We sang last night for a small turnout at the Baytown Area Quilt Guild, just east of Houston. It was a gloriously short drive, and we were taken out for a nice dinner by Tracy, our contact. It was a tired audience, thanks to the Quilt Festival, but they were lovely, and all stood up at the end of the night (and not just because it was time to go! LOL). One of the gals said that, by seeing us perform in person, she had checked off one of the items on her “Bucket List”!!! What a lovely thing to say! Thanks, Tanya, for making my WEEK!
Today we had a day off in the area. We dropped by for a visit at the local quilt shop: Painted Pony ‘n Quilts. I was really impressed with this shop – it seemed to go on forever, and there was lots of fabric and patterns and staff to help out (including Tracy). I had to take this picture for my friend Wenche, who loves (but will no longer buy) Kaffe Fassett fabric. Wenche: it’s a WHOLE WALL OF KAFFE FASSETT!!!
From there, we headed down to NASA. We visited here several years ago and loved it. Now, they’ve got new things, including a display of the International Space Station, so we spent a couple of hours wandering around. The centre of the rotunda featured inventions from Leonardo da Vinci, based on his notebooks. Fascinating.
I’m a Trekkie from way back, and was delighted to see this “life-sized” model of the shuttle Galileo from the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Outside, another exciting exhibit.
But the REAL reason for our visit to NASA was to attend a book launch/signing. What do astronauts do when they retire? WRITE A BOOK, of course! I’ve been following the exploits of Canadian Chris Hadfield during his time as commander of the International Space Station. It isn’t every day that a folksinger gets to go up into space, and Commander Hadfield did us proud – both Canadians and folksingers! We were delighted to be able to meet him today and express our appreciation of what he’s done. It’s not every astronaut who gets a million hits on YouTube! It was his music video, recorded in space, of David Bowie’s “Ground Control to Major Tom” song.
Chris shook our hands and chatted for a while – I don’t know where the rest of the world was today, but there weren’t that many people waiting for his time, and it was just wonderful. I may never wash this hand again…..
Wow. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Next? Missouri City.