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A light lit Night

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May your Christmas be merry & bright! Take the time to look at lights in your neighborhood. Gather the roommates, kids, or other pajamas clad individuals (that you know) & drive through some colorful & sparkly streets. Take cocoa, popcorn, something & jam to your holiday music. Its a good, good, thing.

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Huzzah! Lights!

Tomorrow night. 6:25 Pm. Denton Texas. Wassail Fest. Do it.

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If you need to get to Denton… here’s the A train schedule; if you need a few buckets of wassail, here’s the who’s who of wassailing:
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If you need more info go to Denton Downtown – Denton Main Street Association on Facebook. Come see what the number one small town in America does for Christmas Cheer!

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Painting that does not Require Patience –

But is better off with Patience!

My friend & I tried somewhere new last week. While I wish I had chosen a better day for me (blood donors can not drink for 24 hours!) I still enjoyed the experience.
Groupon as I have said before makes me so happy. There was awhile back a Groupon for paint n sip in my town, so naturally I had to buy it! It was a twofer special & I knew exactly which friend I wanted to bring. Our schedules were at odds until the last day possible (pretty much the story of my life) & so the date was set for a Tuesday. I had sangria chilling & visions of blue paint daubs floating overhead that morning. Then I donated blood, which I do not regret but wish I had thought through, and the chilled bottle of sangria flew out of the figurative window. So did my boxing workout sadly enough. (Another Thursday post there.)

We went to our painting studio snugly tucked down one of our many one way streets. The owner & shop namesake Patience, introduced herself & let us choose our work stations. If you have never attended a paint n drink place (e.g. G’nosh, Painting with a Twist, Tipsy Doodles etc) let me give a brief sketch of the layout: You pay for a two-three hour class that includes paint, smock, canvas, tutelage, brushes & bottle opener. They then show you step by step how to achieve something you can hang with pride & joy & happy tree-lessness.  While your teacher is not guaranteed to have a qualifying fro, they will be able to help you succeed. Plus, the more you drink, the awesomer you are!

Patience taught us how to make our seas roll in & our beach chairs bright while her husband got us fresh rinsing chairs & more paint.

An enjoyable session & it had my friend thinking of ladies night dé arte in the near future. If you think this would be great fun for you & your friends, I suggest you look for paint n sips near you!

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Painting With Patience

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Free! Free! Free! (Concerts all weekend long!)

If you’re curious as to what I’m talking about then you might not be from the Dallas area. The largest free music festival I know of (Part of 35 Denton costs) hosted in a large city park with multiple venues at once is once again this weekend!
Starting Friday the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival unravels a slewof activities, booths, games, food, artists, sculptures, & of course musicians! The only thing not allowed sadly is Fido, so please leave Fido, Fluffy, & Mr. Tiddlywinks in your a/c’d house. Their festival is around the corner in June at the Dog Days of Denton.

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Live near Dart trains? Buy a regional pass & sail on up here, get off on the last DCTA stop & walk 3 blocks (or hop a bus if they’re running). Located in Quakertown Park, it’s snuggled up behind the City Hall, Senior Citizen Center, City Pool & Community City on Bell/McKinney intersection. Parking is limited so get there early or prepare for neighborhood parking options! If you need a new rug, a garden doodad, unique coffee coasters or just a finishing piece for your art collection you’ll find it here. It is a Mecca to the musically inclined & artsy alike. Kids can bang on real drums & not your good pots & pans at a kid’s magic booth (the magic being that it wears your kids out!) Or stop by a sizzling food booth spouting local cuisine. You’ll find something for everyone because two buildings filled with woodwork, grandma’s quilts, charcoal sketches done on site, framed pictures of velvet Elvis, fairy fantasies, natural nature or microwaveable potato socks meets even the pickiest gift shopper. Bring your cash & card & prepare to complete your Christmas shopping in advance!

