Sunday Morning


We’re starting to wind up late summer here in central Minnesota.  There was a nice cool breeze when I was out walking this morning and it stayed around longer as the morning progressed.  It’s gone for now but it will return late this afternoon when evening arrives.  Mother Nature is signaling to me the season that will soon arrive.

The garden is starting to wind up as well.  Carrots are all done as are the pumpkins.  I haven’t quite got the hang of growing pumpkins but I’ve got some ideas to try next year.  The green beans and cucumbers are still producing but you can tell that their vines are beginning to give out.  The potatoes will soon be ready for digging up out of the ground and I really don’t know if I’ll ever get any broccoli or not this year.  That’s something else to look into for next year.

I spent quite a while deadheading marigolds after I was done with the garden.  I managed to find one paper sack and I’ve made some mental notes to find a couple more.  I’ll deadhead the flowers and place the dead blooms in paper sacks so I’ve got some seeds for next season.  My fingers smell like marigold oil right now.  I’ll have to get all cleaned up and scrub my fingers quite a bit to get rid of that smell.

Next season.  It’s strange that I’m even contemplating a “next season” right now.  Where has this one gone to?

Art Sunday #187: Hughie Lee-Smith – Waiting


Hughie Lee-Smith (September 20, 1915 – February 23, 1999) was an American artist and teacher whose signature works were slightly surreal in mood, often featuring distant figures seen under vast skies in desolate urban settings.

His early work reflected social concerns inspired by the Great Depression of the 1930s and the work of Works Progress Administration artists of the period.

His paintings evidenced the influence of Cubism, Social realism, and Surrealism at the service of a personal expression that was poignant and enigmatic.

In 1963 Lee-Smith became an associate member of the National Academy of Design, then the second African-American to be elected to the Academy, after Henry Ossawa Tanner, and was made a full member four years later.


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