Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Answer

 On my previous post I showed you a picture of a strange looking object on the beach.

I had no idea what it was, until I ask  a friend who had a beach house..
Seems it is an egg case from a Skate. A Skate is a bottom feeder closely related to a Stingray.
Interesting facts about the strange looking egg case:

The skate lays the case on the bottom of the sea.
The horn like objects on either end are so it can latch on to seaweed and stay on the bottom.
The pouch is made of a subject called keratin much like human fingernails, making it very strong.
The first few months the embryo inside has no gills, so there is no sea water in it.
Before it hatches, it cracks open after gills form to allow the embryo to get use to the sea water.
Once the shell cracks completely open the discarded case floats ashore.
Some people call these rather strange cases The Devil’s pocketbook
Others a Mermaid Purse
This day and age I had some friends guess that it was a discarded mask!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Hello from the Beach

 We sure enjoyed being at the beach with the beautiful weather…without the crowds.

It looks like you could walk right out onto the sand, but the condos are on a small cliff, with these stairs down the beach.


Every morning as soon as the sun came up, we headed to the beach with our cups of coffee in tow.

As you can see, the water is very clear here.

The second morning there were a few more interesting things that floated ashore.

We steered clear of this guy. 
and I had to ask what this thing was. Do you know? I will explain on my next post.

Thursday, December 2, 2021


 Well we lucked into perfect weather here on the panhandle of Florida.

We are happy with our 
our rental too. This little condo has a spectacular view.

The beaches along here are
white and the water blue.
Saw this guy on our one mile walk on the beach this morning.. He was not concerned with us and never moved as we walked by.
Tom was out sunning himself early this morning and had the beach to himself.

Later on there were a couple of folks down the way…but not many. We are having a relaxing good time. Getting ready to go eat at Fat Daddy’s Pizza!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Ba Humbug!

 Just when we felt that things were getting better. Omicron has to rear it’s ugly head! Makes you want to throw up your arms in disgust! So what can we do?

Don’t know about you, but I am going to lick  my wounds at the beach…Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Back to Clearfork

 A few posts back I was showing you the art around Ft. Worth’s newest and trendiest shopping area
but I neglected to show you the piece of art that I liked best.

This large painting is hanging in a bank building which is part of the shopping complex. It is titled Palo Verde, which is the spindly tree in the painting. Palo Verde trees are generally found in desert settings since  they are very drought resistant. Of course some of you recognize the prickly pear cactus in the background which you will also find  in the same setting.

The curator giving the tour explained it was painted on Japanese rice paper and painted on both sides of the canvas…which I don’t quite understand. The artist is Malou Flato.. Which is an usual name to me so I thought she must be Japanese. Not so! She is a Texan and I was surprised by where else her work hangs..

                         click on photo to enlarge


   I love learning new things, especially about art since it is a subject that I generally know nothing about.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Packing up Fall

 I know, it is still Fall and Thanksgiving in the U.S. is still almost a week away, but we need to get our home decorated because of what has become an over scheduled time of the year.

Yes, even our  neighbors trees  are a constant  reminder what time of year it is!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the warm colors this time of year, but you have to budget your time as to when you have time to decorate.

So into the storage boxes go the oranges yellows and browns,
and out comes the new smaller artificial tree. As you pop the three sections in place the lights magically come on. No searching for the plugs hidden in the tree.

We spent a lot of the day dragging out decorations, decorating the tree and the rest  of the house. Will wait until after Thanksgiving to put the wreath on the front door. Don’t want the neighbors to think we are rushing the season!


Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Tour

 Sometimes you come up with a crazy idea and it turns out to be a great one.. Tom and I were watching the local morning news and they were interviewing a famous chef about his latest project (he already owns several restaurants in town) which is a container hotel. Since it was a beautiful morning, I suggested that we go see it, and also check out several other new hotels in town. You see, Ft. Worth is one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

So, here it is. A novel idea for sure but it is priced like a luxury hotel.. I guess if it were in a desired location I could understand that .

Next we checked out what is described as a boutique hotel that  is in a very desired location that needs more hotels. Although referring to it as a boutique hotel had me confused. The first boutique hotel I stayed in was in San Francisco. It was a darling little place in an old building, but I guess my thinking this place would be in an old building was my own concept of boutique. The sign was confusing. There  use to be a Dry Ice Warehouse in this location, so they left the sign. Nice, but they spelled the name of the hotel slightly different and there is no other sign?

On to the wildly famous Stockyard  area. This  hotel has a rooftop restaurant with views of downtown. Although the restaurant up there doesn’t open till dinner time (so obviously this isn’t my picture). We will look forward to trying this place out.

Also in the stockyards is a new place that is described as Rustic-Luxe

….and they got this description right! Oh man it is beautiful!

I love how they left the Live Oak tree by the pool, although the guys who clean the pool may not.

The poolside cabanas even had chandeliers!

Snooping around we also discovered that there  are several banquet rooms so they can attract  conventions.
So, I have made a decision. I would like to stay in hotel number four, go for and swim and then have dinner at hotel number three…how about you?