Saturday, June 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Donna

I spent way too much time playing with photoshop today. But this came out pretty cute.
For my sister, whose birthday is next week.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Heat statistics

Well, we topped out at 92 degrees yesterday, and it stayed that way until about 9:PM. And even though it cooled off outside, our house was very slow to cool down. Something about this house just holds the heat in and doesn't let it go. You can open every window in the house, and the cool evening air somehow doesn't circulate, even with strategically placed fans. I think it has something to do with the fact that our windows all face north and south, and the prevailing winds blow east and west. Also, our back yard goes up a hill, and I think that blocks some airflow, although you can feel a breeze in the back yard.

So I decided to set up our camping tent. It's been years since we used the thing. Just a big square tent with big zippered windows all around. Good ventilation to let in the back yard breeze. And by 9:pm, while it was still 92 in the house, it was in the 70's in the tent. I fixed it up with cots, dog beds, and my computer for entertainment. It was kind of fun. For awhile it was just me and the dogs, because the boys were out and Jerry was at work. It took Marley a few minutes to settle down, but Boomie loved it the moment he stepped inside and found his bed. That's one thing that makes me feel kind of bad, how miserable this heat is for the dogs.

OK, lets check the thermostat in the living room: 86 degrees at 12:20 PM. I think I'll let the dogs out and see if they want to play in the sprinkler.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Feeling the heat

In the 8 minutes since I took this picture and uploaded it to Blogger, it's already gone up a degree. Yeah, the display works, but the A/C doesn't! No immediate plans to get it fixed or replaced, either.

I'll post an update a little later. It got up to 91 in the house yesterday. Lets see how hot it gets today.


Update, 5:23 PM: 92 degrees.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fresh veggie quesadillas with corn relish

I got this recipe out of a magazine, and modified it a little bit. It's light, quick, and easy. (Tastes good, too.)

1 10 oz. package frozen corn kernels (you can barbecue 4 ears of corn first, and then cut the kernels off, but that's too much work for me)
1 avocado, cut into little chunks
1 cup cherry or grape tomatos, cut in half
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 bunch green onions, half of them thinly sliced, half cut into 2 inch lengths
1 Tb lime juice
coarse salt and ground black pepper
flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (6 oz.)
1 yellow squash, halved crosswise and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 orange bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced

For corn relish, mix corn, thinly sliced onions, cilantro, avocado, and tomato. Season with salt and pepper, add lime juice and toss to combine.

For each quesadilla, sprinkle a little cheese on the bottom half of a tortilla. Top with squash, bell pepper, onion, and a little more cheese. Season with salt and pepper and fold top half of tortilla over the filling to close. Grill on lightly oiled barbecue grates, turning once, until browned in spots and cheese has melted. (the recipe says 6-8 minutes, but mine seemed to go much faster)
Cut into wedges and serve with corn relish.
Note: the receipe said this made 4 quesadillas, but I had enough veggie filling for at least 6.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

OK, now I'm back

and I just remembered another one of those made-up sayings that I made up years ago:

Bookstore Syndrome

Sounds scholarly enough, but alas, it's actually just a cleverly disguised code for needing to go to the bathroom while out shopping. Its origin comes from the oddly laxative effect that bookstores often have on me. I don't know why it is, but if I don't go preemptively, it will hit me like prune-laced clockwork while I'm mid-browse. Occasionally, I'll get the urge in other stores (like Best Buy, but I think that might be phychosomatic, because Jerry takes too long looking at computer stuff and I get bored...)

Strangely, I've never had Bookstore Syndrome in the library.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Baby Jacob is an angel now

Here's something I haven't told anyone. Ever since I started blogging more than 4 years ago, I have been drawn to the personal blogs of families with special babies. Some are micro-preemies. Some have serious illness or birth defects. Maybe it's the nurturing mama in me. Or the potential future grandma. I get very "attached" to them. I find their stories much more compelling than any "reality" TV show, and I follow their progress as they struggle and grow and develop.

But sometimes they die.

Little Jacob was born on January 14th, with Trisomy 18. Through his parents, he told the world about his life, his family, his struggles. Lots of people fell in love with him from afar and prayed every day for him, but his illness took a toll on his tiny body and he passed away last weekend.

This week's Illustration Friday topic is "baby", so this picture is in memory of Jacob.

If it's only happening in my head, is it still art?

I get plenty of creative ideas, but nothing ever seems to take shape lately. Too busy spinning my wheels to actually get it in gear, you might say. But stuff is in there, in my brain, in my heart. Just beyond my fingertips.

Last night, while standing in my yard, I was inspired to create this. I am fascinated with the idea of digital scrapbooking and would like to get into it more.

I also have this recurring resolution to draw something, anything, every day, or at least several times a week. Just sketch out whatever is on my mind, and post it, even if it's not finished, or even very "good." But I haven't managed to do that yet. It's all up here in my head, though, if that counts for anything.