girl on trike

September 24, 2015
Quick sketch based on a friend’s childhood photo. Not thrilled with how it finished, so may need to finish it eventually.

dog chauffeur

September 22, 2015
Saw a guy in Central Park a few weeks ago who had four little dogs on his bike. Couldn’t snap a picture but recreated a character based on the concept.

pictures like this

make me smile. And laugh. And dream of ways for Rosie and I to travel like this. And wonder if the rider is in the circus. And what would it be like to be in the circus. And I wonder if I could wear those shoes.

(image from public bikes)

p.s. bike in image is my new bike. Long story. But I love it! And Rosie will too as soon as we purchase a basket for her to ride in…

a weekend in pictures

So much to catch up on. This was a great weekend. To help condense it and savor it, here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend.

Let’s start with this lovely couple in their wonderful little baby blue beauty.

I like to think that this could be Mark and I someday. It reminds me of some stories Julia Child tells in her book My Life in France about her and Paul riding around France. They had a baby blue car. It was named something fun that I can’t remember at the moment.

This was an incredible meal I made sometime around the weekend. It is a summer salad wrap. Quite lovely. Grilled chicken marinated in raspberry vinaigrette, red onion, lettuce, pecans, avocado, strawberries, and it called for gorgonzola which we tried but didn’t love so the next night we ate the leftovers with feta and it was much better. I will definitely be making this again soon. And hopefully my kitchen will be back in order so I can make the tortillas which I much prefer.

Friday afternoon I went out for some gelato with my dear friend Kate. It was wonderful. And we sat on a quaint little bench outside the shop and had this view through the buildings:

Saturday we picked up my bike and I took it for a spin around the cul-de-sac. I also attempted a crazy ride down our hill and was quite enthralled. That is until I had to go back up. Nearly had a heart-attack. It is a wonderful, darling bike. Here are a couple closeups:

Isn’t she a beauty!

And lastly, Sunday afternoon Mark and I ventured to the historic Tennessee Theatre for a summer showing of To Kill A Mockingbird. It was fabulous! We were so surprised how full the theatre was. We love shows here! There is always an organ concert to open any show and the organ comes up out of the stage. He played some wonderful tunes and really helped you get in the mood for a historic movie and different time. The movie was incredible to see on the big screen. Even got a few gasps out of some unknowing audience folks at just the right moments. A great summer experience.

Whew! I’ve got many more stories to tell it seems. Things about the state of the kitchen (boo!), and the exciting ride I had tonight with my neighbor’s boys, and the many projects I’m working on at work and home; but it will all have to wait until another time.

did I mention…

My bike is here!

It came in pieces in 2 boxes. With no instructions. I received an e-mail that it was coming and that there wouldn’t be any instructions because they “recommend” taking it to a bike dealer and having them assemble it for my own safety. Love their version of “recommend.” Hard not to take a recommendation when they make sure there isn’t any way to not take it by leaving out the instructions. So, we dropped it off at a local Felt bike dealer and it should be ready Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Saw a couple of these bikes sitting in the shop (display only) and it made me really excited and also slightly freaked out as the bike is huge! Seriously huge. I’m going to be hard-pressed not to be crushed under it if I ever fall over while riding it.

Now I’m on the search for a totally awesome and of course very safe helmet. Here’s the top runner:

from Bern. I think it definitely has the style I’m going for without the in-over-my-head-mountain-biking look. I am no mountain biker. And with my new fixed gear cruiser underneath, I’ll be surprised if I make it back up our street hill on the first ride down.

I should however give the disclaimer though that this isn’t actually my first helmet choice. This is:

from Yakkay. But considering it isn’t available online and I’d only be able to pick it up somewhere in Sweden or Germany or who knows, I must consider it unavailable. Not to mention I have no idea how much it is supposed to cost thanks to the “find a retailer” issue. But isn’t it just the coolest helmet ever?! If only I could swing over to Sweden and pick one up…