Friday, November 21, 2014

Favourite Toy Friday



Writing about my red and yellow buckboard 
in the last post, made me think of this.


My dream toy when I was 10.  The Marx Civil War set. 
 It was a bit expensive, so I didn't have one. 
 But the little boy next door did - 
 and I occasionally got to play with his,


Ten years ago, my older daughter found one on eBay 
and surprised me for my birthday!  Every now and then I order 
some extra pieces to add to it, a dead horse, an ambulance wagon.



I was so amazed by the gift.. Even almost 50 years later,
 the magic held.  I love setting it up and playing with it.
 One of the best presents ever - 
and definitely one of the biggest surprises. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Past Recaptured!


 I was playing around on eBay the other day and just for fun I entered some clues into the search box to see if I could bring up one of my favourite toys from over 55 years ago.


And there it was!  My good ole red buckboard with yellow wheels. Exactly the same.
Just like I remember it. We had some great times, playing with my miniature farm set and all my cowboys. Pretty cool when you can recapture such a happy part of your childhood for less than $10.00 and free shipping!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Still Hunting and Gathering


Still going through my stash to find
 goodies for the latest project.


I've got it all sitting on the studio table, marinating away!


Had a four day hospital stay that slowed me down a bit, 
but feeling better and ready to get going on this new artwork.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Welcome Bronwyn!


My daughter Bronwyn is arriving this morning all the way from Missouri. We'll be having a family Thanksgiving a week early, and this year she'll be making the dinner - not just eating it as in this 1982 shot above.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From the Bookshelf


When I was in fifth grade back in the early '60's, my best friend Linda gave me a book for my birthday.  I was a voracious reader then - just as I am now - and books were just about the best gift I could receive.  The book she gave me was Trixie Belden and the Gatehouse Mystery. I absolutely loved it. I was able to amass many others in the long running series over the next few years and I read them often. I don't know if it's being retired or being sick or whatever, but recently I had an urge to read them all again.  The first, Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion, was written in 1948 and the books have a charming vintage feel. I've owned the first six (in the old original Whitman cello versions)  throughout my life, so I started my Trixie Marathon with those.  Then I was able to find the later paperback versions in lots on eBay for not much per book.  There are 39 all together and I now have the first 32.  I am really having a blast revisiting these.  Talk about literary escapism.  Hey - it keeps me off the streets and it's lots cheaper than drugs!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Armistice Day


The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Life on the Coast


It's been quite hot inland the last few days, so we've had fog.  
Uncharacteristic for November but very atmospheric!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Guy Fawkes Day


Gunpowder, treason, and plot!
If you're not an anglophile - here's the whole story!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Feels so Good!


After almost a month of feeling like crap,


it's been so wonderful to get back into
the studio the last few days!


A little organizing, cleaning up and beginning a new project -
so much better than being under the weather!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dia del Muertos


Busy weekend -sugar skulls, calaveras, altars, 
and remembering all those who have gone before