A Stroll in Huntington Garden

 

I AM PLAYING WITH THEMES – DON’T WORRY – I’LL GET TIRED OF IT PRETTY SOON!

AHA – I found Theme Twenty Fourteen on which the comment section is right underneath the title of the post (on top).

I loved the Bushwick theme but the comment section kept disappearing. I just don’t have enough knowledge  about HTML to know how to fix it permanently. Thanks to all of you who took it in stride, helped me understand the hieroglyphics of WordPress, and gave a comment per email!

After looking  at XXX  blogs (meaning multiple, lol)  I can still read this font without squinting! This header is a roadside in beautiful Utah (own photo) – somehow it reminds me on chocolate mousse:)

The Huntington  Library in Pasadena is a piece of almost  Paradise with all the variety of  gardens they have developed.

 

 

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This is part of the Japanese Garden, marked by tranquility and artful forms.
Does a handrail of that little bridge also constitute “a fence”? Hope so:)

 

 

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Happily swimming in the same pond, the goose and Koi

 

 

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Not much of a story this week – am letting nature speak for itself, because I have to finish a birthday scarf for my daughter this week.  And I finished it in the wee morning hours on Thursday – yay!) The yarn is “Tweed Stripes” from Lionbrand – a versatile and pretty orange-red-Bordeau yarn – my own stitch design, so the back side is as pretty as the front side. Am blocking it, because it rolls over like a tube.

“Blocking” means stretching it with pins on a bed, and spraying it with water for a day or two

 

 

NEVERTHELESS, still a significant moment this week
for on Monday I did what I postponed for years, to become a dot com  :)

   my NEW URL is JeshStGermain.com            – happy, because by the time I came to
wordpress, so many times I  ended up typing  blogpress.com

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Am not sliding by though without sharing the raddest (same as super cool:)  )   cloud formations when we had high winds last week.
Have a great week all of you!

P.S. The first two shots are hubby’s!

 

 

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VIBRANT COAST LINE

 

 

 

Changed my tag line to Significant Moments. For there are so many in my life.
Some of these  unspoken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parasols between the pillars of a coast line restaurant patio

 

 

 

 

 

The coast line atmosphere breathes all is well,  and the freedom to follow one’s own journey.
Freedom  I defend  by refusing to accept any oppression (my own quote, lol)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Modified: brightness. contrast and balance for MOM and OrangeTGF

 

For the ones who like to learn about cultures, Old Town is the place
of cultural things to see and hear.
Regular Latin dance performances (free!) and here you’ll find authentic Mexican food for a very reasonable price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There’s plenty of nostalgia around in San Diego. This is the Cookie Company in Sea Port Village.

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Looking at the reflection it’s these are the last sun rays of the day that grace the sky. I still had to wait some moments that people weren’t passing this building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For the nature lovers there are flowers in any season. These yellow ones with an Ochre heart. That’s how an artist would describe it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coronado Bridge and Coronado island

 

 

Some like the busyness, others like the water.

 

BY THE WAY … if I can figure out how to do a change in URL this week, I’ll shorten it to http://jeshstgermain.wordpress.com
I made an attempt last week, but I did it at the wrong location (why is wordpress making it so complicated??) so it was like I didn’t do anything at all.

I’ll give an update whenever it goes through.

 

 

 

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One Saturday Morning

 

 

 

 

 

In memory, things blend and fade (like the photos) together
like a dream.
The happy, the messy, the past, the exciting, the fearful, the innocent mingled together (without rhyme or reason).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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this Saturday morning awakens
the air shines with anticipation
I lean against this log fence
while my minds’ eye travels far beyond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What hides behind
this enormous flower door?
three knocks, a fourth, fifth …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the mirror gleefully decides
which hat and gloves are desired
for this momentous occasion
chuckles arise when Sammy wraps
a  scarf around the birthday girl
with purple sash

 

 

 

 

 

First business of the day
Around the table

 

 

 

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the big girls just know
how to tackle this job
a card for a friend
full of affection and glitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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but before they start Anneli goes off the deck to pick a rose
and puts it on top of Sasha’s braid. “So here – it’s perfect!”
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Encouragement from the side lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Sammy?   I’ll do the glue, Emily.  A vehement nod.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Such weighty significance
must be interrupted by a thoughtful
cup of tea or delicious strawberry-cucumber drink
with a scrumptious scone or sandwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No, she’s gonna do it herself! Was I like that, mom?

