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Have a Blessed Day,
Saturday, February 15, 2014
It truly was a beautiful day in our neighborhood here in warm, sunny Arizona. Yesterday it was 81 degrees; a perfect day for doing some gardening. How I enjoy being outside and puttering around in the backyard. My neighbor, Mary, heard gravel raking sounds coming from our backyard, and peaked over the fence. "Hi, Gen, I have a little something for you and Rick." This is what she handed me. Aren't they just too beautiful to eat! What a nice way to end our Valentine Steak Dinner I had planned. Well, we did eat them and were they ever tasty! We are so grateful for such thoughtful, loving neighbors!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
My daughter and I have both been shopping for sweaters for boys to no avail. She loved the sweater I knitted for Sean Michael a few years back and wanted me to knit another. So during the cooler months here in Arizona, I decided to make another. I really haven't knitted in a bit, but I did enjoy putting this sweater together. The last sweater I knit him was a size three, and this one a size five.
My dear friend, Melda, an expert knitter, was such a help to me. She knits the most beautiful sweaters for her grandchildren and friends. Fortunate people are those who are gifted with one of her creations. Yes, she designs her own sweaters (without the use of a pattern). She is teaching me much! We really enjoyed our early morning knitting sessions, she with her tea and me with my coffee, and our knitting needles clickety-clicking along and sharing heart-to-heart conversation.
Well, the sweater is done and in a Valentine gift box shipped east. We try to send our grandson a monthly gift box filled with things we think he might like. This month, of course, heart-shaped box of chocolates and candy hearts, a Valentine's card (and for Sissy too), story books written by a friend, monthly children's devotional, 3-D coloring book, Legos, coins we've saved in SMQ's Piggy Bank fund and the sweater (hope it fits.) The best part....the telephone call from our Grandson with an enthusiastic "thank you" for his package...there is always delight in his voice!
Have a Blessed Day,
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Grandma and Grandpa were very excited about Sean Micheal's enrollment into Marathon Christian Academy. Sean Michael telephoned us to share how much he liked his new school and that he had won three awards and had memorized Colossians 3:2. What a great Bible verse to start the new year!
Our grandson has the most beautiful smile. He lights up any room he enters! We love him so much and look forward to him growing not only in stature but also growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have a Blessed Day,
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Friday, December 13, 2013
This has always been one of my favorite Winter-Christmas decorations. Growing up in wintry, cold Upstate New York, as a young girl, I could hardly wait for the ice to freeze to go ice skating. Sometimes it would be in our front yard, or to the park down the street, or to the indoor rink at Colgate University when we lived in Oneida.
It was interesting to find a bit about this old painting (1920) on the web. Fidus (Hugo Höppener) must have been quite a character! After reading about Fidus, I am sure I will be looking at the lovely little painting with new eyes and a bit of a chuckle!
OLD FIDUS FOUR SEASONS 'WINTER' SILHOUETTE ON GLASS
Fidus was the pseudonym used by German illustrator, painter and publisher Hugo Reinhold Karl Johann Höppener
(October 8, 1868 - February 23, 1948). He was a symbolist artist, whose work directly influenced the psychadelic style
of graphic design of the late 1960s.
Born the son of a confectioner, Höppener demonstrated artistic talent at an early age. Around 1886 he met the "apostle of nature"
and artist Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach(1851-1913), and joined Diefenbach's commune near Munich. On Diefenbach's behalf,
he served a brief prison sentence for public nudity, earning him the name Fidus ("faithful").
In 1892 he moved to Berlin, set up another commune, and worked as an illustrator on the magazine Sphinx . His work appeared
frequently in Jugend and other illustrated magazines. He created many ornamental drawings, especially for book decoration, as
well as ex-libris, posters and designs. He was one of the first artists to use advertising postcards to promote his work.
He held mystical Theosophical beliefs, and became interested in German mythology. His early illustrations contained dream-like
abstractions, while his later work was characterised by motifs such as peasants, warriors, and other naked human figures in natural
settings. He often combined mysticism, eroticism, and symbolism, in Art Nouveauand Secessionist styles. By 1900 he was one
of the best known painters in Germany.
After 1918, interest in Fidus’ work as an illustrator ebbed. By the time he died in 1948 his art had been almost forgotten. It was
rediscovered in the 1960s, and directly influenced the psychedelic concert posters which began to be produced at that time, initially
in and around San Francisco.