A Couple of Fort Worth’s Outdoor Treats

The May 2017 issue of Fort Worth magazine has a wonderful article entitled “Hidden Fort Worth–44 Secret Things to Discover.” I found the magazine at Fort Worth’s Central Library, checked it out, and enjoyed the articles in the comfort of my home. Any one with a library card can check out all but the current month’s issue of a magazine. I digress. Oh, well, thank you Jocelyn Tatum for all the useful information on art, food, drinks, and hidden gems in Fort Worth.

Who doesn’t love riding a horse? Yes, nearly all of us. To enjoy horse back riding along the Trinity River is a snap. The rides are run by the folks at the Stockyards Stables, 128 E., Exchange Avenue, Suite 300. The views of downtown Fort Worth’s skyline are outstanding. Participants do have to be older than 11 to go on either a 30-minute ($40) or 60-minute ride ($70).

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As far as I know, just one set of naturally occurring waterfalls exist in Fort Worth. They’re called Airfield Falls and are located at 200 Pumphrey. Public access to the trailhead that leads to the falls was opened in April. You’ll want to take along your walking shoes.  With all the nice weather we’ve been enjoying, it’s time to get outside and thank Mother Nature.

Annie Ambles along the Trinity River on a trusty steed and savors Airfield Falls

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Crockett Row’s Starlight Symphony

Get yourself over to University Drive North and West 7th. Street Friday or Saturday night, or both, to see the Crockett Row light shows that start at 6 pm and continue on the hour until 9 pm. There are free carriage rides, too, between 6 and 9 pm and lots of holiday entertainment that starts at 4 pm and winds up about 8 pm. Check out these and more activities at <CROCKETTROS.COM>. Better hurry because the light shows end on December 31.

Annie Ambles to Crockett Row for the nightly light show

Christmas in the Stockyards

There’s always something going on in Fort Worth’s Stockyards. Celebrate the season December 15-17 by having a photo taken with Santa and again December 22-24. If you’re more into the action scene, you can watch legends of Texas gunslingers shoot it out in gun fights 11:45 am and again at 4:15 pm, right after the daily cattle drive at 11:30 am and 4 pm. The little ones can enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus at 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and again at 3:15 pm.  For more adult fare, enjoy cowboy poetry at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Plan to make a day of it. Visit the stockyards web site at <fortworthstockyards.com>. You’ll need to pay for parking and any food, but you can window-shop until your heart’s content.

Annie Ambles celebrates the Fort Worth Way in the Stockyards

Writing Group Helps You Tap Into Your Creative Side

     There are rumors that Fort Worth has several creative writing groups which regularly meet at city locations. Annie wants to let you know about the one that meets at Fort Worth Library’s Northwest Branch. The next scheduled meeting is December 18, at 6:00 PM.
     For your first visit, you may want to just come and observe to get the lay of the land, or if you’re working on a poem, manuscript, or short story, think about bringing a copy of your masterpiece with you. Annie is told that you’ll be welcome–with or without your work.
      Can’t make it to this month’s meeting? Never fear. Gilbert assures Annie that the group meets on the third Monday of every month. So, you could save January 19, 2018, for your jaunt to the Northwest Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.  Crystal Lake Drive is off of Cromwell-Marine Creek Road, which intersects with Marine Creek Parkway just north of the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus.
     From Loop 820, go north on Marine Creek Parkway. Turn left at Cromwell-Marine Creek Road. The library will be on your left in approximately one mile, next to Parkview Elementary School. Call 817-392-5420, if you get turned around. Writers never get lost. Right?
     There is no charge for membership, and parking is free. If you love writing and hanker for feedback and encouragement from fellow writers, you’ll enjoy being a part of this group.

Annie Ambles to the creative writing group meeting, if not this month, next month

 

Furry Friends

 

It seems to Annie that many people decide to add a furry friend to their families at this time of year. Hearts open to animals that need places to live, but before you make that longtime commitment, please think of what caring for an animal entails. In addition to the economics (vet visits, food, grooming, kitty litter, leashes, collars, harnesses, coats, toys, and more), there is the emotional commitment to another living creature.

