Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What Texas Is

I had a good, week-long visit down south and am now prepared to give a report on what Texas is. Texas is like the American Sahara. It's dry and generally flat and brown. Which is not, I guess, bad. Every place on earth has it's own kind of beauty.

Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth: A really neat place.

Texas does have some color: the state is randomly peppered with hot pink flower bushes. I really think that hot pink should be the Texas State Color. I can totally picture a hot pink state flag with bedazzled plastic rhinestones in the shape of an ostentatious cowboy boot.

Me in the doorway. Five whole feet of home-grown Nebraska.

The state of Texas has donut stores, and that is the way that they spell it, every mile; and by some great mystery, they are all run by Asians ladies. There must be something about the Texan mind that supports the necessity of buying an Asian-made donut at every mile marker.

Him in the doorway. 16 inches and 645 miles apart. How did we ever make it this far? 

Texas also has traffic. Roads in the state of Texas are not constructed for the actual conveyance of persons, or at least not at any high speed. Construction, like sprinkles on a glazed donut, is all over but not at all done.

To end on a positive note, Texas has armadillos for roadkill. And that's kind of cool.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

My Life this Summer

I got a new quilting book for my recommended reading list!

The Essential Quilter, by Barbara Chainey, 1993. I read a recommendation for this book on some other quilting website. It's a really cheap buy on Amazon! This is a great book for those beginning to quilt by hand because the whole book focuses entirely on hand-quilting, and describes the basic techniques in detail. It's an older book, but still with good pictures and relevant information. Especially considering the price, it's worth buying.

Using my butter churn at the Fort

I gave notice at John Adams fabric shop, so I will be leaving there at the end of the month. Once the pressure is off to sell those nasty promo products, the job is so much more enjoyable. I'm going to miss the Old Manager, that tough old cookie, and my employee discount.

Getting up early for work.

At the costume shop right now I'm working through making non-essential items from fabric that builds up during the busy season. Easter bunny vests, bell-bottom pants, pioneer dresses, clown costumes, and butterfly wings are some of the things currently on the list. Once we get closer to October all those will get put on hold for costume repair and prep for Reformation Day.

Getting back late from work.

 It's been raining a lot, and it's been warm, and everything important in life is stuff I can't blog about right now. Change is afoot, and it's good and hard, and fun and difficult. I'm leaving this weekend for a ten day trip to to Texas. Adventure awaits. And very hot weather, but I'm trying not to think about that.