speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Chihuly Art - 08/24/14 09:13 AM

 
Yes, I first learned of Dale Chihuly here in the Rain courtesy of Roy Kelley when he had posted pictures of his work. I had seen his influence he has had in many art galleries, but did not realize it was he who influenced the glass sculptures throughout the world. Chihuly is an American artist born in Tacoma Washington. Many people do not realize that he is blind in his left due to an accident while abroad in England and he has not blown glass since 1979 when he dislocated his shoulder in a body surfing accident and hires … (20 comments)

speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Iconic London - 08/17/14 11:44 AM


 
 
 
Yesterday, I blogged about the English Premier League opening day, so I thought I would stick to the English theme and show you some pictures of Iconic London. There is so much to see and do in London and getting from place to place is quite easy on the Tube, just do not forget to “Mind the Gap.” Here are some of my favorite places in London. I never get tired of walking on the Embankment and seeing Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament,  the Tower Bridge and of course the infamous telephone booth.  I … (15 comments)

speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Lighthouses - 08/10/14 08:20 AM

 
 
August 7th was national lighthouse day on this day in 1789 there was Act of Congress that was passed for the making of lighthouses, beacon, buoys and public piers. On the 200th anniversary of this act Congress established August 7th as National Lighthouse Day. I love lighthouses and I hope you enjoy these pictures of American Lighthouses. Lighthouses for many sailors represented a beacon of light that symbolized safety and security for boats at sea. The above picture was actually taken last year on National Lighthouse Day unbeknownst to the photographer. .me.


 
 
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday the Tango - 08/03/14 04:19 PM

 
 
 
The tango is quite a fascinating dance; there are many different kinds of tango dancing. It is thought that the tango originated along the Rio de la Plata which is between Uruguay and Argentina in the 1890’s. It quickly spread to the rest of the world. The word tango comes from the Latin meaning to touch. The original tango was known as “tango criollo” it was known to start in the slum of Uruguay and Argentina and then quickly became very fashionable. The tango is a fascinating dance to watch.
 

 
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Father’s Day - 06/15/14 11:33 AM

 
 
First and foremost, I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers in the rain. I want to wish a special shout out to my wonderful father Adolph Cordova, my children’s father Pete Crew one of my very best friends in the entire world, and last but definitely not least my husband Bob Gilbert who is a wonderful father to his children and mine and is my soul mate.
On Father’s day one may ask; “Who is a father?” my definition of a father is not necessarily the biological father; but the dad who takes … (10 comments)

speechless sunday: Speechlesss Sunday Memorial Day - 05/25/14 08:42 AM

 
 
 
I thank God every day of my life for living in the United States of America, though not perfect I enjoy so many different freedoms that so many around the world do not have. These freedoms do not come without a heavy cost. I thank all of our veterans past and present. I thank their families for their sacrifices as well. We need to remember if not for a strong military we would not have these freedoms. My father was aveteran of the Korean War; he just recently told me he was up for a Medal of … (11 comments)

speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Temple of the Golden Pavilion - 05/18/14 12:21 PM

 
 
 
This is one of the prettiest temples I have seen. The gardens are beautiful; I can only imagine them during the cherry blossom season or in the fall with all the vibrant colors. This is a Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto.  It is one of the most popular temples in Japan. It is painted with Gold Leaf.  It is a really an amazing temple and as many places in Japan full of history. This temple was rebuilt in 1955, after it had been set ablaze by a monk who was mentally ill. This is one of 17 … (11 comments)

speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Windmills - 04/13/14 12:04 PM

 
 
 
The Netherlands is known for many things; one of the first things that come to mind when thinking of the Netherlands is the windmills. The definition of a windmill is a machine that takes the energy of wind and turns into energy by vanes or blades. The name “windmill” was derived because they were originally used milling grain. Also, the windmills have been used for land drainage and to extract groundwater which is vital as most of the Netherlands is under sea level. I hope you enjoy these pictures. Have a great Sunday!
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday the Netherlands - 04/06/14 11:01 AM

 
 
We went to the Netherlands for Bob’s birthday. It was so fun, the first ½ day the weather was miserable. We were supposed to have that weather for the entire stay but we lucked out and only had it for the 1st half day and then we got caught in a small hailstorm that lasted about 5 minutes. Amsterdam and the Netherlands are very picturesque. There was not a time when there was not a good shot to take. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Have a great Sunday!
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Seattle - 03/16/14 12:18 PM

 
 
