Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Arriving home yesterday, I was greeted by a lovely e-mail from Carmen. She had photographed my name spelled out in seashells, beside a piece of mermaid art. Stunning!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
The photo on the right is of my son, my daughter and my new daughter-in-law at the picnic the day before the wedding.
Then the wonderful wedding day itself.....cutting the cake (which had wildflowers on it) and walking in sunshine! A truly beautiful afternoon!
Then off to the tropics for much deserved R and R............
They are back in Flagstaff now and letting us all know that things are going
well for them!
And one of mine!!!!!
I realised, I had done a window painting last summer, too!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Since we don't know how many will be here, I will make chicken gumbo and "dirty" rice...yummmmm!
Must go, Baby Ella just arrived!
Spending the weekend with my mom and cooling off at the movies!
Yesterday, Mom and I saw "Hairspray"....with a very talented young newcomer playing the lead role of Tracy.
We laughed out loud at least once...so that was a success!
Last Monday, I saw "Stardust". It too made me laugh as 400-year old witch, Michelle Pheifer, was battleing age spots with magic spells!
This is becoming habit-forming so I'm planning to go to the matinee to see "Becoming Jane" this afternoon......movies are cool and it is about 100 degrees here in the afternoon. I love the visual delights in period pieces like this one....the costumes, houses and English countryside!
I have been knitting socks [that is "knitting on socks"...I am not whipping out pair after pair!] and reading "The Yarn Harlot", the funny essays of knitterStephanie Pearl-Mcphee. She writes and knits with apparent abandon!
My niece and great niece from Wisconsin are here to take Mom up to the dairy farm for a visit...so I will be giving all of them a lift to the Little Rock airport early Monday morning.
The niece brought us a dairy-land treat....squeaky curds....yes, cheese so freshly made that it squeaks when you bite into it!
I'll be back later to post about the other book I am reading....(I visited a locally owned bookstore in my hometown last week and found two non-fiction....the Yarn Harlot, and a book about the naturaly history of the palette...colors, you know. ) I am considering reading "The Golden Compass", chosen for the children's book club on the Today Show. I also saw previews of the movie based on the fantasy book at the theatre yesterday. More about this later!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
For Daisy Lupin's poetry fest!
Let Evening Come
Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.
Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.
Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.
Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.
To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.
Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.
Photo of old Arkansas barn and passionflower by Mr. Pear. August 2007
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 5:53 AM
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
This is a magic (I'm sure) hammer....it is purple floral and comes from my friend Macrina who got it for me at the Blue Bird Circle Resale shop in Houston. (The shop is mentioned in the mystery novel/altered book, "Journal: The short Life and Mysterious Death of Amy Zoe Mason" by Kristine and Joyce Atkinson ....)
The hammer handle open and contains several screwdrivers.
Just what a gal needs in her art/sewing studio!
This auburn haired mermaid ornament found me again! She was the only mermaid in a Christmas shop in Flagstaff...all ornaments were on sale.
She seems to be playing a lyre...rather similar to angels!
I am trying to buy fewer "things".....but as an indecisive Libra, I waiver!
Most "things" are made in slave labor camps in China under a brutal regime (they executed a person recently for "errors")....and our balance of trade is way out of wack..
Everything for sale where I work is made in China.....and it was getting to be that way with most of the fabrics in my quilt shop (they might be printed elsewhere, but the goods were woven in China).
the good side is that countries who are trading partners may think twice before going to war.....
I think the only place now to find local goods is in re-sale shops!
The first stop (after the airport) of our Arizona adventure was to find breakfast and meet a blogging buddy!
My daughter drove us to La Grande Orange where we met Gemma! What a delightful way to start the day, with crepes, fresh squeezed orange juice and a dear friend!
Gemma is an artist who made the "indigo pears" piece in my sidebar and here.
" Indigo Pears" by Gemma
I really think the lady popping out of the vase is Gemma.....don't you?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The wedding theme was mountain wildflowers, Andrew and Mary
met a few summers ago in the Tetons, where he was working in a lodge
and she was working as a naturalist/guide for the national park service.
This wedding quilt is called "Teton Meadows". It has lots of blue
for western skies and bright wildflower colors. It was on the
welcome table at the dinner/reception. (to see more of this quilt and other quilts I've made, go to my "Lila's quilts" blog)
As they were taking their seats, guests received this vellum covered leaflet with the order of service inside....and some verses from the "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
[ I was planning to insert the video ceremony here...but it was too long for You Tube or Blogger....so just imagine perfect weather, a crow cawing, classical guitar music and a soft breeze in the Aspen trees as the couple recited vows and exchanged rings.]
Photos were taken after the ceremony.....(this is the only one I have yet...)
[Mr. Pear and I are definitely in the shadows of the tall couple here!]
This photo of the "beargrass" table (following the wildflowers theme) shows lively conversation between the grandmothers and the mother of the bride.
(That's my pink silk jacket, just in case it got cold when the sun went down.....)
Which it did in a beautiful Arizona sunset!
Then we came back inside for lots of fun,
a slide show of family memories from both families, a kissing game and finally....
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
large and small!
After the picnic......
Come with me to see the location for the ceremony.....
The Arizona Snow Bowl in the San Francisco Peaks. A deck surrounded by blue spruce, aspen, and pine, from which one can see one hundred miles....to the rim of the Grand Canyon!
These baby girls are second cousins, meeting for the first time at our pre-wedding picnic.
The picnic was held in Flagstaff on the grounds of the Riordon Mansion State Historic Park. The park is the 1904 Craftsman style house and grounds of the Riordon estate. The Riordons (who came from the Chicago area) had the first sawmill in the area and became very wealthy from harvesting the large Ponderosa pine forest in the surrounding mountains.
We were so blessed to have time to spend with cousins, most of us normally separated by miles and busy lives!