Sunday, April 30, 2006

When the dogs attack: No fear

Honestly, I didn't know what to do for this subject for Whiplash. The topic is "No Fear". I think life is full of fear and this has caused a lot of problems. Sometimes fear is a good thing like not walking on a busy street or juggling knives. Sometimes fear is bad and makes us act in ways we wouldn't have normally done so, said negative words when we shouldn't have. This is fear talking, not our true selves.

I'm afraid of a lot of things and there are few moments when I felt fear totally leave me; that moment of calm standing before the fire and then jumping through the flames. One of these moments was when I was a little girl at about nine or ten years old. My sister, Becky, and I were walking home from school. We had to pass by a house with a chain link fence and a Doberman pincher that would bark at us. Some days, the dog wouldn't even be there so we'd take the chance of passing by this house and getting barked at or not. One day as we passed by the dog was there and the owners were actually egging it on! Becky (who is two years younger then me) and I started running but she lost a shoe and when we went to pick it up the dog jumped over the fence and tried to physically attack us. For some reason, this made me angry and when I get angry get out of the way! I whipped out my sweater (I remember it was pink) and I snapped it at the dogs face. I repeated it over and over again and the neighbors got quiet and called the dog back. I helped my sister up and we ran home and told our parents.

I don't remember what happened after this but I do remember snapping my sweater at a dog that didn't know any better. Here is my piece for "No Fear".
Titled "Snapping my sweater"

(Click on picture for a closer view)

This piece is dedicated to all those who are snapping their sweaters at barking dogs.

Collage is made of recycled computer paper, water color paper, and acrylic (8 by 10 inches)



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Walk at Canoe Creek


100_3109, originally uploaded by emily999.

Lovely Spring afternoon...


Prayer
Louis Untermeyer

GOD, though this life is but a wraith,
Although we know not what we use,
Although we grope with little faith,
Give me the heart to fight—and lose.

Ever insurgent let me be,
Make me more daring than devout;
From sleek contentment keep me free,
And fill me with a buoyant doubt.

Open my eyes to visions girt
With beauty, and with wonder lit— 10
But always let me see the dirt,
And all that spawn and die in it.

Open my ears to music; let
Me thrill with Spring's first flutes and drums—
But never let me dare forget
The bitter ballads of the slums.

From compromise and things half done,
Keep me with stern and stubborn pride;
And when at last the fight is won,
God, keep me still unsatisfied.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Protest in NYC

I was thinking about going to the protest in NY but for various reasons didn't. I'm extremely proud to see people out there for the world to see we are against the war.

I also realized that you don't have to go to another state to protest (though, it's definitely good to go if you can). You can protest in your own city. I hope the march stays nonviolent as, I believe, this is the way to engage people. This is also something I need to work on personally as I have a tendency to shoot my mouth off and hurt instead of help.

So, I'm proud to see my brothers and sisters marching today.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

Auden

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Tassel doll by Loosetooth


Tassel doll by Loosetooth, originally uploaded by emily999.

Isn't she divine? Can you see the swirl of black hair? Such a darling doll...

Lilacs in my yard


Lilacs in my yard, originally uploaded by emily999.

I'm going to have to make a poster or something of this one for Winter blues...

Infamous artists


Infamous artists, originally uploaded by emily999.

My artistic raccoons at work. Such is the life of a mama...

Loot from Loosetooth!


100_3060, originally uploaded by emily999.

Lots of paper and so little time...the collages, oh the collages!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Multi-post day

Well, I burned pasta and now the house smells like burnt food and kind of good. What does that say about me? Lol!

Anyway, I've decided to try and do better time management just before going to bed and the few hours after waking up. I just get too frustrated with cleaning, tending the kids, chasing the kids, tending the dog, and just keeping up my own self. I've decided to clean for a half hour to an hour before dropping off. I've got to get Jon into the act and I think this sort of schedule is doable. Lydia and Norrie are actually very helpful, at times, but they are still little and I don't expect them to do too much (I'm talking dish washing, sweeping, etc).

