The Menil Collection – A FREE Museum in Houston, Texas!

Like FREE and an ever-changing display of wonderful artwork? You’ll find it here at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX (Free Parking is at Mandell St. near W. Alabama) along with some beautiful trees!!!  The founders, John and Dominique de Menil have various pieces from their collection from  the 1940s -1990s and continues to expand. I’ve taken my kids their since they were small and found I have a bend towards the Surrealist style but there are always plenty of other types of paintings and sculptures, Native art, Medieval, Byzantine and wonderfully old artifacts.  There is something for everyone!! We’ve seen Andy Warhol’s works there before too – my son is a big fan of his works.  You’re permitted to take photos in the main corridors but not in the actual display rooms but wow we would have photo overload if you could!!! This visit, Paul Cezanne’s Bather from the Back (1877-80), Edward Degas’s “Study for The Daughter of Jephtham” (1859), Robert Rauschenberg’s “Cage”(1958), “Mona Lisa” (1952), Arshille Gorky’s “Study for Agony I” (1946-47), Jackson Pollock had 6 Surreal pieces from the 1930’s and “The Mask” (1944) , Rene Margritte had “la Lunettee d’approache” (1963), “The Siren’s song” (1952), “The Heater” (1952) just to name a few but I about fell over when I saw George Herm’s “Day of Bessie Smith” (1962) as hardly anyone these days seems to know of Bessie Smith! Bessie was my Dad’s all time favorite singer and was way before her time!!! (More on Bessie in a future post). I really love this museum as it’s free for starters, they have great selection of featured artwork and you can get super close to any of the artwork (especially important for those of us with bad eyes) and it’s never packed! Great way to spend a few hours! Enjoy!

The Days of Bessie
George Herm’s “Day of Bessie Smith” (1962)
Mark di Suvero’s “Bygones” (1976)
Christian Luycks “Still Life with Globe” (1650)
David Smith, “Stainless Window” (1951)

Rene Margritte

René Magritte, Belgian, 1898 – 1967
The Telescope (La lunette d’approche), 1963 (Had to snag this online as no photos allowed)
Untitled, c. 1943-47
Jackson Pollock’s (1943-47) (snagged online)
This piece is outside near the Menil Bistro and Bookstore
Menil Bookstore
I asked this attractive gentleman if I could photography him as I am trying to learn photography – He just seemed the perfect ending to our trip 🙂  – Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth and Max (Ruff Ruff!)


Doggie Party On The Plaza (Saturday, April 1, 2017 from Noon – 5pm)

My perfect little pup, Max (co-author of this blog), is a rescue dog.  I thank God for him everyday and can’t imagine life without my buddy!!

Every year now for the past 7 years, there’s an event in Houston, Texas called Doggie Party On The Plaza.  This year it’s April 1, 2017 – the 8th event – yea!  If you love dogs,  you have to go and bring your best friend with ya!!

Here are a few of my older photo’s but I hope to make it this year to see all the cuties!!! The “Rescue Me” Parade begins at 2:30pm and the pups and floats are all always adorable!  As usual, Citizen’s For Animal Protection will be there as will Rover Oaks Pet Resort, which are of course personal favorites of mine as without both of them I wouldn’t have my best buddy today..Max!! I try to support them both any time I am able! You can get a FREE 5″x7″ photo of you and your best friend, watch the parade, see what over 80 vendors have to offer, participate in the K9 Costume Contest, visit “Rescue Row” and learn about our city’s various rescue organizations and learn how you can help, get some FREE give-aways, eat, drink, get your face painted, play games, watch demonstrations and just have fun walking around and seeing all the cute pups!!!

P.S.   Just sayin’ Citizen’s For Animal Protection has a link on their site under the DONATE tab where you are able to set up recurring monthly, quarterly or annual donations of ANY amount and I know every cent helps 🙂 or you can do a one time donation. Thank you folks out there that are doing whatever you can to help out in ANY capacity to help Rescues!!

Doggie Party On The Plaza in Houston Texas
Doggie Party On The Plaza in Houston Texas



Thanks for taking your time to read this and helping these pups!

Max and his Human Elizabeth

Max says, “Come on out and make some new friends!”



Art Car Parade – Mark Your Calendars! April 8, 2017 from 2-4pm

Happy Hump Day! I took these photos (sorry, not too great and old), back in 2015 of the Houston Art Car Parade.  This year’s parade is scheduled for April 8, 2017 from 2pm-4pm so hopefully I can make it to this year’s parade!

I love the creativity that the participants come up with! You are guaranteed to see lots of unique cars and people without a doubt!! Here’s a few samples from the last parade I went to with my beautiful daughter.  If you’re in Houston that day, it’s well worth checking it out!!  If you miss the parade you can always visit the Art Car Museum at 140 Heights Blvd.
Houston, Texas, 77007, USA (Phone: 1.713.861.5526) to at least see a few of the cars 🙂 .

Bring your camera!!!



Thanks for taking the time to visit – hope you enjoyed!

