Sunday, August 9, 2020

It's Mine! --- Days 9/114, 115 and 116

Walk: 1. No, donation project  2. No, donation project  3. Presidio, project over                                    Distance:  1. Yoga 2. Yoga 3. 2.5 miles, yoga

Oh, there you all are, Loyal Readers.  Ciwt has been so preoccupied with all her what to give/what to keep decisions she has been neglecting you.  

At first it was easy to know exactly what she was done with and happy to give away.  Then came the things that she had to think a bit harder about.  And finally came those things she absolutely knows she will probably never use or wear again BUT needs to keep.  Why?  She isn't sure, but for some reason she simply isn't ready to let them go.  The tidiness people would be soooo disappointed in her, but there it is.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Shoe Tornado --- Days 9/112 & 113

Walk: 1. No, Freezing Out There 2. Food Runs
Distance: 1.all clothes, on/off  2. 3 miles, yoga, shoes, on/off

Ciwt likes to support Dress for Success San Francisco, an organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire among other services.  They are having a donation campaign (by appointment) next week so Ciwt is going through all her shoes to see if any will do (that she is ready to part with).  

Yesterday it was all her clothes.  So, a major closet caper - for a good cause.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

xo, Ciwt --- Day 9/112

Walk: Mountain Lake
Distance: 6.4 miles

Every year just before her birthday Ciwt finds herself buying gifts ---   for herself.  Nothing too much, just ....

a little diamond teabag
a teeny diamond teabag 

a few rolls of gold toilet paper 

Oh, and a 

Gold Bike

Monday, August 3, 2020

Courage and a New Tee --- Day 9/111

Walk: Presidio and Clothes Shopping! (Just a couple of tees, but still nice to be in a store)
Distance: 4 miles

Today Ciwt needed to buy a new tee before a Zoom call with high school classmates she hasn't seen since the 60's.  Oh dear.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

You Are What You Look At --- Day 9/110

Walk: No, reading and rest (tired from Nuts and Bolts)
Distance: 0, small yoga

All images captured by France-based photographer Stefan Draschan who patiently sits in galleries for days waiting for visitors who 'match' the artworks they observe.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Nuts and Bolts Days --- Days 9/108 & 109

Walk:  1. No, preparing donation 2. Goodwill
Distance: 1. Yoga, Pedal  2. 2 miles, Yoga

            From Ciwt's Home 
To New Home Through Goodwill

Goodbye, Stuff.  Hope someone is thrilled to find you at Goodwill.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Homescapes --- Day 9/107

Walk: Hood Errands
Distance: 3 miles, Yoga

Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid, 1657-1658, oil on canvas

We are cleared locally for domestic help so Ciwt - after nearly five monthsis - is happily sitting in a sparkling clean home. Naturally her mind goes (thankfully) to those who help around the house, particularly women.  A popular subject for artists to paint especially during 17th to the 20th centuries, it remains a popular attraction for viewers.  The Director of the Rijksmuseum where The Milkmaid  above hangs declares the painting  "unquestionably one of the museum's finest attractions."  This in a museum full of masterpieces.

The prominence of domestic scenes began in earnest in the Dutch Golden Age (ca 1581-1652) when the country was flourishing economically and had freed itself from Spanish/Catholic rule.  Money abounded especially among the  newly and greatly rich middle class who were no longer constrained to hang religious art and were very interested in images of themselves, their homes, the women, children, pets and objects in them. Amazingly the Dutch were also blessed with many of the finest artists to ever weild a brush,  Rembrandt, Vermeer, de Hooch, Stein, Hals, Fabritius (of The Goldfinch fame) to name a few.

All is not simple these days.  As innocent as The Milkmaid may appear to our eye as she concentrates on pouring milk from a jug into a ceramic bowl, it is possible she would have been viewed as erotic in her era.  In fact most paintings in the 'maid tradition' abound with amorous symbols: receptive bowls, breads, dangling chickens, draping fabrics, use your imagination. 

Vermeer's The Milkmaid is actually one of the rare examples of a maid being treated in an empathic and dignified way.  And to Ciwt's eye and, really the eyes of the multitudes by whom she is beloved, the erotica - if it exists - is so understated it can be dismissed.  

Those who think along these lines see a humble woman using common ingredients and otherwise stale bread to create bread pudding, a pleasurable product for the household.  According to the outstanding Essential Vermeer website, "Her measured demeanor, modest dress and judiciousness in preparing her food conveys eloquently yet unobtrusively one of the strongest values of 17th century Netherlands, domestic virtue."

And a critic in Forbes Magazine says, "In the end, it is not the allusions to female sexuality that give this painting its romance or emotional resonance - it is the depiction of honest, hard work as something romantic in and of itself.  The Milkmaid elevates the drudgery of housework and servitude to virtuous, even heroic, levels." 

Think what you will, to Ciwt the painting is lovely by any measure, and she is very happy to be sitting in the home her housecleaner left so sparkling today.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Red Fox --- Day 9/106

Walk: Hood
Distance: 3 miles, yoga

Nice , CIWT  outdoorsy picture on cold, blustery San Francisco summer day mostly inside.