Bennington, Vermont and J.Seward Johnson

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Pretending, how much

Pretending, how much

He pauses

He pauses

Fall

Fall

Lady waits too

Lady waits too

Waiting to Cross

Waiting to Cross

Please clean my glasses,he said

Please clean my glasses,he said

Nice To See You

Nice To See You

I will read along

I will read along

Between Classes

Between Classes

“Celebrating the Familiar ” in sculpture.
J. Seward Johnson’s sculptures along Bennington’s Main Streets’
sidewalks were on display for a limited time during the summer and fall 2008. We spent an afternoon there during a vacation trip in September.
They are life-size cast bronze sculptures. What great fun it was to strike a pose for the camera. It was not to be missed on our way out of Southern Vermont.

The place where I first saw one of J.Seward Johnson’s sculptures was at a park in outskirts of Washington, D.C. The sculpture is called “The Awakening”. It is of a gigantic golden hand and person seemingly coming out of the ground. The photo was taken some eight years ago before the use of digital cameras. (the photo will be posted at a later date.)
After that time, I learned of a place called Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. where a ever-growing group of artists have their sculptures on display along with J.Seward’s version of Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” with himself and a friend cleverly added amongst the party. The park is open every day of the week with special programs,and a museum of changing exhibits. While in N.J., come visit this place.

In the garden

Morning glory climbs

Morning glory climbs

NOVEMBER 20, 2008:

Think back to the warm days of summer, the lush green plants, patiently awaiting  the taste of fresh vegetables, on chilly days as these, when the temperature hovers at 29-30 degrees.

In Italian:

Pensi di nuovo ai giorni caldi d ell ‘ estate, le piante verdi fertili, in attesa pazientemente il gusto della verdura fresca, i giorni freddi come questi, quando la temperatura se libra i 29-30 gradi.

Holiday Show and Share

Still a beautiful design!

Still a beautiful design!

Child-hood ornament amidst antique christmas houses
Child-hood ornament amidst antique christmas houses

In the Blog, “The American Homemaker”, there will be a “Holiday Show and Share each Tuesday from November 4 – December 23rd. 

It can be a holiday decoration, a favorite holiday tradition ,a  holiday picture of your family, a favorite holiday recipe or a great party idea.
The above photo is my entry for this week, a favorite holiday decoration.
I love the velvet ribbon hanger, the sapphire blue color of the beads and gold sequins and the finishing touch, the white pearl at the bottom of the ornament.  This ornament came from a kit, sold at Rickel’s home improvement store a long time ago. My family made several of these as gifts for Christmas one year.

Rainbow, The Italian Festival Arcobaleno, il festival italiano

What a beautiful sight!

What a beautiful sight!

Have you ever caught a rainbow?  A wondrous sight.   A rainbow appeared   at The Italian Festival in the fall of 2006.   I was thrilled and wanted to be in the photo, too.

Avete interferito mai un arcobaleno? Una vista meravigliosa. Un arcobaleno è comparso al festival italiano nell’autunno di 2006. Sono stato eccitato e voluto essere nella foto, anche.

The annual Italian festival is held the third weekend in September in Mercer County park.  Several years ago, my friends and I used to go to the Chambersburg section of Trenton for the Italian festival.  The streets would be festooned with strings of colorful lights much like the feast of San Gennaro in N.Y.C.’s Little Italy.  Many of my favorite Italian eateries would have a menu  on display of the tradional Italian foods.  My friends and I would get an Italian sausage sandwich or Penne with vodka sauce, and a bag of 6 zeppoles with the sweet powdered sugar to share.    We would visit the St. Joaquim church and say a prayer; this church  held the annual procession of the Blessed mother statue down the main street on Feast day.

Il festival italiano annuale è tenuto il terzo fine settimana in settembre nel parco della contea di Mercer. Parecchi anni fa, i miei amici ed io abbiamo usato per andare alla sezione di Chambersburg di Trenton per il festival italiano. Le vie festooned con le serie di luci variopinte tanto come la festività di San Gennaro in N.Y.C.’ s la poca Italia. Molti dei miei ristoranti italiani favoriti avrebbero un menu su esposizione degli alimenti dell’italiano di tradional. I miei amici ed io convinceremmo un panino della salsiccia o un Penne italiano con la salsa della vodka e un sacchetto di 6 zeppoles con lo zucchero in polvere dolce per ripartirsi. Visiteremmo la chiesa della st Joaquim e diremmo una preghiera; questa chiesa ha tenuto la processione annuale della statua benedetta della madre giù la via principale il giorno di festività.

