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Made in the Shade !! Is In!

May 19th, 2009 at 06:42 am

Three photos of mine were accepted into an art show at the local (very very busy) community hospital lobby!

They will hang 3 months, a relatively long show!

The topic was 'Lazy Hazy Days of Summer' and the pics include:

Leaf Me Alone
THANK YOU to momcents for the title!!


Mustard FireWorks
see it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/prettycheap/3499439890/

Made in the Shade
see it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/prettycheap/3499439916/in/photo...

Please respect my copyrights on these images and DO NOT REPRODUCE

They will be framed sweetly and priced fairly.

Epiphanous Weekend

May 18th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

for the non-logophiles: epiphanous (def): a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.


1. Fledgling Flight. Not for the first time, but for the longest and least parented time, DD9 has 2-night Girl Scout overnight camp. It's a big troop of 20 girls and there were 2 leaders present (with 2 or 3 parents helping out at any given time here and there over the weekend). She's been in it for 5 years and when I was a leader for the first couple years she was way more insecure in my absences. (We now have the quintessential Girl Scout leader who not only can sing ALL the songs, but knows the words). Daughter is grumpy when I pick her up, as she doesn't want to leave. Didn't brush her hair the whole time.

2. First Bad Hair Day. More hair problems. My son awakens to his appearance, or at least awakens. He cares what happens when he wears a baseball cap and his hair is all wet. Most time ever in front of the bathroom mirror, distressed as all h*ll about a lock or two near his ear. Tries alternately wetting it and blowing with the hair dryer. Over and over again. Get a shorter haircut? Blasphemy. Go back to evening showers? Pfffft. Of course it looks the same as every other day (to me).

3. Blasts from the past. Saturday night I went to a reunion of co-workers from 29 years ago. What can I say, you had to be there? Kind of like a high school reunion, with a much lower trauma factor. Picture a hundred new graduates from colleges around the states in LA in 1982 or so and single, and ... that says enough. One of the best times in our lives, I guess we all wanted not only to relive it a little, but see who turned out how. One fellow never married and is saving the world with 'Water for People' (building wells and clean water in the third world), the best looking guy now has 5 kids, all girls. One of our old bosses showed up (now retired)! UGH!! I didn't look as old as I worried, somewhere inbetween the two guys I would NEVER have recognized in a million years (one looked like my dad, but once he started blabbing it was his old crazy self) and the two girls whom time has NOT TOUCHED!! Names from 20 years ago kept popping up, ouch my memory cells HURT!

Unexpected Day Off

May 14th, 2009 at 09:10 am

With the swine flu on the wane, my kid is probably one of the last to have a very mild sore throat and cold. But need to keep him out of school, which keeps me out of work. S'ok, no pay, but a long to do list:

...Squeeze oranges from tree into OJ
...Make muffins with 2 overripe bananas
...Make something for next Tues school bake sale (probably will use the leftover condensed milk for fudge!!)
...shopping errands

Of the last I will keep costs down, use coupons. For example, my girl would love a few ice skate skirts now that she is in the 3rd level lessons. OK. I can sew. There is a pattern at Joann's and it only takes a little glitzy fabric and a bit of elastic to make the skirts. Yes, I have a 40% off coupon and a sewing machine.

A few things at the dollar store, ie bandaids.

And a wedding gift. They registered at Bed Bath Beyond just a couple weeks ago. The wedding is Labor Day weekend (Sept) so I am going to be one of the first to get in there and choose something REASONABLY priced before only the $500 dollar bed sets are left. Or whatever they listed.

Here's a look at my back yard yesterday.
It's not a honey bee (right?) but is very busy pollinating the apple trees, jasmine and other stuff we have growing. There were a couple dozen of his friends too.

May Grey

May 13th, 2009 at 06:27 am

That's what they call it around here, followed by June gloom. Just a function of the marine layer most every morning which clears up by early afternoon (but not always).



A few weeks ago I was contacted by a big group of co-workers from 26 years ago. We are having a reunion this Saturday! I haven't seen most of the people in all those years. (and they haven't seen me!)

Half crazy with self conciousness, half crazy with anticipation, I'm sure it will be a HUGE HOOT.

They know I have a small jewelry design biz and I'm bringing samples. Who knows.

Free KFC meal - Expires End of Wed

May 6th, 2009 at 10:29 am

You saw the offer on the Oprah show? Here's the link to the coupon on her website-

http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahshow/20090430-tows-kfc-cou...

ends midnight Central time Wed, hurry!

She Moves!

May 4th, 2009 at 10:07 am

An on-line buddy makes me wiggle!



Thank you Sparks of http://www.grungehobbit.com

Ladylike Behind

May 3rd, 2009 at 08:32 pm

The spring peak has passed but there are still many enchanting subjects before the heat hits. This one is a visitor to my weekend house front yard.

Does this leaf make her look fat?


I'd like to enter this image into a call for art themed 'Lazy Hazy Days of Summer'. (Because I am from the midwest and summer equals bugs!).

But I need a better title, any ideas?
'Don't Bug Me'
'Bug Bum'
'Does this Leaf make me look fat?'

What a pleasure to flex this new camera's muscles! I have gotten to know the close up side of things, and next want to get good at the long range side of things. Think fabulous mountain ranges over valleys dotted with oaks, etc.