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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Not a Wordless Wednesday: Rain!

Here comes the Thunderstorm.
I took a video too, but can't find it.
 I'll plug it in when I find out what Picassa did with it!
The rain and thunder started about Noon maybe.  It rained for about five minutes, and then never came back.  But we were glad for what we did get.

But it's been so HOT!  106°F yesterday and just a little cooler today.  To think that an actual Hurricane gave us a little rain after pounding poor Mexico and heading up into the Southwestern Deserts.

Way back Wednesday...

3 and a half year old Elle with Mr. Z. and a little pet whose name I don't recall
We've had a few bird pets over the years, Fred and Finneus Finch, who were no bigger than hawk moths, a couple of parakeets; this one, and Pépe, my dearly belovéd and very last Parakeet.  I would have had hundreds of birds if I wasn't allergic to them.

After the Birthday Party, with Gumby and Pokey.
Elle is 5, Bee is 4
Most of the pictures of the late 60 and all of the 70s are tied up in slides, and this is nearly the whole span of Elle's and Bee's early childhood.  I am going to "untie" them this year.

The reason we started making slides is that I'd taken a beautiful picture of Elle when she was just two years old, with a little sparrow perched on her shoulder.  We had rescued this baby bird earlier in the day.

Elle was seated on our lovely brown horse hair chair, the one that matched the couch in the first picture.  These were two beautiful pieces of vintage furniture, with wooden carving on the fronts of the arms.  But that's a story for another time.  You could find that sort of thing in the local junk yard in those days.  Very 20's.  The sun was coming in the window behind her.  It was a portrait quality photo, and taken with an Instamatic.

I sent my only copy to my Aunt B because she was dying, and I wanted to give her some pictures of the girls, quickly.  Bee is named for her.

I then had attempted to have some copies and an enlargement made but the people making it,sadly, had mishandled the negatives and had put a HUGE slash across Elle's face in it.  The negative was ruined.  My Auntie, who lived back east, could not see well enough to sort her photos and look for the original.

When we told the nice man in the camera shop (where we bought our first truly good camera) what had happened, he told me that the problem was negatives was that they were pretty fragile, and I should use slides for my photos because these were handled a with a lot more care than were negatives.

I still can remember the moment that the picture was taken, the golden light coming in the window, lighting up the baby sparrow and my little daughter's face.  I knew that the inside light was right at the edge of being too dim and the sun rays coming in where angled very low.  But, it was a perfect snap, and the picture was sort of a little miracle.  It was so magical when we saw that first print.

I'm a Grandma, I like to tell long family stories.
Thanks for going down memory lane with me.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Tails, Baby tort report, bits of knitting blah blah, Accidental Art, Drawing blah blah

Next week I want to share a story about three animals friends that Pina sent me, but I can't figure out, in my slightly addled and timid (meaning not bold) state, how to capture and present the story in a blog format.  It's a gorgeous story of what happens when babies grow up together.

Tort Report:  Milagro and Dusty discovered the "Hand of Human" had thrown something Yummy into their path.  This is the first time they've ever had watermelon rind and they tucked right in!  The older torts got more but it was given them farther away so that they wouldn't come and horn in to the little ones' feast.

Some very teensy "fish" provided this Fisheye view of South America, or maybe it's Africa.  That must be it.  Anyway, I think of this process, too, as feeding the wildlife but they better stay out of my books!:

This has been Lomished, Cross Processed
and to think the artists were actually fish.
Silver Fish. hehe

Optometrists, avert your eyes.. the pupil is oblate!

I'm working on the pink Stardust sweater today.   I'm determined to have it finished by November. It's for Elle, and she's waiting not quite as long as Gee but long enough.  The Manly/Beastly sweater is awaiting sleeves so maybe I'll just chicken out and knit them before finishing the body front and back on straights.  I know there are instructions somewhere for this maneuver but where????

And I'm reading the last of Gail Tsukiyama's book, The Samurai's Garden.  This beautifully paced book about everyday life while recovering from tuberculosis in a small village in Japan is just what I need right now.  I'm recovering, too.  There's just enough intrigue going on to make it interesting.  There is some sort of surprise coming and I hope it's not a bad thing.

Enjoy the Week!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Knitting Blues blah blah

Many blues...

Sometimes phone cameras are just a blog reader's nightmare, eh?

And my little morning snoozy mate....  Wolfie is a morning nap taker and it doesn't bother him at all that the chair is too narrow for the both of us.  Maybe this snuggling brings back happy memories of the babyhood Puppy Pile.

He's mostly black.  Something tells me I've posted this snap before!

Knitting blah blah:  This is mostly for my notes.  There's nothing to brag about with my knitting:

So far, a few rows of the cast offs for the sleeves.  My problem is that I don't remember how to knit such a complicated pattern, back and forth, on straights.  I'm going to have to research it.

