The weekend in Chiang Rai was pretty mellow. We visited with a friend, went to an art exhibit, had lunch with a one-year old, and stayed out of the heat as much as we could.
The 'Old School Friday' song was "Just One Look" by Doris Troy. Time for some 'Easy Monday'. Here's a classic:
"I, I love the colorful clothes she wears, and the way the sunlight plays upon her hair. I hear the sound of a gentle word on the wind that lifts her perfume through the air. I'm pickin' up __ __, she's givin' me the excitations. I'm pickin' up __ __ ...." Hint: Something about a positive buzzing.
We basically hid from the heat during the day on Saturday. For the next week the forecasts are calling for temps over 100 F. The evenings are a tiny bit cooler so we went into town and hung out with our friend Kay at NorThai. It was nice to catch up on local happenings and talk about our pets.
There was a special art workshop for kids at Art Bridge last week and Sunday there was a program to celebrate the young artists. When we arrived they were passing out certificates to the children. The 70 kids were mostly elementary school age, and they were all wearing special Art Bridge T-shirts. Their work was displayed on vertical panels along the walls of the outer gallery. They each did six works using various medium. The staff did a great job of inspiring the kids and we may have some future artists out of the group. There was lots of picture-taking and a feeling of community filled the room. One of the original goals of the Art Bridge project was to nurture young people and expose them to the world of art. Today's photo shows one of the kids getting her certificate, and some of the artwork on display.
We're still dealing with the 'haze', which is like a really bad smog. The big news from Chiang Mai this week was a comment made by the governor, stating that wearing face masks was bad for the city's image. He reprimanded the press and created an even bigger backlash. His comments came after a march by citizens demanding that something be done about the air. Now the campaign has grown even bigger through various social media outlets. Hmm, the elephant in the room is getting lots of attention.
This morning we went to the post office to pick up my new harmony device. Needless to say, I have been working away, learning the various possibilities and relearning some songs in the process. I am able to add either one or two part harmony to my voice and it is truly inspiring. It's been a long time since I sang with anyone and it feels good. (555) For anyone who is mildly interested, it's a T.C. Helicon Harmony Singer and there are lots of examples on Youtube.
Caty and Jaiya, one of her twins, came over for lunch today. We had a really nice visit with Caty, and Jaiya was a charmer. She and Boot hit it off, and near the end of the visit she invented a little game. The twins turned one on Friday and later this week we're going to a 'Birthday Swim Party'.
Have a Great Week.
ahead than any we left behind."