Friday, August 18, 2017

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Spent the weekend with Reggie learning the Carolingian hand. Halfway through the course.

2. The Young One's prescription was changed from a powder mixed in food which she hated to pills. No more fussing!

3. Had a Skype session with Nan.

4.  Dinner at Five Guys

5. A car slammed into a tree across the street at the New Girl's. Thankfully, no serious injuries.

How was your week?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

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:

My fourth year was like my Junior year. I was on the honor roll. Charlie got fired and for a while, things looked bad for him, but he landed a job to establish the Boys Club of Waltham. (Before Halloween)

One of the first things he did during the beginning of his term, he learned that Halloween was just a night in which clotheslines were cut, store windows smashed, street lights shot out with BB guns, etc. He suggested to the business association that they hold an event, that they supply the chalk and pay $25.00 to the artist who chalked the best work and down to $5.00. Halloween came and went and it was a success. No windows were broken. The first time in years. He got good publicity and the business sector was happy.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

T Stands for Mary Cassatt's The Tea

Last week on T Day we visited Matisse's model, Lorette. She was relaxing and having a cup of coffee. I'm sure American artist, Mary Cassat, wouldn't mind those who prefer tea to join her ladies having tea in her painting, The Tea.




The cup with the blue rim reminds me of the tea cup I use to make and store my shell gold.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Monogram

One of the assignments for the 26 Seeds class was to do a gilding project, a design, initials or a quote as a finished project. One initial had to be a Roman Cap variation.

I decided to do a monogram. I got the idea to "frame" it in the center of a saucer that was missing its tea cup. The monogram was done on a 2 inch round of Diploma parchment. The "K" was gilded with 23 karat gold over a base of Robersons Water Gold Size. It's more forgiving and less fussy than the Instacoll used in class. The "C" and the "R" were painted with shell gold for contrast and then tooled with some designs.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?



Chocolate likes the grass close to the sunroom.



Three hawks were cruising the area looking for lunch. I was only able to get one in frame.


Interesting weed growing by the slider.


The sunflower is almost ready to bloom.


Area in bloom behind the Zensical garden. I hope to add more native plants for this to become a meadow. The bunnies like to hang out here.


Not sure what the yellow flowers are, but they were busy with small bee like insects and the yellow swallowtail butterfly. This is why I want to keep this area like a meadow as it is a bustling area.


Heath asters in bloom.


 Morning glories continue to climb in Ink's garden. Still no blooms. No rain totals to report this week.

How does your garden grow?





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Vintage Copyright Free Images

I've talked about sites for copyright free images like Morguefile and Pexels. Suppose you want a vintage image.  Where do you go? You can now go to the British Library's Flikr page.

These vintage, copyright free images are taken from the library's books from the 17th through the 19th centuries. You can do whatever you like with the images. Use on your blog, website, or in your artwork.

The images are arranged in albums by category. There are two downsides to this site. There doesn't seem to be a way to search the albums. You have to scroll through pages and pages of images. A happy, little, time waster if you have time to waste. Second, you don't need to be a Flikr member to use the site, but if you don't sign in, or sign up, you get an annoying pop-up nag to follow the British Library on each page. Maybe a small price to pay for vintage images.

You can read an article about the library offers here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. We had breakfast at Friendly's and then Himself decided my car needed a wash so we took a ride through the car wash.

2. After his MRI, we went to dinner at Longhorn Steak House.

3.  The great thing about going out to dinner, besides not having to cook, is having an awesome lunch of leftovers the day after.

4. Red came over to see the mini-split and to have tea

5. While packing my bag for Reggie weekend, I couldn't find my fingerless gloves. I wear fingerless gloves while working to keep the oils from my hands from seeping into the paper. After running in circles for a little bit. I found my gloves.

How was your week?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

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:

Being on the honor roll was a nice bonus in my Junior year as I had the luxury to have four days on which I could be excused from two study classes on two different days. In the Spring, The Boys Club of America Board held their annual meeting in Boston. Charlie Arnold asked if I could help by putting material on the chairs of each representative since he knew I could come early.

I did leave [ed: school] and went to the hotel. I met Charlie and he told me to put one of each sheet on the chair and when I finished to get the bundles and put them on the chairs. There were others helping as well. When I finished I went to the mens room I was the only one there. This big guy came in holding the door, he poked his head out and another man came in. I watched him come in and he stood next to me. He looked familiar but I could not place him. He asked me, "Shouldn't you be in school." I explained I got out early to help.