Headliners are as follows:

Lee Ritenour Friday 9:00 Jazz Stage

Los Lonely Boys Saturday 9:00 Jazz Stage

Brave Combo Sunday 7:00 Jazz Stage

Honorable Mention: Denton Hand bell Choir Preforms Sunday at 1. This group of adults are a joy to hear & they use their talents to make many others happy in nursing homes & more. Please look them up while you’re there!

For more information visit Denton Arts & Jazz

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FT:W Spotlight Science & History Museum

When you see FTW do you think text slang ‘for the win’ or like I, you think of your dear memories in FTW… Fort Worth Texas. 🙂

That’s what I thought, you were totally thinking Fort Worth. Especially if you’ve read the last two weeks on Travelin’ Thursdays (Butterflies & More Butterflies). I had the opportunity to visit the Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History, which amazingly, was a block and a half from the Botanic. My friend is the lovely Stargirl of the lab. She got me in the museum & I got to sit backstage for a few star shows hosted there. I also snuck around taking a few photos of the area.

This is a perfect place to take your kids. No joke.

I adored it, and even though I’m not considered a kid (still AT heart!) I had a blast. Scroll a few and come out for the rest of the show!

Stars to the left, dinosaur dig to the right, snot straight ahead.

 

Grossology, a non-permanent display, lets your kid crawl through your intestines, shoot snot blobs, or play flatulence tunes.

 

There's a technical term for this, but hey, I say Starmaker. It's amazing and when you see a light show through it, you'll be glad you came!

 

I made a Star Brite! Why yes, it looks like a Superman symbol, but it's almost as tall as me made of board and bright lights. Massive pegs you could more around in one of 6 themed areas of creativity. SO COOL.

 

ROAR! Come visit a local yokel who's just a few years older than yourself... Even practice being a paleontologist!

 

The one place I couldn't go... but still looks really cool, I wish I had a child under 12 to get me in! Sadly I'm over 5'9" and suspiciously not 12 year old ish.

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In Abundance

It’s the first season in which the fresh fruits & vegetables you eat are more likely to come from down the road than Chile or my near neighbor Mexico.
Since everyone is craving sun, shade & less kitchen cook time I thought I would list the delicious fruits & veggies you can expect to be out for noshing.

Fruits
Apricots
Honeydews
Mangoes
Oranges
Limes/Lemons
Pineapples
Strawberries

(Perfect curd making season!)

Vegetables
Artichokes
Asparagus
Broccoli
Corn
Green Beans (snap your own)
Pea varieties
Lettuces
Spinach

All these tasty things explain why salads & oven less cooking becomes so prominent during the spring & summer.

Question: What local fruits and vegetables are you looking forward to this spring?

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Flutterbies flutterbies Pretty little flutterbies

**Apologies for late posting, almost forgot**

 

Last week I wrote about how I was looking forward to going to the Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens. I was also using a Groupon, and based on a friend’s horror, was expecting a snafu or a fight over using the Groupon. I went with three other couples, one engaged, one dating for a little while, one not quite official at the time (At least not on facebook!) But, we got there, and it took a little time to wander through all the gardens to get to the main building (conference rooms, gift shop, bathrooms). When we arrived, we saw a wedding starting and lordy mercy, that was one Barbie doll wedding. If you’re not married and you plan on getting married, do not torture the man with barbie hot pink and silver. There’s just no reason to be that mean to the man you’re with forever (or not so forever if you believe in divorce). I took a few photos at arrival.

Botanic Gardens of Ft. Worth's stylish entrance.

Frog ponds open up the place, and you're told to look out for the small living amphibians.

We made it inside at the 10:30 viewing.

We didn’t even have an issue with the Groupons! I’m sure because they had so many using them that last few days.

We made it in A Beautiful Blue Morpho stopped to pose once I blew lightly on his wings to open him up. 

They have a set up to show cocoons of different butterfly species and the chrysalis that they undergo.

A place where you could see the butterflies up close and in person.

Humid & Hot

Hot & humid, be prepared to sweat it out! Tropical butterflies need the sauna.

 

 

 

 

 

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