Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Eye twitching...

So, we recently sold our domain name...I don't understand most of it but the nice thing is we got paid something for it. The bad thing is I've had to change ALL of our email accounts and everything seems to be as slow as molasses (as in me, understanding this change/and forgetting my new email). So, it's been a crazy ride. I've also had to find a new way to update webpages because of this change so a lot of my pages are stuck in 2008. Jon's going to show me how to fix that...thank goodness.

Anyway, my eyes are blurry red from all of this and I forgot to put all the new addresses on my recent batch of ebay goodies and it got even more muddly. UGH!

Thankfully, things are getting clear again...it must have been the 80's we had here for 2 days. It made me heat crazed, I tell you! Now, it's starting to cool back down but not before it brought out the red in my gorgeous tulips...I was hoping to get a sunny pic of them but only got late evening as I couldn't find my camera. I am a scatter brain lately...forgive me, it's Spring. :)

afraid of bee shot


afraid of bee shot
Originally uploaded by emily999

where's the bee!?!

I'm ready for a fight...


I'm ready for a fight!
Originally uploaded by emily999

Or to be picked up!
We went to see the Sound of Music. We got to see about an hour and half before the kids began to dissolve and the grunts of a baby became to loud in the theater. It was fun though and looks to be a good cast!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

rainy days

Last few days have been cold and rainy...which means mud, in our house. Way too much mud all over the place. So, I've been trying to clean that up...mostly controlled.

Also, been working on some new illustrations which are stressing me out. We shall see how it goes...

I think I'm going to ask for an extension for mailing a project out. I think this would be fine and it would make me feel about 50% less stressed out. So, I will do this.

My next goal will be to rearrange the basement as I want it to be more conducive for the kids and be more of a family space, instead of walk single file space. The lighting really helps and motivates me to do this.

Otherwise, I'm muddling through these stay indoors days. I so look forward to the weekend and getting some sun and perhaps doing an outside activity...maybe even start the garden!!!

Poor Lydia's allergies are acting up and she's been feeling low. I found some children's allergy medicine and it seems to be helping. I need to find something for me, I suppose.

I confess, I look forward to the weekend and relaxing a bit. I sometimes wish things would come easier for me, or without so much drama, pain and heart ache...usually from me.

I'm really excited as we get to go to see "The Sound of Music" they are staging at the local theater. We're going to see the rehearsal show. I look forward to this. Now, if they will put on Jesus Christ Superstar sometime soon, I'd be over the moon. I love musicals, I really do. I love the music part and the set design, of course. I'm just feeling thrilled thinking about "Cats" and all the other greats out there.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper
~Eden Philpotts

Thursday, April 16, 2009

quote of the day

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.

-Victor Hugo

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Robin building nest in an outdoor display I have



Originally uploaded by emily999

I was so surprised to see a robing peaking out of an umbrella with flowers I have outside.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My first Bulgarian Easter Bread


My first Bulgarian Easter Bread
Originally uploaded by emily999

Litany

I hold the splendid daylight in my hands

Inwardly grateful for a lovely day.

Thank you life.

Daylight like a fine fan spread from my hands

Daylight like a scarlet poinsettia

Daylight like yellow cassia flowers

Daylight like clean water

Daylight like green cacti

Daylight like sea sparkling with white horses

Daylight like sunstrained blue sky

Daylight like tropic hills

Daylight like a sacrament in my hands.

Amen.

George Campbell (b.1916), Jamaica

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Earth day celebration


Earth day celebration
Originally uploaded by emily999

This was a cute pic of the kids...even though mine look blah and some got covered.

