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Monday, September 30, 2013

Hannah's First Overnight Visit...

...was a blast.  A little thinker, she processes information and takes things in stride.  She is like her Dad and Uncle Rob in that way.  She is also an investigator like her Dad.  Able to focus on objects and cause/effect processes, Miss Hannah has remarkable concentration.

  • Putting the dollhouse garage on the floor permits a better focus on moving the car in and out, and examining the people and furniture on the rooftop patio.
  • The bucket of little animals contains two of each animal. She can hold one in each hand, put that pair down and find two more that match.
  • The small set of blocks is magnetic.  Hannah found that they stick to the dominoes tin.

While her Mom and Dad enjoyed the local AMC Dine-In Theatre, Hannah and I had dinner.  Then she had her bath, a story, play, and to bed.  She slept until 6 a.m. or so, then looked for her Mom a bit, no tears though.  Assuring her that Mom and Dad would  come to Nana's, we looked at their pictures in my Nexus for a while, and another while, and then went on with our morning.  Mom and Dad were here when she woke from her nap after lunch. :)  They got an animated welcome from their little angel. :)

I think that Miss Hannah may be a Friday night guest often.  I love this whole grandchild business.

Tonight, I am having dinner with Kathryn and CJ. (Rob's busy season at work, he is traveling now.)  So, I will see what Mr. CJ is up to.  When I saw him on Wednesday, he showed me airplanes when he heard them overhead.  And, of course we played ball. :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Explorations: Barron Arts Center

On Sunday, 9/22/13, I visited Barron Arts Center to see "iView: Analysis."

 Featuring 16 fiber artists and their impressions of our world, the exhibit was an amazing presentation of 64 pieces that each measured 4" x 6". The size of postcards. Each artists presented four related works representing their view of "i". Some type of rug hooking, punch hooking or Russian needle punch had to be present in at least part of one of their four pieces. Each artist created a story that brought viewers into their own visual world.

This series was my favorite.

The artist is Kim Dubay from Maine.  Here is the description in her own words.
"These hand-stitched merit badges are reminiscent of what young girls in scouts would earn. My hope is that the viewer think about these "lost arts" and realize our lives do not need to be taken over by technology!" Pictured from top left and going clockwise are:  Letter Writing, Making Things by Hand, Talking Face to Face, and Reading a Book.

And, the Arts Center was an interesting building too.  This was my first of what will be many visits.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Moving after 43 years on Warren Street...

...was not so difficult after all!

Here is my new place.
Tiger Moving Company did a fantastic job of packing me up on August 1st. and moving me here on August 2nd. Because they moved the boxes to their truck as they packed, I didn't see how many boxes there were until they unloaded them at my new home. What a shock! I thought that I would be lucky to have them all unpacked by Christmas. :(  However, without television or cell phone service immediately available, I found myself working full-time unpacking and getting information the old-fashioned way (asking questions of real people and consulting phone books).

I have to give high marks to my kids, Jackie and Rob, and their spouses Kat and Adam, and to you Aunt Jackie for emotional support and physical labor. Moving would not have been possible without you guys and gals.  I love you.

So, here are a few interior photos requested by my sister, Debbie.  I wish that you could come for a visit, but I understand how physically difficult that would be for you.

 The building lobby,
 community room,
 game & party room,
fitness center,
and library.

Here is my apartment dining area,
living room,
 and den, sewing room.