Friday, February 24, 2012

Puerto Rico!

El Morro National Park (fort)

El Morro from the inside

Angel in the cemetery

view from the fort

colorful buildings (it is the Carribean!)

love the red door

red door building second level

So, Puerto Rico.....who knew? And I highly recommend. Absolutely wonderful. We went for just two days and nights but it was perfect, like a dessert of a trip. Unfortunately, I got back to a kid with pink eye, one with "growing pains" and the ongoing saga of parenthood, never a dull moment should be tattooed on my forehead. The respite was nice. Now, back to work, artwork that is.......

Saturday, February 18, 2012


my grandfather's alarm got to it, hands not attached anymore, like time stopped

 Well, I just can't believe how good 40 feels.....well, actually it's no coincidence, my gluten free diet has settled like a warm blanket into my body. I am healthier than I have been in years. All of my pain is gone (except the ankle and that's just going to take time and has nothing to do with my disease and everything to do with, well, turning 40). I am so blessed to be able to feel better simply by the foods I eat and the foods that I don't eat. It only bothers me a little that I didn't have a birthday cake yet but my mother is going to make me a GF pound cake tomorrow.

Speaking of gluten free flours, I went into a little natural merchantile last week for the first time. It's 3 miles down the road, I have lived out here in the Western part of the county for nine years and have never gone in. And as I walked into this store, which smelled just like a health food store in a 100 year old building and reminded me of Whole Oats in Boulder. Amazing how smell can bring back memories....there is still a Suave mousse that if I smell it, it reminds me of being stood up on New Year's Eve when I was 16. Anyway, I was pointed to a golden bag of GF flour, Authentic Foods Multi Blend Flour as one of the best by the store's sweet and kind owner. So, right now, I am cooking up a loaf of banana bread and it smells wonderful......more later.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vday Wrap Up

A favorite road of mine (I drive this to the gym and run it in the summer)
Oh, snowy tree lined road.....only saw a few of these this winter, how disappointing. But it has me thinking about warm....more on that later.....a little trip for my 40th is coming up. We are going to a place that I have only seen the airport of....on a layover. I'm taking my new lens with, great pictures to come.

This year I was the proud momma of three kids WHO MADE THEIR OWN VALENTINES. Yes, yes, I know, I can hardly contain myself. Here are a few pics of them:

With only a little writing and gluing help from me......can you tell? Design blogs eat your heart out! I prefer to work with projects with kids that require as little adult handling as possible AND that have only 1 or 2 steps and no inter fusing webbing, hot glue gunning, metal bending and such. I know you are thinking, she is the next Martha, I know, I know......

Monday, February 13, 2012

Box of Treasures

My grandfather's postcard to my grandmother three days before their wedding

My grandfather's lists (apparently he made many) and he was a SPE

Grandmother's commencement

before email

I recently inheireted a box of wonderful letters and keepsakes from my grandmother and grandfather. The postcard in the first photo was sent to my grandmother days before their wedding. My mother says that her father was a very to the point person.

My mother passed these delicate papers and cards on to me to take care of them. And I will...I may be putting together a "scrap" book of sorts.....

I'm also going to immortalize some of these pieces in my artwork. (Thank goodness for scanning as I won't use these originals) what I want to do is find OTHER people's boxes o' stuff (circa 1900-1960) and use those originals. A friend of mine goes to auctions all over the county here in Virginia. The estate sales often have plenty of personal papers and such. Could be fun!

40th birthday this Thursday....bought myself a new lens for my camera (since I fell down the stairs and ruined the lens)...I'd been meaning too and what BETTER reason than the big 4 back to work.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits

notice the arms.....then look above at the legs......a happy accident

As I Walked Out One Evening
W.H Auden

As I walked out one evening
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat

And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
'Love has no ending.

I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street

I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits
For in my arms I hold
The flower of the Ages
And the first love of the world

But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime
'O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conquer Time.

'In th burrows of the Nightmare
Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
And coughs when you would kiss

'In headaches and in worry
Vaguely life leaks away
And Time will have his fancy
To-morrow or to-day.

'Into many a green valley
Drifts the appalling snow;
Time breaks the threaded dances
And the diver's brilliant bow.

'O plunge your hands in water
Plunge them up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
And wonder what you've missed.

The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead.

'Where beggars raffle the banknotes
And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,
And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,
And Jill goes down on her back.

'O look, look in the mirror,
O look in your distress:
Life remains a blessing
Although you cannot bless.

'O stand, stand at the window
As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
With your crooked heart.'

It was late, late in the evening,
The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
And the deep river ran on.

Now that's a love poem.
I know the art above has licensed scrapbook paper in it and so I'm not planning on reproducing them.
That said, I am still working on the book that you saw in the Night Studio post. It's taking longer than I thought. But I've realized lately that perfectionism can be a good thing. If I am going to put something out there, it's going to be my best work.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Mother Daughter Convo

she's reaching-work in progress

Conversation with a four year old daughter.....

"Here Mommy, read this!" (It's a rogue Halloween book found on her shelf, okay actually the Halloween books are always on the shelves and well, okay the Christmas ones too...which as you can imagine keeps my kids constantly confused.)

On the front cover of the book there is a bat hanging upside down but try as you might you can NOT explain to a four year old girl that bats hang upside down.....oh, no, you must continue to read said book upside down even though you have pointed out many times that the words are upside down and realize that this basically means nothing to an illiterate four year old.

"But LOOK!", you exclaim, "The wolf is upside down and look the skeleton too!" No, no, no......
emphatically, they    are    not.

And this is my evening.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Little Church Tucked Away

Always meant to stop by this little one room church about 3 miles from my house....scooped up the camera today and finally stopped by.....Ketoctin Church 1854. This is why I love living in Virginia....

Friday, February 03, 2012


Finally, a child who wants to make his own still my heart. Today, I am working on Brain, Child and it's coming along nicely, there's corn chowder in the crock pot and the sun is out. I'll take it!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Lady In Red

Today was about 65 degrees in January, in Virginia, wow. I felt like I was cheating on winter enjoying the warmth so much. How is it that we can get a summer like day in the middle of winter but don't have a winter like day in the middle of summer?