Saturday, May 24, 2014

I Swooned!

I went to the Farmer's Market this morning.

I went with a list.
I had to buy black pepper chevre from Blue Heron and
I've been noticing that farmers in the area have been showing off the tomatoes in their gardens on FB. So I added tomatoes to the list.
I skipped the large farms that had tomatoes and went straight to the little farmers
and the heirlooms.


If I found tomatoes, then I wanted bread to go with them and the chevre.
A loaf of wild rice, onion and sage bread was definitely in order.

Farmer's Market

Then I decided I needed a treat.
The cinnamon roll will last me all week!

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market Visit
I was still walking and looking and my sack of goodies was getting heavy when I saw them.
I think I swooned!


They smell so good.

I love this time of year!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Thank you to Mary for hosting Mosaic Monday.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Party Time!

It's time for Vee's Note Card Party!
On the third Wednesday of each month we meet at
A Haven For Vee for party time.

We select four photographs that we think would make a nice set of note cards
and we share them.

Here are my four:

It's A Good Thing

Earth Day

Japanese Garden
Earth Day

Julia Butterfly
Meet Julia

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Monday, May 19, 2014

More Art In The Park

More Art In The Park 
Celebrating the Centennial of Hermann Park.

Wind Waves, made in 2009, is by Mexican artist, Yvonne Domenge (1946).
She was on hand to supervise its placement near the Museum of Natural Science.
From a distance, this Ferrari red orb looks as if it is floating in air.

Art In The Park

Wind Waves is thirteen feet in diameter and weighs close to 6 tons.
Demenge draws on organic curvilinear forms for her sculptures.

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

A big thank you to the Our World Hosts.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Meet Julia

I met Julia Longwing last week at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Dryas iulia commonly called the Julia Butterfly, Julia Heliconian, The Flame, or Flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described.

Julia Butterfly

Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds.

This butterfly is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands. It feeds on the nectar of flowers, such as lantanas (Lantana) and Shepherd's-needle (Scandix pecten-veneris). Its caterpillar feeds on leaves of passion vines including Passiflora affinis and Yellow Passionflower (P. lutea) in Texas.

Julia Butterfly

The species is popular in butterfly houses because it is long-lived and active throughout the day.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Thank you to Eileen for Saturday Critters.

Camera Critters
Thanks, Misty!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's A Good Thing!

It's Thursday.
Time for some random little things.
I'm slowly catching up after a visit from my buddy.
We went to university together (back in the middle ages).
We explored Houston while she was here and I'll continue to share with posts like Critters and Our World.

-Several weeks ago Earth Day was celebrated.  I had dinner at the zoo. The evening started with a short, but wonderful and informative visit with the Asian Elephant herd. For the first time in a long time I didn't take my camera. I just enjoyed the company of close friends and the beauty of the setting. Dining alfresco. Under the beautiful live oak trees. Around the reflecting pool. To the sound of a jazz trio and fountains. Pretty close to perfect.

- One of the local television stations sponsored an electronics recycling day.
I was off early in the morning to dump some keyboards, a couple of old computers and an old cell phone.

- Finished reading The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory.
I started this book months ago. It was my treadmill book. It got lost in my stack of TBRs and I found it last week and thought I should finish it before I start another book. It is another of the royal historical fiction books that Gregory does so well. The Lady of the Rivers is Jacquetta. She was first married to the Duke of Bedford and after his death she marries (for love) the duke's squire, Richard Woodville. Lancasters vs the Yorks. What a tale!

- I usually buy an amaryllis during the holidays. I didn't do that this year and I missed having one. This one is blooming in Musashi's Garden now. A little reminder that an amaryllis is a good thing!



Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Little by Little
Thank, Kim!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Art In The Park

Hermann Park is celebrating its centennial with Public Art.
I've already shared the twig maze.

Twig Maze

Today I'm sharing the Spider.


A giant arachnid descended on the Jones Reflection pool where it appears to float on the water's surface. It is part of Hermann Park Conservancy's year-long Art In The Park series celebrating the historic green space's centennial.


Spider was created by the late internationally acclaimed artist Louise Bourgeois.
The newest addition to Hermann Park comes from an anonymous private collector in Houston who offered the loan specifically for 
Art In The Park.


The Spider weighs about 2,000 pounds.
Measurements: About 11 feet tall and 21 feet wide.
Even at those dimensions, the Spider exhibits a strength in metal work yet with a spindly, even intricate, appearance.*

Wishing You well and much joy!

*information for this post from various media releases for Art In The Park

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Beautiful Treat

It's critter day!

This is the Rice Paper Butterfly from Malaysia.
I found them flying around in the Rain Forest Conservatory at the 

Rice Paper Butterfly

Rice Paper Butterfly

Rice Paper Butterfly

What a beautiful treat!

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

Camera Critters
Thanks, Misty!