Just one of those days that feel kind of "wow, I made it till nap time!" Speaking of which, I think I'll have a double nap with two pillows, please.

gas prices rising...

Gas has hit 2.99 at the pump...thanks, bush, thanks. Makes me wonder, what ever happened to the conserve part of conservative? I think that's what some people think of when they think of republicans. However, when looking at the all the deals by our government made to companies to support waste and only a few towards really conserving energy (and our money), you have to remember that bush is in the beginning and the end an oil man. This is so wrong on so many levels. But I'll leave that for another day. However, I will say I just read an article that gives lots of good advice on conserving.


Then there are countries like Sweden. Sweden plans on going the clean way and without things like nuclear energy to aid them. Why doesn't each state follow Swedens example? Recently, the US government gave tax emption for new windows in the year 2006 (with an energy star approval, apparently). This is a start but compared to Sweden, kind of embarrassing, really. Imagine if we did energy conservation and used cleaner energy in earnest? Imagine if we took cars and had them retrofitted to use less gas or even a different kind of fuel? Something to ponder...

Personally, I'm starting to calm down a bit about the idea of new energy and ways to conserve. People will do it. It's smart and yeah, some of us are dragging their feet (like bush/oil people) but most of use know better and can invest in places that are alternatives that have huge potential healthwise and especially money wise. I'm hopeful for the future and the seeds are there. The seedlings are emerging from the clear cutting and with a little bit help will keep growing. Change is happening and we have be part of it or risk becoming stagnent.

A part of me worries that we won't think fast enough and we will lose our planet to total war/pollution. Another part of me feels like there is hope and determination to tear down mountains or plant thousands of acres of forests.

I hope it doesn't take a hurricane to change the course of our actions like New Orleans. But maybe it will take just that.

Art show...

Well, I have great news. Seems four of my six pieces of artwork are in the juried show I entered! I'm thrilled. So, I have to get one painting framed and have them ready by May 4th. This is my first juried show, so I'm excited. I guess I had another show I did that was last year but this has more weight to it.

I'm doing the dance of joy! Does anyone remember Perfect Strangers? I loved that show when I was a kid...in fact, I wonder if there are dvds of the series. It was the perfect family type show, actually. Funny, creative, smart and kind. Wish more stuff was like that, actually. Anyway, there was a lot of dance of joys on that show.

It's been raining for about three days now and has chilled over. I feel a bit better the world isn't totally falling apart at the seams. Just wish we'd pay more attention to those seams and realize how fragile they are.



Wondering....wonder if chick peas (garbazo beans) can grow in PA? Have to look that up...

Just feel good today...still have to go and get my allergy shot but should be better after that...ugh.


Last week, Mr. Nelson had his boy doggie operation. He seems to be doing well, actually. I made the mistake of thinking his calmness was due to certain aspects that were missing. However, he's about 50-75% his old self. I must admit he's much more responsive to vocal commands. Before he was in his own little world and everything was a tad too exciting. So, I'm glad to see he's listening and not so...jumpy.

He still steals food, however. This seems to be his new excitement in life...can you blame him? Poor Nelson.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bet you'd never guess what I'm listening to

right now!

Cirque de Soleil, Alegria

Also, I wonder how many people use google as a dictionary? I know I do! : )

New goodies on Ebay!


Lots of new paintings on ebay and a soft sculpture by my mama!



Reasons why I paint some of the things I paint. I paint animals because they bring me serenity and calm in this very chaotic world. I often, when painting, find I'm so in the moment of painting and focusing on the surprise of what the colors will reveal everything around me becomes quiet, calm.

Lately, I've been experimenting with collage work and want to try to incorporate more of the social movements that are happening in these times of ours. I view my collages as poems with deeper levels then just color, shape and texture. All work, to me, says something or nothing. My hopes with my work is to say something that will raise consciousness, awareness or finding peace in our fellow creatures on this planet. Yeah, I know wordy, wordy...but just a bit of why I create.



