Friday, July 3, 2015

an old friend

When I was 16, I was in my Junior year of High School.  On the first day of classes we would fill out delaney cards, which the teacher would refer to when getting to know the student's names.  Mr. Thompson, my World History teacher, said we could put down a nickname if we wanted, too.  I turned to the girl sitting behind me... small with very long dark hair and  eyes.  "What would be a good nickname for me?" I asked her.  "Sunshine!" she said, her smile beaming.  I was known throughout the rest of my high school days by that bright name, and become life long friends with the young woman who gave it to me; Amelia.  It is a friendship that has now lasted over 45 years, and even if we don't see each other for months, we take up right where we left off, and there is no love lost, only gained.
Today I visited with her, along with my sister, niece and great-nephew.  Her daughter, Mia, and new grandson, James, were also there.
The pic of me and Amelia is unfortunately pretty blurry (hey, I didn't take it!), but I'm glad to have it.

Amelia, an artist, gave Logan art supplies to play with.  He kept himself quite busy.

Mia, and sweet baby James at 6 months.

Monday, June 22, 2015

more watercolors

Here are some more watercolors, including a self portrait that doesn't much look like me.


still life

northern lights

sour diesel haze

diving into a waterfall

self portrait

downtown window view 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Graduation Day

These years go by so quickly.  I only hope that I am still around for a couple more of Logan's graduations.  Yesterday he graduated from Kindergarten.  A lovely ceremony. They entered to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance, which always chokes me up.  The children each said a few words at the microphone, and then sang songs for us, including one in Spanish.
Logan is a smart and loving boy, and I am so happy to be part of his life.  I love him so much.

last walk to school as a Kindergartener

some fellow classmates

with his shadow portrait

paying attention

reciting his lines

getting his diploma

with mom

with mom and dad

with dad

with grandma

with me

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

more watercolors

I am not much of an artist, but I do enjoy painting and drawing and such.  My results might not be any better than a grade school child would do, but it's good for the soul to be creating, nevertheless.


dream home


mother earth love and energy mandala

bird's eye

autumn scene

Flamenco dancer

Coney Island

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day BBQ at Melissa's

Melissa and Logan


crazy neighbor, lol

Melissa and Kim, Logan's Godmother

JC and Logan playing soccer

Thursday, May 21, 2015


the pain, dissapating

cherry pie

blue diesel

shapes and color

Thursday, May 7, 2015

61! How'd that happen?

Yesterday was my 61st birthday, oh my.... here I am a real "senior", and I can hardly believe it.  The time sure does fly.
My sister invited me out for drinks and dinner at Skinflints, a bar/eatery that has been in the neighborhood for more years than I can even remember.  We were having drinks (jack daniels on the rocks for me, a very dark black russian for her), and talking, and I mentioned how much I missed Logan.  Not long after that, Melissa and Logan came in and surprised me.  That was great.  I was immediately disappointed that I had not taken my camera, but luckily Melissa had her phone camera and took a couple of shots.
Later, in the evening, I hung out with Evie, and she had a strawberry shortcake for me.  Yum!

the column behind him is a waterfall of sorts

my beautiful niece/godchild, and great-nephew

Logan, me, and my sister, Tree

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Day at The Met

Today me and Evie ventured down to "museum mile" to go the The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We met up with other friends there; Frank, Mary, and Susan.  To say the museum is huge is an understatement.  There's only so much walking this body can do before getting wiped out.  We did see some Vermeer's, which Ev wanted to see, and Susan, too.  Other artists of the period, nothing that interested me in the least.  Rodin sculptures, and many other sculptures that I didn't photograph, and we didn't seem to linger too long in one spot, but kept on walking.   We did see one new exhibit in its entirety, and that was The Plains Indians: Artists of the Earth and Sky.  Beautiful bead and leather work, drums and fans, and head dresses.  Most everything was behind glass, so getting a decent shot was tricky, and the museum was quite dark.  Used a high ISO to adjust my exposure.  Sorry I don't have the exact description of each of these items, but most are self-evident.   Click on any pic to go to the page where you can see them enlarged.

For a break we all went to the cafeteria for a cup of coffee, which cost $3.75.  I was somewhat appalled. The we walked through art again, and found our way outside where there were chairs to sit on, and the sun to soak up.  I bought a frank and a bottle of water from one of the vendors outside, and it cost 75 cents less than the coffee.
Soon it was time for all of us to go our separate ways.  Me and evie came back home, and had a pizza at her place.  We're worn out, but all in all, it was a good day.