Saturday, May 18, 2019

Architect I. M. Pei

I noticed on my news feed that "Grumpy the Cat" had died on May 14th, but there wasn't a single thing about the death of noted architect, I. M. Pei on May 16th.  I was saddened by the fact that the death of a 7- year old cat internet sensation took precedent over the death of Mr. Pei, a 102-year old world renowned architect with a notable life-long body of work.

As a high school student, I wanted to study architecture in college.  I was told by the counselor that girls couldn't do that.  This was the 1950s.  Since I've never been overly ambitious and didn't want to buck the system, I went on and chose a different life path with no regrets.  But, architecture has been a love of mine forever.  
As a young adult living in Denver, Colorado in the 1960s, I was fascinated with I. M. Pei's Zeckendorf Plaza.  I visited it often marveling at the interesting contrast of this modern building with the older buildings located on 16th Street in downtown Denver.

However, not everyone evidently agreed with my fascination.  The building was dismantled in the 1990s without consideration of its mid-century significance.

When I travel, my favorite destinations include wonderful architecture.  To me, there is nothing more fabulous than the Louvre in Paris with its I. M. Pei addition.  The juxtaposition is unbelievable.
Looking through the glass triangles toward the original Louvre Palace -----

Just two examples of Mr. Pei's work that have touched and shaped my aesthetic.

REST IN PEACE, MR. PEI!



Monday, April 22, 2019

RANDOMNESS -- CATCHING UP!

For several reasons my lifestyle blog has been neglected recently.  So, fair warning, as I try to catch up on life in the Salmagundi household; this post will be random and probably long.

RANDOMNESS #1 - CONVALESCENCE

On March 18, I had some surgery --- nothing too serious, but important enough to require some hospitalization and some convalescence.  I'm doing great, but still not quite up to par and laziness has set in.  I haven't sewn a stitch in 7 weeks, but I'm back to the cooking, cleaning, laundry routine.  I did manage to put out a few Easter decorations ----


VICTORIAN EGGS THAT BELONGED TO MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER
But my laziness is indicated by the clutter on the table by my recliner ----
I have managed to read nine books.  My favorite of the bunch, by far, was "Becoming Mrs. Lewis" by Patti Callahan.

RANDOMNESS #2 - WYATT
 (or as his sister says, "The golden child of the moment.")

Our two grandchildren live close.  Caitlin is 22 now, and is working hard at "adulting" and has a serious boyfriend, so we don't see her as often; but are in contact by text constantly.  Wyatt (now a junior in high school) is in and out of our house all of the time. I guess he is fond of his Papa Bob's workshop and my cooking!   
First of the month,  he was on the gold honor roll again-- that always makes a grandparent happy.  Then within days he received his letter for his letter jacket for being the Tiger mascot this past year.  This has involved appearing at a lot of athletic events and charitable high school events. 

This is the perfect activity for this outgoing, personable kid; plus he got to hang out with the cheerleaders a lot! It has been fun for us to watch him do his thing. 
Then, he took first place at the County Schools' Art Show at the Fine Arts Center for his welded sculpture.  
A week after that, he became the high school state champion in welding sculpture.  I didn't feel up to going to the award ceremony out of town, but Bob went and took my favorite picture of Wyatt on the phone to me reporting the exciting news. 
In June, he will be going to the national competition in Kentucky.

Then there was prom.  I guess I'm the official master presser of kilts for him and his friends. That took a couple of hours. In this requisite pre-prom picture, they do look pretty sharp!
 Enough for the moment about "The Golden Boy" --

RANDOMNESS #3 - EASTER

Our son, Mike, was home bearing gifts from his recent trip to Japan.  A lot of neat stuff including fancy chop sticks, boxes, fabric, and origami paper. 
The grandkids have always had an Easter egg hunt at our house, often on the day before Easter.  They are now way too old for an egg hunt, but still want one --- what is a Grammy to do?  We keep having to make it harder and harder!!  Last year, we filled the plastic eggs with coins, buried them in the ground, and they had to use the metal detector to find them.  This year, we decided it was time for a treasure hunt with clues in the eggs that told where the next egg was to be found.
The most frustrating clue for them was "Chap Stick, wherefore art thou?"  They found three chap sticks around the house before they found the egg with another chap stick hiding in the glove compartment of the car.  My favorite clue was "Man's best friend, Quack, Quack!"  It took them forever to reason this one out --- the egg was in the garage where we keep the Duck Tape.  The last of the 15 clues led them to my silver chest where they found young adult's favorite treasure -- gift cards. They had great fun -- secretly, I think Mike always enjoys it as much as the grandkids!
Then, I set up a taco bar for supper.

The best part of our Easter celebration was yet to come.  Wyatt has been seriously involved in his Christian journey the last couple of years, and decided to be baptized on Easter morning in the church we have belonged to since our own kids were young.

What more could grandparents ask for?  We have truly been blessed.

I hope you also had a joyous Easter weekend.




Saturday, April 6, 2019

TARTAN DAY

I couldn't let Tartan Day pass without a post.  My addiction to plaid has been well documented!

Before surgery a couple of weeks ago, I was working on a new, small quilt from my plaid and wool fabric stash.  My main source of plaid wool has long been the thrift stores.  Back in 2014, I ran across this tartan skirt, and I couldn't pass it up for just $6.00.
The label said it was from Scotland! I deconstructed the garment; then felted it by washing it in hot water, then finished the process in a hot dryer.  This makes the fabric soft and keeps it from fraying -- perfect for appliqueing.

