Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

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Addison Gallery of American Art

January 4th 2013
On Saturday I went out to Andover to visit the Addison Gallery of American Art for the first time. The reason for the visit was to see ‘the kids are all right’ because my sister-in-law, Julie, has two photographs in the show. I am really glad that I both got to see the show (it was the last day – hello, procrastinator!) and visit the museum.

The Addison is a small museum on the Phillips Academy campus. It, as the name suggests, features American art. When I visited, there were four exhibitions – Flash Back—November 22, 1963, James Prosek: The Spaces in Between, Natural Selections, and the kids are all right. I enjoyed all four, but was especially impressed with James Proseck and the kids are all right.

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Seeing Lowell through new eyes…


For the past few days (most of) my brothers and my sister-in-law have been staying with us right here in Lowell. As is the Gries tradition, I took them on a tourist death-march (aka see all the sights you possibly can in your limited time in any location) around Lowell. Not only was it super-fun to see and spend time with everyone, it was also great to experience the loveliness of Lowell through their eyes (and through the magic of instagram, of course ;-) ) Living here everyday, I often forget what an interesting place Lowell is.












Bob really wanted to drink some Moxie on his trip to New England and he was really excited to learn that Moxie was invented in Lowell!

My brothers’ instagrams of Lowell (and everything else) can be found here and here.

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My kind of town…

Our view
Our view

Gist and I just spent a very busy and very fun week in Chicago, IL and Lake Delavan, WI. My family is from Chicago, my father grew up on the South Side, and I was born there and lived there until I was four years old. My father is one of ten children and all but two of them call the Chicago area home for at least part of the year. All five of my Gries siblings plus my nephews and niece were in the area for at least part of the week, and we were all at the annual family Independence Day Party in Lake Delavan. Needless to say, it was a great time!

More of our view

Thanks to my brother, Bob, who runs a pretty tight ship, we were able to see most of Chicago’s fabulous museums and attractions.

The Field Museum

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SPA 2010

The end of February means one thing to me – Nance and I head up to Maine for SPA!  SPA is a lovely, relaxing, fiberiffic weekend hosted every February by NETA (New England Textila Arts).

It’s a mellow weekend; there’s no schedule, instead it’s all about filling three hotels with folks who love to knit and spin, some spa vendors, a wonderful mercantile, and a fun fashion show.  It’s just the thing to calm those winter blues (if you are the type to get winter blues…)

SPA is cocktails and knitting…

Day 55 - Thursday, February 25th 2010

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Does Massachusetts ever see the sun?

Jamaica 2009

Jamaica was lovely and, more importantly, sunny! Gist and I had a great time sitting by the pool and on the beach, drinking all sorts of fruity beverages, playing with charming children, and celebrating Kristin and Mike’s wedding.  It was the perfect getaway! Continue reading


Guess what’s in season right now…

One of my absolute favorite vegetables…


Rhubarb!  And I’ve definitely been on a kick – the latter part of May 2009 will forever be known as Rhubarb-palooza. Continue reading

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Hitting the reset button…

DeCordova Museum

Last week was a budget buster! I managed to keep the grocery bill under $60 but the only way I was able to do so was because we ate out on Monday, got pizza on Wednesday, ate out on Saturday, and went out to brunch on Sunday morning (and I enjoyed every second of it) – that’s like a typical pre-layoff week for us and it was pricey.  This week will be all about reeling it back in. Continue reading

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Happy Weekend!

Day 202 - Wednesday, May 9th 2007

Guess what’s back in my life after a long winter away? My bike, and I couldn’t be happier!  Today will mark my first ride of the season – I had a bit of a hard time sleeping lats night, I was so excited (yes, the seven year old in me still lives!).  I think a lot of people here in New England will have smiles on their faces this weekend – we’ve been blessed with some amazing weather, sunny and highs of high 70s/low 80s. Continue reading


I can’t believe that last week at this time…

…I was getting ready to go to the first day of RHINEBECK!  This week, though short, has been awfully long.

My motto this year – go big or go home.  See, I went to Rhinebeck after having been on a yarn diet since SPA in February.  I have a big stash and I’m a slow knitter so I need to knit before I buy.  I know that yarn diets are supposed to be these terrible things, but mine wasn’t too bad – I honestly wasn’t tempted much during the last eight months and only broke the diet twice – once to buy some alpaca in March and once, just a few weeks ago, to buy some Malabrigo lace.  I didn’t feel “bad” about either of these purchases or about breaking my diet – I am not the type of person who places value judgements on things like shopping – I pay my bills, I save, I’m not particularly spendthrift so if I have the money and I want something, well, I buy it.

That was where I was at when I headed out to NY for the weekend – I had a nice amount of money to spend (my savings at work!) but nothing I really needed to buy.  So I decided that I was just going to buy something really fancy – something I probably wouldn’t buy on a regular trip to my LYS.  Maybe some cashmere, maybe some silk, maybe some qiviuk…  Guess what won?
Day 268 - Saturday, October 18th 2008 - My motto this year? Go big or go home.

Yes, the qiviuk!  I love it and can’t wait to start knitting with it!  I’ve been knitting like a fiend on my current WIP because I want to finish. it. up. and move on to the fancy.  I have 654 yards and I think it’ll become a longer Alhambra.

The festival was, as always, a lovely time filled with good friends, gorgeous yarn,

cute animals,
Day 269 - Sunday, October 19th 2008

I love the sheep dog contests!

'Paca Parade

lots of good food and beer – but, alas, I did not get a picture of the best food of all – maple cotton candy,
Just a little something light to start our day...
Our outrageous breakfast at the Eveready Diner.

Katy's FO!
Beer + Baby Knits = How we roll.

a fun Ravelry party (with even more beer!),
By the fire at the party.

And we have a winner!
We have a winner!

and that blissed out feeling that only a good sheep and wool festival can provide.
This is your friends on yarn...

The first purchase of the weekend...

The only dark spot on the entire weekend – no fried pickles or fried garlic.  Oh, well there’s always next year – plans are already in the works – yipiee!


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