.....and other random stuff......

Monday, April 24, 2017

Punny Monday

What is Donald Trump telling Independents? Orange Is The New Black. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Organization is a Bitch

In all this house remodeling we are doing I have decided some downsizing and purging in the studio is in order too. I watched a video the other day and was inspired to wrangle my pens/pencils/markers into some sort of cohesive order…… {snort}
So I went on Amazon and bought myself some cases. 
I did a quick estimate and figured one 80 slot carrying case for the Copics would work and the 120 slot pencil holder would work for my pens/pencils.
They arrived yesterday and I happily lugged all my “stuff” out to the living room and began the organizing.

I may have more of a problem than I thought. :-/

The 80 slot case for the markers is about 100 slots too few….and we won’t even discuss the pencil/pen case.
I’ve decided I’ll donate all the markers that aren’t Copics and just divide the pens/pencils in half and donate them too…..wait……maybe I’ll keep the pens but donate the pencils….no wait……I may need those pencils someday……but wait……where am I going to keep them……sigh…..

I’ll be right back…..I have to go order something from Amazon………….
This is all the 'left over' stuff I don't have room for, hence the emergency order from Amazon. (And I'm not even showing the stuff  I'm donating to the art teacher......)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday

And so concludes our stroll down the memory lane that was my father's time in service....
Thank you for all your lovely comments and making me realize what a wonderful treasure I have in his scrapbook.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Best Pie EVER

I only make this once in a blue moon. As a matter of fact, the last time I made it was fifteen years ago.

It’s delicious, fattening (not fussy to make) and just plain decadent. Throw your diet and food restrictions out the window and just enjoy!

(for some reason Blogger won't let me change the type color to pink to let you know that's a hot link. But click on ANGEL PIE and it will bring you to the recipe.) 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Punny Monday

Why did the rabbit jump? No bunny knows! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

For Your Amusement

The week got away from me somehow and now it's Friday and this is as good as it's gonna get, so.........here ya' go, lol.
Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Big ‘Ole Fail

Sometimes the best laid plans blah blah blah……..
I had a scathingly brilliant idea for the small wall on my side of the bed in our newly designed bedroom.
I thought it was brilliant.
So I bought all the necessary hardware, had Husband install the wires and proceeded to hang prints of my artwork.
I thought I would enjoy seeing the fruits of my artistic labors on a rotating permanent display.

As it turns out…...not so much! LOL
(Sorry about the blurry exposure.....)

Scathingly brilliant idea, take two…..
Have Husband build and install floating white shelves.
Add a touch of greenery, caricatures of the boys, pepper it with a piece or two of original artwork, add a giraffe and a tchotchke (or two) and there you have the perfect wall decoration (it’s still a work in progress but you get the idea.)
MUCH better! 

(I'm beginning to think we might actually finish the bedroom.....someday.....lol)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Punny Monday

Do they have blood banks in England? No, but they have a liver pool! 

Friday, April 7, 2017


I haven’t been sketching much lately. Sad, but true.
I have two sketchbooks sitting on the couch next to me every night and I look at them forlornly. I’m just not motivated. And every time I pick one up, pen poised over the page, I just can’t think of anything to sketch.

It’s stupid, I know, but there it is. 

Fast forward to ‘Draw Tip Tuesday’
A weekly video posted by Koosje Koene co-founder of Sketchbook Skool an online venue offering classes from some of the best sketchers worldwide. 

Every Tuesday she offers tips on sketching.
This past Tuesday she was demonstrating ‘foreshortening’……on feet. Or more specifically toes.
I don’t know why but I am fascinated by drawing toes.
Fat toes, skinny toes, baby toes, big people toes, animal toes…….
They just make such a great subject.
Always available, just sitting there at the end of your legs (and still in focus with my reading glasses perched on my nose!)
So I took a few quick pics with my phone and got to it.
Hopefully this will break my slump.
Or…..I could make it my life’s work…… A STUDY IN TOES……..
Some are my toes and some are Husband's......I defy you to tell which is which....cuz I'm not even sure anymore......lol!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

In Dribs and Drabs

We’ve been taking a break on the home improvement front as of late. But because I know you’re waiting with bated breath (snort) to see how it’s coming along I’ll show you an update on the bedroom.
I want to lighten things up….not only in color but in attitude.
I am by no stretch of the imagination a ‘bling’ type girl.
But for some reason I wanted a ‘bling’ mirror for the bedroom.

