49Th Annual Greek Funstival

Last year’s event at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church was so much fun, we could not wait to go back this year.St. Sophia The children were just as precious and we recognized some of them. Ta Adelfakiaready to dance2 boysI talked to one of the older boys and he told me that they practice every Sunday. You can tell.happy heartsthe starsthe older boysdancersIt was fun just to watch the dancers, but last year I joined in when everyone was invited to participate.  We met a gentleman named Will Beason and he was getting some last minute instruction before he and his friends joined the fun.

It's all Greek to me.....

It's all Greek to me.....

I never did catch on, but Will looked great! the amateursTom took lots of photos that we sent to some of the dancing stars.good spotWe loved the music, the musiciansand sampled some of the gourmet cuisine. My favorite was the Spanakopita, spinach with feta cheese and Greek herbs baked in layers of filo. We also tried the Dolmades, rolls of beef, rice and herbs wrapped in grape leaves. We picked up a few souvenirs and look forward to next year.

Tom in his Greek fisherman's cap

Tom in his Greek fisherman's cap

jingle jangle all the way For more photos, click HERE St. Sophia is located at 2504 N. St. Mary’s St. at Ashby in San Antonio, Texas. There is free parking and shuttle available. The Funstival is held every October. OPAA!!!!!!!!

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Goodwill Hunting

Future's so bright, gotta wear shades

Future's so bright, gotta wear shades

The last two week-ends we have gone thrift store shopping. We started out in Southtown in down town San Antonio and last week-end had good luck at the Texas Thrift Store. Peyton found these sunglasses. There was no price tag. “That will be ninety six” the cashier informed me. Dollars or cents, I wondered. Well, we ended up with 2 CD’s, a Ralph Lauren shirt, these cool sunglasses and our bill was $6.00.

million dollar baby

million dollar baby

The Houston Street Fair is held on the last Saturday of the month. Tom and I have gone a few times. This was Peyton’s first experience. He found this hat. We had looked for hats at all the thrift stores and finally found one here. We are disappointed to hear that next month (September) will be the last month of the Houston Street Fair! Que lastima!!!!!

Houston Street Fair in San Antonio, Texas

 

There's my crazy, sexy husband!!!!

There is my crazy sexy husband

I found out how to recycle all those used wine corks

Start saving all those corks!!!!

Start saving all those corks!!!!

 

 

wonderful Mariachi band

wonderful Mariachi band

 The Houston Street fair in downtown San Antonio is held on the last Saturday of the month. This month the theme was Christmas. The crowd was not so huge. Lots of cute little kids having fun!

 

Ride 'Em Cowgirl!

Ride 'en cowgirl

 

Soooooo tempting

Soooooo tempting

 

Law enforcement

Law enforcement

     

World famous Photographer

World famous Photographer

Texas Flag

Texas Flag
Hi Santa

Hi Santa

This is a great family place to go on the last Saturday of the month. There were SO many nice people selling jewelry, T-shirts,toys and just about everything you could imagine. The live music ranged from mariachis and country to rock. It was all great. We bought a CD for Peyton and he loves it. They had a ski slope with snow and bungy jumping (no thanks!) santa-and-dana I talked to Santa and told him that I wanted a Longhorn for Christmas. He said “Ho, ho, Ho I just rode here on one this morning!  I am giving Rudolf and the other reindeer a chance to rest up for Christmas!” Sure enough, BINGO the cutest sweetest Longhorn in the world was there!!! Here are some of the pictures of the festivities.

Roper

Roper

 

sounds good

sounds good

 

We bought a CD called Sweet Disaster by Nate Davenport

We bought a CD called Sweet Disaster by Nate Davenport

 

Carrot nose

Carrot nose

This ski slope is available for parties
This ski slope is available for parties
Snow in San Antonio!!!!

Snow in San Antonio!!!!

