Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2013

Sunday, March 30, 2013

This well may be my last posting. I know a mean spirited person (or two) who will like that. 

The movers are coming tomorrow - arrangements were made at the beginning of March before I knew "when" I would be able to move - and we will be moving lock, stock, and barrel (dogs, cats, bonsai, plants, furniture, et cetera) up to the last "knuckle" of the "Thumb" on Lake Huron. 

As a result I will be saying good-bye to Comcast phone, internet, and TV. They have been mostly "good" - although their penchant for raising fees with virtually every billing will NOT be missed. I do not know how anyone will be able to contact me!

I do not know if I will be able to access my blog when I have new satellite non-Comcast connections. Help!! I also may be losing Facebook. Where's a tech-savy kid when you really need one?

Normally the winter aconite - the happy yellow flowers seen below - appear the first or second week in February - hence the name "winter" aconite. Here we are almost in April, two months late, and they have finally shown themselves.

Clicking on the photos will enlarge them. Once enlarged, clicking on the letter "X" in the upper right hand corner will return you to the text.

The snowdrops shown below as they are just barely emerging from the ground and also one or two amongst the vinca as just barely open are about two months late this year as well. I will miss, horribly miss, my garden here in Royal Oak.

I hope the person(s) who buy my home will like gardens for they will be acquiring an amazing one here. I've frequently said that they will probably put in a tennis court or a pool. The only constant is change.

The photo below was taken in January, 2012 and I have no idea at all why it appeared with the photos taken today. It had been lost. Why on earth it should show up now is beyond me. A free adult beverage to anyone who can tell me the names of the ladies and their dogs and where it was taken. (I know!)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Clair has removed his supply trailer from my property - you can see the rectangle where it was sitting - - and that strange stuff is dirt and grass.
Grass has also appeared in other areas - finally. The porch wall has reappeared from under the snow.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The trips up with small packages are slowing down a bit; maybe there's one more trip with house plants and perhaps another one or two with what-nots. It's time to contact my moving company and make a date.

No new photos just some re-dos.
I spent virtually all day yesterday cleaning out my basement - almost 40 years of "stuff" - sorting through recyclables and packing up stuff to move. Once again the recyclables were placed out on the curb for Tuesday morning trash and recyclable day. Then this morning I drove the saved stuff to Sans Souci.
Each view shows treasured memories; this one shows a handiwork done by my Grandma Hansen's sister Marie which hung in Grandma's house when I was a kid; an unfinished San Francisco sky done my my cousin Tom; a Kelly Carnahan winter scene done for David when he lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico; a Jonathan Rajewski piece called :"Sexus"; a water color by Kaiko Moti, I believe, that I've had for more than three decades and it's twin I recently discovered at the Royal Oak Farmer's Market; and a Donald Saff work which we bought from Lester Arwin Gallery when we enjoyed going to downtown Detroit for the downtown Hudson's store, art galleries like Arwin's and the Detroit Artist's Mart, the Music Hall, and lunch or dinner at the Caucus Club. The previous photo, just above this one, shows a Jon Parlangeli above the fireplace.
In the upper left is another Jonathan Rajewski, a water color of Elmore Leonard by Jax, shoes done by Niagara for a benefit, a triptych entitled "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll" by Jerome Feretti and another of my much loved tree etchings - this one bought at the only DuMouchelles auction I ever went to. Clicking on photos enlarges them.
I keep adding plants from my current home to the east windows of my new home each trip up now. I have a wonderful collection of Bonsai; many of mine are Norfolk Island Pines which I like because they are tropical and must be kept indoors where they can be seen and enjoyed in the winter. I don't know why people who do Bonsai don't use them more.They are, of course, best viewed by themselves but they need sunlight and water to grow so I keep them in a sunny window. Over the years I have given away some of my best examples - - - never to be heard from again. 

Back in the "cubby hole" is a Craig Nowak, an Aedwynn  Darrow, two Judy Chos, a Jon Parlangeli, a Jonathan Rajewski, a Wayne Douglas Quinn, some Jack Johnsons, and two sheepskin pages from an old choral book that Aunt Betty owned at one time.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My new Poang rocking chair. I plan on using it lots. I almost bought it from Amazon but it's from Ikea and less expensive there. Clicking on photos enlarges them.

