Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
And then the Homecoming Queen nominees were chauffeured in on fancy new convertibles by their daddies. They were all introduced and applauded, then the Queen was announced and crowned by last year's Queen.
We sat through another quarter watching our team romp down the field. Then we decided we would probably win, so we headed home. Cause we're old.
And the funniest part of the whole evening (for me anyway) was when the Lord of the Manor snuck through the handicap walkway just behind all those old alumni from 1958. The attendant didn't even question him. He blended in with those 68 year old guys. I walked up the stairs laughing and met him at the exit gate still laughing. Aren't Homecoming Games fun?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
And I collect mice. Here is a small section of my collection. I keep it in a glass fronted cupboard in my bedroom. I lined the shelves with old pillowcase edges that grandmother made.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Here is the Lord of the Manor's beet salad. It tasted as yummy as it looked.
Here is my pear and endive salad. The sweetness of the pear was perfectly offset by the bitterness of the endive, and accented by the richness of the blue cheese and nuts. Scrummy!
Here is the entree we shared. Pan seared salmon with polenta and ratatouille.
We managed to find room for lava cake for dessert. Then we waddled over to the spa for our massage. What a wonderful day.
Monday, October 20, 2008
practice, practice, practice, help and encourage each other,
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Spot, who is an amazingly intelligent and worldly lurcher, asked about some artwork in my home. So here is a little sampling. Above is a copy of the relatives's painting called Drying Sails. Below is a larger piece called Summer Morning, St. Ives. The originals are at the Monterey Museum of Art.
We were lucky enough to be invited to a retrospective of the artist's work at the Carmel Art Association in 2001. It was grand to see so much of her work gathered together from museums and private collections. We've also seen her work at the Oakland Museum, and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. And we've also seen her work in the in law's living room and a second cousin's dining room in Chagford. What a delight to have an artist in the family.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So I ended up with a black wreath, some black leaf garland, and three styrofoam skulls. I found the bones font online, printed out the little ovals, and glued them to a ribbon. Then I nestled the banner in the foliage, and that was it.
Happy Halloween from here Amongst The Oaks.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Here's the Karlstor in Munich and the Eiffel Tower being built.
And above is Fleet Street in London, looking toward St. paul's Cathedral.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
She remembers my grandmother coming back home to live with them when she was just a child because grandpa found work nearby building a bridge. At that time, my grandparents already had three children. And the great-grandparents still had ten kids at home, so that's sixteen people in one house! Above is a photo of the family about that time. My great aunt is one of the little kids. My grandmother and grandfather are at the top right holding two of their three children. My mother wasn't born yet, so she isn't in the photo. My great grandparents are the two in dark clothes.
Her first marriage was bad so she left him. That was unthinkable back then, but she quickly found another husband and they had one child. That husband died young, so she married for a third time. He died around 1985, so she lives alone now, but don't think she's lonely! She's always busy visiting with friends and relatives and she always seems to have a boyfriend. The current boyfriend occupies her weekends, so don't go to visit her on the weekend - that's reserved for him.
Did you guess that she is 80? or maybe 90? Nope, she is 97. And see her left hand there in the photo? See what she's holding? Her car keys. She still drives! I noticed when we finished lunch at the restaurant, she got her keys out even though I was driving. She's still sharp as a tack, so I don't think she was confused. I think she just likes to be in the driver's seat. And you know what? I want to be just like my great aunt when I get old.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
It seems some of Teen1 and Teen2's friends had fun in the middle of the night.
So guess what Teen1 and Teen2 did early Sunday morning?
Monday, October 6, 2008
They had several sets of cafe furniture. I gravitated towards this red set, of course. But I already have lots of patio furniture, so I don't really need it. This red coffee grinder caught my eye too. Mainly it reminded me that I needed a cup of coffee....
In the end we only bought one tiny thing for Acorn Cottage; a little cast iron hook which I'll show to you soon. But we had a nice day out from Amongst The Oaks.