Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Funnies


It was another beautiful day in Chiang Rai.  At times there were signs that looked like it might rain, but by the afternoon there was plenty of sunshine.  We actually went in the pool today.  

Our ‘Zany Day’ tune this week was “Wake Me, Shake Me” by The Coasters.  Now it’s time for ‘Old School Friday’.  This one may not be as old as some weeks, but we need something everybody knows (Yea).  “What you want, baby, I got it.  What you need, do you know I got it?  All I’m askin’ is for a little __ when you come home (just a little bit).  Hey baby (just a little bit) when you come home….” 
Hint:  It’s something everybody wants.  Some earn it, some don’t.  Hmm.

This morning we went on another adventure to the north of town, this time Blue went with us.  At Todd’s Factory we took photos of Lisa work that’s being framed, and strolled around snapping more pics of the grounds.  Then it was off to Doy Din Dang again for coffee and conversation.  Blue mentioned an outdoor museum in Japan and it set off a whole thread of conversation. Tamiko told us about an island in Japan that is full of museums and how it began.  She also explained that the whole country is full of museums, even small towns.  We got quite a history lesson.  All this while sitting among trees and plants, feeling a cool breeze.  Next week I’ll share pics from the visit.

Tomorrow evening we’re going to a violin concert at Art Bridge.  The soloist, Tonoi, is a young man we’ve known since we first got here.  He has been studying in France for several years and will be returning there in about a month.  He has matured into an excellent musician and we enjoy his performaces.  It will also be a chance to get together with the art crowd.

Today’s photos are from ‘Morning at Todd’s’.  The young monk amongst the trees caught my eye first, and then I ran across the two ‘teen elephants’ hanging out (555).

Sunday morning we are leaving town early for a drive down to Chiang Mai.  The primary purpose it to deliver half of the work to the gallery for Lisa and Joe's October exhibit.  We’ll also visit our chiropractor.  We will return on Monday.  Of course, there will be the traditional pie stop on the highway.  

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.        Time for the ‘Funnies’.


Thursday, August 25, 2016



This morning we had light rain.  We didn’t even bother opening our umbrellas.  The afternoon cleared up and it was blue skies.  The predictions get wetter as we move to the weekend. 

The ‘Zany Day’ tune has one friend so far.  Here are the lyrics from the bridge; maybe it will bring back a memory.
“I had a dream, I had a dream, I said, I looked over yonder and what did I see?  Two big garbage trucks, comin’ after me.  Pickin’ up cans, I said, side by side, why don’t you swing down sweet garbage truck and let your buddy ride?  Why don’t you __ __, __ __?  Don’t let me sleep too late……”  Hint: Human alarm is what he’s depending on to make it to work.  Hope his roommate isn’t Charlie Brown (555).

We circled the parking lot at Makro looking for a space near the door just in case the rain got heavy.  The discovery of the day was the center aisle, which has a cover all the way to the front door.  Brilliant.  Now we know what to do when it’s really storming.

The short street that leads to Healthy Market has assorted shops on one side and nothing but fruit stands on the other.  It will be known from now on as ‘Fruit Street’.  Today we scored some delicious mangos and pineapples.  It just may be that the fruit seasons have changed and our favorites are back in the groove.  

In local Thailand news it seems that the Pokemon Go craze is quite alive and well here.  We know it’s happening in Chiang Rai because a friend of ours was tricked into taking her brothers for ice cream, which turned out to be the location of several monsters.  In Bangkok the police are citing drivers who are playing while operating their cars.  Oh my.

The earthquake in Myanmar caused the collapse of around 60 pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan.  There are 2,500 temples and pagodas in Bagan and they date back to the 10th and 14th centuries.  There is a daily ritual where locals as well as tourists climb some of the Buddhist monuments to watch the sun set over the city.  That must be quite a sight.
Today’s photos from ‘Morning at Todd’s are both from the main walkway.  The first is what it looks like leaving the gallery and the second is a shot of the artist’s studio, which is still under construction.  We can’t wait to see the finished studio.  The whole thing is very tranquil and conducive to creativity. 

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


“Open your mouth only if
what you are going to say 
is more beautiful than silence.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016



Late last night we got the storm of the season, so far.  It rained overnight, and early this morning it got very intense.  Thunder and lightning were right overhead, rain beating down flooding the yards, it was epic.  We have not had a storm like this in a long time.  

‘Easy Monday’ was a song many of you know, or so I thought.  It was “Woodstock” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  It was written by Joni Mitchell who also recorded it after CSNY.  On to the ‘Zany Day’ song and a tune from a group that was known for it’s zaniness.  “Why don’t you __ __, __ __?  Don’t let me sleep too late.  Gotta get up in the morning, about a quarter to eight.  (Don’t you know I’m bound)  I’m bound to my job.  (My boss)  My boss is a big, fat slob.  Can’t even be a minute late or the boss will blow his gate.”  Clue:  The focus is on not being late for work. 

