Monday, September 19, 2016

Art Walk

We attended the Friday night Art Walk and enjoyed the various art shops in Fredericksburg as they served us wine and snacks. Here a few to share with you:

One of my favorites always is the River Rustic where Carlos displays his wonderful rock art media along with a number of other genres.

At Insight Gallery I visited with artist Mary Ross Bucholtz as she described her genre and methods for this beautiful work below. Be sure to check out her website, as her work is amazing. 

This once a month event is always a joy in Fredericksburg, where there are numerous galleries of art on display.

Enjoy your day!

Linda Kay

Friday, September 16, 2016

My Flowers, Part 2

The cooler weather is bringing lots of blooms to life in our yard. Here's the next challenge on identifying these:

Just a hint on this last one. The flower blooms in the evening of one day, then starts to wilt on the second day, falls off on the third. 

And a chuckle for today:

Have a special day, and a great weekend!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Anthony Doerr

My daughter is an avid reader. Last week she handed off a book she said I "had" to read, and for a day and a half I did little else but read the book. 

I don't usually do a book review, and in this case, no one is giving me a book or any funds to endorse it. This from the book description from Amazon:

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

I may read it again just to see if I missed any of all those details he has included. Great read.

Linda Kay

Monday, September 12, 2016

Doss VFD Fish Fry

One of the most delightful events we have enjoyed in Texas is the fish fries sponsored by local Volunteer Fire Departments. All the small towns around have some dedicated volunteers who have to put out fires in fields and forests as well as in the towns, and the equipment needs are great. So each year, each town VFD holds a fish fry and a silent auction to raise funds. We attended the Doss VFD event, a small town of some 500 souls. The turnout was unbelievable. Two large tents were set up with queues to keep people moving, all the while serving the beer that was part of your contribution for the meal. As you can see in the video, the lines moved pretty quickly.

On Labor Day my two daughters and I enjoyed lunch and the movie "Light Between Oceans", while the men were out dove hunting. I had read the book, and the movie is nearly identical to what I remember from the book. Bit of a tear-jerker, but enjoyed it.

Have a great day!

Linda Kay

Friday, September 9, 2016

How does my garden grow?

I've run out of lighthouses for the moment. So I thought I'd share some of my beautiful plants around the house, thanks to my master gardener hubby. We've had some rain and cooler temps for Texas this time of year, and the plants are loving it.

How many can you name?

Have a fabulous weekend. I'll add some more in a future blog. 

Linda Kay

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Asbestos Removal

The asbestos removal has started on the old house, so I thought I'd share a few pictures.

Tuesday, lining the walls to remove the ceiling, prep work.

Taken through a window and plastic on the inside - the workers. Note the ceiling behind the technician is already out of the house.

More wallboard removed - taken through the plastic lining. We couldn't go inside.

Air testing equipment, monitoring the asbestos in the air. There is also a shower set up for the workers to wash off before emerging from the enclosures.

Job Manager and state inspector, who checks before and after removal.

Air vented to the outside, wonder if the asbestos is being blown out into the neighborhood?

By Friday night all the asbestos and the exposed sheetrock, wood, etc., will be removed exposing almost all the interior walls and ceilings. 

Yesterday I contacted the gentleman who owns the property next to the house. He is interested in giving us a bid on the property. So next week, he will put together an offer to the church for the entire property. The Church Council meets on the 19th, so we hope to be able to provide them with this information for their decision on whether to proceed with our hope for a sober living facility, or whether to sell the property to take other action. 

Still moving along at a snail's pace. Thanks for all your good wishes.

Linda Kay

Monday, September 5, 2016

County Fair Time

One of my favorite parades is the Gillespie County Fair Parade, held in conjunction with the mostly 4-H Fair with all the young folks participating. So here comes the Fredericksburg High School Band!

I'll share just a few more photos and another video from the parade, so as not to bore you with the entire parade - it was over an hour long.

Always the Fair Queen and her court, doin' the wave!

The Float from my church - Bible School Kids. We won a blue ribbon and trophy!

The Fair includes a display by the Antique Tractor Club.


You can't have a parade in Texas without the horses. There were three riding clubs in the parade in total.

Note that incredible blue sky. Happy Labor Day! Image result for emoticons patrioticJoining in with Jeanne for a Blue Monday.

Linda Kay

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