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..

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   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?

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Committee

This past year, I decided to join the Fort Worth Woman’s Club. It is a club comprised of several study groups. It was appealing to me since so many of the clubs or groups study history, plus it seemed a perfect way to meet other women with the same interests.

There are all kinds of committees within the club to participate in. For some reason, the decorating committee ask me to join.

Although it isn’t even Thanksgiving, the houses which make up the club require decorations for  the holidays. I may not be in these pictures, I but I was there and did my share of work!

One thing I certainly enjoyed doing was gift wrapping all of the empty boxes to put under the many trees.

The particular study group that I am in had a bus tour of Ft. Worth on Sunday afternoon led by a county judge who is an expert on Ft. Worth history. His family dates back to the beginning of the town. For three hours we toured almost every corner of this place and even though I thought I knew it all, I certainly learned a lot.

I thought this rather humorous. With a bus load of ladies there were several who needed facilities after a couple of hours. Where to find such facilities on a Sunday afternoon?  Well, if you are a judge you have a key to the courthouse. Above is our beautiful pink granite courthouse built in 1893.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Blu Baby

 Tom and I were in Austin,Tx recently babysitting two of our granddaughters. The weather was beautiful, so we took several walks with the baby in the stroller.

We passed this little cutie several times. It is a vintage Fiat. I am not sure what year, maybe now of you knows?

Monday, November 1, 2021

Clearfork part lll

Several posts back I was showing you some of the outdoor art on my art walk through the Clearfork Shopping area with my special interest group, The Art of Ft. Worth connected with TCU University. 

Well, this art exhibit titled Migrating Peace was actually in the parking garage.To be exact, floating down above the escalators. A work by Kevin Box in collaboration with Robert Lang. Lang folded each bird out of a single piece of paper. I am sure you are familiar with the art of origami.

Mr. Box then made a wax casting, eventually filling it with stainless steel. The birds are all sizes and grouped as families of birds would be in flight.

The migration of Sandhill Cranes is and annual event it Texas.