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Saturday, 30 April, 2011

Standing in a 1920s Pullman car at the Railroad Museum in Galveston. I grew up near railroad tracks, which led to a love of trains – especially passenger trains. If I had an endless supply of money I would buy an old caboose and turn it into my studio.

Armadillos – common in the part of Texas where I live – have quickly become one of my favorite animals.

On Friday I spent the entire day becoming an official resident of Texas – this is my number at the DMV. My car now has Texas plates and I have a Texas driver’s license.

Soon I am going to be releasing another pattern, and with it you’ll see a change that’s reflected on my new license: I’ve gone back to my maiden name. Last fall my husband and I divorced. It’s ok. Really. We both look at it as a good thing. He and I grew into people with different goals and needs. Since our split we’ve gotten along better than we had in a long time, and even though we now live 2000 miles apart we – and I swear this isn’t some Hollywood cliché – have stayed friends.

Library books from the Houston Public Library. So what am I reading first? Beans: A History. As a vegetarian my pantry is always well-stocked with beans: pinto, black, kidney, great northern, chickpeas, and several different varieties of lentils. Beans are a staple of my diet so it seems fitting that I learn more about them.

A Coelacanth fossil from the museum where I work. Thought to have gone extinct while the dinosaurs were alive, a naturalist from South Africa discovered one for sale from a local fish peddler in the 1930s. They are now known to live off of the coast of Madagascar and Indonesia. This fossil is one of my favorite things on public display at the museum.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Judi permalink
    Sunday, 1 May, 2011 4:47 am

    Glad to hear about your new life. Sounds like you’re settling in well. Love you in a dress!!

  2. Sunday, 1 May, 2011 9:48 am

    I just learned that Armadillo live in Texas… I have to say that it’s the first time I see of photo of this animal. How are they with humans? Anyway… I’m just impressed 😉 I look forward to seeing your new pattern! I’m also glad you’re moving on with your life (+ blogging more often too)!

  3. Sarah permalink
    Sunday, 1 May, 2011 10:04 am

    Welcome to the Texas, Houston, area! I’m a bit of a newbie myself. Looking forward to your new pattern!

  4. Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 9:46 pm

    Sounds like you have had a lot of changes in your life. No wonder we haven’t heard from you in awhile. I am glad to hear that you are facing your new life with such excitement and I am excited to see what you are going to create next!

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