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How cute is this? How cool is this? I wonder how many books are in there? I want that job!! As a kid I looked forward every Thursday afternoon when the bookmobile arrived in my neighborhood shopping plaza at 3:30. I devoured books like other kids ate candy. Biographies, history, mysteries, adventure, arts, music, photography, sailing, architecture, travel, and more. I guess some things never change. Can’t wait to go see this itty bitty library on wheels!

A vintage bookmobile is road tripping all over America — and of course it’s spending the winter leg of its trip in Florida. The concept from the Brooklyn Art Library is an amalgam of creativity. Shelved inside a rebuilt 1985 Piaggio are hundreds of sketchbooks from the museum’s archives.

https://ilovetheburg.com/art-on-wheels-brooklyn-bookmobile-set-to-cruise-through-the-burg/

The minds behind the Bookmobile consider it an “installation to engage with local communities on a deeper level. More than just an opportunity to browse sketches, visitors will learn about the complex cataloging system and how to mobilize a global project.

The vintage museum on wheels will make several pitstops in the Tampa Bay region.

From December 18 through December 20 it will be posted up outside Intermezzo at 1111 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. The Bookmobile will also be in attendance at the St. Pete Saturday Morning Market on December 15 and December 22.

Want to participate in this project? You can order your own sketchbook and send it back filled with the images and ideas in your head. Your work will then travel with the Bookmobile as an ever growing, ever changing exchange of ideas.

Learn more about the project on the Sketchbook website. You can also get a bit more on the background of the Brooklyn Art Museum by visiting their website. There’s plenty of flights from TPA to La Guardia, JFK and Newark International if you’re ever itching to experience Brooklyn.

*Featured image via Brooklyn Art Library

article via https://ilovetheburg.com/art-on-wheels-brooklyn-bookmobile-set-to-cruise-through-the-burg/

My heart goes out to California. 17 major fires, 14,400 firefighters-some from as far away as Australia & New Zealand, 1000’s of structures gone, 1000’s without homes, lives lost, acres & acres burnt. I am so sorry. So many friends & family living there. Such a wonderful place. Please Mother Nature give California some help.

My heart goes out to everyone in Annapolis-my hometown 😢.

Sunday, December 3rd, the moon will seem larger and brighter than it has all year.  A “super moon” apparently happens when the moon is full and is at the same time the closest to the Earth during its orbit so it seems brighter than usual.

The Super Moon will be here on December 3rd and is also call a “Full Cold Moon” as it is  the first full moon of December or winter. It should shine approximately 16 percent brighter and 7 percent larger than normal, according to National Geographic. Then we will have a full moon on January 2 and then again on January 31. So we will have a BLUE moon in January. A BLUE moon is when a full moon occurs twice in the same month, which is pretty rare. Usually, we have 12 full months per year but 2018 will have 14 full moons-the other will be March 31st. How cool is that?

Astronomers say that the best time to see the Super moon is in the early evening just as the moon is rising and in the early morning as it is setting. You can guess when I will be looking at the Super Moon.

 

Other moons have special names that have been around for thousands of years, each name reflects what time of year it is:

January is Wolf Moon is named after the sound of hungry wolves. Native Americans and medieval Europeans would recognize their howls as a sign of midwinter. So January 3rd will be a Wolf Super Moon & January 31st will be a Blue Super Moon. Awesome!

February is the Snow Moon. Obvious.  

April is the Pink Moon.  Northern Native Americans called it this because of the early blooming wildflowers. Nice.

September is the Harvest Moon-traditional time for gathering of crops.

November is the Beaver Moon. Algonquin tribes set beaver traps for the winter fur supply & keeping warm.

Oooooo, thank you all so much for the sweet birthday wishes!! ….Sorry for the delay in acknowledging you. I turned off my computer & all social media for the weekend. I truly appreciate & love you all-my family & friends. Hope that you have a wondrous week!! Hugs & kisses!

Annalisa 3 months old with watermark

My heart, hopes, prayers & love go out to Mexico and the many island countries including Barbuda, Puerto Rico, St John, St Thomas, St Croix, Cuba, Dominican Republic, the British Virgin Islands & others that have been hit so terribly by the hurricanes & earthquake.