On Sunday, the organization had a father and son day and I attended as Charlie's guest. We went through the meal and then came the speakers. I saw the same man I had seen on Friday at the center of the head table. Still wondering where I had seen him before. He was introduced by the toastmaster and I started to tell Charlie I saw him. Charlies said, "Shhh." The man held high office and was still introduced by his title, President Herbert Hoover.

So I felt I was either the only one of one of a few of the teenagers who had to explain to a former President why I wasn't in school.

Monday, August 7, 2017

T Stands For Coffee with Lorette

From the trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, I took with Nan. Matisse's model, Lorette poses with a cup of coffee.



Matisse's table from the painting.


I prefer coffee over tea.  Even though every time my elderly neighbor, Prissy, would call me over for coffee, we always had tea.  I don't think Lorette will make tea. She looks too relaxed.

Let's see if those of us who prefer tea can find some. TBC

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Garden Movies

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Saturday downpours

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Chocolate


Sunday, August 6, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?


While weeding the Zensical garden, I found this. Leaves of 3 let it be. Yup, poison ivy. Sprayed it with soap and vinegar. I will have to be more careful about crawling on my hands and knees to weed this area.


An odd looking mushroom blooms in the lawn. Looks like a bistro table.


A new visitor enjoys the seeds I throw on the ground when I fill the feeder. He's dark brown with some white bar markings on his wings. He might be a Brown Thrush, though his coloring is darker than the bird site I was checking.


Morning Glory vines grow tall.  No buds or flowers. I thought blooms would have been on the vine by now. Oh well, at least it's green.


Heavy downpours this week added up to 2 inches of rain.


The Sunflower is doing well even if something has been chewing on the leaves.


Mitty's Hollyhocks add a splash of color.


The Hydrangea is heavy with blooms.You can barely see Dedo.

How does your garden grow?


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Glass of Whine

Yesterday, was the Fourth of July. Today is the Fifth of August. Why is Summer going by so quickly?

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Himself's college roommate and family were in the area for a wedding. We arranged a Sunday brunch at the Post Office Pub. Another college friend and her family were invited. We had fun at the mini college reunion.

2. I finally got my bionic tooth (dental implant). The install went smoothly.

3. Had dinner at Leo's with the college roommate and his wife. Had a great time catching up.

4. The mini split units went online. The units are so quiet.

5.  Had a lazy day.

How was your week?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

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:

I know that when I was at the Center the first year at the play school the 2nd year there I visited some of the girls that were there the first year returned. I was friendly with the dietician and she had an assistant. Julie was her name. [ed: something I can't decipher. looks like: the last ???] She was a lovely college girl also in dietician courses. I did fall for her and evidently, she may have for me.  One little girl came in the room crying. Her shoelace had untied and she thought it was the end of the world. A cute little thing with an older sister about 2 years of so older. A beautiful pair. I calmed her down and sat down on the floor and tied her shoelace. When I got through, I got up and I turned around as I was getting up and saw the assistant looking at me with eyes that seemed to say I love you and I just stood there and just looked at her wondering why she looked at me that way.

A day or two later I was talking with Kay (Katherin Campana) and point blank she asked me if I was in love with Julie.

I was taken aback and she asked again. Something was going on but I didn't know why or what. I said I can speak for myself. I was interested in her she was older. Lived in Newton and her father was an engineer. I had nothing to give her at that time. So I didn' not what was from Kay's asking me something between the two over me. As I write this I still wonder what would have resulted.

Of course, there was another one I was interested in and I called her Princess. Much older. And a girl my age that was my first love. Her name was Helen. I even got her to volunteer at the Center. It was ok for a summer into a spring and that was the end. She went to another boy. He had a car and I guess that's what she wanted. She could go riding, and he could take her to the movies, etc. And he also as it was said knocker her up and he did marry her. So much for that.

Charlie Arnold got fired the last year of my high school. By Sept. or Oct. he got a job establishing the Waltham Boys Club. And as he was getting things going he told me that he would give a job and would be able to do this as I graduated. I worked hard and made the honor roll again.

