Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Missed Hump Day!

Yesterday was Hookin' On Hump Day and I missed it.
I'm taking a class in Community Studies at Rice University on hump day.
The time just seems to fly but I did have a crochet project to share with you.

A good friend of mine put in her wish for a pair of fingerless gloves.
She saw this free Red Heart Pattern for wavy long wristers and said "this is what I want".
I missed her birthday.
I couldn't find the yarn in town and had to order.
Here they are all finished in time for Christmas.

Fingerless Gloves

After running out of yarn on projects in the past,
I ordered one extra of each color.
Lo and behold, the pattern seems true!
So I have enough yarn to make another pair.

Fingerless Gloves

I'll have yarn leftover
and plan on making a pair for me, but much shorter.

Be sure to check out the other Hump Day projects!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

This Year They Did One Better

Friday night the zoo was open to donors for a sneak peak at Holiday Lights 2014.

Zoo Lights

There were two million lights last year and this year they did one better--
three million lights!


These are large revolving globes near the African Forest exhibit.


I didn't take as many photos as I have in the past.
It was just so lovely walking through the zoo with good friends.
There were several repeats from years past like Mr. Deer who pops up now then when you least expect him.

Gift Shop Trees

A trip to the gift shop is always in order.
They had lovely trees decorated with toy animals.

Holiday Lights

Last year the temperature was 89 with a high humidity.
This year the temperature was 44 and no humidity.
Over 700 had RSVPd for the event, but I'm guessing not half that number showed up.
Too bad.
There was no wind and it was really quite a lovely evening.

I'm joining the lovely Judith for Mosaic Monday.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hole in the Head

Last week I went to a lecture and then saw the exhibition
"Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River"
at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Monet Collage

I love postcards.
So much cheaper than buying the exhibition book.
The two postcards above show some of Monet's early work.
He was still painting people.

The one on the right is The Seine at Bougival (1869) and
the one on the left is The Promenade with the railroad bridge, Argenteuil (1874).

Even using these postcards, you can see how his technique changes.

Monet Postcards

Monet's family knew a lot about boats.
When Monet drew one, he knew where to put all the lines.

The postcard on the right (above) "Ships riding in the Seine" ~1873
The left is "Sunset on the Seine", 1874


What would Monet be without a series?!!
The postcard above on the left is titled The Seine at Giverny 1897
and the one on the right also from 1897 is titled the Islet on Port-Villez.

I've shared 6 of the 52 pieces in the exhibition.
Monet is magical.

While I was in the gift shop buying postcards (conveniently located at the end of the exhibition)
I found this.

Tea For One

I need another teacup/tea-for-one like I need a hole in the head,
but I told myself it was a nice reminder of this wonderful exhibition,
 and the lovely luncheon I had with a dear friend.

Waterlily Tea For One

This tea for one was made by McIntosh Fine China.

Monet Waterlily Tea For One

I'm joining the lovely Judith for Mosaic Monday

and several tea parties!

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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Friends in Canada

It was 42 degrees when I got up this morning.
Probably no big deal for some of you, but for us on the Gulf Coast it felt really good!

With temperatures like this I can:

-break out the crazy, fun slipper socks
- have oatmeal for breakfast
- hot chocolate in the evening
- wear a light sweater in the morning

I already start my day with a hot cup of tea.
This morning it was Harney and Sons, Cranberry Autumn,
a black tea with cranberry and orange.

I enjoyed a couple of cups of Cranberry Autumn in my new tea cup that I found at
It is a porcelain cup and saucer called Khaki Bird by PIP (Passionate Inspirational Products).

Khaki Bird

They make bowls and teapots in other colors.
Really cute!

Khaki Bird

I'm sticking with the teacup.

Khaki Bird

Khaki Bird Collage

I'm joining some tea parties today:

and the lovely Judith for Mosaic Monday.

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea.

And, before I forget, I'd like to thank my friends in Canada for this nice cool weather.