Abruptly, and probably because of some rain we’d had and mild temperatures in the 80’s F/27+C during the day and 50’s F/ 10’s C at night, my roses burst into bloom. Bloomage started early last week. These pictures were taken this past Tuesday.
My yellow rosebush in the front was all over beautiful blooms that were only a little bug gnawed. And my red Walmart heritage rose was going nuts. The weather was very mild, and occasionally thunderstormy, and we’d had a fair amount of rain, which was very welcome. We even had one day with a high of 90F/32C, and my air conditioner even kicked on a time or two. I still haven’t changed over to the heater yet.
My JFK roses (white for remembrance) in the back yard were blooming as well.
There were red ones, . . .
yellow ones, and pink ones.
My folks have been friends with a couple who have owned several movie theaters/cinemas. For a number of years they owned a “4-plex” (four screens) that was barely two blocks from my folks’ house, but a couple of years ago, they sold it to the Christian school next door (on Mars), it was torn down and an elementary/primary school built in its place. Their grandson owns a drive-in theater and their daughter manages another theater. They recently went into partnership to build a 16-screen theater which had it’s grand opening last night. (They are the elderly woman and man on the left in the above photo). They sent my mom an invitation to attend, and she took me along as a guest.
Allow me to digress: In Texas, each county decides by general election whether or not they want to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages within that county. If the county votes to be “dry,” then alcohol cannot be sold within the county limits, even if a city within that county wants to allow it. However, if the county is “wet,” then it is up to each city or town within the county to decide whether or not they want to sell alcohol within their municipal jurisdiction. When my parents first moved here, my county was “wet” but my town was “dry” — no alcohol of any kind could be sold within the city limits, period. The city law was changed shortly after that to allow the sale of liquor by the drink, which is to say, alcohol could be sold a drink at a time in a restaurant or bar, but it had to be consumed on the premises. Alcohol packaged for “take-away” (i.e., in unopened bottles) had to be bought at “package stores” located outside the city limits. That was the status quo for almost 40 years. However, about two years ago, voter petitioned the city to allow the sale of “packaged” beer and wine within the city limits. An election was held, and the “wets” won. As a result, I can now buy beer and wine at Walmart, some supermarkets, or at package stores like the one conveniently located just blocks from my home. However, if I want “hard” liquor (whiskey, gin, vodka, etc.), I still have to go outside the city limits to buy it.
The big deal about this new Premier Cinema multiplex that opened last night is that it has both a restaurant and a bar within the theater building — which makes it unique as it is the only theater in town that sells alcohol on premises. It’s quite an operation. There are several rows of “D-Box” seats for each “screen” and there is also an IMAX screen. Up until this theater was opened, there was no D-Box equipped theater in town and only one other IMAX equipped theater. The Premier Cinema has the usual concession stand selling popcorn, candy bars and soft drinks, but it also sells ice cream and Starbuck’s products. In addition there is also a bar serving beer and wine, and a restaurant located upstairs. At the grand opening, there was an open bar (drinks were “on the house” — i.e., free) and snacks were served — small slices of pulled pork sandwiches, little pesto bruschettas, and paninis. Another difference — traditionally, ticket sellers are located within a glassed in booth, but in this theater, they sit out in the open behind a counter (on the right in the above photo) The “invitation only” part of the grand opening started at 5 p.m. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the general public was allowed in, and everyone was given a free ticket to one of the movies that were being shown that evening at 7:30 pm. My mom and I elected to see Hugo in 3-D. It was an enjoyable movie, but I think I would have liked it better if it had not been in 3-D as in this format only the foreground images were sharp, and the background tended to be blurry. Also, I’m not that impressed with 3-D.
We’ve had a cold front come through and since late Tuesday, the weather has cooled off significantly with daytime temperatures in the 50’s F/10’s C. Last night’s low was 31F/1C. Right now it’s 28F/-2C, so tonight is the first freeze for this autumn. It’s supposed to warm up and be back into the 70’s F/20’s C by Sunday with lows back up into the 40’s F/4-6 C. I’ll probably switch over from air conditioning to heating tomorrow, although I doubt if it will come on much if at all unless the weather gets colder, as I have my heater thermostat set at 70.
The leaves have started turning, and some trees have already started losing leaves. I suspect after tonight’s light freeze, that process will accelerate. Already the Canada geese have started to arrive. There were about 30 in the playa lake by my folks’ house, and over 50 at the big playa lake down the street from my house. I still have ceiling fans on to keep the air moving, but once the heater starts coming on with any regularity, I’ll turn them off. I really need to get my sewing machine out and fix my “office” lap rug so I can toss it in the washer. I have a feeling I may be needing it soon.
Pretty soon, I need to get my office sorted out and get rid of my humongous computer desk. I don’t really need it any more. It’s one of those assemble it yourself things that I can break into pieces and haul the pieces out to the dumpster, and just keep the part that has two file drawers and keep the keyboard tray and the hardware that goes with it. I can fit the keyboard tray to the bottom of the little desk on rollers I plan to “downsize” to. I’ve been taking measurements and plotting things out. The way I want to configure the furniture, I’ll have room to bring the other red recliner in and set up an area where I can read and do knitting and crochet, with my credenza to one side and the little rolling computer table to put my Kindle, my Squeezebox, and a little desk lamp on (or the crochet or knitting pattern I’m using). I need to empty out my roll-top desk, get it cleaned up and put an advertisement in the paper to sell it. I’m not using it and it’s just taking up space. Once I get the other red recliner moved in from the living room, I’ll move furniture in there to a different configuration. I’ve got some artwork by Rima Staines that I want to frame and put up in my office, too, but I’ve got to empty out some frames to do that. One of these days soon. . .