Happy Fourth of July!

I hope you’re having as good a Fourth of July weekend as we are. We started out at the Roundabout Gallery on Friday night, where John was a featured artist with some of his Red, White and Blue work. Even though all the photos look very different because of the way John treated them, all the close-ups were taken of the flag that hangs in front of my sister’s house when we visited her in the spring. I love what he’s done with them.

Next it was my turn. John’s car is really old and falling apart, while my Sienna van is merely old. The lack of a completely reliable vehicle was starting to worry me and I thought it was time to buy something new. We went to the Honda dealer so I could test drive an Odyssey, and a few hours later I was driving it home. Blue wasn’t my first choice, since my Sienna is blue, but I didn’t want white, black or maroon–my other choices–and this blue is pretty. All it means is that John and I can’t say to each other “You left it in the blue van.”

It’s been ten years since I’ve bought a car, and the manuals have expanded! This one is 700 pages long. There’s thirty pages just giving you an overview of the manual itself. Then a separate 150 page manual on the navigation system. So I spent a couple of hours in the car today trying to learn everything, feeling like I was in flight school as I stared cross-eyed at the dashboard. I managed to link my phone to the Bluetooth and set up the satellite radio before my brain gave out.

Tomorrow, I hope to finish a rough draft of the proposal for my 2013 book. Then I’ll ask John and a couple of friends to read it for me and see if my idea is the winner I hope it is. If I’m wrong. . . back to the drawing board. Won’t be the first time I’ve made that trip, and this time I can drive there with a new car smell for company.

So how are you spending your weekend?


  1. Margo on July 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

    John’s work is absolutely stunning! Please tell him I said so…I love the one with the fireworks…he’s SO talented!
    Love you new car Diane!…I’ve always wanted an Odyssey since I’ve always had a Honda, but when my dad passed away he left me his Pacifica which is very, very similar…I love it because it was his and it’s also BLUE (my fav color)…I always think of my dad when I get in the driver’s seat. (=O:
    I can’t wait to hear about your 2013 idea and am hoping John says ‘its a go!’!!
    We spent Sat nite taking mom to LARRY CROWNE with Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts…then took her to dinner. Today, lots of rest & relaxation.
    Happy 4th everyone!!

  2. Ann on July 5, 2011 at 12:37 am

    What great flag pictures! I love Hondas. We have driven them for the last 20 years.

  3. Sher Laughlin on July 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    How wonderful to hear I have stumbled into the old-car crowd. We drive ’em ’til they die, too. This year finally traded in my 11-year-old Ford Wagon for an Escape. Our strategy here in snow country is to buy the color that matches the road salt and stick with the dealer that does right by you when it comes to maintenance. Narrows it down right away: Something white at the Ford Dealer down the street.

    My 16-year-old photographer son and I love the perspective John captured in that upper left photo. Those strong parallel lines leading up to the field of stars. Nice.

    Happy 4th, everyone. And may Diane’s 2013 book idea turn out to a winner.

  4. Diane Chamberlain on July 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    that is so funny, Sher (car color).

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