 

 

 

 

 

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The back row moms smile and catch up
on the latest in the neighborhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A second card with as much excitement
as well as more glue and more glitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The cup cakes patiently wait
till the second card is finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The desert of the morning unfolds
when one pretty bag after another
is heaped on top
and penned on the list of Thank You’s …
arriving  their destination
when this morning has become
a  memory

 

 

AFTERTHOUGHT:  Am thinking about CHANGING (shortening) my URL to

http://Jeshstgermain.wordpress.com  at the end of next week.   But my username will stay the same.

 

 

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PLUM PUDDING HILLS in Utah

Not the hills (actually mountains) in the background caught my attention first, but the tree in the foreground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted this tree on my old Blogspot blog, but why I saw this tree uberhaupt, was because I was looking at the hills beyond.

 

 

 

How something damaged can be so beautiful! I love this tree!
It also reminds me how God can love me/us when we are
so imperfect, addicted, bad attitudes,  you name it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A sharpened the contrast in Photoshop to make it easier to finish the painting,
as well as for Mandarin Orange and Orange Friday

 

 

 

The back row of these hills, so cutely formed like  plum pudding! I immediately knew I wanted to paint this view.

Every time I started painting though,  the sky darkened and the wind got colder, just before big raindrops fell on my watercolor paper for the daily shower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The sky became much darker than this (that’s when  a painter protects her painting, instead of grabbing the camera, lol)
Within 15 minutes of rain, temps dropped 30 degrees (I checked the temps  in the car, because shivering Miss Unprepared was in shorts, grabbing anything to cover herself). There’s nothing Moderate about Utah!

 

 

Eventually I did get the view on paper. Am jazzed when kids of elementary school age keep looking. To them I’m just any other old woman, so my painting must intrigue them.

One time 2 little girls stopped and kept quietly standing behind me (when are little girls quiet??).   I asked them where they were from (I heard them talking in something like German, but not quite…?  Later on I discovered it was a dialect).
I could tell they understood me, but they were for a loss of words.

 

When their dad came, he asked me in perfect English what I wanted to know. After I told him, he asked his girls. When they couldn’t come up with anything, he finally said in German, “Der Schweiz” (which is Switserland). The girls rolled their eyes at their inability to remember the German nor the English word.

 

 

 

 

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Not quite satisfied with how the colors in the pic came out, so this is an approximate of the rendition in watercolor

 

 

 

 

 

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Little flowers like these can be so hidden, but the one who keeps looking, eventually will grasp the brightness of the treasure.
Like the end of this story.

 

 

 

 

As follows,

when they left, I overheard the 11 year old say to her 8 year old sister, “So wunderbar, nah?” which means, so wonderful, eh?
That made my day more memorable than if anyone famous would have said that!

 

 

Don’t underestimate how your skill (in whatever it is) can make someone else happy!

 

 

 

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GOT (A NEW TAKE ON) LIFE?

 

 

For 18+ years we made several 7-hours trips per year from Los Angeles to Sacramento,
to visit our two daughters who now have families of their own.
Seven grand kids, 2 daughters and their spouses make for a lot of birthdays  – not to mention the holidays!

 

 

 

 

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A blurry drive-by near sunset – see the fence on the bottom-left?

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It began to dawn on us we would save money, time and energy  if we didn’t have to do all that traveling, even though we passed by gorgeous landscapes.
Moving seemed to be a good choice. We found out it came also with hurdles adjustments.

