Happy Day

The kids came up to see us. It was a family function. We took photographs on the porch.  I normally don’t paint portraits of people I know, family members especially. Everybody’s a critic and frankly, I’m embarrassed at my dearth of skill in producing a passable likenesses.  However, art is about taking risks so below […]

Interview with Sidra

Once again, my granddaughter Sidra and I set aside some time to chat about what is happening in her life. We started this just before her brother Will was born (Being a New Sibling, 6 Months Later: Being a New Sibling, Sib Interview – One Year Followup). The Interview: J: It’s been a while since […]

Decisions

I took my granddaughter Sidra to the bookstore. She loves going there. The only trouble is, there are too many choices. She has read most of the Warrior Cat books, but that was not why we were there. She considered these mini-minecraft things (I don’t know what they are except they come in these small cubic […]

It Was a Long Day

I missed my midnight deadline for this daily post. We didn’t even get home until after midnight. Today (I mean yesterday, the 16th) was the day before William’s 2nd birthday. William is my grandson. We went to Disneyland to celebrate. Fun has been on my mind, anticipating our SoCal visit. In my blog post the […]

Catching Up

Joy, my wife, and I are visiting our kids and grandkids. William will be turning two years of age this week; Sidra is ten. I started interviewing her just before her baby brother was born. She was so excited then. For the past couple of years we’ve chatted about sibling hood and other events in […]

Science Camp

One of the reasons that Joy and I traveled to Burbank was to see Sidra before she goes off to Science Camp. Sidra is our granddaughter.  She is 10 years old and has never been away to camp of any kind. I’ve written other blog posts about Sidra, who has a 19 month old brother, William: […]

Painting Lesson

I brought all my watercolors with me on our trip to see the kids and the grandchildren. I was hoping to get a chance to paint with Sidra. She’s always doing something. If it isn’t chores, it’s making stop-motion videos of her dolls or some other activity. We did have a chance to paint together […]

Ten Years of Age

Sidra, my granddaughter had her tenth birthday today. She was so excited last night that she could hardly sleep. Today, we all went to the American Girl store where she had the time of her life. When we got home, there was some down time before her party later in the day. While Sidra was […]

On the Road Again – and Fireplugs

It is that time of year again: the pilgrimage to see Sidra on her birthday. It is usually Burbank, California. Now and then her parents come up to San Jose with her so we can celebrate.  Sidra is our granddaughter. As you read this, she will have a digit in the ‘tens’ column indicating her age. No […]