Saturday, July 22, 2017

Copyright Free Photos

 On the Friday Five Good Things from July 21, 2017, Da Tabbies O' Trout Town asked: and the photo is amazing...did you take this ! ☺☺♥♥

They were referring to the photo on the left.

My bad, Tabbies, I should have left the attribution in the comments. This photo came from a copyright free site called Pexels

The site offers high-quality stock photos free to use under the Creative Commons Zero license (CC0). I learned about this great resource from blog buddy, Blogoratti. As you can see, the photos are beautiful. The photos are free to use for personal or commercial purposes. Photos can also be edited or modified.

So, if you're looking for an image for your blog or a project, check out Pexels.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. A breakfast date which turned into a lunch date because Friendly's was packed at 10:30 am and a long wait. Breakfast ends at 11 AM and we had an errand to do. So we left headed in the direction of our errand and stopped for lunch.

2. We eagerly enjoyed the season premiere of Game of Thrones. The Eldest joined us.

3. Another breakfast date. This time we got to Friendly's very early.

4. The contractor had time in his schedule to start the install of the mini-split AC earlier than we were expecting. Work begins next week.

5. Some bad news this week, but even when things seem bleak, there's always a silver lining.

How was your week?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

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To clear up some confusion, the Notebook passages posted on Throwback Thursday were written by my father and found by me after he passed away. They were his attempt to tell the family history. He was in his late 80s or early 90s when he wrote them. Today's chapter:

It still was no picnic [ed: working at the Center under Nelson] I know that I was able to make enough money to be able to buy my books, ring which I eventually gave to The Brother. And I also had a small amount to be able to take in a movie. I did not sit for a picture for the class book. All I did was submit something and let that go.

While things were going ok at home, my father was still struggling and my mother had her hands full. And he also had during this period he began drinking still feeling bad about his alleged friends.

If he enjoyed anything it was listening to the operas on the radio. Other than that he was somewhat [ed: sentence not finished]

Uncle Vincent was instrumental in getting him a job as a tailor with the state police. He repaired the uniforms or tailored them and it required that he work at the Framingham barracks and he would come home on weekends. At night he would either go out with the police in their cruiser or with either or both of his brothers. [ed: His brother, Joe, a barber had his own barbershop and lived in Framingham. His brother Alfred, a cobbler, had his own shop and lived in nearby Wellesley]

He also during the time before he got the job began making friends with your mother's people. And he did not have anything to do with his own again. Since some were related he would at least acknowledge but he would not visit them or have them over to the house. He changed personality and mother did not sing anymore either.

She went out to work and her life got better. She began to be herself again. And it wasn't hard for her to make friends. Her attitude was wonderful and with all her troubles, she was still able to encourage people. Tomorrow would be a better day

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

T Stands for Matisse

While at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Nan and I also went to see the Matisse exhibit. Fascinating because besides displaying Matisse's art, the objects he used in his paintings were also on display. Matisse loved the objects (chocolate pots, vases, furniture) he had. Often having them brought to him when he moved around.

I liked the color study

It wasn't enough for him to paint still lifes. Sometimes, he had to sculpt the object he wanted to paint

I found a teacup. At least, I think it's a teacup.

Across from the American Cafe which was too crowded for us to have lunch, is the Lime Green Icicle Tower (42.5 ft x 7 ft or 13 m. x 2.1 m.) by Dale Chihuly, an American glass sculptor.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family Art Journal - Part 1

Over the weekend, I began a 3 part Family Art Journal workshop at the main branch of the Worcester Public Library. This program is administered by the Worcester Arts Council, for the Local Cultural Council – an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

We didn't get as many participants as we hoped, but those that came were enthusiastic. 

We began by making a small book from one sheet of paper. The book provided space to brainstorm the journal format, and the stories to be included in the journal.

We talked about layout and explored various ways to include a header, picture(s) and text to tell the story. Participants were provided with a binder, cardstock to build the page and various decorated papers, and embellishments to create the page.

Finished pages were put into sheet protectors

If you're in the Worcester area next Saturday, 22. July from 1 PM - 3 PM, drop into the main branch of the Worcester Public Library at 3 Salem Square. The workshop is open to 1 to 4 family members (Family can be defined as significants, friends) Children ages 9 and up are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. We will be meeting in the Saxe Room. Register for the workshop.

 Bring 6 or so copies of photographs to use for your journal pages. We'll learn a few ways to make our own stickers.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gregor Samsa came to visit.

Early morning dew caught in a web looks like a fairy bride lost her veil. Several of these webs dotted the lawn.

A mourning dove enjoys the bird bath

Morning glories doing well in the bucket.

Looks like Birdsy came by an graffitied Ink.

Downpours only dropped about an inch and a half of rain this week. Didn't need to water the petunias.

I was expecting to the the morning glory in the pot tall enough to climb the shephard's hook, but

Sunny beaches! Some bunny ate the top off the morning glory!

I was about to pull this tall weed among the milkweed, but I think it's a sunflower. Someone must have dropped a seed from the bird feeder.

Wild Morning Glory, aka Devil's Weed, winds its way through the side garden choking out everything. Good thing this area will be torn out for the mini split compressor.

The hollyhock managed to escape the choking wild morning glory vine.

Dedo plays peek-a-boo among the hydrangeas.

So many blooms on the hydrangea. I might be able to bring some inside.

With all the rain we've had, the garden kites are still hanging on.

How does your garden grow?