Wednesday, December 18, 2013

One of my favorites

Nude Descending a Staircase

Toe after toe, a snowing flesh,
a gold of lemon, root and rind,
she sifts in sunlight down the stairs
with nothing on. Nor on her mind.

We spy beneath the banister
a constant thresh of thigh on thigh;
her lips imprint the swinging air
that parts to let her parts go by.
One-woman waterfall, she wears
her slow descent like a long cape
and pausing on the final stair,
collects her motions into shape.

I have been very busy at work. Neglectful of my little blog, but am determined to keep it up when I can so my kids can see what I like when I'm not around someday. 
xoxox love,

Monday, September 23, 2013

Flashback UK

With Paris away in London doing her study abroad thing, I thought I'd put a few of my old UK pictures up from Dec 2005- June 2006. Armchair traveling. Happy memories.

Rag Freak, Brighton, UK 2005
Rag Freak, Brighton, UK Dec 2005
London, Spring 2006
Mermaids for Mom
Fountain at Buckingham Palace,  May 2006
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace, May 2006
Library, British Musuem 5/06
Library, British Museum May 2006
Stonehenge 12/2005
December 2005
Lara Roman Bath UK
Bath, UK  Spring 2006
The Beach Girl West Wittering, Sussex, UK 3/06
West Wittering, Sussex, UK March 2006
Jane Austen's Garden Gate
The arbor in the garden at Jane Austen's house in Chawton, Hampshire, UK  Spring 2006
Playing in Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral December 2005
Big Ben, of course
London, May 2006
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, April 2006
Wicker Man, Butser Ancient Farm
Wicker Man, Butser Ancient Farm, Spring 2006
Wicker Man burning
Wicker Man Burning, Butser Ancient Farm, Spring 2006
Green Men at the Beltain Festival..
Green Men at the Beltane Festival, Butser Ancient Farm, Spring 2006

Sunset on the Pier at Brighton, December 2005
Me at Sunset on Brighton Beach, UK Dec 2005
Heading to the Isle of Wight (hovercraft!)
2006 Going to the Isle of Wight
via hovercraft!
St. Catherine's Hill, Hampshire, UK 2005

Sometimes the best time to be lost is when you are adventuring.


All photo credits: James T. Shaffer ©2005-2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Dog Days of Summer 2013

This is Duke. He's four months old.


Love my pink hammock, Duke the Bernese Mountain dog puppy, my darling house, my white picket fence, my gardens, my green chair, summer, sunshine, daughters, son. 

Hey. I didn't do so bad for myself.


(here's Duke with Odin about 6 weeks ago)
Odin and the new baby boy (just called Blue so far)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A little bit of beach trip in July...

The kids have all the pictures. Best cameras. Patience. In desperation (for a few measly photos!) I have swiped some from HERE and THERE. Daughter #1 has a new blog (as opposed to the old blog), so yeah, you'll have to follow the new one to read about her new adventures this year (not limited to London for three months starting in September! University of London!).

Me and Ellie. My sister's granddaughter and my mother's first GREAT GRANDCHILD! 
My gorgeous Mother. (a grandmother and a GREAT GRANDMOTHER!)

Mermaid cousins, my daughter Scarlett Darling and her partner in crime, Erin Estella...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mrs. Calabash, at it again....

He's the 93 year old founder of my company. When he's feeling chipper, he comes by my desk on his way out of the office and tips his imaginary hat and says "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!". I love it.  He is an amazing man and he always makes me feel special. It's incredible to work for him, he's built an amazing empire in Northern California and his son and grandson are carrying on the tradition with his business.

I've told you this before- you can read it HERE.

About two weeks ago, Masud came by my desk and instead of saying "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are" he said quietly to me, "If you find me a Jimmy Durante hat, I'll wear it."

I asked him his hat size.
7 1/8

He spoke so softly, I really wondered to myself if he'd said it. But yes. By Gosh I was going to find him a Jimmy Durante hat. I googled Jimmy Durante hats and watched old clips of the Jimmy Durante Show (which only ran on t.v. from 1954-1956).

Then I found the best Hatter I could find,  Lock & Co., LTD in London- St. James's Street, and tried to figure out which hat would have been a Jimmy Durante hat.

I found it. 
The Chelsea. 
In Gray. 

So I ordered it and had it sent to my office......

It felt like Christmas when it arrived. The box was huge and wonderful.






So I wrote a little note, tucked it into the tissue paper and set the box on his chair in his office so he'd see it first thing when he came in Tuesday afternoon....


And he LIKED IT!

This is what I found in my mailbox at home today:

Mrs. Calabash, love masud.

I think we made each others day.

P.S. I love my job.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Better than a bicycle license plate

I knew when I named you that early morning in February, nineteen (yikes!) years ago that I wouldn't ever be able to buy you a monogrammed bicycle license plate from Great America, or a Name keychain from Disneyland, or any of the other important things children look for in shops like that.

But we like shopping elsewhere anyway.

Paris Gray. I love it. (and you!)


Mama me

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Most Handsome Man I Ever Met.

This is my kid. Simon Harrison Mijatovich. I love him to the moon.

“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”