This is my first post since November, winter freeze out!! Actually a run in with an injury, infection, severe series of antibiotics, near miss of loosing my foot, and way to much time spent in four walls [hospitals, rehab facility] to be pleasant. I recall one day it was in high fifties out, sun shining, and I wheel chaired out to the patio, let the warmth of the sun and breeze on my face wishing like heck I had a kite. The nursing staff looked at me like a deranged person when I had to explain why I was sitting outside, I said “wishing I had a kite to fly”!!
The release from therapy to sit home and stare at the branches being swayed by the wind was not much of a respite from the institutional walls to this “sun-worshipping wind junkie”!! I had been in contact with a winter Texan staying on Mustang Island since our fall fun fly at Roberts Point and he stopped up in town to see me. We ventured out to my much neglected sewing workplace with his new [used] sewing machine in tow, James wanting to learn how to make kites and related items. This was a good thing, as I needed transport to the shop and various errands, he was eager to trade rides for time learning the basics of working with nylon materials.
James had the desire to make a spinsock to go with his big red/white/blue power lifter. He did very well on his first project and then found a “dancing dude windsock” online. We proceed to modify this piece to act as a line laundry item. Completed just in time for the kite event at Malaquite Beach at the National Seashore we went for the day and had a great time displaying our wares. The “Patriot Sam” was a huge success as well as my “Cletus the Crawfish” and other kites. What a joy to spend a day on the beach, flying kites, visiting with my “kite family” even though I was confined to a specifically built wheelchair just for the beach sand [sat in one place all day]. As you can see there were hundreds of kites!!
Spring had arrived, I was revived in spirit, and we were enthused about making more stringy things, spending several days a week in the sewing room. James dug thru many boxes and totes of scrap materials, piecing together bits in wonderful combinations and patterns, he has made a red/white/ blue bol, and two more bols of different color combos, and inspired me to make one for myself!! This Broncos colors bol was entirely of small pieces, he has a good eye for putting things together and making a great piece!
We did have to take a break one day and just haul stuff to the park, sit and fly kites for a few hours. I think the spring fever has set in.
This past week end was a scheduled club Fun Fly and Corpus Christi member, James Cooley, hosted the fly at Cole Park. We had several members join in the fun and also some new folks who came out to see what its all about. One fellow, Andrew, had expressed an interest in kite flying online in our group page, but had never owned a kite. He stopped by where I was flying from and we struck up a conversation. He ended up with a kite from my bag that was a “starter” kite I bought because it had a pirate theme and a map of the Caribbean Islands on the tail. We have an enthusiast folks, and he lives only steps from Cole Park, lucky guy!!
As you can see, its Spring in Texas, already mid eighties, and shorts are the prescribed dress until November comes around again!!!
Come on out and fly at kite with us!!!