Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dad!

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well - Voltaire.
Holding Allie 1993
The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. Madeleine L'Engle
At the Boat Cruise with me 2015
Happy Birthday, Father!

Sunday, June 26, 2016


"If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get." Frank A. Clark
This week has been full of blessings and while I was busy working I took a moment to appreciate them.
I spent time with my youngest daughter, who is busy doing her own work. She cracked jokes and made me laugh at the mundane tasks of life.
I finished up one painting, The Pelican on a Post, and started my next one. I feel great enjoyment from working on the artwork.
I played tennis with friends and struggled to find my game this week. That's the way it goes, sometimes, but I was grateful to be playing. Even if it was poorly.
I had dinner with a good friend who is going through a rough patch. It was difficult to see her in pain and I hope I could offer her comfort.
I am busy working on some recipes and menus for the Fourth of July. I enjoy the planning process.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Painting of a Pelican on a Post

I've been working on some acrylic backgrounds and wanted to paint a pelican on one. The teal background was calling to me, so I painted on some textures and then got to work on painting the brown pelican. I wanted the bird to be the main focus of the painting, so I kept the background abstract. (I didn't want to add a water scene or landscape.) I like how the texture of the pelican's feathers pop against the background.
It was most interesting to study the pelican's bill, eyes, feet, and feathers. I love how the bill appears to be in 3 parts, the upper beak, lower beak, and throat pouch. They range in size between 10 - 18 inches. This is where they filter water when swallowing a mouthful of ocean. The bill is hooked to allow the pelican to grip slippery fish.
 The Brown Pelican's Eyes are gray to brown and turn blue when the pelican is near breeding age.
The pelican's feet are webbed which allows it to swim and dive efficiently. 
Acrylic Painting of Pelican on a Post 16"x20"
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

A "Golden Girls" Restaurant?

There's a "Golden Girls" themed restaurant in the works, and yes, they will have cheesecake on the menu.
NYC will be getting the tv show inspired cafe that is owned by Rue McClanahan's best friend and son. Rue was everyone's (my) favorite character Blanche Devereaux. They have memorabilia from the show (costumes and jewelry) as well as an award and merchandising rights from Disney.
And the best news... Betty White will be at the ribbon cutting.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Milkshake Kind of Day

June 21 marks my late grandmother's birthday. It was a day that she was most proud of, stating that it was the "longest day of the year". The reason for the length of the day, was the summer solstice and the sun shone for the most amount of time in a 24 hour period. However, I think she somehow attributed this to day of her birth.
Her birthday marked the official beginning of summer. For the northeast that meant that flowers would bloom for the next few months, kids were out of school, the days took a slower pace, and the breeze blew warm. These were things that she loved. Even though she was with us year round, I always associated her with summer. When the temperature soared, she'd have a black and white milkshake or if we went to a ice cream shop, a butter pecan ice cream soda. On days when the heat was excruciating, she'd ask for an ice cold black beer.
So, every June 21, I like to have a milkshake in her honor or even an ice cream soda. I just pray it doesn't get hot enough for me to want a black beer!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day 2016

Three Fathers  my dad, my brother, my husband
My husband's father
My brother-in-law
Happy Father's Day to the giving, caring, hard working, patient, impatient, overworked, exhausted fathers in our lives. You are the backbones to our families.

Special Hero by © Christina M. Kerschen 

When I was a baby, 
you would hold me in your arms.
I felt the love and tenderness, 
keeping me safe from harm.
I would look up into your eyes, 
and all the love I would see.
How did I get so lucky, 
you were the dad chosen for me.
There is something special 
about a father's love.
Seems it was sent to me 
from someplace up above.
Our love is everlasting, 
I just wanted you to know.
That you're my special hero 
and I wanted to tell you so.