Saturday, May 21, 2011

what i didn't expect this week

picked-peonies

that our peonies would be so gorgeous this year -- and that i'd remember to pick them.

antique-topeka

that i would find this little shop while tootling through topeka -- and that i'd be greeted by five old people welcoming me to "the nut house" when i walked through the door.

mix-and-match-girl

that the end of second grade would be upon us so soon -- and that my artsygirl would still be rocking her mismatched socks.

dove-in-light

that a dove would stop by to say hello -- and that we'd be out of a front porch light for a while.

i also didn't expect to see a cat under my desk this week (we don't have a cat), but i was so shellshocked i didn't get a picture of that.

little surprises. the stuff of life.

35 comments:

painted fish studio said...

love this post. xo

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Aimee, what did you do when you saw the cat?

I'm afraid I would have screamed. I'm totally a screamer when I'm shocked or surprised!

Love artsygirl's socks and colourful dress sense.

e.beck.artist said...

love your surprises!

Sarah said...

These things are the best things I think. Keeps you interested! Things I didn't expect this week were to witness a petrol robbery in my local garage, and to see a small film being made with a perma-tanned woman and a small white fluffy dog! Love Artsy Girls's outfit by the way.

cath c said...

wonderful!

re: the socks: i had a friend in college (back in the olden days of the mid-late 80s) who i believe STILL wears two mismatched socks in cold weather and a single sock the rest of the year. its a personal statement of art.

Mary said...

Oh, I love this post. It's so great to appreciate the little things around is. Love those socks artsygirl :D

jane said...

love them all! especially your welcome to the nut house:) the unexpected cat, and of course those rockin socks!
big hugs!
jane

Grabbing My Happy said...

I live in Topeka and don't recognize that little antique store. Care to give me a hint at it's location? (Or was it so great that you want to keep all the old time goodness all to yourself?! ;)

aimee said...

just wrote you, happy! it's over on 6th ave.

the cat scared the crap out of me! my studio is in the front room of the house and i was letting in a little sunshine and air that morning by leaving the front door open, but did not count on letting in a stray animal too!

xo everyone

rachel awes said...

i love all these
sweet unexpectedssss...
& love your dear daughters'
fingers laced together!
xox

JessiVille said...

I loved that you shared your "slice 'o life" with us! What lovely unexpected pleasures! Jessi xox

Phoenix Peacock said...

Artsygirl is rockin her style

Janet Ghio said...

Wonderful photos to share!! LOve peonies--oh they smell so good!! Do you follow Mary Ann Moss's blog--Dispatch from LA? Her sister lives in Lawrence and she has a blog too-can't remember the name of it. I live in Columbia, MO and have been up to Lawrence to the Spencer Museum.Have a friend who is a house mom at a sorority there--small world...

Rebecca said...

your daughter looks awesome <3 and we had a nest on our front porch and I am always so sad when the bird and it's babies fly away...

Christine E-E said...

those peonies are such a gorgeous pink! looks like cotton candy!!!
your daughter's design style is amazing! kids in our area have 19 days of school left... I'm looking forward to having a break too!

kass hall said...

If peonies cannot bring pure joy to one's day, then nothing can. They are sublime - enjoy them!

Fine Lines said...

Sounds like a PERFECT week (love those peonies!)!!

Meg the Wild Child said...

Gorgeous peonies! And love little Artsy Girl :) So who scared who more - you or the cat!?!

Liz said...

oh peonies!

We Blog Artists said...

wow...your daughter is as colourful as your work is...BEAUTIFUL! I love her dress sense...and my girls still wear un-matching socks!!!
love this post...HAPPY DAYS!
Char.x

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

Beautiful post on how the little things in life can make us happy.

MaryL said...

Those flowers are fantastic!! They need to be a card for sure!! And I especially .love your little girls entire outfit... it shouts 'freedom to be me and love art'!! Great post :)

Andria said...

Your peonies are GORGEOUS, and your daughter is STYLIN'! I really enjoyed this post.

The Dreaming Bear said...

Peonies are so magical, aren't they? They look like they've been spun out of tissue paper. And your little munchkin's outfit is to DIE FOR. Makes me miss the time when my girlie was little.

We Three 3 said...

your post made me smile! Thank you:)

Bella Sinclair said...

Artsygirl's outfit makes me smile from eat to ear! How can you NOT be happy in that getup?!

And I'm so jealous you have beautiful peonies in your yard.

A long time ago, a good friend of mine called me up. She was in a panic and had barricaded herself in her bedroom. I thought there was a burglar in her apartment and was all set to call 911. Turns out a cat had slipped in through an open window, and she was scared of it.

Have an awesome week!

Lynn Fisher said...

Beautiful photos Aimee...love the post!

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

Great post!
Very inspiring photos... I wish to dress like the 2nd grader, all "artsy" :]
Thank you for sharing.

Samantha Kira said...

Okay, your daughter's outfit? I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. I want to be that colorful and layers and that skirt? *swoon* Why don't they make clothes like that for adults?!

Fruenswerk said...

Ohhh...You have a cat??? haha...funny...lovely flowers...

AG Ambroult said...

that's a run of great surprises. feel better.

love2write said...

just visited for first time, i recognize your work from the Somerset magazines,& your posts are delightful!!

Kat W said...

What a wonderful post! Love it!

My second grader insists on wearing odd socks so that I can never seem to find a matching pair anymore as they all go into the wash at different times. Its kinda cute though. He told me this week that odd socks were more comfy than matching paires:-) Cute!

Love your girl's artsy style!

Kat Xx

Shelley Malone said...

My 9-year-old won't wear matching socks either!! It must be a personal statement, because I was sneakily checking out the other kids' feet at parent-teacher meetings, and they're all wearing matching socks.

Is sneakily a word?

Donna Heart said...

A lovely post - those happy little unexpected moments of life that make it all so - full! I might have to steal your idea one of these days - such a nice spin ;) Hope you have lots more unexpected rays of sunshine in your week, X Donna