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Life goes on…

As unlikely as it may seem, the day may come when there is a new someone special in your life, and you want to introduce him to your kids. Not that I was worried, but really didn’t I expect to have one of the most fun nights ever. Belly laughs that just wouldn’t quit.

See? Laughing!

There were crabs on the menu at Frankie’s Raw Bar, and this New Englander who found herself in Baltimore for a few decades wasn’t going to miss a chance to eat steamed blue crabs. I consider it a failure, however, that I failed to recognize that it was not Old Bay seasoning, gasp, that they were doused with, it was J&O seasoning instead. My son didn’t pick up on it either, but he didn’t eat crabs in Baltimore for as many years as I did, so he had an excuse.

My daughter-in-law took us on a tour of the back rooms and garden of the place, where we found many surprising things…

This door looked like a potential ‘through the looking glass’ moment, but we didn’t enter to find out.
There were sea creatures in crates, coming or going? Who knows.
And not so sea creatures.
Some possibly escaping.
Beautiful pieces everywhere.
And stained glass pieces to boot.
And what felt like a secret garden.
New life…
And a froggie too.

Life is funny, but when it hands you a gift just take it and be grateful…

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The Morean Art Center…

Across the street from the Chihuly Museum you will find the Morean Art Center, where they feature works from local artists. You might choose to browse there, but don’t miss the glass blowing demonstration that is given multiple times a day also. Is it hot in the studio with the several furnaces working 24-7? Yes it is, but fans cool the audience, I’m sure it’s a different story for the artists. It takes three of them to do the demonstration, and it’s like a dance as they work together while moving around the space carrying rods with molten glass. There were no wrong moves at the demonstration that we watched. But I can’t imagine how it was that glass making ever came to be back in 3600BC.

Spinning the glass on the end of the rod, shaping with a wad of newspapers, and blowing into the tube, they made it look easy. Okay, maybe not easy exactly.
Maintaining the temperature of the glass.
The nearly finished product, but the true colors wouldn’t be seen until it cooled the next day.

And more from the Chihuly collection…