Sunday, August 31, 2014


I made an error in my last post ~ the 'money' I received from Cathy is NOT real money ~

For more on the "Hell Bank Notes" please see here ~

So...  I guess you could say I have money to burn!!

Mea culpa

Saturday, August 23, 2014


My sweet friend Cathy from Ma Vie Trouvee sent me a lovely package of goodies a bit back. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post this, Cathy!
As always, click to biggify pix.

To begin with, below is just the envelope she decorated to send my treasures in... the red floral design continues on the front...

Below is some Singaporean money. Aren't the colors brilliant?!

She sent me several joss papers...

In these the areas that look dark are actually shiny gold...

The next two are much larger pieces; about 14-16 in. wide...

A 5 x 6 little good luck charm; 2014 is the year of the horse.

And this is the pies de resistance ~ Cathy used Gelli printing and antique stamps to create this 8.5 by 11 stunning piece ~ I can't wait to get it framed! There is no way any computer copy of it can do it justice ~ the colors are so deep & rich!

Thank you again, Cathy, for all the wonderful gifts ~

If you haven't checked out Cathy's art blog, please do so soon ~ and from there, check out more of her fantastic photography on she & her hubby's travel blog, The Xtra Suitcase!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Miss Bacall ~

You had me at the whistle scene ~


Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams ~

Oh Captain! My Captain!

R.I.P., dear man. You were one of the best of the Holy Fools ~

Nanu, Nanu

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Or: "Seamus' New Love"!

My sister came over for a four day visit, and we had a GREAT time! As you can see by all these pix, Seamus quickly fell in love with her, and kept getting in her lap anytime she sat down. Can you tell she loves dogs?? And she quickly learned the immutable law ~ that sleeping doxies weigh twice as much as when they are awake!
Unfortunately, Peanut was not so enamored of her ~ even as the days went by... 'Nut would greet her, THEN start barking her fool head off at her! I still say she has a wee bit of brain damage from her 3 day old hypoxic episode! {Peanut, not my sis!}
Click pix to biggify ~

When Leah said she was coming, I asked what she wanted for dinner ~ her fast reply was "One of Jim's world favorite pizzas!", so that is what we had for her first meal here.  Nom, nom, nom.  After dinner, we went straight up to the Sea Gypsy's Nest to start working on a scrapbook about her retirement party ~ that was the real reason for her visit. So I kicked back, and directed Leah in the separating of and IDing the pix...  She whined about having to 'work'!!

Isn't Leah pretty?! Sometimes it is very hard to believe there are 16.5 years between us!!
On Wed.,  we went thrifting.... now you have to understand that Leah is the QUEEN of the thrift shop world!! She lives for the thrill & pleasure of the hunt ~ she wore me out!!! But we both came home with some great finds ~

Our best times came in the evening ~ working on the scrapbook, and movin' & groovin' to some fabulous 50's & 60's hits she found on the computer!  We sang, we boogied, we danced our little hearts out!  Then we collapsed in laughter!

I really felt like we were making up for all the time we were apart, leading separate and very different lives. I LOVE having a sister!!

Friday, Leah came with me to the monthly meeting of the Artistic Souls of Eagle. Who knew my non-crafty sis could fussy-cut so durn well?!?! She enjoyed meeting the ladies ~ more pix from that later...
I forgot to take a pic of her box card project, but we got it all finished before she left on Sat.

I can't wait till the next time she can come visit ~ maybe in the fall? I know Seamus will be missing her too!

PS ~ I saw the oral surgeon today for my follow-up ~ the 'lesion' was just a freckle, as he predicted. Yahooo!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

ROSES & RUST Flea Market Goodies

Some of these are the goodies I got at the flea market I went to a while back; others are from my junkin' friend L ~ as always, click pix to enlarge.

First up, from the market, is this adorable little little serving cart on wheels. I just couldn't say "no" to the aqua blue!  I can move the 3 shelves around from top to bottom; I was thinking of putting the rustiest one in the middle ~ what do you think?  Or should I clean it up and repaint it using a similar color?  Your ideas gratefully listened to!

These next 2 items are from my Gilded friend L ~ these kinds of hairnets were given out free to, among others, nurses, to keep their hair jailed out of the way.
Pretty sexy, eh???

This is a large steel syringe L found for me ~ Yikes! It holds about 20cc (2/3rds of an ounce).

Showing the plunger.  I'm thinking this may have been a veterinarian's, rather than for humans.  Either way, I love it!

I have been wanting one of these old rulers for ages ~ I'm going to ModPodge it to help protect it.

I can't wait to see what I can find at the fall Rust & Roses show!

Thanks for looking ~

Thursday, June 26, 2014


The biopsy this morning went easily...  less than 5 minutes for the procedure itself. I spent more time hanging around for the numbing meds to kick in, and then waiting to see if I was going to have any excessive bleeding. (none)

I have no real pain; just a bit of an ache easily controlled with Ibuprofen.

So, if there is any bad news, we'll hear ASAP; if it is good news, it could take 2-3 weeks.

Doc still thinks it is benign after his closer look today.


I finally got my car back from the shop today!! Doing the Yippeee Skipeee dance here!  Looking at the front drivers side, you could never tell it had been smooshed ~

Off to play now that the Vitamin V has worn off ~

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...