Carolyn Antl

C. Antl's art and musings.

November 26, 2015
by Carolyn
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Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving in our home begins with thinking of family; where and what time to meet, and then what goodies to give and share.

On Thanksgiving day we take an early morning walk with my sister and niece, then meet with the Antl side of the family for dinner at 3 or 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. We take turns with my husband’s cousins hosting Thanksgiving in our homes.

About 30-35 members of our clan meet on Thanksgiving day bearing delightful delicacies, and we enjoy a wonderful pot luck dinner complete with turkey. My daughter has developed a secret recipe for deviled eggs and that is the delicious specialty we traditionally provide along with a relish tray.

Making Deviled Eggs for Thanksgiving

Making Deviled Eggs for Thanksgiving

This November we celebrated Thanksgiving at our cousin’s house in North Ridgeville, Ohio. They like to deep fry their turkeys and cooked up three of them. It was a beautiful day, unseasonably warm and this year our daughter’s boyfriend joined us again. Apparently, we haven’t scared him away — yet.

Thanksgiving With the Clan, 2015

Thanksgiving With the Clan, 2015

After Thanksgiving we start thinking about a newly created event called “Black Friday”. It jumpstarts business and gets many people to start seriously spending for the upcoming holiday. On Black Friday, special savings are offered on products within a limited time. I remember it becoming popular in Ohio around 2003.

I’m not a fan of Black Friday since it interrupts and overshadows traditional Thanksgiving and tends to focus folks’ attention on a shopping extravaganza. The stores are even starting to open at 3 p.m. Thanksgiving day to sell their wares. Humph!

On Black Friday eve, we go through the newspaper advertisements looking for sales that interest us and plan our trip. As much as I don’t like it, the savings are too good to pass up and we usually start shopping on Black Friday at about 5:00 a.m. I refuse to go on Thanksgiving day.

Black Friday Shopping, 2015

Black Friday Shopping, 2015

Our Niece Working on Black Friday

Our Niece Working on Black Friday

This year I went Black Friday shopping with my sister, daughter and her boyfriend at 5:30 a.m. We went to Kohl’s department store first, and we were out until 9:30 a.m. It was fun shopping together and we were exhausted by the time we got home. Time for a nap and a nice weekend ahead of us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 31, 2015
by Carolyn
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Halloween 2015

Over the years I’ve enjoyed spending time with my family planning, decorating, and dressing up in costumes to celebrate Halloween. I treasure all the memories: walking with my daughter, niece and sister to go trick or treating, attending parties with my family and friends, and watching “The Addams Family” television show reruns.

This year, my daughter walked her boyfriend’s little sister around the neighborhood on All Hallows’ Eve and she decided to dress in costume. Originally she wanted to dress up as Tinker Bell. And after many travels to stores looking for reasonably priced costumes, which are hard to find the night before Halloween, she decided to be an angel.

Our Halloween Angel, 2015

Our Halloween Angel, 2015

It was challenging to find a costume that night; and finally, we found a white long sleeve T-shirt on sale plus, a reasonably priced package containing a halo and angel wings. Her costume was simple, cute, creative and effective. She wore the halo, wings, white shirt and black leggings trick or treating with Maddie and looked like the sweet angel she is. The best part was seeing her use her creativity and patience to select a costume. She has learned to spend her money wisely and I’m so proud of her.

What’s really neat is that on the first Halloween we took her trick or treating, we dressed her in costume as an angel. So being the sentimental mom I am, I took pictures and I’m featuring them here to show how she’s grown and to remember these moments. I love her so much!

Our Daughter Now (2015) and Then (2001)

Our Daughter Now (2015) and Then (2001)

August 13, 2015
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Design for Sports Club Event

This was a fun project! I created original artwork and design for a local sport and social club’s houseboating event; a six day houseboat trip on Norris Lake, TN.

Original artwork and design by Carolyn Antl

Original artwork and design by Carolyn Antl

The design was printed on t-shirts and coolie cups, which were handed out to people on the trip. With this design, people were able to identify the figures (their friends) in the design. They had fun with that and loved it!

Designing makes me happy.