Monday, 30 March 2009

Stuff and more stuff

Well, sometimes coming up with titles for these entries is just too difficult for my tired, old brain -- which is why I am using the simplest title I can think of -- Stuff and more Stuff.

The sketch above is of a plant from the Sinningia family. This one is called "Sinningia Speciosa Touch of Spice". I think this is the same family that African Violets belong to as the leaves are very similar. Also, these plants are not large but are closer in size to African Violets.

One of these days when I have more time, I would like to try to draw some more plants from this family -- some of them have beautifully complex flowers.

These next two items are included so I can show you some of the work I have been doing for my book.

As part of the introduction, I have the page above and the page below for people who are new to praying the Rosary and might be interested in trying to pray it.

The page above describes the steps involved in praying a Rosary and mentions which prayers are used and when they are used. The pages in the book are large enough so that the text can be easily read. If you want to read these pages yourself, you can always click on the image to enlarge it.

This second page gives the actual prayers used in the Rosary along with a couple of optional prayers that are normally included, but do not have to be.

In the actual layout of the book, these two pages follow the title page. Following these pages is the table of contents page for the first 5 mysteries -- the Joyful Mysteries. So far, the book is up to 62 pages and once I find out how to insert single pages, it will probably increase by a few more. It is fun but it is also a lot of work.

I am posting this a bit later tonight as I had to attend a co-op meeting on the budget and did not get back home until 9 p.m. I had better get busy and get everything organized for the morning or else I will be going to bed just before it is time to get up again!!

May you have a restful night and a peaceful day tomorrow.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Hey! More Flowers

It suddenly dawned on me that I had better get my posting done before the beginning of Earth Hour or else I will be trying to do this blog by smoke signals!

I just wanted to show you some more flower sketches I have been working on recently.

The first one (above) is another drawing of Fuchsia blossoms. I am calling this one "Fuchsia II". I wasn't going to do another drawing of this plant anytime soon; however, my friend, Hylott, sent me several more beautiful photographs and I just couldn't resist. I really like these fascinatingly designed blossoms.

This second drawing was also inspired by another photograph from Hylott of Azalea blossoms. I call this sketch "Azalea Blossoms and Buds".

I have received a number of photographs of Azaleas so I may just have to do another drawing of them as well.

This final drawing was inspired by a photograph in a calendar from Hawaii given to me by a friend.

This plant, believe it or not, is a Bird of Paradise plant. My name for the sketch is "White Birds of Paradise. The "blossoms" on this plant are similar in shape to the more recognizable orange and purple blossoms; however, the plant itself seems to me to be quite different -- especially the leaves. Of course, if I could see the actual plant, I might not find that much difference after all. Photographs, especially retouched ones, can sometimes be a bit deceiving.

Just 45 more minutes now before turning off the lights and the computer. I plan to light some candles, listen to a book on my portable disc player and scratch miz k.d.'s ears.

May you all have a good Earth Hour and a peaceful night.

Thursday, 26 March 2009


I named this post "Leftovers" because the sketches have been sitting in my file for a while as I was not sufficiently pleased with the work to post it. But because I have been so busy today and wanted to post something, I searched until I found these 2 drawings and thought "why not?".

The drawing above of the mare and her very young colt is entitled: "Look Ma, I can run too". I am still working on drawing a really perfect horse but, as you can see, I haven't made it yet.

This flower drawing is entitled "Unknown Purple Flowers".

I don't like posting drawings of unknown flowers, but I have been unable to identify this one. If anyone knows what this unusual flower is called, please let me know.

I also decided, after finishing the drawing, that I did not like the colour combinations and that the purple is too intense. I will probably go back and try to rework the purple so that it doesn't hurt your eyes when you look at it.

This last item is an update from the Humane Society International -- Canada and was just posted tonight. This annual seal hunt is something I really hate. I don't know how many letters I have written to Canadian government officials, but so far it still continues as usual.

After the sealing vessels left yesterday, we landed on the ice to document the aftermath.
We passed one pup who had crawled into a small cave formed by ice. He hid his head as we approached, clearly terrified. I tried to talk softly to him, to let him know that it would be okay. But he just lay there, hiding his head.

This 3-week old seal pup had just seen hundreds of others beaten to death in front of him. To him, people now mean clubs and violence and pain.
Please, help save seals from the clubs of sealers.