You may see an item in the news about an earthquake in central Myanmar that was felt in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.  We didn’t know it happened until we read it in the news.  We’re fine up here in the north.

We spent the entire day at The Big Brown House.  What a concept.  The big adventures involved going into the yard with Daku and keeping him from walking in the deep water and the mud.  This was, of course, after the rain had stopped.  He wanted to go out when it was pouring, only because that was on his schedule of things to do, but I had to put my foot down and say ‘no’.  

It will take some time getting used to calling the guest room what it is, and not ‘Cat’s Room’.  We were in there today, making the bed and seeing what got left behind.  There was a bag of hats that I had stored in there and forgot about.  It was a little memory bag.  I found a hat that I bought on our first visit to Thailand in 2001.  Blue had taken us to the Hard Rock Cafe in Bangkok and I still have the hat.  It will be great for going out with Daku in light rain.  There were also several years of BluesFest hats, which hold special memories.  

Today, from the series ‘Morning at Todd’s’, we see the big pond on his property, with the beginning of the additions to his house in the background.  

Feels like a Wacky Wednesday.


“Act without expectation.”
~Lao Tzu

Tuesday, August 23, 2016



The storm we thought had missed us was just waiting for us to go to bed.  It happened and was gone by the time we woke up.  My kinda storm.  Today was beautiful with blue sky and scattered clouds.  

The last verse of the ‘Easy Monday’ song may bring it back to you.  The event was a weekend of music and mud.
“By the time we got to __ we were half a million strong, and everywhere there was song and celebration.  And I dreamed I saw the bombers riding shotgun in the sky, and they were turning into butterflies above our nation.  We are stardust, we are golden….”  Clue:  It’s actually a place, and the name of a character in ‘Peanuts’.  Yes, that was a clue.

While shopping at Makro this morning we saw the husband of the couple that sells fruit at Healthy Market.  It was one of those awkward moments when I guess we both felt betrayed somehow.  We were, after all, in the fruit and vegetable section.  He glanced into our cart to see what we’d picked up.  The closest thing to betrayal was some sliced cantaloupe.  He didn’t have a cart so I guess we’re all cool (555).  

Mid-morning coffee at The Wanderer is always a treat.  Today we tried a new item from the bakery section: pumpkin pie.  Oh my, so good.  We got one piece just to check it out and we couldn’t stop eating it.  Next time we’ll get two slices.  Khun Noot keeps coming up with some winners.  It’s a good thing I can’t eat most of it because of the milk and butter.  I prefer to avoid the consequences.

Apparently Neetchanon has started ‘talking’.  She refers to Daku as ‘Ku’.  I don’t know what else she says, but he’s obviously one of her favorite people (555).

Today’s photo from ‘Morning at Todd’s’ is the pathway from the road to his gallery.  

Have a Happy Tuesday.


“You can close your eyes to the things
you don’t want to see,
but you can’t close your heart to the things
you don’t want to feel.”

Monday, August 22, 2016



The giant storm we were waiting for never arrived.  We did, however, get plenty of rain on Saturday.  Sunday was beautiful and people were out and about enjoying the day. 

The ‘Old School Friday’ song was “Since I Fell For You” by Lenny Welch.  Hmm, how did that one get by you all?  Oh well, maybe this ‘Easy Monday’ song will make it better:  “I came upon a child of God, he was walking along the road, and I asked him, ‘where are you going and this he told me.’  ‘I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm, I’m going to join in a rock ’n’ roll band.  I’m going to camp out on the land, I gonna try and get my soul free.  We are stardust, we are golden and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”  Hint:  Historical gathering, 1969.  

The weekend was full of heavy clouds and light rain, which wasn’t very motivating.  Lisa spent time in her studio working on some new cast acrylic prints.  The excitement in our little world was a pick-up truck that somehow ended up head first into trees and bushes on the wrong side of the road, just past the bridge.  First I saw the truck, and a guy walking around talking on his phone.  The next time I passed, there were five trucks parked nearby and a committee of men pondering the truck.  Later in the day it was gone, there was just a big hole in the bushes and some broken limbs.  
Sunday was the day Cat finished moving out of her room.  A friend with a truck helped her and we managed to sleep through the whole thing.  It was probably better that way (555).  We now have a guest room again.  So ends another chapter in our lives, and a new one begins for Cat.  She had her first class today.  Hmm.

So, we’re down to a trio on our road trips.  Blue, Lisa and I went to The Wanderer for lunch.  We got there right before the noon rush.  There were some high school kids at one of the patio tables, and I suspect they were playing Pokemon Go.  That’s been happening at some popular spots.  We’ve learned that companies pay to have their GPS info put into the game to draw customers.  Our lunches were great and Blue and I tried the new mango tart.  It was good, but not like the first mango experiment.  I must request that again.