The plants have started arriving. It's beginning to look like "home".

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Quick trip up to take more boxes of things. I pack the boxes, take them up, unpack them and bring the empty boxes back south to re-pack and repeat. That works out great because it's not so hard but it does take longer than doing it all at once. Clair called last evening and said that the crawl space under part of the house needs to be insulated with foam which should happen as soon as the man who did the chimney insulation gets back from Texas in the next week or so. That's the last big job apparently. Then walk through and closing. Much of the snow and ice has gone leaving only places where the snow has drifted. I haven't been in the pole barn much and I know there's work to be done there. My brother David slipped and fell on the ice and broke a rib so he won't be able to help me when the movers come. I have not scheduled a moving day yet.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (1 of 2)

John Cynar and Jon Parlangeli worked at Sans Souci hanging art (indoors) in the near zero degree weather today! Clicking on photos enlarges them. 

As readers know, I try to answer all questions asked about Icelandic Sheepdogs, the care and feeding, breeding, raising puppies, training, etc. on my blog. I try to do that in a non-judgmental way and without casting aspersions on others.

This non-dog question came today, “Hello and WOW, it looks like the new place is really coming along. The ART is hung! I have a question about that. Do you try to plan it ahead of time, this would look good here, this best there or do you start hanging, then move it around?

I did not hang the art. I took two friends up north to help me hang the art, but that didn’t happen. They hung the art and I, like Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence, was forced to watch. Watching Jon and John work together was AMAZING. It would have taken me three or four weeks to do what they did in a day.

I have known Jon Parlangeli and his multi talented wife Tracy for decades, how many decades I’m not sure. Three? I have followed his evolution as an artist over many, many years very closely; I have many of his works. If you look closely at the photos Jon took as they were working, you can see many pieces he painted. I have perhaps the largest collection of Parlangelis in the world. (I should ask Jon and Tracy about that over wine once the house is done and I’m living up there.) If you look back through my blog, you will find photos of the pole barn that is hung with many early Parlangelis.

John Cynar has been an exhibitions curator for nonprofits like the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester. His own gallery, the Start Gallery, was in downtown Birmingham. He led a coalition of four galleries: - Detroit Artists Market, Detroit Contemporary, Paint Creek, and Meadow Brook Art Gallery and showed local contemporary art at all four spaces.

As an artist John has produced digital photographs, sculpture, collages, and multimedia art and has had recent showings at the Detroit Artists Market, the Scarab Club, Eastern Michigan University the Museum of New Art, the Emergence Theater, the Metropolis, the Masonic Temple, the Birmingham Community House, the District Arts Gallery, the Museum of New Art, the Henry Ford Estate, Detroit Contemporary, the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. (Continued after the photos.)

So - - -  watching them work was interesting. John and Jon took time and looked at the art placed all around leaning against the walls, the kitchen cupboards, the range, fridge, dishwasher, the fireplace. It seemed like their minds, the minds of artists, were cataloging, comparing, contrasting what there was to work with. Then like two whirling dervishes, Jon and John started to work. The first wall turned out to be John's favorite one - can you guess which one that was? 

They did the cubby, the hearth-room, the bedroom, the hall, the laundry, the basement steps. The bathroom is not done. We still have pieces left: some will end up in the bathroom, some will be over the closets, some will go to the garage - yes, they will be hung in the garage; others will join works in the pole barn.

People have asked me how and where I've acquired my art. A lot of my art is second hand art that I've bought at the Royal Oak Farmers' Market which has produce on Fridays and Saturdays and a flea market every Sunday. I only buy what I really like and I pay about $20-40 on the pieces I pick up there. I've been going through the Farmers Market since junior high - it was on the way from my house to both junior and senior high schools and I could buy apples on the way to classes on days it was open.

I also have good friends and relatives who have produced a fair percentage of my art.

Some of my art I've had for 50 years or more. All of my art evokes memories for me. I love being surrounded by lovely memories.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (2 of 2)

Jon and John worked very, very hard today with excellent results. Jon took these photos.
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