Alligator Govie

So this was a little surprising. 


In the courtyard (next to the cafeteria) at work, there is a nice seating area open during the Spring/Summer seasons. 


Pretty trees, flowers, and a pond. 


In the pond, next to the water lilies, there was a what?


Alligator.  


Not a full alligator.


But someone put an alligator’s head in to make things interesting. 


It’s nice at work when people are normal and have a sense of humor. 


An Alligator Govie that’s what it is. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Flowers and Bird

Just wanted to share this beautiful painting from Reuben in our synagogue.

I love the plethora of colorful flowers in the vase.  

The sweet bird with it.

The verdant green background. 

The unique etched wood frame. 

Very happy…and all the world is okay.  😉

(Source Photo of Reuben Art: Andy Blumenthal)

An Early Death

So I received an email last night from the teacher of my Ulpan class. 


She was passing along a message from a wonderful man in class letting her and us know some terrible news.


His son suddenly and unexpectedly died at just 28-years old this past week. 


He wrote about how tragedy like this impacts a person and family, and that obviously he didn’t know when he would be coming back to class. 


The message from this man who had just prematurely lost his son in the prime of his life really hit me. 


Life is so tenuous–where everything truly hangs in the balance by a thin thread. 


You can think you are building a fortress of success where no one and nothing can touch you, hurt you.


But life has its own catapults, battering rams, siege towers, and explosive moments in store.


You can’t really plan for these things, and you are never ready when they happen. 


Having to bury a child is not the normal way of the wold, and the pain of this is unimaginable. 


A child is the culmination of all our efforts and represents the future, even while we are the past. 


I am so sorry for what happened to my friend from class and I wish him my sincerest condolences and that no one should have to go through such tragedy any more. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Simple and Beautiful

Thought this was a nice touch on the table. 


Just a simple drinking glass with a little water on the bottom and these three beautiful flowers inside. 


Pink, Yellow, Orange. 


So simple, yet so beautiful.


Maybe that’s the point. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Beautiful Teapot (Just For Looking)

Just wanted to share this really beautiful yellow and flowered teapot. 


Love all the shapes–the pyramid base, the curly spout, the circular handle, and the little round ball at the top. 


Like most nice things, it’s too beautiful to actually use. 


(Almost like a million outfits in my closet that I never wear, because I don’t want to mess them up…)


This is where design trumps functions–and I would rather look at this and enjoy it as art more than drinking another cup of tea! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)