May 07 2012

creating a little architecture using pussy willow

When I was a child, I was so enamored with pussy willow.  I thought they were so darn cool - all soft and fuzzy.  Well...many years later, I still think they are so darn cool especially when used so creatively.  These are from my visit to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  I'm thinking I would like to give this a try 


In the meantime, I shall enjoy the twisted willow on my desk.


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May 04 2012

an evening of rembrandt...and...some flowers

My Alma Mater hosted an alumni event at The Cleveland Museum of Art for the "Rembrandt in America" exhibition.  


The evening began with a private lecture about Rembrandt given by Chief Curator, Dr. C. Griffith Mann.  The lecture really brought the experience of viewing the exhibition to life.  Two things really surprised me.  The first was that Rembrandt did not necessarily paint an entire portrait himself.  He had apprentices.  The other interesting fact - he was quite the prolific printermaker - very experimental and original in his approach.  The fact that this was done in the 1600's was rather astonishing and quite entrepreneurial.

After touring the exhibition we were off the Cleveland Botanical Gardens for a reception.  I took this photo on the walk over.  Notice the Frank Ghery building peeking out in the

Walked in the front door and scent from these hyacinths was intoxicating.  

These tulips don't even look real but they are.


If you live in the area, make the time to take in the Rembrandt exhibition.  Dr. Mann said this exhibit was an event of a generation - to have all the pieces that make up the exhibition under one roof.

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Apr 13 2012

i just got a dell mini netbook and...

...I can already tell I am going to love it because it weighs hardly anything, it has a seven hour battery and it is very portable. What a difference compared to the 17" which is clunky and heavy when carting it around in a laptop case.  The mini is pretty much like holding a hard cover book...all good!  Now all I have to do is find a handbag that it fits into.

I have not really even been able to use it as I have one of the wireless USB things for my internet access and there is no optical drive in the Dell Mini so I could not load the software for it to run. After waiting on the phone for tech support for how long they ask me if I have wireless...yes...with the USB thing which does not work. As a result I was doing one of my not so fun things to do yesterday...hanging out at the cell phone store for tech support. I was there for quite a while and they did load the software which I was happy about and it still did not work. Haven't we have all been there? After another call to tech support it finally works and I am thrilled. 

On a completely different subject, here's one of my first lilly's to bloom in the garden last week. I was cutting some more flowers this morning and the deer have managed to eat so many of the flowers. It's so discouraging. They are eating things they never touched before. It's such a trial and error to figure out what they will stay away from regardless of what the experts say. Where I live, if it's not the deer, it's the bunnies. Oh well...I have a house full of lilly's...not so bad! 

 Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-06-29 14:56:53

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Apr 12 2012


Oh how I LOVE lilacs - one of my absolute favorite flowers.

They are a simple pleasure that only lasts but a day or two in a vase but how glorious it is to fill the house with them.  I am notorious for gathering all of my vases (and I have quite a few) and putting the lilac-filled vases in every room of the house very often multiple vases in one room.  They are a marker for me that spring is indeed here and summer is on its way.  And then there is the fragrance...nothing less than divine.  I just love walking into my home with the lilac aroma permeating about.

Here's to the simple joys of spring.

Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-05-12 20:27:59

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Apr 12 2012

art, tulips and chicago

I just returned from another wonderful visit to Chicago…absolutely love that city. I went to see Art Chicago, hang out with friends and take in the city. It was “Tulip Days on the Magnificent Mile” and may I just say the tulips could not have been more stunning and beautiful.  

The highlight of Art Chicago for me, hands down, was the tour of Marilyn and Larry Fields art collection. Their contemporary art collection was beyond spectacular. They actually have a “private” gallery on one side of their apartment that also serves as guest quarters with its own kitchenette and the coolest resin bathroom. I loved viewing the art but quickly became captured by the design features of the home which provided a wonderful back drop for their art collection as well as the views of the city and lake. The materials, textures, shapes and clean lines were an absolute feast for the eyes at every turn. I was positively blown away by my entire experience at their home.
Then there was the three-course dessert tasting at TRU. If you are into dessert, I cannot recommend enough, treating yourself to this experience during your next visit to Chicago. It is fine dining with how bad could that be? I could go on and on about this decadent experience but will not bore you with the details other than to say…GO, GO, GO! I promise all of you dessert lovers out there, it is most memorable, divinely delicious and an absolute treat for your taste buds. 
 Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-05-04 10:06:48

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