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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tired Tuesday Tails...

I'm ok, just a little tired.  A lot tired actually.
 Today was a very busy day.  I went to the clinic, and we stopped at Tuesday Morning for some glassware, new slippers for me, and some little pnk storage  boxes - found while foraging the shelves- for, as the checker said, "my happiness".  He made me smile, and DH handed them over....

 But here is a Wilson's Warbler that never fails to come to the yard for a snack. Can you find him?  

Wilson's In the barely alive Jade Plant.
Mr. Z got this snap and actually about a dozen but that bird never stopped moving!  I wish I had the energy of this little bird!

The Allen's hummingbird is also illusive, so I'm thinking of sewing myself a hide, or even a survivalist's suit as seen on TV, so that I can get a drop on this also fast moving little fellow!   We have also a regular visit from a Nashville Warbler but that one is here as soon as the sun is up, along with all the Lesser Goldfinch.  They all come to visit the water pans - while those are still cool enough - and the blossoms. 

Wishing you are good rest of the week, and more energy! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Impressionist Cape Honeysuckle and Sunday Stealing.

In the effort to make habitual the sketching and color use, I've tried to do this everyday but sometimes other stuff gets in the way... But, for Elle and Bee, here is another pen drawing.  Pens are somewhat dried out but they still work for this:

Cape Honeysuckle
I've given it a Gallery Frame just for fun.

And now, the great and very fun to do meme:  Sunday Stealing!

September 27, 2014

Ask Away!

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
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From Stronger

Ask Away!

1. What is your zodiac sign?   I'm tucked just out of one by a couple of hours, so, in the cusp between Sagittarius and Capricorn.

2. What is your favorite color?  Green is the top of the list, but Yellow, Blue, Brown and Pink are right there justling shoulders with it.  Color vision is worth living for I tell you!

3. What’s your lucky number? 37.  

4. What talents do you have?  I like to draw and paint and seem to have a talent for that.  I used to sing very well,  I can still design and build a house but now would need a crew to do all work!    

5. Are you psychic in any way?  Somewhat.  I can predict when the dog is hungry.. all the time.  hahahaha

6. Favorite song?  "You've Got A Friend", by Carole King.  

7. How many pillows do you sleep with?  Three, a very phat king sized pillow to rest my bionic knee on, a fat little arm pillow for that cranky bit of anatomy, and a tiny pillow that is really a decorative pillow in the shape of a butterfly.  It replaces the neck roll one and is great.

8. What position do you usually sleep in? On my side

9. Have you ever tried archery?  I was a top archer in GAA intramural sport.  I still love archery just can't  pull a bow anymore.  I don't like anything but a long bow.  Those sissy arse things with wheels and sights are not my cuppa.

10. What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without sleep?  3 days was common back in the day.

11. Do you have any scars?  Are we speaking of things to be ID'd with?  By the Feds?  One on my wrist and one all over my scabrous knee, from metallic implants.

12. Have you ever had a secret admirer?  If I did (or do) it is a mystery to me.

13. Can you do any other accents other than your own?  I can do Spanish, French, Texan, Alabaman (deep south), Georgian, Canadian, and New Jerseyan (sometimes).   I love accents.

14. Are you a good judge of character?  No.  

15. Can you curl your tongue? Yes

16. Are you a clean or messy person?  I'm clean but messy looking.

17. How long does it take for you to get ready?  Two hours.  First I have to wake up.

18. Do you have much of an ego?  That was kicked out of me in my youth.

19. Do you talk to yourself?  I've been known to mutter, yes.

20. Do you sing to yourself?  All the time.

21. Can you name all 50 states of America?  Yes, and even some of their capitols.  Rote teaching has it's special effects.

22. Have you ever been scuba diving?  Nope, and I really wanted to.  Bad ears.

23. What makes you nervous?  Gun shots, nearby.

24. Do you correct people when they make mistakes?  Never, the kids, yes, when they were small, it was part of their education.  

25. Are you ticklish?  Living on your last nerve, after awhile, makes you immune to being ticklish, right?  So, No.

26. Have you ever been in a position of authority?  Only once.  And it was a shock when everyone turned around and listened to me intently, and then we all ran.

27. How many piercings do you have?  Do we do these in pairs?  I have three pair.

28. Can you roll your Rs?  Yes, I can roll them all the way to Spain and France and back.

29. How fast can you type?  PDQ.  I'm a touch typist.

30. What are you allergic to?  Many things.  

31. Do you keep a journal? Just this blog.

32. Do you like your age?  Yes, everyday above ground is a good day.

33. What makes you angry?  Cruelty to Animals and Kids, and State Malfeasance and Brutality.

34. Were your ancestors royalty?  Yes.  The Duke of Marqués, but just try to find that dude.  He came over with Cortés, that rat bustard.  The Duke's unlucky younger brother was a French Franciscan and suffered the fate of being killed by the Native Americans in Maryland, in probably the year 1620, but I forget the exact year.  There, now you all know far too much about me.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"A Day in the Life" but what day? Saturday 9

A Day in the Life

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: A Day in the Life (1967)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) According to Rolling Stone, this is the greatest Beatle song of all. What's your favorite Beatle song?    My Favorite Beatles song:

2) "A Day in the Life" took 5 days to record. Looking back on the last five days, what did you accomplish?