So I went out on a limb and bought a mirror….a totally not in my usual style mirror. 
The juxtaposition of the mirror with the antique chest just tickles me! 
I smile every time I walk into the bedroom! 

Friday, March 31, 2017

It May Choke Artie........

....but it ain't gonna' choke me! 
Steamed artichokes in the Crock Pot! They cook twice as fast as boiling them on the stove. 
I'm more in love with this appliance every day! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What I’m Reading

I just finished reading Playing with Sketches

From the blurb on Amazon, it says in part: Playing with Sketches is a hands-on, fun approach to exploring drawing principles. Beginning with an introduction to the philosophy of learning through the process of play, this book brings you through a series of basic warm-up exercises that can be combined with later projects.

It is filled with exercises that bring you back to basics. 
At first I wasn’t impressed but the more I got into it the more it ignited my imagination! You read the exercises, you try the exercises and the next thing you know your imagination is taking flight and you can’t work fast enough to keep up with yourself!

I’m not saying that every exercise will be to your liking, or will get your muse in gear, but there are enough that something will appeal to you and set your brain racing! 

Just my humble opinion.........

Monday, March 27, 2017

Punny Monday

A garage sale is actually a Garbage sale but the "b" is silent.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Flash Fiction Friday

Avery Gotlieb

Avery wasn’t what you’d call your typical guy. He was a person out of his time and place.
He liked to dress in neatly pressed slacks, penny loafers and button down shirts. With a paisley cravat neatly tucked into his collar which, on the surface, doesn’t sound odd except he lived in a rural farming community in the heartland of Florida.
Sugar country.
He didn’t really fit in with the 'overall' set is what I'm saying.
Neither did his house. Amid the small concrete bungalows built to shelter the migrant workers, Avery built a palatial compound that included: the main house of seventeen rooms, an Olympic sized swimming pool replete with a bath house containing three bedrooms, a five car garage (although he only owned two cars) and a sprawling English garden that would rival the palaces of any European country.  
                He wasn’t a sugar plantation owner. He wasn’t the son of a sugar plantation owner. As a matter of fact, no one knew where Avery came by his apparent money.
                And yet, the people in his small community didn’t resent him. On the contrary, they liked him quite a bit.            
He was pleasant and gregarious, always willing to help a neighbor. But the thing they all agreed they liked most about Avery was his sense of humor.
                His sense of humor was, at its best, unusual. At its worst still incredibly funny. And he had the means to exhibit his humor when it suited him.
                In the summer of ’01 it suited him. He decided to open an establishment. He had noticed the residents of his small town had limited occasions or places to socialize. So he took it upon himself to give them somewhere to go and have a good time.
                Why not open a café, he thought.
                But not just ANY café. Why not provide somewhere to go where you could have a good time and still be productive. And that’s when the brilliant idea hit him. Why not have a café where you could sit and relax and chat with friends while doing your laundry? It was the PERFECT idea! You had to sit around and wait in a regular Laundromat anyway. Why not make it a pleasant experience? And why not, he thought, have it be a place where you could get a nice meal and a drink?
                And so it came to pass, in the summer of ’01, Avery Gotlieb opened the first and only (to anyone’s knowledge)

(ed.’s note: In the state of Florida, in a small inland town, there stands an unobtrusive white washed concrete building with a hand painted (in red) sign that reads: COIN WASH AND SEAFOOD CAFÉ. I saw it with my own eyes. We didn’t stop to investigate and I’ve wondered ever since what it would have been like if we had gone in.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sketching 101....?

