Saturday, May 16, 2009

Walking around Crane's Roost



Walking around Crane's Roost is not exactly the same as it was say 5 years ago. It has always been a very pleasant place to walk. The canned music is still there as well as the benches and huge old oak trees. The difference is the growth around the Roost.

Now it is a bit more sophisticated since they built up the area behind the theatres, namely Uptown Altamonte. That area is just expanding more and more. You can see a little bit of the new expansion behind the beautiful landscaping in the picture. It is definitely becoming a downtown area, except that the price tag to live there is quite high. It's not surprising that the condos in the area are pricey. There are stores, theatres, restaurants, a mile walking lake, and the mall, all of which are located at walking distance.

It seems that any time of the day is a good time to be there. Today I met up with a friend and we had great hamburgers at Five Guys Hamburgers, and then found a place to park behind the mall since they had part of the road closed off for a Beer Fest on the street in front of what was once Gina's. There was a refreshingly cool breeze crossing the lake, as well as families with little children with bread in hand to feed the fish, turtles, and ducks. It was just fun seeing all of this going on, getting some exercise, and fresh air. The live band playing oldies but goodies didn't hurt either.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Three Experiments, well Two

 
 
 

Well maybe three. One is a regular painting and the other two are weaves or woven paintings. This is something I saw at Cheap Joe's Art Studios and I thought I would like to try it. The weaves are number 2 and 3 respectively. Then the flowers are just plain joy reminiscent of my first paintings.

While I was loading these paintings Mesha my cat did the funniest thing. She got up on my hardwood chair next to me and turned her back to me and looked at the wall where my paintings are at. She looked up, to the side, and around just like any normal person appreciating art. It was hilarious. Everybody wants to be a critic! I wanted to take a picture, but since I was downloading the pictures I couldn't but I laughed and laughed. She remained as serious as always! I wonder what she was thinking.
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Finally Some Rain in Orlando!

It's soup time. It is thundering outside, the wind is blowing scurrying the leaves away, and rain is finally bringing relief to our parched soil. In fact, the leaves on the trees were so fragile from the drought that when it rained yesterday, tons of them fell. But not all. We will take the rain, in rivulets, in streams, in bit fat drops. Sprinkles, showers, or downpours we will receive the rain. Thank you God for sending us rain!

Time for soup!