Friday, March 16, 2018


Hodgepodge...isn't that what they call a grouping of unrelated items? I just had to get that depressing murder story off of my screen (previous post) here goes.

First of all, we have had a lot of guests this week. One couple took us out to eat at the wonderful French restaurant called Rise. I guess they named it that because most of the menu items are souffles..get it rise? There were five of us and we all had one this large and then shared a chocolate one and a strawberry...
Spring has finally sprung around here and my espalier (trained vine) is doing great on the wall.
The neighbors tree has beautiful buds
and my kitchen has a bit of an Easter theme to it.
Bradford Pear Trees are blooming all over town..Oh, by the way, there are nurseries that refuse to sell these trees here. They have a short lifespan, a shallow root system causing them to fall over easily and they stink...some say they smell like tuna fish. That being said...they are pretty.
The valentine wreath on my front door and been replaced with (fake) Spring flowers....which will remain all summer
and last, but not least, they finished paving the street!
Have a wonderful weekend and don't drink too much green beer!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sex Crime and Chicken Fried Steak

It has been well over forty years, but there is still a fascination with a certain murder case that Fort Worth is not so happy to claim. It will remind you of another sensational case...involving OJ and I am not talking about Orange Juice.
Let's back up. Part of the senior program that Tom and I are enrolled in at the university
includes a lecture luncheon series. A fellow classmate happens to have been  the State's Prosecuting attorney in that very case....(he lost).
The case involved the richest man in US History tried for murder. Said gentleman married a flashy, blond, flamboyant lady (his second wife)...and it wasn't long before fireworks started to fly.
They built a 12,000 square foot mansion reportedly costing around six million dollars on a large 10 acre piece of land, that was at one time owned by his wealthy oil man Dad.. whose nickname was "Stinky".

Needless to say all of the seats at the luncheon were quickly spoken for.
 I won't go into all of the gory details. You can read about them HERE. It is amazing to many how the defendant was not found guilty....unless you realize that his famous attorney had no trouble digging up a lot of dirt on his little wife...In reality she seemed to be being tried....for her slightly tainted reputation.In all, four people were shot by an intruder dressed in black with a black wig on...although a couple of them lived to talk about it, including his estranged wife.
 We drove by the house today. It is no longer on such a large piece of land, but snuggled peacefully into a neighborhood.
It has been many things over the years. I can remember it being a restaurant and can you believe it... even a church! Today it serves as an event center where many folks have their wedding receptions....Can you image dancing the night away in a place where such horrific events occurred?
Not me...

Monday, March 12, 2018

Everything's Bigger

Well, they always say "Everything is bigger in Texas"
and that is exactly what we thought arriving at a wedding this weekend.

Don't get me wrong. That is not a criticism. The wedding we attended was very elegant,and tastefully done.
Everything was, well...just bigger
Congratulations to Ellie and Matt!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Pretty Day

We have a whole string of beautiful weather in this week's forecast.

So we headed to the nearby Botanic Gardens, where there are 109 acres to roam freely, 90% of it free of charge. This part of the park is called the Rose Garden. Tragically most of the rose bushes were wiped out by a disease a couple of years ago, but are being replanted.
There weren't very many flowers blooming this early, but it is a wonderful place to walk.
I take that back, there were some early birds,
and some pretty fish, who seemed to think we were going to feed them.
and turtles enjoying the sun too.
We were not alone. Meet Jenna and Phil  longtime friends from Houston. They have also moved to North Texas, although still almost an hours drive away, so we have been meeting once a month for lunch and a nice visit. I hope too that Spring and blue skies are arriving in your area.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bank Art

I mentioned in a previous post that I had joined a group called The Art of Fort Worth, which is a special interest group offered through the classes that I take at Texas Christian University. Yesterday we were  invited to a branch of a local bank to see their newly acquired art work. The employees were most gracious hosts, even offering us snacks and a glass of wine.
I knew that we were in for a treat when I pulled into the parking lot. The above sculpture is by Deborah Ballard a local artist and teacher of sculpture classes in Dallas
I happened to look up just inside the  door and was greeted by a piece (titled Airborne) suspended from the ceiling. The artist is Bill Starke, another talented artist who is from Aspen, Colorado
The bank itself even though new gives off a old vibe with it's cage like grill work and black and white marble floors.
Bill Starke also did these guys, titled Climbers ....who were doing just that in the stairwell,
and this one....Skydiver
Back outside, Anne our group leader was demonstrating how you could interact with this sculpture. You are invited to have a seat and join the other players....a full set of chess pieces are housed in the drawer.  The event was certainly a nice way to spend the afternoon.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Do you ever miss place your keys? Well, my husband seems to a lot! I tried buying him one of those gizzmos that you can make beep by pressing app on your phone, but it wasn't loud enough.
So, we spent the entire afternoon yesterday trying to locate his keys.
Notice that our keys rings look a lot alike....but his were the ones missing.
I am, by the way, very good at finding things...but I was busy cooking an early dinner.
He says he used them last at 3pm when he went down to the kiosk to check the mail. We do not have our own mailbox, but have to walk about a half a block to collect it here.

Oh man, he checked the entire house and I finally joined in. I ask him to retrace his steps since 3pm,of which there weren't many. Then a light bulb went off in my head. Are you sure you had YOUR keys when you checked the mail?...Or mine?Well there's a thought.

So, we went over all of the places he went since pulling the car back into the garage earlier in the day. I went out to look in the car...and all around it.
Well, they were not in the car...but under it. You see, he had carried a heavy box of old files out there and sat them down beside the car. Seems they had fallen out of his pocket and slid all the way under the car.
If anyone has a suggestion to help him keep up with his keys better...Please share. Thanks

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Special Interest Group

I have mentioned before that I take fun/non credit courses for seniors at Texas Christian University. As part of that same program, they offer special interest groups. This semester I have joined The Art of Fort Worth.
Today they had a luncheon and free tour of the Modern Museum which also included a behind the scenes tour of the vaults...very interesting. The above work is by Jonathan Borofsky and is titled Big Ears...a self portrait. I might add that it is two stories tall.
Ah, no this is not Tom and myself playing like we are at the beach. It is an artwork by Ron Mueck. They are so life like that you expect them to move..
Although they are not life sized...they are huge!
You can read about Mueck and see some of his very unusual sculptors HERE
It was so greathaving a docent explain the art...especially since some of the pieces left me a bit puzzled. Our rains have returned , so it was a wonderful way to spend a not so nice the afternoon.