Here is more family, my Dad and Mattie and, of course, Suzi. Mattie and Dad are both gardeners, as is my Mom, so I come by it honestly. You can see a corner of one of the front yard azaleas. I am always surprised, no matter how many times I notice, there are fewer fences in KY than in CA. Robert Frost and his "good fences make good neighbors" would not go far in KY....
Family visits HAVE to end with picture taking in the front yard.
Well, time to fly back to CA....other adventures ahead. My brother the ham....my suitcase is not THAT heavy, although I will admit to shipping a box of fabric home.... Travel to CA. Home to my own bed and my own kitties.
With permission I took photos of the buggy that is so indicative of the Amish lifestyle. Relected in the windshield, see the house on the hill and the beautiful green that was all around us. One of the gentlemen who ran a greenhouse on his farm, allowed me to traipse across his back lawn to put my camera into a peony, one of my all time favorite flowers...they say there is a peony that I could grow in OC, but not like these...
I am not sure what flower the bee has found, perhaps a rhododendron?
Give me a peony every time!
While wandering around downtown, I happened upon this lovely flower....not one I recognize from CA. Is it a cousin to a hydranga? I am flower struck in spring.
Richard, my little brother, resident of Paduah for 30+ years, a great cook and a great eater, knows all of the best places to go! When he first moved to Paducah he had to cajole my mom into shipping him tortillas and refried beans, because there were NO Mexican restaurants or supplies at the Piggly Wiggly...I kid you not. Now, however, there are lots! Artisan Kitchen, while not south-of-the- border, does offer gourmet meals to go AND, now this is the best....excellent desserts including snickerdoodle cheese cake and others that sounded even more decadent! You must arrive before 6pm and you cannot take a slice out of a whole cheesecake, but there are usually 5 or 6 to choose from! Too good to miss.
That is one of the owners in the foreground...pointing out some specialities!
And if you should need some exercise, just wander through the downtown. Here is the facade of the Market House Theater. This building was originally the destination of farmers come to market, close to the Ohio river and side doors that opened to the drays full of produce. Now home to an excellent community theater, it is oftne the center of attention in the uptown area. See their web site at http://www.mhtplay.com/
Or stop in at Allen Music where all of the locals get their gig needs met...I bought a tee shirt and a polishing cloth for my ukulele....
On Wednesday night I tagged along to a rehearsal of the band my brother plays with, Uninvited Guests. They practice at one of the band members homes, a farm not far outside of town. There was a gorgeous, huge crabapple tree there, which, happily survived the terrible winter ice storm that hit this area.The band is as follows...Sherman on the guitar...that's him in the upper left in the photo below. Liz plays dobro and is in the lower left. Greg is the bass player, playing stand-up or bass guitar and the one hiding is Richard, my "little" brother.
Here is Liz with her Dobro....lap played instrument.
Richard plays lead guitar, fiddle and mandolin, writes songs and sings. He is a very talented guy if I do say so myself.
Ann's turn. Ann is an artist, special ed teacher and a quilt appraiser among her many talents. Her "what if" is reminiscent of The Beatles....Ann is also the founder of Fiber Arts Connection of Southern California...see the website here http://www.fiberartsconnsocal.org/
Next was Julie...a very creative lady with a bit of the Pacific in her....I love the cool edging here. See one of her art quilts here. http://www.quiltsonthewall.com/quiltArtists/schlueterNew02.html
Then there is Jamie's page, a wonderful garden singing in the rain. Jamie's work can be seen at http://www.jamiefingal.com/Then Stacy who grew contemplative about God and Nature. See Stacy's work at http://corvus93.blogspot.com/Terry is a junior high English teacher who brings a high level of creativity to her teaching and of course her beautiful quilts. Her work is at http://www.terrywaldron.com/Here is the outside back cover, mine. I kidnapped the elephant, having found him on a thrift store treasure. My photos don't do justice to the great colors and creative expression included in the book, but you get the idea! I can't wait to do another one! What do you think CLQ's?
Wendy/Mom and Pippi found princesses in Pippi's eggs and Jack found Stitch! That's Auntie Chris in the background, lots of photo opps on a sunny CA Easter Sun-day.
Somehow I missed getting photos of Uncle Ceaser snoozing on the chaise, Chris playing Hillbilly Golf, great fun by the way, and the wild bunny who hopped across the patio and into the "jungle" while we were enjoying Impossible Pie and Mimosas! Yes of course he was real....he wasn't even pink! Grammie Becky was the instigator, no photos unfortunately, but parties at Becky's are ALWAYS fun! Thanks Becky, now you can rest those sore feet again.
I grew up in Orange/Santa Ana and always went to the May Festival and parade.
In fact, as a member of the first graduating class of El Modena High School, I cajoled my peers into creating a "float", (really a flat bed truck that we decorated with posters and crepe paper) promoting our 20 year reunion in the very last May Festival Parade, 1988. It was great fun.
I believe the first time I was in that parade was while I was a songleader at McPherson Junior High. We were the "Celtics" then and wore red plaid skirts to prove it!
The parade started on east Chapman and went around the Plaza and south on Glassell to Hart Park, if memory serves. The bands all assembled in Hart Park to receive their parade awards. There were lots of booths, low-key carnival games, and a ferris wheel. The whole thing was organized by the Jay Cees (Junior Chamber of Commerce)...too bad parades are so expensive! Spring is the perfect time for one!
The Pink Jasmine is very fragrant, and the roses are too.
This show has been going on for 72 years! The theme this year is "Garden Treasures."
near the corner of Center and Chapman Ave, across from the "new" library! You can pick up an entry form showing all of the categories at that very same library. You can find their website at http://www.wcorange.org/
April will bring an office move and a trip to Kentucky...best get started. Boxes and a suitcase to pack!