The fire began after a lawn mower over heated. It was windy and the flames got quickly out of control. Earth moving equipment was brought in to build a berm to stop the fire's progression. The fire fighters did not want the fire to spread to a nearby wooded area that butts up to the local airport. A water carrying helicopter was also brought in to help fight the blaze.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
My daughter's Advanced Placement Art class held an art show recently. The students were able to select which of their pieces they wanted to display. I was impressed with the artwork the students had created.
I am inclined to believe that my daughter's artistic talent is hereditary and she has gotten the "artist gene" from both sides of her family. Let me expound on this belief...
My daughter's paternal great-grandfather had artistic talent. His talent is still visibly displayed on my sister-in-law's home office walls. His pencil drawing of George Washington is amazing. My daughter's paternal grandmother (daughter of the above mentioned artist) is also very talented artistically. She can paint as well as draw. Recently she has created beautiful lamps using seashells her mother collected for many years. My daughter's paternal grandfather has talent too. He has created many pieces of art from plant materials. I have a fish he fashioned out of a palm seed pod hanging in my kitchen. We call his work..."Lawn Art", as his materials are found in and around lawns.
"Lawn Art" Fish
On the maternal side of my daughter's family there are also artists to be found. Her grandma has many paintings to her credit. A few of the paintings can be found on china cups as well as circular saws. My daughter has a maternal aunt who is a fine artist. I, her mother, have some artistic talent as well (apparently not as much as her aunt, because she got the Grand Champion ribbon for fine art at the State Fair and I received the Reserve Grand Champion ribbon. Our pieces of art were competing against one another that year, roughly 32 years ago). I still create pieces of art and have gotten more into photography, especially since the advent of digital cameras and the building of our pinhole camera (see earlier posting).
Another close up
Monday, April 20, 2009
I have watched the movie Gone With the Wind and I think that is where my fascination with antebellum houses started. I think they are beautiful and impressive with their many large columns and spacious verandas. Their architecture has influenced the design of my own home.
San Francisco (1856)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Mary Badham as Scout
Friday, April 17, 2009
We made good on that promise. We planted our tree shortly after our home was built. We lovingly cared for our little tree by watering it daily. Each day we would examine the tree, hoping to see a sprout of green leaves. The nurseryman told us to be patient and keep watering. One day we started seeing green leaves which were followed shortly by little buds. Those buds opened up to gorgeous, red flowers. A splash of color and beauty in our own backyard!
We were looking forward to a second season with our little beauty. Mother Nature had other plans. Earlier this year, in February, we had a freeze for a couple of days. The temperatures dipped down to near 24 degrees. This was a freak occurrence for this area of Florida. We have been told that a freeze like this happened about 25 years ago.
We built a tee pee of sorts to cover the tree and placed a high watt light bulb inside, hoping to keep the tree warm enough during the cold. Our Royal Poinciana did not tolerate the arctic snap, but we were not aware of this, until it was time for the tree to leaf and bud again and it didn't. Our poor beauty is now a skeleton of her former self.
We are sickened by the loss (we also lost a Black Olive or "Shady Lady" tree). We were about to cut down the tree, when much to our surprise, we spotted some new growth at the base. Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum's character in the movie Jurassic Park) once said,...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Speaking of cars and trucks...my husband and I have noticed that there are not as many (or hardly any) Obama bumper stickers to be seen on vehicles these days. On our trip this past Easter weekend we challenged ourselves to see how many we could find as we traveled on one of Florida's busiest highways; we only saw one and that was counting both the trip away from home and back. Maybe America wants a change 86 days into Obama's presidency! Could there be a 1773 Part Trois?...if so, I will be in attendance.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Robinson Preserve has an observation tower. I climbed the tower and when I got up to the top, was rewarded with a spectacular view. You can just see the Sunshine Skyway bridge in the distance. The two days of kayaking, visiting with Grandma, Grandpa and A.B., were excellent ways to wrap up Spring Break 2009.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This year I want to return to the egg dying of my childhood...no fancy tricks or tools, just simple, primary colors. I remember my Mom using food coloring that came in little plastic bottles. She would put some water in a cup, add a few drops of food coloring and then a little vinegar to set the color and make it more vibrant. The table would be covered in newspaper and the eight of us gathered around it to color the eggs. Which color to use? How long to keep it in the dye? Do I mix my colors? All were options that had to be weighed heavily. Every year one of my brothers would dip one of his eggs in every color which would result in a hue that should not be found in nature.