Sunday, March 30, 2008

Can You Believe It?

These photographs are from my cell phone camera. I think they might be better in quality than some of the photos taken with my cameras with optical quality lenses.

Trees Milwaukee's lake front Tuesday evening, March 25, 2008.

Trees evening of March 25, 2008. Milwaukee's lakefront.

Snowy Bush Thursday, March 16, 8 am. Work.

Lake Michigan, Saturday, March 29 2008, noon, looking north east.

Lake Michigan, Saturday, March 29 2008, noon, looking south east.

Today's quotation comes from Elliott Erwitt: To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Peeps Show

Think Peeps are just for eating? Like them fresh or stale? I have always thought that they looked like they'd glow in the dark and in your stomach.

Peeps are also used for an artistic medium. Check out this website, Peeps Show (don't enter or you'll go to a naughty site (as I found out... :)) by David Ottogalli. You have to dig deep in the website to find the art, but I think it's worth it.

Today's quote comes from Grandma Moses: If you know somethin' well, you can always paint it (but) people would be better off buyin' chickens.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hoppy Easter Everyone!

When's the last time you saw a bunny driving? Is it my imagination, or is the passenger looking angry? Maybe they're lost and the driver wouldn't stop to ask directions!

Wait a minute, the passenger is the same species as the animals pulling the carriage!

Today's quotation comes from Mark Twain: It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

Oh, and one more for good measure - this one comes from Charles Dickens: It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

Milwaukee was smacked with a huge snowstorm yesterday - 15". May spring come soon... sigh Wasn't it the spring equinox just the other day?

One more quote - this one from Anne Bradstreet, Meditations Divine and Moral, 1655: If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Everyone's Irish Today!

May good luck be your friend
In whatever you do
And may trouble be always
A stranger to you.

Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,

Many fr
iends to love you,
Joy in work and play,

Laughter to outweigh each care,

In your heart a song,
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long!

Dance as if no one's watching,
sing as if no one's listening,
and live everyday as if it were your last

I'm a little Irish, 1/16th to be exact. My great great grandmoth
er was born in Dublin. No wonder I feel like I've been tied up in knots lately.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Rabbit vs Snake

Wanted to post this short movie that a friend sent to me long ago, but forgot about it until today.

It's an amazing video that I think someone sent to Funniest Animals or something like that.

I don't like snakes although I know they have their place in this world. I'm just glad there aren't many where I live.

Today's quote comes from John Wainwright: There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Waiting for Spring

I originally wanted to use the cabochon as a suggestion of a tree's branches in winter. I didn't have the right greys and blacks to match it the way I wanted to, so I decided to go pyschedelic. I knew I had beads in florescent orange and pink, and I love them juxtaposed, so that choice was a natural.

This was going to be January's page, but I'm so tired of snow and ice that I found myself waiting for spring.

Today's quote comes from Robert L. Veninga: When one has faith that the spring thaw will arrive, the winter winds seem to lose some of their punch.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Eulogy for the Dime Store

A sad thing happened earlier this year. Drew’s V & S Variety Store on Harwood Avenue in Wauwatosa closed its doors. It was one of my favorite places. I used to say that “If they don’t have it, you don’t need it” which wasn’t quite true, but close enough.

One of my favorite stores to visit growing up was the Ben Franklin store on Oakland Avenue in Milwaukee. That too has closed and it’s storefront was left empty for years, a sad reminder of what had once been.

I fondly remember visits to Ben Franklin to buy yarn when I was learning how to knit, fabric and notions for Home Ec class, and small roses to make bouquets to wear when the Wisconsin Badgers were going to the Rose Bowl for the first time in years. I still remember all of the aisles and what aisle things were in.

A college friend of mine confided that she loved Ben Franklin because if she ran out of time to do her laundry, she knew she could always stop in there and buy a pair of underwear in a pinch.

I was sad when that store closed sometime in the mid 1990s, but the closing of Drew’s was even more profound. I think it very well may have been the last dime store in town. I know of no others. (You Milwaukeeans - Winkie's does not count. They are mostly a card/novelty store now.)

When I moved to this neighborhood years ago, I asked a friend if she knew of a dime store in the area and she turned me on to Drew’s.

Where else could you go on a shopping trip, stopping at one store, and come home with an oil cloth for the kitchen table, a fish or two for the tank, office supplies, ribbon, holiday decorations, giant tubs for ice, beads (and good ones, too!), yarn (good yarn), fabric, toys, kitchen needs and cleaning products all in one spot? And where else can you buy a Zagnut, Chunky bar or a Zero?

These were not the bright shiny new wide-aisled big box stores like Target, K Mart and that-which-shall-not-be-named (shudder.) These were stores with cloth baskets to put your purchases in with small aisles jammed with merchandise. Part of the fun was the hunt. Shopworn, yes, but a comfortable fit like a well-worn and loved denim shirt.

I used to have aquariums. I bought many fish from an aged gentleman who seemed to run the back of the store where the fish were housed. I bought one cory catfish that lived for over ten years in a tank at work. When it finally died, my friend cried. Over a catfish.

I couldn’t bring myself to go into the store the last few months it was open. It would have been too sad to watch the shelves empty down to the last bit of merchandise. I drive by the empty storefront on my way to and from work.

Good bye, old friend. It is the demise of the dime store. Hello internet. I’m not sure that it was a fair trade.

Will it be long before the neighborhood hardware stores are a memory as well?

Today's quote comes from James Barrie: We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.