Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A busy yet fun day

Two cute tin boxes that have been waiting on
me since Thanksgiving 2013.
I spent this morning with my favorite Santa Fe Realtor, Richard Anderson, touring homes that are located around the casita. As I expected, none of them were nearly as cute as Pettita Casita. It was surprising to me that the homes for sale were in various stages. From working with Houston Realtors, I know that it's important to make a good first impression. In Santa Fe, that's apparently not the case! No landscaping. Terribly loud wall colors. Bad paint jobs. Cluttered rooms and closets. Dirty stoves. Yet every home we saw had a top dollar asking prices. I was stunned! After looking around, Richard and I had lunch at one of my favorite casual places – Tune-up. My tuna melt was as fabulous as always. I even splurged and had fries. Yum!

After lunch Richard had to go to work (bummer) so I checked the mailbox, which hadn't been done since Thanksgiving 2013. The box was full of mainly Wednesday shopping fliers. Nothing exciting there, but there were also two adorable tin boxes. I forgot I had ordered them off eBay and they hadn't arrived before I went back to Houston after Thanksgiving.

Today I'm creating a newsletter article, a magazine article, and an update for a website. This is multi-processing at its best.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Final leg to Santa Fe

I passed on the pre-packaged cotton candy
while getting snacks at Russell's. 
I decided to try some different things on the final leg to Santa Fe. I got off the highway and started down Historic Route 66, but it was too boring so I got back on the highway. Closer to Santa Fe I tried it again, and it was even worse. I think I was expecting to see vintage convertibles cruising down Route 66, but there were none. Just closed down gas stations and tumbleweeds.

I also stopped at a place on the road called Russell's. It puts Stuckey's and Buckee's to shame. There was a complete restaurant that was almost full of "diners." Then there was a Subway Sandwich counter. But wait, there's more. There was also a gift area AND the biggest convenience store I've ever seen, plus a clean restroom.

Today I'm creating the Internet connection at the casita. I forget that when I'm here Firefox works better than Safari and Google Chrome. After I remembered that, I'm back in business.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A day of driving

Why is it that when no other radio stations come in on the road, you can always get country western and Christian music stations?

Rose and I made it to Childress, which is approximately eight hours away from Houston. When we left the Houston house around 10 a.m. it was 75 degrees. It started raining around The Woodlands or Conroe. I stopped in Madisonville because it felt like something way wrong with one of the tires. It was so cold and windy that I put on my coat and was still freezing. The tires were find, so Rose and I got back on the road. We stopped outside of Ft. Worth where it was colder and even more windy.

Today I'm creating 2/3s of the drive to Santa Fe. I wasn't really tired, but knew I needed to stop driving so I could get a hotel room, dinner, and settle in before Dancing With the Stars came on at 7 p.m. (The dancing this week to the Disney songs has been terrific.) I had to find a sweatshirt because it is so cold here. Mission accomplished.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A lovely afternoon

Artists Yu Cha Pak and Mike Klaybor.
The artist reception today was terrific. The art seemed to be much appreciated by a great crowd. I love it when things work out as planned.

Both Mr. B and I came home and took a lovely nap. It was drizzling outside, but dry and cool inside the house. In my book this is the perfect conditions for a afternoon siesta.

Today I'm creating an afternoon of art followed by washing and packing for my trip to Santa Fe beginning tomorrow. There are a couple of things I need to take care of in the morning before leaving town. Then Rose and I will be on the road. Yippee!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My handsome date at the Menil last night.
Mr. B and I had date night last night. We went to the Menil for an event hosted by M Penner. Although I didn't expect to see people that we know, it happened. We enjoyed seeing the Magritte's art and wonder why we don't go to more museums in Houston. When we're out of town, the museums are the first places we go.

The grill master (a.k.a. Mr. B) has gone to the store to get filets to cook for tonight. Yum! He also wants me to teach him how to make the red potatoes that I bake in the oven. I'm like my grandmother and mother when it comes to cooking so I'm not sure there is a recipe for the potatoes. I guess I'll have to pay attention to what I'm doing so I can teach him.

Today I'm creating the set up for an art show I'm coordinating for tomorrow. I do these fairly often and decided today that I need to have a tub that is filled with items that are useful. What? Do you mean get organized? It would be too easy if I didn't run around the house and garage apartment gathering items.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I left this R.C. Gorman at the estate sale today because I
wasn't sure about the signature.
As I like to do on Friday's, I went to two estate sales today. It's not that I/we need anything, but you never know what you'll find. The first estate sale I attended was in the Galleria area. I had seen photos online and was interested in some Navajo rugs. Unfortunately, they were from the 1980s and priced pretty much at retail. No thanks. Outside there was an rusted red wagon and part of a rusted plow. I like things like these for the garden, but walked away.

The second estate sale I went to was in the historic Westmoreland area. I like to go to estate sales in this area as much for the house as for the contents. Plus, in one of the photos posted online there was a framed R.C. Gorman on the wall. I really couldn't tell anything from the small online photo, so I went to take a look. Even when I got to the house I couldn't tell if the R.C. Gorman was original or not. It was elaborately framed and matted, which made me think it was original. It was really heavy, which made me think it was original. Yet the signature looked off and I couldn't see the edges of the paper to see if it was a poster, print or original. Again I walked away again.

Today I'm creating fun time. Besides spending time at estate sales, Mr. B and I are going to the Menil tonight for a special viewing of the Magritte exhibit. It should be fun!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bush "41" greets Obama's at IAH.
Rose is having problems with her allergies. I looked online to see what pollen was "high" right now. It's tree pollen. Poor baby has been walking around the house sneezing her head off.

Thank goodness Obama left Houston today and went to Austin. He was in town overnight for a fundraising event, I assume for the Democrats. Doesn't he have more pressing matters in Washington? I read that it costs approximately $181K per hour to operate Air Force One.

Today I'm creating a list of things to take with me to Santa Fe on Monday, as well as a grocery list. There used to be a Fiesta in the Heights that had really good veggies and great wine prices. Unfortunately it was torn down about a year ago and is becoming a four or five story assisted living facility.