Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


My children and granddaughter and I had a Farewell Brunch last Sunday, our last Sunday in our house, and we each told what we remembered.

Michael:  We made the garage into a playroom and we had a pool table, and I kept my game machines in there, too.  I had-Pac Man and Donkey Kong and some others.

Lori:  We used to do jigsaw puzzles on the game table in the living room.

Michael:  We played board game, too.

Michael:  We cooked hot dogs in the fireplace when our power went out during Hurricane Alicia.

Lori:  My room was always cold so I had an electric blanket.

Gabriella: I loved looking in the three-way mirror in the dressing room.  I wish we could take it with us.

Michael: We had lots of pets, but I liked when we started having cats.

Lori:  I found our first cat, Ringo.  He was a little lost kitten and we kept him.

Gabriella:  When I was little, I liked going in all the rooms.

Michael:  Once Ralph made a stew and he used red cabbage.  The stew turned out purple and no one would eat it.

Lori and Michael:  We practiced driving with Ralph.

Lori:  We played Pong.

Gabriella:  One time my friend came over with me and I told her Ralph's huge "monster" plant on the patio would eat her and scared her to death.

Me:  When the eye passed over during Hurricane Alicia, Ralph and I went outside on the front porch.  It felt eerie.

Me:  We had so many pets that when they had a unit on animals at the Speech and Hearing Institute, they asked me to bring pictures of all of them.

Me:  Gabby came home to this house when she was an infant because her parents were living here.

Me:  Gabby and I cooked Green Eggs and Ham (minus the ham) in our kitchen.

Michael:  I liked my room.  I could watch my little TV.  I never used the built-in desk.  I always did my homework on a lap desk on the bed.

Me:  When we moved into our house, my father got very sick and we went to Austin, so Gertie, our housekeeper, moved us and we couldn't find Bryan's clothes for a week.

Me:  Michael lost his car keys in the hall, and we never found them.

Me:  I loved my hot water dispenser, and I won't have one any more.  It would cost $1100 to install one at Brazos Towers, and I don't think I'll drink enough instant coffee to make it worthwhile.

All of us:  We loved living here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Quote for the Week

                       This seemed an appropriate quote for moving week.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Saying Goodbye

This week I am saying goodbye to the house I have lived in over half my life.
I'm renting an apartment temporarily until the high rise I'm planning to live in is ready.

So, goodbye to my five-bedroom home; hello to a two-bedroom apartment.
Goodbye to the dish drainer I'm using because the flood ruined my dishwasher; hello to a new dishwasher.
Goodbye to watering a yard; hello to looking at a landscaped garden that I don't have to care for.
Goodbye my esperanza with its breathtaking beautiful yellow blossoms; hello to some flowers I haven't yet met;
Goodbye to the neighborhood where my children grew up; hello to what will look like a different neighborhood after so many flooded houses are torn down and rebuilt.
Goodbye to the Monster plant that Ralph loved so much.  Sorry I can't take you with me but that would involve tearing out the patio and digging you out by the roots and I'm sure you wouldn't enjoy that anymore than I would.
Goodbye to all my built-in cabinets and shelves; hello to having to decide what to cram into much less space.
Goodbye to Comcast; hello (in December) to a different service provided by the high rise.
Goodbye to my fig tree and the squirrels who always got to the fruit before we did.
Goodbye to the home where we lived and loved and laughed and cried, where memories call out from every corner.
Hello to new adventures.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Books of July

A fun read about "buried treasure."  Revisits the detective and others from Mr. Mercedes.

Sometimes I read Young Adult books that pique my interest.  This was one:  a dystopian universe in the future with various groups of different status (Don't they all have these?), a young girl from the Scholars group and a young man at a training school where his mother is the scary commandant.  I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.

A rather improbable story about a young woman searching for clues about her grandfather's suicide at the same time she's studying a white garden to copy for a client.  Somehow this all becomes connected to Virginia Wolff and her death, possibly a homicide.  Okay but not great.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Quote for the Week

"Always know in your heart
that you are far bigger
than anything that can happen to you."

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