Saturday, July 4, 2009

summer afternoon

It's a hot day around here and the laptop isn't making me any cooler but since I haven't made a July appearance I thought I'd post a picture of a favorite painting I did and pretend she's waiting for the fireworks.. or sky flowers as they were called in 'Land of the Dead'.

Did you hear about the 7 foot tall guy who went to the swimming pool looking for a job as a lifeguard? The manager asked if he could swim and the man said, 'No but I can wade out pretty far.'


Railway porter (cheerfully): 'So, did you miss your train, sir?'
Passenger: 'No, I didn't like the look of it so I chased it down the track.'

Happy Fourth and belated Happy First for the other Canadians besides me :-) Have a beer, some iced lemonade or whatever suits you and enjoy a great summer weekend.


Utah Savage said...

Lovely painting. I'm enjoying the first forth I can remember that wasn't 100 degrees. It's been in the mid 80s most of the day. Ms M is having a party and I'm getting ready to eat and retire with Margaret Cho. If only. I taped her special and will watch it tonight while the party takes place in my lovely back yard without me.

linda said...

hoping you have a lovely 4th to go with this lovely painting...she is gorgeous!

I'm watching my dh worry someone is going to burn the place down with all this dry grass up here....every year, same old thing...hohum... ;)


La Belette Rouge said...

Your painting belies the warm weather you are enduring. The local of this painting seems like a place where it never gets too hot. I like that kind of place.

We went to the movies and out to lunch and plan on staying at home and watching the fireworks from our patio. The beverage of choice is Prosseco.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Hi, Susan

Another beauty of a painting. So peaceful and yet bursting with life. I love it.

My birthday was on Canada Day. I like that about it, because I love Canada and Canadians. :-)

All the love,

Nancy said...

Loved the painting. Hope you had a nice start to July and the summer. It is still cool here. Nice afternoons, cool mornings and evenings. I guess there is some advantage to living at 6500 ft. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Liberality said...

you come from Canada? That I did not know. ;~))

Lisa said...

I love the painting. The colors reflect the heat of your day. And the subject is dressed for the weather, too.

I hope you had a good day. We had a very quiet 4th in which we read on the deck and ate an assortment of cheese, fruit crackers, homemade salsa......and polished off a bottle of Beaujolais. I could go for more days like that one.

susan said...

utah - I hope your weather stays just warm enough to enjoy the quiet moments.

linda - This one's framed and hanging in the living room. I don't mind the civic fireworks; it's the locals in their back yards near the dry woods who worry me.

belette - I hope you've had a wonderful day and that Lily didn't get too upset at the noise.

pagan sphinx - Belated Happy Birthday. This makes you an honorary Canadian :-)

nancy - That must be why Tahoe is such a favorite summer retreat. We're at the 500' mark so when it heats up we're right here to get the brunt.

liberality - Oh, you did too ;-)

lisa - For some reason I liked her enough to have her share our space.. naked and a bit bemused.

I'm glad you had a nice, relaxing day. You should have more like it to give you space to work on the novel.

Seraphine said...

that's such a beautiful warm painting. is that why you like it?

happy fourth to you too. and of course, dominion day.

susan said...

sera - Glad to see you and I hope you're beginning to feel better.

Yes, it must be the warm mystery of the place I found with this one that made me like it more than others. I think we get scared because it's easy to forget we're more than bodies.

I liked when it was called Dominion Day :-)

Mary Ellen/Nunly said...

Beautiful painting!

Happy 4th right back at ya, Susan. It was a bit rainy in the Chicago area but it cleared up in time for fireworks and barbecuing.

Ben said...

The joke about the seven-foot fellow gave me a much needed giggle. Thanks.

How were the sky-flowers in Portland?

Seraphine said...

spiritually i believe we feed into cosmic energy and continue to exist and recycle.
but intellectually, i can't shake the fear that once the body dies, the "i" dies with it.

lindsaylobe said...

Happy times ahead to you. Lovely vibrant picture to dispel today’s rather sobering times together with your great nephew!! Best wishes

Randal Graves said...

I dig the painting, very groovy, but there's a lot of red in there, commie. ;-)

gfid said...

she's summer, incarnate. warm and rich and calm. sky flowers.... delicious... some words just taste good coming out of your mouth, and blend together like the flavors in gourmet food. festive greetings. summer blessings.

susan said...

nunly - I'm glad it was a happy day and you got to enjoy yourselves.

ben - We just listened to them in the distance :-)

sera - It's a tough one that I'm working on too.

lindsay - I'm delighted you made it back to Oz safe and sound.

randal - I was thinking more warm and sensual.

susan said...

gfid - What lovely terminology for a delightful and welcome compliment. I hope you're enjoying the best a northern summer can bring you.