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice....to draw the damn lanai furniture....
I paraphrase, of course......but the sentiment is there! LOL
Maybe someday I'll attempt to diagram all those legs and explain which ones go with which chair.
Or not.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Punny Monday

What was Forrest Gump's email password? "1forrest1"

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Summer of Salsa

I was remembering the other day about all the people we’ve known as neighbors. We’ve been very lucky in that department. We’ve had wonderful neighbors some of whom have become lifelong friends.
Then there were the ones who came and went fairly quickly.

I was recalling the family who didn’t really live in the neighborhood, per se. They kept their boat in the neighborhood. On the empty lot across the canal from us. A large cabin cruiser with no engines and in need of a total overhaul.
At least that’s what we thought they were going to do with it. It’s not uncommon for people to buy boats in rather disheveled condition to fix up. Sometimes it’s the only way for it to be affordable. One day it appeared on the empty lot across the canal. It was an older, wooden cabin cruiser. Nice lines. Looked to be about 40’.

The first weekend several cars pulled up on the lot and a handful of people tumbled out of their cars and boarded the boat. We expected to hear scraping and pounding, your basic working noises. What we heard was music and laughter.
I understand music while working helps to pass the tedium. But there were no ‘working’ noises.
And then more cars pulled onto the lot. And more people got out and boarded the boat.

The next weekend the same thing. And every weekend there were more and more cars and more and more people.
The sound system got more sophisticated and picnic tables were added to the landscape of the lot. Along with a BBQ and garbage cans.

For an entire summer they came and partied all weekend. Lively music and wonderful cooking smells.
And then one day the boat kind of ‘sank’ into the lot. We woke up one morning and there it sat leaning menacingly to the side.

That weekend the picnic tables disappeared along with the BBQ and trash cans. We never saw them again.
The boat sat there for quite a long time until the town declared it a hazard and hauled it away.

I thoroughly enjoyed that ‘Summer of Salsa‘, even if I didn’t get to taste the food!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Because I’m an Idiot

Back in the ‘good ole’ days Amazon used to tell me when I had already purchased a book so I wouldn’t keep buying the same one over and over……apparently they don’t do that anymore. Or I’m stupid and I don’t know where to set that particular preference. Either way, I’ve ended up with two copies of these books. (click the pink link to bring you to Amazon and you can 'look inside'.)

So, if anyone out there would like either (or both) of these books I’ll be glad to send them to you. I’ll ship anywhere if you’re willing to pay the postage. I’ll try and do it media mail. I think that’s the cheapest from here in the states. Just leave a comment. First come, first served. I’ll e-mail you and we can work out the details…..

I hope someone out there can give them a good home!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Punny Monday

Why is Donald Trump always seen with Melania? Because all his other wives support Hillary. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Flash Fiction Friday

He was older by several years and made a point of it by showing her how much more ‘worldly’ he thought he was than she. He explained things to her that she didn’t need explanations for. He told her what to order in restaurants. When they went to museums he explained the art and how to view it properly.
As she got to know him better she realized he was really quite a pompous ass.

After a while the novelty of dating an ‘older man’ began to wear off. She tried putting a little distance between them. Not being available when he called. Busy when he asked her out. So when he asked to meet her parents she was surprised. He hadn’t wanted to meet her parents when they first started dating. He said it was because they wouldn’t approve of their age difference. She knew it was because it showed intent, and he had no intention of getting serious.

When he showed up at her house wearing a sports jacket she was floored. It didn’t fit with his shoulder length hair and torn jeans.  And that was just the tip of the iceberg!  He was overly solicitous to her parents and they noticed it.

Out of the blue he told them he was a Methodist and about how he used to sing in the choir as a boy. The more he talked the more uncomfortable she got. Just as she was about to say it was time for them to leave he said the most amazing thing she had ever heard him utter, “Mr & Mrs, the reason I asked to meet you today was for the purpose of asking for the hand of your daughter in marriage.”
She blinked.
“Are you out of your mind?” she said.