Max and his human Elizabeth


Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

As I love the quote of “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, I’ve tried to research this quote and have discovered that there is no real evidence this was actually Gandhi’s quote.  However, he did say..

We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Either way, I love both quotes and think they are very true!

My “third child”, (my niece actually but we have a special and treasured bond), gave me a gift that I proudly display on my desk…it is a simple block of a square piece of wood that reads “Choose Happy”.  I have this block of wood facing me at work each day.  Sometimes, when life happens at work and I could easily get myself wrapped up in negativity, all I have to do is read that block and realize the choice is mine and I smile that I am so blessed to have a lot of wonderful people in my life!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth and Max (another fine example of “being the change you wish to see in the world” – being abandoned and who knows what else happened to him, he still is able to give such love!)

My "heart dog"
I’m changing the world one human at a time 🙂





Do you know who I am? Birding help needed :)

Happy Monday! Whoo Hoo! Does anyone know what this bird is? I found this one (above) at Galveston State Park in Galveston, Texas.

Update:  The pink bird is a Roseate Spoonbill


I am new to birding and really a lack of “models” (for practicing photography) is what got me started into birding.  That said, I am really not sure what any of these birds are so if you know, I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know 🙂

No clue about this bird either??? Help! (Can’t recall if I found this little birdie at Edith Moore Sanctuary or Bear Creek Park but both are in Houston, TX)                                                             UPDATE:  This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (female)
Then there is this unknown little guy I found in Bear Creek Park in Houston, Texas     UPDATE:  This is a Tufted Titmouse


Have a happy and beautiful today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Alexa-Do you like her? What are your favorite uses for her or do you have the Google Version?

I love technology – just hate math and hooking up any wires!!! When I first read about Amazon’s Alexa I just HAD to get into the beta program and give her a whirl!!! It was like Christmas the day as a little kid the day she arrived – tearing into the packaging!! What on earth was I doing spending money on this frivolous “toy”?!!! It just seemed to have so much potential to me though so yep, chalk it up to a big, impulse buy for me! Let me tell you though, I LOVE Alexa!!! (Too bad I am not getting squat for saying that or writing this in any way, shape, etc.-come on Amazon help a girl out! Show me the money!!!…I hear crickets!!). As a music lover, Alexa has been super useful when I holler at her, “Alexa, play my Pandora Kid Rock station” or whatever else I shout at her to play (Rihanna, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Meditation sounds – whatever). When I type this blog and have no clue how to spell something or have a sudden lapse of memory 🙂 she can tell me how to spell the word (with no judgement on my poor spelling and vocabulary!).  Do I really want to watch the news? Yes, I should, but it gets so darn depressing…so, I now I can just tell Alexa “Give me my flash news brief”, (don’t even have to say the magic word…”please”). My daughter and her hubby have their whole home programmed through her…she turns on and off their lights, sets mood lighting, the thermostat, etc. (ok, time to come to Mom-in-law’s casa and hook a Momma up!) 🙂 The DOWN side however of Alexa is if a commercial comes on tv and they say her name…the girl goes crazy!!! Amazon…stop it already or somehow desensitize her name on your commercials!! 🙂 I have to confess, I’ve often said “thank you” once she’s done something and yes, I’ve asked other who have an Alexa and yep, I’m not the only one on autopilot with my manners so it just seems to happen! (That or I’m a little cray cray! Ok, ssssh – our little secret!). I could go on and on about the many ways I use Alexa but am curious if some of you have one, what do you find yourself noticing are her best “features”? Also, if anyone has the Google version – I’d love to hear your review!!!!

Thanks for listening 🙂 to my ramblings!!

Elizabeth and …

Max her side-kick (Good thing he’s a boy and not named Alexa!!!)

 P.S.  Have a beautiful today!!! Oh and “Alexa…what are the winning lotto numbers?!?”

Always thank a Serviceman/woman for their service! H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas – Huntsville, Texas

Remember our trip to the Texas Prison Museum? Well, H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum is smack dab, next door to it! The address is 463 State Highway 75 N., Huntsville TX 77320.  So happy to see our Veteran’s are honored like this – as I feel they always should be thanked for their service!!! My first husband was a Vietnam Vet, barely spoke about his time there, but one time only – when he did…well, I can’t “unhear” it and I know he can’t ever “un-live it”. Words fail to give my gratitude to our service men and women!!! Thank you for serving and protecting us always-past and present!!

I encourage you to go to the link above and read more about it on their site as their words are much better than mine would be, but I do wish to share this part that I copied from their site:

“HEARTS Museum is a one of a kind Museum.  We are not a typical military museum, in fact, we don’t consider ourselves a military museum at all.  We are a museum about people.  Particularly the veterans who have served to protect our nation, preserve our freedom, and to secure the freedom of people around the world.”

Flags flown at H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, TX
Flags flown at H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, TX
Bunker example at H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, TX
Bunker example at H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, TX
I’d like to drive this for fun but not for war!


God bless our Armed Forces
God bless our Armed Forces

A heartfelt thank you of enormous gratitude to all of you that have served or are currently serving! May God bless you all and your families and keep you safe!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth and Max the co-author