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What a week…I narrowly survived the festivities!  It’s been foggy…R got this amazing picture the other day…down by the river…Fog morning

I got a tour of the new Children’s Room remodel at the Salem Public Library…

CartelephantcaRPET TILES

was on a panel for city club talking about interesting places in Salem, places of community…(with stellar panelists Sarah Evans, David Craig, Brian Hart and Carlee Wright)

City Club

I talked about artist Kristin Kuhns’ beautiful constructions she is making for the Children’s Room, and got to bring along a show and tell…


I was in attendance when artist Rex Amos brought things for the Pacific Northwest Artists’ Archive…including his hat collection…

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hat 8hat 9hat 6

hat 10HAT 11HAT 12

HAT 13HAT 14Hat 15

hat 17hat 18hat 16

we went to a surprise party for a lovely friend…waiting…





and last night we went “shopping in the basement”…uncovering a box of Zach’s old blocks and toys…we cleaned them up…

block wash

found an old wine box…


and packed them up…

block box

we decorated the smallest tree we could find…


reminding ourselves of Christmases past…my kindergarten Santa…and my Mom’s delicate Santa…

my SantaMom's Santa

our year in London…

red star

and our first Christmas when we had NO money, so made ornaments for our tree out of cornstarch and painted them.  The only cookie cutter we had was for bridge club  sandwiches…hearts-clubs-diamonds-spades…

my ornament

r's ornament

life is sweet.  Sidney is coming for Christmas!!