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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part


Waiting Marc Chagall

I love this painting – Marc Chagall‘s Waiting.  The painting is owned by the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY.  Several years ago my friend and I were admiring the painting and she indicated this was one of her favorites.  I have to admit at that time I didn’t have a favorite Chagall and I had never read anything about his work.  My great friend moved away and I miss having her and her observations on art.  I remembered some of the painting, but couldn’t recall the title so I emailed her and she found it!  I don’t know why, but her finding the painting and knowing the title made a big difference to me.  I think it makes me feel like my friend is closer – not all the way in Texas.  Here’s to Candyce!

For some reason my mind works in strange and mysterious ways and after she emailed me the title of the painting the song The Waiting by Tom Petty came to mind and would not leave.  I have this type of thing happen all the time.  I will be thinking about something without even knowing it and will realize a song lodged in my head and sure enough the song has something to do with some current circumstance I’m going through.

Right now I think I am in a season of waiting.  Waiting and wondering what it is I’m supposed to do.

Let’s listen to Tom Petty for a spell.  Okay – that’s better.

Now for some history on Marc Chagall and this beautifully, unusual painting:

As many of you may know, Chagall used many symbols in his paintings.  Many of his works have roosters which symbolized fertility; as many of his paintings were about or pertaining to lovers.  Marc Chagall was a Russian painter whose work stretched many different mediums.  Chagall created works in nearly every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.  Here is a list of symbols and their supposed meanings.  Take what you want from this, but it’s kind of fun to look at his paintings with the symbol meanings close at hand.

  • Cow: life par excellence – milk, meat, leather, horn, power.
  • Tree: another symbol of life.
  • Rooster: fertility, often painted together with lovers.
  • Bosom: fertility of life – Chagall had great respect for Women and it is shown in his art.
  • Fiddler: In Chagall’s village Vitebsk the fiddler made music at major events such as weddings and holidays.
  • Herring – a flying fish: Commemorates Chagall’s father who worked in a fish factory.
  • Pendulum Clock: time, and modest life.
  • Candlestick: two candles symbolize the Shabbat and the life of devout Jews.
  • Windows: Chagall’s Love of Freedom.
  • Houses of Vitebsk: Feelings for his homeland as most of these paintings were done during his years in Paris.
  • Scenes of the Circus: Creativity and Joy.
  • Horses: Freedom.
  • The Eiffel Tower: Up in the sky, another symbolic metaphor for freedom.

Candyce is still in Texas, but thanks to Chagall’s Waiting, we have been brought a little closer.  It’s true what Tom Petty says in his song, “the waiting is the hardest part.”  We will once again stroll through an art museum together, but for now we will have to be patient and use the technology at our fingertips.  We can share art online perhaps and, of course, wait.

Until next time.  Be patient and please wait.


Johnny Be Good – Rzeznik Rocks!



I have more clips and links of Johnny Rzeznik and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Here’s Johnny with Limp Bizkit doing Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here.  This is really great!  Check it out!

John hanging out at Norman’s Rare Guitars in Buffalo, NY –

Johnny shows up at a Taylor Swift concert at Madison Square Garden to play none other than Iris –

Check out my past Johnny Rzeznik posts here and here.

And, as always, check out the Goo Goo Dolls website for the latest information and their blog.  Happy New Year!

Perfect Fall Football Food

Homemade white chili and salsa

Homemade white chili and salsa

I believe I have found the perfect Fall Football food.  This is good on that cool, Fall day and fairly easy to make.  Here’s all it takes:

White chili

The spices really make this soup great and it makes the house smell wonderful.  Also makes great leftovers.

Homemade salsa with Way Better Black Bean chips

  • 2 pints grape tomatoes
  • garlic to taste
  • cillantro to taste
  • jalapeno papper to taste

Mix in food processor and chill.  Hotness can be adjusted with jalepenos, of course.


“Am I bait?” said the Betta

Paranoid Pluto

Paranoid Pluto

Today’s Conversation

Pluto the Betta:  “Uh.  I hate to ask, but are you eating fish?”

Christina:  “Yes.  It’s actually sushi with different kinds of fish.”

Pluto the Betta:  “Why are you eating that stuff?”

Christina:  “It’s good and good for you.  I really like the wasabi.  It’s so spicy!”