In Mercer County park, we still enjoy walking around the grounds to the various tents while listening to the Italian music playing at two of the stages set up for entertainment.  Last year, I brought my cousin along.  She had always gone to the NYC one having grown up there as a child.

Nel parco della contea di Mercer, ancora godiamo di di camminare intorno ai motivi alle varie tende mentre ascoltano la musica italiana che gioca a due delle fasi installi per intrattenimento. L’anno scorso, ho portato il mio cugino avanti. Era andato sempre al NYC uno che cresce in su là come bambino.

  During the festa , there also is a building where Italian clubs set up displays of Italian culture and and photos of various Italian artists and composers.  There are several talks held throughout the day for example on Italian wine-making.

 

In italiano

Durante il festa, c’inoltre è una costruzione in cui esposizioni di messa a punto dei randelli dell’italiano di coltura italiana ed e foto di vari artisti e compositori italiani. Ci sono parecchie discussioni tenute durante il giorno per esempio sulla vinificazione italiana.

Photos of the Italian Festa:

cows of PA

"Hey, are you taking a picture?"

I wonder who loves cows enough  to photograph them?   Like  Me!

Mi domandochi ama le mucche abbastanza a photograh lor come faccio.  (in Italian)

On a recent trip to Hershey, PA , we passed pastures with Holstein cows a few miles away.  I said to my husband,” look there’s the cows”, “oh , please stop at the next farm, I want to take a picture of the cows” almost pouting.  Once stopped, I could have gotten closer, but it  was me standing there and a seemingly thin wire fence.  How fast do they “moove” anyway.? LOL.

I was happy as could be, now that I had my cows on film.

There also was a herd of brown cows, beef cattle along the edge of the road behind a fence.  I wondered what kept them from crossing the fence onto the road.

Many years ago,  we went on rides in the country with my grandparents.  If the cows were sitting, my grandmother P. would say that it was going to rain; an old wives tale perhaps.   While riding in the car, my mother would say, “look out the window at the cows.”  We would stop our conversation or games and turn our heads to look.

Now, I love to  look at the cows. Relaxing , maybe seeing them standing quietly evokes  a slower pace.   Whenever I come to the place where I know there is a dairy farm a few miles from my house, I cast a glance in the direction of the dairy farm’s grounds.   Are they close to the road?  Are they far in the distance,  near their barn and large-size funny imitation cow for decoration.  Today, as I drove on South Middlebush Road, the cows were in a pasture to the  left side of the road.  Most of them were close to the fence and they were sitting down.  As I got closer to my destination, you guessed it, it was raining (drizzling). Just like my grandmother P. used to say.

In Italian:

Su un viaggio recente a Hershey, Pa, abbiamo passato i pascoli con le mucche dell’ Holstein.

“IL colorato beige della mucca, seite che esaminate il me.”

November 7, 2008

I’ve added one more photo.  This is of a farm in New Jersey.  It’s along Rt. 518.  I don’t know the name of the farm.  One day last fall, the cows were fairly close to the road and I had my camera with me.  Yahoo.  I parked the car and walked a little closer.  This beige cow photographed seemed to look up from the grass he/she was munching and say, ” this is the first time somebody stopped to take our picture” or ” are you looking at me”  A photogenic cow.  The others are contentedly grazing.   There are more photos; perhaps my friend will create  a painting for me.

Any comments out there. Where are you from?

Scrivere,  Dove vive?

Comments:

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  We’d love to hear from you.  Farm animals are fun to look at !

Please share with me your comments on these photos of the Holstein cows. I’d love to hear what you think!

November 4, 2008

                                  Today       Is          ELECTION DAY

 

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November 3 2008

Forecast: 59 degress, mostly cloudy

Marvoulous Monday:

It’s back to work after a  prescribed rest to stay off of my feet for three days.    Alas, but what choice did I have.  To properly allow the contusion to heal,  I  had to periodicly put ice on my foot and keep the injured foot  elevated  all day.  So, I elevated both feet while reclining on the couch upstairs. I decided that once I made it up  the stairs by sliding up on my  hind end, stair by stair,  I was staying there until the foot had a chance to heal.  My wonderful husband  brought all meals upstairs and we ate together, quite cozy.

My cousin  sent me some songs from his  collection  and  I  had a good time listening to those via the computer last evening.

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