Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I've been missing!

Blogger friends,

When I looked at my last post, I was really surprised it had been so long since I've been online, at least with my blog. It has been an exciting summer with family and friends, and I've spent a good deal of time writing. I'm thinking of taking a different direction with my blog, maybe sharing more writing and poetry. Here's the cover for the fourth book of the series I'm writing, this one about abiding love. It is fiction, but based on a true story of family. Not sure when it will be published - probably the first of September.



Hope this finds each of you in good health. We have actually had some rain in Texas in August, so not so much drought as in some years. But the temps are still in the 90s in Fredericksburg.

Linda Kay

Saturday, May 20, 2017

George W Library

Our final stop on our Dallas trip was at the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The visit was delightful with history of 9/11 and events that followed. One of the special features is an exact replica of the Oval Office. Although to exact scale, the room seemed smaller than the images in my mind. We had a tour guide to tell us all about the features of the desk, the rug, and other history.

There were many other displays of interest, but I was most fascinated by the area containing the artist renditions of various military veterans as presented in President Bush's Portraits of Courage


This mural was an amazing collection of military heroes. 


We could have spent a great deal more time in Dallas, for sure, but we certainly enjoyed our two days there. Thanks for sharing our journey!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day

What a wonderful Mother's Day! I hope all of you mothers out there and all the mother-type folks had a fabulous day as well.

My daughters and families met at the YO Restaurant in Kerrville. Actually we ate at the Branding Iron Restaurant in the Hotel. Such a beautiful place to meet and the brunch was sooooo good.


Huge Cactus in Front of the Hotel


And a Chuckwagon for the Western Theme


Angel on the Left, Heidi on the Right


We Face-timed Lexi and Adelyn


Some Pretty Flowers to bright my kitchen


Blessings in your week!

Linda Kay

Saturday, May 13, 2017

At the Zoo in Dallas

Don't you just love the zoo? We visited the Dallas Zoo on our second day in Dallas. What a fabulous zoo! I'll post a few pictures to share. Note that on the day we chose to visit, almost every pre-school and kindergarten class with the parents and sponsors also visited that day. I don't think I've ever seen so many munchkins in one spot, all holding hands to cross the streets, etc. So cute.


 Just love these little guys!

No beautify constest winner here! 

Just relaxing in the sun. 

Awwww!  

Lots of birds on display 

Giant Anteater... did you know they like avocados? 

Cute little teddy bear - sleeps 18 of 24 hours a day! 

More Birds

But there were NO BEARS! Imagine a zoo with no bears. I guess it has to do with how hot it gets here in Texas maybe? Those fur coats might get a little uncomfortable.

Have a great weekend and a very Happy Mother's Day to all who have ever served in a "mom" capacity! Going to a super brunch with my kiddos.

Linda Kay


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kennedy Museum in Dallas



As we continued out visit in Dallas, our next stop was the Sixth Floor Museum, the former book depository from which President Kennedy was assassinated. The museum is very well presented with an overwhelming number of pictures of the Kennedy and his family before, during and after the alleged murder by Lee Harvey Oswald. I say alleged, as he was never tried and convicted because of his own assassination by Jack Ruby. We managed to get a couple of pictures, but we were very limited, no flash.


Kennedy/Johnson campaign posters


Bird's eye view of the parade route from the window in the sixth floor


Articles from the Assassination


Rifle with scope found in the depository after the assassination

This was definitely a memory etched in my brain, and I have heard many of the Conspiracy Theories in regard to how it all happened. What a sad family to think that only Caroline still remains of the Kennedy family, Jackie and John both deceased, along with Bobby and Ted. 

Sorry for the sad post.

How about a fun picture to share with you?


I've decided to have her call me GiGi (Great Grandma). What do you think? Adelyn was six months old on the 1st.

Linda Kay

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Zimsculpt in Dallas

Hubby and I took a few days off to make the five hour drive to Dallas. We sometimes get a little bogged down in "have to"s, that we don't take time for fun. Our first morning in Dallas, we went to the Dallas Arboretum on an absolutely beautiful day! We were in time to see the ZinSculpt, and you can read about that on the link to the arboretum. The artists are carvers of rock who live in Zimbabwe. A sculptor was working on a project in one of the display areas. These were so beautiful and enhanced the gorgeous garden flowers and trees, etc.







And for fun from the Seniorific News:

A Department of Highways employee stopped at a farm and talked with an old farmer. He told the farmer, "I need to inspect your farm for a possible new road".
The old farmer said, "OK, but don't go in that field."
The Highways employee said, "I have the authority of the State of Colorado to go where I want. See this card? I am allowed to go wherever I wish on farm land.:
So the old farmer went about his farm chores. Later, he heard loud screams and saw the DOH employee running for the fence and close behind was the farmer's prize bull.
The bull was madder than a nest full of hornets and the bull was gaining on the employee at every step.
The old farmer called out, "Show him your card!"

