"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Projects in our messy rooms

The second of three quilts is done!!!!

You cannot make a cake without breaking some eggs and spilling flour on the counter.
Here's a shot of Russell's room as he makes a painting for the BMW John Day Rally. It will be used for the T-shirt design. It's not quite finished....

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Three more babies are due to arrive either this month or early next year.....so from this.....

I get this.......one done and two to go!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Malia mama mia!

Yesterday we celebrated Malia's 4th pregnancy and soon to be born baby with a
"Mommy Party". Granted, there were a few baby gifts, but mostly we showered Malia with love and attention. We laughed, ate, and painted on little rocks brought from Hawaii. Our focus was to paint encouraging images and words for the up coming labor and delivery. We all had a good time and I think we sent Malia home with lots of good wishes and cheer. Not to mention an abalone shell full of lovely rocks!
Here are a few images...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Finally finished!

A year ago I learned how to make cast concrete leaves. I made a lot of them, gave all of them away as gifts and satisfied myself with learning a new process.

However, I did not finish one HUGE leaf until just two days ago. For the longest time I did not know how I wanted to paint it....so here it is finally.....I think I'll keep this one!!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Russell's tile project

Russell started with 5 pounds of clay- and will end up with a 12'x 3' ceramic tile installation for his cousin Janice.....

Russell hand painting/glazing each tile.
Hours and hours go into this project...

Now he waits for it to completely dry before firing it....I will post more pictures after it has been fired and again when it's finally installed in the summer of 2007

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Happy Halloween!!

We had a fun time last night celebrating Halloween at Rosie and Ray's house....now they know how to celebrate Halloween...... not only do they decorate both the inside and outside of their home....but they insist on everyone dressing up......so we all did. What a hoot!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Now that the dust has settled....

We have been home for a week and I finally have uploaded all our photos to Costco so I can put together our usual photo album....somehow looking at photos in a book is more satisfying..meanwhile here are a few of my more favorite shots from our trip-and then of course there are lots more on flickr.....enjoy!

Looking down from Castle Varrich

My very most favorite...the Highland Cow...

The glorious evening light as we drive towards Tongue for dinner

Canal cruise in Amsterdam

Driving towards Fort William

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Homeward bound....

We have had a great 3 plus week adventure-but we are ready to go home-we're ready to empty our bags and wear something different! Here are a few last shots of our trip home! Cheers!

a young dog being trained to "sniff" out potential bombs

smiling as we fly along.....it was a very long 10 plus hours....

one of many cows around Schipol Airport. Besides the cows, there was lots to do while waiting for our flight.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Last day in Amsterdam and tomorrow we go home

We had a kind of laid back day-lazy morning-except for fine tuning the final packing as you NEVER EVER go home with less than you came with...hahah....we always bring little giftees for family and friends...plus rocks, sand and shells....
We then took a boat cruise around the canals-sounds rather touristy but, it actually was nice. Here are a few last shots.....

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Van Gogh Museum and more!! bicycles!

We finally got to the Van Gogh museum today-wonderful space-familiar favorite paintings and some works we had never seen before. Time well spent.

....and my goodness me- I don't know if I will ever get over the use of bicycles in Holland. It's like the locals here are born on bicycles; they come close but never collide-a dance between other bicycles, pedestrians and most importantly the car....fun to watch and also a fashion show. We saw absolutley gorgeous women dressed to the nines in dresses and high heels-skid up to a halt, jump off, quickly lock up both locks and saunter off looking like a million bucks! WOW

Here are a few of the many photos we took of bicycles!!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Rembrandt Museum and more

WE had a great day today-what with number one: going to the Reich museum and seeing such fabulous paintings that we had only seen before in art books-to see them in the flesh was awesome and inspiring-so many years past these works of art had been created-but yet they were before us-in fingertip range-one could almost reach through the years and touch the actual people that put paint to canvas...incredible and so wonderful....then back to basics-we found good food! Away from the crowd restaurants-we got good pasta at good rates....later on we just watched the locals riding their bicycles in a way that is sinuous and lovely to watch-generations have practiced this way of transportation-we could learn from this would our hills be smaller.....hah!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Travel can be too much work...