Oh and it's fun! Can't forget that. My inspiration Lynda Barry helped to restart the flame of being an artist at time in my life where I just felt muddled and overwhelmed. She uses Sumi/Chinese ink in her work and I felt curious about it and gave it a try. I did this for about five years. I used black, red, green, yellow and blue ink sticks. It was a very strict use of color and I learned how to mix my colors to achieve all other colors. I think this sort of limitation forced me to see colors where I usually didn't look. I started using watercolor about a year ago again and it was like walking into a rainbow. Very exciting. I hope my work reflects my joy for color and form.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Energy

The cost is great...too great I think...
Chernobyl

Knit taggers

I just saw an article about Knit Taggers on Boingboing. I think I'm in love.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Whiplash Competition #2

About three weeks ago, I bought my daughter, Norrie, a tee-shirt with a Pooh (TM) character on it. I didn't pay attention to the wording and was a bit amazed to see a character like Pooh (TM) stating something very un-Pooh like. The message on the shirt said "Bored with you".



Now, I've read the Winnie the Pooh books and I've seen many a Pooh cartoon and I've never heard Pooh say, "I'm bored with you." What a load of crass commericialism! The shirt was as bad as the others (I didn't buy) that stated "Spoiled Brat", "Spoiled Rotten", and other "diva" like sayings. Basically, a bunch of cheap sayings to pump up egos. Meaningless messages and cynical attitudes, is what I say.

As you can tell, it irks me to no end. So, I looked at the Pooh shirt and said, "this message must go." But how? That's when I thought of changing the words to mean something differently. I liked that I have the power to change commerical propaganda and make the tone different.

Here is my attempt to manipulate commercialism:



Stitched message : Not bored with you. Just sleepy.


I'd have had Norrie wear the shirt but it's nap time...ah, well.



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Neil Young clip: Speaking Out

Great clip of Neil Young speaking out against the war.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Rain Collage


raincollage, originally uploaded by emily999.

Working on collages recently. Fitting as it's raining right now...

Friday, April 21, 2006

Rain? Is it going to rain??

We've been having beautiful warm weather...feels like summer in California about four years back when everything was dry and in a drought. It's a tad scary as the thought of strange weather patterns make me uneasy. Sigh...

But looks like we are in for a good drenching. Supposed to rain tonight, tomorrow and maybe the entire weekend with thunder. I'm actually looking forward to the thunder as I just want to cuddle up in some blankets and watch the lightening.

I feel so tired today. So unlike myself. I think it's all the pollen. I noticed that the last couple of days my throat has felt swollen and like I have a cold...but I don't. It’s almost an asthmatic feeling (though I've never had that feeling before). I think it's just my bodies way of reacting to the pollens. I'm on weekly allergy shots (thankfully) and take my allergy medication, so this helps. And I have been tempted outdoors because of all the beauty popping out.

We went on a nature walk with a local chapter of the Audubon society (which I am going to be joining. I LOVE it! Even with two little ones, it's wonderful). We walked all over Fort Roberdeaux and saw lots of beautiful baby plant life popping up and lots of ancient growth and a 200 year old white Oak. Saw some swallows and just enjoyed the beauty of everything. There are a lot of sinkholes and a little bridge goes out to view one and you can see the innards of a sinkhole. We're definitely going back. Lydia and Norrie were impressed with the eggs in a special nesting box for blue birds. I love nature walks.

This was on Tuesday...the meeting dragged on a bit longer than expected when a politician "dropped" by for a meal/chat. Very annoying as it really made things go on longer and we didn't get to hear the whole lecture on Cougars (which was one of the main reasons we went). Let's just say the politician is quite opposite of environmental actions and human rights but likes to spout as if he is just for those things. I know a ton of people there were really annoyed by him being there and I almost burst out laughing when the guy said "are there any questions?" and some people just started to applaud him (basically meaning, get your ass out of here). So, that was a relief.

Wednesday was a bit calmer but had a problem with my in-laws (who normally watch my gals). They forgot that I was having the kids stay at the neighbors mini-day care for two hours. It was a busy day and I had to take the gals with me to the doctors (when I got my allergy shots).

