Friday, July 27, 2012

Today is a Special Day!

Twenty five years ago today ~ July 27, 1987 ~  on the deserted-for-the-summer grounds of  The Texas Renaissance Festival ~
I met the man who would be my BEST husband ever!

He is my sunshine!

After working the 7th - 8th - 9th & 10th Texas Renaissance Festivals
 during the years of 1981 thru 1984 ~ I moved to San Marcos, Texas until November of 1985 when I found out that my Dad had liver cancer.

 I then moved back to Houston, Texas and found a part-time job selling Designer clothes at Marshall Field in Town & County Shopping Center off I-10 West just past Memorial City and very close to Spring Branch.

In October of 1986 I found a day job as a Receptionist/Bookkeeper for an accounting firm in the Galleria but kept my part-time job at Marshall Field.

With the result that by July of 1987 I was just burnt out... from working!

So I decided to quit my job at Marshall Field.... but they didn't want me to go, because my sales were the highest per hour of anyone who worked in my department, full or part-time... so they gave me a leave of absence of one month.

I decided to I would go see my artist friends from the Festival ~ Pancho and Rosy, at their home in Wimberley, TX.  But I found out that they were going to be at the Festival site up in Magnolia, Tx to work on their booth.  

Rosy told me that they had a friend coming up from Houston to help guessed it!  

The friend was my handsome husband-to-be, Noel Patrick Thomas...and we were married on October 17, 1987!  
Seventy seven days after we met and two days after I turned 37!

Last week DD Julia and I went to Austin to eat Indian food at our favorite Indian restaurant in Round Rock by the name of Chola!  Oh, so good!

Then we decided to go to a couple of thrift stores but the thrift gods were not particularly smiling on us that day...however in the Salvation Army store on S. Congress I found these...
A beautiful set of 1959 E. S. Lowe Renaissance Chessmen in mint condition!
AND a copy of The Big Bands by George T. Simon.

Noel's parents were musicians.  His dad, Earl Morgan Thomas, is a clarinetist and his mom Lois, played the piano and the harp.  Noel was born in Manhattan in 1947 while Grandaddy Earl was attending the Julliard School of Music.

When we were first married Noel used to sing all the Cole Porter tunes to me (and he still does, occasionally).  He particularly likes  the Big Band era, as do we all in the family.

I HAD planned to sell the chess set and the book, but...


Linking up with:
Sophie at Her Library Adventures Flea Market Finds
Selena of Apron Thrift Girl ~ Thrift Share Monday 


  1. I love this! Especially the big hair! :-D

  2. Thanks Kathy! I fixed the video so you should be able to see it if it wasn't playing before... Those were the days, eh? 8-)

  3. Happy anniversary! Thanks for sharing your story. Great photos. I love the first one with the big sunflower.

  4. Thank you Lorraine! The sunflower is now hanging it's head very low it's gotten so heavy...we bought some seeds when we went through Kansas a few years ago on our way to a family wedding in Lincoln, we were happy that we got at least two plants from the package. we'll get more from these two anyhow.

  5. So nice to read a fellow Texan's thrift blog! You're speaking my language as I lived most of my adult life in Austin right off S. Congress! Happy anniversary! I HAVE got to make it to Round Top. I can't believe I've never been!!!

  6. Hey Maria!
    Thanks for stopping by..I popped on over to your blog and I have to tell you that Ft. Worth is possibly my most favorite city in Texas! I have a friend who lives there so I visit maybe 4 times a year and I'm trying to convince my sister to move up there also. I think she would like it... I know I do. It seems to be very easy to navigate and has all sorts of interesting places to visit and things to do... I graduated from LD Bell High School in Hurst, so there's all that nostalgia going on for me too. And yes...Round Top is magnificent. I was over there just yesterday to attend a musical, "The Heart of the Tin Trunk" at Festival Hill...what a great show in a beautiful concert hall. But it was HOT! I'm following you now!

  7. What fun pictures! Congratulations. From the fellow book lover.

    1. Thanks so much! It's always a pleasure to find others who love books as well as I do! One of the wonders of the internet! I love the style and layout of your blog...fabulous! Following you now... 8-)

    2. Thanks Crystal! Do you play around on Pinterest too?

  8. I do have a Pinterest did you put the Pin It button on your blog?

    1. So funny. I did it so long ago I forgot how to do it. Okay, go here
      and scroll down to “Follow Button” for Websites. My name is cyn zano on Pinterest. Tell me what yours is and I'll follow you :)

    2. Okay,thanks! Well, I figured out how to get it on the pages part...but how do you put it in the sidebar I wonder? Ah, so much to figure out! So, my name on Pinterest is Retrowoman1950...I went over to see how to follow someone...I'm so challenged...when I see you there, I'll follow you back!

  9. What a sweet story. :) Congratulations!

  10. Hey Van,
    Thanks so much for dropping over! Going to spend my day listing books on Amazon...then...hopefully next week, getting an Etsy Shop up and running! 8-)

  11. SO Sweet! I love hearing about how you and Noel met and seeing the photos of you then, so cool! Love the shot of you in the 70's! and your awesome glasses in the 80's! I love hearing a good love story a great way to start the day, I'm just hitting the road for Galway xx

  12. Thanks Linda, it's really been a lot of fun writing about me and Noel. Oh, I have pictures...sooo many!... I'm thinking I should do a decade collage...any day now! 8-) Julia and I are off to Katy, TX to check out a vegeterian Indian restaurant and donate book culls to the Goodwill down that hopefully I will never have to scout through that batch again and happy trails to Galway! XOX


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