Friday, October 10, 2014

Dallas: Round Two

After our last trip to Dallas, we were looking forward to giving Dallas the second chance it deserved.

After we checked into our hotel we headed downtown for a self-guided tour of the city.

Our first stop was Reunion Tower.

In my personal opinion it was was a bit pricey, but if I had to do it over it was an interesting enough attraction that I would pay the admittance again. The view from atop was absolutely beautiful...

After the tower tour, we headed down the streets of Dallas in search of a bite to eat.

Rested and full we took in a little shopping in the market area of downtown. I'm not sure what significance this establishment had, but apparently it was popular. Everyone was taking pictures of the outside of it so we did the same....

Here are some more pictures from our walk around downtown Dallas....

I estimate we walked a few miles that day.

In the room that evening while we lounged, Bo fixated on me for awhile. Usually when he stares at me it means he wants something and I can pretty much guess what it is. I never did figure out what he wanted and he eventually gave up. Maybe he wanted to go home to his familiar surroundings???

The next day we did the State Fair of Texas. More walking and TONS of it, but we had a blast....

The State Fair Ferris Wheel is the Largest in the U.S.

BIG TEX is the main icon of the State Fair of Texas

Funnel Cake
The State Fair of Texas is HUGE. It took us a whole day and a lot of walking miles just to look at the exhibits and attractions. I guess a ride on the Ferris Wheel will have to wait until next year.

Dallas did not disappoint us this time.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Many Mandalas

Lately I've been a little obsessed with crocheting. It consumes my thoughts. I wake up thinking about what project I'll work on for the day. I hurriedly and haphazardly finish up my daily obligations so I can sit with my crochet needle and yarn in hand whipping up creation after creation.

I haven't quite pin-pointed why I enjoy it so. Maybe because it keeps my mind busy. Maybe it makes me feel productive. Maybe because it's relaxing and creative. Whatever reason it may be, I'm glad my Aunt Sara took the patience and time out to teach me how to crochet in her little house in Eight Mile those many, many years ago.

My latest projects have been Mandalas. I guess you could say they really don't serve a practical purpose but creating these circular patterns with their many colors is mesmerizing for me.

I've thought about affixing them to canvases. Then I thought maybe they could be hung on the wall solo. Not sure yet how I will display them....

With the colder months quickly approaching, I also whipped up a couple of beanies with some scrap yarn I found at the Blue Hanger a few months ago....

I really love the color of the yarn in the one above. Unfortunately I ran out of yarn. I will have to improvise by trying to find some that will blend well enough to finish out the last couple of rows.

In two days we are off to Dallas for a couple of days. We will be visiting the Texas State Fair while we are there. I'm looking forward to it.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Play Day in San Antonio

Today we took the day for a trip to San Antonio. For awhile now, Skye has been wanting to go to Ripley's Believe it or Not and The Wax Museum.

We've been to both before so I guess she enjoyed it enough the first time to want to go back.

Our day was as close to perfect as you could get.


Some favorites from the Wax Museum....

After the museums, we took a little walk and had some lunch on the Riverwalk....

Bonnie and Clyde, the only two white ducks on the Riverwalk

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Incredible Edible....Flower?

A few weeks ago a neighbor brought me some prepared Prickly Pear Flower to taste. Hmmm...even though I find the Prickly Pear Plant interesting, I have to admit that eating any part the pointed thing never crossed my mind.  I've seen the "pad" part of the plant in the produce section of local stores but never felt compelled to give it a try.

Even though I politely turned down my neighbors offer - I prefer to do research on my own before I try strange foods from the wild - it intrigued me enough to do a little research.

The "fruit" of the Prickly Pear has an interesting history and also can be eaten as fruit.  On my next walk at the park where the plants are abundant I carried my gloves and a pack to carry my pickings in. Even though you can't see or feel them initially, the hairs on the fruit itself are like shards of glass. Once they get into your skin they are super hard to get out and are very painful to the touch....yes, I know this from experience.

Scald the hairs off before preparation....

The color is a beautiful magenta. At one time in history the "red" secretion was cultivated by the Aztecs and exported to Spain where it was highly valued by the Spanish, next to gold and silver to dye royal garments and military uniforms.....

I have to admit the fruit is tasty but a lot of work and care for such a painful small yield.

In my spare time I've been working on a few crochet projects. For my niece who started her college journey many miles from home I decided on this colorful pattern for a cozy, comfy blanket.

It was a fun project and it turned out quite nicely. I hope she will enjoy it.....

I also whipped up a few small projects. This one I sent back to one of my neighbors on the plate that she always so generously sends us yummy treats on....

Hot pad, pot holder, and coasters

I enjoy doing quick small projects that keep my hands busy when I'm sitting around with the family....

Coaster, key chain, bookmarks, car cup holder pads

Coasters and hot pads
With the arrival of fall I've been itching to get out and do some hiking. I've also got some exciting stuff coming up....a ghost tour trip downtown with a friend and a trip to Dallas to the Texas State Fair...and anything else I can come up with.

Barring no major emergencies, I plan on making the most of the next couple of months.