a rescued branch

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I was picking up mail and this twig was just laying there on the top step of my apartment building.
Something moved inside me and I felt the need to rescue it.

Weird, I know.

It’s got a break and part of it dangles by a thin strip of bark.

Now it has a home in a vase in my home.

Car swap

Monday, December 28, 2009

I got my VW Rabbit back,
and they patched her up real good!

My friend “The Brown” took me to pick my ride up at the collision center and we dropped off her rental car on the way.
See, her brakes are soft so she rented this discontinued Pontiac to visit her family for the holidays.

While swapping junk from one rental to another, I snapped this photo.

None of this might make sense out of context, but this image pleases me.

Hide and seek

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Friends were in town for the holidays.
So it was a good time to get together.
Friends from way back…
1977… 1984…

Most everyone has kids now.
And man it’s a kick to see their little ones running around.
Tiny variations from the folks I grew up with.

And while the young ones took over the living room, we adults milled around the kitchen
with mimosas and plates of food.

a glow on the horizon

Saturday, December 26, 2009

…with a little bit of reflection.

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dear Album that I update much delayed,

Yes, I made a photo every day in 2009… I just haven’t gotten to posting them.

I’m on it!

This one? I got up early on Christmas Day because I didn’t like the horizontal image I had selected
as a framed gift for my mom. And though this one is cropped from its vertical splendor, and blurry—it means something to me.

As for the blur, it was terribly windy that morning—and I fiddled with the color just a little to go with my mom’s decor
that is very warm and zen. She loves nature so I figured this was a fine image to hang in her home. It’s a gallery that place.
She’s always moving things around and switching up the curiosities and artwork.

I spent the rest of the day with her and my brother, catching a double feature and lamenting the concession stand lunch
we had between shows and the absence of the other two siblings.

Overall? A most excellent holiday filled with love and warmth and a little bit of blur.

A Christmas Eve trip to the museum center

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Got up on Christmas Eve day and met up with Tom & Wendy and their family at the Museum Center to see the trains and decorations.

Turned out to be a fantastic time, with one adult per kid so we could venture in any direction.
Sadly I was not under 50″ tall or I would have gotten on the big train at Holiday Junction.

Above? A part of the old scene that describes how the canals of Cincinnati used to work.
I’ve always loved how they rendered buildings with basic wooden shapes.

I don’t often snap a photo I’d hang on my wall, but this one qualifies.

Headed home to spend a quiet evening with the tree lit, phone calls with family, a bit of wine
and last minute gift making.

Ready to rock Canasta in style

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It’s bound to happen… you’re shopping for gifts and something speaks to YOU.
As did this double deck of vintage playing cards replete with owls.

I got ‘em over at Drew’s Kitsch Café and they arrived lickety-split.

I’m playing with full decks of cards. Now who wants to play Canasta?


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bird on a pole

Monday, December 21, 2009

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