Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas is located in the northeast Texas just minutes from the Oklahoma border.  I have driven through Paris, Texas many time, even spend the night there once.  But, arriving after dark there was not much adventuring, just eating and sleeping.

On this trip, I decided to add Paris to my list of places to visit.  My only regret is, I didn’t spend enough time there.

I learned in 1916 there was a great fire that burned most of the city, 30 blocks.  Most of the downtown area was rebuilt in about a year.   That is why most of it’s architecture in from the 1916 period.

dscn8968

dscn8965

The fire spared the Sam Bell Maxey House, only touch the edge of the property.  After the fire, Mr. Maxey was a key figure in setting up the American Red Cross in Paris, Texas.

dscn8929

In 1993, Paris, Texas built their Eiffel Tower.  In 1998, they added a red cowboy hat to make the tower taller then Paris, Tennessee’s Eiffel Tower.

dscn8955

It is located next to their Veteran Memorial.

dscn8961

Glitter Ornaments

One of my Christmas projects for 2016 was to create glitter ornaments.  I purchase clear glass ornaments from Hobby Lobby  and made two packs of theses beauties.

Removed the top from the ornament and seat it aside.

Sprayed the inside of the ornament with spray glue.  Careful, if you miss the hole on the ornament, you get glue sprayed on your hand and it takes finger nail polish to remove it.

Pour glitter inside the ornament.  You do not need to fill the entire ornament, just enough to slick to sides.  Place paper towel and your finger over the hole and shake the ornament to distribute glitter.  I used extra fine glitter.

Remove excess glitter from ornament and let dry overnight.

Place cap back on ornament.

Decorate as desired.  I used glitter puff paint (fabric paint) to put the snow effect on the ornaments.

 

Out In the Snow

Today’s adventure took me out into the snow and 5 degree weather.  There is a limited number of  pictures you can take before your fingers and thumb starts to go numb and hurt.  Yes!  How can they be numb and hurt at the same time.

dscn3016dscn3019dscn3023

It is not snowing, that is snow blowing off the trees.

Below are the snapshots of the videos I took.  The videos are located on YouTube.  I looked for other hosting sites, but my quick search turned up Facebook and YouTube.  Click on the link below the pictures to see the vide0.

SAMSUNG

The Parks Snow Video

SAMSUNG

Freezing in the Snow

For the best effect, pause the video and scroll around.

Christmas Card 2016

Since I was having so much trouble printing my 3D Christmas Tree card.  I created another card to send out with the card and to the others on my list.  It was designed with Silhouette Studio and cut out using the Silhouette Curio.

5051647661

I used plain cardstock, but the background was lacking.  To spruce up the background I used Corel Draw to create the background for both the card.

5051647751

My niece was excited to be “and Samantha” on the Christmas Card.  She never has been an “and Samantha” before.

Thanks to my sister, she took these picture and display the tree and the card as I imagined.

5051648951

3D Printed Tree

I know Christmas is over and the new year has started, but this was my main adventure for November and December.

Many months ago, I got the idea that this year’s Christmas card would be 3D printed.  After many rough drafts, I decided on the “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” design.

dscn2819

The initial design phase went smoothly.  And then, I had more ideas.  The words on the tree should turn, so the tree would look like it had stagger branches.  The words on the tree should be readable from any angle.  Oh, it need a tree skirt and the simplest design would have stars on the skirt.

It then occurred to me the tree needed a train going around it.  Well, the train could not literally go around it, because the size of the train.  My printer would not be able to print the tiny detail the train would need to allow it’s wheels to turn.

dscn2820

I still was not entirely happy with the tree skirt.  The tree needed presents.  I designed three unique presents and place them under the tree scaling them to different sizes and placing them under the tree at different angles.

Designing the tree was the easy part.  Printing the tree out, proved to be the most challenging part.  The filament started grinding.  I regularly had be dismantle the extruder box to remove filament.  I also had to dismantle and reassemble the printer head on no  least three occasions to correct issues.  That is why only 6 of these Christmas tree were sent to friends and family.

dscn2828

There were eight .stl files created to print the tree.

The .stl files can be downloaded from youmagine.com.

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/we-wish-you-a-merry-christmas-tree/embed

Tinkercad – the free, online 3D CAD app

Fantasy of Trees

This is the 28th year that the Stuhr Museum has held the Fantasy of Trees.  Local organizations and community member displays decorated trees.

I took the opportunity to view the trees this year.

I also brought with me my new 360 camera.  This is just a test to see how it come out.

Low-Carb Pizza

I have fallen way behind posting to my site.  Since August, I have had a lot of experience and hopefully with the new year I will be able to catch up and post some new experiences.

All of my “good” cookbooks were lost in the 2016 Great Flood Of Louisiana, so I have spent numerous minutes looking at recipes, trying to come up with something good.  I have been inspired by several websites.