I hope my leftovers were at least a wee bit tasty. By Saturday I hope to have my new flower drawing finished.

May peace be with you all.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

An Angel, a Flower and a Kitten

I felt it was time that I paid some attention to my Guardian Angel again -- other than just saying my daily prayer: "Angel of God, my guardian dear...etc.". It has been quite a while since I have drawn a specific angel. I mean, the Rosary Icons often had angels in them, but the focus wasn't really on them but was on the activity of the people involved.

I am so grateful to know that I have a Guardian Angel (just like every person in the world) that really works hard at keeping me from doing evil and foolish things -- if I will just listen! How often do we have those moments of instantly knowing we should not do or say certain things and then we push that thought quickly aside and go ahead and do whatever it is only to regret it deeply later. To me, that's my Guardian Angel trying to protect me.

Next, is the flower I was speaking of on Sunday. This is a "Wind Flower" -- this is the flower that I said the Wild Geranium made me think of. If you go back to Sunday and take a look at the Geranium, you may not think there is any similarity since the petals are so totally different; however, it is the centre of each flower that is similar. They both have such strange and exotic looking mechanisms for propagation -- it looks like little creatures standing in the middle of strange forests on both flowers.

Hylott (my Birmingham friend) has sent me a number of photos of Wind Flowers and I find them quite charming -- the Wind Flowers, that is. The photographs are excellent as always.

This final drawing is called "Ready for Play". There is nothing quite like the look on a kitten's face combined with its posture to indicate its readiness to play. I just imagine this little guy pouncing on something and then rushing around the room like there was a pack of dogs chasing him. Truly, there is nothing quite like young animals at play to show us the meaning of the words "playful abandon".

My cousin used to say that the kittens were "bouncing off the wall again". Neither miz k.d. nor I can bounce off the wall these days although I have gotten pretty good at bumping into the wall -- if that counts.

Well, that's enough foolishness for tonight. I hope you enjoyed these drawings and that if you did, you will let me know. I do appreciate emails and comments occasionally.

May peace be with you all.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

No Icons Tonight

Well, there are no new icons to show you tonight. However, I am working on a new one which may be finished by Tuesday -- so be prepared!

The first drawing I want to show you tonight --the one above -- is of a "Wild Geranium". These flowers remind me of a flower called a Wind Flower. My friend, Hylott, sent me a photograph of a Wind Flower and I noticed the similarity right away. I am working on a drawing of a Wind Flower at present and when I post it, you will easily see the resemblance.

This second drawing is of a flower well-known to me since childhood. I called it "Cow Itch" but it is also known as "Trumpet Vine" which is a much pleasanter name, I suppose.

As I said, I called it Cow Itch and I was always careful not to touch the branches of small, pointed, opposite leaves as I believed that they would cause me to itch. I wasn't as worried about this plant in the way I would worry about poison oak and poison ivy, however. Now those are plants that can make me swell up into one big itchy blister!!

This final item is a photograph I happen to like -- both for the impression of speed and colour that it gives as well as the subject matter.

These are wild horses running free in the American west. As you might be aware, there are a lot of ranchers who want it to be legal to shoot these horses so they can't compete with their grazing herds of cattle and sheep and won't breed with their domestic horses -- among other reasons.

As a matter of fact, soon after the above photo was taken, the mare and the two foals were found shot and left to rot on the plains. Maybe they had broken down some rancher's fence while trying to run free... who knows.

Anyway, I had better finish this for tonight as my eyes are getting tired. I rejoice with all you folks who are living in areas where spring has already arrived and I sympathize with everyone living in the northeast (as I do) where the high tomorrow is going to be -8 Celsius with the wind chill.

May peace be with you all.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Final Selection -- Glorious

Finally, we've reached the last five mysteries -- the Glorious Mysteries. I am sure many of you will breathe a great sigh of relief!

Anyway, the first mystery [shown above] is "The Resurrection and the Freeing of the Captives of Sheol". We not only see the resurrected Christ in His glorified body, but also we see Satan bound and the Gate of Hell broken open by the cross. As you may recall, the icon shows Adam and Eve being freed from their tombs along with all the other who have been waiting throughout the centuries for the coming of the Messiah.

This icon has been revised somewhat from the original but remains basically the same.

