Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Day 2015: taxes & yucky stuff like that ...

Uncle Kenneth: old photo, collage & digital

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Click here for Jill Scott, A long walk.
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Calling plumbers, working on taxes & yucky stuff like that,
was brightened by meeting Valerie for lunch. We met at ...

416 E 1st St , Tustin, CA 92780

a humble little local place with good food.

We both had the #3 lunch special ...
salad, naan, cherry rice, grilled tomato and
the best chicken I have ever tasted, with lime.

A really good friend & good food ... win, win!

"What I saw today" ... 415 East First Street, Tustin, CA.

A smile for Wednesday ...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dat 2014: The Year of the Dog!

Granddog, Laker: photo. junk mail collage & digital.

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Click here for The Temptations, Just my imagination
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You probably know, 2018 is the Year of the Dog!
 I was reminded by these Japanese artist's new years cards ...
there's something for almost every taste.
 I thought you might enjoy them too?


Illustrator and designer Mayo’s retro-inspired New Year’s card

Illustrator Senraku created this colorful version of a komainu, the lion-dog guardian deity  

Simple but cute. From Pompette, the creators of Nihongo Flashcard


Created by the designer Mikiji, this card folds up to resemble a minimal dog. Do you see it?


The Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong and his team always creates over-the-top movie-poster-inspired cards.


MUJI surprised with a lovely, minimal illustration of a dog wagging its tail


a calming and peaceful illustration from sakki

 designer/artist Yasuhiro Suzuki created this simple adorable illustration of a person diving into the whirlpool tail of a shiba


an anime-inspired nengajo, this one is from illustrator LAM


Naho Ogawa, created this howling card illustration.

If you can spare a minute, maybe tell me your favorite?
For extra credit, can you guess my favorite?
If you can't or don't want to leave a blog comment ...
you can e-mail me @ 
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I'd love to hear from you & know what you like.

A smile for Tuesday ...

Monday, January 29, 2018

Day 2013: Long distance family time.

5 kid pony/Aunt Vonda, Aunt Fern, Uncle Pete, Aunt Martha & Aunt Pauline: old photo, collage  & digital

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Click here for:  Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez, We don't talk anymore.
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I watched the Indiana - Purdue college basketball game, solo.
A huge rivalry between the Hoosiers & Boilermakers!

A huge family rivalry as well.
With respect for both universities.
Many graduated from Purdue ...
Cousin Bob, an engineer. graduated & has a whole Purdue room in his house,
with everything "Purdue", everything!
His son, Dr. Scott also graduated
from Purdue, but ...
his four sons graduated from Indiana!
Cousin Janice & husband Bill
graduated from Purdue, also engineers!
Cousin Katha & Donna, both teachers, graduated from Butler, but Donna is married to Bob, so also a Purdue fan.
Cousins Nancy, Jack, John, Martha & I
 graduated from Ball State University, but we enjoy the rivalry too.

Fun to watch Issac Haas, 7'2", 290 lb. high scorer of the game.

The final score was Purdue 74 - Indiana 67, a great close game.
And even though I watched alone, I knew they were all watching the same thing at the same time, in Indiana.
 I could almost hear them!
Thus, long distance family time.

A smile for Monday ...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Day 2012: Warning: Extreme language & violence.

Lizzie:  altered photo, junk mail collage & digital

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Click here for Maroon Five, Sunday Morning
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I went to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.
I went alone at noon & earned a free popcorn!
I had three movies I wanted to see, this one fit my time schedule.

A rough, crude, compelling movie that somehow balances 
searing drama with dark comedy 
& a few laugh-out-loud moments. 
Frances McDormand and the veteran cast 
create unforgettable performances. 
Written & directed by Martin McDonagh
*Warning: Extreme language & violence.
*I could have linked a trailer, 
but was afraid it would offend.

A smile for Sunday ...

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Day 2011: GH#3 & clouds!

Cousin Katha: old photo. collage & digital

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Click here for Maurice Ravel, string Quartet in F major.
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I have been at the Superheroes house since Wednesday.

Superman & WonderWoman are in Palm Springs on business.

So it's just Grandhunk #3 and Granddog, Laker & I.

And it's good!

Grandhunk #3 home from a long day at OLU 
& then wrestling ...takes time for Laker, 
before tackling 2 hours homework.
After which I watched him play (video game) Fortnite.
The joys of being a Grandma.

Thursday on the way home from Westminster
the clouds were spectacular!

I am always on the lookout for something you might like?

So once off the 22 and 55 freeway, 

at every stoplight long enough,

I took cloud portraits for you & me.

Stratus, cumulus, & strato-cumulus, all for you!

With a bow on it!

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful weekend!

A smile for Saturday ...