Friday, August 26, 2011
I'm glad it's Friday! It's been a convoluted week on so many levels and that I'm not feeling all that well didn't help much. One of these days I'll feel really good and I won't know what to do with myself.
Dan was here almost all day and installed some plumbing. Good stuff!!! He'd been down here three or four times in the past month and finally decided that new equipment was the only solution. Hallelujah! We get along okay and joke a lot and trade stories. Another reason why I stay here. And then I got to clean up the mess -- no fun but worth it.
A bit later I saw Bryce sitting on their steps looking woebegone and I said, "What's the matter, Punkin?"
and came over to tell me that he and his girlfriend broke up (which makes all of us grownups glad). So I gave him a hug and we talked about it and I got him to laugh. He also had good news -- he's made the freshman football team and a very big deal because his high school is nationally known for its program. I promised that I would go to his games and holler for him and he grinned. When Michelle came home, we talked about his day and offered assistance. One of the things I do best is attend high school sports. The Dynamic Duo were both athletes and I spent countless hours traveling to watch them play soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball and water polo as well as swimming and track, Swimming was my favorite because it meant I had both kids in the same place at the same time -- until college. Sigh.
I just watched another truly excellent documentary. This one was from PBS' American Masters series: Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye. Stieglitz was a pioneer in photography as art and became a mentor of many of our greatest artists and photographers and was the first to show Pablo Picasso's paintings in this country. I didn't know much about him until I saw the excellent film "Georgia O'Keefe" with whom he had a long relationship and marriage and this documentary filled in some blanks. It also included clips of of an interview with Ms. O'Keefe, whose work I love, at age eighty-one talking about him and his work. Both are available from Netflix and well worth your time if y'all enjoy the arts as much as I do.
I'm hoping to take a field trip this weekend -- maybe down to Amish country -- but today is errand day so I'll be off and running.