 
 If you are an aviation buff, the city to visit is Seattle. We went there for a couple of quick days this past week as a belated birthday present to my son who just received his pilot’s license. We toured the Boeing Factory. It is quite amazing. The news keeps saying that the reason Boeing stock is down is that there is a glut of inventory for the 787 the Dreamliner, not sure where they are getting there information but if I were to have an extra $300 million or so then I could get my new … (15 comments)

speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Spring Break - 03/09/14 12:20 PM

 
 
This coming week will be Spring Break for Katy ISD from March 10th-14th, classes resume the 17th of March. We went to Amsterdam last Spring Break it was fun. I think after this Spring Break, I only have 2 left with my son Alex. I remember when the kids were little now time just flies by. Amsterdam is a really cool place. I love the canals it is a very picturesque city and wonderful for walking. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.
 
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Lost Pines - 02/23/14 10:04 AM

 
 
My wonderful husband Bob and I are at Lost Pines right outside of Bastrop, Texas. We stay at the wonderful Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. We just love it here. The fauna is beautiful and the Staff is wonderful it is true Hyatt and Texas Hospitality. We have come here since 2006 when the Resort 1st opened; we come here as it is a short drive from Katy, Texas down I-10 and then 71 W. Texas 71 is one of the prettiest drives when the bluebonnets are in bloom.  If you have not been to the Hyatt Lost Pines … (12 comments)

speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday The Seine - 02/09/14 01:49 PM

 
 
 
Paris is magical no matter what time of year you are there. You feel the City of Lights weaving its magical spell over you.  I love the history and the art it just has a mystique unlike any other city. These pictures were taken strolling along the Seine; the weather had called for rain the entire stay we were lucky it only rained at night! Viva la France.
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday 2013 in review 4th quarter - 01/19/14 03:49 PM
 
 
 
The 4th quarter we stayed home except a really quick 2 day trip to London as we had 2 certificates to use and they expired at the end of the month. In November, we went to see Peter White’s Christmas Tour in Austin with Bob’s cousins Linda and Lance. December we just stayed home as I ran really ran behind on getting ready for the Holidays. These are the men in my life, I sure am lucky; they are all so good looking especially the 2 younger ones! Happy Sunday!

 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday 2013 in review 3rd quarter - 01/12/14 01:17 PM

 
 
 
Last year’s 3rd quarter saw Bob and me celebrating our 15th anniversary in Japan. I could not believe the years have flown by. My dad and I went to see my mom’s gravesite for her Birthday in July it is always bittersweet when I go to San Antonio and I expect it always will be. In August we went to Chicago for the Tall Ships Festival that was so awesome! As these ships travel across the country it is a must see. Happy Sunday and I hope you enjoy the photos!
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday 2013 in review 1st quarter - 12/29/13 12:50 PM

 
 
 
I feel that the years just go by faster and faster. Last December was so busy here at work I barely had time to go to the bathroom. This year has not been the same but I was busier at home and the Holidays kind of sneaked up on me. As we look forward to 2014 I am reviewing our 2013. Here are some bright spots in the 1st quarter of 2013.
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Christmas Time 2013 - 12/22/13 02:44 PM

 
 


I love to decorate my home for Christmas this year I am not quite done but just about there. I have decided next year I will skip decorating for Thanksgiving andjust do Christmas. I am just sharing a couple of my favorite Christmas pictures of beautiful cities this time of year!  Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us!
 
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday December 2013 - 12/15/13 02:53 PM

 
 
 
Well it is almost here Christmas. I am so far behind I have wrapped all the presents and found I need to buy a few more that is scheduled for Wednesday. Cards are still being addressed and will be sent out Tuesday. Decorating started. Menus are set, invites are out. I hope you have done more than me. Happy Holidays!
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speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday Holidays - 12/08/13 12:37 PM

 
Last year I was lucky enough to get to NYC for the Holidays displays. I think I like looking at the window displays best of all. I was hoping to get up there this year, but I am terribly behind on Holiday stuff. I do have the tree up but not decorated. I have not had a chance to decorate for Christmas my days off went just trying to keep up with everyday life. This morning I did get 4 Christmas presents wrapped. It will be decorating only this “weekend.” Next weekend finish the shopping and then we are … (14 comments)

speechless sunday: Speechless Sunday on to Christmas 2013 - 12/01/13 02:39 PM

 
Well Thanksgiving is over now; Black Friday has passed so now we are on to the next Holiday for us it is Christmas.  So are you ready for Christmas? Are the presents bought? Are they wrapped? Have you put up the tree? Have you finished decorating? What are your plans for the Holidays? Do you have your menus yet? So much planning goes into the Holidays please do not forget to enjoy them because bottom line is about family and friends.
 
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