Wednesday, December 31, 2008


This Christmas gift from my good and right now far away (and greatly missed) friend Marion has been chosen for my New Year wishes to all of you, friends, family and beloved visitors.
May you enjoy peace, virtue, good health, affection, love, laughter, rewards in your job/hobbies/art making, fun and discoveries in your travels, tranquility, freedom, delectable food, luscious beverages....and plenty of bubbly throughout the whole year!....What did I forget?


This morning the view of the lawn was interesting after the sprinklers had done their work....we should change the time they come on...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

I meant to post a few more pictures...I know it is a little "ancient history" but I will there!
Also because as some of you know, it is David's birthday. There is a picture of each of us including, of course, Diablo and his sister Coconut...exhausted from watching all of us agitated...she is thinking "where is the food?"
In no particular order.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

2008 River of Lights

At the Rio Grande Botanic Garden.
We took our mentee, her mother and her kids to enjoy the many sights of twinkling lights, popcorn and hot cocoa....and the bitter cold! My finger tips were hurting...but by the time we were home all was ok and our kir au peche was so yummy and appreciated...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Glimpses at our Tree

David and Emily on the Christmas tree!

O Tanenbaum.....

Don't worry, we had another Christmas tree inside....
but that is how Brussels sprouts grow for those of you city dwellers, of course not in a pot!

Merry Christmas Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow!

May the blessings and the spirit of the infant Jesus be with you now and in the coming year!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cookies, anyone?

Em baked these for our party, delicious!

On Our Christmas Tree

Not so different from last year but I have to post some pictures even if I had pictures of the same ornaments last don't remember them, right? Or do you?
Also, you never know where you might catch an angel resting...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Party Shopping Trip

Back home after 3 hours, 3 stores, totally worn out but there is still some cooking and preparations to do...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Drawing Fayoum Portrait # 2

A soldier circa 110-130
I was not happy with his left eye (he had looked cross-eyed to me) so I dabbed a bit of white paint and redid the iris part...never mind that one is bigger than the other. I also touched up both ears...poor guy!
I think that for a soldier he looks rather gentle, don't you think? Can't have been too ferocious, just my thought.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Quote for a Tuesday

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

Sir Winston Churchill
PS: Anybody out there who loves pigs too?Because I am right with Winston...

The Next Day

More snow fell during the day yesterday and now it looks like this!

Monday, December 15, 2008

It's Snowing!

First pictures of snow this season...brrrr...bring me another sweater! I thought that I would help you see it from up close and
Especially for our friends sunbathing on the beach in Chile:-(
Check the poor little pumpkin so lonely and cold...not supposed to be there, a bit out of season, wouldn't you say?

Quote for a Monday

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. They wake up in the morning and that's the best they're going to feel all day.

Dean Martin

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Drawing: A Fayoum Portrait # 1

This is a pen drawing after a Fayoum portrait (Time of Caligula, 37-50).
We know her name: Eirene, pretty awesome, no?
I like to draw with my Pigma pens...even though there is almost no possible correction, it keeps me freer knowing that my goal is not a close resemblance, that I can always start a new one if I don't like the one I'm working on.
The Fayum was a district of roman Egypt inhabited by a very lively group of Romans, Egyptians, Syrians, Jews, Libyans, Nubians. The portraits were painted on canvas or wood, and were placed on top of the faces of the deceased
(their bodies were embalmed) .

Tasty Chile

popular dish, not in the "gourmet" category but....soooooooo good in winter with fluffy biscuits

Saturday, December 13, 2008