 

To me, it doesn’t matter what color or colors you are, what religion you may or may not be, what country you or your family come from originally, how much money you have or don’t have,
I wish you all peace, love, health & happiness now and in the upcoming years.
Please share your joy & kindness with others that may come across your life.
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Two of my favorite songs from childhood come to mind:
Why can’t we be Friends? by the group WAR (how ironic!!)     https://youtu.be/5DmYLrxR0Y8
Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone       https://youtu.be/YUUhDoCx8zc
Take care. With much love…

 

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Brightly costumed dolls representing Japan and Mexico in scenery from their lands at 'it’s a small world'

If you have ever visited Disneyland or Disney World, then chances are you have heard “It’s A Small World”. When you take the 12-15 minute ride in the little boats that meander throughout the various lands, you hear it many times & in many languages. In my case, I have been stuck in that attraction several times with my daughters in both Florida & in California. It was their favorite ride so we rode it as many times as we could possibly fit in each visit. The more you ride, the more likely you are to get stuck.  One of the fastest way to drive this mother crazy.

Fast forward 15 years and I have just purchased a new phone. My youngest daughter is helping me set up this new phone but with a few surprises unknown to me. Teenagers are so clever, aren’t they? So the first time of my daughters called me, the new phone rings with, can you guess? Yes, “It’s a Small World”!! They thought that it would drive me crazy-a short drive these days, I admit. That was 2 years ago & their little surprise has backfired because I love it. That song lets me know that it is one of my wonderful daughters calling. It brings a smile to my face every time and brings back some incredibly fun memories. It’s a blessing & a curse. LOL   SO thanks, my wee one! Or should I say Merci, Muchas gracias, Vielen Dank, Σας ευχαριστώ, Grazie, 感谢您, Takk, ありがとうございました。, Obrigado, Go raibh maith agat?

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears. It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears. There’s so much we share…and a smile means friendship to everyone

To watch the video:  http://youtu.be/weZrqrN9Jp0

Written by brothers Richard and Robert Sherman

It’s a small world after all.

It’s a small world after all.

It’s a small world after all.

It’s a small, small world.  Thank you, Mr. Disney!

Walt Disney

 

 

The loss of a dearly loved pet is so difficult for some people to understand. How many times have I heard, “Why are you so upset? It’s just an animal.” For me they are never just an animal. They are a companion who accepts me for me & can’t wait for me to come home no matter what kind of mood I am in. They sense when you are not feeling well too. Most of them have been around a lot longer than some friends or the men in my life too!

We just lost Sallie last week & I am having a hard time not crying all the time. No, we didn’t name her. She was a “rescue” animal from the SPCA just like all of my pets over the years & almost all of them arrived with names that they already knew. I am never quite sure who rescues who though. It makes me think of the Talking Heads song lyrics, “Did I find you or did you find me? This must be the place.”

Over the years, I have had many dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, lizards, frogs, fish, birds, turtles, chameleons and even a goat. Yes, I love all kinds of animals. Dogs & cats obviously hold a higher spot in my heart than some of the others. Even with so many pets, it doesn’t get easier over the years to lose a pet. It is especially difficult when it was so suddenly & unexpectedly. Within 24 hours, Sallie went from being happy, lively, greeting me at the back door, sitting at my feet while I worked on my computer, wagging her tail & following me around to being buried in the side yard under the banana trees-one of her favorite spots. We didn’t even have a chance to get her to the vets. Now her sister Sasha runs around the house looking for Sallie & crying. She is not interested in eating much or never wants to be alone.  I understand. Poor thing.

I miss Sallie very much. It just isn’t the same without her. By the way, did I mention that Sallie was a cat? She always thought she was a dog. It is interesting because we went to the SPCA in Annapolis, Maryland (where I had volunteered as teenager) to get a dog. There were no dogs available that day but as we were leaving we walked by a cat cage, Sallie reached out & tapped my daughter on the arm, as to say, “Hey, pick me and I’ll be your dog.” Sallie was liked by everyone, even those who said I hate cats. Sallie, you were very special in every way. Hope that you are having fun barking at lots of dogs, lizards & birds as they go by.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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