Railroad Update: N-scale Town
Well, it happened again. I fell behind on posting regular eJournal updates because my attention (and time) were sidetracked (pun intended) to my model-railroading hobby. Thanks to my friend, Kyle, the set of n-scale building kits my parents gave me two years ago were finally painted. I spent a couple of weeks assembling them for the little "town" section of my layout. As soon as they were done, I worked on installing sidewalks and more roads. Other recent additions include the installation of an animated pump-jack, a hill on the farm, small canyon, a fence around the farm, and a cloud backdrop. I made the backdrop by take photos of the sky from my rooftop and then stitching them together into two panoramic prints.
Mother’s Day 2014
On a beautiful, sunny Sunday, I drove to back to central Texas, picked up my Granny from her retirement center and then headed to my sister's home to celebrate Mother's Day. As usual, we had a great time together and ate more than we should have.
Ruben’s College Graduation #2
Wow, time flies! It's hard to believe Ruben has finished his studies at the University of Texas School of Nursing. Thursday afternoon, I drove to Houston to attend his pinning ceremony (a nursing tradition). The following evening a group of us attended his commencement. A few days later, Glenn was kind enough to let me use his truck so I could help Ruben move out of his apartment and back to College Station. At this point, we're not sure where Ruben will go next. The job hunt has begun and I've got my fingers crossed that he'll find something close to Aggieland!
May 20, 2014 Well, it happened again. I fell behind on posting regular eJournal updates because my attention (and time) were sidetracked (pun intended) to my model-railroading hobby. Thanks to my friend, Kyle, the set of n-scale building kits (I acquired two years ago) were finally painted. I spent a couple of weeks assembling them for the little “town” section of my layout. As soon... [Read more]
May 11, 2014 On a beautiful Sunday morning, I drove to central Texas, picked up my Granny from her retirement center, and then the two of us headed to my sister’s home to celebrate Mother’s Day in our hometown of West. As usual, we had a great time together and I ate more than we should have. While I was there, we took a moment to drive around West to see how much restoration progress... [Read more]
May 9, 2014 Wow, time flies! It’s hard to believe Ruben has finished his studies at the University of Texas School of Nursing. Now he’s an Orange-Aggie, or a Maroon-Longhorn. Thursday afternoon, I drove to Houston to attend his pinning ceremony (a nursing tradition). The following evening a group of us attended his commencement. A few days later, Glenn was kind enough to let me use... [Read more]
April 26, 2014 For the past several months, I’ve been going to a nearby 24-hour gym owned by a local company called Aerofit. I’ve been going there, biding my time for the grand opening of their new flagship facility. After months of waiting, the big day finally came. One of the co-owners is a friend of mine, and she asked me to document the opening celebration. It’s a great facility... [Read more]
April 24, 2014 When someone inquires about my age I tell them without hesitation, or I’ll ask them to guess. LOL I’m one who believes you should never complain about growing old because It beats the alternative. Thankfully, with good health, I never “feel my age.” God willing, I’ll always be young at heart. I still haven’t figured out what I want to be when... [Read more]
April 20, 2014 This Easter, I decided to attend the early service at my church before heading to central Texas to spend the rest of the day with family. I had mixed feelings about doing so, because it was the first time I didn’t attend the Easter service at my home-church. This year, I wanted to spend this special Sunday with my congregation, and I’m glad I did. After the service, I... [Read more]
April 3, 2014 In an effort to help bring attention to the issue of bullying, the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley and the Pride Community Center put out a call for local artists to contribute work for an exhibit. I felt inspired to create two works. Margaret’s son, Tony was the model for my first work – “Picture Day,” and Ruben posed for my second work, “Diminished... [Read more]
March 14, 2014 Yee-Haw! Rodeos come in all shapes and sizes…but the biggest and one of most elaborate occurs in Houston, Texas. This year, I drove down to H-town to attend the rodeo with Ruben, Elsa, and Travis. Thanks to Travis, we had free tickets to a set of seats close to the action. In addition to the traditional rodeo events and livestock completions, the Houston Rodeo showcases concerts... [Read more]
March 9, 2014 One day, when tucker was just a puppy, he was confined to the kitchen behind an child-proof gate. During a very short time, he managed to do some significant cosmetic damage to the wall. I kept procrastinating the repair work because it would have involved filling the holes, matching the wall texture, and two different paint colors. Thankfully, I came up with a better (and easier)... [Read more]