December 7, 2018

Wintery Friday

Once again it is Friday and another week gone by so quickly.
I am joining SkyWatch Friday and Friday Foto Friends again this week and I hope you will also.

Early evening sky drops down on the Cedar trees surrounding the bay
Mugho Pines and Cedar trees stay green all year long. They make a nice frame for my bay view
Crystalline trees against a blue sky

5th Avenue Choir

A blurry ride for my clone on the carousel in NYC

December 2, 2018


As I write it is 62F and drizzly here by the New Jersey sea coast. Typical late autumn weather where temperatures rise and fall until winter when they find their niche and become more steady.
I am participating in Sunday Stealing today. How about you?

Louisa May Alcott by Norman Rockwell

From Art Historic

Classical: If you were an Olympian god, what would you be known for?
I would be the chief god and rule over the other gods making sure they did what was right. I would be bored doing only one thing all the time as the gods seemed to do.

Byzantine: Do you prefer gold or silver accessories?

I like both.

Medieval: Are you religious?

Yes, I am very religious.

Gothic: What is your favourite historic building?

I am rather fond of the Post Office in Newark, NJ, which is quite lovely.

Renaissance: Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt enlightened or changed?

Baroque: Do you enjoy the finer things in life?
Yes, I do and feel that it enriches life for people. It challenges us to achieve and rise up.

Rococo: Is your bedroom full or trinkets and pictures? If so, which pictures adorn your walls?
I have two Japanese prints on my walls by each side of the bed. I have a jewelry organizer I made as well. I hang necklaces in it.

Neoclassicism: If something came back into fashion, what do you hope it would be?

I like the fashions of the late 1920's through the 1930's with the draping effect of dresses.
(all illustrations can be clicked and enlarged)

Romanticism: Do you often see things in a positive light?

Yes, I do, especially people.

Pre-Raphaelite: Which book would you like to see turned into a film?

I assume the question is asking about Pre-Raphaelite authors and Victorian novels.
Most of the best, Like Dickens, Brontes, Oscar Wilde, etc have already been made into movies.
Maybe Villette by Charlotte  Bronte.

Impressionism: Do you look for details or take everything in at once?
I look at it all as one unit as that is how the artist intended you to see it. It tells a story. After that I will notice details because I learn from them for my own art.
Art Nouveau: When were you last at the theatre?
It's been a while since I have been to a play on Broadway.  Off Broadway I saw a revival of The Fantastics but even that was a bit ago. I just don't get there much and it's very expensive.But I have seen a few plays on Broadway from My Fair Lady , Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Wicked being the last play I saw.

Surrealism: Why does the porcupine think it's a duck?
It doesn't. That is your own weirdness showing through. Animals are always who they are. Only people identify as something else lately. ;)

Pop Art: Do you enjoy pop culture?

Depends. Over all, no. I do like the era of the 1950's with the diner look especially.I would enjoy having a 1950's kitchen.. cabinets, sink , Formica top table and chairs. 

I would have red accents and chairs and a black and white floor.

Contemporary: What did you do today?

Spent time on this article. Painted, played a short game, looked at the news online, and forgot to eat breakfast.. and now my stomach is growling as its 2:30 PM. So, I am off to raid the kitchen!
See you tomorrow my friends.

December 1, 2018

December , A Rant and Saturday 9

Hello, friends!
 Welcome to December.
What a great month December is. It is one of the most holiday rich months, the weather is wonderfully crisp and chilly which can refresh the spirit and make you feel good to be alive.
Warm, soft clothing, hot drinks, soups and fresh hot breads are pure and simple winter fare that speaks of home and comfort.
May we be blessed with a happy December!

