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Flossie, the Tonkanese kitten.  Watercolor on 140# Arches cold press.  Approx. 9″ x 11″

I’m back from a quick trip to Jupiter (Florida, not the planet) to visit my Aunt. She is one good cook!   I thought I would have gained 5 lbs, but I didn’t, even with homemade cheesecake; pasta in a cream sauce; tomato, avocado & mozzarella salad drizzled with olive oil, barbecued steak… I could go on and on. I even taught her how to make cosmos and bought her all the ingredients and the proper martini glasses to drink them from.  The trip was fab and as it turns out, not fattening.  Yay!

While there it rained a lot so the Husband and I went to two movies. Which are two more movies than I’ve seen in the past few years. The first movie, The Avengers, was LOUD.  WHAT?   I said it was LOUD!   But I still managed to fall asleep in the beginning, so I have no idea why all of those super-heroes were assembled.  I snorted at some point and woke myself up.   The husband laughed.  Until HE started to drift off at some point in the middle of the movie when a loud explosion literally lifted him out of his seat.  I laughed.

It was also exciting to go to Publix, the GIANT grocery store where people actually helped you.   I asked one guy if he had something I couldn’t find on the shelf.  He was nice, said he would check and then actually came back to tell me they were out of the item but were getting more in tomorrow.  Who does that?  Where was I?

I told Charlie, my dog-walking buddy who moved to Maine, about how nice people were in Florida.  He said the people are so nice up there that when they invite you over to dinner they actually mean it.  But he doesn’t want to go to dinner.   I told them he could move back to NYC.  I’ve known him 23 years and never once invited him over for dinner.

The painting above is a watercolor of my brother-in-law’s new kitten Flossie.   She is teeny and very cute.

Shadows of Jupiter

Today while walking from the subway to work I saw a corner coffee cart with a flat screen TV affixed to its side so customers can watch TV while they wait for their coffee.  WHAT?  I had to look back to make sure what I was seeing was real.  SERIOUSLY?  Now you can watch TV while waiting the 5 seconds it takes the guy to give you a coffee and a bagel?   After thinking about this, I thought it would actually take LONGER than 5 seconds to get your coffee in the morning because of the extra time it would take to look at the screen, take in the information, get distracted and then having the guy say to you.  AHEM, HERE’S YOUR COFFEE.   This is New York.  If after giving your order at a cart more than twice the guy does not have your order memorized and ready for you as you walk towards the cart you should stop going there. 

Iconic Coffee Cup

I go to a coffee cart every morning and get coffee from John and Mohammed.  We say hello, John usually has my coffee made before I step up to the cart window.   Mohammed waves his arm and asks if I want something sweet.   We exchange pleasantries either about the day (TGIF) the weather (it’s gonna be a hot one) and then I am on my way.  It CANNOT take more than 4 minutes.   And I’m being generous. 

Also during said walk from the subway to my office I was handed three menus, had to listen to the never-ending construction across the street from my building. Since 9/11 I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t seen a crane, heard a pile driver or jack hammer, or seen men in hard hats and Skanska vests, 5 of whom stand around and watch while one person digs. Just as I got to my building I watched while a woman actually punched the hood of a car because it failed to stop at a stop sign.   (I was with the puncher all the way.)

The above painting is an image from the complex my Aunt Gail moved to in Jupiter, Florida.  I was attracted to the light pink stucco, the green shutters and the palm tree bending in the breeze and shading the home.   It’s quiet there.  And hot.  And there is very little noise.  You don’t see people outside. (Where are all the people?)   I am not a big Florida fan (too hot) but on a morning like this one, I certainly could enjoy some of Jupiter’s peace and quiet.

In response to Richard’s lighthouse challenge, here is my painting of the Jupiter, Florida lighthouse done in pen and watercolor.

I must admit, I’ve been quite lethargic lately due to the heat. I forgot all about the lighthouse challenge and then had to paint it in a few hours. I mean, it’s not like he presented the challenge in APRIL or anything.

I used some pen for details which I don’t normally do, but I liked the way it came out. AND, I did NOT over work it.

What?  What’s up with that yellow brick road you ask?    No clue.

Nevertheless…go stop by Richard‘s and see what’s happening over there.

It’s the first day of summer and my sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday Alice!

I have always said, and will continue to say ad nauseum that she is such an over-achiever that she HAD to have her birthday on the first day of summer, aka, the longest day of the year.  Well longest in the northern hemisphere. MY birthday is cleverly hidden at the end of December….better for me to nap when it’s cold and dark.

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