 I could tell that Bingo remembered me……..Longhorns are so smart! We saw Bingo and his buddy Tator Tot in the Floresville Peanut Festival Parade in October and here they were again! I missed seeing Santa Claus riding into town, that must have been SO cool!!!!  Greg gave me a boost up on Bingo and we talked about some of the gentle cows and steers that he has on his ranch in Bulverde. The ranch is called Saving Grace. I can just see us next year at this time with our little herd of Longhorns to spoil!!!!!

I LOVE this guy!!!!

I LOVE this guy!!!!

 

Happy trails to you until we meet again!

Happy trails to you until we meet again!

We had fun looking at all the arts and crafts. Tom bought me a bracelet for $3.00. Michael McMahon had some beautiful jewelry.A local author and illustrator had some great children’s books for sale. Her name is Mary Borgia. Tales of the Texas mermaid is about a girl that gets her legs stuck in a cowboy boot. The tale is told by Blarney a Texas Longhorn. How could we resist such a great book and the beautiful author was there to sign it for us!

 

Book signing by San Antonio author/illustrator Mary Borgia

Book signing by San Antonio author/illustrator Mary Borgia

Next stop was a tatoo artist. Tom helped me decide which one to get. There were so many great ones to choose from!

airbrush-no-needles

A horse, of-course!!!!

A horse, of-course!!!!

Longhorns And Bluebonnets

I just picked up an incredible Giclee of my painting…… I did not have to worry about the care and consideration of my cherished paintings! I could hardly tell the original artwork from the reproductions. I can go to HEB and get copies of snapshots, but this process is just incredible!!! The print is done on the same paper that I use for my originals and it is even more archival than most surfaces that artists use. I can put my originals side by side and they are so comparable it is awesome. it is not expensive and I love being able to share my artwork with my friends and family without giving up my originals……I did some price shopping and also checked out some mediocre labs and this is what 

Giclee of Longhorns And Bluebonnets

Giclee of Longhorns And Bluebonnets

I found out….

 

ALAMO PHOTO LABS,INC in San Antonio,Texas ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

3814 Broadway

San Antonio, Texas 78209   210 828-9079

A river full of ducks and streets full of horses

 

The Alamo

The Alamo

So we leave the ranch and the critters behind and set off to the big city of San Antonio to take some photos to inspire our creativity and what do we see? Mallards and Muscovy ducks swimming in the San Antonio river eating nachos and gorditas that the tourists sitting outside the restaurants are tossing to them. So this is where all our ducks went. All we had to offer them at home was organic grain and fresh pond water, no wonder they chose to leave the stress of catching grasshoppers and stealing food from the cats. I just wonder about their clogged arteries and cholesterol levels after all the french fries and hamburgers they have for their steady diet. 

 

 

Feed the ducks

Feed the ducks

Next we see big beautiful carriage horses prancing past the Alamo with their manes and tails braided and their coats shining with the glow of good health and exercise.

 

Wanna ride to the Alamo?

Wanna ride to the Alamo?

It was worth the trip to see the horses. It was so strange not to have a cloud of dust when we gave them a pat on the rump…….time to go home and groom our grungy little ponies and saddle them up to check the fence-line and herd the sheep and goats into their pens for the night. A flock of Mallards landed in the pasture just in time to have a treat before they nested in the barn for the night…..Wait, I think I might have something special for you guys!!!! Yep, half of a guacamole chalupa and a few bites of a quesadilla in the truck to share with Miss Piggy. Look, I found a few tator tots left over from Sonic! Gotta keep ’em fat and happy! Buenas noches, mis animales preciosos……

Fancy Seeing You Here !!!!

 

Bingo & Me

Bingo & Me

Good news, bad news……the good news is that I saw my Longhorn  buddies Bingo and Tator Tot at the P-Nut festival in Floresville. These little angels shared my snow cone and gave me an awesome ride down to the courthouse to see the giant peanut. The bad news is that Bingo is for sale and I want that guy !!!!! The first thing I will do is take the ring out of his nose and ride him home….I think that ring might be the reason that he is so laid back, not sure but I will find out soon.

 

The first time I met Bingo

The first time I met Bingo

This was our first encounter at the Houston Street Fair in San Antonio. It was love at first sight for me and I really think that Bingo remembered me when I saw him in Floresville at the Peanut Festival.

