DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM in Dallas, Texas

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF PUMPKINS as presented by the Dallas Arboretum’s Bugtopia

The Dallas Arboretum also had a huge display of different varieties of pumpkins. There are 45 different varieties. A single pumpkin plant can produce between two – five pumpkins. Miniature pumpkin varieties can produce up to twelve pumpkins. The most popular pumpkins are the classic orange, miniature, warty, white, blue and pie pumpkins. The roundish and ribbed skinned mammoth gold are most commonly used for jack-o-lanterns. For cooking, you want to use sugar pumpkins (also called pie or sweet pumpkins), which are small and round. Sugar pumpkins, especially, are perfect for pies because they are not as stringy and contain less water than other pumpkins . Long island cheese pumpkins are also good to eat. Pumpkins have about 50 calories, 1.8 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.7 grams of dietary fiber per cup. But beware : although pumpkins, squashes, and gourds (including zucchinis or cucumbers) are edible they can sometimes cause a condition called cucurbit poisoning. All the cucurbits contain Cucurbitacin E that protects them from insects but it can be toxic at high concentration. Plants with a high concentration of cucurbitacin are extremely and unpleasantly bitter. So if take a bite of one of these foods, and it tastes bad – spit it out. Even just a couple bites can make you very sick. This can happen especially with volunteer plants of these kinds. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!!

BLOOMING FLORAL BEAUTIES and TRANQUIL SETTINGS at the Dallas Arboretum

Along with pumpkins galore and oversized bugs, Autumn at the Arboretum, continues to spread joy with beautiful blooming gardens everywhere! I was further delighted to see so many varieties of flowering plants three and four feet tall, where as, in my home state of Missouri, I was accustomed to seeing these same plants one foot tall at the most! Another aspect about what I loved about the Arboretum was that I could curiously venture down paved paths with no clue of what was to come, yet to see surprising and tranquil settings unfold in front of me. While exploring the 66 acres, time and time again I would happen upon koi ponds, fountains, statues, rippling creeks beds and waterfalls. Most offered shaded benches just for the sitting and absorbing the beauty and nature that surrounds me. Quiet places that mends the soul. Gentle reminders to be grateful. Never underestimate what is ahead of you. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!

PREPARE TO BE PUMPKIN OVERWHELMED!!!

FANTASIC 2021 PUMPKIN VILLAGE at the Dallas, Texas Arboretum !!

My favorite time of year is pumpkins!!
So naturally I had to attend the Autumn at the Arboretum celebration in Dallas, Texas. It is a nationally acclaimed popular seasonal attraction, now in its 16th year. Bugtopia is this year’s theme. 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash were used to create the scenes in the Pumpkin Village and also to compliment the blooming flowers throughout the 66 acre gardens. It was absolutely incredible and I have never seen anything else like it before!! Hoped you enjoyed!! Thanks for reading!!

THORNCROWN CHAPEL and BEAVER LAKE, near Eureka Springs, AR

THE WALMART MUSEUM in Bentonville, AR

The Terry Block Building in 1950 was occupied by a traditional drug store and it’s ice cream soda fountain on the Bentonville town square. In this same building, on May 9, 1950, Sam Walton opened up his original Walton 5-10 store – the forerunner of Wal-Mart Inc . This location is now the Walmart Museum. Visitors will find the 5-10 store complete with the original floor tiles, tin ceilings, an exhibit/artifacts gallery, “The Spark Cafe Soda Fountain” and many interesting tidbits about Sam Walton’s life and the start up days of Waltons 5-10 / Walmart. The Soda Fountain sells Yarnells ice cream, which is the first ice cream that Sam sold.

After Sam passed away in 1992, workers carefully photographed, catalogued, and removed the contents of Walton’s office, even the wood paneling and carpet! The office was reconstructed in the museum exactly as it had been for all to see and reflect. Sam’s dog, Ole Roy, is as famous as Sam Walton and the namesake for the Walmart brand dog food even today. Admission is free.

Humble beginnings can flourish like you can hardly imagine……..

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THE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF ART in Bentonville, AR

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American art was founded by Alice Walton ( daughter of Sam Walton) and opened in 2011. Free to all. The museum was named after, and built around a natural spring, Crystal Spring. Just a short walk from the museum’s south entrance, Crystal Spring bubbles up from under a rocky overhang in a deep hollow. This beautiful, natural spring has been a source of fresh water for more than 100 years. The water pours forth at a rate of 100 to 125 gallons per minute, at a chill 52 degrees.. This spring is the living heart of the Crystal Bridges’ grounds.

Along with the astounding Crystal Spring feeding the pool of water around the museum and the amazing art collection, the grounds also have 3 and 1/2 miles of trails. The trails include outdoor sculptures and an amphitheater. These trails and the scenery themselves are magnificent – like a continual work of art as you walk along the paths.

When I first arrived, I wasn’t so sure how I felt about the crazy, unique design of the buildings that made up the museum. But the more I saw and walked through the different sections, the more I fell in love. I loved all aspects of the museum, but I especially noticed that almost every gallery had a window showing a different ” snippet of scenery” of the museum buildings and setting. The more window scenes I saw, the more it revealed that each window’s scenery, was in itself, a work of art. These “works of art” tied all the buildings together. All the different photos of the museum in this posting were taken from these windows. I have been in dozens of art museums, but I have never seen this done before. It is sheer genius!

If you add this museum to your travel list, and you should, be sure to allow a whole day to see it all and wear good walking shoes. Otherwise, you will leave disappointed and saddened for you are sure you would have loved what you missed. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” by Thomas Merson

BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS – A WONDERFUL SURPRISE!!

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”

BASIN SPRING PARK and TIN CHICKENS in EUREKA SPRINGS, AR

The chickens are homed at the “Metal Feathers” shop in Eureka Springs and all are ready for adoption. I loved them all at first sight!! A wonderful shop to spend money in!!!

We need more statues today that would send a message to “Love People. Be Kind to Them.”

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