Monday Lunch Time


Rain, rain and lots more rain since 6:00 PM yesterday.  Yes, there was the light and noise show outside for most of the night causing Big Boy to go run and hide under something (the big chicken).  The deck door also leaked once again making me roll my eyes once again.  But the plus up was it turned into a light rain before midmorning which made for a nice walk in the rain once I abandoned the umbrella for a jacket instead.

Walking helps me clear my head but even more so while walking whenever it’s raining or even when it’s snowing if I can use the dreaded “S” word.  I can’t explain why but I end up more relaxed as the rain or the snow gently falls from the sky.  It’s peaceful for me.  The rain refreshes everything around me as it washes away the sins of the past.  It washes away the dirt and the dust that accumulated and leaves all that it touches shinier and brighter than before even if it’s only temporary.

It was a nice walk this morning.

Art Sunday: Mary Cassatt – Little Girl in a Blue Armchair


Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (French: Petite fille dans un fauteuil bleu) is an 1878 oil painting by the American painter, printmaker, pastelist, and connoisseur Mary Cassatt. It is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Edgar Degas made some changes in the painting.

The painting is described as “it dazzles with its predominant hue of deep turquoise” and has been regarded to be a masterpiece by Karen Rosenberg in a New York Times review.

The dog pictured lying in the armchair next the little girl’s in Little Girl in a Blue Armchair is a Brussels Griffon. Cassatt was probably introduced to this breed while in Antwerp 1873. Degas presented her with a pup he had procured from fellow Impressionist Ludovic-Napoléon Lepic, a dog lover who bred them, and Cassatt went on to keep them the rest of her life.  The painting was purchased from the artist by Ambroise Vollard of Paris around 1903 for his gallery, and was later acquired by Hector Brame of Paris. It was sold in 1963 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. They lent it to the National Gallery of Art for exhibitions and eventually gifted it in 1983 to NGA.