.....and not enough fun. So-when did water become our enemy any how??? When did toothpaste become the Evil Mr Snidely? Our experience going through Edinburgh's airport was less than satisfactory....the Buchenwald trained ServiceAir employee lecturing waiting passengers to NOT cross the imaginary line bewixt steerage and Elite First Class was just plain stupid. And then we personally experienced the "oops we forgot to tell you you cannot have more than one carry on"....fortunately I managed to circumvent their evil plan by cadging a free large plastic bag that we could put all our carry on into... gosh- two bags all of a sudden become one bag...SHAZAM...anyhow-I'll stop my rant about the "joys of modern travel" and just leave you with the photo of the "Employee of the Day with Service Air in Edinburgh" What a maroon.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Unbelievable art in Edinburgh

Today we went to three galleries-the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy Building. BY far, the National Gallery had the most incredible work by Ron Mueck. He creates oversize humans that defy your imagination-they are so real. Then he has lilliputan size humans....all very realistic down to their toenails...check him out on the web....

We're back in Edinburgh!

Good old Edinburgh-we arrived mid-afternoon from Glasgow-Toni dropped us off and we said fond farewells til we meet again on one or another continent!
Yesterday we went to two museums-the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art that had a fabulous exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe's work. Who ever curated it did a great job.
Then we went on to the Dean Gallery-just across the street and saw the Van Gogh exhibit. Again-a good show and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Off to lunch and then we strolled down Dundas Street and went in and out of many llitle art galleries. Some better than others. But most of them practise a most uncharming manner of ignoring the customer....their loss....we did come across a few galleries that were actually very friendly-so we were able to have conversations about the art "scene" in Edinburgh.
We did find two small pieces that we will hand carry back. Really lovely contemporary works.
Here a a few shots of our day-

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Another day-another pub and yet another ale to taste....

I would post another photo showing our very rainy drive down from Fort William-however our web attachment is tenous-so this will have to do...cheers!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Thoughts about and some photos of Scotland

Scotland is a country full of dramatic vistas and simple understatements....
A stormy blustery day will bring a remark of " tis a good day for a brisk walk isn't it?""
Whereas we'd be saying" Man- it's nasty out"..........Here are a few photos of the absolutely beautiful landscape taken in the West Highlands.. come visit- you'll fall in love with it too!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

A walk in Scotland is a hike at home!!

Yesterday we took a "walk" with Toni and her friends Andrew and Sue. We drove to Abiemore, which is a ski resort in the winter and then a bit further where we walked up the hill
Meall a Bhuachaille. We started at about 1pm and were back down around 5 pm. Stright up and straight down!!!! We walked about 5 miles and gained about 1500 feet in elevation The hill is about 812 meters high. Here are a few shots:

Looking down from the top....

On the top....

Monday, September 11, 2006

To Amsterdam and beyond!

Here we are at Chantal and Berry's house and here is their darling baby Mauri...3 months old and perfect as perfect can be! We stayed here with them for 4 days and now we are in Scotland. For more photos go to my flickr site to the right of this......

The most important thing I learned in our short stay is how sensible the Dutch are....no nonsense-just common sense and very family oriented...more later!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Trip to California Day 3

Leaving Sausalito early am for Bolinas-
the view is from Janet and Floyd's home-wow!

I stopped on Hwy 1 for the shot. The road is quite
narrow, winding, and in some places
only one lane-no wonder I left before anyone
else was on the road! Took about 45 minutes
from Sausalito-gorgeous drive...

The lagoon right before you turn left to
get to Bolinas...don't look for signs-there aren't any!

Miles perched on the fence before the Memorial
Service for his Grandmother

Pam and her Dad

Pam and I-

Meryl visiting with a dear friend...

Afterwards I went over to Kitty and Arthur's home
and then we went on a drive to visit some of her
friends- this is one of the lovely homes in Bolinas

A sculptor lives here-and I found live sculptures
in the garden...

I like this angle...

Arthur is cooking a delicious dinner- thanks Arthur!

And Kitty is making little fruit tarts from Mulberries and other fruits from their garden.
Very tasty treats...and Charlie rules from his
favorite spot.