Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Past Few Weeks....

The past few weeks have been filled with a little bit of this and that.

Skye and I went to Chilifest in Pflugerville. We had fun walking around checking out all the booths and eating samples of chili and drinking fresh squeezed lemonade...

We also took a weekend to support our local Crowe's Nest Farm. Each year the farm has a Family Fun Day fundraiser and we have supported them for the past 7 years. Skye even attended a camp there one year and loved it. The owners of the farm are very nice people and I love the fact they are an animal rescue farm.

The fall weather has been ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. Most the time there hasn't been a cloud in the sky and the weather has been warm and dry during the day and cool and comfortable in the evenings.

Even the grasshoppers were enjoying one particular beautiful day. Grasshopper love perhaps???

All three of us have taken to sitting outside at night watching for shooting stars, the space station, satellites and any other sky anomaly.

As Skye gets older I'm really trying to relish the things she is still willing to enthusiastically do with us. From experience, I know that the days will become fewer and far between that she thinks it's cool to sit out with mom and dad and sky watch.

We also finally purchased Skye an IPhone. She has requested one for the past couple of years but I had never felt the cost was warranted until recently. It got old leaving my phone with her every time we went off solo or having her consume mine with countless apps.

I can never close a post without posting pictures of my fur baby....

I'm hoping for a fall camping trip soon. I'm having to work around avoiding a full moon so we can star gaze and making sure there isn't a burn band so we can have a warm, cozy fire.

Crossing my fingers it works out.

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.