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Flat Stanley Goes to Amarillo

Dear Princess,

I enjoyed my trip to Amarillo, and I tried to take some good pics for you, but sometimes the car was going too fast. But here are some highlights of the things I saw on the way:

I wanted to drive, but it wouldn’t have been safe.


Instead, I had to ride like this.


While Greg drove.


The oil & gas industry, and agriculture are big parts of the economy around here.  You see lots of farm & ranch land, and oil & gas wells and businesses, everywhere you look.


Lots of wide open spaces.



Lots of cattle.


If it weren’t the middle of winter, some of the crops you would see growing in these fields would include wheat, corn, milo and cotton. You can still see some of the cotton left in this one.


There aren’t many big lakes around here, but when there is enough rain, these playa lakes fill up. Migrating birds love these small lakes.



This next bunch of pictures are views of the Caprock as we drove through it. 








We drove over the Canadian River.


We saw some antelope.  There’s lots of them out in the pastures.


This is the little red school house, right outside of Pampa.  It’s a historical marker site.  It’s really old, Princess.  Little kids like you used to go to school here, a long time ago.


I got to see a windfarm by White Deer, TX.  Sorry these are blurry.  The road here was really bumpy.



Remember that cotton field? This is a cotton gin.  I bet they could make some pretty quilt fabric with all that cotton, don’t you?




I took pics of Panhandle, Texas for you, and for our friends Gayle & Steve.  Steve has a sister that lives here! Small world, huh, Princess?



Randi said she’s jealous, because Panhandle still has a Dairy Queen, and her town doesn’t.

Two hours later, here we are.


I really wanted to get a better pic of the Big Texan, but I wasn’t fast enough with the camera.  It’s a really cool restaurant. It even has a horse hotel!




I saw the American Quarter Horse Association.  They have pretty statues in front.



This is a view of Santa Fe Railroad.


This is a view of downtown Amarillo.


There are horse statues, like this one, scattered all over town. But they are all painted differently.  This one is by Route 66.  I took a pic of Route 66 for you, but it didn’t come out good.  Sorry.


And lastly, Amarillo even has a Dairy Queen.


Well, I hope I did a good job of sharing my trip with you, Princess.  I still be here for a little while longer.  I’m learning to knit with Randi.


I love and miss you very much! See you soon!


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Sunday Report

Not much to report here, this week.  I did not buy any fabric.  I did finish sewing my stripe blocks for my quilt, but I haven’t finished trimming & pressing.  I freehand quilted up four yards of fleece for a customer order.


It’s kind of a pretty cocoa color in real life.  The final recipient will be my friend’s father.  I think he will like it.

I also sold a baby quilt.  So does that count as stash busting? It moved out of my stash…lol.

I had a pretty busy week, otherwise.  Monday, I had a sinus headache, pretty much all day.  So after work, I was pretty worthless.  I did stay on track with the exercise, pretty well, though.  I got four workouts done.  I wanted to get in a “last chance” workout yesterday, since today is weigh-in day.  That didn’t happen, as we got up and went to Amarillo, to pick up DH’s new Skeeter bass boat! So Flat Stanley got to go to Amarillo sooner than he expected, as we will be going on Wednesday, too, for my doctor appt.  It will take us a bit to get that written up for the Princess, but that will be coming in a few days.  Some of our pics didn’t come out like we hoped, so we may just do more on Wednesday.

I also picked up a new rustic buffet cabinet for the dining room.  I’ve been playing around with it this morning, and will feature it in a post in the near future.

On the weigh-in…it was hard to stay off the scale during the week, but I made myself do just that.  Weighing everyday can get frustrating, too much ups & downs.  But, knowing that I was going to weigh-in AND post it here, really did help me stay on track.  I’m not “dieting” per se, just eating more “reasonbly” and healthily.  I don’t do well with “diets” that restrict this food or that food, so I don’t do them.  I’ve also watched what I drink.  I’ve mostly drank water, milk or tea.  I keep hearing Jillian from the Biggest Loser saying “don’t drink your calories!” So, with all that rambling said…..my starting weight for the week was 153.  My current weight is 150.  I lost three pounds this week, for a total weight loss of four pounds.  I wish I had one of those scales that does the body fat percentage, too, but I don’t.  My DH told me Friday that he could tell I looked smaller.  I don’t expect to lose as much this week, as I’ve really been struggling with the 140’s for over a year now, but I just have to not get discouraged and blow it.  Oh, and this included eating bacon, eggs & pancakes for supper Thursday night, and going to our favorite Mexican restaurant Friday, and eating cheese chile rellenos.  I’m definitely not going hungry…lol!

In knitting news, I have discovered I have project-itis, just like with quilting.  I have several items going on different sets of needles, all needing finishing.  Mostly scarves, one practice hat, and a special project, a prayer shawl, for someone that needs comforting. I think working on it comforts me, too. I signed up for the knit & crochet online community, Ravelry, and got my invitation to join yesterday.  It will take me a while to figure out my way around there, but it looks awesome!

Well, that’s I guess that’s it for my Sunday Report.  I have a feeling I might not get much done today, either, but that’s ok.  I’m tired!

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Flat Stanley Visits the Courthouse

Dear Princess,

I got to go see the courthouse, where Randi works.  She took me to her office, but we didn’t take a picture of it…she said it was a little messy today…lol.  I did get to look at Main Street from her office window.  I was kind of high up in the air, huh?



She showed me more of Main Street from another window, down the hall.  Most of the businesses in this small town, can be found on Main Street.  Can you see those grain elevators down there? The business that Randi and her husband own, is down there, on the corner across from those elevators.  I hope I get to go see it while I’m here.


I got to see the District Court.  It’s a big room. 



This is where cases are tried, like you see on TV.  Civil and criminal cases are tried here.  As a probation officer, Randi only works with the criminal cases.  Criminal cases in this court, go in front of the District Judge, or a jury, and the person that broke the law will either go to prison (jail), or get put on probation.  That’s kind of like getting another chance.

I got to see what it’s like to sit in the witness chair.  Have you seen people on TV sit by the judge and answer questions? Sometimes Randi has to do that.


I got to sit in the Judge’s chair, too! It’s a big chair, Princess!


This is called “the cage”.  It’s where the jail inmates, that have to go to court, are held while they wait for their turn to go in front of the Judge. I don’t ever want to have to go in there, Princess!


Well, I guess that’s all for today.  I hope you are doing great!



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Flat Stanley Checking In

(For those not familiar-I am hosting Flat Stanley, a visitor from the land of Serendipity-for the Princess of said land, as part of her homeschooling program.)

 Dear Princess,

It gets sooooo wiiinnndyyy in the Teeexaaas Panhaaanndlee.  Whooooaaaaa…..I gotta be really careful! These pics were from yesterday, and today it is wet & rainy here, so I had to stay inside. 

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 But, the weather has gotten warmer here again this week.  It’s been getting all the way up to the 50’s & 60’s! Melted off the snow!

This lady I’m staying with here quilts, too! Is everybody you know quilters, like you & your Mom? If the weather stays nice, I will get to go to Amarillo next week!

I miss you!