Friday, June 15, 2018

Fooling around in Frisco

Public art in Frisco
The only reason we go to Frisco any more is to do some business. Back in the ‘good old days’ we’d run up to the Abby Restaurant (now defunct), or take the 30 minute drive from my door in Plano to a friend’s house in Aubrey. Now, even if I lived in Plano, it would take at least an hour to get to Aubrey. Frisco has really changed.




Friday, June 8, 2018

Yonder in Euless

City of Euless
Before it was a town, the area near Euless was on the edge of Bird's Fort in 1841. The community actually began in about 1845, when Isham Crowley and a small party of pioneers reached the convergence of Big Bear and Little Bear creeks. There, on what is now the DFW airport grounds, a post office was founded in 1857, named Estill's Station. Nearby were a school, a church, a store, and a cotton gin. The post office closed in 1868 then reopened in 1881–1904, under the name Estelle. Most of the community gradually wandered away, moving to the present Euless and Irving.





Friday, June 1, 2018

The Edge of the Prairie

Oxalis
Eons ago I needed a job and found one as a placement councilor at an employment agency. The agency didn’t stay in business long, quite possibly since there were so few jobs to be had at the time. This business was in Grand Prairie, Texas. One thing I learned was that I really didn’t want to work in that field longer than absolutely necessary; I also learned how to spell ‘prairie’.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Västerås Mängd (Västerås Variety)

Part of the school
The second day we spent outside of Stockholm was in Västerås. Although we had to work most of the day, we did get to spend some time wandering the streets and getting a quick look at this little city. It does have an interesting history and at least one place I’d like to return to see. There was also a very nice restaurant in which we glimpsed a popular opera star.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Uppåt till Uppsala (Upwards to Uppsala)

Uppsala
On one of our days in Sweden we journeyed to the small town of Uppsala. Because of the excellent public transportation, the less than an hour train trip was comfortable and interesting. The countryside, viewed through the train window, was lovely; the seats were comfortable and there was free WiFi – what could be better?








Friday, May 11, 2018

Slår ut för Stockholm (Striking out for Stockholm)

Sweden has always been one of the places I’ve wanted to see, but have
Ice on the river
been deplorably ignorant about.  It has good food (smorgasbord), a lot of snow, and people who say ‘ya’. I was right about the food, but not about the snow, although we did have a chilly visit, nor did even one person say ‘ya’. Everyone we spoke to had little to no accent and used excellent English. We visited three different towns during our stay, and all were delightful.



Friday, May 4, 2018

A Pleasant Point

Not too far from Cleburne and from Keene is an old cemetery. We’d
Entrance to the cemetery
driven by a couple of times, but never stopped. On this pretty spring day, we did have a bit of time and decided to explore this small plot of history and art.