August of 2013 is when my grandson received his first pet, a Bearded Dragon that he named “Charlie.”
Now, eight months later, there is a new pet addition. Her name is “Marley” and she is Charlie’s new roommate. She loves to crawl around and explore her new surroundings.
Here’s a photograph of Charlie and Marley, side by side, getting some sun in one of their favorite chairs.
It looks like it’s feeding time for these two bearded dragons. Charlie doesn’t mind eating the Freeze-Dried Crickets but, Marley is picky about what she eats and decides to hide. I wonder if she is vegetarian.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 10, 2014
While sorting through some of my paperback books trying to decide what to keep and what to discard I came across one of my daughter’s favorite books to read when she was 12-years old. In fact, it also became of my favorite books for that age group. I think the back cover of this book gives a great overview about the story.
This book, The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn, will definitely go back on my shelf to keep.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, February 28, 2014
With temperatures reaching a high of 53 degrees, it was one of those days I’m glad I got away from my office for an afternoon walk. Before I headed for the woods I saw the most stunning Wood Duck with its chestnut and green coat near the lake’s margin.
Then, I headed through the woods down the walking trail passing by trees that curved.
That’s when I saw a tree lying in the lake with its outstretched branches reminding me of a Praying Mantis.
It was a great day to be outdoors. I’m glad I took time to take a walk in the woods and by the lake under the late afternoon sun.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, February 3, 2014
It’s cold outside with temperatures 17°F that feels like 7°. There is more snow this morning in my backyard than predicted for this rare winter occurrence. The roads are icy, so I guess I will stay indoors today and let the birds & squirrels play in the snow while I wait for the sun to melt the ice.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 29, 2014
Sometimes memories from the past present themselves simply from the scribbles made on a sheet of notebook paper. Today I found such a note that was so old that it had started turning yellow with age. It suddenly fell out of the pages of one of my art books called “Victorian Painters” written by Jeremy Maas, who was a dealer specializing in English painting when his book published back in 1969.
Each one of these paintings still fascinate me as I flip through this book again finding Litter of Puppies by Sir Edwin Landseer who was a famous animal painter in 1838 and always painted those large white and black dogs referred to as “Landseer-dogs”. His painting Dignity and Impudence of a blood-hound called Grafton exhibited in 1839 has realistic qualities that are quite appealing not only because of the large dog, but the smaller doggie next to Grafton in the doghouse.
On the cover of this book is a painting of a girl sleeping in an orange dress. The full-page plate shown inside describes this Neo-Classical painting as done by Lord Frederic Leighton. It’s called “Flaming June” and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1895, a year before the artist’s death in 1896.
There are many more great paintings to discover in this 256-page book. I’m grateful I have a copy in my home library and continue to trace the era for Victorian painting. And according to the price marked in the book, I got it for a bargain: $1.99 as-is.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, January 22, 2014
One of the books in my library collection published in 1977 is about the biography of a man who dedicated his life to the cause of civil rights. It tells about his early years, his preparation for life in the ministry and about his assassination on April 4, 1968. The title of this book is “The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by James Haskins. I often re-read it, especially around this time of the year when an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., is observed on the third Monday of January every year.
In 1980 the National Historic Site was established to preserve the places where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, lived, worked, worshiped and his final resting place in Atlanta, Georgia. I visited this site last year – here’s my posting on that tour.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 20, 2014