Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday, Two Things. Both Teases...

I'm hurrying over to a morning baby-sitting gig and you're all hurrying off to join those crazy Black Friday crowds...or spending your online time today checking out what's 50% off where. (You're not, all of you, are you? Tell me I'm wrong. Or tell me how sensible you've been and what carefully planned purchases you saved oodles of dough on.)

I did finally cross the threshold of fashion purchasing again, but only one garment, ever so cool, exactly what I'd wanted but even better in the execution. Suspense will just have to mount until I'm ready to model and photograph and do a little show and tell. But I can tell you this was a considered purchase that I'm super pleased about.

And let me continue in the teaser vein by showing you a photo of one of the wonderful portraits we saw in a recent Paris exhibition. I'll tell you the artist's name and a bit about her life and times (there, I gave you another tiny clue) in an upcoming post. A not-yet-written upcoming post. Is anyone else finding that someone's turned the treadmill speed up lately? I feel life moving along much more briskly.

Better run. My daughter will be leaving for work about now, and Dad will be trying to get dressed for work and feeding little people breakfast., a guaranteed banana-on-the-sports-jacket situation. Nana is needed!

Happy Friday! I hope it's a better colour than, you know . . .(although it's hard to debate the appeal of solvency!)

 

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  1. Love that portrait and am looking forward to reading about both. Have fun with the Nana time!

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  2. No Black Friday shopping here Mater. These days I am spending time at the gym - words I never thought would ever apply to me! Need to keep up that hard-won cardio. Look forward to your upcoming posts, in the meantime, enjoy the babysitting!

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    1. Isn't that a great transformation, Patricia! Good for you!

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  3. Wow,looking forward. It must be something beautiful!
    No Black Friday shopping here either,no fuss
    Enjoy the weekend!
    Dottoressa
    P.S. Brava Patricia! That is great decision

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    1. I'm not sure I'd call my purchase beautiful and it might not be to everyone's taste, but I love it! You'll see soon. . . Have a wonderful weekend, perhaps coffee at your favourite place which we can all picture now.

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    2. Oh,yes,always a pleasure,thank you. I'm cooking a dinner for my extended family tomorow,so -coffee at home!
      I maybe guessed the author of the painting, I am familiar with her work,forgot the name,can't wait to hear a story
      Dottoressa

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  4. Have fun with the little ones--a much more entertaining choice than facing the hordes at the sales. Looking forward to both of your hinted-at topics.

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    1. It was a more sustaining choice as well. Shopping sometimes gives an immediate boost that doesn't last as long as I mig hope. But when I think of my time with he little ones, I end up smiling. ..

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  5. No shopping for me! I am cooking dinner for a dear friend and looking forward to a long-overdue visit.

    I think I recognize that little girl...painted by her mother maybe?

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    1. I'm sure you had a rich time with your friend, cooking for her, eating with her, and a long conversation full of laughter and gossip and ideas and shared confidences. Again, so much more sustaining than shopping would be.
      You'll have to tune in for more info about the portrait....hint, the exhibit was on when you were in Paris....

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    2. I'd better relent a bit and say that your memory or guess is correct. This little girl was painted by her mother, a well-known portrait artist of her day...

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  6. My treadmill's been running so fast I fell off it for a while there. Lovely to catch up with you. Enjoy your time with the small people.

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    1. From the post I just read, it sounds as if someone added hurdles to yr treadmill while they were turning up the speed! Hope life begins evening out a bit for you soon...

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  7. Is this one of the Medeci portraits? Look forward to reading more Mary

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  8. No shopping except for food! It's not impressionist enough to be Berthe Morisot or Suzanne Valadon. Earlier, I think. Have fun with the wee ones.

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    1. Definitely earlier than the Impressionists, yes. Ooh, this is fun!😉

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  9. No shopping - I'll do my Christmas shopping in a less frenzied environment. Look forward to seeing your purchase though.
    Vigee Lebrun? Have been wishing I cld visit the current Paris exhibition of her works. If you did, lucky you!
    Rosemary

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    1. YoI've guessed it exactly. I knew nothing of her life or work before this visit, and we were pleased to have the opportunity to learn about both.

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  10. I have what I believe is the flu! So annoying.

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    1. Oh, I'm so sorry! Yes, annoying and exhausting and just downright horrid. I hope you're back to full strength soon but it's a tough time of year for looking after oneself. Take care!

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  11. Beautiful portrait ... Looking forward to hearing more about her. She has the sweetest face! Went out for breakfast followed by a walk having decided to avoid shopping! I did order a couple of Christmas presents online before going out in the evening. Mainly as I realised that perfect present idea for some of the ladies in the family was already sold out in some stores!!
    Your day sounds as though it would be lovely!
    Have a good weekend ....
    Rosie

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    1. Doesn't she?! I have to wait to get back home before telling you more, but it's easy to see why the artist painted her portrait several times.
      Sounds as if you were smart about shopping only as much as you needed...

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  12. What a sublime portrait!

    I bought but one Black Friday item, but it's a gift for Le Duc, Seems that Black Friday has replaced Boxing Day as "the" sale day.

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    1. Yes, it seems to have, and it's really tough to ignore the call, the discounts are so advantageous. But I'm not ready to shop yet, and really, we all have too much.

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  13. Beautiful portrait. No shopping here. Didn't even leave the house except for a walk and romp with the dog. I've been rearranging the sewing room to set up a needlework/embroidery corner, and planting bulbs, hundreds of bulbs. I'm rather worried they won't all come up, but whatever happens it will be wonderful.

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    1. It will be, Mardel, a glorious spring surprise to look forward to!

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  14. Until recently, "Black Friday" had meant a historical date for me, relatetd to the worldwide crisis of 1929. Only this year I realized that the name has been applied to a day of shopping. (And that the following saturday is "Buy Nothing Day".) I didn't buy anything but food on either day. I'm lucky because many years ago my mother abolished Cristmas presents among adults in our family. So, with one exception, we only give presents to the younger generation, that limits the number of things to buy to six. But I do give homemade cookies to all the world, so I started baking the first batch yesterday. Today there are more to come.

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    1. I was slow to catch on as well-it's a recent phenomenon in Canada, another creeping northward of American practices. Buy Nothing day seems ironically placed after everyone's already grabbed their stuff. That said, I still enjoy some of the shopping and gift-giving as long as I can be quite sure there's no waste. Those cookies, for example, will be much appreciated, and I bet your house smells wonderful!

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