Someone shook the snow globe

It’s been snowing on and off all day.  It’s either coming down as a very fine snow or it will come down as some big ol’ Norman Rockwell painting style snowflakes.  I know some of ya’ll don’t get no snow where you’re living at much less much cold.  To be a tad bit smug, not “cold” as I know cold.  But it’s all good.  I know we’ll have plenty of whatever you’re missing out on as a way to make it up for my smugness.  That’s just Mother Nature’s way of getting me for running my mouth when I really should be keeping it shut.

Once a week I now do what I call “the Long Walk” plus a complete walk around the area. Earlier this month I took a walk all the way down to the elementary school and back and found it was a tad bit over a mile and a half.  I got cocky since I felt kinda sorta good and did it a second time later that night.  Yeh.  I paid big time for it the next day.  We since smartened up a bit and reduce it to a more manageable length.  I’m a tad sore after the day is over but not nearly like I was when I found out that I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was.

Still, it’s nice walking out in this stuff as it falls from the sky.  It’s nice and peaceful.  I like it.

Art Sunday #154: Caravaggio – Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence


The Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence (also known as The Adoration) is a painting believed to have been created in 1609 by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio. Recent discoveries link the painting to that commissioned by Fabio Nuti in April 1600, and thus sent from Rome to Palermo.

It was stolen on October 18, 1969 from the Oratorio di San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily.

The Nativity is one of the most famous unrecovered stolen works of art; its theft is on the FBI’s top ten list of art crimes. The value, if the work was ever sold, is estimated to be $20 million; though resale value on the black market, especially for an infamous work of art, is nowhere near the actual value. On the black market, stolen art fetches perhaps a tenth of its estimated value if it can even be sold at all.

In 2016, a reproduction of the painting was produced by Factum Arte for a documentary on the painting and its theft. This reproduction was then permanently installed in the chapel, in the place of the original.