Monday, September 27, 2010

off to munich and oberammergau

It's another adventure on the road again, off to Munich and Oberammergau for the Passion Play, and driving around southern Germany and re-visiting places where I lived years ago. Hope to have more photos to share on my return. :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

60+ days

When Suzanne posted her beautiful self-portrait starting her 50-day countdown to her 50th birthday, I thought it was a clever way to mark the year's end-in-progress. But darn, I forgot and missed my counting date. Then this evening I needed to take a quick photo of myself for something else. Although I haven't found the right photo for that project yet, here's the come-as-you-are "self-portrait in a bathroom mirror" version, complete with bad lighting and bad focus, to mark 60+ days till my 66th birthday. (At least I'm IN the photo, which was no easy task.)

Dinner with friends on Saturday evening provided an interesting statistic to contemplate. Heidi, the young mother of a 3-year-old daughter, remarked that, among girls now 3 years and younger, one out of two is predicted to live to be 100 years old. Imagine!!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

new windows

Our little remodeling effort is nearly finished. It's been a long wait since this spring when we ordered another set of custom windows to open up the back wall of my "studio" room (actually the family room) for a full view of the woods beyond.

Cutting such a large hole in the wall required structural changes that required a county permit. Building the correctly-sized windows with French doors consumed time, too. So here it is September, with temperatures still in the mid-90s, and the air conditioner has been overwhelmed. The house has grown hot, but I'm happy to see all that natural light. County inspection scheduled for early tomorrow, then the finishing details can be added.

Through the long stretch of windows and doors, I'll be able to watch the tree colors change and day-dream to my heart's delight. Maybe even get a little work done with the doors open as the autumn temperatures cool.

First, of course, I'll have to re-organize my "studio". Ahem.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

home in body but not in spirit

Although I'm home, I'm still missing Paris and thought I should share another photo.
Every day as I walked to the metro, I passed this wonderfully aged wall
of an old lycée.

This old school wall hints at what I'm doing to get my feet back on the ground
on this side of the Atlantic.
Through the fall, I'm taking a bunch of classes --
in Phoenix, at Dulles, in Dallas, in Omaha, and in NYC,
tucking in a side trip to Oberammergau to see the last performance
of the 41st year (during 375 years) of the Passion Play.

A route-numbered birthday is coming up this fall, too,
so I'm heeding the call of the road while I still can. :)
Is anyone else old enough to remember Nat King Cole or Chuck Berry
singing "Get your kicks on Route 66" (well before John Mayer)
or the 1960s TV series that drove a Corvette across America on Route 66?

Hope you are relaxing and enjoying your long weekend
before you start your list of autumn activities, too!