We hadn’t been to the Night Bazaar in a few weeks and it was nice to get back to Sawadee Restaurant. Sitting above the Night Bazaar, watching the vendors unpack their goods and set up their displays was another vivid reminder of how hard some people have to work each day.  When we left for home we stopped by the Healthy Market for fruit.  We didn’t know if there would be many vendors open, but to our surprise, the place was jumping.  It’s not uncommon for the fruit vendors to spend over 12 hours a day, seven days a week at their stalls.  

Today’s photo begins this week’s series ‘Morning at Todd’s’, the framing factory.  This photo is what we saw as we drove off the main road.  The expanse of rice on both sides of the road is impressive.  It’s almost mesmerizing.

Have a Great Week.


“Wear gratitude like a cloak,
and it will feed every corner 
of you life.”

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Funnies


We had a cloudy, warm day today.  As I write to you I can hear thunder rolling across the sky.  The storm is coming.  

This week’s ‘Zany Day’ song was “Fixing A Hole” by The Beatles.  Now, let’s get down to some ‘Old School Friday’ memories (maybe).  “You made me leave my happy home.  You took my love and now you’re gone, __ __ __ __ __.  Love brings such misery and pain.  I guess I’ll never be the same, __ __ __ __ __.”  Clue:  Biggest version of this song was in 1963 by a male singer.  His life is in ruins and it’s all because of her?  Hmm.

This was a real adventure day for us.  We began by driving up the Super Highway for a bit, and then east to rice country.  On our way we saw the end point of the eastern bypass road that runs north and south allowing one to avoid driving through Chiang Rai.  When we got to the ‘frame factory’, we got a warm greeting from Khun Todd, who took us around to show us the many changes he’s made on his property.  We saw his gallery, which is made up of work from local artists, and his private gallery featuring some of his work.  Next week I’ll have photos for you.  

The next stop on our little ‘tour’ was Doy Din Dang, about 10 minutes away and still in the same area.  It’s like driving into a forest when visiting the ceramic making complex.  We hadn’t seen Khun Somluk and his wife Tamako in quite a while so it was a reunion.  We had coffee and visited the gift shop.  Today is our 46th anniversary so I insisted that we get something special and we did.  Doy Din Dang is someplace we will have to visit more often.  The whole atmosphere leaves you feeling relaxed and happy.  

There’s nothing like returning home and finding the youngest resident of The Big Brown House in her new ‘ring toy’, being cute by the pool.  One of her aunts was taking photos of her and I couldn’t resist joining in.  

Today we saw lots of changes along the highway and in the countryside.  We don’t travel north of town much so we missed the beginnings of things like giant apartment structures, the new bypass road, not to mention all the changes at the ‘factory’.  The whole area is growing rapidly so I guess it would be good to keep up (555) and stay in touch with the changes.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.        Time for the ‘Funnies’.


Thursday, August 18, 2016



We have been given fair warning that a major storm is on the way.  We know it’s going to happen because we got the van washed today (555).  The show begins late tomorrow night.  

This week’s ‘Zany Day’ song from 1967 has another memorable verse:  “I’m painting my room in a colorful way, and when my mind is wandering, there I will go.  Ooh, ooh, ooh, ah, ah.  Hey hey hey hey.”  Clue:  Leaky roof?

This morning was one of the mellowest yet.  We took the van to the carwash and walked a few doors to Work@Home for iced coffee.  It’s called Work@Home because the owners live in a house behind the coffee shop.  They run their tractor business from above the shop, so they’re always at home.  Today we noticed Thowan returning home in their Mini.  A few minutes later he was walking down the driveway.  Then he returned with the station wagon.  I went out to say hello and we had a fun conversation.  His wife, Katai, says he spends most of the day driving something.  At the end of our little talk he told me he was taking his bicycle to get noodles for his mom, then driving the Porsche to her house for lunch.  I think Katai is right (555).

Atom came over this afternoon to help Lisa with names and translations for her newest artwork.  The exhibit isn’t until mid-October but the prep starts now.  Tomorrow morning we will take the new work out to Khun Todd for framing.  It will be nice to go out into the country.  We haven’t seen the expanse of rice since the rains began.  The magical Doi Din Dang is not far from the frame factory so we’ll drive there for a walk around and coffee.  The ceramics in the gift shop are always a treat to see.  It’s also a great place to take photos of nature.

Today’s photo is the last in the ‘Morning at the Mall’ series.  I noticed the composition while riding down the escalator.  I had to go back upstairs and ride down again with my camera ready in order to bring you this shot of a food table waiting for the lunch crowd.

Neetchanon got some shots today and it left her in a very cranky, ‘what’s happening to me?’ mood.  There were no smiles, just some whimpering.  She’ll probably be fine tomorrow, but it’s hard to see her like that and not be able to do something.  

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


“Shallow waters are noisy;
deep waters are silent.”