I’ve been cramming in art here and there. In-between tending to my kids and keeping house (what's left of it), I've been working on my collages and ACEO's. This is what keeps me sane, honestly. Art and being around people who are thoughtful keeps me sane.


This is the sort of week I'm having:

Dominos in the Dog Dish Courtesy of a Two-year-old




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Did I mention about rescuing (or interfering with the migratory pattern) of a Eastern box turtle? I saw him on the road and swerved not to hit him. Got out and sure enough, it was a turtle. And such a cutie! I started to remember the two desert tortoises we had as kids. Lots of good memories. My brother would always name them Mr. T (as in the A-team, Mr. T or Mr. Turtle...I was never quite sure). I placed the turtle on my dashboard and drove up to the kids house (where I teach piano lessons) and everyone got a good look at him. Then after lessons we walked down to the pond and set him free (after a lunch of watermelon, lettuce and a dish of water).

Previously, on Easter, we saw a snapping turtle molting in the sun at the campus reflecting pool...seems to be the time of turtles lately. Turtles are such amazing creatures...older than the dinosaurs and amazingly unique in their characteristics.

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Though it was a hectic week, it was fun. And I'm learning to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone. My favorite book, Stretching Lessons by Sue Bender, talks about this concept...going beyond what you're comfortable with but being true to yourself. It's challenging to do.

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I’m being tested by two little raccoons. My gals are constantly keeping me at the ready and I'm learning to see the humor in it all (slowly, sometimes). An example: I told Lydia and Norrie to get their sandals to go water the garden. I waited for their return. I heard an obvious rustle of plastic and started to laugh. What would they bring me? Certainly not sandals! And of course Lydia proudly brings me a plastic bag. "Mommy, what's this?" "Dried mushrooms, Lydia. " "Oh." "Go put them back and look for your sandals." "Okay, mommy."

So, down stairs she goes and nobody comes back up. I go downstairs and find the cupboard is open (we don't keep shoes in the cupboard) and the bag of dried mushrooms on the floor. I see two pairs of feet sticking out from the hideout under the dining room table and there is Lydia and Norrie with a found treasure. A caramel filled chocolate egg being shared between the two of them, their faces sticky and happy. All I can do is shake my head, laugh silently and sigh.



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Oh, and by the way, it's raining!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Pink blossoms


Pink blossoms, originally uploaded by emily999.

Beautiful blossoms in Altoona...though if you lay under a tree you might think you are in Japan.

Koalas...

Although some would beg to differ, I thought this was cute:





You Were a Koala



You value living life at a slow, peaceful, meditative pace.

You give insightful advice, helping others to overcome obstacles.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Blue Guinea Pig


Blue Guinea Pig, originally uploaded by emily999.

Cute and sweet looking for a home...$35. The Blue Guinea pig.

New work in My Mama Sews!

Lots of really cute things at My Mama Sews and on ebay!


These are both up on ebay!


Here is a glimpse of things to come at My Mama Sews:


&

Tulips


Tulips, originally uploaded by emily999.

At grandma's house...Ah, Spring!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Spring Egg


Spring Egg, originally uploaded by emily999.

Entry for Whiplash...hope it works. Anyway, eggpeople. Inspired by the Easter weekend and the official feel of Spring...

New Ebay Auctions are up!

After quite a break, I've got a bunch of new paintings up on eBay. Please check them out!

I think I have a touch of Spring fever as I'm puttering around like crazy and this leaves little time to sit and do artwork, unfortunately. But the signs are good that my nasal operation are having good effects and the allergy shots are helping quite a bit. So, good thing all around.

Here are a few glimpses of my work on ebay:


and




I'm rather fond of this one but there are bound to be more on the way. Just need to sit down for a moment and plug away.

Oh, it is definitely Spring! We walked by the campus after church and my goodness the cherry blossoms!!! Beautiful against the blue sky...unfortunately, I didn't have my digital camera. But I did have my regular camera and got some great photos (will probably take me years to develop these...oh, well). I'm going to try and get back there tomorrow and get a few pics on the old digital cam. We also saw carp (huge!) in the water,ducks, mating ducks (quite disturbing...like a fight actually) and a snapping turle sun bathing with molting shell (I really, really wanted to pick off a piece of it's molting shell...I know that's gross but it looked so interesting).

