Posts Tagged ‘Arlington’

21
Dec

Shopping at the Christkindl Market

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Arlington, Texas is a place I, somewhat begrudgingly, currently call home. It’s got its good points, Arlington does, but its bad points are significant and will be the subject of a post sometime in the future I’m sure.

Today, I will focus on one of the good points. Arlington does have a thriving culture of outdoor markets and festivals. Four years ago, Arlington along with some local investors, created the first annual Arlington Christkindl Market. Marita Beth and I were there. The festival pales in comparison to the Christkindl Markets that I attended as a child growing up in Germany, but it’s a charming, delightful food- and beer-full event that gets better each and every year. It’s a multi-week festival and is open all 7 days of each of those weeks, so it’s quite the commitment for the vendors, but we see the same ones returning year after year, so we can only assume that its at least profitable if not excellent.

Shopping at the Texas Christkindl MarketThis shot was taken as Marita Beth was shopping and chatting with a Nepalese shop owner near the end of our visit. Its indicative to me of the type of person Marita Beth is – she will step into a shop and engage in conversation over what ever may strike her fancy. She’s lovely like that.

Today, the festival is renamed to the Texas Christkindl Market – I hope that the larger (Texas-sized) identity means that there are larger bigger things on the horizon for this lovely, if small, Christmas festival.

Cheers,

~KR

(Photo taken on 20 December, 2014)

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29
Jun

Border Collies and Boys

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Border Collies and Boys

29 June 2009

I’d had a recent Facebook chat with Rex, so I knew there was a good possibility that he and the boys would be driving through our part of Texas sometime this week. But, I missed yesterday’s phone call, and when today’s came, they were only an hour out of town! Their timing was perfect, as I’d already finished the work I had planned to do loading tubs of fabric from the workshop into the trailer. I jumped in the shower, and checked my email, and it wasn’t long ’til the doorbell rang!

I knew to expect these two beautiful little boys to have grown like weeds. After all, it’s been years since I had seen them last, and well . . . boys do that! 😉 Gareth almost remembered me, and Tristan was still a tiny baby when his family moved from Texas, back to California. I have followed their growth as much as I could via photos online, but that does little to convey personality. It was a pleasure to get to see them, and their dad.

Almost as great a pleasure, though, was getting to see Charlie and Charlotte—the two border collies that round out their little travelling family. Any dogs that visit here are more than welcome, and doubly so those of the same breed as our two. But, what made this really special, is that Charlie (14) and Charlotte (9) are our ‘Tia’s parents. So, it was a real “homecoming/reunion” of sorts.

We had a great visit, and so did the little dog pack. On their way from California to Florida, where Rex is planning to settle down for a while, he had promised the boys he’d show them where they lived in Texas and where Tristan was born. I’m so glad the timing on this worked out such that I was still here, and not already on the road north.

Sometimes I think it’s really difficult to get the cat, or my two dogs to sit still for a photograph. Well, from now on that will seem easy! Try two boys under the age of ten and four hyper border collies! Like nailing jello to a tree!  In this photo, our ‘Tia is front left, and Cormac is front right.  Gareth is holding Charlie on the left, and Charlotte is under Rex’s arm, with Tristan in the center.

I went back to work after hugs and mutual safe journey wishes, and they were all once again on their way. I worked ’til about 7:30 or so when Stephen and Ed brought me the costume bits that I’m transporting to Bristol so Steve doesn’t have to fly with them when he visits. We went to Coker’s for dinner and Kyle met us there. Yet another farewell in the parking lot, there, and my last week marches on.

~MB

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15
Jun

Sunday Morning Dog

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Cormac at my Feet

14 June 2009

Flag Day

I woke up earlier than Kyle this morning, poured my coffee and took the dogs outside with me for my garden time.  <insert sigh of contentment, here>  I took this photo of Cormac while I was there.

The timing was perfect, for just as Kelly and I decided we wanted breakfast, Kyle was up.  We arranged for Kelly to pick up a couple of things at the store on her way to us, and by eleven or so, we were all eating scrambled eggs and having a bloody mary.  Welcome home, Kelly! :-)

Next on my agenda, was attending Dana’s crop, and after allowing myself to get sucked into a chick flick with Kyle, I finally headed to her house around three.  Once there, I enjoyed the company of some wonderful women I love, and learned how to use the Creative Memories computer program.  Digital scrapbooking may just be the way to go for this busy girl.  We’ll see.

I got home much later than I’d planned and said goodnight to my husband who, sadly did not play in his football match due to a very sore back.  Bowling perhaps, is the culprit, there.  I’m not sure.  But, he’s unhappy and uncomfortable and I feel badly for him—after all, I am all too well-acquainted with back pain, and wouldn’t wish it on anybody!

