Hi Donna, I never comment here, but your "chin up" picture made me smile. A favorite colleague of mine will let me vent about the day's frustrations and then will take his thumb and lift up his chin. That simple gesture always makes me feel better and helps me keep plodding along. At once he acknowledges the struggle and also hints that it's worth fighting through. Gretchen
What a cute story! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment.
You have a special colleague and friend Gretchen. Please may I borrow that to use when folks are down?Thank you in advance. jep
But of course! :)
Thanks Donna, I found your blog through Pioneer Women a few years back-I check in on you and your lovely photography every couple of weeks. I also have two daughters, my younger one is thirteen w/freckles just like yours. Anyway, I enjoy your movie reviews and your musings on life. Thanks for the "Encouragement"- Cecilia (Pinterest-ceciliajohn)
Thank you for the encouragement! :-)
Impressionists take me back to my childhood home (and grandparents' homes) where there were reprints of impressionist paintings on the walls. Love them. (That reminds me - my parents had Pinky and Blue Boy on one wall of our French Provencial living room, too. ;))Now I'll be singing this all day long:Chin up, chin upEverybody loves a happy face Wear it, share itIt will brighten up the darkest place Twinkle, sparkleLet a little sunshine inYou'll be on the right sideLooking at the bright sideUp with your chinny, chin, chinCharlotte's Web Renee
Renee, my inlaws still have Pinky and Blue Boy on their wall.
I look them up online every now and then to be taken back to my childhood. ;)
That's adorable Renee :)
Did anyone else ever have to watch the animated version of Charlotte's Web 1000+ times with their kids? We went to the movie theater for a school field trip to see it when it came out in 1973. I was 10 so in 5th grade. (Earl Hamner, Jr. of The Walton's fame wrote the story based on the book.) I've been singing that song for 40 years!
Thanks, I will keep all my chins up, buttercup ;-)P.S. I do love the Impressionists - these are beautiful.
chins...you are silly....but full of courage!
Meaning: Remain cheerful in a difficult situation.Origin: This sounds like one of those rousing maxims that were drilled into the young of Victorian England - like keep a stiff upper lip. Perhaps surprisingly, the phrase is American. The first use of it that I can find is from the Pennsylvania newspaper The Evening Democrat, October 1900, under the heading Epigrams Upon the Health-giving Qualities of Mirth:"Keep your chin up. Don't take your troubles to bed with you - hang them on a chair with your trousers or drop them in a glass of water with your teeth." - [they were easily amused in Pennsylvania in 1900].I copied this from The Phrase Finder, because I wondered where the expression originated. It made me smile, so I am putting it here for all of you. I love the Impressionists, too.love and prayers, jep
jep, you are a treasure.
Yes, a treasure. Thanks for the research jep. You gave me a smile this morning with the thought of those troubles in a glass with false teeth. Love it. Blessings to you.Debbie Z.
This made me chuckle out loud! I will hang 'em up like my jeans over the suitcase :-) Love IT!
Keep your Chin up - So Simple, yet so empowering! I have a situation in my world right now that needed that reminder! Thanks for posting! I hope you have a wonderful day!
So, all I could see on my screen was 'Guy Wiggins, Impressionist', not any of his artwork.Am I the only one who was expecting to scroll down and see a video of a guy doing impressions? Like Rich Little in the 70s? Because that's exactly what I was expecting.Nice paintings, though.;)Stephie, the dork.
And my next thought was "mrs a-wiggins, would you come a-here, please' and ''mrs a-wiggins, do you know that your lower half looks a-like a-Africa??"
This is me, raising my hand, thinkin it was about the beginnings of Rich Little's career. For reals :-P
P.S. on feedly, my blog reader, there are no graphics either ... once I clicked over here I was deighted to see the pretty art but also snickered at myself!
So I'm in awesome company, then. ;)
I was thinking the same about you, my dear :-)
Steph,At the QLCS you are always in the best of company. Fun to see new commenters these days!!!! The more the merrier.Di
I totes agree, Di
I'm sure you already know about her but, Mary Cassatt is by far my favorite impressionist! Her paintings of simple every day women and their lives just make me smile, and I can relate to so many of them on a personal level...more than 100 years later!
Lovely art. Thanks for the inspiration. : )Sarah P. from Iowa
I get pulled in to a good impressionist painting. I especially like the second painting. Name?When I am praying in times of trouble, for myself or others, I often ask the Lord for a lift of the chin. Just enough to get perspective and see with eyes of faith. I look down (literally and figuratively l) way too often.Susan's "chins" comment gave me a good chuckle this morning (-: Good humor while moving is esp impressive to me.Happy Tuesday all!Di
I read this post earlier today and was just about to comment (it was early and there were no comments at that point) when I got a call that our interviewee had showed up quite early. Off I go to conduct a lengthy interview and go to a lunch. Imagine my happy surprise when I return here hours later to see not only the beautiful artwork, cheery chin up sign, but also so very many endearing comments! LOVE. IT. Mary Z
Having grown up north of Chicago it was a wonderful opportunity to go to the Art Institute of Chicago to see their vast exhibit of Impressionist work ... spent MANY MANY happy hours just falling into those pictures. Thanks for the glimpse today ... my chins (all of them) are very UP today ;-) Linda
I also used to live outside Chicago and spent time at the Art Institute. I would sit in front of Van Gogh's Bedroom At Arles and wait for the bed to slide across the floor. The perspective was off just enough that I kept thinking it would slide as soon as my eyes were turned
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