|Kissed by a frog?|
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|Melinda Sapp and me|
We all had fun. I am thinking of perhaps trying this technique out on heavier tar paper and sealing both front and back and using it for a runner or small mat on the floor. I think a nice geometric pattern would not be beyond my talents.
Across from the arts center was this wild and wacky house built by one of the local artists, Dean Mosher and his father in law, Craig Sheldon. It reminds me of a house that should be occupied by hobbits or some fantastical mythical creatures. The outside is really a hoot. Embedded in the outside cement is all manner of weird stuff... wine bottles, broken pottery, and anything that most of us would have thought to throw out. The inside is not quite so fantastical as the outside but has some wonderful woodwork and metal work. While it is fun to look at, it would not be a place I would be comfortable living. It has too much going on.
Dinner was a typical southern style barbeque with all sorts of fried seafood... deadly for my diet. ( I somehow managed not to gain any weight on this trip). The following morning was free before we headed home and I hit the gym and treadmill.
The Mardi Gras Museum was really mouth dropping. Some of the costumes were beyond the imagination. It takes almost a year to create the outfits for the King and Queen and the costs can be well over $100,000.00 for each. Each person who participates is a volunteer and pays their own way. The trains are about 18 feet long and can weigh upwards of 150 lbs! Can you imagine schlepping one of those on your back? Mardi Gras originated in Mobile, Alabama before New Orleans. The industry created by the festivities is the main financial support for the area. It brings in about 3 billion dollars a year. Our next stop was at the headquarters of the Order of Myths... one of the top secret societies that participates in Mardi Gras. This is a male only bastion but we were allowed inside. Most people don't even know where the building is it is so secret.
Lunch was a boxed affair I could have easily lived without but Fiona did seem to enjoy her traditional sweet tea out on the back porch. The weather was lovely.
Our next stop was a Greek Orthodox family church which was built in the late 1960's. It has some lovely stained glass windows.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
There were lots of butterflies enjoying I the flowers. Lunch was a casual affair outside but Fiona was jealous of my raspberry chocolitini. Ned was hard at work.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
We then had lunch up in the restaurant and had a good chuckle this morning. Somehow Norma and I got back each others credit cards. They were both black and since we had the same thing for lunch the amounts were the same. Priority mail, here we come!
We had some time to kill before we headed for our respective trains so we walked across the street to the Time Warner building which houses a bunch of upscale shops. This is one of the very large sculptures that sits in the lobby....
Reminds me of a Botero...there is a female to match but she doesn't garner as much attention!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Will is the cutest...he doesn't stop moving for a second and He is all smiles.
Today I met up with Rayna Gillman and we went into Manhattan. Our initial plan was to go to the memorial park at Ground Zero. It turns out you need tickets and you have to reserve them weeks in advance. We went anyway hoping we could get some last minute. Luck wasn't with us.
We took the PATH from Newark to the World Trade center. This lovely mural greeted us as we exited.
We managed to see a corner of one of the waterfalls from the pedestrian bridge. Thankfully I now have some new memories to replace the scenes of horror.
The weather was glorious so we decided to just walk around. Here are some shots of the Occupy Wall Street. Every news station was there.
And a few blocks away....
I love all the old art deco buildings. They have such charm. Here is a small bronze plaque above a doorway.
A bit further up Broadway is City Hall Park. We got excited as there was a structural art exhibit installation. This was the first sight that treated us.
Our excitement was short lived. The rest of it looked very similar to a bunch of white stackable boxes you would get at IKEA.
The afternoon passed rather quickly and it was time to go home. I invited Rayna back for dinner and to meet my daughter and grandson. It was a good day.