The end of April


My 57th April is completing itself.  It will all be over in a few short hours and we move on to another month in our life.  The month ends cold and grey and wet and it reminds me of how the month started.  Hopefully the coming month will be warmer with plenty ow sunshine and warm breezes.  I’m really looking forward to this cold front moving out so SPring can take hold once again.  Such is the seasons in central Minnesota.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the books that my gummys are starting to read.  They do so well with the Dr. Seuss books that I bought for them so I thought I would expand their minds and their imagination somewhat.  I purchased some hard copies of Beatrix Potter’s novels for the girls to read.  I think it’s a good time to introduce them to Peter Rabbit and others since I was about their age when they were introduced to me.  I hope they enjoy reading the books as much as I did when I read them.

I looked out the front window and noticed how dark it’s gotten since I started writing this.  The electric candle is lit in the window once again and rain on the window reflects the light.  Everything is buttoned up for the night and I think it’s time to go climb under the covers.  It’s going to be an early morning for me.

Art Sunday #120: Pablo Picasso – Girl Before A Mirror


Girl before a Mirror is a painting by Pablo Picasso that was painted in March, 1932.  The painting has been widely known for its varied interpretations of the lover and the beloved.  Girl Before a Mirror was painted during Picasso’s cubism period.

The painting is of woman looking into a mirror and the image is different which forms the basis of the interpretation. The woman in the painting is shown to be beautiful with smooth complexion and big eyes. The colors have been given to enhance the beauty of the woman.  The front part painted with choicest of colors merges with rough colors that reflect in the mirror to highlight the difference.

Picasso was married when he met Marie-Thérèse Walter who is the subject of the painting. During the 1930s, she became his favorite subject and in this painting he used colors and symbols to show the different ways he viewed her and the ways that she viewed herself.  The art work is considered erotic in Picasso’s art, and received a wide range of reactions and interpretations.

How Pablo Picasso views his beloved forms the understanding of one interpretation where her beauty is the subject. The yellow side of her face represents happy times with Picasso. The bright colors represent the times together. This side of her face shows her youth in the makeup free completion. This woman is painted with colors that increase her beauty.

The reflection represents the other interpretation of how she views herself. The colors used here are dark and make her look very old. Instead of happiness the meaning here is more of hate and unhappiness, fear and as if aging is getting on to her indicative of her fear of losing her youth.


Saturday Morning

What a busy, busy morning.  Two trips to the compost yard for garden soil and the new bed is filled and the two long beds are topped off. That was a bit of a workout for an older guy and I’m sure that my back will let me know later on just how upset it is with me.  I gotta concede that the garden soil that I got at the compost yard is far, far better (and lots cheaper) than what I’d get at my store of dreams.  I’ll get a nice long and hot shower to make my back shut up.  If that doesn’t work, there’s always Aleve.

I had to grid off two of the beds but at least that is done and now I can think about planting other crops.  I noticed that I had some fingerling potatoes that are starting to go to seed and I planted them in my potato bed to see if they will grow.  It will be really cool if they do.  If they don’t; I guess nothing ventured is nothing gained.  I’m thinking about trying my hand at garlic while I’m at it this year.  I not too sure how I would go about growing them much less keeping them but it’s something to do a little research on.

SO I have some pumpkin seeds started indoors and under a grow light.  My bed for peppers has this nice, loomy soil that breaks apart so nice in my hands.  All I need to plant them is some warmer weather.  I have plans to plant some more peas and plant some green beans next weekend.  So it looks like my planting season is really kicking off now.