Category Archives: Autumn

Burgundy & Blush Watercolor Bouquet

Burgundy and Blush Watercolor Bouquet II

Burgundy & Blush Watercolor Bouquet is the first in a series of watercolor demonstrations I’ll be posting.  The artist is someone I know who has an account on youtube, called Kayvee Creative.


Burgundy and Blush Watercolor Bouquet

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Ah! September.

What a relief in Texas. August is behind us and we have hopes of cooler weather before long.

Click here for Ella Fitzgerald’s September Song.

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Classic Cars

Yesterday was Motorhead Sunday at our church; two of our church members showed their cars alongside the ones from the classic car club, the chaplain of the car club preached, their quartet sang, then we had a bar-b-que dinner on the grounds.

It was a fine October day spent with excellent company!


img_20161023_093726339_hdrBuick Riviera

img_20161023_094000715_hdr1930 something Ford

img_20161023_094220251_hdrThis owner has a sense of humor.  They tow a trailer made to look like a classic car.  Access is through the hood, and a photo of a cat is in the window.

img_20161023_094802662_hdr1959 Chevrolet.  What a beauty!

img_20161023_094332597_hdrIncredible leg room back then,

img_20161023_094313717and a clear view all the way around.


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October 14, 2013 · 4:11 pm


fallen leaf orange

Looks like I’ve had a 3 month vacation from my blog.

Thankfully, we were able to spend time with our terrific grandsons this summer, and that took precedence.

Then our internet connection was down.

And…well….I guess it was time for a blogging break.


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Autumn Altered Book, update

autumn altered book cover scaled

autumn altered book chicken page scaled

autumn altered book front door scaled

autumn altered book living room scaled

autumn altered book spine scaled

I wanted to show a few of the updated pages from the Autumn altered book I began last year.

Go here for the original post.

Part II, here.

Not a huge amount of progress, but some.

Maybe next year…

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Main Street Home and Gardens, Down the Alley Cafe

For my birthday lunch, Joe and I went to Main Street Home and Gardens, Down the Alley Cafe in Decatur, Texas.

Until a few months ago, they also had a really nice plant nursery but that part of the business is now closed.

Dining areas are inside the main house, another building and out at tables under the trees. In Texas, it’s warm enough on sunny days to eat al fresco even in the winter.

The fare is mainly salads, sandwiches and wraps; also soups. The online menu lists tamales, but they were out the day we were there.

With a few exceptions, the emphasis is on healthy ingredients, but I’m glad to say they also have a BLTA sandwich (bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado), which is what I always get. The bread was quite good.

We had an appetizer of hummus and pita chips; the hummus was fine, but the chips were much too thick and hard.

The drink selection is limited: they have a few bottled sodas sweetened with Stevia, coffee, tea and San Pellegrino bottled sparkling water. No Coke, diet Coke, 7-Up, etc.

They’ve posted a sign which forbids outside food or drinks. (My guess is that people were bringing Cokes in with them.)

And while they’re far from rude, the service is not particularly customer-friendly (I’m basing this on about 10 visits).

It’s a shame that the nursery is gone because that was my favorite part. I suppose that Decatur is too small to support several businesses selling plants and landscaping items.

Frankly, I want the food to be better. The health food phase of my life was a long time ago and now I just want something that is tasty with balanced nutrition. I don’t believe in any magic ingredients (in my 20s I added wheat germ to nearly everything I cooked. And what’s with the Stevia??).

I’ll be surprised if Wise County will support a health food restaurant on a long term basis.

Hopefully, the owners will loosen up a little because it would be a shame if such a lovely place failed to thrive.

It’s a beautiful setting and it’s worth a drive by on a December evening just to see the charming way they’ve decorated it with lights. In the springtime, it’s stunning with all the flowering shrubs and roses.

Although this has been a somewhat critical review, it would be a mistake if I leave you with the impression that I dislike the place.

I do like it – but they need to improve.

So many small businesses are failing and that’s very troubling to me.

I want them to survive but I suggest they consider a few changes.

It’s no favor to them for the customers to pretend that everything is just wonderful (when it isn’t).

Over the years, we’ve been to many restaurants that had minor problems, but we said nothing (because it’s difficult to do and seems impolite).

Then when they went out of business, I felt guilty and wondered if they ever even knew how the former customers had felt and why they quit going.

Maybe they could put out some customer comment cards?

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Spider Spoiler

(A warning just in case anyone has a spider phobia.)

One of our sons is an artist and he’s been doing some metal work lately.

Since spiders aren’t on my phobia list, I think these fellas are kind of cute. He might not have intended that kind of description, but it’s a mother’s prerogative.

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End of November

Autumn leaves – Jesus doesn’t.


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Autumn Altered Book, Part II

Next steps … but still in progress.


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