Saturday, September 29, 2018

SONG FOR SEPTEMBER


Try to remember the kind of September

When life was slow and oh, so mellow

Try to remember the kind of September

When grass was green and grain was yellow

Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember then follow

Try to remember when life was so tender
That no one wept except the willow
Try to remember when life was so tender
And dreams were kept beside your pillow
Try to remember when life was so tender
And love was an ember about to billow
Try to remember and if you remember then follow follow follow

Deep in December it's nice to remember
Although you know snow will follow
Deep in December it's nice to remember
Without a hurt the heart is hollow
Deep in December it's nice to remember
The fire of September that made us mellow
Deep in December it's nice to remember and follow

Monday, September 3, 2018

Side Trip Butterfly Pavilion Westminster Colorado


While on our 'Road Trip Destination Colorado', I took a morning out to visit the Butterfly Pavilion. It was a quick drive from our hotel. It was early on a Friday so it was me and a couple of bus loads of kids on a field trip. It was really fun watching them interact with the bugs, sea creatures, and butterflies. That's the kids you hear on both of the videos.


The first room was the 'bug room'. Most of the kids lined up for a chance to have Rosie, the tarantula, crawl on their arm. I passed the opportunity. (No, I didn't get a picture of Rosie.) There was also a bee hive in glass. I looked for the queen, but she was hiding that day. Most of the bugs were in hiding so I ventured to the sea creatures exhibit. 

Then, on to the butterflies. Everyone has to enter one door into a waiting area. Then, when everyone is in and that door is closed, the door to the butterfly area can be opened. It is almost like a rain forest with butterflies everywhere. Some are posing; some are flying; and some are hiding. Some were even feeding. Who knew that butterflies could be aggressive? (Check out the video at the end of the photos.)
  


Brown Butterfly
When brown butterfly opens,
it is blue.






Then, hit the gift shop and purchased a few things-a garden solar butterfly light and a butterfly for my printer's tray. Fun morning on my own!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Road Trip Destination Colorado

This road trip started with my husband signing up for a J. D. Hilberry workshop in Denver in July. Since we have relatives in Estes Park, we added a few days to go visit them before heading home.


Our first stop was in Skiatook, Oklahoma (pronounced Ski-took 'oo sound as in tool') to visit Jerry Yarnell's Studio. We have been watching Jerry on PBS for years. It was really great to meet him in person. We got a tour of his studio after the class for the day broke up. 



                      Even got a picture:

Then, we headed to Mulvane, Kansas, (south of Wichita) for the night. We stayed at the Hampton Inn-Hilton which is the hotel for the Kansas State Casino. Chuck's the lucky one in the family winning enough to pay for his bet and our dinner. 




The next day was spent going across Kansas. There were several stops along the way to get the kinks out. One stop was in Hayes so I could go to a quilt shop to get a 'Row-by-Row*'kit. .We had decided to make it a three-day trip so we stopped for the night at the Hampton Inn in Colby. We even had time to visit a guitar shop, a flea market, and have some good Mexican food at a local restaurant. 
Chuck and J. D. Hillberry

On the road again headed for Westminster, Colorado, and the Marriott Springhill Suites where the workshop was being held. It was a great location. Within in five minutes was a Target and a shopping/food center. First thing we did was hit Starbucks. The next day when Chuck was in the workshop, I was shopping and touring. 










The first morning I headed for the Butterfly Pavilion. It was about five minutes from the hotel. Also, shopped at  T. J. Maxx. Then, back to Starbucks before having lunch with Chuck at Panera Bread. That night we ate at Macaroni grill. We used to eat there a lot when we lived in Little Rock. 


I sat in one morning
when J.D. presented 
a slide show of 
his work. That's when
I got this picture.







Meanwhile, Chuck was still drawing in the workshop. 



The next day was the last day of the workshop. Then, we headed for Estes Park. We went to Loveland and through the canyon. It wasn't the fastest way, but there were no heights. We were looking up instead of down.





We were excited to see our daughter's house. We hadn't visited since she moved. It is wonderful. The backside view of the Rockies is spectacular from her front window.


We spent only a couple of days in Estes Park. Everyone there was going to work. It took us only two days on the road stopping only in Wichita for the night. We had our vacation from retirement and were ready to get back into the swing of things in Hot Springs Village. 


*The 'Row by Row' is a nation-wide summer quilt shop program. If you make enough quilt shop stops on your summer vacation and buy a kit every time, you will have enough to make a quilt. Note: this is the only one I got.  I have enough UFO's (Unfinished finished objects).

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Banker's Wife

The Banker’s WifeThe Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's hard for me to review this book, because I really don't care for the modern day suspense/mystery genre. I found that I could only read a chapter before I wanted to put it down. I didn't want to read it at night for fear that I would obsess about what was happening. I finally made myself finish it. It wasn't a bad ending. There were several tense moments for the characters, but all came out okay. I guess I was afraid it wouldn't. Still don't think I will read any more in this genre. Recommend if you like foreign intrigue and the highest levels of the banking industry.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

50 States in 50 Years No. 1

Mom and Dad and Me
1940 - 2 years old

Where it all began

Shreveport, Louisiana

November, 1939





1942 - 4 years old


My Mom and Dad
and Me in my rabbit fur coat
My first trip to Arkansas
to see my Grandmother Grant
in Russellville

I grew up in the best of times. Doesn't everyone say that? World War II ended and I started the 1st grade at Creswell Elementary.
That's me, 1st row 2nd from the right,
by my forever friend, Carolyn on the end.




Me and my Daddy
on the farm.
(called him Dad when
I got too old for a Daddy:)
We had a farm and I took the bus to school. That lasted about six months. My Mom didn't like to put me on the school bus everyday. In 1946 the only children that rode the bus to school were those that lived on farms. 








1958 Photo

When we moved to town, Mom and Dad had bought a cafe, The Country Kitchen. I would eat breakfast there and then take the trolley to school all by myself.

After the 6th grade I went to Hamilton Terrace Jr. High. All of my friends were going to Broadmoor Jr. High, but our house was out of that district. I had a good time and met made new friends, but I missed by old friends. We were reunited in two years, when we left for the 9th grade at C.E. Byrd High School.
I went to Byrd
for the 9-12 Grades
1955-1958



Senior Picture
In 1958 I graduated from high school and headed to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I went home to Shreveport for breaks, but ended up staying in Arkansas after I graduated in 1962.

That is the beginning of my travel odyssey of going in and out and through all fifty United States. 





For "new to my blog" friends...on May 17, 2010, I visited Wisconsin.
I can now say that I have been in, to, or through all 50 United States.
I am committed to make an Artist Trading Card "ATC" for each of
the 50 States. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sarum, The Novel of England

Sarum: The Novel of EnglandSarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished this book of 1000+ pages. I highly recommend it to you. It is a must read if you want to know how we humans got to this point.

Warning: It is a historical fiction. It is not a saga of the four families involved in the history. The families are included as a way to move the history along. They are co-stars with the evolution of how we got to where we are today. The story begins around 7500 BC somewhere south of the North Pole and includes the first of the families. They settle in southeastern Britain in Sarum.

It will continue through the centuries until the close of the story in 1985 AD. It is a long read, but you will not be bored. You will not have to wade through the information year by year. Several time periods are skipped before you get to the next part of the journey. The only thing I found disconcerting was his habit of venturing off to another story before he gets back to the original story. (You probably have a friend that does that. I do. By the time we get back to the original story I have forgotten what it was.)

Take the time to read it. You will be glad you did.

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