This is the first Spring I've ever felt fully aware and not drugged out by allergy medicine or out with a migraine. What a huge difference.

We planted lots of seeds today...marigold, sunflower, onion (I had a pack and thought I'd try that out). Also, catnip/grass, basil, and for some reason two packs of carrots. I've never grown carrots and just wanted to give it a try. I want to put in two (maybe three) more raised beds (narrower) and grow corn, lettuce, beans, zucchini and of course, tomatoes. I wish I knew how to can stuff... We've got to get a deep freezer for the basement and store some of this for Winter.

Anyway, I hope everyone else is out there digging away in their yards (at least in this part of the world). Oh, and the seed blessing today was so nice...every service at with fellow Unitarians always brings me to tears. Just feels very good.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Quote of the day:

"As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."

M. L. King

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Beautiful days, no rain and new words for thunderstorms

Got our mushroom compost delivered and mulch. Should be out there stuffing our raised bed but am taking a break. Started a compost of my own but that will take many months (if not a year) to get going. But at least it's going.

Feel like I've been run off my feet...but in a good way. sigh...We have two new tree additions to be planted; a beautiful pear and peach tree! I'm excited about this. I'm also looking into raspberries, plum and apple trees, and grape vines. So, next year we'll have lots of fruit to harvest. Yum!

As I mentioned, we have a raised bed. The first, I hope, of at least three and maybe more. We might have a little community (neighborhood) garden going on, but we will see. I'm a little annoyed that the area I have the plots have these huge holes in the ground from an old oak tree that has long since passed. Very annoying. Plus, there are wasps hives under ground which are scary. I'm allergic to wasps stings (not as bad as some people with bee stings) and I will swell up and itch like crazy after the swelling subsides. So, I've got to watch out.

I found out I have to have an epi pen for my allergies. I dread this...it's a type of shot, so I don't look forward to this. Just the idea makes me shudder.

But the good news is my allergy shots seem to be working. I feel only the mildest allergy symptoms (of course I'm still taking allergy medication too). Such a difference from my first two years here where I was flat on my back with migraines and just felt awful in the worse sense of the word.

Things I'm working on: Garden, side porch to have a covered area for potential rabbits, cleaning out stuff, making a bunch of messes, finishing up the puppet stuff (got the stage finished!), lots of personal projects with art, plans for day care, and enjoying the feeling of Spring. I'm amazed at how warm a Spring it is. Is it just me (because I was so out of it from allergies) that I didn't realize Spring was warm? I don't know. It's so odd. I just asked Jon and he said the it's typical weather...just a little dry. I feel a tad better but I'm worried again, about Global warming.

Recently, Inuit people have been inventing new words for things like "Thunderstorms" which they never had before. This scares me. I don't know what to do other than write to my senators and boycott various products from companies that keep doing the wrong thing. I shouldn't do this but I bought a Time's magazine and a Vanity Fair called the Green Issue. The Time's was full of scary facts and just horrible stuff that's happening in the Antarctic. I want people to protest this. I want all of us to say no, you can't take away my safety, my children's future for profit. I don't want that and I worry about that.

It's funny. I hear about the desire to drill in Alaska by oil companies. It's so wrong, so very wrong. Nobody wants that but the oil companies! Let the oil companies go the way of the dinosaur. We have better, cleaner and cheaper (blood wise) ways for energy. And we're all smart people. Why wouldn't we want cleaner energy?

An interesting article in Vanity Fair was about Appalachia and the coal mine. Terrible conditions of the coal mines (where safety was cut and not only are the workers treated like nothing but the schools, families are living in this soot crap. Horrible. Makes me angry because, again, it's big business stomping on the little guy (and guess what? We're all the little guys).

There's a question in my mind. Is it worth it? Is getting all that coal for money, worth it? I don't see how. It's the same earth that big business is on and they're getting the crap in their lungs, their children's lungs as everyone else is. I don't see how it's worth all the money in the world if your give your child cancer or kill yourself in the pursuit.

