Saturday, February 4, 2012

I'm Off To Chase A Rabbit

As a foreigner, having to learn a new language at 15, I find myself still learning 55 years later.

For me to encounter a new saying is kind of fun. I like to think of the origin of certain words, or a string of words.

For instance: What is a "doozy"? . . .  Why do some people get "Drunk as a skunk"? . . .  What is a "Puddle jumper"? . . . Why are some "Loose as a goose", and others get "Stoved up"? . . . Why do some folks "Cut out the light", and others "Turn out the light"?

I have a neighbor that told me he will carry his pony to our house so my boys can ride it.

Why are some folks "Off to the races"? . . . While others are "Off to see the wizard". Still others are "Off to see a man about a horse".

Some are "Off on a tangent", while never getting "Off their duff".

Some are so far "Off track", they are "Off to la-la-land", until someone turns them around to go "Off to face the music".

I don't want to go on, but this is getting ridiculous. I'm glad I didn't have to learn Chinese.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

No Shortage Of Van Goghs

Art session begins with the chalk ledge on the white board loaded with bubble gum.

I wrote, "This is the day", the grandchildren finished the verse.

The instruction were: use your fingers only. Don't mix colors, but dab the base colors, side-by-side onto the paper. Let the eye mix the colors. The base colors were a cyan blue, a yellow, and a red. The kids were also encouraged to use white for highlights.

I love this close-up. This is a purely accidental happening. By looking at it, ones imagination is triggered.

This close-up is powerful. It smacks you in the face. It says "Hey don't mess with me!"

After one hour of fingerdippin fun the following masterpieces are making history.

Not to be outdone, the youngest of our Van Goghs shows off her rainbow and sunglasses.