The second Glorious Mystery is "The Ascension of Our Lord into the Heavens".

Christ Jesus has just told his Mother and the Apostles and disciples goodbye and they are straining their necks watching Him ascend into invisibility. At this point the angels you see standing in the background saying to them all something along the lines of: "why are you standing here? what are you looking for? return to Jerusalem and wait for the coming of the Spirit. He whom you have seen ascending will return to you"

This drawing has not been changed at all.

The third mystery is "The Descent of the Holy Spirit on Our Lady and the Apostles". As instructed, the apostles and Our Lady waited in the Upper Room -- along with some additional disciples -- both men and women -- at least that is what I think! The men seemed to be rather frightened, afraid that the powers that be would come after them.
Suddenly, the wind blew and the house shook and what appeared to be flames of fire appeared above the heads of the apostles -- Our Lady, remember, was already well acquainted with the Holy Spirit. Soon after this, all these frightened men were out in the streets preaching the Gospel for the first time and doing so with power and conviction.

There were only minor changes to this icon.

The fourth Glorious Mystery is "The Dormition (falling asleep) of the Blessed Virgin Mary"
or "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary" I was planning on using the traditional drawing of the Assumption that I drew as it shows Our Lady being assumed body and soul into Heaven -- which is the teaching of my Faith. However, this image of the Dormition indicates the same basic idea but with images more traditional to icon painting. I'm sure you recall the story I told you about the Assumption of Our Lady: Upon opening her tomb some hours after sealing it shut, the disciples found the body had disappeared and the slab of stone on which her body had rested was now covered with so many flowers, especially roses, that the entire tomb smelled only of flowers.

This is probably the only one of all the icons that I have never felt the need to revise.

The final Glorious Mystery is "The Coronation of Our Blessed Mother as Queen of Heaven". Her holy Son sits upon her lap for it is He who has given her the right to be called "The Mother of God". The angel choirs surround her, honouring her, for it was from her body that Our Lord took His human flesh.

I am not sure why I chose to make her stern and regal looking, but I did. However, I do believe that
after my death, when I see her in Heaven, she will be smiling and that the Child, Jesus, will be laughing with joy

As you may recall, this icon is composed to two icons, but since those changes took place, I have not done any more editing.

So now you have seen all 20 icons as I plan for them to appear in my book on the Rosary. No more editing.

This has been a difficult week for me with six doctor's appointments. Next week, I expect to have only four or five! What a life -- I never know where God is going to lead me next.

Peace be with you all.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Final Selection -- Luminous

So, here are the five Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. These are the final versions of these mysteries which I am planning on using in the book that I am working on. I apologize to those of you who have seen all these several times previously.

The first mystery (shown above) is "The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by his cousin, St. John the Baptist (or Baptizer)." Remember, this was not the kind of baptism that Christians experience today. John was preaching in the wilderness near the Jordan River and those who came to listen to him were often moved to repentance. John would then baptize those who wanted to show, in some symbolic way, that they planned to change their behaviour and practice their Judaism more sincerely. This is why John said to Jesus when Our Lord came down to the water's edge: "you don't need to be baptized by me; rather, I need to be baptized by you". The only changes to this icon were minor finishing touches along the edges and in some of the rocks.

The second Luminous Mystery is "The Wedding at Cana" -- the Greek word at the top of the icon is wedding so what you are reading is Cana Wedding. How this couple was related to Blessed Mary is unknown, but she and Jesus were invited to the wedding. Of course Jesus arrived with all his disciples who immediately set about drinking a large share of the couple's wine. When Blessed Mary noticed that the wine was about to run out, knowing that the couple would be humiliated, she turned to Jesus. After discussing this with her son, Blessed Mary says what are to me some of the most significant words in this chapter. She said to the servants: "do whatever He tells you." I believe that she is still saying that to us today, every day. There were no changes to this icon from the original.

The third mystery is known as "The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God". Here we see Jesus proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom of God with the call to conversion and the forgiveness of sins. This activity is still ongoing in the world today through all of us who "proclaim the kingdom" with our lives. St. Francis of Assisi is noted for saying: "Preach the Gospel always and, if necessary, use words"! There were no changes to this icon from the original.