Dinosaur made by us


Dinosaur made by us
Originally uploaded by emily999

Finished dinosaur on display at the Hollidaysburg library

innards of the dinosaur


innards of the dinosaur
Originally uploaded by emily999

Made with plastic bags, paper bag, egg carton, and cardboard

bunny pom pom family


bunny pom pom family
Originally uploaded by emily999

Thursday, April 09, 2009

comfort foods

I decided to try a new recipe...needed something to chase away sadness of the past few days...so, I made this lentil/rice patty with cilantro dish which I found at the Albion blog. My, oh, my...this was good. I felt like we had stepped back in time as it nearly captured perfectly the tasty dish we'd get at the Happy Family restaurant in Alhambra...a totally vegetarian place. It's very good and with a few modifications (I used white rice and regular lentils), it was very easy to make. Jon was my fry cook and made the patties. They are quite good in sesame oil, let me just say. The sauce is excellent...just enough spice to catch your attention and the sweetness of coconut milk to bring in the mild, "ah" factor. I'm definitely making this again for everyone, I think.

The next thing I'm going to try is Hungarian Potato soup. This will be good in the coming days as it's supposed to go back down to the 40's. If I work up the courage, I will then try to make Bulgarian Easter bread. Wish me luck as it will take all day...but it looks very worth while to try.

I found an interesting appetizer with dried apricots stuffed with slivers of almonds and goat cheese...this sounds so good and I think it was very similar to what I had at a friends wedding a few years ago.

I'm going to scout through more recipes and think of some new things to try...I love finding delicious things to make. Wish me luck on the Easter bread.

Saddness

I debated over the title for this blog entry...I wanted to write, "Why I am opposed to the Iraq war" or some other title that was a little less polite. I'm even more upset now as they found out the man who went crazy shooting of innocent people was a solider from Iraq, sent 3 times out, and lost his mind. This is so sad for many reasons...it shows how being forced to go to war will damage a person. I think we all know this now. I'm angry that Bush and Cheney, who started this madness, are picking out retirement ranches and planning to write their books; cashing in on all of this. I don't think it would resolve everything, but if they were charged with crimes of war, I think it would help (help a lot of people see some justice come from all this suffering).

It makes me upset there is still a war going on, though, I hope it's starting to calm down (which I doubt. Too many people are still dying/getting hurt from the news reports). And it makes me sad, as I have cousins who are out there in the military and I don't want them to get hurt physically/mentally but how can anybody not be hurt by this?

After Monday's tragedy, I don't think anyone is immune from the demons of war. One of my favorite writers/artists, Lynda Barry, once said that war follows you for several generations. In other words, what the previous generation went through, keeps effecting the next generation. Or in this case, the immediate generation/neighborhood.

I feel like we don't protect each other enough. I feel like these men and women who are sent off to fight, weren't protected, cared for and were abused. I don't think it's just prisoners who were tormented...I've felt this for a long time. Tolstoy wrote that most war uses soldiers as "Cannon fodder". I hate this description because it's true.

I think it's healthy to say no, I don't agree with this war. I think it's healthy to protest and stand up for those with little voice and have to march. I have a friend who came back from the war about 4 years ago...he saw friends die in front of him. He saw horrible things. The only reason he survived was his ability to work on mechanics or they would have thrown him in the front. He's still in shock about a lot of this and I hope he does write his book...this I would buy.

Prayer for Healing

Precious Lord, take my hand.
Lead me on. Let me stand.
I am tired. I am weak. I am worn.
Through the storm,
Through the night,
Lead me on to the light.
Take my hand, precious Lord,
and lead me home.

(African-American spiritual)

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Cold weather

It was such a strange Monday...first, I thought a neighbor's house was on fire as I saw smoke coming from the back. Reported that, all was fine, thankfully.

Then, later we hear of a horrible situation at a local subway...leaving 2 people killed and woman injured. It just seems like insanity. I don't know what to think. I do believe people feel stressed out, but to hurt people like this? There was no reason to do this and yet, there it is.

So, I feel sick about this all and can't sleep. I will light a candle for those taken from their loved ones. I'm battling wanting to blame something, TV (for crazy amounts of violence) or a feeling of the ugliness of self centered thought that allowed someone to do this.

