Monday, December 08, 2008

I went Christmas shopping today after a very good workout at the gym. It was bitterly cold, 11 degrees at dawn and only 15 at the height of the day, with steady winds that began to freeze the face in about seven seconds. But that was nothing compare to the freeze out I got at the places I tried to shop.

Flag Hill, our local winery that makes a superb white from the Cayuga grape and a lovely smooth liqueur from maple syrup, for the first shopping season I can remember is now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. A new stove shop that had a big “open 12/6” turned out to be full of carpenters and is definitely not going to be in a position to make its first sale until the new year.

WalMart’s garden section had been converted into a Christmas shop with only its birdseed stock out for the public to buy. But Lowe’s had its full garden shop in full swing and I did find one item that would work for a friend who both gardens and loves tchotchkes. This was a small steel rod trellis set with bells that will ring gently in the wind, in a verdigris finish and decidedly non-tacky. But the tag had a big surprise: CLEARANCE $25.96
WAS $25.97!

The only gift I scored today--and I saved a whole penny!


Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Traditional, Vibrant, and Tasteful

People that like Islamic art tend to be more traditional people that appreciate keeping patterns that they learned and experienced from their past. It is not to say that they are not innovative personalities, they just do not like to let go of their roots. They like to put new ideas into details and make certain that they will work before sharing them with others. Failure is not something they like to think about because they are more interested in being successful and appreciated for their intelligence. These people can also be or like elaborate things in their life as long as they are tasteful. They tend to prefer geometric patterns and vibrant colors.

You scored -2 on Impressionist, higher than 35% of your peers.
You scored 21 on Islamic, higher than 94% of your peers.
You scored 7 on Ukiyo-e, higher than 59% of your peers.
You scored 9 on Cubist, higher than 88% of your peers.
You scored -18 on Abstract, higher than 32% of your peers.
You scored -6 on Renaissance, higher than 38% of your peers.

I’m still wondering if I believe this analysis or not, but there’s no question that I’ve been studying Islamic art and Asian art in general-- and been influenced by them--for many, many years (Fritz refers to my studio/office upstairs as “The Casbah”). Whether I’m as “traditional” as the survey says I’m not so sure, but the survey's all visual and fun to take.


This came from one of my friends:

When a man is quiet… millions of things are running in his mind

When a man is not arguing… he is thinking deeply

When a man looks at you with eyes full of questions… he is wondering how long you will be around

When a man answers “I’m fine” after a few seconds… he is not at all fine

When a man stares at you… he is wondering why you are lying

When a man lets you lay on his chest… he is wishing for you to be his forever

When a man wants to see you everyday… he wants to be yours forever

When a man says “I love you”… he means it

When a man says “I miss you”… no one in this world can miss you more than that

Life only comes around once; make sure you spend it with the right person

Find a guy:

Who calls you beautiful instead of hot,

Who calls you back when you hang up on him,

Who will stay awake just to watch you sleep,

Wait for the guy:

Who kisses your forehead,

Who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats,

Who holds your hand in front of his friends,

Who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares about you and how lucky he is to have you.


A couple of weeks ago I got an email from one of Fritz's former students, a west coaster who I had the pleasure of meeting the last time he came east, saying all excitedly that he had sent us a package in which was something just perfect for us. It came, we opened it and broke out laughing. It's called The Ex and we particularly loved the description in the lower left hand corner: with unique Cathartic Knife Holder.

The knives themselves are one-piece stainless steel and are of excellent quality. The unique Cathartic Knife Holder is priceless!

Hey, would you just keep the cash you were going to spend on our Christmas gift.....we'll get it when we come and visit. Hehehe.
That is lovely what your friend sent you. I can relate too many of those nice things :-)
I saw this knife container at a store - I did not care of it - too creepy.

I enjoyed your list of traits in a man.

You remind me it is bird feeding season. I need to find some bird seed - I would love to see a cardinal as I miss them so.

There's a typo in the link - should be

link comes up as

Even though I didn't much like any of the art, it pegged me:

H = balanced, secure, realistic (an impressionist 7)
I know there's a problem but it isn't with the link I posted which has the double z. For some reason the system reads it as a double x. I have no idea why.
I took the art test and my results are here
Wow, that is really strange kind of cute :-) No way, that could really be a serious design packaging???
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