I was much more of a Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden lover than Sherlock. I still read mystery series. My current favorites are Inspector Gamache books by Louise Penny. I did buy a deerstalker hat when I was in London. I wish I still had it. It was pretty cool. I have a magnifying glass with a metal handle in the shape of a frog. All the tools I…[Read more]
Because we’ve always lived in the country, ice cream trucks are not part of my experience. My favorite were snack shacks at ball parks, the beach, and summer events. A quarter went a long way at the ball park. The snack shack was in a cement block building with a cement slab floor. It was always cool and dim in there. Candy, pop, and ice cream…[Read more]
You’ve got me searching my memory banks for images of my earliest art projects. Giant boxes in the basement crayon decorated to be okay houses/forts. I don’t remember coloring books, but I do remember colors, so we must have done something with them. Our neighbors, the McPeaks, had a play room, so the 5 neighborhood kids would get to do art stuff,…[Read more]
I am the oldest child of oldest children on both sides of my family. And from me on down, we all have blue eyes. My grandma Mabel always wanted a brown eyed grandchild, but alas, genetics just didn’t work in her favor. Not only am I blue eyed, but I’m one of those people with super dark blue eyes, so there was no hiding that. My husband has…[Read more]
I always had a soft spot for Eleanor Rigby. Keeping her face in a jar by the door is such a great image.
That sub looks wonderful! I had beef burgundy for lunch today. It was book group and we read a Bruno, Chief of Police mystery for today and it’s full of food references. So one member made this which she said I just beef stew with wine in…[Read more]
I had a rather testy relationship with my mother. But to give credit where it is due, she started me on my birdwatching journey, and it is because of her that I’m such a nature girl. I remember collecting plants and ironing them between two pieces of waxed paper. Then I looked them up, wrote their names down, and made a book of the whole thing.…[Read more]
It occurred to me as I was reading this, that if you really wanted to, you could learn to cook. Maybe just two dishes so you can surprise Philippe once in a while. I told my nephew that a roasted chicken with baked potatoes and spaghetti with meat sauce would be perfect. How come your mom didn’t teach you?
Catbird! I love them. I went out bird watching early this morning and at one point a bird settled into a bush next to me and I’m looking and looking for it when it starts singing. They have a huge repertoire of songs, you can’t mistake them. And they are so shy you almost always hear them before you see them. It continues to be very birdy around…[Read more]
Reading. Ever since the 4th grade I read before going to bed every day. It began with my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Cabot who read to the class every afternoon before school let out. She read us a Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. I had to get the book from the library and read ahead on my own. I had no patience!
You should be proud. The sheer number of paints you have done is proof of that!
Here is what I’m proud to have written today. The happiest day. On a very hot summer day, probably July, on a narrow beach on Lake Superior where the trees are almost pressed against your back, and the sand is hot, so you have to wear shoes as you walk along…[Read more]
I was on t.v. news a couple of times for work stuff. I hated it with all my being. It’s weird because I’m not terribly shy with microphones, or speaking to groups, but t.v. just freaked me out. My sister acted in Fiddler on the Roof in high school. That wasn’t my bag either. If I was going to be in stage, I wanted to be myself. All of this is such…[Read more]
I have worked many jobs in my life. My favorite thing that I never was was a waitress. But I did work in a shoe factory once gluing lasts to uppers. It was piece work, but I don’t think I ever got a piece work goal. And that’s okay. It was kind of a hateful job. Give me white collar any day. There was a book out many years ago titled something…[Read more]
I used to be shy. It was even written on my first grade report card. I still am a little shy in one on one situations, but give me a group, where I can clown around a bit, and I’m the life of the party.
Turns out that I don’t have a plan, or goals for my painting. Make pretty pictures is about as far as I go. I realized that as I was reading…[Read more]
Back in the olden days just out of grad school, I went to visit my friends in Madison. Scott and his boyfriend and Karen all wanted to do something on Friday night that I didn’t want to do, for whatever reason. Maybe I had a headache from driving, or whatever. So I said no, they should go without me. That I didn’t mind, I would just stay at the…[Read more]
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