Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tamarack, West Virginia

If only New York State promoted our products in the way West Virginia does! Right on Interstate 77 a place called Tamarack - The best of West Virginia --- sells nothing but products made right there in the state of West Virginia..... CDs of West Virginia musicians, products made by West Virginia artists, food grown in West Virginia, you get the idea. New York State rest stops sell "I heart NY" mugs made in China! At Tamarack there is not a "MADE IN CHINA" label in the place ---- do you know how rare that is these days?

Monday, October 29, 2007

First Frost

We had our first frost last nite, but not a "killer" frost. Most of the stuff in the yard is fine. I did bring in a couple of plants that have been summering outdoors though. A couple of days ago, Cheryl pointed out that there seems to be a lot of large buds on the lilac bush, so I went out and got this picture. This really doesn't make sense since the first buds in the spring are leaf buds - green - and the emerging flowers don't look anything like this, and it is late fall, etc??? A very pretty sight though!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mandatory Halloween

We're going to be on the road for Halloween this year, so unless somebody shows up at the hotel room door, this is it! Rochester hosts a wonderful event - Balloon Manor - to raise funds for cancer victims, and it is truly unique. Cheryl and I, along with Anne, Maeve, and Wyatt, took in the spooktacular sites. Totally wonderful balloon sculptures, spiced with more puns than the brain can keep up with...... they even entertain you while waiting in line. If you are reading this on October 28th before 6 pm, there is still time to see it! If not, put it on your Halloween list for 2008!
In the graveyard, a mirror was the best joke of all ---- that's me in the hat with camera ----- last shot I got as my battery ran out?????

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A good day!

Spent a whole hour sitting on the front porch with Maya sleeping on my shoulder today. Does life get any better than that? And outside our window this morning the sun caught the fall trees on the next block, but hadn't made it to our street yet.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Painting the town!

Most every intersection has a traffic control box - usually a big metal box, sometimes covered in posters, garage sale notices, etc. but some of them in Rochester are being converted to works of art! Cathryn was working on this one as I rode by on my bike tonight! Thank you Cathryn, and all the other folks involved in improving our city!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Nature in the studio

Just a quick shot of one of the many succulent plants I grow in the wonderful big sunny windows of our studio!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Maya, Susan, and Frederick

Maya Louise was baptized yesterday. Her friends and family gathered at the same place where her father and mother were married almost 5 years ago and we celebrated her birth, and welcomed her to the community of faith. Afterward, we took a side trip to a small park in Rochester, where Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas sit and discuss the twin problems of slavery, and women's sufferage. Thanks to them, and to many others, Maya Louise will have a much different life than might have been. Maya's family is Italian, Black, Native American, and probably lots of other heritages, and she is a woman. But, she will be able to vote, able to live where she pleases, become who she wants to be, and will be loved by a vast variety of really warm, loving, fun, and supportive people who make up her family! Thank you to Maya, and to all the people who helped get her here, and give her a good life!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thoughts from the tall blue plastic box.

Doesn't that leave you pretty much where you started? Other than helping the germs evolve - kill off the weak ones - this doesn't make a lot of sense?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Business card collectors and bow ties

When selling our work, customers have several methods of exiting our booth. Asking for a card is the most common method of trying to make us feel like they are genuine in their interest, while making them comfortable with not buying anything. We smile and give them 15 cents, knowing from past experience that the colorful cards we create to try and increase the number of future contacts will be lost, put in a drawer, thrown out, etc. Our "favorite" card collectors are the ones who just breeze by, ask for a card after only the briefest glance at our work, and are on their way. Another type are the ones who sneak a hand in behind our "desk" to take a card without even saying hello. Never just put out a pile of cards! Hundreds will disappear in the blink of an eye! And never ever be clever like I was a while back. I created several cards with different images of our work on them, and discovered people taking one of each! The folks who stop and chat a while, and ask for a card as they leave, are always welcome!

The thoughts that go through our heads as folks take cards are usually best left inside. The jokes about "be backs" are legion, but this weekend a perfect moment happend. A fellow artist was visiting our booth when a woman asked for a card with the comment.... "I'm not buying today, but may want to later". My friend's better judgement abandoned him for a moment, and he said something like "Oh..... like you will be buying later"? My instant hope that she hadn't heard him was not to be, and she informed us haughtily that ours was the only booth all day that she had asked for a card from! ;~)

And just for laughs, here is a picture of me, about 6 hours post haircut, and in a bow tie!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Out of computer range for a few days

Just to update on granddaughter Maya Louise before we leave! And for those who wonder at my fascination with snails, and aren't quite as excited about them, here is an alternative view. Looks a lot less friendly than the cans of beer I used to put out?

Monday, October 01, 2007

Snail's Eye View

Caught this snail out and about early in the day after a fresh rain - 4 feet up in the air, and looking for something? And in a thistle?