This is from a view of my stone wall that I see out of the studio window. It was near the end of last fall after a light snow; there was moss, and this one little leaf resting on one of the stones. I saw it early in the morning when that glaze of dampness covers everything and it just looks so surreal. I call it "Nature's Abstract."
I chose to try the palette knife because I wanted the stone effect. Please feel free to comment. Should I pursue this type of painting further?
Here is a link to some of today's rehearsal for the MAINE FESTIVAL CHORUS which will perform this Sunday at Carnegie Hall. Choirs from around the state of Maine were invited to join together to sing at this prestigious event. They met in New York City yesterday and are enjoying sights and sounds of the city as well as rehearsing.
My grandson Jacob is in there somewhere..............I hope you'll click this link to listen.
These things have been happening more frequently in my life, this whole week. It started the morning I awakened having a vertigo attack. It was also the night that something was going on with the planets lining up or something I didn't pay attention to and now can't find anything on the specific incident. I hate when that happens.
For the last few days both Mike and I have been noticing multiples............that is, we are seeing the same things repeated throughout the day, like when you wake up at 7:35 and then go to the store for three items and it totals exactly $7.35, you know what I mean.
When you buy a car and then you notice just how many of them exactly like it are on the road everywhere you go................
Well, we kept seeing those 5 gallon water jugs that are put on top of water coolers. Those things kept popping up in large quantities, in movies we've been watching, and other places. "What's with the jugs," he asked me. I shrugged. He notices these things too.
One thing that can be really scary these days is how thieves can pass by and, with the use of some sort of scanning device, steal your credit card information or clone your cell phone.
It's the day and age people! No more is it just a jungle out there but it's more like a multi-dimensional chess board and most of us are the pawns.
Today it's my husband's cell phone that's gone berserk. He keeps getting voice mail that is all garbled, full of static.................and yes, sounds other-worldly. I had the bright idea to check the White Pages Reverse Phone Look-Up site to try to pin down the number and this is what I found..............
It is coming from the area Mike and I were in yesterday, over in the city buying him new eye glasses. We parked right in front of this building where a man was standing with what looked like a cell phone in his hand.
Could he have been cloning phones of passers-by......................sure. Did he clone Mike's phone? Could have because he left it in the car. Who knows.
I'm still dealing with the vertigo; taking antihistamines, doing maneuvers to realign the inner ear particles and sometimes walking with a cane for stability. Right now I feel like my life is and episode of "As The World Turns." And as my world turns I'm waiting for the cash in my wallet to multiply..............hmmm, not gonna happen!
Let's see what today brings.
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My guys put up a new birdhouse for me..........well, not exactly for ME. We had a pretty House Wren sitting in the tree looking rather puzzled as to where the old bird house went. Last fall the pole had rotted through at the bottom and it toppled to the ground leaving the new arrivals homeless. But, never fear...........Mike and Jon to the rescue.
And, about 40 minutes later.................it was finished. Just a basic model but I can't wait to see who checks it out.
Once a week, Mike and I go visit our local antique shops in search of those treasures offered at a reasonable price that we can in turn sell on our Ebay site.
This is Mike at his favorite booth. A man and his tools. We've actually found a lot of great items here.
Sometimes those treasures become part of my home for a time so I can enjoy them before sending them off to a new home. Of course, loving old bottles, I often pick up one or two. Such as these that are sitting on top of the china cabinet (not where the photos were taken) ......
I'm often drawn to trinket boxes like this pretty pink, ceramic covered jar with the little angel on top.
Here is a short tour of some of my favorite booths to visit....
And, after a short while.............this is exactly how I feel and it's time to go home.
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Many years ago, I owned an old Sea Captain's cottage in New Bedford, MA (the Whaling City). Like a magpie, I was intrigued by whatever those sparkling objects were that I could see poking out from the dirt in the crawl space. I donned some old scrubs, gloves, shoe covers, and a hat. I armed myself with a good flashlight (or torch, for my British friends), a trowel, and a bucket and can of bug spray in case one of those critters (lots of spiders) decided to hitch a ride out of there. The crawl space was only about 3 feet high so I had to squat down the whole time and sort of duck waddle across the expanse of the house. Oh, I do wish I had a photo to show you................
After several hours of digging and scraping I came away with a bucket of very old bottles, some of which I will show you here. My all time favorites are the Clicquot Club soda bottles of which I have a pair showing how the logo (on the bottom) changed over the years.
Do you remember Clicquot Club???
This is the older logo, and the bottle is bluer. The little Eskimo is designed very plain with no details on his outfit.
This is the newer logo, and the bottle is greener. See how the little Eskimo shows fur outfit.
Other bottles I found are Pocasset Beverages, Friendship Bottling, Hiram Wheaton & Sons, and others.
I do regret not going back down there the next day or any day thereafter but I didn't because I didn't have a place to show the ones I had already dug up. That is until I moved to Maine and bought this house with the bow window facing southwest.
Now they come out ritually every spring and grace the window and I get to enjoy them over and over again.
If anyone has a secret to cleaning them out I would greatly appreciate hearing about it. I used a bottle brush in them with baking soda and detergent but they are still so dirty inside it makes it difficult to get good pictures and for them to sparkle like they should.
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Update - I used denture tabs and a tool I made by wrapping a very long and thick pipe cleaner around a thin stick to get the bottles clean. Here is some of the results -
I'd show you more but we'd be here all day................... I think you get the picture. I tried the vinegar, the baking soda, and a degreasing soap but it was the denture tabs that did the trick.
What's a girl to do? You go to an auction with your grandson and there is an 1887 Mason & Hamlin Screwstringer Upright piano waiting to be given love by some wonderful person. Your grandson starts playing and your heart fills with joy. People come from inside the auction hall to see who is playing that beautiful music and your joy swells.
I'll tell you what a girl does...................she bids on that piano and gets it for $70. plus delivery cost and when it is delivered the next day, she is a very happy woman.
And look who found his home beside that very same piano..........the iron Gnome that was my Grandmother's and lived beside her piano when I was a child.
So if you like to go to auctions, I hope all your buys are as fun as this one has been for me.
I got to listen to 3 hrs. of beautiful music played by my grandson yesterday. I was in heaven.