Tuesday, May 31, 2011
It helps when I crop the painting. This one will probably end up on the shower floor. It was an experiment in painting a snowy tree using a Daniel Smith Triad.
Maddy slept in the horse trailer last night. The striped kitties are out and about. I just happened to look out and see her climbing over the back fence and tear up the hill by the ditch. By the time I holllered downstairs to Barrie, I saw she had come back and was on the hill behind the house. Sure enough, she was "skunked." Barrie gave her a bath in peroxide and baking soda, and put her in the horse trailer for the night.
I have been editing and revising the book I wrote in November. Somewhere I read to avoid the use of the word 'there', especially beginning a sentence. So I used the MSWord 'find' feature on the entire manuscript. I couldn't believe how many times I used the word!!
• The fundamental reason for middle names is so you will be able to tell when you are in real trouble.
Monday, May 30, 2011
This is pretty much what it looks like here this morning. Maybe not quite as much snow, but it's still coming down at 10:30 this morning.
"Kasey and I ran a 6-dog team on the 4-wheeler today, sure had fun! Did a little leader workout, and kc now knows gee and haw(thou not sure on right on left yet, hehe) We got caught in a hail storm on the way home, she was still laughing, lil toughy."
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I am cleaning. This is how I start - take things out of cupboards. There is no way I am going to watch VCR tapes. Some have been recorded from TV. And some of these have already been transferred to DVD's. So why are they still cluttering up my entertainment center?
And I also started going through reference photos and old paintings that I will never finish. This is just a beginning of "purging" the files.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sally had this on her blog yesterday. I was amazed at how difficult this is.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I asked Kasey this morning what time it was. She looked at her new watch and told me it's Christmas time. When I asked her again later, she said "It's 29:10:40."
My "do over". I quit fighting with the paper on the last attempt to draw Sambo. This one is on the Mylar (drafting film). This one may have a chance.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Kathy gave Kasey a watch for her birthday. Kasey was so delighted with it.
Barrie examining the watch. Kathy also make cupcakes, and decorated them to spell "Happy Birthday Kasey". Kasey chose the one with the "Y" on it.
I can't get up any enthusiasm for the colored pencil drawing of the cat. Instead, I got out an old drawing I started on "Mylar", (drafting film) of some chickadees. I love that drawing surface for colored pencils. It will erase, and you can draw on the back of the translucent film.
Below is a colored pencil drawing I did on the film a few years ago of "Dan".
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
This paper is too smooth, and I can't build up enough layers of color.
Don't know why the eye looks sparkly. A camera fluke, I guess.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This is Sambo, Paul and Tracy's cat.
by James Hilton. Both are old books. I was required to read Lost Horizons in high school, and didn't think I would like it. But I did, and I'd like to read it again.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Did any of you read the book "Left Behind"? It was written by a minister. There were about seven books in the series. I think I read three of them, and then I got so I didn't give a darn what happened to those people.
My watercolor table, with nothing on it but a cat.
Friday, May 20, 2011
The Sound of Music, maybe? Tracy will have to explain this to me later.
I'm working on cleaning up my water color table today. And getting my clean palette filled with paint. Maybe I'll take pictures.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
This is me, back in my younger days. You don't believe me? I still have my hula hoop in the basement.
Tracy called this morning. It has been in the 80's there (Florida.) They are going to take their kayaks out in the canal in front of their place. If they were ambitious, they could paddle into Tampa Bay. Paul is going to fish, and Tracy is just going along.
Paul traded my ticket to the Rockies game in. The Yankees were in Florida to play the Rays, so they went to the Yankees game. At least our tickets weren't wasted.
I thought I was checking out an e-book from the Summit County this morning. Instead, it's an audio book, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. I have a new silverpoint drawing started, so maybe I'll listen to the book while I draw.
On this day in 1992 U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock.
Anyone remember this?
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Whoo Hoo! Hot water (almost). The plumber is here. Hope to have hot water tonight.
