I Had Cheetos For Dinner Last Night.

I painted this leaf on Oct. 30, 2015, and I haven’t seen a single Maple Tree turn into similar color yet this year so Fall is definitely very late in 2017.

It was 6 o’clock and nearly dark on a rainy day that was one of those days that never really got started and I was alone in the house for the evening  so I drove to the 7-11 down the road and bought a large bag of Cheetos and I came home and poured it into a big bowl  (I don’t eat Cheetos straight from the bag because I AM CLASSY) and I laid down on top of my bed with a fleece blankie over me and watched three episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. And then I felt much better about life.

If I could have been Cindy in this scenario, with a Taffy cat wrapped around me, I might have been able to forgo the Cheetos.

In general, I am not a “comfort eater”, I’m more of a “comfort drinker”, but Cheetos was what I needed last night, even more than a V&T.

The day before I had Cheetos for dinner, I had gone to see Blade Runner 2049. OMG, that movie was soooo   s l o w.  I could not stay to watch the whole thing. I had to bail after the Rachel replicant’s replicant got shot in the head, which I think was about 20 minutes before it ended, because no matter how much in love I was with Ryan Gosling’s coat, it seemed that I had been watching that movie for years and years and years and that this movie was never going to let me to leave the theater and have a normal life or ever see my cats again and Jesus, what had I done to deserve this    would     this     movie      never      come   to   its    dismal   END?

Canadian designer Renee April did all the costumes, including Ryan Gosling’s coat:

“We made at least 15 coats for Ryan Gosling, as he wears one costume for the whole film. Everyone thinks his military coat is made of shearling, but it’s laminated cotton [ I love it: the coat is totally vegan ] that we painted and then attached cheap, ugly faux fur to the collar – it was $2 a yard! Leather would have become wet and very heavy in that environment, and his character is poor, he has a miserable existence in that basic apartment. The collar – pretty cool, eh? – is so he can hide himself from the pollution. We’ve seen hoods thousands of times on-screen, so I came up with a high collar that closed magnetically. I wanted the audience to just see his eyes at the beginning of the film.”

So the day after my escape from Blade Runner 2049 it rained, a dire, cold rain, and life is just a long, grimy story that you are stuck in the middle of without having any hope for a happy ending.

On days like that, you need Cheetos, a warm blankie, and some vintage Star Trek.

Last Sunday I went to one of my Fall leaf hunting grounds, a pond-centric few acres where the trees were just beginning to leaf out in colors (colors other than green, that is).

The Tulip Trees have begun to shed their tulip-shaped leaves, although their general demeanor is still Height-of-Summerish:

This is why our native Tulip Tree is called The Sequoia of the East. This is a photo of the tallest Tulip Tree in New York State on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, growing 167 feet above ground right here on the North Shore of Long Island.

This being New York, someone had thrown a bagel into the water of the pond near the Tulip Tree grove, where it was pursued by some large carp-like fish:

The fish could not chomp into the bagel so they eventually nosed iy against the shore, where they lost interest in it and swam away:

Find the bagel. I’m told that most people bring Cheerios to toss to the fish.

Long and short, I did not find a Perfect Fall Leaf, one that I could paint in every color of the season. So the search continues.

Last week’s blog post disappeared from the inter webs, and I suspect Lickety’s big butt had a, er, hand in it . . .

. . . and since so many of you Dear Readers asked What’s up with the Queen Mother? I will tell you that I started out, last week, with a fun quote from the Lewis Carroll story, Alice Through the Looking Glass, when Alice meets the talking chess piece, The White Queen.

Portrait of Marco, Queen Victoria’s beloved Pomeranian, on the Queen’s breakfast table, by Charles Burton Barber (1893). Victoria was amused. Keep reading: This will become relevant in just a moment.

The White Queen tells her:

“I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.”

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (Breakfast, queens, see: pomeranian, above.)

And that’s when I wrote that Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was 101 years, seven months, and 26 days old when she died in 2002. Lewis Carroll could not imagine a Queen of such great age, and he was pretty imaginative, but here’s proof that queens can do the impossible.

I forget what point I was trying to make, but it seems that there is one, in there, somewhere.

Have a great leaf-hunting weekend, everyone. May all your impossible things be made possible.


17 Comments, RSS

  1. Gigi DeVault October 27, 2017 @ 2:13 am

    I like this quote about an impossible thought: “If trying to find a way when you don’t even know you can get there isn’t a small miracle, then I don’t know what is.” I would add, “all the more impossible / improbable when you don’t even know where ‘there’ is.”

    Earlier today I watched a TedTalk about a woman astrophysicist who spoke about how we are all made of dust from many different stars. The photo images from the restored Hubble that she shared were of impossible distances and impossible “ages ago.” She wondered why, knowing we are such incredible creatures…alive under impossible odds…that we don’t dance and sing (I think she said, “in the streets”) and create more art. Some of us do some of those things (!).

