Thursday, April 27, 2017

More Merchandise Less Money

More Merchandise for Less Money, was the motto of a department store in Ft. Worth that was so loved that years after it's closing...there is a museum in it's honor.
The Leonard brothers opened a small retail store in downtown Ft. Worth in 1913 that grew so large over the years that in it's time had as much merchandise as Amazon does today. They sold everything except liquor and cars. . Growing to cover six city blocks by the 1960's,it was causing traffic jams downtown.
So, what did these enterprising men do? Why they built their own subway. You could park for free a bit north of downtown, and ride their subway (free again) underground and arrive in the basement of their  store. I actually rode this subway in the early 1960's. It was Christmas time and I will never forget the huge Christmas tree.
I could go on and on about this store...but it would be easier if you would just visit the museum yourself. Located just west of downtown Fort Worth (over the river), you will find the little (again free) museum that can explain it better than I ever could.
I toured the museum with my Colorado friends this week.  One of us just happens to be the daughter of one of the founders. She certainly gave us a very special tour.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Special Visitor

I have been very busy entertaining a  special guest.You see we convinced daughter #5 to leave our little four year old granddaughter Hannah here for the week after Easter.
Let's see...What should we do? Even though she was totally happy just helping around the house
as long as she could reach it with the help of her stool.

We thought maybe we should think of some fun things to do.
Our Ft. Worth Stockyards are always a sure bet...
where they have a twice daily parade of the longhorn steers.
 Although she decided this was close enough to this one.
The Ft. Worth zoo is always a great idea...She thought so too.
Where she said her favorite thing was feeding the birds.
 Gramps was a huge help this week. He took her to the park, and to a Smurfs movie
and another place that we won't mention to her kale and quinoa eating parents. 

So...we have returned Hannah to Austin and we are catching our breath , since we have some special cousins arriving here tomorrow. Yep, if you are looking for me..I am back in the laundry room wishing my little helper was here.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Carousel Repurposed

I am so happy that Fort Worth is starting to appreciate the Trinity River as it snakes through town. There are several areas that are being developed along it's banks for people to enjoy. One of those newly completed complexes is a place called Riverside. There are several restaurants, a grocery store, places to shop and and live, all right along the river bank. 
They haven't forgotten about art either. This sculpture garden is titled
"Horse Field"
is by talented Austin artist Daddy-O Wade
you can read more about him here :HERE

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stealth Photography

Is that what you call it when you are sneaking a picture when you the sign clearly says:. No Photographs in store?
 I wanted to show you what I understand is a vegetable that is on sale at a nearby gourmet grocery store. I have never seen such a thing. Have you?
 The sign clearly says what they are...but it was the price that made me catch my breath! I checked online and it said they are prepared similar to the way you would prepare asparagus...I think I will stick to asparagus...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Dear Friend

 Most of you know that we spend five months of the year in the very small town of Lake City which is high in the San Juan mountain range of Colorado. It is a place where you make fast friends, since most of the people there are just  like us "summer folks." Many of us are retired, so each year when we go back it seems someone is missing. It is always a shock when it is someone you didn't expect. This summer we will be missing a dear friend... Bob. Bob passed away this past week in California.
Dana and Bob
Bob's wife Dana hails from one of the town's founding families, so they have spent most all of their over fifty years of marriage summering in their darling cabin in Lake City.  
Everyone I know always comments how you never see one without the other. Their place is relatively close into town, so they walked everywhere. Not only were they great should have seen them dance...which is something they loved to do. Dana's hobby is gardening and Bob had a keen interest in trains. He did a lot of research on the passenger train that came to Lake City from 1889 to 1933. All traces of that train disappeared in 1937 when they  pulled up even the tracks.. Bob took many hikes, accompanied with old maps, trying to find signs that the train was ever there. Tom and I went along on one of the hikes when he was trying to locate one (of many) old bridge crossings. He did locate it near where The Lake Fork of the Gunnison River spills into Lake Blue Mesa .He became such an expert that he gave lectures at the museum and his train related field trips were always sold out.One of the many ways he benefited the museum.
 He was also a member of our Victorian Tea committee (our husbands). The men actually filled the tea pots, and were responsible for keeping them filled...not to mention physically setting up many many tables and tents. That is Bob third 
from left.
Bob will be missed.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I Was Wrong!

I don't know if you will remember, but I wrote a post about this sweet little house. I was afraid, like so many of the older homes in the neighborhood, that it would be torn down to make way for a larger more modern one.
Well, I was partially right. They are making way for a new home, but they did not demolish this one. It is being moved.
I have no idea where they are taking it....but if I find anyone around, I will ask and let you know...

Monday, April 17, 2017


I am a little late wishing everyone a Happy Easter.
My little granddaughter Hannah was here and we have been very busy, doing important things.
Cookies by niece Kristin
 Our large family gathered at my sister Polly's for a wonderful Easter dinner.
There was a huge gathering of kinfolks and lots of delicious food,
and of course an Easter egg hunt.

If you celebrate this holiday. I hope you were with family or friends.