Monday, April 13, 2009

Childhood Memories

I enjoy looking at this painting. It reminds me of my childhood. Although I never had a treehouse, I climbed into several of my friends' treehouses and what fun that was!
Of course, I've swung in many a tire swing.

This painting was by artist Don Heitkotter. Don was from California but was living in Seguin when we moved here and my husband played golf with Don.

Don was the first person to come to our home after the 1998 flood, bringing plywood to board up the living room window which had shattered when a piece of furniture (probably the sofa) crashed into it while floating around the room. That flood water was powerful!
Initially, we didn't even know Don was the one who boarded the window. He came while we weren't at the house. That is the type of person he is: never seeking recognition, always willing to help - not talking about it.

He also rescued us when (to our embarrassment!) we ran out of gas on the way back from San Antonio. TWICE! He is/was a good friend. I say was (although he IS a good friend) because he moved back to California about five or six years ago.

If you saw Clint Eastwood's movie Misty, you may recall the portrait of Clint that Jessica Walters (forget their movie names) slashed with a knife. Well, Don painted that portrait (the one that was slashed . . . and another not-slashed that Eastwood has).

If you love lovely things . . .

Judy's Lovelies

"You have friends, Paullus, just like your pictures and vases,
all antique originals." {Marcus Aurelius - Shakespeare}

Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period.
Of or belonging to ancient times, especially of, from, or characteristic of ancient Greece or Rome.
Of or dealing in antiques.
Old-fashioned: wore a suit of rather antique appearance.
An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item or piece of furniture or handicraft esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin.
The style or manner of ancient times, especially that of ancient Greek or Roman art: an admirer of the antique.

The American Heritage Dictionary


Jesus reminds us that prayer is a little like children coming to their parents. Our children come to us with the craziest requests at times! Often we are grieved by the meanness and selfishness in their requests, but we would be all the more grieved if they never came to us even with their meanness and selfishness. We are simply glad that they do come--mixed emotions and all.

This is precisely how it is with prayer. We will never have pure enough motives, or be good enough, or know enough in order to pray rightly. We simply must set all these things aside and begin praying. In fact, it is in the very act of prayer itself--the intimate, ongoing interaction with God--that these matters are cared for in due time.

What I am trying to say is that God receives us just as we are and accepts our prayers just as they are. [excerpt from Richard Foster's book Prayer Finding The Heart's True Home]

Man in the Kitchen!!

Oooh - the aroma of biscuits baking in the kitchen . . .
He does it all!!

Fishing Line

A digital snapshot really doesn't do this painting justice. It is lovely. When we lived in Elmwood, I had a battery-operated light attached to the top of it, which illuminated the detail and the beauty of the painting.

Carrie Davenport is a Seguin artist and extremely talented.

I'm praying for the day when we have an Art Center here in Seguin. I envision some art shops, a book store with all kinds of interesting reads and comfortable and friendly seating arrangements, a coffee shop, a little cafe - and around the corner a theater where we could see local productions (or traveling productions - who knows?).

This Center would be within walking distance from a new, large, top-of-the-art LIBRARY!

If I live long enough - perhaps . . .

Speaking of libraries, husband and I still marvel at the library we visited in Farmington, New Mexico.

Take the photo tour!

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

We really liked this dish!
The only thing I would do differently
(although others may disagree)
is put less sour cream.
I doubled the recipe.
One for us (yum-yum!) and one to give.
Since we have an all electric house, couldn't char the tortillas.
I tore them into fourths - which worked quite well.

Projects - projects - projects

When I need to make a LOT
of copies of documents, I head to the UPS store.
Prices are reasonable.
Service is good.
Staff is helpful.

through the window

Local artists are displaying their work
in the building next to (and behind)