No sleeves yet.  I just found the rest of the yarn in with other yarns.  Phew!  Trying to re-order that amount would be truly a Bear to do so it's good to have found it!

All three sweaters, one of which, top left, is finished except for sewing up.
This is sort of a kick in the rear post aimed at myself, so as to get jump started on sweater knitting. 

Dear Fellow Knitters who still read here,

Please feel free to boo and hiss if any more excuses are made.  I also hope that all that bobbling around on the cables will go away when I put this on the sweater blocker after it's finished.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunspots, Aurora (Northern Lights), and Sunday Stealing.

Isn't this gorgeous.  Our sun sent us this.  I wonder what else it has sent us with it?

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Sunday Stealing:

September 13, 2014
Celebrity Obsession
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!!!

Celebrity Obsession

Celebrity: a famous person From Wednesday's Alice

01. First Celebrity Obsession or Crush : Richie Valance.  I cried for several days when he died.  He didn't get much press.

02. Favorite Celebrity Encounter : I never encountered my favorite because he died so young, but I did see Robert Taylor at the Santa Monica bus station one year picking up an older lady.  Most actors in the 50s were still normal human beings in their down time.

03. Most Cherished Celebrity Obsession :  Do you mean something you collected from your  most cherished Celebrity,like their used cocktail napkins or tooth picks?  What does this question MEAN please!

04. A celebrity you’d love to hang out with:  That would be Sandra Bullock, as a hands down favorite.

05. A celebrity you’d love to sit down and have a conversation with:  Will Smith and hopefully we would talk a little about how he prepares for a role like the one of the future stockbroker in, "The Pursuit of Happiness."

06. An artist you’d like to see live:  That would be stellar cellist, Yo Yo Ma.  I love the cello,  and Yo Yo Ma  is arguably the best player right now.

07. A celebrity you respect purely for talent:  The singer, Tony Bennett.  You can keep Sinatra.

08. A celebrity you feel you’d be good friends with.  Sam Elliot as it just seems like he is good friend material, on the whole.

09. A celebrity you dislike that others seem to love: Ben Affleck, though he is changing a little as he gets more roles.

10. A celebrity you respect for what they’ve been through in life:  Dolly Parton

11. A celebrity you share a birthday with:  Lady Bird Johnson.  That lady is dear to my heart.

12. A celebrity you find annoying  I can't even watch a movie with Woody Allen in it anymore.

13. Favorite under-20 celebrity:  Oh no, not this... I have no idea if anyone I see in film or on stage these days is still under-20. This is especially if they are in a movie that might be 8 years old already.

14. Favorite over-60 celebrity He's Dead!  He is so very dead.

15. The celebrity “fandom” that means most to you:  See. I have no IDEA what this means.  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday 9, Good Books, Drawing Blah Blah, Saturday Komeekz

Saturday9:  The Link button for this is in the side bar with more memes.  Come join the fun! 

Saturday 9: Hey, Soul Sister (because John suggested Train). If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) The video was shot on a street corner in Echo Park in central Los Angeles. If you saw a film crew making a video in your neighborhood, would you stop to watch? Or would you just keep walking?  

For any sort of Music, I'd stop.  Anything else, I would just kept walking very fast, running even. Who knows the plot?  Maybe the next thing is where the perp,on foot, starts tearing down the sidewalk and trips on a root, and there you are?  One broken collarbone later, in the ER, you get an autograph for your cast.  Hmmm? Maybe I wouldn't run.

2) The singer says he remembers his girl in every dream he dreams. Do you remember if you dreamed last night? I did dream, and most of the time I remember enough to get by, but not all the time. Senior Dreaming.

3) The band Train is from San Francisco. Have you ever visited The City by the Bay?  We've been there several times.  If I could, I'd live closer to it; somewhere just below or just above it probably.  I love that part of the California, central coast and north all the way to Canada, to be honest.

4) Lead singer Pat Monahan got his start in a Led Zeppelin cover band. Can you name a Led Zeppelin song? "Stairway to Heaven", and "Black Dog". I hate "Black Dog" but I'll never forget it nor will I ever listen to it again.  We were having dinner at a little restaurant somewhere, and I put "Stairway to Heaven" on to play at the Jukebox, with it's flip side to follow, which I'd never once heard.  It was "Black Dog" What a mistake!

5) In doing research for this week's Saturday 9, Crazy Sam discovered a publication called Trains, The Magazine of Railroading. What's the last magazine you flipped through?  Something at my sister's house, to get directions for a wreath you make from an old book
HERE is a link to a page that has it, and it's a lot like the one below the pink one on top.  In fact, I like it better than that one.

6) Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower?  
I'm definitely a different drummer sort of gal.  I'm not a follower.

7) Scholars tell us that "To be or not to be" is Shakespeare's most quoted line. Give us another one. 

I like this one the best: "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt  of in your Philosophy."

8) How do you listen to music on the go? Car radio? CD changer? iPod/mp3 player? Your phone? 

