It has been a quiet week here in Douglas. Jeanie left after a 10 day stay with us, which involved drinking a LOT of coffee (make mine decaf) and even more heart to heart conversations, laughs and, of course, more coffee. I miss her so much.
Of course, Jeanie not being here anymore, I am not distracted from seeing that my house is still a mess. So the big goal for today is to deeply and completely clean at least one room. I think it should be the bathroom, which is the PIT OF DESPAIR.
This week started out very cold and windy, followed by snow (big, fluffy flakes), followed by cold and clear, but not windy. It actually is pleasant outside, which means I should go for a walk after I take care of the bathroom. I hesitate to even type the letters W-A-L-K because Frida and Beans are psychic and know when I am even in the pre-contemplation stage of taking a walk.
You might have noticed that I have not put any pictures in this post yet. This is mostly because I have LOST MY CAMERA! The last time I remember using it was at our friend LouAnn's birthday party, where I took some great pictures of her little house (that I was going to post, so you could all see how charming her house is). She looked, and it is not there. So please pray to St. Anthony that I find it soon.
Another reason that I haven't put any photos on this post yet (even though I can take nice pictures with my phone) is because I am saving the best for the last.
Wait for it...
Wait for it...
Here is Charles newest piece - a commission for a local family. A couple of years ago, the Juneau Symphony had a fund raiser, for which they asked local artists to paint (old, unusable) musical instruments for auction. Charles painted a violin, which was hugely popular and raised quite a bit of money for the Symphony. One of the attendees (who was out-bid at the auction) commissioned this piece:
The Latin text reads:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the way of the wicked.
Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great King over all the earth.
Isn't it lovely?