Caring for and loving a four-legged ball of fluff takes time and energy. Yes, you’ll get a big return on your investment with unlimited, unconditional love from your new family member, so it’s worth the effort and the time it takes to train your pet. Maintain a big supply of patience, persistence, and planning as you walk through life with your newest best ever buddy. And, do walk, not crate, your pet.

The City of Fort Worth is sponsoring several adoption events where you can get a dog or cat for a small fee–$10 on specific days in December. This includes a vet’s health exam, rabies vaccination, spading/neutering, micro-chipping, and city license. Check out the City’s Animal Care and Control Center at 4900 Martin Street, 76119. Call 817 392-1234 to find out dates for the reduced adoption fee. The Center is open Monday through Sunday, 12 noon until 6 PM. If you’re not ready to adopt, you may be able to foster a pet.

The Hulen PetSmart Charities Adoption Center can be found at 4800 SW Loop 820, 76109, or by phone at 817 731-4353, extension 7. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 11 AM until 8:30 P, Saturday, 9 AM through 8:30 PM, and even on Sunday from 9 AM until 6:30 PM. A third adoption location is at 2901 Texas Sage Trail, 76177, at the Alliance PetSmart Charities Adoption Center. Call this center at 817 3927117 or 817 741-7923. It has the same hours as the Hulen PetSmart Center.

If you are renting your home, you’ll want to check with your landlord to ensure that you can keep a pet. You’ll probably need to pay a pet deposit and follow the landlord’s guide rules. Some breeds are not allowed, and size may also be a factor. Good luck; be of good cheer.

Annie Ambles to Pet Smart to get some furry animal interaction

Happy Birthday

The love between a father and daughter

 

Just a shout out to my wonderful daddy who would turn 121 years young today, if he were still with us. Thank you, Daddy, for giving me unconditional love, practical guidance, and upstanding moral examples. You taught me so many things by practical lessons. Like, there was no car until I could change a flat tire. Yep, my dad stood by me as I did what he told me with that jack, lug wrench, and spare. That little lesson came in handy more times than I can mention.

He’d say, “Your word is your bond.” For him, it was. It’s been a lifelong lesson in keeping my word, no matter what. Couldn’t always do it, but I tried. He didn’t travel much, but he told me that I needed to get as much education and travel as I could because “These are things of the mind that you’ll always have with you.” No Alzheimer’s in his future.

“See your own country before you travel to foreign places.” I did that, Daddy, visiting all 50 states, but also exploring 39 countries. Such wisdom you imparted to your family. Wisdom that I miss when I need advice, so, Daddy, thank you for being my dad, loving me, sheltering me, and sending me out into the world with grace and persistence. And yes, for the lessons on guns, shooting, and safety. After all, we are Texans.

If you’re still lucky enough to have your dad, please give him a hug and tell him you love him. If he’s not within reach, think about calling, emailing, texting, or sending a card. No special reason; just a thoughtful action for a special man.

Annie Ambles misses her daddy on his birthday

“There’s No Place Like Home”

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What an interesting place to explore–the shop that can save you about half off the high retail prices of beautiful high end furnishings. “There’s No Place Like Home” has lovely things for every room in your home. It’s open seven days a week at 855 Foch Street, just off 7th. Street in our wonderful city of Fort Worth. If you find something that you like, no matter what, take a photo or get the web site, share either or both with “There’s No Place Like Home” staff. They can order the piece or pieces for you. It’s better than an online dating site the way they can match you up with the exact thing your little heart desires.

Annie thinks the best time to pay a call is on Sunday afternoon when you can share some refreshments with the staff. On Sunday, drop by at 12 noon or anytime within the following five hours; the shop closes at 5 PM. It’s open on weekdays at 10 AM and closes at 9 PM.   Browse until your heart is content. Warning–there are so many wonderful things that you’ll want to make yours.  Give them a home, not only for the holidays, but for the years to come.

Annie Ambles to look at furniture and dream a little of House Beautiful