29th of Feb

I just had to post tonight even though I don’t have anything to say because it was weird to write February 29 today. It made me wonder what people who are born on this day do to celebrate their birthday during non-leap years!

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Happy Birthday to those who have their birthday today!

I don’t know what I would do. What would you do?

On The Edge

On the way home tonight I was enjoying the sunshine while traveling towards the lake (Lake Ontario). There was a very distinctive weather system generating over the lake. Like a wall of clouds coming up from the lake. I wish you could have seen it, it was pretty scary looking (I tried photographing it but didn’t get anything good because I was driving). I was hoping my home wasn’t on the wrong side of that wall of clouds, and thankfully it wasn’t. The sun did make the clouds on the edge a pretty peach color.

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On the edge of the lake’s scary looking weather system

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I’m glad I don’t live on the east end of this lake with this system going across the lake. This really cold weather is enough to deal with for now!

Nightshade, by Susan Wittig Albert

Remember Susan Albert’s blog tour for The Tale of Hawthorne House, the latest book in her Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter mystery series? She posted about Beatrix Potter’s Lake District on my blog here. I thought you would. Well, Susan is doing another blog tour for the 16th book in her China Bayles mystery series. Nightshade is coming out on April 1st and my blog will be on her tour once again. More details later!

Today in the mail I received an advance copy of Susan’s book Nightshade signed by Susan! How awesome is this?

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I should have taken the photo before starting to read it so the cover would have stayed flat!

I’ve seen advance copies on other people’s blogs, I’ve drooled over the thoughts of reading a book by a favorite author before it actually hits the stores, and now I don’t have to drool any longer, and I don’t have to wait (impatiently) until April 1st to read Nightshade! I’m on Chapter 3 and you know what I’ll be doing for the rest of the night! Susan totally made my day!

Wordless Wednesday

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Sunset on Saturday night taken from my vehicle.
It was much more red than it shows here.
Since then, we’ve received a foot of snow with more coming. 

Memorial Art Gallery Quilt Show

Yesterday Mom and I went to the Memorial Art Gallery to see the quilt show. We walked in and immediately saw local quilters’ small art quilts inspired by some of the paintings and artwork of the Memorial Art Gallery! They were awesome, and although I have permission to photograph anything in the permanent collection, I wasn’t allowed to photograph the quilts. But, you can see one on the Memorial Art Gallery website here. The quilter/artist was inspired by Tiffany Studio’s Sunset Scene:

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This part of the quilt show is called MAGnificent Inspiration: The Art Quilt. These lovely small art quilts were scattered throughout the entire museum. My three favorites were the one you see on the MAG website, one inspired by the painting Genesee Oaks by Asher Brown Durand:

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This is one of my favorite paintings at the Memorial Art Gallery.

And the one inspired by the painting Waterloo Bridge, Veiled Sun by Claude Monet. Click here to see a photo of the painting. The art quilt inspired by this painting was gorgeous with beads throughout. (I love beads).

There is also a quilt exhibition called Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts which has some gorgeous old and contemporary quilts some of which you can see here. There is an accompanying book called Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts. On the cover of this book is one of the beautiful quilts we saw which looks much better in person. It is called Fireworks by Terrie Hancock Mangat.

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One of my favorite quilts in this exhibition is called My Crazy Dream by Mary M. Hernandred Ricard. I wish you could see it in person, it is a crazy quilt full of interesting details.

These exhibitions were much more than what I expected to see. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend going to the Memorial Art Gallery by March 16th to see all of these beautiful, inspiring quilts.

P.S. And thanks to the MAG for allowing me to do non-flash photography in their permanent collection!

Turkeys

The turkeys were back across the road from where I park at work again this week. While I’m munching my lunch I love watching these guys move around.

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I wish I could get better far-away photos with the camera I carry with me, but you get the idea!

Kisses For You

OMG today was pajama day in the waddler room at work and those little people in their pj’s were so huggable of course I had to hug all of them, don’t you know!! Even the teacher had her pj bottoms on. Of course smarty pants me had to ask her if she had undies on. You know, like asking a man with a kilt on if he’s wearing undies. Don’t tell me you don’t wonder about *that.*

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Lookit at this little girl (one of my other favs), with her footsies and everything, how snuggable and huggable is she!

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And you know I had to capture my little snuggle bunny with his little footsies, whose feet I just had to tickle and he absolutely loved it!

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The teacher was putting together a train for the kids:

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And they were all intrigued:

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Don’t you love his little hand on her foot?

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And for the pièce de résistance, before they were going down for their naps my little snuggle bunny was throwing loud kisses with both hands at me, and I’m sharing them with you because they are just too sweet not to share!

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Loading up both barrels with kisses to throw “Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm”

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Throwing the kisses “Mmmahhhhhhhhhhhhh”

Consider yourself majorly kissed!

Wordless Wednesday

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We saw this at the George Eastman House exhibition Larry Towell: The World From My Front Porch. Mom thought it was a great idea to display children’s artwork!

P.S. Sorry I can’t show anything else from this excellent exhibition since Larry Towell is a photographer, and no photos of photos are allowed.

One of the Best Sounds in the World. . .

besides the sweet sounds of birds, is a child’s laughter! It’s no secret that this little guy *is* one of my favorite little people in the world. I make every effort to play trucks with him every day.

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Couldn’t you just hug the stuffing out of him? Don’t you just love those cute little legs?

The other day I was photographing the children in this room, and I heard him laugh. This video totally sucks (don’t know why it kept blurring), but the sound of him laughing is one of my favorite sounds.

He has the nicest, sweetest personality and I hope nothing ever changes that.

George Eastman House – Dutch Connection 2008

Today Mom and I went to the George Eastman House to see the Dutch Connection 2008 where we saw over 2,000 forced bulbs in the exhibition. For those that were reading my blog last year, here’s my post from last year’s visit. This first view for me is a sight for winter bored eyes

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The colors are gorgeous again this year

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Views from the 2nd floor

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The amaryllis were absolutely huge and gorgeous

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The reason for the difference between last year’s display and this year’s display is they try to order the same bulbs George Eastman ordered 100 years ago.

The orchids were also as gorgeous as ever

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I couldn’t get too close to this one because it was behind a rope

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While I love new technology, I also love seeing old technology. An old phone with no dial

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And a phonograph, with some cylinder records next to it

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I love the spindles in the grand staircase, representing ships’ ropes

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Looking over the banister, here’s a view of the stairs

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Every time I visit I see many new things that I overlooked before. Here’s a view from George Eastman’s mother’s bedroom window of the garden in winter

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I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love the symmetry of the house and garden. I’ll have to remember to look out this window in the summer time. Here’s a link to my post of my visit to the garden last summer.

P.S.  We went back to my Mom’s home and had dinner, including the Artichoke French, mmmmm!

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