Wednesday, December 4, 2019


It is such a busy time of year! I promised myself that I would simplify, simplify, simplify.. but I think I have failed. We have a large artificial tree that we were not going to put up since we aren't hosting Christmas....but guess it it!

We both love the holidays....and the thought of no tree seemed dismal. I usually do a lot of baking, but held to my promise here. .. I did attend a luncheon yesterday and I knew the ladies would bringing little favors to exchange, so this is what I took....not a lot of baking required for these:
You start out with a bag of little square baked pretzels.
Next unwrap a  Hershey's Kisses(I needed two bags for the number I was to make).That was the labor intensive part...I put Tom to work. Of course I had to watch and make sure he wasn't eating every other one.
I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper and loaded it with pretzels, putting a Candy Kiss on top of each square. Put into a preheated oven (200 degrees F, or 93.3 C) for only about 4 mins. Test one to see if the chocolate is soft. Remove from oven and top each one with another pretzel...pushing down gently or else the chocolate squishes out the side. Put into the fridge to chill for about 15 mins.
I put about 14 salty and sweet pretzel sandwiches in each little cello bag and fastened with a small rubber band.

All done up in matching bags with cute tags, they made a nice treat to put on the luncheon table.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

A How To

We are starting to decorate for the Christmas Holidays
and I find I use a lot of votive candles. Problem is I want new candles in the holders. How to clean them out? I usually just go buy new holders....but with the Internets help I have discovered a new way to salvage them.
Turn them upside down on a piece of aluminum foil. Make sure to scrunch up the outer edge of the foil so you won't have a waxy mess in the pan. I use a heavy duty jelly roll pan that has an edge. Next heat your oven to 200 degrees.
Put them in the oven. I put them on an upper shelf.

Set a timer for just 15 minutes
Not easy to see with these white candles, but after 15 mins. the wax will have melted and fallen on the foil.
Remove from the oven.. using a mitt to lift the glass holder. They will be hot.
Wipe what is left of the wax with a paper towel. Again using the mitt as the glass will still be hot

Cleanup is easy. Carefully gather the foil and dispose of.
So there. Your votive holders are sparkling clean again, ready for a new candle.
I suggest only doing a couple at a time, since you need to wipe them out before the wax starts to harden again.
Please only do this with holders made of heavy glass. Not sure what would happen to your fine crystal..

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


From our house to yours. Happy Thanksgiving!

Although I do realize most of my friends that come here are from other countries and do not celebrate this holiday!

So, why am I not in the kitchen cooking for the big meal tomorrow. Well, it is because our next generation have taken over the holiday celebrations, and we will go over to my niece's house tomorrow for turkey and all of the trimmings. None of our children will be home this holiday, so it is nice that my side of the family all live close.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Pioneers In Aviation

Another blogger posted some old photos, so I guess I am copying her, since I haven't been out and about recently.
You may click on photo to enlarge

Above is a very small graduating class ...of a very small airline back in 1965.
The two men in the picture are pretty interesting guys. Lamar Muse 1923-2007 on the right (president of this little carrier)  was the co-founder of today's Southwest Airlines. He was a  long time executive with several airlines, and even started his own with his name on the planes, but I think Southwest was his crowning achievement. If you have a chance read his obituary in the NY Times.HERE Yes, he really did give away bottles of whiskey to attract passengers.

The other gentleman is Bud Herring 1923-2011 (VP). Bud being a nickname. He too had a long airline career, joining Muse as a VP at Southwest in the early days. I think the most interesting thing about him is that he landed at Omaha Beach on D day...and survived. 

Is this class graduating from Southwest Airlines? NO, it is Central Airlines that no longer exists and you won't read about it in either of their obituaries. Why do I have this picture and know all of this, because that is me front row right :)

Saturday, November 16, 2019

What A Photo Op!

Yesterday I saw in the local news about this guy who was constructing large-scale weather vane sculptures, featuring native Texas animals. In all there would be twelve. They were being installed way north of town along a three mile corridor.

This picture accompanied the article. Seems the artist was asking the public to donate scrape metal 
like hubcaps, old bikes, metal get the picture.
It was such a pretty day that Tom offered to drive me up there to photograph the two he had completed. We are still not familiar with all parts of this city, but hey GPS could surely get us there.
Oh my, it turned out to be a very long drive and when we got to the specified location there weren't any sculptures.I barely got back in time for my class at TCU. First thing I did when I got home was to read the article again. I missed one important detail. The part where it said "will be installed". Apparently this picture was taken in his work yard....where ever that is.
What do you think my chances are for me to get Tom to drive me there when they really are installed.?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A Texas Modernist

Another of the paintings from Mr. M's Texas art collection:.

I didn't have a lot of time to take pictures when we were touring Mr. M's art collection, but this seemed to be one of his favorites. A painting by modernist Marjorie Johnson Lee.(1911-1997) I say a favorite because this is the painting he chose to be on his business card.

Not sure you can see but Marjorie only put an initial for her first name. Apparently women artists were not as widely appreciated in the early 20th century.

I did take a few notes and learned that she came to Ft. Worth in the mid 20's to study at Texas Christian University and in 1943 became a Navy Wave.

The see a photo of Ms. Lee and more of her art, go HERE

Friday, November 8, 2019

A Bit of a Controversary

Continuing with my visit to view the Texas art.

Mr. M, our gracious host took us from room to room to view his vast collection of paintings and sculptures all done by Texas artists.
This painting by Don Brown (1899-1958) who was from what we call the Piney Woods of east Texas is titled Swamp Girl, but I have also seen it called Ruth. Brown painted numerous works depicting the  swampy waters and landscapes of Louisiana and north east Texas. Caddo Lake near where he grew up in Marshall, Texas was a favorite subject. A celebrated regional artist, his paintings are in museums across the U.S. and also in Paris, Copenhagen, and Warsaw. He studied in New York in the early 20s and moved on to Paris in 1923. The early 50's found him as head of an art department in a small college in Louisiana...and that is where I think it gets interesting.

Ruth was a janitor at the small college where Brown taught. You must remember this was way back in the early 50's, a time when racism was the norm. Hopefully we have come a long way since then. Anyway, the staff at the college was shocked that Don Brown, a white man would paint such a painting and on top of that, hang it in his office. What is wrong with this painting? According to his superiors she wasn't being depicted as the janitor, but to their horror almost being posed as an elegant lady in somewhat  the same position of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. I am not sure how that controversy ended, but word has it that of all of Brown’s paintings he considered this one of his best works.