Saturday, November 24, 2012

SEPIA SATURDAY (139)

So Alan has returned from his holidays suffering from Alzheimer 
as he forgot we already had a prompt picture scheduled for this weekend 
and came up with something entirely different. 
Sorry man, 
but I'm sticking with the first one!!! 
:)~


Found in my father's stack of photos, 
a couple reading [letters?] in their 1950s[?] livingroom. 
I see a stamped envelope at any rate...
Perfect strangers to me 
as I don't know the who, where and when pertaining to this pic. 
the stranger thing is that wooden box in between them on the couch... 
I hope this is not the ashes of some beloved pet.
The decor seems typical but at its most vile. 
The mirror reflects nothing of interest, 
that thing on the wall next to it looks kitsch; 
even the side table looks like something my parents had in the 1960s.
They even had a similar ashtray!!! 
I remember it, 
that thing weighted a ton!! 
I'll say nothing about the lamp, 
no, nothing!!! 
(not because I wouldn't have a lot to say, but...
We often hear "the place needs a woman touch" but I fear, 
in this case, 
it's been touched a little too much... 
I'll say no more.
;)~ 
Joking aside, 
this lamp is typical mid century "modern"
what with its organic base and fiberglass shade. 
The floral pattern on the couch laying on top of what looks to me 
like [perhaps] a cheap imitation of a Savonnerie rug is overkill!! 
And that [is it?] mermaid on the wall calls for an aquatic theme at best, 
if you really must have such a thing in your house, 
(the bathroom maybe?...). 
But who am I to criticize 
as they seemed to be quite happy, 
especially him wearing slippers that clashed with the decor, 
and what he was wearing too!!  
Ah, men!! 
Hard to teach them style sometimes...
:)~


21rst century!! 
My friends and I celebrating friendship a few years ago 
that is now getting close to 30 years!!! 
We met in college, 
Class of'84!! 
They will be the ones with whom I'll be celebrating what could be the last day on Earth
on December 21rst. 
We decided not to chance it and to meet again [for a last time?]. 
We are looking not for the end of the world, 
but a renewed one. 
Here's hoping!!! 
Truth be said, 
any occasion to get together works for us just fine, 
even the end of the world!! 
If you gotta go, 
go in fine company!!
:)~ 
Our hosts [on the left], 
Martha Wannabe and Loverboy
(me and Vanti on the right, obviously, just so you know), 
were receiving us with mucho vino 
and some delicacy done by "Martha"... 
some stuffed pumpkin if memory serves me right, 
and if I trust what I can see on the picture. 
Always delicious!! 
Hence her nickname!! 
:)~ 


You'll notice the repro of Tamara de Lempicka's "Nude with dove", 
c. 1928. 
Odd choice for a diningroom you might think, 
but one doesn't question what may wet someone's appetite...
And a Chanel tablecloth that I often used for display back in the days 
when I was doing displays for Eaton
something I salvaged., 
one way to extend its life. 
It served us well!!! 
:D~


Contrary to the prompt, 
something stronger will be served on that fateful night when we'll be gathering. 
In the mean time, 
you can head out to 
to see what others have come up with, 
either following the first or second prompt. 
:)~


In regard to this second prompt, 
simply go 
HERE
It is an old Sepia post dating back to before I actually joined you, 
so you haven't seen this, 
and it perfectly matches the prompt 
and also dates back a century, 
featuring my maternal Grandma, 
Ninnie
:)~ 
HUGZ

32 comments:

  1. What Ho! You managed to hit two themes with one post - a perfect match to the original photo prompt and then wrapping it all up with a friendship theme from the second! Have fun on the 21st!

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    1. Ambition will be my downfall!!!
      But seeing the prompt in advance allows me to prepare these posts ahead of time.
      The material is already prepared for next week though I've thought of something to add to it now...
      Where to stop?!?!?!!!

      Frienship? We met in the early 80s and graduated in '84, and have remained friends ever since.
      This means you didn't see my other link...
      Tsk, tsk!!!
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  2. My grandparents had an ashtray like that - complete with Granddaddy's cigar - ALWAYS. I hope that lamp made it to a thrift shop and has been rescued by someone who loves that mid-century style. No doubt it would be considered right valuable today, but not as valuable as a years-long friendship with college mates. That's remarkable!

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    1. I personally think there are better examples of this period,
      but you're right, someone is bound to love this.

      3 decades of friendship, now THAT is something I will hang on to!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  3. My grandparents had one of those ash trays too, even though neither of them smoked. I think that wooden box was full of old letters that they got out every once in a while and read over. Most likely love letters.

    I do think that Dec. 21 will signal the beginning of a new cycle, not the end of the world. At least that is what the Mayan's are saying and they should know.

    The lovely photo of the woman, her nipple and the (dead) dove. Looks like he took a peck at her there and she may have then rung his neck. Maybe I should go eat breakfast.

    Your other post was perfect for the 2nd prompt.

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    1. You must be right about the box.
      The ashtray was an accommodation for visitors in many cases, I warrant.
      As for Dec 21rst, my friends and I decided to take it with a grain of salt
      and a bit of humor, looking positively ahead, indeed...