 Here is the project using the plaid for the applique background.
 Now, that I'm on the road to recovery from surgery, I hope to finish it up soon.
Until then, Happy Tartan Day --- add a little plaid to your life!!


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY!

I'm a week out of surgery, at home watching basketball, etc. and doing well.

I have three more weeks of not doing anything --- just laying around --- becoming more lazy than I already was.  Hopefully, I will do something post-worthy soon.

Till then -----

Saturday, March 16, 2019

ANOTHER BIRTHDAY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR FAVORITE SON, MIKE!
HIS WHOLE LIFE, HE HAS TAUGHT US THINGS WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED!
 NOW HE TEACHES HIGH SCHOOL MATH AND SCIENCE.
IN ADDITION, HE WILL BE SPENDING HIS SPRING BREAK TAKING STUDENTS TO JAPAN TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTURE AND THE WONDERS OF THE COUNTRY.  

HAVE A SAFE AND FUN TRIP, DR. SAULMON. WE'RE ANXIOUS TO HEAR WHAT YOU LEARN NEW ON THIS, YOUR FOURTH TRIP TO JAPAN!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

GRANDSON HAS ANOTHER BIRTHDAY!

Our special Valentine present in 2002 was this little cutie ---
His big sister was so proud!

And, now he is 17 years old already -- how did that happen?

Caitlin is still proud; and they have a great relationship.

They still think they are in a Peter Pan movie!!

Happy Birthday, Wyatt!
and
Happy Valentine's Day, Caitlin and Wyatt!


Keep dreaming, sweet kids.






Wednesday, December 26, 2018

TINY TREASURE

For some reason, our local antique stores are usually quiet the day after Christmas.  That makes it a great day to get out, walk around, and maybe find a tiny treasure.
A tiny 2 1/2" brown transferware butter pat for $3.00!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Friday, December 7, 2018

OUR HOUSE AT CHRISTMAS, 2018

As always --- a lot of red and plaid!

Our flags fly year around!
The family tree with 60 years of accumulated ornaments including a red ball added and dated each year of our 60 years of marriage.
 Santas collected from travels.
 Antique Christmas postcards and pictures from previous Christmases plus a row of stockings I knitted for each family member.
 Tree with glass ornaments collected from travels and gifts from friends.  Also, there are glass ornaments and roping inherited from family.
Our decorations don't change much each year.  I love tradition too much!

Monday, November 19, 2018

NEW CUPBOARD


For 20+ years, I have had this strange, little corner made by the wall that covers the side of my refrigerator in the kitchen.  It adjoins the dining room.  I've never quite known what to do with the space trying various arrangements of small furniture, etc.
Finally, with my ever-growing collection of brown transferware in need of space; we came up with a permanent solution.
Bob built and installed a cupboard that matches the kitchen cupboards in design.
Problem solved ---
storage ---
and another surface for seasonal displays!

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone.

Then on to the wonderful celebration of Christmas ------

Thursday, November 15, 2018

RANDOM THOUGHTS ON MY BIRTHDAY

Another milestone birthday has arrived.
Thought #1
Both Bob and I were fortunate to grow up in a close-knit, small town with lots of friends from our pre-school years through high school graduation.
My 4th birthday party
Celebrating another party together
We went through high school with these kids, and still keep in contact and see a lot of them regularly.  One thing about having childhood friends is they always know how old you are!!!
At our last lunch get-together, they gave me this pen --- it's hard to forget your age when it's printed right on a pen.
 Once a Meloneer, always a Meloneer!

Thought #2
I had a younger cousin whose birthday was the day before mine.  We shared a lot of celebrations together.  Then, our daughter, Jenni, was born two days before my birthday.  Naturally, we've shared 46 joint birthdays.  I've never minded sharing --- it takes some of the pressure off the idea of getting older.  But, this year, a family friend sent me half of a birthday card; and said he was sending the other half to Jenni.
 Is that tooooooo much sharing?

Thought #3
I've discovered the REAL fountain of youth --- it's having grandchildren.  My talented granddaughter brought me these flowers she had arranged.  She knows how much I love garden flowers especially combining orange, burgundy, and yellow this time of the year.  
A card from both Caitlin and Wyatt was enclosed with a note about their appreciation.  I was touched; they always make me feel so much younger.

Thought #4



Actually, I am 26 days older than my husband of 60 years.  So, now we are in that period of the year that, on paper at least, it shows me to be a year older.  He will often remind me of the fact.





I can hardly wait until December, when we can be the same age again.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

ANTIQUING

A trip to Denver never disappoints!

I had a quilt meeting in Denver on Saturday; and while I did my thing, my husband met our son to walk around a couple of favorite antique malls.  We met up again for lunch at a good Japanese restaurant.  They reported that they had seen a bunch of brown transferware; and that's all I needed to hear!

After eating, we headed back to the antique mall so I could check the dishes out.  
What they had seen were nice, but a little pricey for early 20th century transferware.
BUT, in another booth my eagle eye spied this 19th century beauty ---










A large 11" x 15" platter (platters are my weakness) ---










with a beautiful 
scene ---
and exquisite tracery ---
with beautiful borders.
This is the mark on the back.  The kite mark indicates it was made on January 13, 1883.  Transferware from the Aesthetic Movement era is my favorite.
Probably more than I should spend; but with 25% off, I couldn't resist.
Hey, it's anniversary, birthday, and Christmas time of the year !!!!

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