Greetings, once again, blogland! I am rolling into this next week with a full head o' steam -- having enjoyed ALL of my favorite things in the past four days: Friends, Art *with Friends,* and Family - in the form of a fabulous Father's Day for The Man! I hope that you all enjoyed a most wonderful weekend, whatever it had in store!
|JP, yours truly, Sally, BWM, & KS|
Summer Fun w/ the B's!
My weekend got an early start, thanks to the Fayetteville After Five summer concert series, on Thursday. I joined the besties, downtown, for an early evening of live music, great conversation, and a couple o' ice cold brewskies to ward off the unseasonably warm weather. We were groovin' on the tuneage of Cafe Mars (whose line up included a SMOKIN' hot trumpeteer), and thoroughly enjoyed the *rare during-the-week* chance to play catch up!
After a moderately busy Friday, which included the 'final touches' for my Saturday readiness, I reveled in the 2nd quarter Day of Creative Play with more Friends in the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild, for a few hours of Altered Book discoveries with member Dawn Meisch. Alas, in spite of having (A) my camera in tow, and (B) a fully charged battery in said camera I still managed to get ZERO photos :-\ I can, however, assure you that a good time was had by all - and much creativity was on display!
|Stacey, Dad, and meG|
Happy Father's Day!
Today, though, surpassed them all! The Man+The Girls+The Feast (meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, yeast rolls, and the "Extra Special Dessert" by the wee one) = PRICELESS! The eldest Girl had to work - so was only able to be with us for a short time. We managed to document the day before the scattering that seems to be the 'one constant'... 'Twas a most loverly afternoon! The 'surprise dessert'? None other than The Man's mom's own "Sex in a Pan" -- luscious layers of flaky crust, sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and cocoa-laced whipped cream. The only regret of the day was that The Girl had to make the long drive back to school after such feasting :-\
|mmm, mmm, goood!|
Sex in a Pan, Sin on a Plate... call it what you will!
My mind was encamped by other fathers on this day of remembrance: my Granddaddy, my PaPa, The Brother; and although I wasn't able to be with my mom today, Mr. Able was strongly on my mind *in both remembered and imagined conversations.* The echos of the past are intricately woven into the fiber of our 'everyday' -- we need only be still long enough to hear them.
There is much in the way of 'continued coolness' here in the realm! I look forward to sharing with you the latest accomplishments with the Strathmore Visual Journal Online Workshop Series (even though I am woefully behind), some nifty new technique examples from Dawn's online class, news of some exciting new color-play discoveries, and more than a few creative secrets to soon be revealed!
Onward & Upward!
Words of wisdom for today:
"Fathers, like mothers, are not born.
Men grown into fathers - and fathering
is a very important stage in their development."
- David M. Gottesman
Photo Notes:Taken with Panasonic Lumix (DMC-ZS1) - set to natural light, slow sync/red eye flash.
The Man discovers
Flight of the Concords' "Sugar Lumps"
...laugh out loud, funny!