And that was their last date.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I Need to be Re-Plumbed

Not really (and apologies to anyone reading this who has had a colostomy or similar surgery. I know it’s not easy or pleasant.)

But if there were a way to reline my innards I would totally sign up! 
Sometimes I feel like all I am is intestines.....broken intestines......

Monday, March 6, 2017

Punny Monday

A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.

Friday, March 3, 2017

29 Faces

I will no longer be participating in this challenge.
This is why: Denthe 
I am so disappointed in the host of the challenge I no longer wish to take part.

I only made it to 20. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It’s Wrong, Just Wrong

Since rearranging the house with this remodel, my computer is now in the studio. It’s next to the window and I have a great view of the street. I get to watch the neighborhood coming and going.
I get to see whose air conditioner needs maintenance, who is getting a new dishwasher, what pool ‘boys’ they use. I get to see the walkers, the bikers and the gossipers…….. Basically I’m a nosey voyeur!
I see all sorts of things.
But what bothers me, I mean, really bothers me is……. all the ‘cool’ cars that pass by are driven by white haired old men!
Muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s all restored to their former splendor and looking glorious! 
But driven by hunched over, spectacle wearing, wizened OLD men!
I appreciate that they’ve taken these old cars and brought them back to life. And I realize they are reliving their heyday…….but it’s WRONG.
Just wrong.
These cars need testosterone fueled teenage boys driving them. Young men looking to make memories. Someone not afraid to burn rubber and half the tread off their tires in order to impress some girl.
These cars were made for mating rituals! Like male birds showing off their plumage by doing their fancy dances to attract a mate!
NOT for old men with cataracts to putter down the road staying well within the speed limit!

Just. Not. Right.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Punny Monday

I'm glad I know sign language, it's pretty handy.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Confessions of a Picky Eater

According to my mother I was an incredibly picky eater when I was a kid. Even as a baby I made my likes and dislikes vividly apparent. Family lore has it I ruined her favorite cashmere sweater after tasting strained beets for the first time.
I put that one on her. I mean…….really? Wearing your favorite cashmere sweater to feed your child strained beets is just asking for trouble…… (and just so you know, I still don’t like beets….)

I think it has more to do with texture than taste. That and certain things just don’t ‘go’ together.
For example: Whipped cream on Jell-O.
Just no.
Jell-O is clear and whipped cream is opaque….you don’t mix the two.
The same goes for sour cream in Stroganoff. She used to have to take my portion out of the pot before she added the sour cream.

And don’t even get me started on legumes! Chick peas???? Please! They are little balls of mealy wax that have no discernible taste as far as I can tell! ALL of the legume family to me is tasteless and like eating wet sand.
I shiver here just thinking about it!

But all that changed when I met Husband. He will eat anything. And I mean ANYTHING!
One night, when we were dating, he offered me a taste of what he was having and I naturally declined.
He said, “Okay, more for me!” In that one simple sentence he changed my entire epicurean life! He wasn’t trying to sway me or cajole me or entice me or control me! So I tried it! And you know what?????
I was right!
It was AWFUL!

I’m not quite as picky as I used to be but I wouldn’t say I’m adventurous either.

Except for that time I ate a handful of chocolate covered ants.

But that was a trick. And as soon as they told me what it was, I immediately threw up…….so I don’t think it counts.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Raise Your Hand If You Believe This.......

I admit it, I'm a stat junkie! 
I check the stats on my blog every day. 
I've been holding steady with 53 followers...... and that's okay. 
I love that 53 of you out there think my scribblings are interesting enough to follow me! 
I'm humbled and honored! 
I also realize that more people stop by than just you 53 loyalists! 
But I'm sorry, I just don't buy that 1,355 people just happened to pop in for a visit last Saturday! 
Color me skeptical! 
Great for my ego, but I think Blogger is broken! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Punny Monday

Q: What was Donald Trump's campaign slogan?
A: We shall overcomb!