From Monday through to Thursday, Deb and I enjoyed a wonderful four day visit with Bryn here and we certainly made great use of that small window of being together. We shared quality time at play... making food together ... watching movies and conversation. It is not the quantity of time one spends with loved ones that really matters... but rather the quality of that time spent together. We all certainly enjoyed that "AAA"quality time spent during this uplifting family sojourn. Hope to add another visit... before the busy schedules and the dreaded September school bell (w)rings out time available for such visit.
Argggh Mateys!... Shiver me timbers Lads! Four Mini Putting Pirates at Clayton NY... putting away a fine summer day!
Bryn in the preparation mode... putting together a sumptuous summer meal for us
The Paint Box Gallery's own Iron Chef... Grillin'... n' chillin on the patio!
Marinated chicken... and double-baked potatoes... Sizzlin' Good!
Does the summer life get any better??? A fine tasty meal... lovingly prepared by your son! Made our day Brynner!
dream, Country Living in the small nearby rural village of Lansdowne. It is well worth the visit to that village alone... just to browse the handpicked art and artisan items which fill this heritage site to the rafters!
JJ and Lisa's classy invite
Friendships and relationships are both knot-tying activities of sorts... in that two separate "lines" are joined together with mutual consent and cooperation... in a special way to conjoin those separate entities. How long the "knot" holds... is dependent upon many influences, both internal and external. But mostly, these are sustained by the internal effort and integrity of the two "pieces of rope." So describes the "tying the knot" idiom in marriage. Keeping the Family tied together is another knot as well. As children move out into their own brave new worlds... it takes genuine effort and a willingness to share common values and to pull together... against the external pressures that might tear the two apart.
Lisa much admired my demo painting of "Sunken Rock Lighthouse, Alexandria Bay, NY"... completed at last year's Annual Paint Out in Rockport. Sorry Lisa... it was sold in July. But perhaps this recent "Rock Island Light- Clayton, NY" plein air piece will suffice as our wedding gift to celebrate your wedding. Let us hope that our knots tied in friendship hold us fast... so that we can enjoy many more years of happy occasions together! Our combined congratulations to you both come along with our best wishes for a long voyage of adventure and good health together!
Art can tie the strings of the heart inextricably together... even though... it is offered with ... "no strings attached"! HA HA!!!
"Summer Breezin'...Rock Island Light, NY" - oil on canvas 16x20 inches
Tomorrow... Deb and I are planning (after our day of Paint Box Gallery responsibilities) to celebrate her 64th birthday, in the same fashion that we choose to live our lives together. Quietly... sharing the creation of a meal and an evening of Scrabble.Ending with a joint movie pick from Netflix... in the complete privacy of our wonderful "Islesview" home in Rockport. A simple celebration... no hoopla!
"Cruising down the River..." of Life ... Together!
We are deeply blessed. Our "knot"... is binding in each of our hearts for certain. But that knot was willingly... lovingly and with fore thought tied ten years ago. Though distance at times does separate us... the knot and two lines remain... as "One"... by choice! Happy Birthday Deb!
"I" love "You"... "to the moon and back"!
In closing... I offer these Knotty Nauticals that I have found interesting and have "saved for a rainy day". You get what I mean Guys! "Art" lies all around us in our every day lives... if we choose to slow down... and "See"!
Neat Freak! Cleat hitch... with a trip proof safe spiral
Not pretty perhaps... but purposeful...
Covering all the bases...
I'm an ordinary...regular kinda guy! The common...Simple "Cleat Hitch"
Knot aficionado at play..... A "doubled up" double turn with two half hitches... I think! A no-nonsense..."Snug as a bug in a rug" docking knot!
Spaghetti knot... I'm in a hurry
Hope that you enjoyed my "Knotty... but nice" ending for this post!
Smooth Summer Sailing... and Good Painting .... to ALL !!