    That’s my three before breakfast (tomorrow), star darlings.

  2. Kirra October 27, 2017 @ 2:41 am

    Thanks for the movie review! I don’t think I’ll go see it but I do like the magnetic closing collar of the jacket description. Those tulip trees are huge, some nice autumn colours but sorry you didn’t find a decent leaf. I am laughing about the bagel in the pond, I agree it is very New York even though I’ve only visited there once! Cheetos and tv sound great, I am a sucker for Twisties. Love the Alice re-cap!

    • Vivian October 29, 2017 @ 11:36 am

      Everywhere in the world, the people crave a puffed cheese snack food. A Cheetos by any other name is still as sweet and as salty a delight.

  3. Marg-o October 27, 2017 @ 8:34 am

    You had me at Cheetos, but I loved the leaf-painting work in progress, the Taffy wrap-around, the bagel, and the pomeranian. I also like Gigi’s list of impossible things to believe in.

    I find it impossible to believe in butterflies. I see them, but I can’t believe they are real. I mean, what a miracle. How can so much beauty be given wings and flight? How?

    • Vivian October 29, 2017 @ 11:36 am

      Butterflies and moths. Would any science fiction write have the guts to invent such a thing? No — the idea is too pretty, too flakey.

  4. jeanie October 27, 2017 @ 10:15 am

    I remember having trouble with the original Blade Runner, which I saw a million years ago at our little movie theatre at the lake in the days before multiplexes and surround sound. But I will say, that’s a pretty nifty coat and the cheetos work for me, too.

    OK, now I get the Queen! And I love the idea of impossible things. And what Gigi said about being made from the dust of stars. Which reminds me of a vintage song (because we are mid-century modern now) — we are starlight, we are golden… who sang that? I will be totally embarrassed that I don’t remember. The stardust in my brain must be mixing with the pollution…

    Our leaves are like yours. Better luck next week.

    • Vivian October 29, 2017 @ 11:34 am

      See: Vicki — the words are from Joni Mitchell’s song about Woodstock. “We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”

      I like a coat that has pockets that are big enough to stash a large bag of Cheetos in.

  5. Adrienne October 27, 2017 @ 11:05 am

    Love your posts and look forward to them each week. Miss the painting! Hope there will be more…

    • Vivian October 29, 2017 @ 11:37 am

      One of these days, I will haul out the paints again, as soon as I find something that I want to paint more than I just want to stay in bed.

  6. Vicki Abbott October 27, 2017 @ 7:21 pm

    Fall is coming late to Oregon, too. But we must have had some cold nights because there are more red trees this year than I can ever remember. Today was the first leaves falling day, much later than usual. My daily drawings are of leaves, too, these days. I think the floating bagel in the greenery is an absolute masterpiece and is definitely contest-worthy.

    • Vivian October 29, 2017 @ 11:38 am

      All I did was point my camera and shoot. The fish sis all the compositional work. But thank you, for your appreciation!

  7. Vicki Abbott October 27, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

    Joni Mitchell.

  8. Becky October 28, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

    Mmmm….Cheetos, but my fav would be a bag of the saltiest crispiest potato chips. Great for dinner I can surely recommend.
    Ryan Gosling would look good in anything.
    Lickety seems to find the most comfortable position to put himself in. What a cutie pie.
    Gigi’s post reminds me of a quote I saw…”she cried every day….not because she was sad but because the world was so beautiful and time was so short”.
    Most days my mind is full of stardust….but as long as I have my paints, Katie to make me laugh and chips all is right with the World

    • Vivian October 29, 2017 @ 11:39 am

      Ryan Gosling was dirty for most of the movie and yes, he still looked good. He has a kind face, and it always looks as if he’s thinking about something that you wish he would talk about.

  9. Elizabeth Schmid October 29, 2017 @ 7:22 am

    I was most impressed by the painting of the dog.
    Also the folds in the table cloth- didn’t Queen Victoria have anyone to iron them out?
    I’m reading Quentin Bell’s very very erudite and funny A New and Noble School – about the Pre-Raphaelites.
    Off to England in a week
    and then we must get together and do something improving-
    or just plain diverting.
    Warmest wishes to you and the kitties
    and you are right
    the leaves are not very pretty yet and will now get all wet and very very soggy.

    • Vivian October 29, 2017 @ 11:41 am

      Quentin Bell was funny? This is news to me — I must browse a few pages of your book.

      Have a great adventure in England, and when you get back we must do something diverting (I’ve given up on improving myself).

  10. Marilyn October 29, 2017 @ 5:19 pm

    May you find beautiful color in the leaves very soon. May you find the impossibles and share them with us. I love your humor.

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