Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day

From all of us here at Rancho Relaxo to all our family and friends,

Have A wonderful Day!

Thursday, February 02, 2006


I have been reading Dennis’s blog about Pablo Diaz and have recently been inspired by him. I was fortunate enough to acuire from my Uncle Ralph several pieces that were made by Pablo. The first picture is of some houses that he made.

The little critter in front the house is his also. A lizard I think.

There is a birdbath that has a wood like exterior and the legs are branches fashioned out of cement, his favorite medium. I, too, have memories of my grandfather, Pablo. Although I was too young to remember where they lived, I remember that he had a great garden, spoke only Spanish and lived with my Mom’s sister, Berenabe. That’s been pretty hard to understand, but my aunt was married to my grandfather. He was in his late ninties or even 100 years old when I visited him. Here is a picture of thebirdbath:

The most cherished of the pieces of art from Pablo is the Bridge. I believe it is the same one in the picture that Dennis refers to where Sandy is posing when she is young. My Uncle Ralph promised me the Bridge and said I could have it when he died. I remember it at his house in San Gabriel across from San Gabriel High.

Well, Pablo's inspiration came to me earlier last year. You see I was attempting to finish our front patio and had come to a point where I needed to finish with the benches so that the stucco guy could finish and we could finally enjoy the front patio. Here are before & after photos

The tricky part and the part where I was inspired by Pablo, was the edge of the front edge of the bench. When we first built the wall with the built in benches, the block wall left flat edges. This would be a challenge to tile to do and look good. I felt as though Pablo was talking to me and explaining how to round it and it would looked better. With his help I was able to work it out and come up with a great solution. So here is a picture of the completed patio which we enjoy.