Saturday, November 29, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Thankful, on more than one day

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 occurs two days after the US Thanksgiving Day holiday, where we are  thankful for all our blessings. Thanks are given all year, of course, for a great family...and shadows too :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Thankful for their growing...

Always thankful for our kids - (L) first day of school, kindergarten and second grade; (R), the high schoolers reprising their classic steps nine years earlier...see WW and WW

First day of school, 30 August 1995
Nine years later...much bigger!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Cute Cousins

We are all fans of windows, doors and cute kids. So, for this installment of Toby's Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors,  I revert all the way back to 1995/96 and peripheral views of suburban window styles behind cute smiling cousins. Thus the smiles are the gateway to non-descript windows on houses and garage doors. Perhaps this stretches the definition of windows...but not whimsical :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy Summer 1999

As Shadow Shot Sunday 2 arrives at a change of season to folder days, I offer a shadowy look back to a family vacation in the Summer of 1999 to touristy venues in Groton Connecticut. These memories were from at the USS Nautilus Museum at the US Navy Sub Base. Our daughter (then age 10) and son (age 8) are standing alongside the prop/screw of the first nuclear submarine, the decommissioned USS Nautilus on a nice day...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Remembering

Last Tuesday was Veterans Day (US) and Remembrance Day. In our small town of Ansonia CT,  it was commenerated with speech, essay and song. Afterwards, the wreath silenced the mighty monuments as we reflect on service and loss...see WW and WW

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Vineyard Views

For Shadow Shot Sunday 2, I look wistfully at autumnal views of sun and at least warm looking days as Winter approaches. Not that is has been as cold as it is in the US Midwest, but I just know it will be cold and snowy at some point, so memories (and fleece) will have to do! This is on the driveway to the Savino Vineyards, a mere two miles from our home in Woodbridge. Stone walls, vines about to shed their leaves, foliage and shadows offer a bucolic view of a lovely place on a beautiful day... 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Friendly feline neighbor

The sunny day starts with a visit of neighbor cat Libby, a fluffy and friendly feline who accedes to having her picture taken. She got her name for when she was rescued her head was stuck in a Libby's can (green beans or peaches?). Given a nice home now, she looks content...see WW and WW

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Retro Gallery

For Toby's meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors I am traveling back a couple of days to a reception at a new gallery in a cool old factory in a nearby town.

Owner and artist (in so many disciplines :) opened Studio E.Y.E. (Express Yourself Endlessly).

This old facility has the requisite windows to let lots of natural light in to this stylish gallery, workshop and classroom to those in the pursuit and learning of making metallic art...not to mention paint parties. A very cool place!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday - Mechanical

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and shadows can be art by themselves. And the mechanics of making art can make shadows too. Yesterday, we attended a reception for a new gallery in a cool old factory in nearby Beacon Falls CT.

Known as Studio E.Y.E. (Express Yourself Endlessly), there were more than a few shadows emanating from the metalworking tools of the trade of artist and owner Robert Dancik  He works all sorts of metals into jewelry and offers art classes as he describes "to learn, play and express your creativity"

Most wouldn't look at presses, shears, grinders, hammers and anvils as stylish, nor this old factory studio. I do, and this workspace is full of shadows too. The creativity of artists can never be underestimated :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too - Canyon Crossing

For this installment of Ruby Tuesday Too, I go back to a recent visit to see our software developer son who lives in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and it was a nice visit it was. 

On the way home, always lovely passenger Patti captured this ruby view with her phone - we were traversing north on the I-278 BQE, and I thing the setting sun to our left added to the red, the church and building above complete the ruby trifecta today...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Gotham skyline

I have two more pictures from our foray to visit our son last week in Brooklyn NY for Toby's meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. 'Here' is heading south on the I-278 Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) before entering Kings County. It looks like a dilapidated industrial area as we peer over or through the cast iron guardrails. Looking toward Manhattan, on top we see old and modern buildings and a view of the famous 59th Street/Quensboro/Ed Koch Bridge (bridge name changes happen a lot in NYC), the bottom pic a look at the older styles of the city, old industrial and financial, Again, thanks to Patti for capturing this mere essence of a great city...