I think the conscious is an important thing. It's very important to know what is good, what is bad and what is so wrong. Why do we forget and let things happen? Or worse, why do we not say anything, something to help stop it?

A while ago, I read a book by Julia Butterfly Hill called The Legacy of Luna. I think we all have a Julia inside of us...to channel ourselves towards doing good works and to save our planet. Can it be saved? Yes. Yes, it can because it's all we have. There is no other planet like Earth. She is unique and beautiful even with her scars. We can save her and protect her. But it takes all of us to do something, to act in her favor.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A Time to Protest


papercollege, originally uploaded by emily999.

Just finished a collage I've been working on. It's about the protest marches across the world and recently the protests for fair workers treatment in the US.

This collage is made up of various materials that would have normally been tossed...birthday paper, bits of fabric, and painting scraps. The piece is about 16 by 20" and is on a cardboard surface. It is for my Use what you have month project.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Illustration Friday: Speed


deercollage1a, originally uploaded by emily999.

When I was in 7th grade we had to memorize a poem from a selected group in our English class. I choose, "Swift Things are Beautiful" by Elizabeth Coatswork.

On Friday, as I drove slowly home from piano lessons, the road wet from the recent rain and the sky looking heavy with yet another down pour, I caught sight of some creature crossing the road ahead of me. About 50 feet away, a deer crossed my path and then two more deer followed. It felt like a dream or an answered prayer. I stopped and watched as they went past and I slowed down to see where they disappeared into the thickening trees and brush. I wanted to capture a little of that feeling in my illustration...Here, also, is the poem that came to life for me...

Swift Things Are Beautiful

Swift things are beautiful
Swallows and deer,
And lightning that falls
Bright-veined and clear,
Rivers and meteors,
Wind in the wheat.
The strong-withered horse ,
The runner's sure feet.

And slow things are beautiful:
The closing of day,
The pause of the wave
That curves downward to spray,
The ember that crumbles,
The opening flower,
And the ox that moves on
In the quiet of power.


--Elizabeth Coatswork

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Diet coke and Mentos: The experiment

Ah, Boingboing, what would I do without you? Another interesting and humorous take on science.

This one is the best because of the dog running away in the back and the little kids expression...oh, and the cool supplies for the experiment weren't bad either.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Quote of the Day:

"It doesn't require any particular bravery to stand on the floor of the Senate and urge our boys in Vietnam to fight harder, and if this war mushrooms into a major conflict and a hundred thousand young Americans are killed, it won't be U. S. Senators who die. It will be American soldiers who are too young to qualify for the senate."
-George McGovern

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Bear camera

Had to share this bear video from National Geographic. Found it at boingboing.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Spring time!


Spring time!, originally uploaded by emily999.

Illustration Friday's theme: Spring

I've got a few more ideas, might try them out even though the topic changes tomorrow or there abouts.

Made with paper cut outs, marker, ephemera, fabric and a touch of Photoshop. I used things that were just within arms length in one of my scrap boxes. Fun!

Snow and cold...

Well, after a few days break of beautiful warm weather, April decided to play one last hand of snow. We awoke to a world covered in white...but it didn't linger long...melted away into a slush and made me think less of global warming. Sigh...I just got the recent Time's magazine and basically, it confirms what many of us already knew. Global warming is upon us. It makes me sad we have leaders in the US that are still doing the minimum or saying one thing and doing quite the other. Frustrating.

I am so working on the campaigns come this election. I already know who I'm voting for in the primaries and the main election.

Went to a Unitarian meeting...great feeling to be around people who are proactive. If you've never been to a Unitarian meeting or church meeting we are very much into volunteering and basically accept everyone.

There is so much on our plate, I'm wondering how we're ever going to accomplish this!I guess the old inch by inch it's a cinch comes into play about now. It sure beats being bored, I'll say that much.

Working, working, working....And looks like we might just have a liberal/progressive choir. I've got some people to talk to and get a bit more info. on things like music rights, etc but seems to be building up steam.

