Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Birthday Cards

Birthday Cards
Originally uploaded by Yankee T
Years ago, when I first adopted my Older Daughter and money became incredibly tight, I gave up purchasing three things for myself: wine, cut flowers, and greeting cards. Prior to that, I had been the Queen of the Card, with quite an investment in a drawer. Over time, as I became more financially stable, the wine and flowers re-entered my sphere, and although I still spent more than I should on note cards and stationery, because of the proliferation of e-greetings, my card-sending didn't really ever get back up to my old standards.
In 2010, I started anew. I tried, with some success, to send a birthday card to every family member and as many friends as possible.
I vow to do even better in 2011. As you can see, a card sender is also a card recipient. Here is this year's haul of birthday cards.
I love them, and I will hate taking them down.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Outdoor Art

St. Louis, a city that I had never visited before this past fall, is filled with outdoor sculpture.  I loved it!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I know I will not be able to post a photo a day that I have taken that day.  Right now I leave too early in the morning for work, and come home too tired.  So when I don't take one that day, I'll post from my archives.
This is St. Louis in October:

Monday, January 10, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Re-Post, Preparation for Snow

In preparation for the snow we are supposed to get this weekend, I am re-posting photos of my favorite Memphis street in all four seasons.  I will be hard pressed not to go there on Monday and take another shot if we really do get the storm.  I will be one of the few on the road-native Memphians hide with the first flake.  
Which is your favorite of the four?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

head flappin'

head flappin'
Originally uploaded by Yankee T
Getting ready to sneeze, he was.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sketchbook Back Cover

Sketchbook Back Cover
Originally uploaded by Yankee T
I have been working on my sketchbook which must be postmarked January 15th. Here is the back cover. The theme of my book, as assigned to me, is "Down Your Street." These are my shoes. My book has some drawing, some writing, some stenciling, some photographs.
It's been a huge project, and I don't feel very talented, but it has forced me to get creative.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Egg On My Plate

In about 1979 or 1980, when I was living in Boston with a fabulous roommate who turned into such a good friend that my first daughter bears her name as a middle name, we went to an enormous outdoor flea market in Somerville.  There were table after table of all manner of  "fleas":  old car parts, post cards, clothes, tires...you get the picture.  At one table we found a fabulous deviled egg plate.  Instantly, I fell in love.  I think it was $5.00, well within my twenty-something's beginner travel agent budget.  I snatched it up.  I used that plate often, and took great pleasure in it every single time.  In 1989, I walked home from a neighborhood party with my precious egg plate in hand, tripped on my own stairs going up, and in an effort to save my just-walking one year old from doing a face-plant on brick, I sacrificed my egg plate which smashed to smithereens.  I was heart broken.  Several years later, maybe 10 or so, that same friend, the one with whom I had lived, brought me a wonderful deviled egg plate;  not the same, but also vintage, and also very cool.  And I loved it and treasured it.  It had belonged to her mother.
In November, her father died.  The day of his funeral, a rogue glass baking dish committed suicide by leaping from an upper cabinet in my house, and crashed down on the egg plate, breaking it in 2.  
What does any resourceful person do, when trying to recreate one's youth?  I leaped into action and checked EB*ay.  There I found many deviled egg plates, but alas, none just like the one from my friend's mother.  Lo and behold, however, the self-same plate that I had purchased in 1979.  My new old plate is pictured here.
I raise my deviled egg to my dear friend in toast.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Party Games

Party Games
Originally uploaded by Yankee T
My birthday comes on the heels of New Year. It's the 10th. Yesterday, The World's Best Bleeding Heart Attorney dragged out all the games to see what we would play, because I insist on games for my birthday.
What to choose, what to choose?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Last Day

I get  a lot of vacation at my job.  Along with the pleasure of working side-by-side with a mostly funny, cooperative group of people and having respect for my boss, my time off is probably my main pleasure at work.
This year, I really relaxed on my Christmas time off.  I read a lot, I hung out with the kids a lot, and I enjoyed the company of my friends and extended family.
My vacation was over on Tuesday.  Today my tree comes down.  Usually by this time I'm sick of it-the tree is often brown, the needles are all over, and it gives everyone an excuse for not carrying their stuff upstairs.
This year, the tree is still green and I know once it's down, my Older Daughter's return to grad school is imminent.  My Younger Daughter will be home from college for another week or so.  I'm sort of not liking the last day.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January to June 2010

January to June 2010
Originally uploaded by Yankee T
2010 was, for my family, a very good year, marked with much success and many changes. The World's Best Bleeding Heart Attorney ended her career at Juvenile Court, where for six years she represented the best interest of the child in dependency and neglect cases. Exhausting, draining work. On January 3, she hangs her shingle on her own practice. We are excited and apprehensive at once.
Both girls graduated and moved on in their academic careers. I passed the 10-year mark at my job, working for a company that has been very, very good to me, and which I never for granted, not for a second.

I made new blogging acquaintances, some of whom have suffered unspeakable losses. I hope with everything that is in me that Jackie, Katie, and Mandy find relief in the new year.

We look forward to 2011. My sketchbook project is coming along, and I am going to once again attempt blogging regularly. I wish everyone peace and tranquility in the upcoming year.

Bring it on!