Sunday, January 30, 2011
Near Stanton, Texas
Yesterday, my daughter Audrey and I did a little daytrippin' to nearby Stanton, Texas. Stanton is "home of 3000 friendly people and a few old soreheads."
We took in the courthouse, the old jail, the 1883 adobe monastery, two cemeteries, the downtown where they hold their Old Sorehead trade days. We would have liked to have dined at the old drugstore with the real soda fountain, but sadly it's closed on weekends.
We wound our indirect way home on Farm to Market roads.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Pillow from Sue S.
West Odessa, Texas. Jan 27 2011
For dinner a couple of evenings ago, I got to meet — live and in person — a Facebook friend, Sue from Austin. We had ourselves a hoot and probably had other diners wondering about all our hand movements and outrageous laughter.
Besides having an interesting job with the Texas Historical Commission, she is quite the crafter. She calls all the knitting, sewing, basket-making, and crocheting she does, "My Other Life." I squealed when she gave me this quilted pillow cover. It was her gift as part of the game a group of us are playing in Facebook, Pay it Forward 2011 where we give one another something we make ourselves.
If you haven't "friended" me yet on Facebook yet, I hope you will.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Greenthread aka Hopi Tea seed head, Thelesperma spp.
West Odessa, Texas. Jan 13 2011
One of my goals has been to be able to identify winter forms of plants I love and know so well in summer. This particular dried seed head used to be a mystery to me. What an unusual structure don't you think? And no wonder I couldn't identify it; it looks unlike its summer self.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
West Odessa, Texas. Jan 20 2011
While at the Master Gardener's plot yesterday, one of the master gardeners was visiting and tidying up. Someone had left four pumpkins and a bale of hay there. He gave me the pumpkins and he took the hay.
Time to research some recipes. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, but not pumpkin pie! I'm losing weight and I love pie just too darn much.
I'm not real sure how to prepare a real live whole pumpkin from scratch. This ought to be fun.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Fasciation in a Sophora secundiflora, Texas Mountain Laurel
Time Machine Master Gardener's Garden, Odessa, Texas. Jan 19 2011
This odd fan form is not normal. It's is actually a kind of mutation at the cellular level, caused by a pest, genetics, damage, or other unknown factors. Some plants are prone to fasciation. I've seen it on several different specimens of the Sophora sedundiflora, one of my favorite Texas native trees. I think the form is beautiful. Apparently so do others, especially those gardeners that love, say, the cockscomb flower. Once you start looking for fascinating examples, you too will find fasciations.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
West Odessa, Texas. Jan 15 2011
Lately, I have been thinking about my mom, even more than normal. And suddenly I realized, I've been thinking about her since I began using this extra tall, pretty Chinese cup she gave me, a cup she used for a long time. I drink out of it all day long. I love this cup even more since it reminds me of her.
Hm, some hot green tea sounds really good right now.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Odessa, Texas. Jan 14, 2011
Found this delightful item on the desk of a favorite customer. It is actually orangish-red, but close enough to give me a darn good chuckle. She even marked it with her initials to keep others from taking it! She hasn't seen the movie Office Space, which made me giggle more.
Excuse me. I need to do my coversheet for the TPS report now.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
It's Bobble Time again
West Odessa, Texas. Jan 13, 2011
It's out of focus, it's grainy, but man I love the composition the dried heads of sunflowers and saw-tooth daisies make in the winter, "bobbles" I look forward to every year.
I'm blogging daily again, part of my 2011 resolution. I'm even going to put up a calendar again at the end of the month. I missed doing those calendars, a visual diary of my days, many of them splendid. Here's hoping your days are splendid and filled with your wintry favorites too.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ansel the dog
West Odessa, Texas. Jan 12, 2011
Ansel is named after the famous American photographer Ansel Adams. I named him that because I found him while I was out taking photos one day. That and because he's black and white. He was just a puppy, dumped, scared, starving, with hardly had any life left in him.
Now he's full grown, full of life, and turns out to be one big knucklehead.
He chews my shoes, my glasses, anything I touch and am stupid enough to leave within his reach. He even chewed up the rug I left out for him to sleep on. He has a deep, frightening bark and howls at sirens. He can jump the fence and will chase (to kill) any animal, even a horse. That's why he has to stay on a leash at all times. When I let him inside, he promptly pees on my furniture.
P.S. He licked my camera lens after this photo.