Tonight’s a late night for me . . . my mama’s coming to visit!  I expect their arrival on Tuesday some time.  So, between now and then some housecleaning will have to happen!

~MB

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12
Jan

Sunday Football

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

11 January 2009
My wife went out to hunt & kill some fabric with a girlfriend today. I took advantage and did some male-bonding of my own down at the local watering hole, No Frills Grill. In the company of 30 or so men of varying ages I watched several hours of NFL playoff action.
The Bar
Now, I’m not an overt, and certainly not rabid fan of American Football. I think it’s over-encumbered by a set of rules that is so byzantine you damn near have to have an eidetic memory to know all the ins and outs. I find that that reduces my enjoyment a great deal. I do, however, find the coaching strategies fun to watch and enjoy the action – in between commercials.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 12 January 2009)

Listening to:
Let’s Go to San Francisco by The Flowerpot Men
from British Top 30 – 1967

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 1/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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4
Dec

The Hair Stick Collection

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

2 December 2008
My wife has beautiful, brown hair. Long, luxurious, silky, lovely hair.
But at times, as with anything, the hair is a burden and she needs it out of her way. To accomplish this, she uses hair sticks. Over the years, she has gathered a pretty impressive collection of these little works of art.
Here’re are a few of them:
Hair Stick Collection
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 4 December 2008 )

Listening to:
You Have Been Loved by George Michael
from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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2
Dec

PF Chang Rails

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

26 November 2008
I’m not a big fan of Chinese food, but tonight I was in the mood of P.F. Chang. My wife, it turns out, had never been to one, so we found a local restaurant and went there for dinner.
PF Chang's
I had a nice Malbec with their Orange Beef dinner while she had something else entirely. The photo is of their ornamental separators with the bar and a bartender out of focus at the end.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 2 December 2008 )

Listening to:
When Doves Cry by La Mazz
from When Doves Cry

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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29
Nov

Upside-down Drums

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Upside-down Drums

26 November 2008

Another work day.  Another day with too few hours in it.

When Kyle got home from work, he was in the rare mood for Asian food and decided to treat me to a meal at our local PF Chang’s.  I had never been to one of these well-known restaurants, and was glad for the experience.  My photo is of the unique (yet, I understand common to this restaurant chain) overhead lighting in the dining room.  We both had tasty meals, and enjoyed stepping outside our norm.

I also took this cute photo of Kyle with his glass of wine.

~MB

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27
Nov

Mi Tierra Light Cover

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

25 November 2008
It’s dead quiet at the office today. Beautifully, wonderfully quiet. So much work can get done when the interruptions are kept to a minimum. When the phone remains silent. When the meetings are no longer filling the calendar. When the management is all gone and adhoc report requests aren’t coming in fast & furious. I love the holiday season for this very reason.

The early evening was filled with a trip from one Latin restaurant to another. I had to meet with Damaris, the owner & chef at Mi Tierra Latin Fusion restaurant about website design. Turns out, I was a week too late, and she’d already done a website. Chalk that one up to unfortunately procrastination in conjunction with travelling. We had an appetizer and I took a photo of the light cover in her foyer.
Light Shade at Mi Tierra
From there we headed to the West Side to meet with friends for dinner at a locally-owned Tex-Mex restaurant stopping at the newly-opened Goody-Goody flagship store (holy cow!!!).
Two completely different dining experiences, but both lovely.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 November 2008 )

Listening to:
Dear by Carbon Leaf
from Echo Echo

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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27
Nov

Chili's To Go

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

24 November 2008
It’s amazing to me that after a long weekend, neither of us wants to stay in and relax on Monday nights. Maybe it’s just because we don’t want to cook on Monday nights. Anyway, we ended up at Chili’s for dinner. We were sitting in the "Lounge" area in a small booth next to a window. I liked the way this image composed itself for me complete with reflections and cropping
Chili's To Go
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 November 2008 )

Listening to:
I’ll Remember You by Sophie Zelmani
from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ultimate Soundtrack

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 18.6 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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26
Nov

Just Another . . . Monday

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Margarita Monday at Chili's

24 November 2008

Really.  Call it manic.  Call it mundane.  Call it maddening.  Whatever label we give it, it can be made to look a whole lot more . . . merry . . . with a margarita.  My husband is very good at humouring me . . . this time it was at Chili’s.

Just one more weekend . . . and one more faire season Monday.  Of course, that one will be spent packing down the booth!  Oh, boy . . . I can hardly wait.

~MB

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