Welcome to My Birthday Coffee Share 30th July, 2017. — beyondtheflow


Please stop by Miss Rowena’s WP and wish her a Happy Birthday!!!   🙂

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Welcome to My Birthday Coffee Share! It’s my birthday today. So, come along and join me. We can grab a huge chunk of sludgy chocolate cake with our coffee and swing from the chandeleir, until the whole darn thing rips out of the ceiling. I might just leave out the bit about us falling to […]

via Welcome to My Birthday Coffee Share 30th July, 2017. — beyondtheflow


We did our quasi time capsule

I’m stealing an idea from Miss Anna once again.  The previous chalk artwork was washed away by the rain and by the lawn irrigation system.  I shut off the irrigation system yesterday and we had no rain last night.  The gummys, their Dad and I created some artwork for posterity.  So this will all be covered up and it will be years before it’s exposed once again.  This is our quasi time capsule that we’re leaving behind.

I’ll be dead and gone by the time the shed is replaced.  I wonder if the girls will remember this?

Looking out my window this Monday morning


It’s quiet out there other than the usual Monday morning traffic that is on the main road out back of my place.  Moms and Dads are off and running to get back to the usual Monday – Friday work week.  Why can’t we be more like France and only have a four day work week?  That makes far more sense to me.  Maybe they have something with this concept.  Then again we would more than likely get used to it and then complain about not having a three day work week and how long working four days a week is.

I see air traffic overhead my place has returned once again only this time it’s outbound traffic instead of inbound.  God, I wish I was on one of those jets going some place.  Going  anywhere actually.  I wouldn’t mind just as long as it was some place new that I’ve never been to before.  Well maybe someday soon I hope.

In the meanwhile, I have to try and focus on a couple work related things today.  A crew is supposed to show up later today to deliver and erect my shed and I have a couple yard chores today.  Maybe with any luck I can go to the Farmers Market next Saturday.  I like wandering around them.  Maybe I can find a new sweet corn source that way.   🙂


Sunday Morning


It’s quiet out there for this Sunday morning.  I don’t even hear anything flying overhead into MSP.  Odd.  The cool of the morning is starting to give way to the heat of the day.  The grass has a lot of dew on it from last night so I’m putting off my weeding core until it dries out a bit more.  That’s not gonna bode well for me since it will be a lot hotter when I do go outside to get it done.

In the meanwhile I have a pork loin to marinade for Sunday dinner.  I cut off some fresh rosemary for the marinade and rinsed it off.  God, I love the smell of it.  That’s one nice thing about growing your own herbs; you know they’re fresh plus they are a lot cheaper than what you pay at the store.  Now I just need to figure out how I can grow them year round.

Art Sunday #133: Georges Croegaert – Private Indulgence


Georges Croegaert (7 October 1848 – 1923) was a Belgian academic painter who spent most of his career in Paris. He is known for his genre paintings of elegant society women and humorous depictions of cardinals executed in a highly realist style.

Possibly looking for a lucrative niche in the market, Croegaert started to paint ‘cardinal paintings’, sometimes also referred to as ‘anti-clerical art’. These paintings depict Roman Catholic cardinals in a sumptuous setting typically engaging in some banal activity. Georges Croegaert was not the only artist in Paris practicing in this genre. Others who made a name in the genre include the Italian Andrea Landini and the Frenchmen Jehan Georges Vibert, Charles Edouard Delort and Marcel Brunery.  By depicting cardinals participating in activities such as ‘approving the artist’s nude model’, card games, excessive or sumptuous eating and drinking and indulgent pastimes such as philately and painting, these painters poked fun at the excessive and sometimes debauched lifestyles of the upper echelons of the Catholic clergy.  There was clearly a large demand for these paintings as evidenced by the fact that so many artists worked in this genre. The tone of Croegaert’s cardinal paintings was humorous and slightly mocking rather than overtly anti-clerical. Croegaert’s very detailed technique was perfectly suited for this genre as it allowed him to depict the excesses of the cardinals’ lifestyle amid an environment of ornate furnishings, tapestries, glass and silverware rendered in realistic detail. He was particularly accomplished in capturing the vivid reds and purples of the cardinals’ robes and the characterisation and humour in the faces of his somewhat pathetic subjects.

He died in Paris in 1923 after a long and successful career.

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Croegaert