Monday, January 4, 2010

The Kindness of Strangers and a Couple of Christmas Snaperoos

GR&DF you stitching folks out there are just beyond generous!!! I was overwhelmed by the kind emails and comments about my psycho obsession about the "Alpha" charts. I went from having nada to many offers of loans and gifts. You're the best and you know it!!!!!! I think I have worked it all out now and so very soon you will see me stitching that sucker up!

I was going to do a giveaway today but it will have to wait until tomorrow as I couldn't find what I was looking for - oh well - my dis-organization in action again!!

Over the long weekend - and no computer - we did some fun things. Don't get me wrong the computer was working it is just that I sit in front of one all week and so I tend to avoid them like the plague on my days off.

New Years Eve was a very low key - got to bed by 10:30 pm then get rocked out of a dead sleep by the huge firework explosions at midnight. Oh well - I am just getting to old to get out in all that mess. I heard there was a 1/4 million folks in the city that night so it was just as well that I stayed in - crowds like that and me are a no go!! On Friday we attended an annual New Years Day afternoon get together. Friends of ours bought a "new" home this year and it was so nice to see not only their "new" house but the Christmas stuff left up. Here is how the front looks as you walk up....

The house is just off of Alamo square ( a huge tourist destination in SF) so there are lots of people from out of town and locals walking about. I was amazed at how many stopped and gave the tree and house a look. Talk about living in a fish bowl. Here is a snap of the tree from the inside....

Even though the tree is a bit dry after being up for so long it was till beautiful - at about 12 1/2 feet it really filled out the window bay quite well.

Saturday there were no Estate or Garage sales - so we hit a bunch of the thrift and second hand stores. I picked up a few books but nothing exciting. We did stop down at Community Thrift on Valencia. Near the shop there is a street called Clarion that is known for the some really outrageous and beautiful murals that are painted on every wall up and down the street. Of course I took some snaps and thought I would share them with you this week.
Here are a couple for today -

and here is one on the end by the street sign -

There are many murals all over the city and you can even take a Mural tour - but I think that Clarion Street is one of the few completely covered streets.

That about wraps it up for today. Thank you for stopping by do come again!!

Take care,


Anonymous said...

Dear Edgar
I wish you every happiness in the new year!!!
Although not always leave a message, I often read your blog because I like it so much!
Big hugs and love!
Maria del Valle

Nancy said...

Happy New Year Edgar!

Your friend's home and tree are pretty amazing. The mural wall is so fun.

Berit said...

Wow whatta tree! So glad to hear that you got so many kind offers of help--if anyone deserves it you do!

Kim B said...

That house is INCREDIBLE! I barely made it to midnight this year :)

Marjorie said...

Happy New Year Edgar! That is a beautiful house...I would wouldn't want to live in such a busy area though. I'm glad you had a good holiday and am looking forward to reading your posts this coming year.

valerie said...

What a beautiful home and look at that tree!

Funny...I was down near Community Thrift on Sunday... :)

Rachel S said...

Gorgeous tree!

Happy new year.

~Judy~ said...

Edgar, I read your blog everyday but hardly ever comment. I'll do better this year!
That has got to be one of THE most beautiful trees I have ever seen!

Happy New Year!

stitchenmylifeaway said...

Wishing you both a very happy New Year and a very productive stitching year.
Wow great house and Christmas tree.
Looking forward to your "Alpha" start.

Myriam said...

Happy New year for You Ricco and Peach!

Kathy said...

Happy New year Edgar.

I'm with you about New Years Eve. I did stay up a bit later this year because I had a stitchy friends visiting but was in bed as soon as the ball dropped and the fireworks finished. :)

Love your photos.

Brenda said...

Beautiful home and Christmas tree!

Happy New Year!

I love reading your blog everyday and hope to comment more! You always have great things to tell us about.


Jennifer said...

Your friend's house is gorgeous. That ceiling!!!!! The New Year's Day party sounds so much nicer then all the hub-bub on New Year's Eve.

nanaknit said...

Happy New Year Edgar! Is that house one of the famous Painted Ladies of San Francisco? I once had a book about them and they are so beautiful. Amazing tree.

Loraine said...

Wow that house is amazing! I love the tree. Quite perfect indeed.
I got woke up from the fireworks or gunshots (really not sure which), as I made it to about 10:30 as well!
I love your alphabet blocks. It's looking so incredible.
Thanks for all that you share with us!

Margaret said...

Wow! I love your friends' house! Must be a bummer though to have people looking in all the time. Love all the pictures -- it's so fun to see different parts of SF thanks to you!

Catherine said...

What a lovely house your friends have! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Tracey said...

Great pics as always- what a beautiful home and lovely tree- it reminds me of those back in the Victorian days. Absolutely gorgeous!

J Rae said...

How gorgeous is your friend's new house and tree!!! GORGEOUS!!!

Thanks for sharing your city art with us.

Happy New Year!

Sue said...

Happy New Year, Edgar. Those pictures are fabulous. I love having a bit of a peek at SF through your blog as well as your lovely stitching. I look forward to more in 2010.

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing photos of your friends house. As you said that is a tourist destination, only seeing the outside of the houses one always wonders what the inside looks like. So it was nice to get a little sneak-peek. Like always, you guys find the most interesting places in the city...we have got to get there and do more than the Ferry Building-Pier 39-Fisherman's Wharf. Oh, well...someday!
Take care and Happy New Year!