Monday, August 29, 2016

Ladies Who Lunch!






I have a good friend I like to lunch with.
We try to pick places for lunch that we normally don't visit
and we try to make it an adventure.

This time we took advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks.
Houston Restaurant Weeks runs the month of August 
and benefits the Houston Food Bank.
Restaurants have special menus to pick from 
and a donation from each meal is made to the food bank.
It's a win win.
Good food, a chance to go to a "new" restaurant and try out the food.
We went to Bistro Menil.



Bistro Menil

I had the roasted tomato and artichoke quiche 
with the Menil salad followed by a lemon tart.
Yum!


Then we went across the street to the Menil museum to see the 
Outsider Art (self-taught artists) exhibit
as Essential as Dreams.
I'm only sharing three objects from three different artists.
 Twelve artists were featured in the exhibit.




Menil Collage

On the left is Thornton Dial's Tiger On The Run
and on the right is one of Oscar Hardwiger's architectural structures --
this one of the Miraculous Staircase of the Loretto Chapel made when he was 80.



Spirit Codex

This is Spirit Codex by Solange Knopf.

The Menil has a wonderful bookstore that we did not visit.
There is a catalog for the exhibition and in my younger days
I would have loved a copy.
But I am now getting rid of all my old art catalogs.
It's hard, but better I do the work than leaving it to someone else.

I now wonder if there were postcards for the exhibit.
After all, postcards take up less space!



Outsider Art



After lunch and the exhibit we made one more stop at Michaels.
We both wanted to check out the yarn.
Believe it or not, I didn't buy any.
I did look and I did touch but I kept telling myself I had enough yarn at home
and enough projects to finish.
I did make a wish list! 


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Mosaic Monday




Monday, August 22, 2016

How To Meet Your Neighbors!






There's a lot going on in the neighborhood.

There was a birthday party.


Birthday Party


It was a good way for us "oldsters"  to meet the young families 

living in the neighborhood.
And, it was FUN!




Library Collage



This is the "new" library for our neighborhood.
I walked by to see where it was located.
Found it without any problem.
And, I met some neighbors I did not know --
all of us out for an early walk (before it got too hot) 
and looking for the library.
Too cute and it's full of books.

The neighbor who made the little library 

made it from scraps being tossed out by another neighbor.
Teamwork! 
Recycling at its best.

When you meet your new neighbors,
invite them to walk into the village for a bit to eat.
Stop, and look at the new mural.



Mural collage

Still deciding if I like it.
Better than the brick wall, I guess!

Go to a child's birthday party,
walk around your neighborhood,
make a little library,
look at a new painting.

You might meet your neighbors and make a new friend!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Mosaic Monday

Make It Pretty Monday





Monday, August 15, 2016

It's Julia's Birthday






Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California, August 15, 1912.
 She would have been 104 years old today.




Sur La Table



I looked back at some of my posts about Julia.

I remembered I started my Julia craze after I read
Julie Powell's book (Julie and Julia, 365 Days, 524 Recipes, one Tiny Apartment)
about making each and every one of Julia's recipes
from Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Then the movie came out (which I loved). 

I read more books about Julia and her life including Julia's Cats.

I think there are a few more Julia books in my stacks that I should read.



Julia Child


Amazingly enough, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
didn't become a best seller until after the movie came out...
48 years after the book was first published.
This article from the NYTimes is one of my favorites:

After 48 Years, Julia Child Has a Big Best Seller, Butter and All


I remember watching Julia on television. 
I wasn't much interested in the cooking.
I just thought she was a hoot!


Associated Press Photo

I couldn't let the day go by without wishing Julia
a very happy birthday.




Wishing YOU well and much joy!









Monday, August 8, 2016

In Time For Tea





I love to give books for special occasions or no occasion ...
To kids and adults.

I heard about Chimpanzees for Tea by Jo Empson in the 
Afternoon Tea Across America group I belong to on FaceBook.



Chimpanzees for Tea




Vincent's mother sends him to the store with a shopping list.
She wants him to be home in time for tea.
Along the way Vincent loses his shopping list.
He tries to remember everything on the list 
and comes home with some unexpected items.
But he is in time for tea! 
Great illustrations and lots of fun.
I think it will be a wonderful birthday gift for the little girl next door.



Chimpanzees for Tea



I decided I wanted to be in time for tea, too.
I was especially tea thirsty and got out one of my favorite oversized tea cups.



Teatime Teacup


The perfect Tea Time Teacup.
It is part of the Leonardo Collection.
Designed in England. 
More fun!




Tea



Wishing YOU well, much joy, a good book, and a wonderful cup of tea!

Home Sweet Home

Make It Pretty Monday

No Place Like Home

Mosaic Monday

Tuesday Cup of Tea



Friday, July 29, 2016

You've Been Warned






I was nervous about the rain we had earlier in the week.
We sure needed the rain,
but I didn't want to miss the Rice University Farmers Market Summerfest. 
I put on my raincoat -- sure that it wouldn't rain as long as I had it on!
And I was correct.



Vendors at the Rice University Farmers Market


The vendors were busy.

 I picked up some tomatoes from the young man in the orange shirt.
He works for Atkinson Farms.
He didn't have any of the sweet yellow tomatoes that I love,
but the red ones will be good.



Tomatoes




 Peaches!
Probably the last of the season. 
I was very happy to get them.
They have been delicious.



Peaches




 I grabbed a beer from Karbach Brewery.
I tried the Hopadillo this time.
The cans are such fun.
The stories are always good.

"He lurks in the shadows, waiting in bold anticipation.
He's surprisingly bitter.
Bitter about something.
Legend has it that he feasts on those with fresh hops 
coursing through their veins.
This dry hopped, 
Texas IPA has a flavor as defiant as the Hopadillo himself.
It's packed with the bracing bitterness of hops from around the world
that this creature craves.
He's coming to get you.
You've been warned."



Hopadillo



 I enjoyed my beer while listening to a fine, young trio.



Trio


They performed a rousing rendition of Goodnight Irene
and other snappy tunes. 

Not a bad way to end a very rainy day.


*
Beatrix Potter's 150th birthday was this week.
Three cheers for Beatrix, her love of nature, her great illustrations, 
her wonderful books. 
Pure Magic!
*


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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