Remember that when you leave this Earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received, only what you have given, a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. -St. Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

La Grange, Texas and Texas Quilt Museum

Many homes in the town of LaGrange, Texas were flooded during Hurricane Harvey. This storm slowed down and stalled over parts of Texas causing massive flooding in Houston and small towns. On August 28, 2017 the Colorado River, flowing through La Grange, reached 54.2 feet, the highest since 1913.

Whenever I visit a town, I will follow the town's facebook pages to become familiar with the area and to learn of special events while I am visiting. I will also follow the county sheriff and local police pages to be aware of my surrounding.

Through facebook, I was able to watch the events that unfolded during and after the storm, the town square did not flood. The residents pulled together and helped out everyone the best they could. I read amazing stories of people helping their neighbors

photo found on internet / by Bruce Spindler

When I visited La Grange in January 2017, there was a cold front passing through. For one day we had freezing rain hanging from the trees and picnic tables, the ice looking like leftover holiday decorations. 

I always try to plan extra travel days and was able to stay until the weather warmed up and everything melted.                                                                                                    

The Colorado Landing RV park is within walking distance of the town square. 
This beautiful park with walking paths and fishing piers was right along the Colorado River.

photo from website

On Saturday afternoon I walked to the town square, passing some beautiful houses and some trees that were almost in the middle of the street.  The roads were paved around these large trees.

Fayette County Courthouse on the Town Square

"The heart of the town’s square is the spectacular Fayette County Courthouse, one of the best examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in Texas. The courthouse, completed in 1891, is a beautifully constructed three-story building that features limestone walls accented with blue sandstone and red granite, arched doorways and windows, and an ornate clock tower."

The weather was just perfect for walking. I visited the local antiques and thrift stores and stopped at the local coffee shop before heading to the quilt museum.

The museum is housed in 2 historic 1890's buildings. The museum opened in November 2011.

Mural on the side of the building

I am amazed with the wonderful quilts and works of art produced by the quilters. I dream of someday making a quilt worthy enough to be displayed.

I was not allowed to take photos of the quilts in the main gallery. There was an exhibit of smaller quilts in another room and it was ok to photograph those.

I love the texture and patterns in quilts. I have made a few small quilts, mostly baby quilts and wallhangings. I have a few old quilts and quilt tops that I could not part with when I downsized.

These blocks are for a quilt I am making for my granddaughter
I am a bad Nana, as I have started it almost 5 years ago.

Monday, October 30, 2017

You are exactly where you need to be

Many times, I have pondered this phrase

"You are exactly where you need to be"

We often wonder - Where should I go? What should I do with my life?

Life has a way of changing your best thought out plans.

It's time once again to
 "go with the flow"
 " go where life leads you".

My blog has been dormant for awhile.

I have been traveling and working from my RV, but I lost my desire to blog.

I have not been using my laptop, I got hooked on using my iPhone for everything.

Now my iPhone is not working correctly. 2 years ago, it was a bargain to purchase with a loyalty program with Sprint ($279). I was hoping to keep this phone for many years. I refuse to pay an enormous amount of money for a new phone.

This is a blessing in disguise, I will start using my laptop more. 

Seems that the older iPhone stops working when a new one comes out.
Whats up with that???

I am hoping to improve my writing skills and write the blog on a regular schedule. Practice makes perfect, right. 

My posts will not be in chronological order. I am too far behind for that. 

I will write about things as they come to mind and as I get my photos in order.

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It is the sandstorm that shape the stone statues of the Desert. It is the struggles of Life that form a person's character ~ Native American Proverb