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Lemonade Days

While I wait for some creative ideas to spring forth, I thought I’d show a few mixed media pieces from the past. I had visited Giverny, the home of Monet many years ago, and included it in a map series I continue to work on. Besides his house, there were beautiful gardens and lily ponds.

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I like to mix paper with fabric. The next photo is paper I painted, stitched, cut up, then mixed with pieces of fabric.

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The last is part of a series of small quilts that I hand sewed, using pieces I cut from old thrift store clothing. I wanted a lot of texture, so I left the pockets on.

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I was out in Santa Monica last week, and I drove past some murals that had been painted in 1983 when I was living there. They are so representative of the coastal beauty of that city.

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There is an old merry-go-round on the Santa Monica Pier, and the next two show that the horses have come to life and are running along the ocean.

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I also did another historic stair walk, this time in Pasadena (home of the New Year’s Rose Parade). A lot of steps (990), but some going down, as well as up.

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As for warnings to dog owners, this wins for the most unique.

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You can see, since the houses are built on hillsides, some are rising up, and others I’m looking down into as I walk past.

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Being that it’s still summer weather here, (in the daytime), I’ve been experimenting with making different types of lemonade without adding sugar. The first try was almost too sour to drink. I’m getting closer, though, to something drinkable and tasty.  In the pitcher below, I added two lemons, one orange, four frozen strawberries and cold water.  The froth is from mixing it up in a gadget called a NutriBullit.  I liked the taste. It was primarily water with a hint of juice flavor.

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Beautiful evenings, with a preview of Fall air, as I walked through the neighborhood the last few nights.

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Here you can see coastal clouds rising up in the distance.

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It is unusually cool today for August 4th, and those of us who are staying home this Labor Day weekend are enjoying it immensely.

Have a good long weekend.