Friday, February 22, 2008

Lovely Parting Gifts


A couple of days before we left for our blissful vacation, I walked out to the mailbox to discover an intriguing large envelope postmarked WYOMING. Its contents are pictured in the photo above. A lovely friendship bracelet from Meanie the Baby Dragon aka Chuck, and his Maw Maw aka Jolene. AND a compelling self portrait of Chuck rendered in pencil on magenta construction paper. As you can see, in the photo I also included a portrait of a model resembling the painter Gauguin. This painting is by Marie Larson, and I believe you'll agree: Meanie is a dead ringer for Marie's model, except of course he doesn't smoke as does the Gauguin look-alike. Then too, Meanie's particular style is a bit more minimalist than is Larson's. Nonetheless, the similarities are uncanny.

I tried to photograph the friendship bracelet on my arm, but holding the camera at such close range created all kinds of wild reflections in the beads. My proclivity is certainly not jewelry photography.

I took the timing of the arrival of these gifts from my Wyoming blogging friends--thanks Chuck, thanks, Jo!--as a good omen for our trip. And was it ever!!! More to follow...

27 comments:

Anna said...

San welcome back, and btw very nice gift. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

A.Bananna said...

wow! welcome back! :) chuck cracks me up! lol. he always sends pictures of himself! LOL.

San said...

Hey, Anna. Vacation was great, but it's good to be back. I will be posting more about the trip later.

San said...

Hi, A. Bananna. It was so much fun getting the gifts. My young adults came home from college right before we left for the trip and they were impressed that I was receiving gifts from bloggers!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

What a wonderful surprise!

Welcome back!

San said...

Whimsical N, great to see you again--I missed you!

Ms. Creek said...

yes, their snows look quite a bit alike!

very nice self portrait, chuck, how thoughtful of you!

and welcome back san.

velvetginger said...

Looks like you had a good vacation!
That was nice Jo & Chuck!
When Chuck is a full grown dragon then he will smoke...at least breath fire!

San said...

Ms. Creek, getting their presents made my day.

San said...

That'll be the day, Ginger--when Chuck starts breathing fire!

Thanks for visiting.

Lee said...

How nice of Meanie and his Maw Maw! Yes, I do see a resemblance. Do you think there might be a family connection?

Hugs! And jumps up and down, I'm just so glad you're home!

San said...

Lee, I'll bet there's 6 degrees of separation at least.

Hugs, hugs, hugs.

Shrinky said...

Woo-hoo, well obseverved on the likeness (grin) Good old Chuck.

Your vacation spot looks idyllic (not that I'm in the least bit envious, right?)

ps. I have me a new site!

murat11 said...

Less Gauguin, more Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, to these half+ century-ish eyes. MoreDave Gauguinless looks like he's still pining after Annie.

San said...

Shrinky, I cannot wait to see your new site!!!

San said...

Paschal, Marie's model most definitely looks to be pining. Marie's models always do. Lennox--why not?

Celebration of Life said...

WELCOME BACK San! Was happy to see your comments on my blog and was excited to come over and visit you! I'm glad you liked the gift and you had a wonderful trip!
Jo

San said...

LOVED the gift, Jo! How was your own trip???

Celebration of Life said...

Hi San!
It was a good trip but had slippery roads to and from! I had a good visit with everyone under the circumstances. Mike's mother is terminally ill and doesn't have long. I am glad I got to meet her and discover why Mike speaks so highly of her.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Yes, lovely!

Celebration of Life said...

Thanks for your sweet comments, San. Yes, I am happy and giddy! LOL
I will think of you while in Frisco! Want me to bring you a trinket? Lol
Jo

San said...

Jo, trinkets delight me. And there are mucho trinkets in Chinatown.

:-)

CHEWY said...

Welcome back San! Chuck is very friendly for a Meanie.

San said...

Hi Chewy!

Chuck, the dragon who breathes fire and bears gifts.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Good Lor! Yes! They ar ded ringers!
Heheheh!

San said...

Bob, I'm glad you see the resemblance too. Somehow I knew you would

:-)

Michele Benjamin RN, MSN said...

I love, love , love that medicine cabinet!!!!