I got two occasional tables moved and rearranged, picked out another place for the drum table, and picked out a design technique for the one of the other ones that I've wanted to do for ages and now set to with a WILL of IRON!
This is to show the technique, my table is very small.
This is from an old magazine article that
I saved and uses paints and resists on an undecorated piece, which essentially what I have.
The table I have was an old kidney shaped, pine table that use to have swing out arms and a glass top before the top was cut into a rectangle and the arms removed. It's served as an end table all these years.  Now it will be booooteefooool!

I also got the weaving yarns separated and bagged to go north, and the cone yarns, and one or two other little messy things cleared up.  Spent an afternoon with my sister and Bro in Law, and, I went to get a flu shot, which is quite a trek for us.  Planned three butterfly bushes for the side yard, and by the STARS they WILL be planted this winter unless I am dead.     heehee  I'll be pushing up butterfly bushes!

3) This song is the highlight of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, the first album released after the Beatles gave up touring. Critics predicted that, when they abandoned live concerts, their creativity would wane. Obviously this wasn't the case. When has someone underestimated you?  Critics always want to be right.  They make their living from that.  I hope that I understood the question... This is my point of view.  I think people have most likely underestimated me my whole life.  I am completely focused in a different direction than they.   Nowadays, I just don't care anymore what people think about my life. If they want to talk about my eccentric little ways, it's fine.  If they don't, still fine.   I know who it is that I wish to please, and I am focused on that "mission", so to speak.

4) The song says our hero "woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head." How is your hair right now? Are you prepared to go out and face the world?   I get up in the morning and drag a brush through my hair, put it back with a scrunchy, and wash my face.  I don't have to face the world all that often and believe me, after all the hyperactivity in my past life, I am enjoying this a whole lot!

5) The lyrics tell us he had to hurry to catch the bus to work. When is the last time you rode public transportation?  Years ago.  We have a trolley here and if the seats weren't made of the hardest plastic known to science, I'd ride it a lot more.  I'd love to go down to Mission Valley or Old Town on the trolley.

6) "A Day in the Life" was a true Lennon-McCartney collaboration. Conventional wisdom is that Paul is easy going while John was edgy. Is your temperament more Lennon or McCartney?  To be honest, I think that John was the rocker, and Paul was the balladeer.  Paul was a little too bossy, and I'm not like him at all.  John was a mystery muse with a heart; temperamentally, I'm more in John's camp than in Paul's.

7) "A Day in the Life" came out five years after the Beatles replaced their drummer. Taking over for Pete Best was undoubtedly the biggest break of Ringo Starr's career. Tell us about a time when fortune smiled on you. 
When I met my husband those many long years ago. Annnnd.....  Speaking of Pete Best, HERE is a very good interview of Pete by Zachary Stockill.  Pete Best is still playing his drums, and is still very good at it.  I like to think of the saying, "The best revenge is to have lived well."  And though he's not the vengeful type, he has.   I am a guitarist and a slave to the drums.  LOVE drums!

8) It would be hard to overestimate the Beatles' impact on popular culture. Their story and music have inspired a Broadway musical, a Las Vegas show, two movies and, according to Amazon, 900+ books. What's the most recent biography you read?  I Am Hutterite  but most recent, I suppose, is Three Wild Swans .

9) The Beatles are an ongoing boon to England's tourism industry. Fans from all over the world visit Liverpool each year to see where the Beatles grew up and got their start. If you won a trip to England, tell us what you'd like to see.  I'd like to see, and spend time in, most of England from the White Cliffs of Dover to the West Country around Liverpool.  Hadrian's Wall would be interesting, and Scotland, absolutely!  Definitely, I still want to see Ancient Wales and maybe even the Hebrides if there is time.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Grannie, Get your gun?

I'm thankful for every little thing.... This is the upper part, now comes the downer part:

Well, not maybe everything little thing I'm watching on Netlfix.  National Geo actually had a hand in this show? What were they thinking?  I am speaking of "Doomsday Preppers"    Some of it makes good sense, and always has made good sense,  like growing a big garden and putting up a lot of it into jars and cans, storing water, and getting these things stored in safe places.

One thing I'm really not happy knowing that there are, sadly, true hearted Christians, living in the most Militarized Country in the Free World,  who are so scared of an Apocalypse, and that they are preparing for it, storing food, as well as BIG guns and ammo enough for their little "armies".   What about St. Michael's Army?  

