Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Random Post

You know those days when your brain is just taking a vacation and you can't remember what day it is, let alone what to write about?

Yeah, it's one of those days.

So this will be a totally random post.

First, some more photos of the Birthday Boy.  One of his favorite presents was a huge Matchbox car track.  He'll drag out a million cars and sit with a notebook and write down which one won each time.  He's going to be a statistician as well as a policeman and part-time artist!

Love that boy.

Next, some random photos I took during the summer at an outdoor statuary store in St. Michaels, MD (Gatsby's) but had no idea how to work into a blog post.  So here they are in no particular order.

This one is obviously for a tombstone.  I think it's amazing. And one day I hope to go to the famous Highgate Cemetary in England.  It may seem strange to want to tour a graveyard, but this one has so many aspects to it, and it's full of historic gravestones and is absolutely beautiful.  It includes attractions such as the Egyptian Avenue and the Circle of Lebanon.  The most famous person buried there is Karl Marx, and Douglas Adams, author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is also buried there (and people leave little gifts on top of the stone.)  And then there's the manager of the Sex Pistols.  This place is eclectic and I am, too, and I just can't wait to visit it one day.

Then there are lions for your driveway entrance (of course).

There's got to be a proper name for a half-lion, half-buxom babe, but I don't know it.

A beautiful mermaid fountain.

And finally, a Buddha.

This place is pretty eclectic, too!

OK!  So that was random, right?  Hopefully tomorrow I can clear my head enough to write something more interesting!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Fabulous photos Lori and I'm glad the Birthday Boy enjoyed his day. The brain thing I can totally relate to especially in this hot and humid weather we are experiencing at the moment.

  2. Awesome Track, Zack! When my brother was younger, he had a track that ran all through the house and I still remember the fun of racing Matchbox cars with him. I think he still has some of his cars.

  3. Great photos! (Your son is adorable!)

    I don't think it's strange to want to tour a cemetery. Definitely take the time to tour a cemetery or two if you visit New Orleans. The tombs and history are amazing.

  4. Your son reminds me of my grandson - he will play with match box cars/trucks and other vehicles for hours. Give him a little space and he can create a great fun area.
    Went to an estate sale last weekend and there were bags of them, but he already has so many I figured I better back off or my daughter would get me. :-D
    Enjoy your evening.

  5. Good for you for writing. I have had serious writer's block for a while. Its easier for me right now to comment on your blog then face my own. Hopefully the BSBP will re-inspire my blogging.

  6. Awww, Lady Hawthorne - That's not a Sphinx - It's "she who tempts them and them scratches their eyes' out". Oh, that's right - that was me when I used to have menstral cycles...

    Great track Zack! My boys used to love them too.

  7. Yeah, like Lady Hawthorne said, a Sphinx. Did you never get to see "The Never Ending Story"?
    (((watch it!)))

  8. Love the statues! Have you been to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmmond? Absolutely gorgeous.

  9. Ben's got a track like that, and one that does a loop-the-loop in the middle - he'll spend hours playing with it! I remember my brother having one very similar too, so obviously the old toys are still the best!

  10. Anonymous6:31 AM

    Personally, I found THIS post fabulously interesting. I can't tell you how many times I've come across a cemetery and pulled over to visit. I always wonder at the lives of those buried there. Love the statuary!

  11. Random doesn't mean it's not interesting Lori - who say's things have to be planned and organised all the time, be they thoughts or actions? Random and impulsive can bring rich rewards. And as for Highgate Cemetery, it is indeed an amazing place and I think you would love it. I used to live and work in London and it was a favourite place of mine.

    Have you read "Her Fearful Symmetry' by Audrey Niffennegger? The cemetery is a central location in the story and I really enjoyed the book.

  12. Wonderful photos Lori. I am also one who likes to go to cemeteries and take photos of the statues. Mom and I did that on the 31st of December. It is fun seeing how each of us differ on our perspectives when we take photographs. Mom also found a website that lists all the cemeteries in Indiana so we will be doing a road trip soon.
    Love that track Zack has and I bet it is a lot of fun racing those cars! I might have to get one for my niece and nephew when they come for a visit and we can race cars ;-)
    Have a good one!

  13. Great pics, so glad you did a random post so we could see them. The best is Zack enjoying his track!!!

  14. Love the photos! And I want to play with the Matchbox track that looks cool!!

  15. Oh I remember the matchbox cars. We called the "Hot Wheeles" in the '70's. And dosen't Zack looked pleased with himself? and don't you just love little "Wide-eyed courious boys"
    Be blessed to be a blessing

  16. Zack has a great track! Sounds like he might have an interest in science or engineering someday with the way he is keeping records of the races.

    I love the sphinx. Wish I had her in my garden.

    A friend and I went to a retreat last year and we stopped at three graveyards and took photos. And I took about 200 photos at a different cemetery near here that has European style gravestones and statues. I love taking photos at cemeteries.

    I read "Her Fearful Symmetry" too. The descriptions of Highgate were very interesting. I didn't like the way the book ended though, so be warned if you read it.

  17. My favorite photo is the one of Zach! He looks very proud of that track (his little belly sticking out is so cute!)


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