Friday, July 27, 2007

I'm Impressed

Tomorrow (Saturday) Robert of Left of Centrist is participating in a Blogathon. The idea is to update your blog every 30 minutes for 24 hours. You get sponsors and raise money for the charity of your choice. His charity is The Alliance for Climate Protection. DO stop by and leave a comment or 2 tomorrow to help get him through. Better yet sponsor him if you like.
Good luck Robert!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Near perfect weekend



Saturday morning I got Johnny to the beach at 7 A.M for his first surf contest. It was for beginners and kids who had never placed before. His friend finally talked him into to trying a competion. He didn't think he was good enough.



When I first got there it was windy and a little on the chilly side but the sun was shining. Johnny entered the short and longboard contest. They also had boogie board and then some opens for more experienced surfers. LONG DAY! Johnny's heats were hours apart.







He got first place in the first heat of both long and short board. That was a nice little boost. I have no idea how they judge. It seems very subjective. When the finals FINALLY came he ended up w/3rd place in both long and short. Not bad. He was one of oldest in his age group. Some of these little kids blew me away.














Lots of prizes given out during the day, tons of friends, and really beautiful weather. Michael even called right after Johnny's first two heats so I got to tell him how well Johnny was doing. He was stoked to hear Johnny was trying competion and placing and of course it really made MY day to hear from Michael.





The day ended at about 7:30 so we all were pretty exhausted and went to bed very early. The boys were back on the beach at 7 A.M next day! I met them a little later with John and we enjoyed another gorgeous day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

ALO

Have you heard ALO yet? I found them last year. They have a new CD out and I really like it. Check out Water Song HERE or HERE. I'm loving that song. Or watch Roses and Clover:

Monday, July 16, 2007

A Walk in the Garden....



'cause damn, I need one right now.


We call this the ivy house.



There are a few people hiding in there.





Inside there is electric light on a dimmer. This used to be an old wreck of an out-building. It had a dirt floor and the kids used it as a kind of play house. Lisa fell in here and hit her head on a big huge screw in the foundation and had to get stiches. Look at it now.



When I took this my zinnias were just about to bloom. You can see my espalliered apple trees in the background. I have no idea what I am doing there. I've kind of lost my way.













This little guy was in the apple tree. I didn't use a zoom. I was actually that close. He wouldn't move a muscle.




I like to sit in the garden and if there's a little breeze that will move this bell I do a little meditation where you follow the sound of the bell. Quite relaxing.

Friday, July 13, 2007

What would you pay?




While in NYC a magazine in my hotel room displayed on its cover Gustav Klimt's painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. This caught my eye as Klimt is one of my favorite artists. Inside the magazine a short blurb told of this work of art being on display in the Neue Galerie there in NYC. It also said, "The purchase made worldwide news due to its record-setting price tag of a reported $135 million, the highest sum ever paid for a painting." I vaguely recall reading all this when it happened. At any rate it doesn't seem to hold that status any longer.



Unconfirmed reports place No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock at the top selling for $140,000,000.
(BTW has anyone seen the movie Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? I highly recommend it. It's in the rental stores.)



I hope to see the Klimt in NYC though on closer examination I realized the date on the magazine is 2006. I know it would bring me great joy to see it. My heart would pound and I would think I was in heaven. I don't know why this happens to me but it does. I am moved by art. In the meantime I am working on my kitchen back splash which is going to hopefully look something like this:



Gustav Klimt, Tree of Life.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Excellent Show



John and I enjoyed an excellent show by KT Tunstall in NYC the other night. The venue, I think it was called the Prince George Ballroom, was very small. John said under 150 people. We really were quite lucky to get our names on the list. We met some great people and had a really fun time of course. KT and her band rocked!




Fun and games over now I really do have to get back in the studio and get some work done.



Friday, July 06, 2007

8 Random....

I've been tagged by Bobby Bittman. Now if you've been reading my blog you might guess I am pretty well tagged out. But dammit, I just can't let Bobby down. Can't do it....

You are supposed to post the rules first. Here's the abbreviated version. Post 8 random facts about yourself.


And away we go....


1.I have naturally curly hair. As a result my mother always cut my hair short as it was too hard to comb. She said it was the Italian Boy haircut. "Hello Mom. I'm a girl." I am modeling the Italian Boy haircut in the photo below wearing brown shorts. This picture shows 6 of the 7 children in the family. My oldest sister already flew the coop. Carla is looking like she desperately needs a diaper change. Mom is wearing her grooviest pants.



