July 15, 2018

A VISIT TO PETER'S HOME



Peter in front of a wall sculpture.

We were invited up to Peter Knego’s home to see the latest installation.  Abstract flat discs now surround a light fixture as they once did on the PACIFIC PRINCESS…the Love Boat.  Thanks to Peter, they live again as do many other works of art, furniture, ceramics, silver, fittings, and all the small things that caught his eye.  You can see them on his site “Midship Century.”

On his site we are told, “Midship Century was founded in 2005 by ocean liner historian and journalist Peter Knego as a logical outlet for the container loads of materials he salvaged from a long procession of celebrated vessels scrapped on the beach of Alang, India in recent years. Many, such as Sun Line's STELLA SOLARIS, were fitted out with important designer furniture and valuable artwork, while others, such as the former Cunard Liner IVERNIA, were unchanged relics filled with mid-1950s and early 1960s fixtures and furnishings.”
           
Two chairs and a cocktail table from the SS UNITED STATES.



Two Chairs from the AUGUSTUS the running mate to the ANDREA DORIA.

So much of the art work he salvaged is flat out stunning work.  From the glorious, glowing mural in the living room to the rich images of Egypt in the dining room, one is swept away by the art and the work it took to salvage it all. 
           




All the woods came from the liner’s rooms.  All the lights too.

My favorite has always been this large pastel work on Melamine that now lives in Peter and his partner, Mike’s, downstairs half bath.
           
Detail of two panels by Enrico Paulucci.
Lunch was perfection.  I kept thinking about how brave Peter was to climb the sides of these beached ships to find and save these bits of history for us all.  He doesn’t do well with heights.  No cruise company has shown interest in the art or sculpture from their past, but a crowd of us who love these old ships gathered to talk and eat.  Thank you so much for the delightful meal with cake and cookies too.




You can watch Peter climbing onto these wonderful old liners on his latest video:



You can read about these historic liners:



You can follow his adventures on the more modern ships on his Facebook page or Martin Cox’s:


July 14, 2018

GRATITUDES





We took Margot out with a crowd to dinner last night for her birthday.  She delighted in the socialization.  Despite all her physical problems, she seems the happiest I have ever seen her.  She loves her work, she’s getting a handle on her personal issues, plus she is raising a beautiful and intelligent daughter.  It was such a pleasure to have this time with her without worrying.

I worry about my own issues.  The DMV sent me notice that it’s time to renew my driver’s license…again.  I worry about this every year.  Can I remember all the new rules, can I see the chart…those are the two big issues for me.  Usually I only have to worry about my fading memory.  Now I know there’s a limit to how blind you can be in CA and still drive.  I am over that limit.  Yes, I have an ophthalmologist’s appointment the first of next month.

I’m practicing not worrying on dear G.  He’s been working often from five to five on his new, detail oriented, client’s claims.  No more gym, he just sits at his computer all day.  He is working this coming Monday, but the rest of the week he has off.  I am so very pleased.
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  • Himself:  morning off; Afternoon with a visit with our friend Peter Knego.  Got a couple of new cheap shirts at Tarjay.
  • Me:  It’s going to be hot again, I am going to find cool things to do.  Loo9king forward to the costumes at Comic Con.
  • Reading:  Just arrived from the Mystery Guild: Linda Castillo’s newest.  It was hard to write she says.  It’s not hard to read.
  • Gratitude’s:  The evening with Margot.  The quiet morning with G.  That the DMV has practice license tests on line.



July 12, 2018

SHARING STEAMPUNK



2013 at the Comic Con Steampunk Gather.

It’s almost Comic Con, and we are both excited about it.  Our costumes are out.  He’s wearing both of his.  Papers are scattered here and there…mine still need to be signed.  Since two big studios have withdrawn, we don’t know what the headliners will be.  We do know that our nephew is coming down with the newest film from his studio…Laika.  We hope to take him to dinner and find out all the news from up north.

I thought I might share some of my fun Steampunk photos with you…and I think steampunk is flat out fun.  I have photos from most of these come from last year or 2015.  Please enjoy:


Perhaps you might call these Adapted Steampunk.


Elegant military and Scottish for sure.
           

2017 waiting for the gather.
           

2015 She had a lot of fun making this costume.
           

2015: Victorian styling wins here.


2015: The epitome of analogue technology.


2015: A breather of some sort near two other backpack communication devices.


2015: Marvelous ingenuity and detail.


2015:  You know who in steampunk.
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  • Himself:  He only went to work at six.  Yesterday’s long hours really made a dent in his queue. 
  • Me:  Lots of books and lots of donations at work.  Got hair all cut off yesterday.  Managed to read everybody’s blog yesterday…cooked skewered and marinated chicken, TV.
  • Reading:  Finished the last of the Hillerman.  Brought home a whole pile of new to me books from the store.
  • Gratitude’s:  That I am been doing really pretty well.  Folks remind me how busy I am, but I tell them that I manage



July 10, 2018

SATURATED LAUGHTER




















Sometimes,
walking by the dry and hanging
laundry,
the colors knock me out with their
saturation.
Even my Hawaiian mumu’s
seem to blend in without
a fight with those other
summer colors.
I pause
and laugh,
then carry the colors in my
mind up the long
long upstairs climb
but don’t bring the clothes
with me
to hang up.
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  • Himself:  Yesterday was the heaviest workday ever, yet he managed to stay awake through a committee meeting for Next year’s Spring Round Up. Panel Committee.  Today’s work is a little lighter.
  • Me, myself, and I:  On the Information Committee yet kept thinking about it as if it were the Transportation Committee.  Yesterday: Swim, laundry, groceries, and more laundry.  Today I am framing some work and hanging others.  Quilting, I hope, perhaps a nap.
  • Reading:  Hillerman.
  • Gratitude’s:  For being here.  For being able to give back too.  Especially grateful that all the boys and their coach made it out of their cave.