As an aside and bit of a rant:
I look very young for my age. Far younger than I am and I hear it all the time from people who think my grands are my kids. It is not the blessing you may imagine.
I had 2 kids by the time I was 20. Yes, that is young. My daughter also had her first baby at 19. Its not unusual in our family. 
 So I was married young and looked even younger.  When my kids were 2 and 3 years old, people would imply that I must have gotten married at age 14 since I didn't look much older than that. The implication was that I "had to get married". Nope. I did not.
 Let me tell you.. it's darn embarrassing. When I would introduce my son, when he was a teen at the time, people would look at me funny.    It isn't a compliment.. you just can imagine what they are thinking.
It made me upset that people  judge by looks and disbelieve you when you tell the truth. It can be nice to hear sometimes, but other times.. Nope.
When my son in law took me to the doctor last year they thought he was my husband. When I said I was his mother in law there were shocked.  "You don't look more than 35 or 38  , the nurse said. "Yes," the doctor said, "its genetic". They actually have a name for it but I don't remember what he said.
I am constantly mistaken as being my grandchildren's Mom.
When I had my surgery the Famous Anonymous played along calling me "Mom" and giggling.  Trust me, it makes me feel funny and I hear it weekly from someone.  I watch the Little, who is 10 now and people always think she is my daughter. They stare when I say no, I am her Grandmother.
I mention this because it happened again tonight when someone said to my daughter, "This is your mother?? Oh, get out of here. Are you really? Oh, wow. "
Folks, it hurt my daughters feelings because the women said we looked comparable in age..  Thats not a compliment to  my sweet little girl.  I get this time and again.
Now, my daughter laughed, but I could see the hurt in her eyes.. I know her very well. No one wants their baby to feel bad .
Be glad if you look your age. Its probably much better.

Now let's do Saturday 9.

                      Call Me (1966)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) Chris Montez sings that you can always call him, regardless of the hour. Do you believe that it's ever too late to phone someone?

Yes, unless it is an emergency.  It can be rude and thoughtless to wake someone or bother them too early or too late or during dinner time or work time.

2) He insists that you can depend on him, even when your friends desert you. Who is someone you can trust to have your back, no matter what?

God, hands down. People are weak and can let you down not because they are bad but because sometimes they are afraid or just unavailable. God has no bad days and no fear and is the only one who will always have your back no matter what.

3) Billy Crystal serenades Meg Ryan -- via answering machine -- with "Call Me" in When Harry Met Sally. Answering machines have been replaced by voice mail. Who most recently left you a voice mail?
The trauma center hospital where I had surgery on November 8th.
They want me to take a survey. It is an absolutely HUGE hospital that does trauma surgery etc. A state of the art hospital really.

4) Chris Montez is a graduate of El Camino College in Torrance, California. The average daytime temperature in November in Torrance is 70ยบ. How is the weather where you are today?

The temperature is in the high 30's, low 40's.  A storm is supposedly coming. Winter in the northeast is chilly and often downright frigid. I love it :)

5) Today Chris actively promotes a healthy lifestyle to children. He was honored for his efforts by the group SOPA (Stop Obesity, Promote Activity). Do you believe you get enough exercise?
No, as I am 85% disabled. But I do my exercises and walk and shop. I can shop til I drop. I do okay over all but I could use more exercise. You would never know I am disabled by looking at me, however.

6) Released in late 1965, "Call Me" became a big hit in 1966, reaching #2 on the charts. Even though it sold millions of copies and was certified as a Gold Record, it never hit #1. Is winning, or being the best, important to you?

Of course and it should be to everyone. We should each improve and be made better, and that should be a goal for people. Every time we overcome something holding us back we win. We should not, however, try to best others, but try to best ourselves and judge ourselves according to what God expects from us.

7) In 1966, when this was playing on Juke boxes, kids were watching Batman and Star Trek. If you had your choice of watching an episode right now, which would you choose: Star Trek or Batman?
Star Trek. The 1960s Batman plays on TV sometimes but it is pretty silly.
I did like the 1990s Batman cartoon on TV though.

8) Also in 1966, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was born. Do you enjoy cooking?
No.  But I am a good cook none the less.

9) Random question -- You have the opportunity to perform in the circus! Would you rather be shot from a cannon, or put your head in the lion's mouth?

Neither.  I will opt to ride a pony around the ring instead.

See you tomorrow for Sunday Stealing. I hope your day is bright and happy.