The fourth Luminous Mystery is "The Transfiguration. Jesus took with him Peter, James and John and going up to the top of Mt. Tabor (we think that was the right mountain), he was transfigured before them. That alone must have been terrifying for the disciples, but then they saw talking with Jesus were the two great prophets: Moses and Elijah. This sent them tumbling backward, I would think, in fear and trembling. For me there are at least two wonderful things about this mystery: one is that we were given some idea of what our glorified bodies will be like and the other is what the disciples heard the Father say of Jesus -- "this is my Son, the beloved, listen to Him". There were no changes to this icon.

The fifth mystery is "The Institution of the Eucharist" where Jesus changes bread and wine into His very Body and Blood. As a Catholic with a deep, deep love for Christ truly present in the Bread and Wine, this is one of my favourite mysteries. I know that many of my readers are either Protestants or not even Christians at all and I realize that you think very differently about these matters. But I respect your beliefs and know that you respect mine. Thank you for that.

When I get too Catholic about things, I will try to stop and make myself remember that this blog is really about my art work and while icons do need some explanation since they flow out of the Orthodox faith, I admit that I sometimes get a bit carried away!!

This fifth icon, by the way, has been lightened a bit as I found the original to be too dark.

May peace be with you all.

Monday, 16 March 2009

It's Late!

Yikes, I nearly forgot that tonight is the night for posting to my blog and now it is almost bedtime. Sorry about that.

I had planned to continue with the revised Rosary icons -- the Luminous Mysteries were scheduled for tonight. Anyway, that will have to wait until Wednesday.

So, instead, I decided to show you an icon -- I just finished the first draft tonight. This icon is called "Our Lady the Teacher".

I came across a copy of some other artist's interpretation about a month ago and knew right away that I wanted to try drawing it. I love the idea of the Blessed Mother teaching her son his alphabet so that one day He would be able to stand before the members of His synagogue and read from the Prophet Isaiah.

The Greek words at the top stand for "Holy Teacher"... and as most of you know by now, the Greek letters on each side of Our Lady are an abbreviation of her name and title while the letters next to the boy, Jesus, are the Greek letters for the abbreviation of Jesus Christ. Even in this scene, Jesus has the fingers of his left hand in the traditional form of blessing.

Let me know what you think of it or if you have any suggestions or questions about the drawing.

Goodnight and may peace be with you all.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Final Selection -- Joyful

Tonight I am reviewing the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with you. I look at them and do feel joyful for the gift of Salvation and for the way God provides for us even in our most difficult times.

The first joyful mystery is the Annunciation to Blessed Mary by the Archangel Gabriel. This is the second version of this mystery that I have drawn and I have made a number of small changes to it in the process of getting it ready for "the book".

This second mystery -- the Visitation of Blessed Mary to Elizabeth -- has been changed more than any of the others. I have been trying to express something I felt strongly about this event and am still not certain I have achieved it.

I will try to explain a bit of what I wanted to depict.
To me, this meeting is the beginning of the Church! Christ, in the womb of his Mother, sends forth and fills Elizabeth and St. John (in her womb) with the Holy Spirit. Both recognize that Blessed Mary carries the Saviour Messiah in her womb and that she is the most blessed among all women.
After their greeting, Mary sings her song to God which we call the Magnificat and says: "From henceforth all generations will call me blessed -- and so we have.
I wanted to show the presence of the Trinity as well: the curves of light surrounding them represent the Father's all-embracing love, the flames of Elizabeth's robe represent the action of the Holy Spirit while Christ, Himself, in the form of a tiny baby, makes His first "converts".

I hope some of this makes sense to some of you.

This third mystery -- the Birth of Christ Jesus in the Stable and laid in a manger -- remains basically unchanged since the first time I showed it to you. I did remove a few rocks and things that I felt were unnecessary. One important thing I removed was the halter band around the donkey's nose as I felt he, too, should feel as happy as possible at a time like this.

This fourth mystery of The Presentation of Christ in the Temple shows all the main characters. The child Jesus who is now 8 days old, His blessed mother, St. Joseph, the two doves, Zechariah and Anna.

How wonderful it must have been for Anna and Zechariah after waiting all those years to finally have their promises from God fulfilled. That's one of life's hardest lessons to learn, isn't it? If God promises it, He will do it, no matter how long you have to wait.

This drawing was not changed at all.

