Friday, May 28, 2021

library liberation

Tomorrow our excellent town library will open again with normal hours for the first time since Covid began. I got to go in today, though, and use a computer and get some movies which got me very excited about returning to the bountiful supply of inspiration it holds. It's a neat building with a lot of history, a friendly staff and good taste in supplying unusual media.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

a new studio surfaces

South Coast Surface Design on Union Street in New Bedford has some neat fabrics, garments and "lumitecture" designed by local artists. Owner Adrian Burke has workshops, a fabric and wallpaper printing service, and she makes things herself as well. She's very generous to share her space and help other artists make and show their work. Adrian is also very welcoming in person, so it's worth stopping in to see what's going on and what creations might inspire you, too. 

Alyn Carlson
Leslie Goldstein

 Laura McCarthy and Harry Umen

Saturday, May 22, 2021

raspberry butter cashew bless you

Bubble bubble boil and-- delicious!

Friday, May 21, 2021

paradise summer place

I was thinking about The Barn even before I got home, how dark the wood was before it all got whitewashed, the exposed beams in the top of the playroom, how it smelled good even if a bit musty. Playing cribbage and bocce, walks to the rocky beach and the adults' cocktail parties are wonderful childhood memories, even remembering ants in the kitchen makes me smile.  My grandparents were warm hosts, and the way everyone felt about being there in the summer made The Barn a favorite destination. The painting was done by my Grammie Hazel, and it's a beautiful likeness to the actual home.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

free for the right mouse

I found this shell on the beach and it reminds me of the hat Minnie Pearl wore on The Beverly Hillbillies, minus the price tag.

Monday, May 17, 2021

the man with the butterfly tattoo

Papillon is one of the greatest books I've ever read. I don't read a lot of books because it's rare that an author's voice hooks me from the beginning. I saw the movie starring Steve McQueen when I was very young, and it made a big impression on me with intense scenes of comraderie with lepers and fellow convicts, nevermind daring jumps off cliffs into the sea.

The book is even more exciting! At the age of 25, Henri Charriere was accused of a murder he didn't commit. Sent from France to French Guiana, escaping horrid prison conditions and dangerous island penal colonies, battling the prison system and the sea, Papillon's struggle took thirteen years until he was finally free to live his life in peace. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

smells of spring

This lilac looks like it was made to stick your nose into, and if you do right now, it smells heavenly!


Monday, May 10, 2021

winning skin

 In the last few years I've been introduced to a bunch of skin products I wish I'd known about long ago. Below are very brief descriptions, but there is much more information about their properties available on health, beauty and manufacturers' websites.

Manuka honey is very expensive but is said to have all sorts of health benefits when used both internally and topically. It is completely natural, anti-bacterial, and reduces inflammation to heal skin. You can put it on and let it soak in for fifteen minutes to an hour, then rinse with warm water. 

Rosehip oil hydrates, moisturizes and heals skin, and seems to loosen dirt and blackheads from pores. Leave it on for five to fifteen minutes, then wash off with a cleanser. 

Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser is the best one I've ever experienced. It has fruit oils but is still very gentle on sensitive skin and doesn't have any nasty smell. 

There is some debate about the safety of long term use of witch hazel. Some contain a lot of alcohol but it can be a good toner after washing to get the last bits of dirt from pores and shrink them. It also moisturizers, and I've read it's like a tall glass of lemonade for thirsty skin.

A little of Annmarie's Anti-aging Serum goes a long way. It says to use before your moisturizer, but I use it as one because it has a nice light feeling on your skin, not suffocating like a lot of moisturizers. 

Slightly heavier but still very comfortable and silky is Sircuitskin's Day Care moisturizer. I like the little bit of tint it adds to the color of my face and the protective feeling it gives. For wintertime, Surcuitskin has a wonderful thicker moisturizer, Supernatural-A restorative retinoid creme, not pictured here.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

astronaut adventures

Yes you can see I have a thing for starry skies, so much so that this rocket is ready to launch!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

sing song stars

 When the wind blows and pear blossoms fly,

 they look like stars in the night sky.


Spring is surely here so if you want to get the picture before they fall apart, snap soon!


I love you know who plain and simple

But it's not simple at all how we got here.
Still glad we made it, to begin again.
Happy Arbor Day

 Thanks to Bask for the free spruces!