Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nancy's flowers...Texture Tuesday

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This sweet flower came from the garden of my longtime friend, Nancy.  I know she will tell us it's name when she sees this; for the life of me I cannot think of it now.  They are puffy little things and very plentiful, and make a pretty fresh tiny        bouquet in a little vase...

                   Now I realize the vintage bell in front is out of proportion to the calendar, but I didn't 
             want to turn back and start over because of the 3 layers....it is particularly apt because she is a                 sunshine person ...and this June has had more rainfall than most years here in the Pacific Northwest,  but you
                                               see light coming through the window pane!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mom's Rose... Photo Art Friday

Sharing with  Photo Art Friday  and  http://www.photosbyleanne.net/
The Tropicana Rose was my mother's favorite and two are planted in my back yard.   Since they are at their peak in late June-July, I chose this photo from last year and  had fun giving it a vintage look here; it's fiery orange with pink highlights is captured more in the former photo, though, I think.

Photo Art FridayFloral Art Friday

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Postcards from Heaven ... Haiku Wednesday...

Linking with Haiku Wednesday  ..today's word prompt:  postcard...

Choir descending
   Scribes record immortals souls 
Guardians watch o'er

Teardrops ascending
Arc Angels pen poetry
Postcards from Heaven

by klr

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Negative space in a photo......PAF...

Photo Art Friday

Linking up with  Photo Art Friday,  we are asked to post a photo with negative space.  This photo was SOOC and all I added was a vignette border...I think it qualifies for that category, although I have more to learn when applying it to other photos. ;)

Monday, June 11, 2012

One more flower....Sunday's Best...

Well, I was able to eke out one more photo to post over at Your Sunday Best Photo challenge ..it is the old-fashioned mauve & cream color Verbascum that I love to see every June in my garden.  I added a little texture:  Dina from Nancy Claeys' collection and a smidgen of crackle...and thought I'd share.  Due to the uncooperative computer it took most of yesterday to finish. ;)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Glitch in the computer....time for a break...

                                                                                                                                                                       Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Glitch ~

It has been frustrating....
for the past month or more I've been trying to put together a special post with 
a multi-layered photo to share on Bonnie's Pixel Dust Photo Art as well as at Kim Klassen's Cafe and 
her Texture Tuesdays, both offered each week.  You will find many original works and good ideas 
with textures on each site.  Whenever I post a piece of prose or poetry, I try to find a 
picture to go with the post and lately I've found I can make what I want by blending different photos, 
mine and others I've downloaded.   A very slow process for me, so it is time to retire this almost decade 
old computer, for I've wasted too much time waiting for it to cooperate, depending on the program.  
I intend to remove a lot of "stuff" from the hard drive first and buy a laptop for more convenience.  It will enable me to get back on track here as the blog has fallen back on its viewership...
understandably so...
.so for now, I will pause until the situation is resolved.  

I do hope you will 
stop back by here in a week or two when everything is up and running again.  This will 
also give me time to rest from wrestling with other personal matters that have been in the way.
Please check back later, when both the computer and  I will be as good as new....or maybe ought 
to use the word "refurbished"!!

Thanks for your patience ahead of time, 
followers all ~ 

Kathy (kkkkaty)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Universal ...haiku word prompt...

Hooking up with  Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Some experts have said
we are separated by
only six degrees

like a spider's fine spun web
linked to each other

by klr

Monday, June 4, 2012

Wedding.... an old portrait..

A long time ago I painted this wedding couple from the memory of a photo and wrote about it;  today I added texture and made use of the opportunity to link up with  Take a Word Challenge

Almas unidas
 con raizes anciones
les se casaron

En la iglesia adornada
con copullas de rosas rojas
 en luz perfecta

En los montanas
tocando el cielo
vivieron su vida 

Por la ventana
veia gente bailando
sonido de pipes

Por su trabajo
Dejan legacia honorable
 y hijos fuertes

Por la eternidad
Almas unidas

by klr

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Jonathan Livingston Seagull .... with Bokeh...

  Linking with Photo Art Friday using a bit of Bonnie's bokeh technique...combining my one photo of   Haystack Rock in Oregon and 3 other photos...

“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said,”you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived…”

 “I don’t mind being bone and feathers, Mum. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know”

Did you know that the precursor to Jonathan is Attar's "conference of birds (Persian poet, 12th century)?

Friday, June 1, 2012

"Joy."..and The Hungry i ..Haiku Heights....a n d......

    My second time linking with Haiku Heights

Remember with me
'Twas written by Three Dog Night
 with frog prodigy  

Mighty fine music
Jeremiah would agree
brought "joy to the world"

by klr

a n d.....one  joyous  memory from the "hungri i" restaurant...

My memory of the "hungri I" ~

San Francisco - 1961...
we lunched at Fisherman's Wharf, 
rode the cable cars, saw the Presidio, 
drove down Lombard St., walked Chinatown and drove through Haight Ashbury.  And yes, we 
crossed over the Golden Gate bridge, saw Alcatraz, climbed the Coit Tower and even saw a San Francisco Giants baseball game at Candlestick park.  I was 14 and my brother, Alan, 11.  Our parents took us out of our mundane routine to know some of the world outside our own small town.   I remember that 
I wore a scarf  and it blew across my face along with big raindrops as we ducked for cover into the renowned "hungri i"  restaurant one evening.  We were in for a treat!  It was elegant, I thought, 
and I felt quite grown up when I was allowed to have a glass of red wine with dinner, brought to our round oak table by a handsome waiter.  And I was allowed a sip of my father's martini.  We practiced our table manners without cue, or we would get "that look" from our parents.  We had tickets to see the live show after our meal!
                                                                                                                                                                            The Gateway Singers

The Kingston Trio, who hailed from the bay area, launched their career at this nightspot. Headlining the show that night was a new comedian, Bob Newhart.  The show opened that night with the powerful Gateway Singers. Billed with Bob Newhart were The Limeliters with tenor, Glenn Yarbrough 

Little did we know that all would become world famous within a short time.  Never having been at a live event, I was struck with how splendidly loud, full-bodied and soulful the music sounded.  The songs were in the folk music genre of the time, like The Christy Minstrels group and The Smothers Brothers...around the time of The Captain and Tenille and The Brothers Four who sprouted from Washington State. Barbra Streisand was a favorite, as was Mort Saul, comedian.  You may include Peter, Paul and Mary and Carol Burnett.  But it was Glenn Yarbrough's splendid tenor voice singing "Baby the Rain Must Fall" that took me over the moon!! They made a lasting impression on me with their raggedy songs.  Below is a 1963 medley including the Brazilian whistling song.  My father especially loved the Irish tune, "Have Some Madeira, M' Dear?" which he would lip-sinc at home in the kitchen, teasing my mother when in a fun mood.  The audience was full of adults and it was smokey and dimly lit.  People drank and laughed.  We wondered if our parents really thought we would enjoy the show or was it that they wanted to see Bob Newhart but didn't want to leave us alone in the hotel?                                                                                                                    

But there were no off color words uttered that I remember, and by the end of Newhart's monologue my side ached from so much laughter.  After returning home I bragged to my friends at school about seeing them in person,  having felt like I had taken a giant step toward adulthood.  Today the restaurant does not exist;  Another club (casino or strip) there now bears the same name. The bare brick walls where Lenny Bruce and others grew to popularity no longer fill the space; you can read more about the "hungri i" and it's long-time owner HERE .  It was totally one of most joyful and special experiences  to be there during it's heyday.

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