A full moon is working to outshine the Christmas decorations and doing a very good job, I'd say! Something rather enchanting about the dark cold nights and the lights of many colors all through the streets of my town. Then to top it off is the big white moon in her majesty. Delicious.
OK, first of all I don't have any beautiful photograph to show you this time. I just want to say that some days you have to run as fast as you can across the flat but shaky rocks in a fast moving body of water so you don't fall in. That is what I've been doing these past three days.
I've had all my 'spare' time taken up and then some, trying to get just what I need in order to replace my defunct washing machine. I went to Sears to buy a new one and they didn't have ANYTHING that would work in the space I have. The one I got from them is 'out of stock' and the salesperson didn't get me any information as to how long would that be the case and said she thought it had actually been discontinued.
No one wants to read all this nonsense. So I will do my best to not prolong all this annoyance I have had to contend with. Good thing, and VERY good thing indeed, is that with one exception, ALL the people (a LOT of them) that I have contacted (repairmen, store personnel, knowledgeable friends and family) have been so very very helpful.
My task is to try to keep all the long lists of data straight on the myriad post-it notes I have on my desk and then decide on a sequence of action. I may just have to spring for a dryer too, even though mine is working just fine thank you. The thing is, there are no guarantees that the old dryer will fit a kit that secures it to the new washer. AND will the men bringing the new washer even TOUCH the old dryer. I'm serious. Touch it. Much less take it off the old washer, and put it back on top of the new washer secured. Crazy.
But at the very least I finally found a top recommended brand that is the size I need to fit in my space. That was a big deal. Only it will take two weeks to get here from Michigan!
OK, before I just end in a huff, let me say that Tom at Lowe's in Gaithersburg rocks! He has been fantastically helpful and patient and funny and I am grateful for him today!
My sister and my cousins at my 16th birthday party!
Such a long time ago and yet so sweet to see all of us in party clothes honoring the natal day of one of us. We did this for each one, but of course this is the one my Dad recorded and therefore I have the photo.
I'm feeling the presence of the older generation around me these days as I have delved into
many files of letters and photos.
We just held a small get together of some of us.
It was so precious.
Nothing else can substitute for family.
I would wish that everyone had the amazing one I grew up in.
Here is the beginning of something wonderful. Next door there is a gardener, someone who last year started a garden where previously there had been three huge pine trees which we had taken down. Now, on this side of the property line, this wonderful neighbor and his son have put in even more garden. We will have pumpkins, watermelon and lots of other cool stuff to share!
Last week his young son came over with the first lettuce crop of the season!
I have no idea why the text is appearing at the top above my photos now. But anyway, here is a gorgeous new glass bowl I found for $10.00! WOWEE, doesn't it look great? Put the irridescent balls and shell on it and voila! Cobalt blue is my new 'go-to' color this season.
My Mother would be more than surprised to know I am going to share a beautiful message she wrote to my Dad for a birthday card in the 42nd year of their 70 year marriage. But it makes me see so much of what was the vital factor in their relationship ~ BEAUTY. Here is the letter:
To My Darling
On a most important Day (my Dad's 65th birthday) we've been going around together for so short a time ~ our life a kaleidoscope of color, so much enrichment, so much of joy, that whatever shadows crossed our paths the brilliance of our life has kept them all subdued.
Well, that is how I feel on your birthday ~ I hope you feel that way too.
As a full-time artist I see the interweavings of life and art all around me every day and in countless ways. It is so much a part of how I consider things, how I do things, how I think about things, how I live my life, etc. that I decided to write about it. It only occurred to me in recent years that the way I see things is NOT how most other people do. And because I was raised in a family of artists, none of this has seemed to be the least bit out of the ordinary. But it is. And it is something worth sharing so that maybe others who find my blog may look at the world from a new point of view - that of the creative soul who superimposes their own aesthetics on their interaction with others and with life in general.