Saturday, January 24, 2015


You know ~ the one I so carefully made sure I got before the flu season started...

The one that they are now saying is only 23% effective...
(or is it that it is only effective in 23% of the population?) 

Yeah ~ that one.


I've been sick with the flu for 2.5 weeks now, and I'm hearing from folk all over the country (and here near home) who are going through the same blasted thing!
For most, it is lasting 4-6 weeks ~ just shoot me now and be done with it!!!

The CDC really messed up it's guesses this time.

I have been working on a project (albeit slowly), and I DO have some fantastic news to share...

But I'd like to wait until I have a bit more energy to share with you...

Off to indulge myself in a mugful of my "Just What the Doctor Ordered"...

Wash Your Hands!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015


They abandoned the little black car on the street where our niece lives.

Fucking scary.

Here are some of the cartoons honoring the cartoonists who died, and freedom of speech.

Je suis Charlie ~

Monday, December 22, 2014

R.I.P., Joe ~

Godspeed your way to up where you belong, with your friends ~

Sunday, December 21, 2014


My dear sweet hubbie got me the best Solstice gift ever!!

This is a book I first read in the 8th grade ~ circa '71-72. Bless you Mr. Jenner, for letting me read every single book you had in your classroom, and for understanding about the 'top shelf' reading places!

A passage from this book shaped 50% of my spiritual beliefs. MH swears I'm the most Christian atheist she has ever met, but I, of course, disagree with her interpretation.

Jim & I searched for YEARS for a copy of this book; sadly, it was out of print. At one point, while we were divorced, Jim found a copy of the manuscript ~ he painstakingly printed it out for me, page by page! {I told you he was a sweetie!}

We had about given up on ever finding a decently priced copy ~

But then Amazon came up with a 50th anniversary edition ~


The book is ~  "ALONE", by Admiral Richard E. Byrd. He wrote it about his time, not knowing whether he would live or die, at the South Pole in 1934.  It is a completely amazing story of survival and love.

The passage that has always affected me so deeply is on page 183 of this 50th anny edition.

Here is the Amazon link for the book...

Happy reading ~ and thank you so very much Jimbo!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014


As of 1603 U.S. MST Sat. 21, 2014 ~

Here comes the sun!! Hugs & love to all my friends and family ~

23.5 degrees, baby!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


I finally finished my Finnabair style project for the Divas!  Why it took me so long...  most of the Divas used the Lindy's sprays; I found that I didn't like them AT ALL!  What's the sense of using a coloring agent that washed completely off with just a bit of water?!?!
As always ~ click to enlarge...

So I ended up using a bunch of different stuff...

TH Distress stains, Lumiere paints, Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels, and Deco Art Dazzling Metallics paint (Rich Expresso)
The picture doesn't do it justice ~ doesn't show how rich and deep the edges are, or all the color variations in the center.

I may go back later and add more color to the pearls in the lower left corner (there is more blue there than the pic shows)...

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

DIVAs Oct./Nov. project!

Dear D of the DIVAs came up with this Finnabair inspired project for us ~

We started with an 8 X 10 canvas that she primed for us; we also had our choice of different vintage woman's faces to pick from.
Then we were to start adding little bits & bobs that were in keeping with our particular theme ~ bet you can guess my theme!

As always, click to enlarge the pix...

I gave my canvas an all-over coat of a 'sandy' texture medium, and added some bubbles with a TH stencil.
Then came the most time-consuming part ~ adding all those little bits & bobs. I drew from my extensive stash of shells and other oceanic goodies. Some pieces are metal, some plastic; some are "live".

Below is my canvas with every thing in place, all ready to begin covering all with a coat or two of Gesso.

All gessoed up, and ready for my color!

I've gotten my first coat of color on tonight; stay tuned for other W.I.P. pix!

Thanks for looking ~

Cottleston Pie is the Taoist philosophy dealing with our Inner Nature (as explained by Winnie-the-Pooh)
To get the full scoop, read "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
The full poem is at the very bottom here...