Au Revoir August

August’s story starts with enjoying the dog days of summer…

And a trip to the U.P. with this wonderful family of mine that enjoys the crazy chaos of being together for over a week at the beach in a 800 square foot cabin…19 people and 6 dogs.

The cabin actually slept just 4 of us.  We had campers, tents, the boathouse and the garret for the others.  

So many great memories:

After my new wheels, no more bike walks.  Now, I ride along with my littles….

My new bike is an Electra Townie.  Its a low rider and the pedals are more forward than a traditional bike.   When I got my pretty Townie, in sparkle cream and touquoise,  I felt at least as happy as I did when I got my first bike in 2nd grade.  I’ve put about 50 miles on it so far, and look forward to lots of miles this fall.

Other fun summer things….

Watching the hornets nest outside the porch

The Hines Park Cruise in the same Jeep we dated in, on our 41st wedding anniversary.

And then…I got the call from mom,  “Debbie, I’ve fallen and I think I’ve broken something.”  And she surely did, her hip required a screw to hold it together. 

Less than 48 hours after surgery she was discharged to rehab.   September will be a month of healing for my 85 year old mom.

I’d like to share some of my August art next post.

Remember that summer is not over yet!

By all these lovely tokens,

September days are here,

With summer’s best of weather

And autumn’s best of cheer.

-Helen Hunt Jackson

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Goodbye July 

I’m taking a cue from a fav blog I read, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, and listing a few things that  I’ve learned this month.

Botanical watercolor. I took a three week Saturday class on the subject this month.. .totalling 9 hours of instruction and painting. I learned a great appreciation for this art form! I also learned how important drawing skills are, and how important it is to practice, practice, practice daily. I know these 9 hours really helped my understanding of mixing colors and washes. Here is a page that I painted during class…

Salad for dinner. Just about every night. We seem to  make a salad out of any protien and grain with a base of leafy veggies. So refreshing this time of year. Maybe its just a different way of arranging food on a plate, but I know we are enjoying many more veggies as a result. Thinking of dinner this way really opens the doors to creative alternatives.  

Blog posting.  I have posted almost daily for a couple months, and glad I did as I’m continuing this journal/ legacy project.  But its a bit much for me and maybe for you too! I seem to be running out of things to talk about too! Its been fun, but I could use that time in the evening to focus on projects, my peoples, or perhaps nothing at all.  I’m just being called to disconnnect.  I’ve decided to post once a month, a look back and reflection. Of course, I reserve the right to break this habit if needed! I also hope to connect and converse with more of you as a result of fewer postings….this is the most fun part of blogging for me.

Here are a few pics to finish up July.  We had the twins for 4 days over the weekend, and kept them busy!

Tailgating with all our Littles

We visited Matthei Botanical Gardens with them over the weekend

It was a hot and humid day, we all felt a little prickly.

Bad pic, but that prickly face just had to be posted…

Also boated on the Detroit River…fun was had by all

Looking forward to August adventures.

ENJOY XOXO 😗

Favorite genre

I enjoy reading novels/biographies about the lives and habits of artists. Anything relating to making art and art history really attracts me like a magnet. So why not make a list of those I’ve read…which I have read many more but can’t seem to recall them right now. And a list of those I would like to read. Let’s go….and I hope you will comment on your favorites so I can add your selections to my list.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Mason Currey

Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland (She wrote many books on the subject)

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier

The Passion of Artemesia, Susan Vreeland

Clara and Mr Tiffany, Tracy Chevalier

Luncheon of the Boating Party, Susan Vreeland

The Forest Lover, Susan Freeland

As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel, Rudy Rucker

Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet, Stephanie Cowell

An Illustrated Life, Danny Gregory

The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova

Strapless, Deborah Davis

The Painter from Shanghai, Jennifer Cody Epstein

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Norton de Trevino

The Agony and the Ecstacy, Irving Stone

Girl Reading, Katie Ward

The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham

How to be both, Ali Smith

The Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud

The Shadow Catcher, Marianne Wiggins

Impressionist: A Novel of Mary Cassatt, by Joan King

Hope you can add your thoughts and favorite books in this genre.

Summer entertainment

I visit our little pond several times a day this time of year.  It’s a way to relax.  I love to count my fish….yes I am simply entertained!

I have found the perfect plant for the containers in my pond….Creeping Jenny! 

Note Aubree’ s painted frog choreographing the fish dances.

Jeff’s heron stands guard over the fish….

Goldfish, shubunkin, koi…..

Pond with goldfish….backyard escape.