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A leftover of last holidays decorations.
Am puzzled by the sign “Beer and Butcher,”
didn’t know those two were a pair:):)

A door behind a window. So cute, could not resist!

More doors in the window display of “All Things Kids” store.

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THURS. DOORS – JAN. 20- 2022

The roof line of this tiny business in town was so cute, I had to include this door.

Some of hubby’s jobs were really worth the stay, while he improved the house.

Even though staying in a hotel in town maybe nicer, staying on the job site, shortened the work time considerably instead.

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Oil. 36 x 36 inch Spheres of Influence. © St Germain
“How shall we then live?” was the big question of Francis Schaeffer,
a philosopher who lived in Switzerland,
more known in the 1960 to 1980. It had been
since Bonhoeffer since there was a philosopher
who had much influence on the people of his days.
His question was the inspiration for this painting.

Actually, this should show before the painting was finished,
but usually since the first image shows on the net,
I chose to make this the second image.
When I was younger, philosophy was important to me.
Here, I show how I make sense of the process
of how we then should live -the (God’s) hand connected
to everything that happens on earth, and the multiple
and intersecting arches were the actual beginning.
The angels were added, and then moving from the unseen
realm to the visible world, thirdly – the pillars of society.
Here, all these ideas have already been added,
but in plenty of cases, the ideas may come
one after another, while I am working on it.

The general idea to get across is how a culture works
and how the spheres of influence interact. They’re also called
by some the mountains of society, but I prefer spheres
of influence. since they are formed and changed by
the interaction, while mountains are part of creation.

How PhotoAWeek perfectly fits in this post with posterity!
Our family is not as big as Nadia’s, but bigger than many
Dutch families, for we have 7 grand kids. Carene, 16 years old,
(the 4th) and almost as tall as her mom
who is 5’10” (1.78 meters).
It seems there are more opportunities for funny situations
to share. Even though this is not a conscious reason,
but a very telling thing is that in first grade I invited
ALL 28 kids from my class to my birthday party
(to the chock of my dear mother).

Have already enough of winter. Sure hope for a looong Spring season!

A few rays of sun in a dark somber sky ….
One Word Sun: weather., Sky Watch

Wordless Wed, Garden Affair

MakroTex – January, Weekend Reflection

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Oil, Three Thirsty Deer, © St Germain

Made this painting as a preparation for the usual summer
art show in Laguna, California. To make it genuinely
my experience, I chose
three deer that had actually been on our property.
It was a view of one of David’s songs “As a deer pants
for the water, so my soul longs for You …”

When I brought it, the organizer made a surprized
sound, for I usually do not paint animals.
She looked around, then
planted it on a low easel, plum in the middle of the room, 
saying “I just needed it there!”

This tree had a heavy loss with such a large branch missing.
This is why it took a while before we cleaning it up our last
winter in California.
Makro-Tex: memories

One Word Sun, Sun. Best, Wordless Wed.

Found this link Festive Bonbon via Prior House blog, and thought it would be fun to participate.

Tree: live, and since it’s on a small table, it reaches the ceiling
Christmas Carols: Immanuel, Hark, hear the Bells
Books: The Red Shoes
Movie: Forgot the title, but it’s about looking for a wife for the young Santa
Fruitcake: I can do without:)
Chocolate, nuts, fruit: Yes, in that order
Traditions: Painting from the Christmas story each year,
if not on Christmas day, then before January
On the table: it depends on adult child’s or friends Family
Memories: my family is 26 hrs. away or a plane trip across the ocean –
thankful for friends
Christmas Wish: that the expectancy of this time (without all the frills) would stay!

A detail of last year’s tree
Der Natur Donnerstag

When Hubs was in the hospital a few years ago,
I discovered that driving those hairpin corners
while descending and ascending in the mountains
for an hour between Pioneer and San Andreas
were not too scary after all.
Took this shot when I was NOT driving, lol.
Travel Tue, Der Natur Donnerstag

FOTD, Wordless, Fri Floral Foto

A sunset in my window:)
Weekend Reflection

Added this sky since my blog had difficulty with the previous linky.
Don’t apologize Sky Watch host, all is good:)

This is what I love about the mountains.
The sunsets are in winter just as fiery as in summer!

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SATURDAY – Sat. Critters *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun – Rush * Sun Best *
Christmas link *


Always nice to see reflections in a door

Two doors on this boat in Groningen, the North of Holland,
close to where my brother lives. In the background house
you also see 2 doors next to each other.

Thought the wall leading up to this door in Fredericksburg, Texas
was more intriguing than the door itself.
Fredericksburg is a town where Germans
during the 1950ties settled.
You may realize that this was right after World War II.
It means not every German condoned what Hitler did.
Many Germans at that time had no idea what he did to the Jews.
Many streets and shops have German names. Many beer gardens:)

In my first year of marriage I lived in W-Berlin,
because hubby started working there two years beforehand.
Ratskeller is the (wine)cellar from the city hall.
These are mostly built where a cellar would be, underground
– as you can see where the fence is, above ground.
In this time, ratskellers are most often restaurants.

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24 x 36 Oil, Hidden Places, © St Germain
LAST VISION 0f this series

These 12 visions began at at night
and ended approx 3:15 am
Had the feeling I had run a marathon.

The next day I avoided even allowing
myself to think or pray, since I had much
to chew on and even know how to
process all these visions.

What I heard with this vision
“My people will soar like the eagles,
nest in the mountains
discover hidden streams, find nourishment
they will be a separate people
full of hope and light.”

The significance was that during  these visions, 
I lived in one of the suburbs of of Los Angeles
with heavy traffic during the day in my street,
leading up to South Coast Plaza
There was nothing that I could have foreseen
times of 2020 and 2021 with suppression of
daily freedoms, rising inflation, and increase
of suicide.
Now I can see the need for these hidden places
living in freedom of life and of choice.

Forgot which time of the year these bloomed
FOTD, Fri Floral Foto

Tiny and cute
Makro-Tex, Weekend Reflection, Sat Critters

A gateway does not need to look like an arch or fence –
a gateway to the inland (Sutro Baths – San Francisco)

Did not grow up with eating salmon, but once I tried it, I was hooked

Flat land with some Fall colors (were I lived before, in California)
One Word Sun, Der Natur Donnerstag

Clouds obliterating darkness
Sky Watch


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FRIDAY – Fri Bliss * Weekend Reflect * Floral Fri Foto *
SATURDAY – Sat. Critters *
SUNDAY – One Word Sun: Flat * Sun Best *