Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 1966: Beauty from across the planet!







ARM: junk mail collage & digital















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I thought I might share my birthday gift with you?
Through FB I have met some wonderful, real friends.
One is Heidi from Austria!
She gave me permission to share the photos and
her words are so much better than mine ...


photo by Heidi

 
"Yesterday we went for a fine walk as we had some 
sunshine in the morning. If you look closely you can 
see the Alps in the background."


photo by Heidi


photo by Heidi


photo by Heidi  



Dec 6th is St. Nicolas day. 
(wiki: "He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, 
putting coins in the shoes of those left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose English name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas.")
Children get little gifts and sometimes Nicolas comes in person to speak to them and hands them a little bag with some goodies. 
When I was a child St. Nicolas was accompanied by some Krampus. They frightened us as they were looking really awful.
("Krampus," of which there is no American equivalent. The Krampus is a devilish looking character who goes around wielding his "Rute" (this is translated as "rod," but I think "switches" would be a more accurate description of the whipping device) and beating children who have been naughty, while St. Nicholas gives presents to those who have been good. Krampustag (Krampus Day) is celebrated here in Austria on December 5 and they have what is called a "Krampuslauf" (Krampus Walk). At a Krampuslauf, the "Krampusse" march out together and then run around beating people in good fun. Though they are frightening looking creatures, most kids find it fun, not scary--sort of like kids in the U.S. would find scary Halloween costumes.)
Our little self sewn bags were filled with some apples, tangerines, walnuts, peanuts and of course some sweets and a chocolate Nicolas. Agnes and Konrad had fun to open it and were very pleased with  the "gummi bears" and "smarties" - 
I hope you can understand what I meant ....."
 





Just charming, thank you dear Heidi! 







this coming Saturday ...
















A smile for Wednesday ...








Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 1965: A birthday date!





"Hardtimes": old photo, collage, acrylic & digital










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A birthday date! Actually a date with the plumber!







Sparing you the gory details, 
my condo has a serious plumbing problem.
I am waiting on this guy to solve it. 




Meanwhile, Superman & WonderWoman are off to NYC, 
Grandhunk #3, Laker & I will "hold down the fort".





So,  I wait for my date ...
Thought you'd like to see WW & me yesterday?







Always fun with WonderWoman!









I just got this great card in the mail ...



and inside of it ...





and when I opened this card ...






but no name or return address?
A mystery! A very kind mystery!
Can you help me solve it?









this coming Saturday ...














A smile for Tuesday ...









Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 1964: Finally found that spirit!






"Yolie": graphite, acrylic , collage & digital












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I recently asked blog readers if they were in holiday spirits?
The majority said not yet. 
It was still early December & I agreed with them.

 WonderWoman & Superman invited me 
to join them Sunday at ...




























and watching these 219 high school singers and dancers ...
excavated and ignited my spirits.

As Superman said: "Such an awesome performance by 
the Orange Lutheran performing Arts. It is such an amazing 
thing to watch all of these talented young adults 
using their gifts to glorify God."





A full house waited at the beautiful Nachita Performing Art Center.




And so it began ... music and dance.



I was there as a fan of the school, their arts program
and especially OLU junior, Grandhunk #3












Finishing the 28 musical performances below with 
soloist Jacob Kent and all choirs singing 
"O Holy Night" bu candlelight.







I came prepared with tissues.
 I can watch anybody's children sing & soon cry. Fact.
The older I get, the tears are closer & ready.
Watching my Grandhunk #3's solo & the choirs melted me.
And, for the record, he's the cute one above.












A smile for Monday ...










Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 1963: So great to be invited!






fit: ink, acrylic & collage














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My Aunt Vonda was always ready to say yes to any invitation.
A trip, a movie, the grocery store. Always ready to go.
I try to remember & embrace that philosophy.








So ... so grateful to be invited to help celebrate a special guy ...





I drove the 241 to the busy 91 freeway & on to Rodrigo's ...





89 degrees outside, A/C, family & friends inside.




Delicious food, decorations, centerpieces, a Q&A game!


Jim


 A touching speech by big brother, Jim.

 



Doug's Mom, Jean is a master party planner!
Guests signed a matted frame for Doug.




Each guest received a beautiful almost edible ...
candy-filled favor, another "Jean" talent!


Demura sensei & Mike
Demura sensei




















Around 60 family members & friends celebrated Doug.
 

Doug & Roy     


Ed & Denesse


Leo & Mike

Roy, Joann & Jim


Susan & Leo


Grandmorhter, Jean & Doug



A great turnout for a really special celebration!
Happy Birthday Doug!






And on my drive home I saw ...











A smile for Sunday ...