This is my low-carb pizza:

20161230_105524

Ingredients:

1 large egg beaten
1/2 tsp of Italian Seasoning
1/2 cup of Pizza Cheese (grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese mixture)
7 slices of pepperoni
Olive oil flavor Cooking spray

Heat small (8″) skillet over medium/high heat. Beat together large egg and Italian Seasoning in small bowl. When skillet is hot, spray with cooking spray and pour in egg. Adjust skillet so the egg is cooking evenly. Turn on the oven’s Hi boiler. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the egg mixture. The egg does not need to be cooked all the way before adding cheese. Place pepperoni on cheese. Cooking until the cheese is mostly melted and the peperoni has a glimmer.

Remove skillet from heat and place under the boiler. Let cook under boiler until desire crispiness. Watch closely, it will only take a couple of minutes until done.  Remove from broiler.  Make sure everything is turned off.

Place on a plate, cut, and serve.

It’s a good think I have a tester to try out all my creations.

Speechless!

My 3600 miles adventure over 22 days ended abruptly when my home town of Baton Rouge, Louisiana flooded.  Today, is the first day in 6 weeks that I have had some free time to do something I wanted to do.  Not, something that needed to be done.

I was in Marshall, Texas helping my niece and sister-in-law out with their Back to School Bash.  It was a gorgeous day in Marshall; clear skies and hot.

dscn9603

About 10 a.m. that morning, August 12, I got word that my parents house had water in it.  My mother was working on getting the water up, before it caused to much damage.  The water was from flash flooding that was occurring all over the area.  Later, I heard the water was being pushed into their house by boat wakes as they were rescuing residents from the back of the subdivision.  A few hours later the water went down.  My mother, father, and niece worked until 11 p.m. that day drying out the floors.

A was suppose to go back to Baton Rouge the next day and spend the weekend, then go to the beach.  But, talking with family and looking at the weather reports, I concluded it was too dangerous to travel to south Louisiana. Thirty inches of rain in 24 hours was devastating South Louisiana.  All the cities along I-10 between I-49 (Lafayette) and Slidell were flooding.   I really did not have to be back in Baton Rouge for 9 days.  I could not help anyone while the roads were flooded. So, I headed back to Nebraska.

On my drive back to Nebraska, I got word that my sister’s house was flooding.  And, then I learned that my brother, his wife, and their 4 kids walked out of their subdivision through flooded streets.  Lastly, I heard that my parents had to abandon their homes because all the rain that occurred north of them was headed south and overflowing all the ponds, creeks, and rivers.   When my family left their houses, they only brought a change of clothes with them.  They truly believed that they would only have a few inches of water in their houses.  They were wrong.

A lot of people have said; “It’s Louisiana, doesn’t it rain and flood like this in Louisiana.”  The answer is “NO!”  Saying it floods all the time in Louisiana, and we should be use to it.  Is like saying Nebraska has tornados all the time and they should be use to it.  I’ve heard this morning parts of the Midwest was dealing with flooding because it had received over 10″ of rain over 3 days.  That amount of rainfall, Louisiana could have handled.    Nowhere in Louisiana in the last 100 – 1000 years has 30 inches rain has falling in 24 hours.

To describe how bad it was, people traveling on I-10 between Baton Rouge and Slidell was trapped on the Interstate overpass for 36 hours because of flooding.  My cousin was one of those people trapped, and when he got home he found his house was flooded too.

In June, I sold my house in Baton Rouge and stored all my furniture most of my belonging.  Four days after the flooding began, I got word that the place where I stored everything was taking on water.  I hoped for a few inches like everyone else, but I had this image in my head.

20160819_184538

A week after the flooding began, I got an email from the Storage company saying that the units had to be cleaned out in 48 hours. I was still two hours away from Baton Rouge and felt that I could not ask any family member to help, because they were dealing with the own mess. So, I called the movers. I must have sounded pathic, because they agreed to meet me the following day.

20160819_184011

Unfortunately, my storage unit had about 30″ of water in it.   The furniture was damage beyond what I could repair myself and I had no where to store it.  It was abandoned. But, this wasn’t the most heartbreaking part.

dscn9716

There was some small victories. I saved my star certificate, even though it was underwater.  And, the table I finished faired well.

dscn9804

20160909_094114

Losing all the books and the pictures I never got to scanning was the biggest lost.

dscn9809

At this point I just stopped taking pictures. I could no longer capture the devastation, because I was too busy sorting out my mess and helping my family deal with their mess. Then I realized, I didn’t take one picture of my parent house. This is a picture after it was gutted. I am grateful that God sent some gentlemen from the Convent Church of Shreveport, LA to clean and gut my parents house.

20160829_100738

Oh, while I was in Baton Rouge, my 17 year old niece (who was sleeping on a couch in a storage shed) announced that she thought it was for her benefit that she come and live with me in Nebraska. It would be the best solution. Since all of her family members house flooded and her school flooded. We enrolled her in school and this is her first full week.20160907_073658

My parents house had 44″ of water. My brother’s house had water to their mailbox. My sister’s house had 23″ of water.

I must say, that after everything I have witnessed and experience:  People in South Louisiana are truly amazing.

Rock City

Rock City is located in Minneapolis, Kansas. The huge rocks are sandstone concretions. It a nice area, but bring your insect spray and use it. It located in a field ripe with big rocks and tiny bugs.

DSCN8908

DSCN8907

DSCN8906

DSCN8904

DSCN8901

DSCN8898

DSCN8892