Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Texas Trip Part 2 / Wednesday Potpourri

Those of you who follow my site know I was in Texas visiting my Brother-In-Law and family. While I was there I decided to visit an artist friend of mine from Bastrop, Texas. Jo Castillo and her husband Gene met at a little cafe called Gracie's for lunch. Jo has a neat art blog and does a lot of work in pastels. I visited her studio and had a great time getting to know someone I have enjoyed meeting through my posts and her husband is such an interesting guy. Jo did a really nice write-up from my trip which can be seen here. She honored me with some refrigerator magnets of her work. You can get a feel for what a neat artist she is from them.
The town of Bastrop, the second oldest in Texas, is really neat. Jo showed me the downtown's old buildings which were really neat. If you click on the photos the one building is from 1883.
The photos for my Wednesday Potpourri are from my back yard. My boat caught the Sun and it melted it into a strip. New snow last night makes my boat look like it has a Mohawk style on top.
The deck is still piled high with snow with even more to come.
Do you want to check out another neat site. Rob from The South Florida Watershed Journal has an interesting post today about his theory on Punxsutawney Phil and the 6 more weeks of Winter. The Steelers did bring sunshine for three days to NE Ohio.

19 comments:

Susie of Arabia said...

What a cool trip! I'm going to hop over to Jo's blog - I love art. The ice mohawk is very cute too!

nina said...

That must have been fun.
Welcome home!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi there, thank you for the link and for the visit. It was great fun to meet you and spend some time together. It looks very cold there. We have still had great weather, able to walk the golf course and paint outside. There are folks in your neighborhood that paint outside in the snow. One was saying he had found snowshoes for his easel. That is dedication!

Salty said...

Glad you were able to get a respite from the snow and spend time with family and friends.

I like your boats doo, really unique!

George said...

Sorry to hear about your new snow. It's been quite a winter, hasn't it.
You certainly had an interesting Texas trip. Thanks for telling us about it.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Wow! That is a a reality check seeing that snow, and no doubt a change in scenery from the dusty part of west central Texas. Still thinking about that 4th quarter ... it was one for the ages, but have you notices: all the Super Bowls have been close in recent years. And special thanks for posting link!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Hope you have many great memories of your trip.
Blessings,Ruth

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Tom, Glad you got to meet a fellow-blogger while in Texas. How special!!!! Hope George and I will get to meet you someday!!!

I cannot believe the amount of snow you have had this winter. Is this typical--or worse than usual????

We have had a little snow off and on for about 3 days--but it's moved east now. AND--it's supposed to get much warmer this weekend. Yeah!!!!

Stay safe and warm.
Betsy

Naturegirl said...

Your friend is a talented artist..lovely work!
Your back yard looks like mine covered in snow ..I have more though and more to come this weekend!

Carletta said...

How wonderful to meet a fellow blogger in person.
Bastrop looks like a wonderfully restored town in which to visit.
I've been visiting Rob's blog for awhile and I've seen his post on Phil and the Steelers. It was quite humorous.
We got more snow today too and cabin fever is starting to set in!

Pietro said...

The whole post, with the photos of your boat, is so interesting, Fishing Guy. Thanks for sharing your visit to your artist friend: what beautiful paintings!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It looks like you had a good visit there and those magnets are terrific. I love the Mohawk hairstyle on the boat. :)

Darla said...

Looks like your fun in Texas kept right on coming. Great magnets. Oh my, you have some serious snow there. We broke the record low here in North Florida this morning, 15!!!!!!!!!!

Twisted Fencepost said...

How fun to meet a fellow blogger in person.
A john boat with a mohawk, that's funny! I'd be naming it Mr. T.

NCmountainwoman said...

Nice post. Thanks for the links. Must have been hard to return to the cold and snow.

Mary said...

How neat to get to meet someone whose blog you enjoy. Very nice art! You had a really great trip, I can tell. I love your boat shot :-) That groundhog story was funny.

Shellmo said...

What a nice trip and I love Jo's art!
Can't believe all that snow on your deck...oh wait...let me look at mine...yep, I can believe it now! ha,ha!

Jack and Joann said...

Well, I'm going to stop complaining about how cold it is outside in Virginia after seeing you snow photos. Golly, we haven't had more than a dusting of snow here. I'll have to check out the blog you mentioned. I LOVE ART!

tipper said...

Her artwork is beautiful! Love the boats new haircut!