Another in the works, is an organic neigbhorhood garden. This is something I would love to do...open up our side yard to a few neighbors and put some raised beds. Jon's a bit hesistant but if it's a group of people we know, etc might be good to try.

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In art related news, I got my slides in to BCAF juried show. Now, the wait begins. I hope at least one piece gets chosen. More would be great but more than one would be excellent.

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Working on the never ending puppet show. It will get finished/produced and we can all breath a sigh of relief and move on down to the next project.

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Ideas of moving my art studio to the basement keep fluttering into my head but I'm a bit hesistant. Mainly, I think it's really dark down there. Not that the 3rd floor has a lot more light; it does have potential however. Things to think about...

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Easter eggs


Easter eggs, originally uploaded by emily999.

Fantastic plastic...oh, the possiblities!

Beautiful Autumn...


100_2536, originally uploaded by emily999.

No, this isn't the season but the name of our "Lion" cat as dubbed by my art students. She has attained mythical proportions as she is elusive like dusk and only comes out of hiding when the house has attained Nirvana.

Okay, she comes out when she feels like it and usually just before bedtime to get her ears rubbed. Sweet Autumn, named so by my sister who at once saw the leaves of fall on her coat...

Quote of the day:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Dr. Seuss quotes

Kitty fish


Kitty fish, originally uploaded by emily999.

Available and cute as a button, fish button that is. $35

Saturday, April 01, 2006

It started on Friday afternoon...

Basically, my kids are going through some developmental stuff...exploring, challenging and basically getting into mischief.

Yesterday, I got up at 3am. I'm not sick or anything just went down really, really early as in 8:30pm as did the whole house. This means I'm up after seven or so hours and I was. Did the day stuff, went and gave some piano lessons and then I came home trying to get ready to go to a play date. As it turns out, Lydia and Norrie decided to have their own impromptu play date. As I was talking on the phone I look down in the kitchen and see sand. We don't live anywhere near the beach, so this is odd. I look past the kitchen island and there is sand in Mr. Nelsons water bowl, on the door, thrown against (like snow balls) sand ball streaks and everywhere on the porch sand. This isn't regular sandbox sand either...it's the orange kind (I was desperate to put some sand in their sandbox the other day). The first thought, Why did I leave the sand on the porch? My second thought, Hey, I didn't leave the sand on the porch! That's when I saw the stool next to the porch door lock. Apparently, Lydia has developed a new skill and opened the door. Ah! So, I said everyone upstairs to the bathroom, now! Bathed my orange beauties and then plopped them in front of the TV for an afternoon movie while I cleaned up the orange porch (thankfully, we've left the outside vac right there). Let's just say, I was really annoyed and tired afterwards.

The day progressed and I think they did something else but I've already forgotten. Next situation...I've been finding things in the toilet that were not meant to be there. Things like dolls, various toy doctor supplies and Norrie's hands. Today I found Norrie was the right thing in the toilet (bowl brush) however, she had been using it to bless the bathroom with toilet water. So, that was annoying. The funny thing about both events is that I'll find a confused pet standing close by wondering, is this allowed? Mr. Nelson seemed to think it was wrong and looked at me like, You aren’t gonna like this, sweetheart. Sampson, my black and white cat, was sniffing the half closed door of the bath as if to say, "I smell trouble, lady." Sigh~

So, it's been one of those weekends. We drove up to State College to see an Alternative Energy Expo at Bryce Jordan Center on Ecological advantages for the near future. On the way up, Lydia barfed her entire lunch and we had to stop at the side of the road by a new housing development. Some kind people saw us and gave us some wipe its. Lydia was soaked and Jon had to give her his tee-shirt. We made a desperate drive to Target where Norrie and I did some new clothes/clean-up supplies shopping. Plus, I got a few feel better goodies (cute stuffed cats). It had gotten really windy and cold with this bit of much needed rain. So, I got some light sweaters too. Then, I made Jon go back and get some pants and a sweater for me as I cleaned up the car seat. We spent more time than I care to admit at the Target parking lot, but we had to do that.