Tracy and Paul got new patio furniture for their place in Florida.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Judi mentioined how tired she was after yard work. Gee, I wasn't tired at all! I sat in a lawn chair with my camera and a beer!
Gotcha! While Kat was standing on her hind feet, Kasey grabbed her and picked her up. Poor cat didn't know what to do. She was so scared. Kasey picked her up two or three times. Barrie and I worried that the cat would come unglued, so Barrie put her back in the house. Kat slept the rest of the day!
Kasey picked all the dandelions she could find in the front yard, then carefully planted some of them in a planter.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I think Barrie has raked and fertilized our lawn. It is sure green.
thousands of dollars in the
driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
Ever wonder why 'abbreviated' is such a long word?
Ever wonder why Noah didn't swat those two mosquitoes?
Friday, May 13, 2011
So Barrie called Drace, who is in Big Piney all day. He told her to push the reset switch. our old water heater doesn't have a reset switch. I doubt if we can get a new one installed before Monday.
I was looking at photos of the remodeling to see if I could find the date it was done. The picture above shows what my roof (lack of) looked like 5 or 6 years ago. It was taken from where I am sitting right now.
Kasey took one bite of oatmeal this morning and left a puke trail from the dining room to the bathroom. She seems to feel fine now. Barrie is trying to get her work truck ready to go and gas cans filled. She also needs to clean out the room where the hot water heater is.
So Kasey is hanging out with me. Barrie left her on the couch watching a movie on the laptop with some crackers and a sippee cup with 7 Up. But we couldn't get sound on the computer, so Kasey is now upstairs with me, watching it on the TV.
It's a movie I refuse to watch - Incredible Journey. I don't do animal movies. I cry even ifthere's a happy ending. (Especially when there's a happy ending.)
So I am going to plug my iPod into my earphones and listen to music and read.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
After we ate, we probably spent an hour watching Kasey climbing on the structures in the playroom. What a kick. She was very hesitant at first, but soon got pretty brave. When she got scared, Barrie talked her through it. Barrie didn't want to have to climb up and rescue her. We stretched the "just one more time" into several.
I didn't even have my compact camera with me, just the "big gun." So didn't get any pictures.
Another picture of the herd stud. Still can't decide if he's a roan or just all scarred up. Maybe both.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Found a herd of 7 mares, one foal, and the stud. They look fat and slick. Only one colt so far, but the other mares look like they are about to foal.
This is the stud. At first Barrie and I thought he was a roan, then we decided he is just all scarred up from fighting. But when I look at the photo actual size, high resolution, I'm not sure.
This is the foal, a filly. So cute. She was very curious about us. The mares and the stud never paid any attention to us.
And this is what happens after a hard day of hunting wild horses and shopping at Wal-Mart. Kasey got her early birthday presents. She is wearing her new bicycle helmet, and she has a bird house to put together and paint, and some finger paint.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Yay! Kentucky Derby today. I really don't follow horse racing much through the year, but I love to watch the Derby. My favorite, Uncle Mo, has been pulled from the race. Sick, not injured. His jocky will be mounted on another horse to replace a jocky who fell off his horse and broke his nose.
Barrie has the big flower bed all cleaned out, and has moved the planters out ready for Kasey's flowers. There is a flat of something planted in the kitchen window, and they are really growing.
I'm more than half finished with "The Stand". There are things in the book I don't remember. This is the second version he wrote, so there are some changes in it. In his book "On Writing",
Stephen King says "The adverb is not your friend." He tells you not to use them. Funny, but this book is full of adverbs, "slyly, suddenly, horrifically, complacently," and more. Guess he forgot
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Kind of messed around with a few pictures today. Did some extreme cropping.
I saw Kat walking across the floor with something in her mouth this morning. When I took it away to see what it was, it was the memory card from my digital camera. I had taken it out of the card reader on the computer and laid it on the table. Small things are not safe from that cat. Yesterday she was playing with my credit card.
Can't wait to get started drawing Sambo. All that hair will be a challenge, and those eyes!
Only in America ......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
Only in America......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?