January 31, 2016

January 2016 in Pictures


So long to the blues and grays of January (although I really like this color palate). Bring on February's crimson and rosy hues as I focus on what's lovable about another month of winter.

January Thaw

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A brief glimpse of spring before February brings more snow.
January 30, 2016

Legos

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“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” -Diane Ackerman

I really like the Eiffel Tower, but Eli had other ideas.
January 29, 2016

Petal

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"Beauty is a fragile gift." - Ovid
January 28, 2016

Angels

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"The wings of angels are often found on the backs 
of the least likely people."  ~ Eric Honeycutt

How do you recognize the angels in your life?
January 27, 2016

Bare Branches

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"Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold, so forlorn.
Darkened skies dip ever low
left from yesterday's dusting of snow."
-  Nelda Hartmann, January Morn  

January 26, 2016

Texture

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"Little moments can have a feeling and a texture..."
~ Ralph Fiennes
January 25, 2016

Words

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"Much wisdom often goes with fewest words." - Sophocles
January 24, 2016

Great Bundles

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“Life is a great bundle of little things” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
January 23, 2016

Argo

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"The Elephant Outside the Room"

I've admired this sculpture many times both from inside and outside the Milwaukee Art Museum. Argo by Russian-American artist, Alexander Liberman, is intriguing from every angle. Its white steel circles and cylinders complement the Calatrava brise-soleil while the positive and negative space compose an abstract of the ancient Greek ship for which it's named.  

Yet, since visiting the art museum with my nephews last month, I have a completely new perspective. "It's an elephant, Auntie!" Do you see it?

January 22, 2016

Sale

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Smooth saling [sic] into the weekend.
January 21, 2016

Seasons

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"To be interested in the changing seasons
is a happier state of mind than to be 
hopelessly in love with spring." - George Satayana

[This tree is treating us to glimpses of 
autumn, winter, and spring all at once!]
January 20, 2016

Breakfast | Le petit déjeuner

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"All happiness depends upon a leisurely breakfast."
« Tout bonheur commence par un petit déjeuner tranquille »
- William Somerset Maugham

I finally went to the doctor yesterday after a couple of weeks of feeling under the weather. As expected a course of antibiotics were prescribed "to be taken with food with a morning and evening meals" for the next ten days. My "morning meal" usually consists of coffee and a granola bar to go, often eaten around 10:00 am when I finally have five minutes at my desk. 

How strange that one of my favorite things to do when traveling is to linger over breakfast. Who can resist a cup of strong coffee with steamed milk, flaky croissants, bread fresh from the boulangerie, French butter and preserves...? But it isn't only the food that I enjoy; it's also the calm before the busy day begins, a conversation with a companion, or even some time with the newspaper or a good book. Why is it that I don't take the time to enjoy breakfast at home? Morning are always so rushed. Yet, I wonder what it would be like if I set my alarm for 4:30 rather than 5:00 and took the time to start my day right? I'm not sure if Piper and Eric would cooperate, but it does sound nice.
January 19, 2016

Frozen

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"Water is the key to life, but in frozen form, it is a latent force." - Frans Lanting
January 18, 2016

Step by Step


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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 17, 2016

Un éternel printemps

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« L'hiver est sur ma tête mais il règne
dans mon coeur un éternel printemps. » - Victor Hugo

["Winter is in my head, but eternal spring is in my heart."]

January 16, 2016

Un univers dans une tasse de thé

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« ...quand un jour d'hiver, comme je rentrais à la maison, ma mère, voyant que j'avais froid, me proposa de me faire prendre, contre mon habitude, un peu de thé. Je refusai d'abord et, je ne sais pourquoi, me ravisai. Elle envoya chercher un de ces gâteaux courts et dodus appelés Petites Madeleines qui semblent avoir été moulés dans la valve rainurée d'une coquille de Saint-Jacques. Et bientôt, machinalement, accablé par la morne journée et la perspective d'un triste lendemain, je portai à mes lèvres une cuillerée du thé où j'avais laissé s'amollir un morceau de madeleine. Mais à l'instant même où la gorgée mêlée des miettes du gâteau toucha mon palais, je tressaillis, attentif à ce qui se passait d'extraordinaire en moi. Un plaisir délicieux m'avait envahi, isolé, sans la notion de sa cause. II m'avait aussitôt rendu les vicissitudes de la vie indifférentes, ses désastres inoffensifs, sa brièveté illusoire, de la même façon qu'opère l'amour, en me remplissant d'une essence précieuse : ou plutôt cette essence n'était pas en moi, elle était moi. J'avais cessé de me sentir médiocre, contingent, mortel. D'où avait pu me venir cette puissante joie ? Je sentais qu'elle était liée au goût du thé et du gâteau, mais qu'elle le dépassait infiniment, ne devait pas être de même nature. D'où venait-elle ? Que signifiait-elle ? Où l'appréhender ? Je bois une seconde gorgée où je ne trouve rien de plus que dans la première, une troisième qui m'apporte un peu moins que la seconde. II est temps que je m'arrête, la vertu du breuvage semble diminuer. Il est clair que la vérité que je cherche n'est pas en lui, mais en moi. [...] Je pose la tasse et me tourne vers mon esprit. C'est à lui de trouver la vérité. Mais comment? » - Marcel Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu. Du côté de chez Swann, 1913. 


January 15, 2016

Simile

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 On the surface, winter seems still, like a frozen lake.
Yet beneath the ice, there is life and movement --
the first stirrings of the distant spring.
January 14, 2016

Lottery

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I won't be moving here any time soon since
I didn't win the $1.6 billion dollars last night. 
When will I learn? You can't win if you don't play.

[photo taken during 2013 trip to France, Monaco, and Florence]
January 13, 2016

Cups | Tasses

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"Coffee is a language in itself." - Jackie Chan
January 12, 2016

Just add tonic...

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January 11, 2016

Piercing

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“It was cold out there, bitter, biting, cutting, piercing, 
hyperborean, marmoreal cold...” - Charles Kuralt
January 10, 2016

Something to cling to...

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“No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you're lost; 
Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. 
Some hope, some dream to cling to, 
Some melody to sing to.” - Harriet du Autermont 

January 09, 2016

Let her eat cake!

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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
~ Roger Caras, photographer and writer

Piper is 1 today! A year ago, on a cold and snowy January night, she and her ten brothers and sisters were born. Eight weeks later, this beautiful little girl was the only puppy left. Obviously, she was waiting for us to adopt her! We've already been through so much together, and we can't imagine our home without her. Happy Birthday, Baby Cakes! XOXO

January 08, 2016

Fog | Brouillard

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« Le brouillard est la coquetterie du soleil. » - Xavier Forneret
January 07, 2016

Impressions

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"Whatever makes an impression on the heart
seems lovely to the eye." - Saadi

January 06, 2016

January Whites Sale

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Even in the darkest days of winter,
"Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light"
- Theodore Roethke

January 05, 2016

Head in the clouds

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It's January. The holidays are over. The days are cold and dark, and I'm tired. Yet a glimpse of blue sky makes me restless..."For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. For there you have been and there you will long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci
January 04, 2016

Laden

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"Now the bare black bushes all look soft and white.
Every twig is laden - What a pretty sight!"
- Anonymous Scottish poem  
January 03, 2016

Snowball

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"Snow provokes reactions that reach back to childhood." ~ Andy Goldworthy
January 02, 2016

Birches

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"Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart."
- Charles G. Stater


January 01, 2016

Happy New Year!

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"Approach the new year with resolve to find
the opportunities hidden in each new day."
~ Michael Josephson