Pluto the Betta:  “Is Wasabi the name of the fish?  I mean, my name is Pluto.  Is the sushi’s name Wasabi?”

Christina:  “No.  Wasabi is a yummy green paste you eat with sushi.”

Pluto the Betta:  “Oh.  Say.  If you’re eating fish and I’m a fish – Are you going to eat me?????!!!!????

Christina:  “No.  Don’t be ridiculous.”

Pluto the Betta:  “You’ve got to tell me.  Am I bait or what?”

Christina:  “No.  Don’t worry so much.  You’re being paranoid.”

Pluto the Betta:  “Paranoid!  You call paranoid eating fish and I’m a fish!”

Christina:  “Sorry Pluto.  You got me.  Won’t happen again.   Geez

Why I love football and other female confessions

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

I stand in my living room and yell for Tim Tebow, Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Mark Sanchez.  I wear the shirts with their numbers and think they play incredible football, but that’s not the only reason I’m watching.  I’m watching for my heath and well-being as well.

My definition of fantasy football:  Choosing players who look great and also play well is the secret to my fantasy football team.  Yes, my team may be entirely made out of Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers, but what is a girl to do?  In short fantasy football is choosing a team that’s not only good, but looks good.  I didn’t say it was mature.

I really do love the game in all seriousness but studies show watching guys half your age run up and down a field in tight pants takes away depression.  I believe that because it happens to me every football season.  So football season begins September 5th.  What will you be doing?  De-stress your life and have depression take a hike while you cheer for your favorite players.

Sites to See Potpourri


Some cool things I have found on my travels . . .

Miniature Artists Books – I love miniatures and books

Elephant with books

Elephant with books

Making paper with seeds – good Spring gift

Yoga sleep pose – from the Yoga Journal

Stereomode site – for whatever mood ails you

Tile Coaster DIY from The Cottage Home

The 99% – not the 1%, but the 99%

feel more better – If you want to feel better go here

the jealous curator – speaks for itself

Lists of Note – lists from all walks of life

Let me know what your favorite “go to” site is right now!

Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why? and How?


Who? – Me

What? – Things I want to do

Where? – Everywhere

When? – ASAP

Why? – Because I think it would make me happy

How? – Pull the trigger and do them

1.  Want to hike on the Appalachian Trail

2.  Want to rock climb or begin rock climbing

3.  Want to skydive out of an airplane

4.  Want to do Pilates with a real Pilates instructor on a Reformer

5.  Want to attend church and Sunday school regularly

6.  Want to join a Contemplative Prayer group

7.  Want to travel everywhere

8.  Get a good attitude full time

9.  Want to become certified fitness trainer or Pilates instructor

10.  Want to own my own book store/art gallery

Here’a my Want list.  What’s are your wants? and why?  I’m sure there are more, but these are what come to mind right now.

Betta Blocker


Yes, I was actually trying to shield or block my Betta from seeing me cooking fish last night.  I did not succeed, however, and he caught a glimpse of the finished product.

Peppers and Tilapia

Peppers and Tilapia pan cooked in olive oil

Pluto spied what I was doing even though I tried to shield him.  His expression says it all I think.

I think his mouth is hanging open!

I think his mouth is hanging open!

Inspiring Interiors


I grew up with the “Better Homes and Garden” concept that is “you should love the space you live in.”  “Make it your own.”  “Make your home your sanctuary”.  That is why these pics resonate with me so.  I can imagine myself with this type of interior and it really “sparks” those creative juices.

I love the colors, textures and patterns used.  I’m not great with this, but am improving.  Looking at pictures like this is key to finding your design style.

Just beautiful!

Just beautiful!

Love the fabric and flowers

Love the fabric and flowers

Cool Creations?


Here are some cool things I’ve found lately:

Seltzer Goods’ Seven Year Pen

Love Letter Seven Year Pen

Love Letter Seven Year Pen

Did you know you could make candle holders out of foil cupcake liners?  Please don’t use the paper ones for obvious reasons.

Use old buttons for storing earrings.  How cool is that?

Buttons as earring holders

Buttons as earring holders

And finally – Is anyone else tired of seeing the size 0 out there?  Well here’s an image of Venus as a size 0.  Yuk.

Is this really supposed to make us feel better?  What do you think about this?  Cool creation or not so cool?