I've not seen all of the peeps in this as yet, but so far in the program there is only one Southern Gent I respect who is preparing.  He's adorable and funny.  I'd like to know him in real life.  He reminds me of a sweet, Santa Claus, except he has no beard.  I am so glad to know that he, and some others like him, are out there in this world.  It's not all bad, you see.  Just a bit shocking.

What ever happened to the Rapture?  I mean that's something I remember as being a cornerstone of the Believer's Holy Grail of options incase of any Apocolypse.   It sort of disheartening, this low level of trust.  I think we need to remember that we will ultimately be the strongest when we make good communities out of the people who are around us.  Share with the neighbors and care for whomever God sends our way.  He's the judge, not us.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Tails.... Beautiful, beautiful findings about Yellowstone's reintroduction of Wolves

We are really destructive to Nature.  Nature can take care of itself in more ways than we've even been able to fathom...

Thanks to Pina....  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Coming Home, to Amish Hell?... Sunday Stealing

September 20, 2014

Alphabetty 2

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
Let's go!!!

From Pepperstrings

Alphabetty 2

A) What does the last text you sent say? And to whom?

 It doesn't say anything, a little heart eyed smilie that implies "You're Welcome", and it was to a friend. 

B) What does the last text you received say? And from whom? 
My friend told me thank you.
C) What time do you wake up most mornings? 
4 am, and if I'm lucky I get back to sleep again.
D) Are you afraid of walking alone at night? 
I will walk some places alone at night.  My neighborhood, no.  Lots of through traffic from God Only knows where.
E) What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day? 
Watch a comedy on Netflix, and then go to sleep.  Sometimes we watch "Law and Order" but sometimes that's a mistake. hehe
F) Where did your last kiss take place and with whom? 
Yesterday, with Mr. Z  
This page has printable things for Hershey's Kisses.

G) Do/did you get into trouble a lot at school? 
I was pretty frank with my teachers at one point.  I don't think it got me into trouble; it did get me some respect.  Times were changing, and they knew what they were doing was not ethical nor was it morally supported in a diverse society.  Martin Luther King and all that... you know.. that stuff.
H) Do you enjoy your job? If unemployed, are you content being so? 
I'm very happy to be permanently retired.

I) Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos? 
In this way I'm a total bone head.  I've only gotten better at it in old age which didn't help much when I was young and being hit on by married men!
J) Have you ever been offered drugs but declined? 
No, so I've never had to decline.  I can't even smoke cigarettes without gagging.  Anyway, when we moved here, the drug local teenage dealer's parents thought we were into selling but it was their own son.  We apparently got blamed for a lot of stuff, probably because I wore bib pants and DH had a beard.  We *gasp* grew a vegetable garden!  I'm still not sure I like it here, frankly. Maybe they thought we were Amish or maybe Mennonite??  We rode bicycles, too.  And, gasp, cured olives!  Were we Gypsies?  Mon Dieu!  

K) Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking? 
Oh yes.  
L) Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted? 
Well, I think this was covered by J.  And by the way, what HAS the alphabet got to do with this? Just Sayin....
M) Tell us something weird that turns you on. 
An honest Politician?
N) When did someone last admit romantic or sexual feelings for you? Was the feeling mutual? 
A few weeks ago, and the feeling was mutual.
O) What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately? 
Just who gets all this stuff of mine.  Like what do I pitch or what do I save for the kids?
P) When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation? 
I "eat my own bitterness" quite often when in a group.  I see things normally called by some very bad names and with some uber serious consequences arising, and they see some sort of hero.  I'm past it.
Q) Do you usually initiate hugs? 
I married into a family of huggers so, I'm not the one usually doing it first.  It's mutual now, and it's very pleasant and a great thing for families and friends to do.  
R) Are you a very affectionate person? 
Yes, or at least I think so.  I hug trees for heaven's sake.  Hmmm?  Animals and cute teddy bears.. hmmm?
S) Can you roll your own cigarettes? 
I can roll them and learned when I was tiny.  My grandpa did so many things for me but one thing he did that was truly fun was let me roll his cigarettes.  Then he got a little machine and taught me how to use it because it fascinated me so much.
T) What are you looking forward to? 
A visit with the kids. 
U) Do you have any tattoos. Do you want any/more? 
No, and yes, I do want one but it's too late.  It might not heal!
V) Are you mentally strong? 
Oh yes.  
W) Are you physically strong? 
Pretty much, but not like before I got sick for the first time 30 years ago.
X) Do you think you’re a good person? 
I try to do what is ethically and morally right so that other people don't suffer.  And I try to love everyone, even someone like Henry the 8th who was apparently a victim of an accident that radically changed his personality.  I've forgiven him, if that means anything to him or not.
Y) Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now. 
I would move in a heart beat to be nearer to my daughters - not in their back pocket but nearer.  I love Central Coast, California, ad nauseum, I know.
Z) What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Protein of some sort, fresh fruit of some sort, and brown rice cakes, tea, and on the weekends, a little more chocolate.