It's my birthday. 63. In recent years, I have burned calendars on the spot for even suggesting another year had gone by. I usually ignore birthdays. This year is a little different, but I don't exactly know why. I have inserted a photo from Pierre Raby below from a "Every Photo Tells a Story" piece a few months back. Pierre Raby's Blog "A Painter's Room" is a delightful site for this talented artist and I recommend a visit.
The reason this year is different is because I feel like I might be growing up. Damn. That's a bummer. The second reason is illustrated by the photo. Alone. Except for Pokey and TacoBelle. Yesterday, I went over to SS groceries and bought 4 pounds of beef ribs and came home and grilled em. That was my birthday treat for the pups. Despite that special joy of having ecstatic dogs, I still felt like something was missing. After hours of deliberation, I happened upon it.....nobody to share life with!!! No Soulmate!!! Super Bummer!!!
So here is a warning!!!! One day soon I'll do a " Personals" blog. A blog that is looking for that "special" Pina Colada drinker. That Moody Blues lover. That "little bit crazy" artist. That "take a walk by the river" woman (I'm so straight the art companies hire me to pose for their rulers). A good strong gal that lets Jesus guide her along the path of life. A female that talks but knows when to shut up. A femme that listens and knows when to tell me to shut up. One who sees the incredible beauty of dew on a rose and appreciates the wondrous joy in the intricate pattern of the smallest hummingbird feather. One who loves life. And can truly love life by seeing it through the eyes of a child. One who loves to laugh and is not ashamed to cry. One that sees the world in a grain of sand. Oh...and a few bucks in the bank wouldn't hurt (I was getting too serious...not really).
Anyway...look for that blog....I'll call it "Sore Gent Parker's Lonely Hearts Club Blog"
Changes in Latitude...Changes in Attitude
I won't flog the 100+ temps too much. But...I can see why the Middle East and other "hot" countries wanna fight so much. It's hot!...so lemme punch ya out!!!
When's the last time you heard of an Eskimo War? Or revolutions in Greenland and Iceland?
While I was geting Pokey and Taco Belle's Beef ribs, I picked up a bag of Fritos.
Frito Chili Pie is one of my major food groups. I looked at the price..2.89. I looked at the price again....2.89. It hadn't changed. It should have changed cause that's just too much!!! The corn farmer only gets 12 cents for that bag. Duh. Then I reached for a can of Frito Bean Dip...2.99!!! for a couple of ounces of beans....squooshed up with a few peppers. I gracefully returned the bean dip, muttering expletives under my breath. The mutter must have been not too much under my breath, because the lady next to me said..."wow...you have an ATTITUDE about today's prices! Bless you...I do too!!" Then I went over to Liberty Hill to visit with a fellow artist that does small paintings like I do. He said it bugs him when folks see one of his small paintings that obviously took at least a couple of hours and he has it for sale for 20 bucks....and they ask him if he'll take less. He tells em "If I took less, then I wouldn't make as much as those old geezers at Wal-Mart who tell ya "Welcome" when they really mean that you should get your butt over to Target and get some good prices." Then they tell him he has an "ATTITUDE". So I get home and check my E-Mail. A dear follower jokingly commented that my latest blog for the "SAPS" award, where I said that you should pick up the award..."what do you think I am....staff?" showed an attitude. Me? Have an ATTITUDE? No way...nice guy that I am. If anyone thinks I have an attitude, then they can go take a flying leap......
That taken care of, now I can turn to more important things. Like painting some guy who I've never met, sitting at some place I've never been, thinking about something I probably wouldn't. But that's OK. I used my imagination and depicted him doing something I probably would be doing if I was caught in his predicament....impersonating BUDMAN!!! I started to entitle my rendition "Doing My Part to Keep Milwaukee Financially Stable in These Tough Economic Times". But I decided to name it "Strategically Located". This is my submission for the Different Strokes From Different Folks Challenge.
WIMBERLEY....Painting neath the trees.
I will be painting in the courtyard of The Bent Tree gallery and The Burro Coffee and Latte and WiFi Place in Wimberley Saturday. Plein Air. That is, until the temps hit 99....then I hit the road. I got up at 2 this morning (an hour earlier than usual) to prep some of the ACEOs I'll be doing there.
Texas Hill Country Paint-Out.
Update. We Have a super Studio at The Bunkhouse in which to paint that is AIR CONDITIONED. The Fee is $40 for AC, Food (Barbecue and breakfast tacos, etc. and DOOR PRIZES). Dena charges $53 PER NIGHT for a comfortable lodging. If August is hotter than this July, plans may have to be altered due to my demise from heat stroke. MORE LATER
EXCUSES, EXCUSES...Blog Visiting Vacuum.
I haven't been visiting my followers and associates in the "ARTFUL BLOGGERS" COMMUNITY. Don't throw sticks and hurl obscenities. Aside from working my butt off, the heat, and keeping this blog up..... see the pics below.....
Thought for the Blog...(simple, but think about it) "HAVE ANOTHER DAY! :-)"
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