White or Silver: Life in Colour, June Challenge

Self loves this photo challenge. It’s hosted by Jude on the blog Travel Words.

For today’s post, self returns to the always-amazing Sacramento, a city who she visited in April, just in time for the re-opening of the Crocker Museum.

Self stayed in a re-furbished building that had once been the site of a Family Laundry, on 16th Street (There’s a neon sign hanging outside the building with these very words).

Here’s the kitchen:

And here was the karate school, directly across the street:

The lobby of the Crocker is all white and silver:

That was self’s first post-pandemic road trip. Sacramento will always have a special place in her heart. She stayed there for several weeks, the summer of 2017, in the sweetest little in-law unit which her Airbnb hosts had built themselves. (Alas, the hosts seem to have taken their property off Airbnb. She went searching for it, a few weeks ago.)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe,

Cee’s Black and White Challenge (CBWC): Five

She can barely post or think straight, she’s just so sad about the San Jose VTA shootings. Nine innocent people died.

Blogging is a distraction on this very, very sad day. The loss of life, so unnecessary. Each individual was a good person, a good worker.

If someone doesn’t like his job, can’t he just quit. Isn’t that an option.

This afternoon, self decides to try Cee’s Black and White Challenge. There’s an additional theme: Five.

The host is Cee Neuner, who also hosts many of self’s favorite challenges: Flower of the Day, Fun Fridays, etc

First, a picture that was one of her favorites, with deep reds and purples, that she turned sepia for this challenge. There are five blooms. (Oh no, she just saw a little one in the corner. EEEK! She fiddled with it so long that she’ll go ahead and post):

Next, this picture didn’t need any re-touching. The ceiling fan of her Airbnb during her recent trip to Sacramento. The fan has five rotor blades. YES!:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Travel With Intent’s One Word Sunday Challenge: POINT

It is so much fun joining photo challenges. Here’s another one, from the blog Travel With Intent: the One Word Sunday Challenge.

As this week’s challenge is POINT, self went happily through her archives to look for different examples of pointing.

Below, an Indonesian Bis Pole in the lobby of the Crocker in Sacramento. These poles are carved to resemble humans or animals. Self thinks the profile belongs to a horse.

Another from the Crocker Museum! This one’s called Harbor Seal (Bronze, by Beniamino Bufano, American, 1898 – 1970)

Final image from the Crocker: David Ligare’s Landscape with an Archer (oil on canvas), showing an archer shooting an arrow into the sky.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #145: Getting to Know You

scillagrace is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme is GETTING TO KNOW YOU.

Here’s how scillagrace explains it:

  • To look carefully, curiously, enthusiastically, enduringly, and lovingly at something changes me. I begin to feel connected to that subject. I develop an affection that fuels further and deeper observation and understanding.

There are so many wonderful examples of Getting to Know You on her blog.

Here are self’s. (Coming clean: These pictures were actually taken, not by self, but by her Airbnb host in Sacramento. Self tried, but her photos were blurry, as these two were in constant motion. Her host very kindly took self’s cell and took these really GREAT pictures. The pets are Coco and Pi. On Instagram, they have close to 9000 followers!)

Coco and Pi were such a delight. It’s been a long time since self’s had a pet. For about 15 years, she had two beagles, Bella and Gracie. They passed ages ago. And now self travels a lot more, so she worries that she can’t give any pets the attention/love they deserve.

Anyhoo, Coco and Pi are the best of friends, as you can see:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 27 BRIGHT SQUARES

April is almost over, where does the time go?

Ever since she saw this work at Sacramento’s Crocker Museum, which self visited recently (her first road trip — or trip anywhere — since January 2020), she knew she would end up using it for this month’s Bright Squares Challenge, hosted by Becky at The Life of B.

The work is Body-Centered Cubic, circa 1960, by Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 26 BRIGHT SQUARES (in which there are actually SQUARES)

April is almost over! Every day, when self thinks she’s used up all the Bright Squares subjects she can think of, she goes to The Life of B, host of the Squares Challenge, and finds new inspiration.