2. All my front teeth are fake as a result of a car accident wherein a county bus lost control and slammed into me causing me to "eat" the steering wheel. I did not get rich off this though I was in one of the richest counties in the country. All I got were my teeth. Bitter.

3. I don't mind at all if bunnies dine in my garden. I don't know what Mr. McGregor's problem was. This one comes for dinner every evening at 5:30.




4. I was so fat as a young child that my mother had to make my clothes as my arms would not fit in any sleeve-holes. I'm gonna let you guess which one is me.



5. After 20 years living in this location I am expert in telling the difference between the smell of chicken manure and the smell of cow manure.

6. I love the smell of sheets fresh from the line. Or clothes for that matter.



7. I don't do well in organized groups. I am always uncomfortable. Yet I once staged a PTA takeover w/a friend because we could not stand the incoming officers. They wanted to take and we wanted to give. We won. I would NEVER do it again.

8. I can do almost anything if I have to. Once I changed the water pump in my '76 Lemans with the help of my brother. And this was not an auto mechanic type brother. His boyscout badges were in basket weaving and cooking. I became so tired of pulling over at least once on the way to and from work to pour water in it that I decided I had to do it. This was the Capital Beltway. Not fun. I was determined. Went to the library, checked out the Chilton's
and followed the directions.

My Lemans was beige.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Impeach Bush and Cheney T's!!!!!!






Here's the photoshoot Peter! Not being professionals it quickly spun out of control. The photographer got mad at us. We just ordered her a shirt though.

You can get your own T's HERE!

Post for PEACE

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"The United States has one of the most sophisticated defense systems, the most expensive. But it is made obsolete by a wire cutter. There's no way in which you can have a foolproof system. It's really far better to create friends, rather than to imagine that everybody is an enemy until they are proven otherwise...I keep trying to say, You want to fight a war against terrorism? Let me tell you one thing for sure. You are not going to win it, period. You won't win that war until you work so that conditions that make people desperate are eradicated."

Archbishop Tutu



Happy 4th everybody.
Peace

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Impeach Now


We the people want impeachment NOW
Yesterday, George Bush decided to let Scooter Libby, the one man who was convicted for the lies around the Iraq war, avoid serving out his prison sentence. Even Paris Hilton served more jail time than he will. And letting Libby off the hook is only the most recent example of a consistent Bush administration pattern of obstruction of justice. Warrantless wiretaps, Alberto Gonzalez, the original outing of Valerie Plame; we're all familiar with the numerous past transgressions by these criminals.

As they say in civics class, America is a country of laws, not of men. It's time for Congress to stand up and use those laws to rid our country of the men who are systematically dismantling our constitution and ignoring the checks and balances that have always protected our democracy. Bush and Cheney think their administration is above the law. That's un-American, and this July 4th it's time for Congress to re-assert its constitutional authority and stop the administration's obstruction of justice.

Congress can start by demanding answers from the Bush administration about the Iraq war and their illegal spying program, and not backing down until they get them. Cheney won't testify? Subpoena him. He won't come? Hold him in contempt of Congress and send over the police. And if that doesn't work, impeach the guy. We just can't let President Bush and his administration continue to wipe their feet on our Constitution.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Luck!

I don't believe I've won anything this good since like the 6th grade when I won an orange 10speed in a Jewish raffle. Greg Weinstein was selling tickets door to door and I bought one. Couple weeks later there he is at my door with the bike. Very cool.

This time though entered to attend an intimate, invitation-only performance at a secret location (ooooo)in NYC to be added to a SHORT list of KT Tunstall guests. AND I WON! Oh shit, I am over the moon!

PS- Gary Hoey totally rocked last night!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Guitarist

Going to see Gary Hoey.

Truth

On the job training

My 14 year old son went to work with his father the other day who builds homes. When he got home he couldn't wait to tell me what he saw written on the port-o-potty wall....



(Thanks to my good friend TUA for the graphics.)

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Smile....



I was lucky enough to spend time with this little bathing beauty on the beach this week. See that smile? It never leaves her face. She has a weakness for watermelon and handfuls of sand. I will see her again soon and that is when I start training her to answer the question "Who's your favorite Aunt?"

DON'T FORGET EVERYONE....

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