Friday, April 14, 2017

Location, Location, Location

How many times have you heard location, location, location?
One of the best things about living where I do is definitely location.
Living near Rice University there's always plenty going on...
athletics, art, music, community education.
I'm also near the museums and Hermann Park.

There's lots of shopping and good eats in Rice Village.

Mabry Owl

The latest public art installation in Rice Village is an owl by California artist Nathan Mabry.

A blue origami-like aluminum owl, along with four smaller lifelike owls, 
are a nod to Rice University.

"While researching Rice Village, I became interested in the vibrant history of the neighborhood and proximity to Rice University. I find myself particularly engaged with the mascot of Rice University, the Owl," Mabry said in an announcement.
"It's a powerful symbol in both antiquity and contemporary life. My work has long explored the depiction of birds from all facets of art history."

The Owl weighs 868 pounds and took 8.3 hours to install.
It's a fun addition to the neighborhood.
Mabry Owl


Speaking of location.

I'm also near the Zoo.
The zoo always celebrates Spring with a Spring Fling for some of its members.
Usually it is a breakfast.
This year the zoo decided to make it Breakfast for Dinner and hold the event in the evening.
It was a beautiful night.
Breakfast was delicious -- with the best biscuits and gravy I've had in awhile!


I invited my next door neighbors and can say that a good time was had by all!
There was a hula hoop competition for the kids,
face painting, endless carousel rides and the children's zoo was open with
the petting zoo. 

Cute Kids

And even the adults had fun watching the zebu.
He put on quite a show.
His keeper asked him to walk in a circle.
He did and he was given a treat.
Then he kept walking in a circle and back to his keeper --
"treat please"!
We were all laughing --
all except the Llama who seemed quite put out!

Zebu and Llama


A good friend took me to lunch.
We went to one of our mutual favorite spots --
the Hobbit Cafe.
The Hobbit has been around since 1972 and for some time was the 
only spot to get good, fresh vegetarian food.
They have now added the "regular" food for those who just can't live without their burger.


I had the "slim" Gandalf.
(Believe it or not, there is a larger version of this sandwich.)
Their wheat bread is amazing.
Avocado, mushrooms and melted cheese.
You can pick your side - black beans for me.

My friend had the Fatty Lumpkin -- tuna salad, tomato, melted cheese
with carrots on the side.

They are knife and fork sandwiches -- 
no way I could get my mouth all the way around to take a bite. 


Last and not least for locations--
there is no place like home! 

Wishing you well, much joy and a "Hoppy" Easter!

hoppy Easter


Tanna said...

I'd say you definitely scored on the location! Looks like a wonderful place to call home. blessings ~ tanna

Tom said...

...well owl be, they sure are cut kids, zebu is nu to me, lunch looks great and Happy Easter.

Mac n' Janet said...

You do seem to live in an ideal location. Our nearest zoo is about 75 miles away so it's been a while since we've visited. Your sandwich looks delicious.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A delightful post to read, Snap -- and love that origami owl sculpture!

Cathy Keller said...

Interesting art work! And Happy Easter to you!

abrianna said...

Wow over 8 hours to install that...that is a long time. Glad you had fun at the zoo and your sandwich sounds good to me!

My Grama's Soul said...

Happy Easter to you Snap.....Hobbitt cafe hugh??? I love that I could wear my big feet from
Halloween there and probably would fit right in! haha


Ida said...

Well you certainly live in a great location with a lot to see & do.
Loved the Owl Statue.
The sandwich looked good.
Zoo's are fun places & those kids painted faces were so cute.

Latane Barton said...

I originally came from Alabama... that being said, I have a cousin who was also raised in Alabama and now she is the head coach for the Rice Owls Women Basketball team. We are all so proud of Tina Langley, Miss Head Coach!!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Delightful post. The llama pic was a hoot.

Sharon Koole said...

Definitely a lovely location. I think wherever you live you can find beauty all around you and something going on. You just have to explore a little and make new adventures.

Happy Five on Friday!

Adam said...

I never wanted my face painted as a kid but I did like the temp tattoos

riitta k said...

Great photos - the kids are really cute <3 and the blue origami owl stunning! Have a happy & sunny Easter!

AnnieOBTextiles said...

Sounds like a perfect location to live. The owl is fascinating and must creat different shadows depending on the light and time if day. Your sandwich looks delicious! Happy Easter and have a lovely weekend.

Michele said...

What a fun post!

The Hobbit sounds like my kind of restaurant - yum.

"Hoppy" Easter, sweet friend.

Hugs. ♥

Texas Leigh said...

Hi Snap. I love that you love our town. Houston has it all from "owls" to Cooper's hawks! We were at the Hobbit Cafe last week and I can never pass up the Gandalf (slim with fruit). I so enjoy your blog and many of your same hobbies.

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Maggie said...

It was fun to see and hear about the place where you call home, the owl sculpture is just wonderful.
The event at the zoo looked like fun for everyone, especially the little kids!
I think I'd choose the Fatty Lumpkin too, my mouth is watering just looking at the photo of your Gandalf!
Happy Mosaic Monday!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Very interesting post and good outings. Love the owl origami, such imaginations make wonderful art. Face painted kids are delightful.

Tricky Wolf said...

What a fantastic shade of blue the owl sculpture is!

Thanks for joining in this week with Five on Friday, hope you had a great Bank Holiday Weekend :)

Sylvia said...

Snap, You scored on location. It`s great to be close to attractions. I love the face painting, the color of the owl is terrific, and the sandwich looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Sylvia D.

Lorrie said...

Great locations! Kids do love face painting, don't they? My DIL does it for parties and it's popular with the younger set. The owl art is unique and such a great colour. How fun to eat at a Hobbit restaurant! Have a good week, Snap.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Sounds like a great place to live! Love the owl and the kids with their faces painted. I've never heard of a zebu, but he sure is cute! The sandwiches look very tasty, too. Love the names :) xx Karen

Wandering Wren said...

Biscuits and gravy, I feel I've missed out never to had tried this! All looks superb. Have a great week.
Wren x

Jeanie said...

What a joyful post! I love the owl -- very clever and I like the color. And the time at the zoo looks great. I can't wait for the day our Baby Grand is old enough to go to a petting zoo! Your lunch looks fabulous!

Thanks so much for stopping by Marmelade Gypsy -- I do like Monday Social!

Tanya Breese said...

Well you should never get bored! What a great place you live in....I enjoyed seeing some of it! Thank you for linking!