Archive for October, 2009

29
Oct

Sanctuary

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A Modern Nod to the Old World

26 October 2009

Kyle and I made the difficult, late-night drive home last night from faire, picked up the dogs from the kennel, and went quickly to bed. This day we knew would bring the type of stress and weariness that is never enjoyable. Today was Kyle’s Gramma Evelyn’s funeral.

We joined the immediate family at Uncle Mike’s house in Richardson for a tasty lunch prepared by their friends from the church. It was good to see faces we see too rarely. After eating and enjoying one another’s company, however sad the circumstances, we all headed to the church. A lovely church, too . . . in fact, I chose a photo I took there, as my photo of the day.

First United Methodist Church of Richardson, Texas. I don’t know what it was like before, but it seems to have undergone some major updating and remodelling in the year 2006, according to engraved monuments along the entry way. I have been in a lot of churches in my lifetime, from medieval period to modern, and I have developed an absolute love for church architecture. I love the old vaulted arches and exposed beams. I love the quaintness of country churches, too. What I really don’t like much, is the recent trend toward modern construction styles—churches that look more like recreation centers! Not my thing. I like steeples. I like stained glass windows. And, once inside, I like pews, not chairs. I like warm colours. And, oh, how I love a pipe organ.

Well, the First United Methodist Church in Richardson has all those things I love! The facility is just modern enough . . . and beautiful. The lobby, for lack of a better word, was furnished with comfortable living room furniture and the walls were lined with exquisite antiques. I didn’t have time to explore, but there were certainly hallways and stairways leading to classrooms and kitchens and the like. The family first gathered in a charming, although modern smaller chapel. (I say smaller because it was a fraction the size of the sanctuary, but itself would have seated at least 200.) Then, we were greeted and prayed with the officiating minister before being led into the sanctuary. The sanctuary itself, although obviously updated for the 21st century and complete with theatrical lighting and a good sound system, was a marvelous piece of throwback architecture. Built in cruciform style, although with a shortened nave, it was shaped more like a Jerusalem cross with all four “arms” being approximately the same length. So, the trancept then, was very wide, and in fact the seating within it was only slightly angled, rather than the older method of facing those pews in toward the nave. The chancel area, behind the communion rail, was raised by three or four steps, and there was a sizeable choir loft in the very back of it, with pews facing back toward the congregation. In the space between, a lecturn to the (stage) right, and a baptismal font to the left, with the Lord’s Table in the center. Both a piano and the console for the wonderful pipe organ occupied the upstage left corner of the choir loft. As marvelous as all that really was, it was the view over my head that really impressed me the most. In what appeared to be a modern building, above me was the most intricate array of arches in what I would have called a ribbed vaulted ceiling, except that the arches themselves were rather free-floating. A complicated, beautiful nod to the history of church architecture. I know very little of how this would be accomplished or if there is any structural importance to those angular arches, but I do know it is a beautiful thing. As my photo also shows, there were lovely stained glass windows regularly placed around the clerestory (clear-story)—the upper walls— which together with more modern skylights, let in a wonderful warm light, despite the gloomy, rainy day we were having.

The service for Gramma was lovely, the eulogy having been well-prepared by someone who obviously knew her, and took the time to learn much about her. There were hymns sung, and prayers said, and a very sweet soloist sang Mansion Over a Hilltop–an old gospel favourite and a direct request from Evelyn! After that was all done, it was time for the long drive from Richardson to Cleburne for the interment. Evelyn had lived in Cleburne for many years before moving to the retirement center nearer to one of her sons and his family. So, off we went in the rain, arriving in quite the windy downpour. The ceremony was brief and before too long, we hugged our goodbyes and headed toward home.

It should be said here, that between the time we left home this morning to head to Richardson, and the time we left the cemetary to return home, Kyle and his family had received news of three additional deaths of loved ones! By the time the last of those announcements came, there was so much more sadness amongst the group that the whole thing became quite surreal. Sad to bury your grandmother, yes, but to learn you’ve also lost an uncle, an aunt and a godfather on the same day—amazing and bizarre.

So, determined to add some sort of happy memory to the day, I suggested that we try to find someplace to eat dinner on the way home that would be new and adventurous for us. We like that, of course, and Kyle was not a hard sell, as we were both hungry. It wasn’t long, though, before we were both frustrated at the decided lack of food options in both Cleburne and Burleson. I was so sure there would be cute little mom & pop places to eat, and there weren’t! So, we got all the way back to Fort Worth, and wandered toward the Hulen area. We had just decided to settle on a little sports bar and grill when we found a sign that read “Brix Pizza and Wine Bar.”

This was a perfectly delightful find! Brix is a small, bistro-like boutique restaurant, with a beautiful bar and a great wine selection. And the menu consists mainly of various “gourmet” pizzas! We had a margherita pizza with prosciutto and spinach and a delicious caprese salad, and a fabulous bottle of a Valpolicello we’d never before had.
We sat, talked, ate and drank that bottle of wine, just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Our usual forays to No Frills don’t quite allow for the same quality of dining experience! 😉 It was just what we needed—the second lovely sanctuary in our day! Brix hasn’t seen the last of us.

