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Sunday, February 6, 2011

A study in ice.

It's amazing that water turns into a solid when it reaches a temperature of 32 degrees F.  Some can be inspired by it to create an object of beauty with similar characteristics.

Like this glass dish perhaps.
I love it for it's design, shades of silver, white, icy blue and when the sun hits it, a full sparkling spectrum of all true colors appear.  So beautiful.
It lends a time to bundle up warm, seek your softest throw and  bulky socks, watch your favorite programs, collect a few favorite books and camp out with a good hot beverage.
As the sun streams through the grayness of the day, the sky turns a lighter shade of blue and the warmth begins to effect the ice with dripping water droplets into puddles radiating circles in continuous motion.

The water requenches the land and makes all things new.

Life in living color begins to appear.

Our attention to water's characteristic takes on a fluid nature.

As the day's heat begins to create a desire to seek relief  and a calm drift lazily floating in a cooling pool,
one need only recall what seems to be a fairly recent memory.  At a moment's notice you could call a few friends and gather together at the community pool for a fun afternoon.

What a great time it was!  Filled with life and "spirit"!
This is my friend, Gail with her friends.
A quick collection of a few necessities...a beach bag and

 and within walking distance the line would form to wait for the gates to open.
It was a pool somewhat similar to this.  It could have been Miller's Grove, Clearwater, Phillips, or the most favored, Tipp City's community pool in the park.
Once inside, dibs were made on a space in which to spread your mod beach towel.  While oiling and spraying the secret tanning formula and lying just so,  discussion included the most  important matters.



A possible planned trip to the Salem Mall to pick out a new bikini.  It might be floral, it might plaid or polka dot.  It was so fun to head to the Junior Department at Rike's or Bobbie Brooks.

Sometimes you would roll your hair on these huge rollers and wrap a scarf over it.  We did that until it was air dried and we could take it down for the right doo.

Scarves were very cool and came in every color imaginable!

Thank goodness for the newest invention of the time!
Electric curlers.


It was about shoes, purses, waiting on the J.C. Penney catalog to look over possiblilities for back to school outfits.

It was about your favorite magazine.

It was about what movie you might go to the Mayflower to see like,  The Sound of Music (1965),  My Fair Lady, Born Free, The Music Man, Goldfinger, Cool Hand Luke, Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand, Swiss Family Robinson, Pollyanna, Mary  Poppins.  It was "Oh my gosh, I love that song"...Sugar, Sugar by the Archies, Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, My Girl by the Temptations, Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, Suspicious Minds by Elvis, I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles, Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys, There's a Summer Place by Percy Faith, Turn, Turn, Turn by the Byrds, Yesterday by the Beatles.

It was summer.

Just like clock work it began to change.

As uniquely as it originated.

A darker shade of crystaline blue.

Back to frosty white.

Sometimes powdery and full of sparkle.

Another chance to inspire...

creativity and beauty.

And time for the cycle to begin anew.

I hope you enjoyed my study in ice.  It was inspired by my friend Gail and her friends as they pick up on FB where they left off in fond remembrance of a great time of their life.  Live life to the fullest with a happy heart.  Express your thoughts and create that which is lovely.  It will come around again.  Keep safe,
Thank you Gail, for intrusting me permission  to use your photo without hesitation and enabling me to extend my thoughts as a young teen growing up.

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