Cherry Blossoms in the Spring

Dallas Arboretum in the Spring

     Blooming Azaleas-endless blankets of pink and purple loveliness interupting steps of wonder

          Toddlers dressed in Sunday’s finest, bows on heads, barefeet tickled by soft, green grass

                 Teenage beauties in rhinestone dresses, sparkling tierras, and primping mamas

                      Tulips-sorbet lemon chiffon my favorite flavor, with orange and yellow sherberts parading behind

                            Cherry Blossoms adorned in bridal white with bees working tirelessly, buzzing from bloom-to-bloom.

                                  Beautiful Day filled with blossoms floating on the tiers of Spring’s gentle breeze.

                                                                                                                                                            Terry M. Grosvenor

Day #192

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Mayans, Monkeys, Birds, Owls & Sharks

The Dallas World Acquarium is definitely a recommended site to visit in Dallas.  Brett, Leanna, BG and I walked from their apartment.  We had quite a line initially, but it moved quickly and we took pictures with the Mayan dancers while we waited.  Once you enter, you are surrounded by a rainforest with birds flying freely,  and animals in natural habitats.  Enjoy the pictures:

Friday Night Birthday Celebration in Dallas!

BG’s big 60 birthday–whew hew!  We drove to Brett & Leanna’ s home in Dallas Friday morning and celebrated BG’s big birthday with an amazing view of the city from their rooftop, and a wonderful Italian dinner at Patrizios.  Brett, Leanna and I  started off splitting  their very popular grilled chicken salad,  while BG enjoyed a scrumptious  portebello mushroom salad.  He shared with all of us, of course.  We then feasted on Eggplant Parmesan, open-faced ravioli with artichokes and asparagus, Penne Cabrese, and a chicken  mushroom lasagna.  Delicious.  We rode back through Turtle Creek with pink azaleas and tulips in full bloom!  Leanna had baked BG a St. Pat’s birthday cake decorated with shamrocks and sentiments.  A great evening, indeed! Day #190

New England Classic Fall Foliage Trip

A Trip for my mother, Fee, to one of the few areas of the country she has NOT visited before;

On Jordan Pond NE Trip
On Jordan Pond NE Trip

 

A Retirement Celebration;

Girl’s Road Trip;

Enjoying the times of our lives.;

Following my retirement in August from an intense job of being the Director of the Center for Young Learners and area Head Start Director for a Texas Education Service Center, I focused my energies on planning a trip for my mom, sister, and myself to beautiful New England in the fall.  Having experienced many hours previously creating  Excel spreadsheets for a large budget, I decided to choose our tour by creating a large comparison chart of all of the New England Fall Foliage tours departing during peak projected leaf-turning times.  A bit obsessive-compulsive you say; yes, but a wonderfully fun activity compared to managing a budget to serve eleven school districts in Head Start.  After considerable deliberation, the Globus New England Classic Fall Foliage Tour won the prize, and the three of us coordinated plans to depart out of Houston on September 27th, 2008.  Since my sister lived in Houston, it was reasonable for me to drive 3 hours to pick up mom and drive with her 4 hours to meet my sister in Houston.  Although this was a great plan, following my sister’s cancellation, mom and I were still headed to Houston for departure to Boston where we would meet up with our tour.