world will dictate how she should look. But, right now she is free to be Abigail...or Princess Abigail or Wonder Woman or who ever her little heart decides she is that day :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Back Home

Well, we never got to the beach. When I got the phone call that my daughter was back in the hospital, we headed for North Carolina and spent the week there. I am happy to report she is at home now and doing much better, and I do have a beautiful new granddaughter, Alice.
I did notice this unusual object not far from her home.
It is actually one of these. A cell tower that has been camouflaged to fit into it's natural surroundings.
This one of course is in a much more tropical setting....about as close as I am going to get to a palm tree at the moment. I am not sure the disguise is working. The towers still look odd sticking up so high above the other trees. Do you have a cell towers in your community, and has there been any attempt to camouflage them?
Oh, for those that were wondering, the beach we were going to is on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, where do hope to try and go next year.