OK, so I’m in a rebellious grammar sorta mood tonight (when you’re supposed to be correct all day, you get that way). Anyway, my Irish twitter pal has a new song, and the video highlights a story that we don’t see all that often. I think you’re going to like it.
It’s that time of year again–LGBT pride month. Really, it’s all about the parade, which is going to happen today in Houston–8:15 down on what we used to call lower Westheimer (well, maybe lower Westheimer is really beyond Montrose Avenue). The festival is today also and starts at 11:00 AM. Get any info about these events and all other Houston Pride activities here.)
I seem to always get reflective this time of year. It’s hard not to. It’s the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which in a way was the start of the concept of “Gay Pride” and the point (at least in the U.S.) in time when some gay people decided to “stop taking shit” from the cops and others for just being who they were.
I only know about this from reading about it a number of years later. At the time, I had just finished my sophomore year at Fort Hays State University out in western Kansas and had a summer job working for the Union Pacific Railroad (other posts about that here). I might have heard something about Stonewall on the TV news, but if I did it just got mixed together with all the anti-Vietnam War protests that were happening in other places in the country, and were a rarity (I do remember at least a couple that happened near campus) in rural areas. In fact, for me, at that time, isolated as I was, I had no idea about me, or anyone else, being gay; it was a totally unknown concept. (But all of that has to be left for another post.)
I attended my first gay pride after I had returned to college. Some friends and I from Kansas State University drove to Kansas City and marched in the parade there. I say “marched” but groups were not all that organized, so it was more like we “snaked” through the downtown streets of KCMO. The year was either 1979 or 1980, but my memory leans toward the earlier year.
I’m pretty sure that the first pride parade that I attended in Houston was in 1984. I’ve missed some–but not very many along the way. After moving out to the suburbs, it’s always a decision whether it’s worth the drive back into the city and the struggle to find a parking place. However, that decision has already been made. And like last year, I’m picking up a friend and we’ll go down to Montrose to enjoy the pre-parade people-watching and then the actual event itself.
There is something new though this year: lawn chairs. It’s time. It is just too much to go early to find a not-too-far-in-the-boondocks parking place, walk to find a good spot on the parade route, and stand waiting and then stand watching. So into the car trunk the folding chairs will go.
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Two or three warm days make it feel like spring is here. The grass is noticeably greening up. Even here in southeast Texas, where the temps normally come back up after a few cold days of cold, we’ve had a long winter of bundling-up. I know our mostly in-the-50s days and down-in-the-30s nights are not that bad compared to those in some other parts of the country. I spent a good many years lasting through cold Kansas winters, so I can appreciate not having to scrape windshields and scoop off driveways these days.
The below 30s and accompanying freezing rain and sleet we did have on a couple of occasions have interfered very little with the veggies that I planted at the end October out in the small garden behind the garage. The perky leaves of the mix of greens and the glistening tops of the carrots and turnips seem to be almost showing off here in the middle of February.
The carrots and the traditional purple top turnips probably won’t make for some time, but this next weekend I intend to cut a batch of the greens for a wilted salad. This evening, though, I couldn’t resist pulling up four of the Hakurei turnips. Right now, some are about the size of a big radish. They are sweet and crunchy with just a little bite, as I verified by munching them down once they were washed and the tops nipped off.
I get most of my seeds on line from Johnny’s Seeds. I don’t mind giving them a plug because I’ve gotten the seeds very quickly and the packs are a lot fuller than those you get at the big box stores.
I’m eating a lot of store-bought veggies these days, but it’s sure fun to have a bit of the home-grown taste of these turnips.
In the midst of three-digit heat, I headed out to the Stafford Center in Stafford, Texas to meet my niece to take a gander at the 2013 show of the Greater Houston Quilt Guild. This year’s theme for the biannual affair was “Gone to Pieces.”
Though I’ve attended the huge Houston International Quilt Festival many times, the guild show was just the ticket to enjoy a couple of hours of looking at members’ exhibits and vendors’ booths filled with fabric, notions, and all other things “quilt”.
While many entries at the “big” Houston quilt show can be out of my league in what I might attempt in quilt making, most of the exhibits at the local guild show serve more as inspiration to get me back into creating something from all the containers of fabric upstairs.
Here are some of the show entries that caught my eye:
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