These are from her recent trip to Sacramento (FABULOUS city)

Posting Early Again! April 20 BRIGHT SQUARES

Tomorrow morning, early, self is headed to the de Young to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit. Finally, finally.

Because she’ll probably be out the whole day, she’s posting tomorrow’s Bright Square early. Thank you to Becky at The Life of B for hosting this challenge!

More pictures from the Crocker Museum in Sacramento! The huge painting is Landscape with an Archer, by David Ligare (American, born 1945)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Friday Fun Challenge: Colours

The host of the Friday Fun Challenge is aroused. Her theme for the week is COLOURS.

Self’s gallery are mostly reds, and one blue:

  • 2 from London (a Beltane van and a close-up of the London Eye, May 2019)
  • 2 from Sacramento (the camera and the street sign)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

A Bit Early: April 19 BRIGHT SQUARES

Becky’s post on BRIGHT SQUARES (She’s the host of this challenge, which is truly a lot of fun) is something really BRIGHT and really SPARKLY and it’s something Becky saw in the British Museum. Feel free to gape.

Self spent the weekend in Sacramento. It’s a city she’s always felt at home in, not sure why. Sometimes it feels like Bacolod (in the central Philippines), sometimes it feels like San Luis Obispo. Kids come whizzing down the street on skateboards, and they all go to the same boba place, which as luck would have it is on the same block as her Airbnb.

Her host acquired this 1920s building that used to be a FAMILY LAUNDRY and the neon sign is protected by the City as a historical landmark (though only the bottom half is lit).

Across the street is a Mexican restaurant (the street is otherwise mostly Asian) that’s open 24 hours. Sorry for the blur, self didn’t have a place to rest her elbow for the shot, which took long exposure. Next to the Mexican restaurant is a martial arts school.

Sacramento is an old city, but in the neighborhood she’s in, everyone is young. Not like back home, where you’re either old or pushing a stroller. Or driving a humongous SUV.

Her car is parked directly across the street. A handful of times in the last few hours, someone’s car alarm has been going off. At first, self wondered if it was her car. But it wasn’t.

Back home, she’s just started seeing, around the library, the teens wearing all-black: black T-s, black baggy pants. They were a regular sight before. Then, the library shut down and these teens seemed to disappear. A sure sign that we’re opening again is that self spotted a pair of these black-wearing teens, walking along Middlefield. What did they do with themselves when everything was shut down? Here they are again; feels like old times.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 18 BRIGHT SQUARES

For today’s BRIGHT SQUARES Challenge, self took pictures at the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento! Which is just as fabulous as she remembered it being, all those years ago (Then, she was lucky enough to catch a Norman Rockwell retrospective)

(Left to Right):

  • Dale Chihuly (almost identical to the one that hangs in the lobby of London’s V & A)
  • Portrait of the playwright, screenwriter and diarist Christopher Isherwood, by Don Bachardy, American (born 1934). Isherwood wrote the 1964 novel A Simple Man; the movie adaptation won Colin Firth an Oscar.
  • Pacific Ocean, a painting by Jennifer Bartlett, American (born 1941)

What a great museum. Self is so happy she returned to Sacramento for this brief visit. If only the café had been open, she’d happily have lingered the whole day.

For lunch, she stopped at this small pop-up on 16th. The metal chairs had been baking in the sun, which she did not think mattered until she actually sat down. A lady who was sitting at the same table smirked and said, “That’s why I avoided sitting on those.” I took a chair that was sitting in the shade, a bit closer to the lady, and she immediately said, “I’ve had my two shots, don’t worry.”

The lady also told self that there was a “Chinse supermarket” not half a block from where we were sitting, and self got very excited at the thought of loading up on goodies for back home.

In addition to tacos, the pop-up also sold, somewhat improbably, mac’n cheese, and since it’s been forever since she’s had mac’n cheese, she decided to try it. It was good!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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