 

 

 

 

Sounds kinda superficial, but one of the hurdles is STUFF

Was glad that we already had “purged” stuff (including one fifth our books,
:(  ),  moving 5 years ago from a 3 bedroom house with a 2 car garage and a yard to a 2 bedroom condo and one car garage.
Still though, the real estate agent/broker urged us  to “de-clutter.”

 

 

 

 

 

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“Moms and Pops have done all the work. Now all we have to do Mallory, is sitting pretty”
“But Pugi …, I AM pretty!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then we found out that the stuff was the easiest. Said goodbye to LE BEACH.
The sound of the crashing of the waves.  The wind and color of the water. The rhythm of ebb and flow.
Shells and other gifts the ocean leaves on the beach. the birds, sea lions and other creatures.
Seeing the sun rise or disappear setting in the water.

 

 

 

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Goodbye to ARTIST BUDDIES. Love to discover other people’s gifts.
It inspires me! She’s a natural.
This is only her second time that she made a mosaic! If you look closely, she potted (real) plants in the cups  – half sticking out – that are part of the mosaic.
Of course I’ll make new art friends:)

 

 

 

 

 

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Goodbye to CITY LIFE STYLE  in San Diego.

Afternoon escapes, only 1 1/2 hours away. Sitting in the shade in Old Town enjoying an ice cream while listening to live music from South American artists.

On the way back home  often enjoying the firework of Disney land – for free:)
At home, browsing at the well known South Coast Plaza (mall) – a 10 minute walk from my former condo –  with cool stores like the Container Store, Crate and Barrel, Anthropology, and Barnes and Nobles with magazines for my next knitting project.
Now I have to drive an hour and 15 min. to Sacramento!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Curiously enough the only plant I could get to bloom  on my deck are this kind of potted hydrangeas. All other flowers and plants failed to survive:) (except for the stag horn and cactus). Happy that this one is trying hard to stay with me and bloom in a land climate (hot summers, colder winters) .

 

 

 

 

BUT …    I gain peace and quiet around my house!  Can grow roses, or fruit trees. Maybe even both! Can sing as loud as I want to, while painting. Even if it would be two in the morning.  Can sit on my deck or balcony without having to have the right clothes on, or people staring. Probably can leave my door open, or leave my bag in the car!

 

 

 Hope you caught the TONGUE-IN-CHEEK attitude:)

 

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A SLICE OF MY WEEKEND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What does  –  this cloud  –  look like (I promise I won’t rate you for this question on the Rorschach Inkblot test – simply because it takes oodles of time to make up a “profile”).

 

 

On our way to stay overnite for a Saturday morning0 birthday party we saw this awesome cloud.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday afternoon at Tiger Creek (fishing) Lake we’re watching our little dare devil closely

 

 

 

 

 

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Visiting a friend. Come to find out that her brother is a horticulturist. No wonder, these plants and flowers I also saw in a botanical garden nearby. Of course I forgot the name of the flower, but nonetheless stunningly beautiful!

 

 

                WHAT WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE WEEKEND?

 

 

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KAMPEN

 

 

You may remember  my three art shows last year in Holland. Whenever we had time in-between gallery and workshop activities, we went to visit friends. They lived in Zwolle, the East, less than an hour of the Harbor of Kampen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sky on our way to Kampen. This pic makes me smile, because Holland is soo green and so flat – the opposite of where I live now. Here in California everything outside is brown because of triple digits heat, and live at 3000 feet, instead of below sea level:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arrivved at Kampen, before walking over this amazing bridge to the harbor, a white fence (left). The whole right side of this bridge is a reflection! It looked like a glass wall. Have no idea about the construction, since this bridge spans a good size river and  lets  also ships pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the big sail boats in the harbor.
Never had been in Kampen all the years we lived in Holland …

 

 

 

 

 

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After all these cool colors I need to see some bright and, or light colors. And that we saw in this flower in Hortus,  the North East (near Groningen).

 

 

 

All I ever heard in the past I heard things about Kampen that didn’t want me to spend time there.
Have you ever come to a place you discovered “I NEVER  thought THIS would be such a COOL place?

 

 

 

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