Today is Mama Bender’s birthday! I’m so glad to be in Arizona to celebrate with her this year – mainly because I have the chance to give her a birthday hug in person, but also because being home allows me to find awesome old pictures like this one:
Not only is Mama Bender a writing inspiration (mom + typewriter = ), she’s also an incredible mother and friend. I feel lucky to be able to call my mom a “friend” and really mean it. She is a true confidante who gives great advice and also happens to be a lot of fun to hang out with.
In fact, we had a great time this weekend perusing the Carefree Art & Wine Festival. There were so many talented artists this year — every booth was tempting, but it was more fun to just look around at all the creative pieces, from wine bottles designed within cabinetry to jewelry boxes with hidden compartments, and everything in between.
There was also a booth full of organic goat cheeses in a variety of flavors from Coon Ridge, a company out of New Mexico. We tried a bit of everything, including spicy Southwestern and cocoa raspberry. I ultimately brought home a jar of Tomato Basil & Garlic, and have already dipped into it several times. It’s perfectly creamy and delicious.
Annnnd I didn’t leave empty-handed on the art front, either. When I came across these pieces from Richard Curtner, I couldn’t resist. His word collages are amazing in that literally everything on the print was clipped out of a newspaper, magazine, etc. The center image is an assembly of colors, and the words around them represent photography, writing and telephone communication, respectively.
I’m excited to frame these for the new office! Mama Bender found some great works of art, too. It was a smashing success for the birthday girl.
(If you can’t tell, my talent for “serious” photo taking doesn’t fall far from the tree.)
Happy birthday, Mama Bender! I love you!