Number 4, something blue - my new sketchbook for multi media, hopefully it will be good for watercolor.
Number 5, something new - erasers, Gene bought them for me for my pencils for puzzles. Not that I ever need to erase.
Number 6, something old- my spurs that came through the fire so are all black. They are Blanchard spurs. My dad had them made. Blanchard used some rasps and added bronze initials and the brand, /K. The trim all melted. They were handed down from my dad to my brother, then to my sister and on to me.
On Monday, I went with the pastel plein air group to paint in Smithville. The next town east of Bastrop on Highway 71 toward Houston. We met at the railroad park. Just 3 of us, but we had a good time and another good lunch at the Bakery mentioned back a few posts when we painted two weeks ago. It was a warm day but we found spots in the shade.
There is congestion on the Bastrop Smithville road as they are working on two overpasses on Highway 71 at the moment. They are almost finished with the one at Loop 150/Tahitian Village and just starting a 2 year project at the Highway 95 intersection. They had one lane open going west which didn't affect me on the way out as I come to the intersection at Loop 150 and go east. On the way home, though, the traffic was backed up 3 miles to our old turn off. I was in the wrong lane and had to go down and make a u-turn and come back to our old turn off, deciding to go on McAlister to Kaanapali and back to Tahitian/Loop 1250 and just cross HWY 71. Well, there was a bridge out on Kaanapali so had an extra 4 block or so detour, but only had to sit through two light series at HWY 71 and just cross the road. It took me about an hour to get home on a regular 20 minute drive.
We will at least miss some of the congestion while we are on our trip. That is a good thing.