13 May 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!!

A tribute to my Mom...

Happy Mother's Day to you, Mom.
Thank you for exposing me to the Classics at an early age.
For wearing pigtails and saddle oxfords and jeans.
For making "air" dinners
For taking me shopping to buy my first "peasant" dress
For instilling in me the love of books
For teaching me how to cook.
For letting me choose my baby sister's middle name (Yvonne-not Marie!)
For your hilarious wit and humor.
For working so hard at a job you hated so my siblings and I could have a good life
For driving me to college orientation (and I KNOW how much you hated driving)
For Hough Bakery birthday cakes
and Leggs hosiery in my Christmas stocking every year
For buying my first Poloroid camera.
For sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies and chocolate chips too
For lunches at the Silver Grille
For loving me even when I was unlovable
and forgiving my foolishness
For thanking me for calling you - even though you don't need to.
For hanging out with my kids
and for your laughter.

Time and space will not permit me to list all the things I Love about you.
So I'll have to sum it up in these 3 simple words;
Happy Mother's Day!!!

20 June 2011

City Fresh Haul

A few weeks ago, my daughters and I signed up for "produce shares" from the Coventry City Fresh program.  To join, you sign up for either a "single" share or a "family" share a week in advance.  Our first shares have been family shares.  The produce is from local farms and is picked and gathered the morning of the share distribution and members pick up their "share" Tuesdays from 5-7 pm. You can then decide if you want to pay for the next week's share or you can skip a week if you like.  We've picked up shares for 2 weeks now and each time there was someone on site making a recipe from one of the items for us to sample.  The link to Coventry City Fresh's blog is http://coventrycityfresh.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-coventry-city-fresh.html 

Here was our "haul" from the first week;

The items included:
1/2 Pint Apple Butter

8 oz Maple Syrup

2 lbs Corn Meal

1 Quart and 1 Pint Strawberries

1/2 Pint Huckleberry Jam

1 Bunch Green Onions

2 Heads Lettuce

1 Bunch Bokchoy

1 Bunch Garlic Scapes

1 Bunch Mint
The variety allows you to enjoy some old favorites, as well as try some new things.
Bon Appetit!!

14 June 2011

My Birthday Weekend

June 12 was my birthday.
Now, I'm not one to make a big deal about my birthday.
- It's not that I don't like birthdays and I've always thought
my birthday fell at the absolute BEST time of the year...
School was ending
Summer was just around the corner
People were graduating
going on vacation
getting married
it was almost exactly
in the middle between Christmases!
So, you can imagine my surprise when a co-worker baked a cake for me on Friday
and my co-workers all signed a card for me and shared my cake.
Saturday, Tiana and I went to 
Parade the Circle on Wade Park Oval.
(PTC is an artistic, funky, creative parade and is a lot of fun!)
Saturday evening, my family took me out to dinner at
"High Thai'd" (formerly Mint Cafe) on Coventry.
I had a wonderful time and the Thai food was superb!!
(even my father in law really liked his entree - even though he 
is not a culinary adventurer like my daughters and I!)
Back to the apartment to continue our celebration with a birthday cake
and some fun time with my grandson, Julius.
All this, and my birthday wasn't even until the next day!!!
Sunday, I was amazed that so many people at church knew it
was my birthday, then I realized...  Oh Yeah...
After church, my daughters "kidnapped" me to
Lucky's Cafe in the Tremont area.

The brunch there was sooooo delicious.
The restaurant was featured on a TV show,
Drive Ins, Diners and Dives.
It may seem like a hole in the wall 
in a less than "posh" neighborhood,
but let me tell you!  It had some of the best fare I'd ever tasted! 
While at the restaurant, my daughters presented me with a birthday present..
a beautiful Asian fan!
I had the best Birthday ever!!
thanks Tiana and Cara!!!

A few of the "charactors" from Parade the Circle

My Beautiful Birthday cake!!  Yum!!

I'm a fan of Asian fans!!

10 June 2011

My Remains of the Day Journal

I recently took an online course taught by Mary Ann Moss, on how to make a Remains of the Day Journal.

I decided (a few months ago, actually)to create a "Remains of the Day" or "ROD" journal to highlight my life during the next year.  I entitled it "53" as that will be my age.  I made the cover out of scraps of fabric, lace and other fun things.  I am still working on the inside "signatures" and will begin sewing them in as I finish.  

My favorite colors - green and blue!

Here is how it looks laid out.

To close it, I wrap the loooong tie closure.

04 June 2011


Not a day goes by that I don't observe, experience, think of ... things that I would consider

Take the other day for example;
My son (the one in S Carolina) called to tell me what my 4 year old grandson Alex was up to.
He told me he'd heard the following conversation between Alex and my daughter in law, Erica..
Alex:   "Mommy, can you show me how to cut out a circle?"
Erica: "Sure, buddy.  Whatcha makin'?"
Alex: " I want to make a DVD."
Erica: "Oh, great! What is your movie going to be about?"
Alex: "I'm not making a movie, I'm making a DVD!"

...later that evening, after Alex was in bed, Mike and Erica decide to watch a DVD together, only to find the DVD player wouldn't work because...
"someone" had stuffed circular pieces of paper in the DVD player!! 

(my grandson, Alex)

31 May 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Yesterday was the first truly "hot" day in Cleveland. 
We went from winter ...
    ... to Monsoon ..
        ... to Summer
(as a co-worker put it - Spring was rained out this year!)

My daughters and I attended the University Heights Memorial Day Parade.
Soldiers, bagpipes, drill teams, politicians and classic cars! 

Fun fun.!

Next, headed home for some BAR B Que!!!


Hope your Memorial Day was memorable!
Many thanks for those who have given their lives in service to our nation.

27 May 2011

My Easter Artpiece

Last month I was busy working on an art piece for my church's Good Friday program.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was one of several artists asked to create my own interpretation of a particular part of the Easter story.  I was working on "Jesus was nailed to the cross."

My painting of Jesus Nailed to the Cross

I began by decoupaging strips of telephone book papers to the canvas with matte medium,
until I had covered the entire canvas.
The telephone pages represent that Jesus died for everyone,

Happily creating!!


Once I had covered the canvas with telephone book pages, I gessoed (an acrylic paint primer) over all of it, wiping off some of the gesso so the words could show through.  I also added and gessoed some of the "ugly" words in black on the bottom of the canvas, that describe man's sinful nature.
There is a great abyss that separates man from God.

I added (and gessoed) words describing the attributes of Jesus, in red, to the top of the canvas

next, using acrylic paint, I rough-painted the form of Jesus.

Christ is the mediator between God and man.  Only He can stand in the gap.
He took upon Himself ALL of the sins which man had committed in the past...
...were committing as He hung on the cross...
and ALL of the sins we would commit in the future,
All the sins of all the Adams, the Jezibels, the Gingus Khans, the Hitlers, the nice old ladies across the street,
all the murders, stealing, lying, disrespecting, prideful lusting, the forsaking and denial of God...
Every transgression of every human being past present future,
Only Christ is the spotless, perfect sacrafice.
Our sins are covered by the blood of His sacrafice.

I added more detail

I finished off the highlighting, shadows and bordered the painting with distress ink.

The finished piece at church.