At one point I was stopped by my French teacher, Mr. Clarke, as we were changing classes. He asked me about marks. He asked me if you were taking a test and wanted to get a score of 75 could you do it? And how about an 80? I could do that. A 90? Yes. 100? Yes. At that point, he left. He appeared disgusted and I thought it was rather wonderful that I could get whatever mark I wanted. It took me some time to figure out that his attitude was that I was not hitting and working with all my cylinders.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

T Stands For Happy Birthday to Me

My birthday celebration began early with a trip an hour to the West to the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. That's where my parents are buried.


As is my custom, I brought a bouquet of flowers for Ma, and I greeted her first. She was funny about that. Even if Dad was outside to greet us, we had to go inside to greet Ma first.

The cemetery has strict rules about the plots. Planting at the grave is not permitted. Fresh cut flowers any time placed in the plastic cones provided. Potted plants no bigger than 8 in. around permitted at gravesites 5 days before through 5 days after: Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day. Freshly cut green wreath with one bow allowed from November 1st through January 15th. Wreaths must be laid on the ground in front of headstones. Cannot be attached to headstones. Wreath stands may be used. The cemetery is well kept and the ground crew removes flowers that have faded.


So flowers at the back of the stone. Dad wouldn't mind that I didn't bring flowers to him. He'd just be happy to see us.  It's almost the 4th. anniversary of his passing. Ma passed the same year in November. There's something I don't think I saw before. Ma had told me August 4th was her due date for me though I couldn't wait.


They are buried in a newer section of the cemetery. Sadly, it's beginning to fill up. Usually, after a visit to the cemetery, we stop for lunch at Michael's Pasta in the Pan, a small Italian restaurant nearby that we like. Friday afternoon traffic on The Pike (I-90) is horrendous during the Summer with vacationers escaping to the Berkshires or points West. So instead of getting stuck in traffic, we opted for an early morning trek and a stop for breakfast at Cracker Barrel on the way home.


Cracker Barrel is a restaurant chain which serves faux Southern comfort food. Besides the restaurant, there's also a pseudo country store.


Pick a mug and join me for breakfast with your favorite beverage.



Mine happens to be tea and Twining's English Breakfast is my favorite morning blend. I like the personal teapot.



 One of the things I like about Cracker Barrel is you can get breakfast all day long, and you can order grits. Grits are ground corn and a Southern staple. I love grits. I was introduced to grits when I was in junior high school. I met a friend who had moved to Massachusetts from Georgia. One day while hanging out at her house, she made grits for lunch.

My breakfast, the Old Timer's Breakfast,  consisted of a bowl of grits (left), biscuits and Sawmill gravy (bowl on the right), scrambled eggs, bacon, and warm apples.


Himself doesn't like grits. He doesn't like any kind of hot cereal. He ordered Momma's French Toast Breakfast, sourdough French toast, sausage, and he had a side order of apples. His breakfast came with a tiny bottle of maple syrup.


The restaurant is very homey and comfortable. Old-fashioned bric a brack (old photos, wash tubs, signs, irons, etc.) decorate the walls.


After breakfast, we puttered around the store. There's a selection of old-fashioned candy.


A display of Halloween decorations was already out. Of course, I had to take a picture of the black cat.

Clothing, baubles, unusual gifts


 souvenirs from Boston if you didn't want to make the trip to Boston, 60 miles to the East.


Cowboy trinkets made me smile. Himself found an item which I did splurge on. 


On the way out, a woman stopped me and complimented me on my necklace and earrings I was wearing. I told her they had been Ma's. A gift from my Dad when he was in the Phillipines during WWII. The necklace was broken and in her hope chest. After she passed, I fixed the necklace with a clasp and took two shells from the necklace to make earrings. A bit gaudy, but I like them. Anyway, this woman was positively gushing about the necklace. And how Ma was with me and would be so happy I was wearing the necklace. The woman was so happy and upbeat and kept leaning into my personal space. I was worried she was going to hug me. I'm not a hugger, especially with strangers. It's a New England thing. I smiled politely and we both went on our way. In the car, Himself and I cracked up laughing. Ma could be possessive and territorial especially in her later years when dementia clouded her mind. She would be pissed to know I had taken her necklace without her permission. I didn't have the heart to rain on that woman's Zen.



The rest of the day was spent relaxing and watching television in the sun room. Birthday dinner was take-out from Five Guys Burger. Little Bacon Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard, ketchup, fries, and a Lime Coke. Mmmm, Heaven.


After dinner, I hung up my new sign in the front porch 


The sign complements my alter ego which hangs on the other side of the front door. Her sign reads: Yes, I can drive a stick. I made her broom.

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.