By some welcome miracle, my bags made my connecting flight to San Diego. I finally caught a break after two months of serial debacles. My flight out of Chicago was delayed by snow and other technical difficulties, and I was already resigned to adding baggage to that list. Out of all the countries I travel through, aviation in the United States is the most problematic of developed nations.
You expect problems in the Caribbean or Indonesia, but the good old USA tops the list for delays, canceled flights, lost luggage, and endlessly long waits on security and customs entry.
But that’s all senseless distraction at this juncture. Now it’s all about the kiddies, and family time recharge.
ARIA – Chubby-Cheek Giggler
MIA – The Grabby Tummy-Tickler
BEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR – Mia dresses in black to honor my return. She pranced about like an Audrey Hepburn pixie from “Funny Face.”
TANYA & MIA – Psyching themselves up to satisfy some major candy cravings.
STEVE & ARIA – ARIA UPSETS THE ICE CREAM CART
TRICK OR TREAT – Monarch Butterfly, Wonder Woman, Witch, Owl, Witch
PUMPKIN SNOW MAN
MIA – WONDER WOMAN HITS THE BRICKS
UNDETERRED THEY NOGOTIATE NUMEROUS SPOOKY DECORATIONS
SCARY ANIMATRONIC WEREWOLF – This ones glowing green eyes fascinated Mia last Halloween.
HAYLEE – PARTY ON WAYNE
SPOOKY GHOSTY THING WITH CLAWS
JOLLY PUMPKIN CLUSTER
ARIA – BUTTERFLY
DISNEY – A VERY SCARY CORPORATION AND DESTROYER OF THE STAR WARS FRANCHISE
JURASSIC SNARK – Mia’s crazy about dinosaurs.
WONDER WOMAN & AELA CLAIM THEIR CANDY
WONDER WOMAN “MIA” TOTES HER CANDY BUCKET
HER REAL HAIR – I THOUGHT IT WAS A WIG THAT HER MOM PUT ON HER
MIA SHOWS OFF HER BURGEONING CANDY BUCKET TO ARIA
SATISFIED WITH THE QUANTITY OF HER CONFECTION, MIA TRIUPHANTLY HEADS BACK TO THE VAN
WHAT LURKS IN THE GIANT SPIDER WEB?
A MONSTROUS ARACHNID
ARE YOU YEARNING FOR THE DAYS WHEN MOM CARRIED YOUR BUCKET HOME AT THE END OF THE NIGHT?
WONDER WOMAN WAITING FOR DADDY BACK AT HOME – HE WAS PERMITTED TO PARK WITHOUT INCIDENT
THE CRIMSON HIGH PRIESTESS OF BAKED GOODS DECORATION PREPARES NEW CREATIONS
GIRLY ACCESSORY COOKIES FOR MIA’S FRIEND SAMMY’S IMPENDING BIRTHDAY
DINA’S LATEST BAKING EXTRAVAGANZA
MIA BUILDS A MAGNATILES TOWER OR ROCKET SHIP
Yelena MUSMANNO – Untitled – 2019
Upon my return, I encountered this abstract that was produced by my former wife. I was well aware of Yelena’s talents, but these two pieces were completely different from her former works. Already impressed by the quality of the abstract, I was then shown the piece you see below. It is a reproduction of a photograph taken of our granddaughter Mia a year ago.
Yelena MUSMANNO – Mia – 2019
This painting of Mia is beautifully rendered and reminds me of the works of Edgar Degas. I think if Degas had gone in for toddler portraiture, this is just the sort of thing he might have come up with. It’s already reminiscent of his renderings of ballerinas.
Edgar DEGAS – Danseuse Rose (Pink Dancer) – 1878
DINA’S FROZEN OPUS – Every year’s cake brings new challenges and minor calamities, but they are inevitably worth it.
ONE ANGELIC MOMENT
TANYA GIVES ADELAIDE THE STINK EYE
BACK OFF PEOPLE – CAKE IS FOR KIDS
SURVEYING THEIR KINGDOM
HALEY CRADLES HER NEW LITTLE PONY
HANNA SCORES AN AWESOME LITTLE PONY STUFFIE