Nor was this icon changed. This is the fifth and final joyful mystery -- and truly a mystery it is: to the teachers in the temple, to Mary and to Joseph. All those years later he would be back in the very same temple, talking to some of the very same teachers and priests, but this time His reception would be very different.

As I post each one of these Rosary icons now, I put them in a file called "the Rosary book". The file also has a few other icons and drawings in it that will be part of the introduction.

Now I am going to take my tired and aching old body and rest a while. I will pray for peace for us all as well as a joyful Sunday tomorrow.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Final Selection -- Sorrowful

As I prepare to start working on my Rosary Icons book, I am doing the final editing and selection of each of the five events of the four Mysteries. This evening, as you can probably guess from this first icon, I am showing you my final selections of the Sorrowful Mysteries.

The first one is "The Agony in the Garden" where Jesus is in agony as He prays while his closest disciples cannot manage to stay awake and pray with him. (As you can also see, I chose to use the latest version of the sleeping disciples).

The second mystery is "The Scourging at the Pillar" -- Pilate's attempt to satisfy the blood- lust of the crowd shouting for the crucifixion of Jesus. The men who did the scourging had to take turns as it was so hard on their muscles while also being careful not to kill the prisoner by scouring too hard and for too long. This one has been revised since I last posted it.

The third Mystery is "The Crowing with Thorns" which includes the mocking of Jesus by dressing him in an old robe of royal purple and calling Him the king of the Jews while hitting Him and spitting on Him. In my icon they have even set up a mock king's court with jesters and musicians. This one has been revised since the last time I posted it.

The fourth mystery is "Jesus carries His Cross" to the place of his crucifixion and death. He falls three times but is forced by the Roman guards to get up and keep going even though after one fall they finally grab a man from the crowd to carry the cross for Him. This one has been revised since the last time I posted it.

The fifth or final Sorrowful Mystery is the "Crucifixion of Jesus Christ". This one has remained unchanged since its original posting. The icon is a very static depiction of a cruel and terrible death -- but how can you actually show something so awful. So, the tradition has always been not to try to but to let the viewer ponder the reality while gazing on the various elements of putting someone to death as slowly and painfully as possible.

I have a couple coming tonight for their first session of the marriage preparation course so I had better get this posted and get ready to greet them.

Peace be with you.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Mobility and the Artist

I was just thinking recently that I assume everyone who reads my blog has a full understanding of my various forms of mobility over the past years.

However, this may not be the case as I was led to understand by a question asked of me by a regular reader as to what a "rollator/ walker" actually is!

Before we get to that, however, let me go back to the beginning.

When it first became too painful for me to walk, I was given a power wheelchair to use. You can see a photo of me using this kind of chair in the image at the top of this posting.

Here is an image of a power wheelchair similar to the first one I had.

After I had the first chair for 5 years, it was so worn out that I needed a new one with more special features on it.

Although you can't see much of the chair in the photo, I was actually sitting in that 2nd power chair when this photo was taken with my friend, Joycelyn, in front of my apartment.

Over the years as we tried more and more drugs to manage the nerve pain, I began being able to use something called a rollator/walker -- the contraption shown above -- when walking around my apartment.

I can now use this type of walker for walking short distances in my neighbourhood. If I go too far, I end up in pain again and have to call a taxi to get me back home!

Here is a photo of me walking in my apartment with a very dear, young friend of mine. This photo was taken back when I was still using the wheelchair whenever I went outside.

Now we are seriously looking at the possibility of getting me a scooter since I would be able to travel longer distances in the scooter and then get out and use a cane for short distances.

I am talking with the people who will be in charge of helping me get a new mobility device (I am due for another one as my second chair is now over five years old). The people who will help me are really quite wonderful and the best part is that if approved, the Ontario government will pay 75% of the costs involved.

So now you know:
1. A power chair is run by batteries while a manual chair is run by muscle power.
2. Rollator/walkers are rolling walkers that have hand brakes and are made for using outdoors and indoors. Most of them can be folded and placed in a car trunk.
3. Scooters are not wheelchairs and are normally used by people who have more mobility -- in other words, they can get out of the scooter and walk around or sit in a regular chair.

