In this photo our dog, Copper, is caught by the camera the one time he sat during a half hour of whirling and criss-crossing the soft blanket of snow that fell overnight. By mid-afternoon the sidewalks and streets were clear but wet and the blanket, while still covering the lawn, appeared frayed and wrinkled. As I watched Copper, especially when I looked toward the sun, his almost white body disappeared against the snow to give an appearance of several brown blotches cavorting across the lawn.
Lately I have been so busy "connecting" that I've had little time to write in Connections. Yesterday three watercolorist friends came to my house to paint. Our class is adjourned for the holidays and we found we were not painting without the motivation of the class. It was great fun.
Today I took my Christmas list and did a reconnaissance run through a few stores to get some ideas. I bought no gifts but found a few possibilities. Afterwards I went to what, in my humble and biased opinion, is the World's Best Bookstore--"The Tattered Cover." to meet my friend Elaine who was driving up from Colorado Springs. While waiting I managed to find three books that I just had to have: two Insight Guides on Belize and Mexico and "One Planet" a speciality book put out by the publishers of Lonely Planet travel guides. (I plan to use the latter as a photo reference for some costuming colors for figures I am painting.) Elaine and I had a wonderful lunch and then she had to leave to get back home before the wet and slushy highway turned to deceptive and sometimes dangerous Black Ice.
I came home to find in the mail my first issue of Think Spanish magazine. It has articles, written in Spanish, about news and customs from Spanish-speaking countries with idioms and unusual phrases typed in bold and explained in the right margin. I want to remain fluent in Spanish and I think this will be a helpful and interesting resource. Try this link, if interested: