Sunday, April 24, 2016

SOCKSAPHONE


Several years ago, part of an old saxophone made
 its way to Tom's 'inventory pile'. 
That swoop of polished brass has been patiently waiting 
to be included in a new creation
for a special friend who plays the saxophone.  

Michael is an amazing musician and poet who always 
plays his music in his stocking feet. 
Michael used to wear everyday black 'gold toe' socks.
 The first time Margaret heard him play,
she decided that this extraordinary man need some extraordinary 
socks to compliment his inspiring jazz melodies
And so commenced the search for the 
perfect attire for those special toes.

When Tom finally finished Michael's birthday sculpture,
 it, of course, included
 an extra special, extra flashy pair of jazzy socks.


Mr. Socksaphone and Michael

When the old man wore his cream-colored suit,
his crocodile shoes and cockatoo-green silk tie
(cinch for the collar of his freshly minted shirt),

the shop girls swirled around like parasols
on a sunny boulevard, and smiled. A subtle
cologne he bought put lights in their eyes,

but they were surprised on leaving the store
to find him there on the corner, giving breath
to the golden instrument—-the tenor it was,

the horn that speaks to a passionate heart.
Who was the one who called it obscene,
that swerve of the horn curved upward

with daisies she put in the bell like a vase?
Who was that dark one leaning against
the brick wall, smoothing her skirt as she

held up the building? And was there yet
a third one joining this chorus of sighs?
“"Old man, old man,"” she cried. (What was

her name? Can’'t we make that our refrain?)
Who was this merry one wearing his hat?
“"Old man,"” she sighed, “"my sweet old darling,

where’'d you learn to play like that?”"

—                         Michael Stillman



Me and spring pollen on my coat
Thank you for sharing your poem.
Happy Birthday Michael!

Yours Truly,
JUNIOR BOY

p.s. Please pardon the grammatical errors and font size. 
Google's Blogspot.com is not working well as these can't be corrected.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015
We hope that you are enjoying
a wonderful holiday season!
 
  
JUNIOR
BOY

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween and Garden Harvest
 
  
I love Halloween!
It is a special day in our house!
Tom shares whipped cream with me
 from his pumpkin pie
and always gives me extra pets, too.
 
Today, Margaret harvested butternut and acorn squash.
Tom's 'Dobby' pushed the wheelbarrow for her.
He is pretty slow, though. In fact,
I'm not sure I ever actually saw him move.

Dobby
It's been dry here in northcentral Oregon
 but we received lots of rain these past three days
 so all of the trees and the plants are happy.
 
I'm happy, too. I'm with my best buddy!
Yours Truly,
JUNIOR BOY

Monday, August 3, 2015

MUSIC in the GARDEN
 
Yesterday, we were honored to have Mele'uhane
perform in our garden.
Keikilani Lindsey and his son Leokani,
from the big island of Hawaii,
shared their music
 and stories with us and our guests.


LEO and KEIKI
They performed many songs from their new album
THE GARDEN.
www.meleuhane.com

KEIKILANI
Such a sweet voice!
LINDSEY
Keikilani's wife Lindsey performed a beautiful hula.

ROB
Local musician and friend Rob Neuberger set up the sound and played bass.
LEO, SHONNAH, KEIKI 
Wahine 'Ilikea, composed by the late Reverend Dennis Kamakahi,
was performed by our friend Shonnah and Mele'uhane.
LEO and Niho Iki
My new friend Leo played original songs
 later that evening on Margaret's ukulele.
He liked it so much that he asked
if he could name it.
Leo also fed me fish for dinner.
I love fish!
I hope my friend Leo comes back soon.
Your's Truly,
JUNIOR BOY



 
 

Friday, July 31, 2015

RACK of LAMB from AMSTERDAM

happy, grazing sheep
among the tulip fields of Holland

Our wedding gift to our niece and new nephew
is finally completed and has arrived in Minnesota!

Elise and Reed wanted a custom coat rack
for their new home.
After seeing their special 'tulip room',
Tom was inspired to incorporate
Holland's beautiful flowers into their custom gift.
Tom and Margaret first met their sweet niece on
their own wedding day in 1982.

Sharing her Uncle's unique sense of humor
 and affection for puns,
Elise guessed that their coat rack
was going to be different and, indeed, it is!

Tom started working on the top first.

top of rack and naked lamb

Tom grinding his welds

top with forged steel tulips

Tom felt it was important
that the lamb have a coat, too, especially in Minnesota!

Rick Hege of Shepherd's Flock in Vermont was kind enough
to choose the right wool for this purpose.
Tom sent the steel sheep to Rick who cut the wool to fit the little lamb.
http://www.shepherdsflock.com/
It's perfect!
Thanks, Rick!
Also, thanks for the extra pieces of wool...
I might want to cuddle up to those in my box
by the woodstove this winter.

Tom fluffing the little lamb's wool

lamb with coat 
on the top with tulips

middle section of rack

base

RACK of LAMB 
from
 AMSTERDAM
steel/wool

 It works!
 
Elise and Reed
were married on February 14th, 2015
on a splendidly sunny,
minus 26 Fahrenheit degree day
 in Minnesota.
CONGRATULATIONS!
 
I would have given them a mouse! 
Yours Truly,
JUNIOR BOY

Sunday, June 28, 2015

MICE & CHEESE

 
Tom's
BLUE CHEESE
was accepted into the
Hood River BIG ART Sculpture Walk 2015/2016
 
The BIG ART Celebration/Artists Reception
 is September 4th (Hood River First Friday)
at Springhouse Cellars.

BLUE CHEESE
steel

 
 

I fancy myself as being rather proficient
at maintaining the rodent population
at a reasonable level here on Mosier Creek
but these guys are even too much for me!

 
Time for a nap in my
TIKI LOUNGER
 
JUNIOR
 
 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

 
FINE
FEATHERED
FRIENDS
Art Show
 
Columbia Center for the Arts
Hood River, Oregon
March 3-29th
 

RUB-A-DUB-DUB
BIRD BATH

 
I like to watch all the birds in our yard.
JUNIOR