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Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Town Friday Shoot-Out: Colors of the Rainbow

(my home away from home) Houston, Texas is the 4th largest city in the USA. Situated close to the Mexican border, it is a favorite shopping city for the (if not rich) well-to-do of South and Central Americas. In Houston there is an area of shopping and hotels call the Uptown, as apposed to the downtown, and the heart of this area is The Galleria. Over the years it has had new wings added until today it is a sprawling 3 story mega shopping mall anchored by a Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom's, Macy’s, the very excusive Sacs fifth Avenue (the 3rd floor is designer’s dresses and suits beginning at $1500.00 – don’t ever shop there, even the sales too rich for my blood), and a below ground ice skating rink, and there are 100s of boutiques laced throughout.

Rainbows – yes colors I am getting to it.

The galleria is a favorite shopping place for me. I look (LOOK?) at the new styles, the fashion trends, the glitzy window dressings and the COLORS. Today Marissa and I walked the length and the breadth of the galleria and found COLORS -

Do you remember a time when shoes were white, black, gray or brown? Do you remember when tennis shoes were white? Today - whether for men, women or children look what I found today -

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DSC_5447DSC_5454 DSC_5453 I can’t wear this type of heals any more but aren't the colors wonderful?

to go along with these shoes were

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What fun! to wear such color –

every color of the RAINBOW.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Memorable moments -

I am up in the middle of the night when I am supposed to be resting for our final day driving.  What to do but to blog with all the lights off as to not disturb Marissa. In the morning, we will drive from Jackson Mississippi to Houston.  It should take about 7 hours but we will be HOME again.  This trip has been very good for me, I have spent 15 days with my granddaughter and her cell phone.  I saw my mother for 6 days – three of them for 24 hours each.  The drive was a little too much for me, even for a person who really enjoys driving, 10 days behind the wheel is too much. But in Brazil I don’t get to drive often and I enjoyed renewing my skills and confidence by driving over 3000 miles. ;)   There have been many high spots here are a ‘few’ photos of those memorable moments.



(spending time with Marissa) (driving across vast farmland) (seeing Mom and Marissa enjoy each other) DSC_4876DSC_5017DSC_5265









(meeting Reggie Girl for real) (meeting a great niece and nephew face to face)  







(having lunch with family ) (seeing the town of Newton Falls OH and taking photos of old homes in Adrian MI.)



(taking trips down Memory lane) (finding out the Marissa likes reading books too )  (finding a RED day lily) DSC00139










Seeing miles and miles of wild flowers - taking photos of a few....)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Friday Shoot-Out – Metal [A Lucky Find]

DSC_5002Since arriving Tuesday morning, I have seen and taken a few photos of metal things while driving around Adrian – A Vietnam era helicopter, new metal roofs atop old churches, a metals steeple, lines of tractors - then I hit pay dirt.
Today Marissa and I went downtown, the historical downtown, to see old houses and just walk around. When we got out of the car and put our coins in the old double metal parking meter, we noticed that across the street was the old Adrian Public Library (1909-1978).  The library I used during high school research assignments.  “…In 1978 it was sold to the  Lenawee County Historical Society by the city of Adrian for a dollar ($1.00) and placed the National Register of Historic places – In December of 1980 it opened as the Lenawee County Historical Museum.” (http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com)
When you enter the front door the smell is exactly the same as when the building housed a library. Dusty, years of book dust and brain cells hidden in the cracks between the wood beams of the floors – but once inside the fully renovated building there is no leftover smell, just two floors of wonderful memorabilia taken from the history of Lenawee county; a children’s toy room, household appliances, a dental office room, a Victorian room, and a room which included two old cars built by citizens of Lenawee County. Enjoy the photos of all the METAL items from everyday life before the advent of Plastics.


Washing Machine?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Blue Gate

Thank you all for your interest in the Blue Gate. Isn't it interesting that it caught you imagination just as it caught mine. As I rounded the corner on my way to the orchid house this bright blue gate caught my eye. It was partially open, taking only a small nudge and I was in. How could I have passed up this opportunity? And what bad could happen anyway, all they could do is kick me out. All except one of these photos was in the prior post but possibly you will gain a moment more of pleasure looking at them again. 
Behind the gate is a green house
It is made with two semicircles facing a center courtyard.
The support beams are also painted blue
and the columns a crystal clear white.
I imagined these plants being used to replace seasonal ones lost,
to keep the walkways and guest seating areas looking cool and green.
I am such a romantic
I imagined this garden / gazebo being used by the family that originally lived here to stroll on a warm summer's night.
As I walked away, I had to turn and snap just one more photo through the fence. Yes it is just as beautiful a space as I remembered.