Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
So David and family have a doubtlessly valuable painting. The way these pieces turned out, collectors of raccoonware will pay pretty pennies for only one of them, but TWO? We hesitate to estimate......
Hang on to what you've got. They're signed on the bottom!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
2009, not 1941
many work with low-voltage bulbs
in their miner's helmets;
but in 1941
the Sunday Schoolers at
the First Congregational Church
in Waukesha Wisconsin
got an orange, (a precious orange!)
and a small box of hard candy
from the Santa enactor,
tha late Don Barney
in the greenery-festooned
made into something else.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This ornament speaks to me. It was threaded with a glitter pipe cleaner strand, through two holes punched in the gourd. One of the holes has torn out, but with the aid of the wire inside the pipe cleaner it was hung by one strand. It held on well.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This one happened at John Helt's church near Holy Hill, Hubertus WI, - St Paul's UCC.
Imbued with the beliefs of their forebears, many of whose bones repose in the little cemetery in back of the church, this year's crop of little manger scene enactors fulfill the story ( with some laughter-arousing inevitable flaws) according to the leading and coaxing of their stage-managing Sunday school teachers and parents.
John celebrates his first Christmas with the congregation in the snowy foothills of the Kettle Moraine. A good time was layered on by all.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Yet, there was true and utter amazement when Denise demonstrated the delicate toothpick technique. (See below!) Dozens of colorful Christmas cookies were baked and decorated with all manner off frostings, sprinkles and colorful effects, only limited by the imagination of the decorators.
It was a marathon session that commenced after the downing of a potful of venison chili, bread and salad with pomegranate & toasted almonds, augmented by some Barnevelt WI reisling wine, or Mexican beer with lemon. A lovely table was set in the newly remodeled kitchen completed under the advisement of architect Win Redding, who oversaw a major revamp of the house.
The Craftsman-style woodwork all about and recommended by Redding inspired us, and especially the creativity exhibited by Ed, who normally busies himself with larger construction projects.
A majority of the pictured unique cookies were frosted by Ed. He favored the baseball motif.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
You're going to say, "Hey there's Aspertame (and other noxiosities) in that!" At my age I am immune to such concerns, if even founded. Keep it comin'! I've already eaten my bucket of dirt for the year, in addition.......and I may dead soon anyway.
This product comes in a box of 10 capsules at the grocery store, but YOU probably already knew that.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Give this a play:
Mrs. Meadows of Alabama used to bake these thin-layered cakes in a wood stove oven using shallow.hoe cake cast iron baking pans. She is still baking them for friends, relatives, and a little pin money. http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/12/15/dining/1247466123532/southern-layer-cakes.html?scp=1&sq=southern%20layer%20cakes&st=cse
Monday, December 14, 2009
Bob Heeschen, of St.Paul, MN.
Jim Ridgeway was known, among other achievements throughout his giving life, to grow a mean community garden in the 1980s, ex-officio in charge of several contiguous plots across the street from and owned by Friedens United Church of Christ. The garden in total was devised from torn-down house lots that were originally and erroneously placed on a grave yard. This lemon-aide from lemons approach was considered the ultimate of organic gardening back then. Jim ran the show.
Jim was also known for his shy welcoming smile and the gardening help he gave when asked, to Hmongs, whites, blacks, mostly poor, who wanted to grow their food from the richest compost. Jim liked to fish and rode a bus everywhere. He never drove. Milwaukeeans often thought they recognized this unheralded man, now, at this late date, Man of the Year, passing through their neighborhoods.
Our other choice as man of the year is the former Special Agent Robert Heeschen of the 113th Counter Intelligence Corps, USA, 1958-1962. He spent most of his working years afterward at the Eagle Signal Company of Davenport IA. Now retired, he is shown in his current incarnation as a docent ( & ticket-taker) at the famed railroad museum in Minneapolis.
Always a respectful man, Bob used to safely stop the government unmarked car he drove in his rounds at his duty station, Chicago, (rounds which cannot be discussed in this medium), then he would pull over, get out and stand at attention with his hat removed and held over his heart whenever any funeral procession passed, anywhere in the city. This was the sort of man Bob was and is. A well-taught son of an Army officer who fought in WW II, as it happened.
We always were touched by these gestures of Bob's. Someday, we vowed, someday we would see to it that Bob Heeschen was appropriately recognized. The time is now.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Yesterday's photo of the chickadee sitting on the feeder bracket is pleasing to the eye. Why is that? Because the small bird was placed at the apex of the frame and the tree branches in their randomness suggest triangular patterns pointing to the bird at the top.
The zig-zag motif is found on ancient pottery, and on a cocntemporary decorative border of a garage roof. Easy to draw, easy on the eye. The icicles are naturally elongated triangles, again.
Friday, December 11, 2009
cold, winter, his breath coming in trails from tiny nostrils -
I have seen that, have felt the warmth of their clenching toes
and I go to Utube in this age to seek the song, IN THE COLD MIDWINTER.....
Watching and listening it, my thoughts go to son Lee, soon to graduate from the University of Wisconsin, then to take a teaching position in Houston with Teach for America Corps. He'll be leading an elementary classroom of children, perhaps like these in the video clip.