The car tweeters need replacing so I can't listen to anything at all inside it.  A tweeter has cut loose and rattles if the stereo is turned up above a whisper.

9) Are you a convincing liar?

No, I'm really not, so I just tell the truth when it seems like it must be done, or, do a lot of tongue biting, or pretend I didn't hear.  Usually that ends it.

Happy weekend Sam!  Thanks for hosting this fun meme!

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.

Drawing in the Abstract:

"Seed Queen" - an Abstract

Someday I'll just have to use better Media! Bee gave me beautiful paper and colored pencils- so many colors!  I'll have to recopy this one because I actually like it a lot!

Breakfast, in bed, with reading......

This came with a cuppa

I've been reading a lot.  I'm trying to catch up on some historical novels about China and Japan that have fallen into my hands.  If you ever get a chance to read the oldest novel ever written (though not published earliest), give The Red Chamber a spin.  I'm going to read it once more, but I'm buying it as a kindle version.  It's so long! 

And now, the Komeekz!  I got a big kick out of this Pickles!

DH has bragging rights.  He can cook just about anything, and he's also lots better at the BBQing.

Have a great Weekend, m'friends!  Stay cool if you are in the Southwest.  It's going to be a scorcher!

Friday, September 12, 2014


And, to start the weekend with a BANG!, I am doing to friday meme's back to back.  I like them all but only do these two.  That way I can keep track of them!

Friday 5 for September 12: Spending

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!
  1. What crowd-funding projects have you supported? If you haven’t supported any, were there some that really intrigued you?  Frankly, I just don't know what that is. 
  2. How much of your monthly bill-paying is done online?  I used to pay all the bills and do the taxes every year, but that has been taken over by Mr. Z once he retired.  So, that's the long and the short of it....  I do not know.
  3. What are some of the more memorable things you’ve bought or sold in online auctions?  I've bought yarn on auction, and once bid on a dozen tea cups with saucers, assorted, but chickened out when it got up to a hundred bucks.  I only give things away on Craig's list because I can't stand selling things anymore.  I've done my share of it, and it's very tiring indeed!
  4. What experience do you have with purchasing digital entertainment (music, movies, TV shows, or live web shows, for example) online?  Other than the odd song here and there around Christmas when it's 99 cents for a lot of Choirs singing beautiful Christmas Hymns from the heart of Africa or something, I don't do it.  Except that we do have Netflix.  This is a marketing thing, isn't it?  Do you want to hear about my shoes?  I buy shoes on line.
  5. What kind of stuff have you bought or sold from personal online craft stores, such as are found on Etsy?  I've bought wax molds on Etsy but I've never sold anything there.  I have a shop name, and they send me nice little helpful reminders that they will lead me through it, but it's gotten so HUGE that it's,frankly, a bit Scary!  Also, there is the fact that I've been a great slacker at getting something up to sell.  Someday, MAYBE, I'll sell on Etsy.
Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend!

Five Minute Friday

The directions are under the FMF button in the side bar.  I hope you will join this because it's fun and challenging and you just never know what fellow blogging people will come up with.

The prompt word for the week is: Ready.

I'm not ready to write for rive make that five minutes every day in the Month of October, so I won't be doing it.  It's hard enough to think of things that will take five minutes of unadulterated consciousness stream writing and typing just once a week.  I'm ready to cheer on anyone who is ready to do it.  That said, I am ready to go home.  I think this time I'll ask to be able to stay there.  I ready to just enjoy the last of life, for which the first was made, according to a poet whom I cannot remember at the moment - probably Yeats who is one of my favorite ones.  I am ready to read everything that I've put off reading in order to stay informed when people I think of criminals have taken over my beloved country.  I am ready to be disappointed that they were not punished which is God's job anyway, and I'm ready to give it up to Him to do.  Try THIS with nine inch nails when you forgot to cut them.  I just wasn't ready to give up the last pretty thing that goes on my face and body, namely, polish.  Hope you enjoyed this even if you weren't quite ready to hear a rant.  But, I'm not ready to become chained to my keyboard if I want to run off to the hills, screaming.  hehehehe


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Our Family Tree is HUGE.

 Me?  I'm grateful to have such a big family!  I'm also so thankful for animators and this project is why.  It's a human cell.

Now, whether anyone wants to believe it or not,  we all really do need to know that the whole human race is one very big family.  The DNA says so, especially the internal mtDNA of the Mitochondrial body.  It makes us all one big family from about 70,000 years ago.  We descend from one mother, probably somewhere in Ethiopia.

This is an animation of a cell.  I love this YouTube!  To me it weds music and science in a beautiful dance.  So listen, Sigh a bit, and then dance along! 

I posted this some time ago, several years ago, but it may be time to do it again.  This is a tribute to our First Mother of so long ago..... 

The Body in Question:

Picture Source
Enjoy being in a great big family.  You have brothers and sisters all over the world!