July 9, 2018

PRIDE TOO




More Orts:
·       It’s https://sdpride.org/>San Diego Pride Week here.  Yes, I am very proud of all three of my gay grandchildren.  Grandma waves.
·       It’s also the last week before Comic Con.  We are volunteering more than ever this year, and I hope it will still be fun not tiring.  Sunday, the last day of the Con, we will have Zoe with us.
·       It’s also the start of Spring Round up planning again…tonight.  We are bringing small Annie with us and taking her home.  George is working with one of his favorite friends…they make up a Frick and Frack comedy team.  I’m on the Information team.  Last night I called it the Transportation group.  Perhaps they are really one in the same.
·       Today is a day for the mundane.  Pool for an hour.  Laundry, grocery shopping, more laundry.  Early dinner before that first meeting.       ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  • Himself:  Biggest queue ever.
  • Me, myself, and I:  See above.  Drove all over the mall…except Macy’s where both elevators were out.
  • Reading:  The last Hillerman that I own.
  • Gratitude’s:  For having such a wonderful weekend.



July 6, 2018

BITS, ORTS, AND LEAVINGS....AGAIN


Two sets of flowery 1940’s dishes by Blue Ridge/Southern Potteries.

Just today:
·       I forgot A pile of set aside books when I headed to work.  I forgot my hearing aids.  Worst of all, I wasn’t going to go to work on a cement slab wearing moccasins.  So I drove back home and got the books, got the hearing aids, and picked up well padded tennies.  Life is always much better if you have all your books in a row.
·       Some kind man came in with three heavy boxes of books, and rather than sort through dusty holiday things, I priced books.  Very déjà vu as I priced those ten boxes of books to go in the big sale at the store yesterday.  I feel very pleased that this got done.
·       For the last two days, I have been wearing a bug pin that George gave me years ago.  He’s about an inch and a half long, and is very three dimensional.  Would you believe that no one noticed it at all.
·       Before Comic Con, there will be the Auto Museum Picnic where we will meet the new Director.  Yes, we will certainly miss Poolie.  We will be taking with us three nice hefty boxes of donated auto books, two are on Aston Martins. Yes we will get a receipt.
·       For after Comic Con George bought tickets to “Spamalot” which is playing at the Old Town Theater.  I have them right there in the appointment book.  George also said we were rich enough that I could take the train to LA to visit Bobbie.  I’m like a little kid….jiggling up and down with joy.  My tickets are right there also.
·       Ah, Comic Con.  Starting months ago, the emails began coming in.  There will be this, there will be that….print this, print that.  Endless stuff.  Finally today two notices arrived.  First we qualified to be volunteers and “Here is what you are to do.”  Then shortly after that, another email arrived to say we qualify to be early volunteers.  Our badges arrived.  Now we have to go down and pickup our volunteer badges and our schedules.  That very first day I have a derm appointment in the morning….we go there first, and then two afternoon appointments at the convention center.  Mind you all this will begin in two weeks.  
·       I don’t know if we are ready for all this social activity.
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Himself:  The Midwest hail storms are what are driving him to work at 6 in the morning.  He’s he is taking the week of Comic Con off.  Has Doc appointment with his old doc about his knee.
Me, myself, and I:  Started leg lifts and box lifts again, and the pain has returned.  Had a really good time pricing books the last few days.  Found a giant book on quilters resources.  Bought a little bobbin winder for six bucks.  No matter how many bobbins one winds at the start of a project, they run out.  This way I never have to take my thread out of the machine again for a bobbin.
Reading:  ”Call The Nurse.”
Gratitude’s:  Got a 14 year token for Margot last night.  What a thrill.  That I came home to get my ears and feet this morning..  LOL  We are off to a meeting and dinner afterwards.  We are so lucky to be alive.


July 5, 2018

A HOMISH 4TH




From email…..

Hope you are going to be able to stay cool during this heatwave.  It's supposed to be 90 here at the beach.  WOW.  We will have to make an effort to cool off the house before the heat hits, but when sealed up we stay cool.

You will laugh at me, but I subscribed to the Washington Post.  If I don't read the political headlines, just glance, I and my head are just fine.  For the first time in years, I am getting movie and book reviews.  It's kind of exciting.

The new manager ididn't get the suggestion that running two big EVENTS a month has failed the previous managers.  This week a doll event.  Comic Con next....no my costume isn't quite right.  The end of the month is a book sale.  At least the 13 remaining boxes of books are out of the garage. Hurrah, hurrah.

I sort and price books today.  Calming.  Tomorrow kitchen stuff….not calming.
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  • Himself:  At work at 6, getting Margot’s 14 year token later.
  • Me, myself, and I:  Yesterday was fun watching everybody’s fireworks on TV.
  • Reading:  About a Scottish nurse in the fifties.
  • Gratitude’s:  That we don’t live in the 50’s.

A VISIT TO PETER'S HOME

Peter in front of a wall sculpture. We were invited up to Peter Knego’s home to see the latest installation.   Abstract flat ...