Have a wonderful weekend! Thursday was my grandson's birthday, Friday my husband's.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wild Flowers


We have now said good-bye to our beautiful bluebonnets, or at least most of them. The bluebonnet is actually an annual flower, so for them to recur next year, the plant has to dry up and the seeds drop. Therefore, the roads are never mowed until the bluebonnets have completed their cycle.

Along with the bluebonnets, the Indian paintbrush is orange and beautiful, and it has also disappeared. In it's place are three distinct flowers along the highways.


This is Indian Blanket. If you look across this roadside toward the bridge in the background, you can imagine the beauty of these flowers, and they continued all the way to Dallas.


Yellow Coreopsis or Tickseed


Queen Ann's Lace

These are all so beautiful, but my eyes water and I sneeze just looking at them!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, my friends!

Linda Kay

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Juliets

Most of you have heard of the ROMEOs (Retired old men eating out), but have you heard of the JULIETs? I meet monthly with some very good friends, Just Us Ladies Into Every Thing. 

This past week we visited the 1940s display of women's clothing at the Nimitz Museum also known as the National Museum of the Pacific War. Admiral Chester Nimitz was originally from Fredericksburg, so he is a hero of the village. One of the beautiful features of the museum is the Japanese Garden, set up for the museum by a group from Japan to honor Marshal-Admiral Togo, who became good friends with Nimitz. I thought I'd share a few pictures with you. Such a restful, lovely setting.



Koi Pond


House completely furnished inside

After our visit we enjoyed lunch and said good-bye to our friends heading north for the summer. They are too chicken to stay here with us in the Texas heat!

My hubby and I continue to volunteer. Yesterday we took in items for our annual Freecycle. Then this morning, our Missions Team arranged all the items outside. We opened at 10:00 AM, and this is what it looked like.



Here are the shoppers - everything is free, like God's grace!


Linda Kay

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Big Bend

As I mentioned in my last post, we traveled to Fort Davis TX in January, then we ventured on to Big Bend National Park. Many, many miles of the most intriguing mountains and desert. 





Hiking is a popular reason to travel to Big Bend...yup, that's me!



Not sure how we would build a wall here between Mexico and the U.S. along the Rio Grande. We took a hike up the mountain to get this view.

This formation was called "Donkey Ears", kind of appropriate. These are much larger than they appear in a photo. Note the perfectly clear blue sky. 



Sunsets are always beautiful in Texas with a few clouds, but the clouds were very unusual in this one, kind of reminded you of puffs of cotton.

The drive back to Fredericksburg took us six hours, so it's no easy trip. It does give you an appreciation for just how big Texas is, however.

Have a wonderful Wednesday. Our next adventure is a trip to Dallas, so I'll share some of our trip with you soon. 

Think of this the next time you have a cup of tea: (from the Seniorific News)
  One day my mother was out, and my dad was in charge of me. I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little tea set as a gift and it was one of my favorite toys.
  Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of "tea" which was just water.
  After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my mom came home. My dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing'. Mom waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy; and she watched him drink it up.
  Then she said, as only a mother would know, "Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?"  😏

Linda Kay

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fort Davis, Texas

Fort Davis  is part of the National Parks in Texas. Some friends and us took the long five-hour drive west in January. 

From Wikipedia:  The Gatling gun is one of the best-known early rapid-fire spring loaded, hand cranked weapons and a forerunner of the modern machine gun.
 Soldiers' barracks as it might have appeared.
Supplies were delivered in wagons.
Rock formations in the mountains surrounding Fort Davis were fascinating.

Later the same day, we visited the McDonald Observatory in the mountains near Fort Davis. I've never been a science buff, but I did find the presentations fascinating, and the equipment is very interesting as well.
One of the domes, from atop the mountain.
 The telescope is inside the dome, and the dome turns on giant rails.
 Another station, another more modern telescope.
You may find it amusing, but I was always under the impression that the shape of the moon was determined by the sun shine, throwing a shadow of the earth onto the moon. One of our demonstrations indicated that it is only the position of the moon and the angle in relation to the sun, and the earth has nothing to do with the shape we see. Duh!

From Fort Davis, a tiny town near the actual fort, we ventured on to Big Bend. I'll share more of that in my next post this week.

From the Seniorific News -
A fellow was trying to show off in an Italian restaurant. He looks at the menu and says "I'll have the pa-ge-on-e." The waiter says, "I'm sorry. That says page one."

Have a blessed week!

Linda Kay

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