KpacoTa CnaceT Mup-Beauty Will Save the World

(Quote from Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky's THE IDIOT, 1869)

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Nicholas is a one-of-a-kind painted folk art doll. Now in my ETSY shop.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

We're Here to Pump You UP!!!!!

Beautiful flower in our garden. Our soil is so good for flowers. The challenge is keeping things from getting overgrown....from encroaching upon the gorgeous flowers that we get. Ken always loved to bring flowers to people at work. Now I am sure that Alex will."We're here to pump you Up!!! Ken with Ryan at the White House in the late 80's/early 90's for Arnold's Great American Workout, which he did for a few years before this governor thing.Bush Sr. was there at the time. That's Kevin Nealon from SNL. Ryan was the top tennis junior in wheeelchair tennis at the time. Now he's a Dr..
He looks so peaceful here, snuggled up with Alex.
Have a GREAT DAY!!!!! Ken's working on his goal setting.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Paskha approaching, and Kippy, Kip Kippurrs in Memorium

The crown. I want to glitter-ify it. Serge says no. So then we thought that kippy would look good in it.

Did I ever tell you how I used to dress up my kitty, when I was little. Very little. I put a towel over a bassinet and kept my kitty under it dressing him up. Poor kitty. He was so good. I was naughty. Even tapped the towel if he wanted out. That's probably why I'm so good to them now.:)
So Easter is fast approaching and it will soon be time to make this most yummiest of desserts, the prized Best Cheese Paskha in all the land.:)...sorry, facts are just facts,really I am not boasting, this is Lent you know.
My gorgeous Mr. Kippurrs. Isn't he beautiful? He passed away last 4 August.We had this idea of letting him wear the crown that I found antiquing somewhere. Obviously, he didn't want to be royal like at the moment.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ken Update, and Vintage Finds around the house...

Found this old mannequin hand at a tiny little antique shop in Sharpsburg. Sweet to show off Alex's vintage rings at shows.
My office where I post from. Love my Mac!
Below, another great find with some little figurines walking out of the picture- or so I'd like to think:) This is a sweet oil painting by the yard sale owner's brother. What tremendous finds I found at that place! After her mother had passed her fantastic 1800's home sold so many wonderful treasures! The house was a cascade of unending stairs, rooms, baby grand pianos, etc. What a treat. That was about 8 years ago near where we used to live. The house sold for a very pretty penny.

I am not a 'barn' collector, but love the subtle hues in this oil painting.

Jeff, Ken's longtime,HS tennis team chum, accepting the Courage Award from the Mid-Atlantic Tennis and Education Foundation on Ken's behalf. At this event, local boy made good (on circuit w/the likes of Sampras,etc...), Paul Goldsten, (as well as 3 other individuals for their tennis contributions) was inducted into their Tennis Hall of Fame. Paul is such a lovely individual. Paul used to play at the club where hubby taught/was Dir. of Junior Tennis, and where Jeff still Directs the Tennis Dept..
Roses from, at the tennis tournament for Ken. 5 days fresh from Ecuador! And The Succars, who own gammaflowers gifted us the same for our kitchen table. They are in the beautiful crystal vase given to Ken with the Courage Award.

...hahaha, and we have Paul Goldstein's box for the crystal vase. They mixed them up when we were leaving the Army Navy Country Club in Va. at the awards ceremony...which , by the way, was a very nice event. The mini crab cakes in the cocktail hour were devine, and the meal and everything else was so very nicely done.

Ken's Mom was able to come , too, which was very nice.
More about these events and Ken's life are at my other blog for him. Friends/family , just leave me a comment, email or call, if you have lost the link to his blog, as it is not connected here.

Thanx. xo Lydia