Day 159 - Warm Halloweens
It's been many years since Molly was around to watch a little pumpkin carving on the patio. We've had many warm Halloweens since this photo was taken. Today it is supposed to break records with a high of 88 in Houston. I'm planning on carving the pumpkin in the backyard once again.
Warm Halloweens: The fun of carving pumpkins, outside on a warm afternoon... First Texas Halloween and the kids were sweating in costumes... Windows open and hearing trick-or-treaters before they ring the bell... Eating our traditional chili, when it's ice cream weather...
Day 158 - Trick-or-Treat Memories
Most of my Trick-or-Treating days were in Iowa, where costumes were often covered in coats. In these photos I appear to be a bride, a witch and maybe another witch... behind the cat. Besides my friend Diane's incredible granny costume, I have few memories of costumes. My memories focus more on the candy and how we got it!
Trick-or-Treat Memories: Dark nights and porch lights... Telling a joke to earn a treat... Walking through leaves on buckled sidewalks... Smells of leaves and jack-o-lanterns... Bags getting heavier with candy... Shouting "Trick-or-Treat!" with great gusto... Dumping out the loot when we got home... Inhaling the aroma of candies in wrappers, often mixed with the scent of a ripe apple or 2...
Day 157 - Creepy Decorations
This was taken a year ago in New Orleans. We had to pull over to take a few photos over the iron fence. My photo only shows a portion of the clever set-ups. There were celebrity skeletons and politician skeletons and lots of good humored captions. I can only imagine what they might have added this year, with all the election hoopla!
Spooky Stuff I Used to Love: Caldrons with dry ice... Recordings of scary music and sounds... Fake cobwebs and spiders... Feeling goopy, sticky, yucky things with my eyes closed and being told what they were...
Day 156 - Autumn Gold
This picture cools me! Today is October 28th and it's 85 degrees! I wish I could go back in time to the places I've lived, that had real autumns. This photo was taken on a visit to NYC in 2003. Heidi and Scott got to enjoy what was left of colorful trees in November.
Home Towns in Autumn: Grinnell, Iowa was the best, with our yellow house surrounded by orange, red and gold trees... I just experienced 2 Falls in Ann Arbor, MI and I remember the colors coming and going too fast... Webster Groves, Mo had beautiful mature trees and the raking never ended... Tulsa, OK had a good amount of color for a city that seemed so south... South Bend, IN probably had great fall colors, but I moved away at age 6 months...
Day 155 - Hard Workers
Last year, Don and I walked by this painted building often, during our stay in Guatemala. The painted image of the farmer in the field intrigued me. But the day we passed by in time to see the man and horse, I couldn't stop smiling. Both images, painted and live, were reminders of all the hardworking people we had encountered during our 10-day stay!
Guatemalans at Work: Women standing in the lake, washing clothes... men lined up on the stairs, passing buckets of cement... Children carrying bundles of firewood to school on their designated days... The woman who worked the corn grinder, so locals can make their tortillas... The woman who used a non-electric sewing machine to alter the shirt Don bought... Elderly folks carrying huge bundles on their heads...
Day 154 - Umbrellas
I love any image of rain and umbrellas. It takes me back to young childhood and the thrill of being allowed to handle an umbrella. This was taken in Dallas last spring at a special exhibit of Gustave Caillebotte's work. I thought it was a pretty fun idea, that the museum recreated this famous piece and offered up some hats and umbrellas for photo ops!
Umbrella Moments: Playing Mary Poppins as a kid and jumping off the porch with open umbrella... My brother letting his Matchbox cars take a ride on the inside of a spinning umbrella... A downtown Houston art display with a house covered in illuminated umbrellas... Watching my umbrella turn inside out in fierce wind... Enjoying the shade of a beach umbrella... Tiny paper umbrellas in drinks!
Day 153 - Special Island
This photo from 2012 shows the small island in Emerald Bay, from a boat. I wish our boat could have stopped and let us climb up to the ruins of a tiny house on the top. It's hard to imagine travelers, 100+ years ago, making the journey to Lake Tahoe!
Islands I Like: Galveston Island may not be a flawless paradise, but I love the amazing history... "Gilligan's Island" in the Bahamas, may be a touristy with its filming connection to the TV show, but it is lovely and isolated... Staten Island felt very special when I lived there at age 6, because you could only reach it by ferry...
Day 152 - Sweet Factories
Since I'm heading home to Sugar Land today, this photo seems fitting. I took this photo when we first moved to Texas in 1998. I like this image because it reminds me of how relieved I was to find something old in Sugar Land, when I felt so surrounded by new. I was eager to tour the Imperial Sugar Mill and learn something about the curious history... but the factory closed before I got the chance.
Factory Tours I Recall: Wearing paper hats and touring the Kellogg's factory as a kid... The quiet inside the Maserati factory in Italy, with meticulous workers... St. Louis' Busch Brewery is like a factory and how I remember that smell...
Watching artisans painting delicate dishes at the Delft factory in The Netherlands and so hoping my kids didn't break anything!
Day 151- Early Morning Walks
This was taken just a 2 days ago, walking along Taylor Creek near Lake Tahoe. It was peaceful, but cold. The sun was just coming up which was helpful, since we have spotted bears here in the past. The flooded walkway slowed us down a bit, but we had nothing more exciting than that to report.
Memorable Pre-Dawn Walks: An eerie swampy walk In Texas' Brazos Bend State Park. Too dark to spot gators, but the jungly sound of a million birds was most memorable... Before sunrise, walking out to Bright Angel Point (Grand Canyon N. Rim) with winds whipping us down the path... A cold December morning, I walked from hotel to Mississippi River in St. Louis and saw The Arch, eventually glow with morning light...
Day 150 - Thrift Shop Inspiration
I bought these snappy little shorts at Goodwill. They cracked me up, with their red checks, rick-rack trim and the "button-on-pocket-flap", that made them downright "skirt-like". They looked like something worthy of a picnic in the 1950's. I bought them for a couple bucks and of course, never wore them.... except in this photo. But I have purchased and worn many a fine outfit from thrift shops and Goodwills!
Resale Outfits: I still wear and adore my embroidered Mexican blouse bought 20 years ago... Beautifully made "cowgirl dress" made with retro western fabric. It was too large for me, but Don wore it on Halloween... Well worn, red and black cowboy boots from west Texas.... Vintage silk scarves that I used with children for dance and now they're washed and worn by me!