~Living a life of sophisticated domestication deep in the heart of Texas~

Monday, September 22, 2008

Meán Fómhair!!

This is the time when day equals night. Mabon is also called Harvest Home, the Feast of the Ingathering, also known as Thanksgiving. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it's the Autumnal Equinox.

A balanced ritual of thanksgiving, we're grateful for the fruits of the earth, while at the same time recognizing the need to share with others, in order to secure blessings during the coming winter.

May you enjoy your Autumn, finding that it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive...


photo borrowed from parralore.com

Monday, September 15, 2008

It's Monday, and we're still glad to be home....

Still not a lot to say, but SGTex showed me this cute "Peanut Buddha" and I had to have it for the blog!
We're getting into the day-to-day routine back here at home, both working pretty much full time right now, so that's good. The office is shaping up, slowly but surely. Some corner shelves and the 3-in-1 have yet to come. That will be helpful as we organize. Speaking of shelves,I really suspect I'm shelf wacky. I see a closet or a cupboard or some out-of-the-way spot and I think, "We must have shelves there." SGTex has already started installation, and we're due for a trip to Lowe's before too long.

Like I said, the trip was wonderful. We saw such incredible scenery. It was amazing, really. There was especially one spot in either Utah or Arizona that was so completely desolate, yet beautiful, it overwhelmed me. We covered over 2000 miles, and when I think that was just a few states (we were in WA, OR, ID, UT, AZ, NM and TX), and there is so much more to see. I guess we'll have to start sticking $$ in a cookie jar for gas for future travels. Hopefully the prices will start to go down, rather than up.

We highly recommend the Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, Utah. That was really impressive! Oh, and NM corn, lol. We stopped for gas and got some fresh "roastin' ears" from a farmer, so we're working through those. Window Rock, AZ is incredibly beautiful. Astoria, OR is as charming as ever, and we really appreciated the hospitality of Mickey and Blossom at the Astoria Inn. The river-side restaurant Baked Alaska has some killer salmon with black rice!

We're back to work for now, though. In a couple of weeks we'll be heading to Fredericksburg, TX for the Oktoberfest, so will report some news about that.

Shawn & SGTex
(comic courtesy of the Seattle PI Bizarro 09-09-08)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

We're back....

....and it's great. SGTex is presently unloading the car, at least to the degree that there will be a spot to stick the groceries that are needed, bless his heart. I keep telling him to sit down, he's making me tired, lol. A patient man he is!!!
After getting back in the middle of the night, I don't feel like I have the presence of mind to post anything interesting or profound. More later about our trip, but for right now, we're glad to say we had a wonderful time. The car ran perfectly. The weather was perfect. The getaway time was very much needed, and we're grateful.