Sunday, January 31, 2010


My latest restoration job, almost finished. Probably made in the early forties, mostly feedsack and quite well-preserved. The colors are still quite vivid. Cole is guarding it from the cats, who keep trying to park themselves on it.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sky Treasures

What do you call a sundog that merges with a rainbow?

A raindog, of course. :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Someone (you know who you are) asked me to post an example of a Zentangle I've made, and here's a shot of the latest one in my home journal:

One this size takes me about a month to finish; a normal person could probably draw it in a couple of hours. I don't do too many because I prefer working in color, but I do make them mainly when I'm on the phone either with doctors or NY (which is also probably why mine are so convoluted/complicated.)

To draw them I just use a fine black Sharpie pen (see below), the kind that doesn't bleed through paper. I know the Micron pens are supposed to be better for detailing, but the barrels are slippery and I don't have enough motor control to draw with really fine detail anyway, so they're wasted on me. I also draw them in a lined journal because the lines help me keep my doodles relatively uniform (plus they're great for when I want to fill in a spot with bricks.)

Making Zentangles is very relaxing and mind-clearing for reasons that are utterly beyond my comprehension. I've never bought the kit from the official web site, but I suppose I should someday so I can learn all the little tricks and techniques.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Journal Page

I'm testing the new camera on different things to see how well it performs on the auto setting. Takes really great close-up shots of art and writing.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Orangesicle Rose

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Elusive Red

The toughest birds for me to photograph are cardinals. I've been trying to snap a picture of one for about six years now, and they're so hypersensitive to sound that they always fly away before I can take the shot.

At least they are unless you distract them with a couple pounds of birdseed:

This one is a bit crooked because I was so excited that I fumbled the camera.

This is the shot I wanted. Beautiful little guy.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It Never Snows in the South

Evidently it does now.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hungry Birdies

I saw a huge flock of sparrows hunting through the frozen grass in our neighborhood earlier this week, which prompted me to put out some wild birdseed. I know, I'm a softie, but it's winter, and the poor things are hungry. I figured five pounds would help feed a few.

This morning I went out and found at least fifty birds of all shapes and sizes in the oak tree. Most of them flew off, but I was able to snap this shot of the mini-bird convention in the nearly-empty feeder.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Every time I turn around, I find these strange creatures snoozing on my sofa:

If they're not sleeping, they're coercing me into subversive baking. Example: this week the girls had me make a cake version of a scene from George Orwell's Animal Farm for a school project. Basically I baked and constructed the base and offered suggestions on what else to use; they then decorated. Ironically the only thing that isn't edible are the animals on the cake, the coop and the fence.

(Warning before the link: the cake's theme is very graphic and may upset little ones or animal lovers, which is why I'm not posting it up front on the blog page.)

When they told me their idea I made them get an okay on the project from their teacher before the holiday break, but I'm still worried that the end result is a bit too realistic. But then I think video games are too realistic, so maybe I am getting too old for this stuff.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Near and Far

Don't tell my trusty old Kodak, but the new camera is incredible. It seems to pick up more nuances in color and texture (higher resolution, duh):

The Canon also took this shot of New Year Eve's blue moon for me, which the Kodak would never have even focused on:

Very pleased with it. Have tons to learn, too. My daughter's best friend had to show me where the zoom button was. :)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Wishing You