Friday, July 21, 2017

Day 1821: Up, up and away ...

Dottie, ink, watercolor & collage

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Click here for Jeffrey Osborne, Where did we go wrong?
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Thursday morning, early ... 

WW drove my lil' hybrid into LAX, in traffic.
Heavy traffic & bless all the souls who do that daily.
LAX is in the midst of renovation. Sound like fun?
They decided to change terminal locations.
I have decided I will no longer travel alone ... I need a WW
or Wonder-someone to get me where I am supposed to be?
We parked, rolled our carry-on's & got in line.
There is a joke here, cause this Grandma is bionic, so
the 2 titanium hips set of the security alarm, every time.

WW, in her kindness, took a photo to send to the GH'S. 
We ate breakfast & the bill could have funded a 3rd world country.
Lots of venues to choose from, all in the same price range.
Everybody in it together.

Still amazing that this big silver thing gets off the ground!

Looking out the tiny window is the best geography lesson ever.

I've flown all over the world, and am still amazed.

This was a first, a racing stripe in the sky! Cool?

Here's a close-up for you ...

and touch down ... Indianapolis.

Yay! What used to take my parents day to drive, 
we do in 4 hours.

Thursday evening we 6 went to dinner at Traderspoint Creamery

A stunningly beautiful working farm/restaurant, Zionsville, IN.

I had Panzanella! 
Which I would gladly eat for every meal for the rest of my  life!
Housemade sourdough crouton, heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, Sheet's Creek cheddar, hyssop, arugula, melon vinaigrette
I'm drooling as I type this!

A really beautiful setting!

Perfect end to our first day back home in Indiana.

A smile for Friday ...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Day 1820: Seeing stars.

seeing stars, ink, watercolor & junk mail collage postcard

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Click here for Gladys Knight, Neither one of us.
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If you know me, you know I really love books.
I found this article to share with you ...


Big Book: The Giant Turnip



Immerse yourself - eyes, ears & whole body


The Big Book is precisely that - a children’s story 
that literally unfolds into a gigantic single sheet, 
revealing a beautiful illustration of something central to the story.

The redesigned children’s fairy tale adds another dimension ...
allowing kids to explore a story as if they are inside it.

Fujimoto’s beautiful illustrations are accompanied by text 
in both Japanese and English. 
So not only is it great for storytelling, 
it’s also useful for learning another language!

The Giant Turnip is the beloved Russian fairy tale 
about a grandfather who plants a turnip that grows so large 
that he cannot pull it up himself.

  • Designer: Mao Fujimoto
  • Dimensions: 23×80 in (594×2050 mm)
  • Material: Water resistant, durable paper
  • Bilingual (English and Japanese) story for ages 3+
  • Made in Japan
  • Sold out

For FB Throwback Thursday ...

(front) Jake Spielberger, Tayler Hobberlin, Jordan Lawson, Kasey Hobberlin, (back) Michael Bates, Nick Bernstein, Cheyenne Lopez, Robert Williams, Costa Mesa Dojo 2000

Part of our jr. family, Costa Mesa Dojo, 2000

A smile for Thursday ...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Day 1819: The power of a hug.

Junko, china marker, watercolor & collage

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Click here for Stevie Wonder, Always.
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Short story: 

When my Grandhunks were little, 
I told them that we all need 8 hugs a day, minimum.
And, since I live alone, I need to stock up.
They bought it, and to this day ...
when they see me, I get multiple hugs.

2015  (they are all taller now!)

Hugging is healthy.  
It helps the body's immune system.  
It cures depression.  
It reduces stress.  
It's rejuvenating.  
It has no unpleasant side effects.  
It is Nature's miracle drug!  
It is all natural, it contains no chemicals,
no artificial ingredients, no pesticides,
and no preservatives!
Hugging is practically perfect.  
There are no parts to break down, 
no monthly payments, non-taxable, non-polluting, 
and of course... It's fully returnable! 

A smile for Wednesday ...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day 1818: Guys are harder ...

Steve, ink & Montana marker on cardboard

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Click here for Michael McDonald, Keep Forgettin'
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Finishing up a batch of postcards ...

marker, watercolor & junk mail collage

You may have noticed that I do mainly female faces?

ink brush, watercolor & collage

There's a reason for that ...

ink brush, watercolor & collage

for me, guys are harder.

ink brush, watercolor & collage

But, I keep trying.

A smile for Tuesday ...