All we can do is pray. I hope things will calm down, nationwide and close to home, and people will do some act of kindness. I do believe people imitate what they see...if we all do little bits of good, it might change a lot of things. This sounds too easy, I know...esp. when there has been such violence. But trying to do some good works is the least that we can do.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Windy weekend

It is really windy outside right now...actually, it was windy all day. We stayed inside as we all have colds and feel yucky. I forced myself out yesterday...didn't want to but we had to get a few presents for our birthday gal. :) I actually found the Barbie she wanted that does deposits. I was glad as she really wanted this one with the doggie scooper...don't ask me why. Kids.

We are rat sitting for some friends. I hope the gals don't get too attached but it's inevitable, I suppose. They are cute rats and are very sweet looking. The gal we're watching them for, seemed a bit sad to leave them. I know the feeling...it's amazing how special these critters are to us.

I recently saw a few good movies (and some stinkers too. But I won't bother writing about them...at least not now). However, the good movies out weighed the bad...one was Bolt. Oh, I love this animation! It has everything a movie should have...adventure, interesting dialog, great story telling and of course a cute critter. In this case, a hamster. We also saw Kungfu Panda...LOVED it! I was surprised by the story telling of both of these animations. We also saw CJ7, a Chinese film...not animation but so funny and clever! The gals loved it even though we had to read the subtitles (and it wasn't easy as the dialog moves really fast).

Lately, movie watching has taken on a different level as the gals are getting older and can understand plots and stories better. I love watching their humor develop.

Another thing I've been up to is organizing the basement studio area. It's still a bit messy but much more in control. I must say, just vacuuming the rugs was a huge improvement. This, and giving some items to the thrift store. I didn't realize I had so much and have given over 5 huge black bags. I've also given some things away on freecycle...that was a nice feeling. And I did, get a few things too. Mostly, plastic storage boxes. We've been having a problem with a senior cat having "accidents" under the kids bed. Very frustrating and disgusting as many toys had to be thrown out. The boxes came in handy to store their kids things. I've since found out that cats can have urinary tract infections (UTI) and will have to take her to the vet. I hope it's not serious but she is a 19 year old kitty. I still can't wrap my mind around her age...seems like I just got her as a kitten (born under my dresser, in fact). My older cat, Autumn, must be 20 or 21. Poor old gals. Thank goodness, I have two younger cats.

Otherwise, all is well in our little kingdom. Harrison, the baby, had his first cold. I was worried but it was mostly a stuffed nose. He is better and seems to have gotten back into his routine. I'm glad we're all getting better and hopefully, this will last for awhile. I do notice he's been getting some rash flare ups on his face. So, I'll have to check with the doctor.

Oh, and I've found out some good teas...Echinacea tea is really good for colds and I found a somewhat exotic tea~Vanilla and caramel. Quite good, I must say.

Lastly, I've been thinking about foods lately. I want to cook more and use more whole foods and such. I've started getting into Vegan type foods and some wonderful ethnic recipes that I want to explore. Mostly, lentil based. I think I may have to get a few new recipe books and try out some different things. I even found a Vegetarion Turkish recipe book. This sounds very exciting...then, there is the whole bento lunchbox I want to explore. Things to try in the future.

14th Century Samurai Warrior meditation

Found this on beliefnet...


I have no parents:
I make the heaven and earth my parents.

I have no home:
I make awareness my home.

I have no life and death:
I make the tides of breathing my life and death.

I have no divine powers:
I make honesty my divine power.

I have no means:
I make understanding my means.

I have no secrets:
I make character my secret.

I have no body:
I make endurance my body.

I have no strategy:
I make "unshadowed by thought" my strategy.

I have no design:
I make "seizing opportunity by the forelock" my design.

I have no miracles:
I make right action my miracle.

I have no principles:
I make adaptability to all circumstances my principle.

I have no tactics:
I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.

I have no talent:
I make ready wit my talent.

I have no friends:
I make my mind my friend.

I have no enemy:
I make carelessness my enemy.

I have no armor:
I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.

I have no castle:
I make immovable mind my castle.

I have no sword:
I make absence of self my sword.

Quote of the day...this is a good one.

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

-G.K. Chesterton

Sociable

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