Hope this helps.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Hoping to be Better Soon

I seem to have my good hours and my not so good hours. I think to myself: "oh, I am really getting better now" and then the next thing I know, I find the pain becoming almost unbearable which means more medication after all. Never fear, however, I am gradually improving.

During those hours when I feel not too bad, I work on sketches -- mainly working on things that I have never gotten around finishing. The drawing above is one such example. I started it some weeks ago and named it "Looking Toward Eternity" for some reason.

As you may have noticed, I have a real love for docks and piers and the occasional bridge.

This next drawing is entitled "Bright Pink Plumerias". This is not a plant I am familiar with but it does look very appealing to me. The photo that I worked from has been sitting in my "pictures" file for some time so I am unsure of its exact origin.

After doing a bit of research on it, I now think the photo probably came from the flower calendar I got from Hawaii.

Apparently, people from the Orient consider the flowers to be a source of healing when used in tea. Unfortunately, I was unable to find out exactly what it is supposed to heal. If you know, please pass the information along to me and I will post it on the blog -- or post it yourself in a comment.

Finally, there is my latest horse drawing. I have named it "First Kiss" although I am not sure that's what is going on. The baby seems to be licking the mother's nose. Perhaps he is still unsure where the milk fountain is located.

Well, friends and family, the pain has quieted down again but now I am back to having trouble staying awake -- it seems to be either one or the other. I do hope that by Tuesday I will be off pain medication entirely and thus able to stay awake long enough to say what I want to say without constantly drifting off and waking up to find lines and lines of the letter "f" or "j" or whatever.

Peace and good health to us all.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Warmer Weather and Less Pain

Finally, I am back! Although it is rather late at night, but since I have been sleeping most of the day, it still seems early to me.

I did manage to get outside for a short time around noon just so I could enjoy the warmer weather we are experiencing. It was wonderful not to have to wear my heavy coat or my boots. By tomorrow it is supposed to be raining, but even that is OK after all the snow that we have had.

The dramatic photograph above was taken by my Alabama friend, Hylott, and sent to me back on March 1st -- hard to believe that just a few days ago even the deep south was experiencing snow and now they are enjoying more normal temperatures. Here in Toronto most of the snow has been washed away or melted by the sunshine.

I really like this photograph, by the way, as the male cardinal is one of my favourite birds and nothing looks prettier in a snow storm than the bright red against the white snow and the black tree trunks.

This drawing is one that I finished just before I went for my dental surgery on March 3rd.

This is a Gloriosa Lily. I have never seen one "in person". The picture that I was working from came from a calendar published in Hawaii. Anyway, the intense colours really attracted me.

So, that is pretty well it for tonight. At least I managed to make contact again after missing the 4th. The pain was really bad yesterday so I took the maximum pain meds which left me unbelievably sleepy. Now I think I have slept most of the drugs off and so tomorrow should be a more ordinary day. If all goes well, I will be back to "normal" by Sunday and able to submit a more typical post.

Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts that everyone has sent my way.


Monday, 2 March 2009


It is interesting to me how often I feel attracted to the idea of drawing or sketching something and only later, as I am working on it, do I recall the memories that it brings to mind -- my mind remembered the memories before I did.

This first sketch of Blue Flags is a good example.

I recently saw a picture of some Blue Flags on a wildflower web page and said "yes" I need to draw that. As I worked on the sketch, I begin to recall all the times I had seen these flowers growing wild and how much the sight of them always pleased me.

When I was growing up, we called these Wild Iris and it wasn't until I started using a field guide to wildflowers that I learned they were properly called Blue Flags. When I was very young, I even did a watercolour of these flowers which I named "Wild Iris". If you look back to the first year of this blog, you should find a picture of that watercolour.

For this second drawing, I did not have to wait until I started working on it to recall why I was attracted to it. I am always on the lookout for giraffes as they are one of my favourite animals. I called this drawing "His First Bath".

Of course, as I was working on the drawing, I did recall those years of my life when a group of close friends referred to me as "the giraffe"! I was tall, skinny, had a long neck and lots of freckles so my friends decided that "the giraffe" was the perfect nickname for me. Fortunately, it did not bother me as I was already fond of giraffes by then.

Now, just a reminder that tomorrow is the day for my dental surgery so I may not be feeling up to posting again until Friday the 6th. Hopefully, by then, I will be ready to return to my regular activities.

Meanwhile, may peace be with you all.