Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This is crazy!

Today I went out to our backyard - it was 65 degrees - and discovered that we have flowering daffodils! Usually, here in Georgia, the daffodils are about an inch high at the end of January, and flowering at the end of February. January 25, 2012? Flowers!
Although I love the daffodils I find this a little creepy...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Last weekend we went to Boulder, CO for a baby shower for daughter, Heather, who is due in March. The shower was a very nice and civilized party for Heather and Dave's friends, many of whom brought their wonderful babies. And, they have very nice friends.
On the way through the Denver airport I spotted a lot of great art but two giant maps really intrigued me. Done by Gary Sweeney, the maps show icons of funky landmarks on each state. The maps are accompanied by pictures of parents on a trip before the kids came along and a picture of what Gary says is his sister (full size) next to a meteroite display - apparently on a trip with the parents.
It was really fun to look at and I wondered how many people actually stood there and looked at this installation. They should!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

At a glamorous New Year's Eve dinner in New York City, I sat next to a very nice man who turned out to be a writer. His kids' series include Scream Team and Behind Enemy Lines (Under Fire in the Middle East). Another good one - Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombies!

These books seem perfect for my 10 year old grandson. It's hard to find books for boys that blend scary stuff and humor and I am a new fan of Bill Doyle's writing.

Check him out:

The second book in my Behind Enemy
Lines series will be out with Scholastic this fall. True stories of incredibly
brave men and women. The second book in my Behind Enemy Lines series will be out with Scholastic this fall. True stories of incredibly brave men and women.

The Artist's Helper

During the summer I took a picture of Doug, who was helping his friend take his artwork out of the Island Gallery. He was standing in the back of the truck with a stack of canvasses and the sun hit him beautifully. I just had to paint him.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Several years ago, John decided that the Connecticut grandchildren needed to experience Walter's Hot Dogs in Mamaroneck, NY. Walter's is a pagoda shaped building built in the 1920's that sells hot dogs, fries and various drinks. That's all. And, it's takeout.
So, we go to Walter's and stand in a line in the rain, snow and wind to get ...a hot dog. We are not alone in this - every year we meet people in the line from out of town who grew up going to Walter's and are home for a visit. As a matter of fact, the man who looked at our crowd and begged to be allowed to go ahead of us had to pay for the priviledge by taking our picture. Our group has grown from the original four to a crowd of (this year) twelve, who are now considering a trip to Walter's the day after Christmas to be part of the family tradition.

To eat hot dogs.

Christmas and New Year

We had such a nice time visiting kids and grandkids during Christmas week. At Kristin and Rob's house we helped Oliver write a last-minute note to Santa and had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day breakfast.
Isn't this a great cookie?