Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Work of Graham Sutherland

Gorse on a Sea Wall
By Graham Sutherland
oil on canvas,
Ulster Museum, Belfast

Midsummer Landscape
By Graham Sutherland
pencil, ink gouache on paper
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Brimham Rock
By Graham Sutherland
gouache on paper

Fallen Tree against Sunset
By Graham Sutherland
oil on canvas

Devastation 1941, An East End Street
By Graham Sutherland
gouache, pastel, pencil, pen and ink on paper

Thorn Tree
By Graham Sutherland
oil on canvas

Well, I am off to try and find some Christmas Spirit because I have not found it yet. I hope each of you have a wonderful weekend!


N Posted by Rain at 12/16/2006 12:13:00 PM

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Treats

Eating Tips for The Holidays

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an "eggnog-aholic" or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it!!!! Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello???
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat - have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips: Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO what a ride!"

I recieved this from my Auntie Dixie in an email and I thought I would share it with all of you.

By the way, my friend Geoffe over at iPinhole just recieved his BFA, Bachelors of Fine Art. Congratulations Geoffe, whoo hoo! Go on over and check out his site, I am sure you will like his work as much as I do. Oh and tell him Rain sent you!

Do you have a favorite food for the holidays and if so what is it? My answer will be in the comments.


N Posted by Rain at 12/14/2006 01:49:00 AM

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American , and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

~Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Have a great 'hump' day!


N Posted by Rain at 12/13/2006 11:01:00 AM

Monday, December 11, 2006

Hunky Mondays

One for the guys,

One for the ladies!
Now, if you will excuse me I am off to the kitchen to bake some cookies and some of my 'top secret' recipe fudge....yummy!
Have a great week everyone! Comments are always appreciated.


N Posted by Rain at 12/11/2006 10:17:00 AM

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Being Grateful

I am grateful for;

That all of my complaints, problems, frustrations, and worries are really small in comparison to others.
There is food in my home.
My roof is not leaking, the pipes are not frozen, and my water heater works.
My dogs have been fed.
Rusty has had a meal, a shower, has a roof over his head and I know exactly where he is.
The electricity bill has been paid. ( This months bill $328.00)
My property taxes have been paid for the year.
No one asked to borrow money from me today =0)
It is raining in San Diego right now!
I am making most of my friends handmade Christmas gifts this year.
The fact that I will not use any credit cards for Christmas gifts.
If I don't have the money to pay for something it will just wait until I do and I am okay with that.
The fact that I will not be sending out Christmas cards this year because I want to save a tree.
I will be sending out Christmas Greetings via email. I know it is not the same as getting a handwritten note however my messages will come from the heart and be filled with love.
I mailed out packages for loved ones at the post office last week and there was only one person in line ahead of me.
My holiday baking starts next week, and that always fills me with joy and happiness.

What are you grateful for? Comments are always appreciated.


N Posted by Rain at 12/10/2006 01:52:00 AM