Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer fun


Mid July: Hot and Summery

 Even with a/c blasting away inside, the idea that it is 103 degrees outside makes me feel listless and unmotivated.
Seeking some visual refreshment I thought I'd re-visit some random photos I took earlier in the year, between January and the beginning of July.  
None of the photos were blog worthy at the time.
A random collection of such photos: perhaps blog worthy post for a hot summer day.
A Ruby Red grapefruit enjoyed in January provided an indoor snowflake design.

 Now my mouth is watering.
Funny how just seeing grapefruit can make that happen.

 Seeing a close up of a seed bearing crevice of a papaya surrounded by  fleshy tones is vaguely unsettling isn't it?
 Dry air= static electricity that messed with the soothing strokes on Tate's usually silky fur.
Sparks often sparked when he was petted last winter.

 Hoarfrost mornings turned one February morning into a study in black and white with just a single red leaf lingering to remind on that the world is usually a color filled place.

 A peek into one of Bernie's fly fishing resources.
Who knew fish enjoyed colors so much?

The line weights in lead looked drab compared to the whimsical pink pearls that mimic delicious salmon eggs.
Or at least lots of fish think salmon eggs are yummy.

One day Bernie came in from the early spring garden to show me these bits from his Japanese maples.
The small twigs are covered with a living pattern;  the chevrons are a pest called scale that could easily suck the branches dead if not caught in time.
I get what my dad used to call the "heebeejeebees" when ever I see the creepy layers choking plants.
They look like something from outer space to me.

 Downtown Salt Lake has a welding shop that is directly across from my favorite camera shop.
The welders engage in artistic flare as well as meeting typical welding needs.

 Turkey textures could engage a camera lens for many shots.

 Our daughter in law has access to a backyard chicken farmer who from time to time sells her a dozen eggs in a lovely spectrum of hues produced by his several kinds of chickens.
I am rather taken by the aqua blue egg shells.

 Our alliums finished blooming in late May and then set to making seed pods.
I was clipping the stalks when I took a closer look and noticed the green heart shapes filling out next to the fading petals.

 Actually prettier in pod than in fresh bloom I think.

 The "hearts" have three sides...

 A passing two year old artist paused long enough for a photo op before he returned to his painting.

 I followed him inside...
He was pretty proud of his flower.

 It was rather puzzling that this fluffy globe refused to puff away like the dandelion globes always have.
He gave it his best "wish/blow" effort several times.

 In early July a finger tip sized bouquet was picked by me along a back country road while my fisherman fished down by the river.

 Here's the river he was fishing while I was doing floral design.

 I love how the air smells with an intoxicating scent mixture of river, pine trees and wild roses in bloom.

 Early July and fields are in bloom.

Pretty scene enjoyed by me for a moment, enjoyed by several cows all day.
Cows got it good I think!
It may be a degree or two cooler today.
Not enough to make me want to wander about in the great outdoors.
Thankfully I can instead revisit past wanders that were enjoyed in a cooler season.
It makes me feel cooler just seeing the pictures again.
Photography as an means to a lower energy bill in summer.
Who would of thunk?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nursery: Sewing Done

   The room that was designated to be Calvin's nursery has a single north facing window.  A Japanese maple wisps at one side of the window and the walls had been painted a compatible shade of green when it was originally made into a home office five years ago, back before the family circle had included wee offspring.
    Rachel made the decision to keep the green paint as she began to re-design the room as a nursery. She also did some thinking and decided to go with a new white crib and mid century modern blonde furniture to keep the room as light as possible.
Originally the nursery's rocker/glider and footstool had been covered in a washed out yellow fabric. That had worked with Luke's nursery colors but Rachel wanted something more exciting color wise for Calvin's room.
She found an on- line tutorial on how to re-cover rocker gliders and asked if I would be willing to take on the project.  I agreed and we trooped down to IKEA to look for some fabric that would give the room a pop of bold design and color while still keeping with a forest/tree/mid century modern vibe.  
    I think her choice of fabric nailed it!
    The stylized white tree shaped book case next to the rocker was hand crafted by a friend as a gift to a Calvin.

With the shaggy natural wool rug and furniture in place the next decorating question was concerning a window covering.  I suggested using the leaf shapes cut out from the upholstery fabric. The leaves were sewn into small pillow shapes that were slightly padded with quilt extra high loft quilt batting and a bit of fiber fill.  A line of stick on Velcro was applied to the wall and regular Velcro was sewn onto the back of the over lapped leaves.  Sewing the window treatment took me about as long as it took to re-do the rocker!  Funny how that works with sewing projects.
  A pen and ink/water color print in an ivory white frame, a picture of a safari from Rachel's childhood home and a few other small bits of art on a ivory white art ledge will be completing the room this week.

The nursery isn't being used much right now any way except for baby dressing and diaper changes.  
Calvin for now is sleeping next to his parent's bedside in the same portable style bassinet crib that his big brother used when he was tiny.
Luke doesn't mind letting Cal use his old bassinet crib at all. He  climbs into the bassinet himself from time to time just for old time sake. 
Brother bonding in bed time...I think they both are enjoying it!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Independence Day 2014

Our son Jeff's neighborhood has the BEST 4th of July block party breakfast and bike parade each year. Tables and chairs are set up in the small cul-de-sac one house down from his house. 
The neighbors line up starting at 8 am and they keep coming until around ten.
Wearing Red, White and Blue to the party is an unspoken rule.  
*Some* folks are not 100% with the program due to alligence to a certain train named Thomas. 
A British train no less.
We will discuss this with him much later.
I doubt he will give an inch on the subject though.

In the past years good hearted neighbor men manned grills and flipped flap jacks for the crowd.  This year the party went upscale.  A mobile food company named Saturday Waffles was hired to cook the grub.
Calling a menu like this "grub" is a bit of a stretch..
Check out the half lemon/raspberry half Banana Fosters waffle in the front and the S'mores waffle in the back!  We went with the Eggs Benedict waffle that was to die for. 
The young attendees were dressed so cute.
All out patriotic face!
After breakfast there was a bike parade.
Decorated bikes and scooters lined the streets.
Loved that sweet summer dress..,
Loved the bike decorations.
Bubble machines filled the air with bubbles and buckets filled with bubble soap were at the ready for child powered bubble making efforts. Two year old Luke "got" that the bubble wand needed to be pressed against the lips to work. The blowing part was not quite grasped as of yet. 
Kids lined up to throw balls and dump siblings and friends into a dunk tank. There was a line up to be a ball tosser and another line to be a dunkee!
A face painting and temporary tattoo station was set up right next to a bounce house.
Mr. Red White Blue & Orange bounce away.
Calvin, The Newest Patriot On The Block snoozed through all the fun. Being just nine days old napping was enough celebration for him.

God willing, next year Luke will be riding in the bike parade and Calvin will be toddling about in a flag colored outfit. 
14th Generation Americans they both be.
And me...I will probably be wearing a hat and taking pictures as I enjoy the blessing of the day.