Saturday, February 23, 2013

Randomness including a Duck with a Do

This Dudley the Duck with a Do.  Does anyone know what kind of duck this is?  I was trying to take a photo of our local egret, but the other ducks scared it off.  It takes more than a flock taking flight to ruffle Dudley's feathers though.
What do you see when you see in the center when parked at the end of a highway cloverleaf?  Why, I spy a sunbathing cat of course!  
Vintage signs from the fifties are all over the place around here.  I love them!  I am going to start collecting photos of them like the fountain photos.  Don't worry, I park the car first.

Some of them have a place of honor like this one, and others are neglected relics.  

YOU have a Sunny Day, and don't forget to look around.  The world is full of wonder and wonderful things.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Where is the package?

Since we were not really familiar with the Dallas area yet, I mail ordered some items when we moved here instead of spending time and gas money running around to get them. Sounds easy right?
My order from JCPenney ended up with two packages. I received a note in our mailbox that UPS could not deliver our package, because the address was incorrect. Wait a minute, how did they get the post card to me then? Apparently they have a system with the USPS (post office, love the similar letters), that they give them a partial address to finish in order to mail the cards. What ever.

I usually only pick up our mail twice a week when I do laundry at the laundromat a block away by our mailbox. By the time they tried to deliver it, and I got the card the expiration date on the card had expired.
I called JCPenney to explain what happened and explain that the correct address was on my receipt from ordering. The gal told me it went back to the warehouse and would be remailed. She was so nice. Except! The one package with only one item was lost, and it was the very, very last one of its kind ever. (This is an item my mother has been buying for thirty-five years, and I have been for twenty-four.) Fine, she refunded all of the shipping, and the amount for the discontinued item.

We waited, and waited, and waited some more.
Low and behold the missing package ends up in my mailbox with the correct address a week after talking to her. I get to keep it for free after having made a purchase to replace it already. Fine.

We are still waiting for the remailed one, but everything is fixed making me feel confident enough to place another order. When I go to pay for it there is my Wisconsin address, and no credit card on file. Sigh. Being positive, and apparently stupid, I go ahead and reenter it all to make a purchase. Of course the receipt comes back with my Wisconsin address on it for billing. I am not a complete fool I placed the order to be picked up at the store, so the address was only for billing. Since I already paid with a credit card, and a bill would never be mailed I almost left it. My conscience made me place a call to correct it.
While I am on hold! (You did not think it would end that easily did you?) While I am on hold a call comes through from a man I do not know. "Is this Mary Wald?" "Why yes. Who is this?"

THIS is the man who received my remailed package, and was kind enough to open it to look for a number to call before giving it back to the post office. An address label had been slapped over the correct address label with the name and address of a woman who died fifteen years ago. 

 I can't make up stuff this bizarre!
Fifteen years ago he bought his house from a woman liquidating her mother's estate. Her mother who had just died was named Mary Wald. Hey, at least this time it was the right town.  Some of our mail is going to Plano.

Of course I hung up on the JCPenney phone system to go get it. Only to find an email when I came back that the order I had just placed was refused, because the credit card did not exist. The credit card they approved just that morning, and I had used to pay for the item in my hand.
Needless to say, I am going to let that order disappear into never never land. 
 I guess I get to go shopping this afternoon.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fountain Fun

My heart garland is finally up!  It was not for Valentine's Day, but for the Christmas Tree.  It has been waiting patiently to be starched.  
We have been too busy running around having fun for me to sit and starch it.
The Dallas area is full of fountains.  Dallas even has a fountain park.  I have decided to find all of them!  

This one is at a shopping center.  When you purchase a book at Half Price Books you can read it in the lovely little park area the fountain is in.
These little guys are in the zoo.  They deserve a better photograph to show the water squirting out of the top trunk.

The quality of my photos is down, because I am borrowing one while ours is broken.  At least I have one to borrow!

Today it is raining, so the whole sky is a fountain.  You folks stay warm and dry!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

New Dahlia Doily Pattern

Good Morning!
Here is my new doily pattern, "Dahlia". It is about nine inches across.  Designing different sizes sounded like fun, but I went and started on something else before I even drew the chart for this one.  

A dear friend gave me a basket full of colorful crochet thread  before we left Wisconsin.  It is so much fun!  I am so busy bopping around here in Texas, that I am doing a lot less handwork.  These little projects still fit in my purse for five minutes here and there though.  You never know what will  be in my Daisy Bag.

The leaves on the packet of Basil Seeds is actually printed with a turquoise tinge in them making it look even more festive.  The lettuce seeds are started, and the Basil ones will be planted this week.  We are going to have an herb garden in pots.  Yummy!  

What are you crocheting and growing?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!  

After sending valentines off to family and friends I took some time to send one to myself.  Why not?
Lots of folks liked the crochet hearts I did before.  This time I used some to make a garland of tumbling hearts.
It is spiffy for our busy counter area, otherwise known as "command central".  Yep, that is why the coffee carafe is there.  You never know what will be on that planner, and a gal needs to be prepared.
Yesterday I wrapped up a valentine for Little Miss.  Hubby helped pick out this fabulous scarf and sweet owl necklace.  I used a ziploc baggie with decorations inside both sides, because it needed to be sturdy and quiet hiding in the bottom of her messenger bag to find at school.

The suspense is KILLING   ME!
YOU ALL have a fabulous Valentine's Day!  
I love you all as much as Tilda loves this strawberry.

(Yes, now you all know why I have a vinyl cover on the table over my fabric tablecloths.  Scrub, scrub, scrub.)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love from Tilda the Turtle in Texas

Tilda the Turtle found her own rainbow!  We have an antique crystal prism from a chandelier hanging in the window.  I gave it to MM back when she was studying prisms.  There are bits of rainbows about the living room throughout the day.  Tilda found one for her very own. 

Every day they make me think of "Dear N".  What a beautiful thing to remember someone by.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Hello!  Glad you found me.  Join me for coffee and donuts will you?

This is my new blog home.  Mom Wald's Place was created when I had a busy home full of kids and critters with a relative or two thrown in for variety. 

That is not where I am anymore, literally and figuratively.  
Not only do I have a new blog, I have a new kind of doughnut.  Look at this little sweetie!  

There are doughnut shops galore down here in the Dallas area.  They open for the morning, and tease you with closed doors the rest of the day.  We are truly blessed, and even have one across the to church! 
Vera Bradley has joined us for coffee.  How lovely of her.

Yep, you can "color me happy" down here in Texas!

(Just in case you are wondering what I was up to before, stop on by