Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pleasing plant forms




Friday, May 29, 2009

Save California's State Parks

Whoa, another petition for you to sign! I'm getting all political and stuff today.
In case you didn't hear, our governator wants to shut down 220 of our state parks. I have been to many of them, and would like to visit more of them. This is a terrible, crappy idea, especially since it's likely to cost the state more than it saves. You can read more about it here.

Can you relate?

Jerry sent me the following message from his email at work. Except for the fact that I'm not a Pepsi drinker, it pretty much sums up a typical day for me.


Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder. Somehow I feel better even though I have it!!

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need water. I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

the car isn't washed,
the bills aren't paid,
there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter,
the flowers don't have enough water,
there is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail....

Do me a favor. Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember who I've sent it to!

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!

No more junk mail!

Please visit their website and sign the petition.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I made pho

I woke up sick this morning. I think it's a sinus thing. And my throat hurts. It's the kind of sick that makes me want soup. Usually I'll make matzo-ball soup, but today I woke up wanting pho.

Lucky me, I found a blogger with an easy recipe. I had some of the ingredients on hand already, and found most of the rest at the market. Even with a couple of items left out, it was still just the taste I was craving. I made way too many noodles, though. Have you ever made too many noodles for something, and the bowl almost seems like there's more left over than what you started with? Well, it happens to me occasionally, and this was one of those times. So maybe tomorrow I'll find another recipe to help use them up. Or maybe I'll just make more of that yummy broth and have pho again.

Ack, my nose is running. I better go catch it!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fun to look at!

I was at Michael's today, (the store, not my son), and I saw some really cute scrapbooking stuff. The artist was Carolyn Gavin. I really liked the colors and shapes. It's funny how lately I am so easily distracted and amused by fun patterns, simple shapes taken from nature, and bright colors, and her stuff is pretty much based on all of those things.

Of course, I'm too darn cheap to actually buy any of it, but I jotted down her name (otherwise I would have surely have forgotten it by the time I got home, knowing me), and checked her out online.

She has a blog and a website, both of which are filled with bright fun stuff to look at. I especially like how she takes a design and makes several versions of it with different colors.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

White roses in the early evening.

Madonna of the Onion

Once again, I have been distracted from my kitchen duties by the way the vegetables look when I cut into them. In this case, I clearly saw an image of a mother and child in my sliced onion.

Fascinated and delighted (especially since tomorrow is Mother's Day) I made sure everybody saw it, then I took pictures of it, then I went back to my chopping. Or at least I started to, but the middle part of the onion just sort of fell out, and I was compelled to admire it all over again. I set it on the kitchen window sill, and when I saw the light shining through it from behind, I had to take it outside and take another picture of it.

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Evolution of a Mother's Day card

Here's a little story about the Mother's Day card I made.

First off, there's this cute little template, actually a printable coloring page that I found online last year after I had already made my mom a cute card. I just tucked this away for future use.
Welcome to the future!

Over the past weekend I started fiddling with the card.

This was my first attempt. Cute so far, but I wasn't inspired. I decided to take it in a different direction. And here's a little side-story that ties in to my final color choice:

See this cute little dress? I saw a dress just like this one on a little girl in Trader Joe's the other week. I was so taken by the colors (as well as the floral pattern) that I could hardly concentrate on my shopping. I was seriously toying with the idea of asking the girl's mom if I could take a picture of the dress, but I was afraid she would think I was weird. Instead, I just said, "What a cute little dress!" and the mom thanked me and then gushed that she loved it too, and had just bought it the previous day at Kohl's.

Well, that was enough for me. When I got home, I went to the Kohl's website and found the dress and saved the picture above. I'm sure it looked better in person, but this was close enough. I made the little dots to match the colors of the dress. I knew I wanted to make something, someday, with those colors.

I used some fun Photoshop brushes that I found online and again played around with a batik-like effect, sort of similar to this doodle.
So, here is my finished product:

I spent a little more time playing with the colors. This purple-y one was nice.

This one uses the same colors as the little dress, only with a darker background. I decided it was a little too dark.

Friday, May 01, 2009

An amusing view from my front yard

I first noticed the window-kitty on the left a few months ago. Then we got new neighbors in the house on the right, and they have one, too! Most of the time, I will see only one kitty or the other, but sometimes they are both there.

Click on the picture to make it bigger.