After all of that, we went to the Alternative Energy Expo and had a good time looking at cool stuff and even saw a Segway scooter (they look a bit dorky but I could see how they would have potential for people with walking limitations).

Then, Jon got annoyed at me because I couldn't make up my mind about going to some Waffle place. In the end, we drove back and found out it was only open till 3pm (it was 5 at the time). We got some tacos and coffee and ate in the car while two little ones slept in the back. Drove home and Mr. Nelson was happy to see us again and go outside. All in all, an odd interesting day.

Addition:

Sunday evening.

The above (long description of kids) was written Saturday night; it is now Sunday evening. Another day…went to church and had a good time and then Norrie ran into a metal door and I had to comfort her. We ended up walking around and we enjoyed the early signs of Spring. It’s an odd sensation…no snow and bright clean skies…reminds me of California. Supposed to be rainy with a touch of snow in the week; we shall see.

I think I project too much on myself. In other words, I think people are much more, so very much for critical of me then people really are. I guess I’m critical of myself. Frustrating.

Today the girls got into my face powder and that’s scattered about my room. They bopped each other with a shovel from our work outside and howled at that. Then Lydia tried to pour milk into cups and got it all over the place. Fortunately, Jon cleaned it up (sort of). I gave the girls baths after they helped us dig (we’re trying to put in a side “patio” that will be on the side of the house. We’re digging it ourselves and it’s a good workout…but hard to do with two little ones underfoot and a dog that wants to be glued to me) and they were filthy. Plus, they had gone upstairs ahead of me and by the time I got there, I just saved the bathroom from being flooded by the sink. So, I sort of lost my temper. After I calmed down and bathed the kids I felt like my shoulders were falling off. I’m going to feel the burn of shoveling something like a thousand pounds of dirt. Oy!

Still, coughing but getting better. Just feel tired now from two days of digging up dirt.

Haven’t put anything on eBay…all this tempting weather keeps me out doors. However, I think (if I have time) I’ll try and put up some in the middle of the week. I hate to say this but I’m starting to like my work more and more and it’s getting harder to part with some pieces. I’ve actually been happy when a few things don’t win. I’m weird.

Things I’m reading:

Julia Child’s cookbook because a lot of people are talking about her and recommending her book; so, I thought I’d give it a try. Oddly, I’m having some food related inspirations. I guess that’s not really odd.

I’m sending in my slides tomorrow for a local art show. I hope at least one or more of my pieces are chosen. But I’d be happy with one.

The ATC’s are due tomorrow as well for APL creations swap. I can’t wait to see how everyone’s turned out.

I think I’ll try to do some more work with wood and metal. Now, that I know what I want to do I feel A LOT more confidant. Plus, I’d like to try some doll-like sculpture too.

Thinking about:
Morality and art. Should art have some moral or ethical value to it? Does it need to say something? I’m debating this and also asked an art group I’m on the topic. I’m still thinking about it.

Music:
Listening to IZ. Beautiful and poetic.

Didn’t enter the poetry contest…feel badly about that. I started to feel a bit shy about my work and just didn’t want to be scrutinized about my poetry. I guess it’s very personal plus, contest leaves an odd taste in my mouth when mixed with poetry. I wish it was just a submission for a journal or something.

It’s nice to finally see the buds appearing. We had all this warm weather and my goodness, the leaves didn’t show any buds. Then we had some rain and the bush by the garage, over night, burst into green like a spray of green paint on rust brown. Beautiful! Hopeful! The air even smelt of Spring and almost like the humid days of thunderous summer. You don’t get that in Southern California. No rain or thunder and certainly not humidity. I’m starting to grow fond of Eastern Summers…I wish I could can Summer and open it up during Winter for just a bit. I never feel that way about Winter. Isn’t that funny?

Saw a cardinal among the mock orange bush, jumped from branch to branch. Flew to a tall lilac and off into the blue sky. It seems like such a fairy spirit, or what I imagine to be a fairy…so transient.

Sociable

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