~MB

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28
Oct

Yet More Fabric Reference

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More Fabric Reference

25 October 2009

Another day of working our butts off for an average day of sales. But, that’s better than many are doing this year, so I do not complain. This photo will accompany an order that Nicole will build, hopefully using these fabrics. Go figure . . . I really don’t like these fabrics terribly well—but the customer did, and that’s the important thing.

~MB

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28
Oct

Third Weekend at TRF

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24 October 2009

No way around this one, and no good excuse. Simply too busy to take a photo. Short-staffed and much busier than our sales numbers would indicate, photography just wasn’t on my radar today.

~MB

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24
Oct

Crocheted with Love

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Crocheted with Love

23 October 2009

A very hectic day of sewing, errands, housework, packing, visiting the vet with the cat, dropping the dogs at the kennel, driving four hours to faire, and unpacking and displaying product, finally resulted in crawling under the covers at about 2 a.m. As I got in bed, I realized there had been no photography yet today. I grabbed my camera, and literally took a photo of the first thing I “saw.” The hand-crocheted afghan I use at faire as the top layer of warmth for when it’s really cold outside. This is one of many handmade items in my life that I joyfully use and think fondly of the skill, the talent, and the love that created it. This piece was made for me many, many years ago by my Gammy. She tried to teach me on more than one occasion how to crochet. I still have a partially-completed attempt at an afghan of my own in my workshop. But, sadly, I never mastered the necessary skills and patience, so I appreciate her fine work even more!

~MB

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24
Oct

Pub Guys Recording #11

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Pub Guys Recording #11

22 October 2009

The first time I went to a Pub Guys recording (#8), I was so excited to be there that I never remembered to get my camera out and take pictures! This time I did not make the same mistake! I enjoyed myself immensely, listening as the guys did their thing. I contributed a little bit, once again, and they put up with me! And, best of all, we all sat around and chatted for more than an hour after the recording equipment was all put away—the guys and their fans! Sponsor, Curtis Haines and Kara and myself all got some great conversation/debate time in with our Pub Guys! (Oh! And, I got to wear my new “Peace, Love, PubGuys” t-shirt!!)

~MB

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23
Oct

Hook 'Em

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17 October 2009
Through the generosity of 2 dear friends, I was privileged to attend the Texas v OU Red River Rivalry game at the Cottonbowl inside the State Fair of Texas. Although I have no emotional attachment to either team playing, my friends are both Texas alum thus the seats we had were in the Texas end-zone. I am not an American football fan. I have tried to be and I do, in fact, watch a lot of American football. But, I watch it for the atmosphere and the people, not the game. I think the rules are clumsy & overly complex, I think it’s a slow plodding game that takes WAY too long to play and the periods of excitement are too few and far between. But, these are just my opinions and I long ago caved to the reality that this sport will forever be the foremost sport in America and that it cannot on any real level be compared to the sports of my heart: Associated Football (soccer), Rugby, Gaelic Football & Australian Rules Football. All of these sports share common roots but have evolved and devolved into completely separate non-comparable sports. I accept that. But, let me continue by saying that I have never been to an event that was smothered in so much passion & excitement and intensity by the fans. It was a one-of-a-kind event and a true highlight of my year.
During one of the many times that the UT fans stood in solidarity and displayed their unique hand-symbol, I took this photo.
Hook 'Em
It was a truly amazing day.

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 October 2009)

Listening to:
No. 5 by Hollywood Undead
from Swan Songs

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 4.6 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Auto, Did not fire

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23
Oct

Two Monitors = Happy

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

16 October 2009
I have waxed about the stress & irritation and general unhappiness going on in my work life right now. But, there are also bonuses. For instance, I know have two monitors instead of the monitor/laptop thing I was using before.
Dual Monitor
I will be doing this at home soon.

~KR (Written on 23 October 2009)

Listening to:
Bei Mir Bist Du Shoene by Queen Anne’s Lace
from Swing

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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23
Oct

My Wife, Her Camera & Fried Food

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15 October 2009
After nearly 4 days of telephone calls, frustration, irritation and very little sleep. I wanted fried food & beer.
Wife & Camera
We trundled off to No Frills Grill where I got my fill of both.
I also remembered, barely, to take a photo.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 October 2009)

Listening to:
All in My Mind by Love & Rockets
from Express

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 1600
Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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23
Oct

Database Hell

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12 – 14 October
I returned to work on the 12th to find that the company that manages our servers for us did a database upgrade over the weekend without informing me. That meant that every application I own that talks to the database – and there are dozens of them – broke. I spent all day Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday on the phone with various members of various teams scattered through my company, Microsoft, the database company and the company that manages our servers for us. It was a 3 day round-the-clock effort to get everything back on line. No photos were taken during the entire event.

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23
Oct

Iris & Her Hat

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

11 October 2009
I love this woman.
Iris & Her Hat
I got to spend a quality amount of time with Iris & Rose today. I consider them very good friends and am lucky to have them in my life. It’s just such a shame that we get to spend time together so infrequently.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 October 2009)

Listening to:
Darkwind by The Saw Doctors
from Villains?

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 1600
Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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