Monday, July 11, 2011

Such Rollicking Measures

"In Breughel's great picture, The Kermess,
the dancers go round, they go round and 
around, the squeal and the blare and the 
tweedle of bagpipes, a bugle and fiddles
tipping their bellies (round as the thick-
sided glasses whose wash they impound)
their hips and their bellies off balance
to turn them.  Kicking and rolling about
the Fair Grounds, swinging their butts, those
shanks must be sound to bear up under such
rollicking measures, prance as they dance
in Breughel's great picture, The Kermess."
    --William Carlos Williams

What a week it's been--full of rollicking and adventures.  Jack had a swell time at his par-tay and the weather was perfect!  Hot and sunny, but not too hot, as in not hot enough to melt the Rolos on the tops of the cupcakes, yo.  

And then, 2 short days later, it was the 4th of July!  So. Much. Excitement!  OM and I met up and took the kids to the Carnation parade.  

Hi Nance!!!  (I am friends with a CELEBRITY!)

And of course, later, fireworks!  CC and the Lovely Mr. A had us up for a BBQ and a fan-freakin'-tastic home fireworks show.  Merci, CC and Mr. A!!

After all that birthday and 4th of July business, I had a few days kid-free, so I went to Washougal to visit my lovely mom and The Bobster.  It was beyond relaxing: wine-thirty, watching eagles, osprey, ducks and geese flying up the river, a ride in Bob's new dream car--a convertible, no less, and a trip into Portland for fun shopping with Mom and Auntie Rowan.

Hippo Hardware, hello!!

Duck Sculpture outside of Twist in NW Portland

And finally, the  beautiful Multnomah County Library.  Really, so so pretty and full of books and card catalogues and readers, for goodness sakes!!  

This week is full of company (yay!) and Caroline's 7th birthday.  The dance goes on...

1 comment:

  1. Agreed the Multnomah County Library main branch downtown is cool. Marble floors, marvelous stairway, such an interesting flow of people from the studious to the people just looking for shelter, and the studious looking for shelter. Glad to know someone else is sentimental about card catalogs.

    Hope you read to J your tribute to him from your previous post.