      Yeah, I think you better go have that breakfast. You sound a bit morbid right now.
      I won't ever see that painting ever the same way again...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  4. You mentioned that Alan is suffering from Alzheimer but aren't you heading in the same direction: "don't know the who, where and when pertaining to this pic" ;) But you seem to remember your class of '84 so there is hope for you. BTW, who was the photographer of the dinner picture?

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    1. No Alzheimer in my case, simply a matter of total disconnect in matters of family,
      as I was never told about such things by my parents.
      As for the dinner picture,
      the camera was on the tripod and put on a timer,
      allowing us to be all included in the picture.
      Awh, technology!!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  5. Oh dear, you'll have me oing back through our old photos checking out the decor and finding another reason why my wife wants to throw them out -- but she can't edit them on Picasa. Enjoyed your post as usual, Bruno.

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    1. No, but photoshop can do wonders at removing some irritating sights...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  6. Going even, although there might be a few 'Ohs.'

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  7. Ah yes - we had a similar style of decor left over from the 50's. Yuk. Hope we're all still here on the 22nd December ;-) Your Ninnie was a pretty young lady. Jo

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    1. I am quite confident we shall see the end of this year,
      and the beginning of the next one, und so forth...
      Thanks for looking at my grandma. Precious little photos I have of her.
      As for the decor of mid century, far from me to insinuate it was all bad.
      There were some great stuff back then, but some folks just had a knack
      for picking up the worst, or making it seem like that...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  8. I might fancy that lamp, depending on its color scheme. I kind of like old kitchy things. Enjoy the 21st and new beginnings!

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    1. Sure, in the proper setting, I guess this could look fine!!
      It's just not my thing. I'm just glad I got out of my '80s glitzy thing I had going on for a long time.
      See, we all commit our own sins!!
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  9. The FIRST objet d'art I noticed was that lamp! I love it! Those shades are so difficult to find intact and stain free.

    Now to that very serious family sitting around being served tea by a somewhat limber grandmother who can do a straight-legged bend forward!!! Yoga? 50's style maybe?

    'Your Ninnie' has beautiful eyes, albeit sad ones. Nice that you had a good relationship with her when you were young.

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    1. I'm OBVIOUSLY not surprised the least here, given your history with everything vintage.

      As for that picture you are referring to,
      that is the photo prompt proposed on Sepia Saturday this week,
      and I use it to send people off to the meme blog.
      I daresay that woman can do that, not due to yoga,
      but for wearing the right girdle.
      That's MY opinion and I'm sticking to it!!

      As for Ninnie, she was one of those souls that mark you for life with their presence.
      Know what I mean?!?...
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  10. Great themed post again! I'm thinking he thought he was very dapper just by the way he was sitting there. I totally agree about that lamp- I never really cared for the look of them in photos or museums, and yet there was something so captivating about them too! Your friend to your left is holding up two glasses of wine?!!! Hmmm! Thanks for sharing that photo though- you all looked like great friends!

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    1. Oh my!! You're absolutely right!!
      I guess I didn't use the tripod after all.
      Must have been one of Vanti's boyfriends then...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  11. So that's a mermaid is it? Well I'd never have guessed. I thik I was distracted by the socks and the hideous lamp!

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    1. Well, that is what it looks like to me, or could it be a faerie in a Calla Lilly?!?
      You tell me!! It is kitsch at any rate...
      Yeah, the socks [and slippers]!!!...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  12. That first photo is so bad that it is cool!

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    1. Weird when that happens!!!
      But I get your drift...
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  13. That living room reminds me of my Grandma and Grandpa J.'s. The lamp, the ashtray (but no mermaid). Things were functional but really never updated. They spent their money on a new car every other year, tools, vacations back to Arkansas and sewing machines/fabric.

    Great picture of you and your college friends! Have fun on the night before.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Your grandparents sound sensible. I guess the decor doesn't matter that much,
      when compared with other priorities.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  14. I've missed coming here - why did I let myself get sidetracked?! Hehehe! Nice o see you. ♥

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    1. Why? I don't know...
      Maybe you got busy and forgot about me.
      We are after all worlds apart...
      Nice to have you back!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  15. Surely, the box held all the letters?! I have to say, in that photo where you're holding up the glass in salut, you don't look very much different from the little boy in the suit from last week.

    Off to post #2 now...

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    1. #6...
      ;)~
      If you are referring to the mock-up version of my current self in that black watch suit from my school days, of course I look the same.
      That face dates back only to somewhere between 2007-2009. Can't recall exactly.
      If you really mean the boyish version, it just got hairier over time!!!
      And I've resolve the problem of bad haircuts by shaving my head!!
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  16. A multilevel post with something for everyone. Your commitment to Alan's first choice, before his bait and switch, is commendable. I had planned in advance too with a post about family reading, but happened to have another choice to match the new improved theme. I like how the point of view angle changes with your photo choices. The first one looks like the dog held the camera.

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    1. The whole idea of these pics being shown in advance is to let us prepare in a timely fashion.
      A last minute change was not convenient for me, so, the post I planned and a link as a repost
      for the 2nd theme. I thought I was playing fair here.

      "The first one looks like the dog held the camera", loving that expression!!!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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