The Pam Stephens Center

 

ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pam Stephens Center

ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pam Stephens Center

  When I heard  that a building was going to be named in honor of Pam Stephens, I wanted to shout it from the roof tops.  In a world where good work often goes without recognition, it was a once in a life time blessing for me to be able to attend  the dedication of this tremendous new facility in San Antonio that will serve as a valuable community resource for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Listening to the amazing list of all the accomplishments that Pam has achieved during her 35 years of devoted care to children and adults with special needs in San Antonio gave me a true perspective of this person referred to as” the heart of the Arc”.  Here is a list of some of the greatness that I know about:

 

Began her social service career in 1973 as a teacher for the Bexar County MHMR

Hired on November 6,1978 as Program Services Director of the Arc (Association of Retarded Citizens)

Major designer of the Arc’s child care program in 1985

Assisted in the opening of some of the first group homes in San Antonio in 1982

Instrumental in the start-up and implementation of the Day Hab Program in 1998

Awarded The Arc of Texas Staff Person of The Year in 2000

Due to her significant accomplishments a $250,000 matching gift was given to the Arc’s capital campaign in her honor by the Kronkosky Foundation

In addition to her dedication to the Arc, Pam serves on many Human Rights committees throughout San Antonio, the AACOG and the Special Education Advisory Boards of the North East, San Antonio and North Independent School districts.

The Pam Stephens Building is situated on 8 acres located at 6530 Wurzbach Rd. between Babcock and Evers that formerly served as a YMCA. The Arc has raised over $1.6 million to fund the transformation. The 12,000 square foot building will house the Arc’s life enrichment programs during the week days and will be available on week-ends and evenings for programs offered by other nonprofit organizations offering respite care, therapeutic services. sports programs, and other recreational activities to children and adults with developmental disabilities. 

  Founded in 1954, The Arc of San Antonio’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual or other developmental disabilities. The Arc provides after school and all day summer care for children ages 5 through 22. Life enrichment programs for adults, case management, education and referral services benefit more than 6,000 children, adults, family members and professionals each year.

Baby Blue By Dana Parish

This is an oil painting that I am working on. It is on canvas. The original is 8×10 inches.

Julian Onderdonk is coming to the Witte Museum in San Antonio, September 18, 2008. Not Julian himself, but his wonderful Texas landscapes will be there and so will I. I may get arrested for drooling on them, but hey, I have friends in low places that will bail me out. He has inspired me to paint in his incomparable impressionistic way, as Andrew and Jamie Wyeth continue to inspire me to paint detail and honest realism.

Bluebonnets inspired by Julian Onderdonk

oil painting on canvas by Dana Parish

Snowboarding In San Antonio

 This was back in 1985. A record snowfall of 13.5 inches was recorded. Many parts of South central Texas were shut down from January 11th through the 13th. Our business in downtown San Antonio was closed, and we made the best of it. We built a snow fort with our neighbors David and Susan and took Christopher sledding down the street in a laundry basket with our Sheltie, Omar. We really couldn’t go for our morning run for several days, I was getting a little anxious to run, but all we could do was trudge through the snow up to the Waitz Model Market, and freeze our feet off. Tom took hours of video of RCP playing in the snow and I edited a film with music and titles that we have watched over and over. Looking at that precious face the first time he looked out the window to see the winter wonderland gets me everytime. The music is great, but the last time I watched the video, I played the original sound and I heard my voice saying “Look here,baby, look at Mommy and then I heard that little voice say “It’s snowing”…….

San Antonio’s Finest

 

oil painting on canvas

oil painting on canvas

A visit to San Antonio would not be complete without a dinner at Rosario’s restaurant. I have just been commissioned to paint a series of San Antonio’s finest attractions and Rosario’s is first on my list. We recently sampled their new menu and were as usual, impressed with the food,ambiance, service, everything. It is a family tradition with us and should be with everyone….

I took my sketch book with me and found a great view from the intersection of Alamo & South Presa for a plein air painting……