Gin and Tonics

Yes, that’s what I’m drinking. And I’m just now starting to feel human. I am tired of snow, and of shoveling. My back hurts, and I’m sleeping. A lot. Yesterday, when all I could think is how much I hate snow and how much I hate being a “landlady”, I told Mark that I loved him, but I don’t know how I got here. He smiled pathetically, and pointed at the back door. Thanks. Yeah, that’s how I got here.

I bought a pineapple the other day, and Mark told me I should cut it up, it’s ripe. Silly Mark, thinking I bought a pineapple to eat. I did cut it up, but not before I did a few studies.

Pineapple study I

Pineapple study II

Pineapple study III

Many years ago, when I was working for my sister Jane, a coworker gave me a pineapple for Christmas because I’m a vegetarian. I loved it, and drew it many times before eating it. I do try to pick one up occasionally and draw, they are so intricate and interesting, a grid set on it’s side, I do love them. And they taste good.

Yes, the gin and tonic is working. I feel much better. I hope this entry makes sense.

Where I Stood…

In 8″ of snow, in front of the lawn chair. Gotta go shovel, catch ya later.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

The Trinity House

Last night Mark and I went to the Trinity House to see Whit Hill and John Latini. They have a Christmas cd out called D-e-a-r S-a-n-t-a, and they performed the entire cd along with a lot of other stuff, it was a great night. Al Hill was along for the ride, as was Jim Latini and John Sperendi, and they put on an excellent show. Unfortunately we learned that Al and Whit Hill are trying to move to Nashville. We are happy for them, they belong there, but that means the local area is going to be missing two treasures. If you’ve never seen Whit Hill and the Postcards, or Al Hill (solo or with the Love Butlers), you need to see them soon, before they’re gone. Al’s been pretty hard to catch, he spends a lot of time on the road being the musical director and keyboardist for Bettye LaVette. John and Whit wrote all the songs on the cd, and they are amazing lyricists. It was a great night of music, it helped get me in the Christmas mood. Go out and see some live music. It doesn’t have to be a big concert, get to a local bar or coffee shop and check out what’s going on. The Trinity House is a great place to see music, its very intimate, and you can get two cups of tea and two cookies for $3. Lotsa fun!

They are done!

I finally finished the calendars! I’m only showing you a tiny part, because the recipients read my blog, and they are not allowed to see them until Christmas.

I also finished the Christmas cards and got them in the mail!

And we even managed to go out to the Sundance short film festival in Ann Arbor last night, and managed to meet up with Perry at Ashley’s, despite giving him the wrong name for the bar.

Here’s a picture of Perry, on a nicer day in a prettier place. I used to work with Perry, and it was a lot of fun catching up.

Tonight, Whit Hill at the Trinity House. Life is good.

Amy's blog

My friend Amy just started a new blog, and if it’s as strange and wonderful as she is, it will be well worth reading. She’s a scrapbooker, but those of us who are not forgive her, ‘cuz she’s appropriately strange. So, check out Amy’s blog. (Sorry about the bad photo, the photographer had had too much to drink..)

Round Robin

I got my round robin back at Lynn’s party on Friday and I love it! Here’s how it worked. We divided our Running with Scissors group into groups of four people, Each person started a 12×12 quilt square and handed it off to the next person. That person added to it, handed it to the next, until you get it back all done. I asked people to think about witchcraft and voodoo, and gave them a square with a hand print, and Jackie Lams, Lyn Krawczyk, and Sidney Inch went to town!! Fabulous!

Party, Party, Party

Yep, I’m the party girl. Friday night Lynn had a fantastic shindig. You can check out pictures on her blog. Now, it is true, as rumored, I did carry a camera, and use it, but because I could not find the “inebriated photographer” setting, they all came out rather blurry. I didn’t get a good one. OK, I got one. Of a little skull sun object in Lynn’s studio. Here it is.

Then, Saturday night, we had our neighborhood party. It’s suppose to be a progressive dinner, where you go from one house to the next, but things didn’t get planned early enough, only one house volunteered, so we went there, then to the bar. A lovely evening.

Sandy, Steff, and me, happy.

Kristie, fascinating Shelly, me Steff and Phil.

Wednesday tells a nail-biting story.

Man, it’s amazing how much better the photos come out when I hand the camera to my husband. He stays sober, what a concept!

Where I Stood…

This morning we had a small ice storm. Very small. It didn’t coat the trees and make them glitter. It just left patches of ice occasionally on the sidewalks. You know, just enough where you’re walking along saying “This isn’t bad at all” and then you hit that spot that make you wrench your back trying to stay vertical. So I spent the morning spreading ice melt around all the properties.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Lunch!

Yesterday, Julia and I finally got together to celebrate my birthday. Yeah, I know my birthday was a week and a half ago, but this was our first chance to spend the afternoon together. Julia came over with some lovely presents, including cake pans that have a slidey bar that goes around the bottom to encourage the cake to actually come out of the pan. Cakes staying in pans have been a problem for me. Then we go out to lunch. Julia says she wants to head toward Orchard Lake road, we get on north 275, east 696, and off at Orchard Lake and 12 Mile. I am surprised when she turns left on 12 Mile. I am very surprised when she turn the left blinker right away. Yes, she took me to Tribute. What a lovely place! Oh my! The wait staff is elegant, but not fussy. Lots of fun! We handed the camera to the waiter and he cheerfully takes our picture.

We start with a soup, Julia orders the potato leek with truffle oil, I get the lobster bisque. The potato leek soup would have been heaven, if it hadn’t been next to the lobster bisque. I was given a low, shallow bowl with a little creme fraiche in the bottom. Then the soup was poured over the creme fraiche from a lovely small pitcher. This is the richest soup I have ever tasted. It is wonderful! Then we have the salmon, with a smear of hear oil and a smear of aged balsamic vinegar, with cous cous. Truly magnificent! When Julia was trying to convince me to order desert, even though I couldn’t fit another bite, she said “it’s your birthday”. Having heard this, the waiter brought me a small cookie with a candle, very lovely. Thank you, Julia, I felt like a princess!