I'm anticipating the release of this movie in August. You'll understand why if you go to Labels in the sidebar and click on ParaNorman.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The inspiration behind Saint Elyns.
This recent interview offers some insight into
Jessie's approach to design. I learned a few things about
my daughter, who at an early age, loved to create. Period.
Little did I know it would lead to her own clothing line.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I spent the past weekend in a cabin with my granddaughters
alongside a peaceful river in the Northwoods.
When surrounded by blissful quiet, one's senses are grateful.
It allows them to enjoy the simpler things in life. Things like:
water skimming bugs
"fishergirls" in pink ruffled skirts
a community of lilypads
water gliding muskrats
a towering pine forest
tweeting, chatting, singing birds
glistening river reflections
smiling people in paddle boats
squishy water-filled balloons
smoking campfire smells
and the list goes
Friday, June 15, 2012
I don't recall the circumstances behind the taking of this picture but when I loaded photos from this day onto my computer, it caught my attention.
The wraparound deck (porch) that was added to our old farm house many years ago made a tremendous difference in its overall appearance. Prior to that, it was in no way unique or special, like some 100+ year old houses you see. It was just a white two-story house with old siding and an unusual entryway that had visitors facing an open stairwell into the cellar the moment they stepped foot in the house.
I'm happy to say that the entry has since been modernized and that the cellar stairs is no longer the first impression when visitors come to call. (We took care of that little issue when we added the deck.)
We were a family of six when we relocated to rural Cambridge and moved into this house. It had four small bedrooms upstairs; and a small bedroom, and another so called bedroom, downstairs. There were few closets and the attic space was minimal. It had but one bathroom, which is still the case today.
The family has grown up and gone and my husband and I rarely quarrel over who gets to use the bathroom and when. (It's funny how that isn't an issue when there's only the two of you.) But, we do have three granddaughters who come to visit on occasion and when they do I sometimes hear, "I get to use the bathroom next!" A bit of a reminder of what it was like when I had four children living at home.
I like the photo in this post because of its serene airy feel, but I also like it because it reminds me of how important it is to take time to smell the roses. In other words: to take the pink floral chair cushions out of the storage bin, plop them onto the chairs you see here, squeeze a few lemons into ice-filled glasses, and then invite a few family and friends to come and sit awhile.
Monday, June 11, 2012
This is my seven year old granddaughter,
Elyse, during this year's Easter egg hunt. And below
is the poem she gave me for my birthday last month. As
you'll see, it has nothing to do with Easter or birthdays.
I love it!
I will and I will not
I can and can't
I don't know
I'm to confuesd
I'm up and down
Hot and cold
I'm sleepy and I'm awake
But if I don't know
I can and can't
I will not
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Flower garden bling-bling.
A smidgeon past rustic.
Its bad side.
For whatever reason, this peacock showed up while I was
taking the dog for a walk Tuesday evening. I'd been down that path
a few minutes prior to this. I'm not sure where it was at that time. Turkeys, deer,
and coyotes frequent our property but I have never seen a peacock. I assume that
its home is within a few miles of here. I tried to get closer but this colorful fella
ducked into the tall weeds. I wonder if we'll ever see him again.
Pathway to ???
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Capturing the evening's light, or being captured by. . .
Talking Foggy Wart strikes again. (I will someday share
the story of TFW. He lurks in the shadows of our farm.)
Sun and shadows: Gettin' low and long.
Evening light; Karen's delight.
"Karen of the Corn."
So, if I were a
Beatle beetle, this is how
I would see the world? I like it!
Talking Foggy Wart has me in his grasp and is
swooping me away. Good-bye everyone!
(Tell my husband I'm sorry but dinner's up to him now.)
Next time you see a doppelganger in the woods
fear not, it's just me taking a little break from life.
Can you tell I'm in need of a little stress relief?
That's what writing is to me. :–))
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Expressions of art left behind by children who attended a niece's graduation party. One drawing is life-size and the other is an obvious exaggeration. I was very impressed and quite delighted by the sight but I could not decide how to present them. That is until the video in this post appeared. Love the drawings and love it!