Sunday, January 23, 2011

A surprise with a mystery

Yesterday I cleaned out a high kitchen cabinet that hadn't been cleaned out in years. It's up over my head and most of what's up there is out of my reach. But I knew there was something sticky up there, and yesterday was the day I finally got up on the big step stool to see for myself.

It turned out to be a bottle of wine that had been laying on its side, leaking slowly for some period of years.

As I removed everything so I could wipe the bottom of the cabinet, I discovered an old box of fruit snacks wedged up in the corner. This is little kid food, and my sons are in their 20's now, so that makes these things...way old!

front of package

back of package

the snacks
We opened up a pouch and looked at the dinosaur shaped fruit snacks. They were all hard, and even though the picture on the package shows them in bright fruity colors, now they were all brown. Well, not all. There was one that was bright red. But it was also not a dinosaur shape like the other pieces.

is this corn?
This doesn't look like a dinosaur shape to me. It looks like an ear of corn. Why would there be an ear of corn in a package of dinosaur fruit snacks? I suppose I'll never know.

Wistful desk nostalgia

Me and my desk, 1979
Look at us. How young we were, my desk and I. This was in 1979, not too long after Jerry and I got our first apartment. We weren't even married yet.

Somewhere deep in the clutter of my present-day life there are pictures of this desk when I first bought it second-hand for $20.00 and re-finished it and made it my own. I will post the pictures when or if I find them. But here is my beautiful, beloved desk in its prime, and me in mine. Sadly, neither of us has aged gracefully.

Back in '79, I actually worked at my desk. I had art supplies in there that I actually used. When we moved from the apartment into our first house, we still had more bedrooms than people to sleep in them. So I still had a room for my desk, but after a few years, working full time and later having a baby meant I didn't use my desk except as a magnificent storage cabinet for my art supplies.

When we moved again, to were we still live today, we had less space, and the desk, along with my art supplies, was relegated to the garage, and from there it began to deteriorate.

Relegated to the garage :(
This is my desk today.


things and stuff

peely old formica

Dusty old formica top
The black formica top, which weighs a ton but opens to store stuff underneath, is filthy. It looks like an old chalkboard.

Hope and fond memories.  And dust.
Just by coincidence, Illustration Friday's theme this week is dusty. So I traced my fingers through the layer of dust and schmutz to make a simple, happy drawing.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Borrowed Memories

Digital scrapbook page for my grandparents. The photos are from about 1928. This is unfinished, but I have spent a long time on it, so I'm posting it anyway.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The dead of winter

Sweating here while others are shivering elsewhere. I'm contemplating what to put on the barbecue tonight.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

lentil and root vegetable soup

For future reference. Maybe I'll make it when our little warm spell is gone :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Always open

There's this bird I've been watching since, oh, sometime last summer. A mockingbird. He* has something wrong with his beak. That's how I can tell him apart from all the other mockingbirds. His beak is stuck open. I don't know how he manages to eat, but apparently he still can. The other day I was working in the yard, getting my little garden plot ready for some vegetables. When I disturbed the soil, it activiated the bugs there, and that attracted the bird. I stood there very still and watched for several minutes as he thrashed a spider around in the dirt. I'm not even sure he ended up eating it. I crept away to go get my camera, and he was still there when I got back. He is perched on the handle of my garden hoe.

I don't know if this bird is really a he, but I'm calling it a he.


Sunny Parking Lot
Part of my lunch date with Jerry today included a trip to the tire store. This included a bit of wait time till they could look at my tire, and then replace what turned out to be a broken valve stem. I sat in the sun and it felt so nice, (until I'd had enough and retreated to the shade).

Reflection in my glasses
Here you can see the same palm tree reflected in my glasses.

The sauce

EDM #7
This picture is for Julie, who has challenged me to do Everyday Matters with her. I am picking up where she left off, at 7. Not sure where we'll go from here, but it's a start, right, Julie?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Some old stuff for the New Year

I have been spending a lot of time trying to go through all my many thousands of digital photos on my computer. I had over 20,000 pictures. My goal is to remove all the files and folders from 2008 and 2009 and put them on our spare drive. Most of the stuff from before 2008 is already there.

But before I take out all those old files, I'm looking through them to see if there's anything I want to keep on my computer. There is a ridiculous amount of bug pictures that need to be organized by type. Also a lot of pictures of plant life from the Fullerton Arboretum. And more pictures of my dogs, especially Boomer, than of anyone else in the family. I am weeding out the best ones to save on my computer, the others are either being deleted or banished to the spare drive.

I have put a selection of them on Flickr for whoever wants to see. I will put some random leftover bug pictures on Bug Safari soon.