Monday, November 15, 2010

Sixty-Fifth Birthday ~ November 14, 2010

Jim & Peg ~ Gone 'American Gothic' in Utah?
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2010 jim otterstrom

My 65th Birthday gift, a beautiful sturdy pitchfork, inspired this tongue-in-cheek parody of the severe tone of Grant Wood's 1930 painting, 'American Gothic', which depicts a 19th Century farmer with his daughter in front of their farmhouse.

Well, I'm not quite old enough to be Peggy's father, she's only seven years younger than I, but we had fun making this image anyway, and we are portraying a husband and wife team here.

Peggy has an authentic weary expression on her face because she was getting tired of holding up that heavy basket of apples as I experimented with camera settings and tripod adjustments while making several different exposures.

We think her strained expression suggests something of the difficulty in being a hard working farm wife married to the ornery old coot she's standing next to, and Peg says she's also amused by the way her glasses slid down her nose to give it that pinched look.

The apples, from my mother's orchard (directly behind where the camera was located), were later baked into my birthday pie and Peg also made a cheesecake for the occasion.

Our son, Jimmy, who shares the same birthday is here too, so he and I conjured up a bar-b-que under a canopy out of the rain which began falling shortly after the photo was made.

The home-cooked food was delicious; my birthday dinner consisted of a deliberately tiny, lean, and tender steak, asparagus stalks grilled with rosemary, thyme, & pepper (Jimmy's recipe), a small baked potato dressed in olive oil and cracked pepper, a small broccoli salad with red onion, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, and other secret ingredients, and, of course, a sliver of Peggy's scrumptious wheat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, apple pie with allspice, nutmeg, and fresh ginger. Oh, and another little sliver of that irresistable cheesecake with the graham cracker crust.

And, I received gifts too, the pitchfork, a pair of Carhart workpants, thick winter socks, and some extremely warm & soft insulated elk hide gloves.

Jimmy's gifts included a new amp for his electric guitar and he spent much of the day entertaining us while I was also enjoying a couple of glasses of Moab Brewery's tasty Dead Horse Amber Ale (the last of my 'growler'), and later some nice Merlot.

I can assure you, a very enjoyable day was had by all (especially grandma I think), and I appreciate more every day what a rare and priviledged time we live in, very unlike the recent past, and the very near future.

~enjoy each precious moment~


Click on painting to enlarge - 'American Gothic'
circa 1930 by Grant Wood

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58 Comments:

Blogger Miz Frog said...

Happy Birthday! Nice picture guys.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

Really love this shot:)

12:56 PM  
Anonymous kiwi said...

That sounds like a fabulous birthday meal Jim. Cheers to you my friend, and happy birthday too!

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Tonya said...

Happiest of Birthdays! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. You are so correct.....cherish each and every moment!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yee-haw you old coot....you made it to 65 and boy are we glad! Glad you had such a wonderful day. We love you.

The Henderson gang

8:07 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Miz Frog-
Thank you very much!

Endment-
I'm so glad you like the picture and it's very nice to hear from you. I need to check in on you!

kiwi-
It really was a very special day all the way around. Thank you!

And how's everything going at your beautiful place in New Zealand, are things still shaking around alot?

Tonya-
Thank you, and yes, we should all try and remember that. These moments are all we have...
;~)

6:33 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Dear Amy, Brad, Claire, & Hannah-

When will you know if you'll be coming for Thanksgiving?

It's like 9 days away already and we should start preparing...

We'll try calling you today, or maybe we'll Skype you this eve.

Much Love,

Jim & Peg

6:40 AM  
Blogger Urban Wild said...

Happy Birthday to a guy I admire a lot! And many more!!!! Great photo!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

What a lovely birthday photo! I am also envious of your gourmet meal.

1:38 PM  
Blogger sonia a. mascaro said...

Happy Birthday!
Great photo!
Cheers!

3:19 PM  
Blogger tansy said...

great photo!

happy birthday to you jim and to jimmy too. sounds like your day was a wonderful celebration.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Gardenmaster said...

Hey, I didn't know you were in November too! Happy Birthday ya old coot! And many, many more! May you continue to bless us and be blessed by us for many more years!

david

9:12 PM  
Anonymous anna maria said...

Happy late Birthday. Your photos are always a pleasure to see!

6:48 AM  
Blogger susan said...

Happy Birthday Jim! I think you both look wonderful.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We call that a manure fork, here in the dirty south. I think it adds to the ironical nature of your tribute picture.

Happy birthday!

2:30 PM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

well I'm very late with it....happy birthday!
love the picture!!

4:30 AM  
Blogger ziki said...

Hello Jim & Peg,
Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY,Many many happy returns of the day, God bless you both........

You both looks Sweet couple..... May our all grand uncle and aunt live happy life like you......
Once again Many Many Happy Returns of the Day..... Take care Uncle and aunt......

12:11 AM  
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