"Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes things visible in the first place."

Paul Klee, 1879-1940

Friday, February 26, 2010

Well, I finally got all my blogs transferred over to Google Reader from Bloglines and it is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I kept the Bloglines just to compare what is happening on both and to see how they stack up against each other and Bloglines is STILL lagging behind in posting my feeds.  I wonder how long this has been going on...All those days that I thought no one or very few people were posting...how many posts have I missed over the last few months...It finally all came to a head over last weekend when there were NO posts for the whole weekend until late Sunday...I knew it had to be Bloglines cuz there have to be at least a few posts right?!?  So, anyway, I am sold on Google Reader. Thanks to whoever it was who suggested it to someone else having the same problem...I just jumped on the bandwagon, and I'm glad I did! =-)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This Land is Your Land,

This Land is my Land...today is its 70th anniversary...and it still resonates...  Gotta love Woody Guthrie!

I finally finished the 10 pillowcases I was making for the Operation Pillowcase project.  They are so easy and came out really well...but I did procrastinate and took longer than I should have...

An incredibly beautiful day here today...sunny, a few clouds, and crisp, cool air...lovely.  My favorite time of year here in So CA. 

I've been hand quilting on my Jane Stickle quilt during the Olympics.  Actually, I haven't watched too much of the Olympics, to be honest...but I have been using it as a sort of time frame for working on the quilt.  I will see how far ahead I am at closing ceremonies.  I got the idea from various bloggers who are doing the Olympic activities either in quilting or at Ravelry or wherever their fiber interests lie.  A good idea; it was a catalyst for me and I have gotten several blocks done.  Hey, whatever works, right...? =-)

Oh, and I cleaned off the top of a dresser in my sewing/crap room the other day...I still can hardly walk in there but it makes me smile when I gingerly make my way around/through the piles to whatever it is I'm after in there.  Perhaps if I keep it cleared off and I see it often enough it will inspire me to clean off yet another surface...haha...baby steps, people...=-)

Later, dudes...

Monday, February 15, 2010

A lovely day here today...

It had to have been mid to high 70s.  I'm not complaining but I'm not ready to give up hope of more rain to keep it green here a little longer.

Some different from the weather in the UK week before last...

DD and me at the Tower of London (which is not really a tower at all) with the Bridge in the background.  They were working on Henry's residence as you can see from the scaffolding.  What a somber place, especially when you think of all the living and dying that went on there...but it was amazing and very cool...cold in fact...haha! The wind was really blowing that afternoon and we were freezing (looks like she's shielding me from the wind)...but there wasn't snow on the ground...

Out in front of the B and B in the town where DD is living in Scotland.  The water you see at the horizon is the Moray Firth.  Beyond that is the North Sea.  Let me tell you, the wind off the Firth was bone chilling! And that road was icy...Notice that the cars park any direction they want to, which makes a confusing situation even more so. That driving on the other side of the road thing was very disconcerting, especially on winding mountain curves and in the snow and sleet...

Nessie was probably on vacation since I can't imagine her sticking around for this winter version of Loch Ness.  It was incredibly beautiful, though, and so majestic.

No, thank you...I want a few more amenities in a country cottage... Some of that thatch was green...but still...no... This was between Inverness and Loch Ness at Culloden Battlefield. The sun was shining and it was really quite beautiful...but, again, ridiculously cold and windy...

I needed more of this:

That was my first cup of tea in London...ahhhhhh, heavenly...I could go for some of that right now =-)

Or maybe something from here:

On the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.  Yes, I did warm up with a little refreshment there after our late night ghost walk in the vaults beneath the city...Now, that was creepy...=-/

Man, I do want to go back. I absolutely love it in both England and Scotland.  And I would love to go to Wales and Ireland, too.  But, when it's green...and warm(er.)

Now, I have to go make a cup of tea and find my slippers...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ok, just a little bone to pick.  I'm sort of a word junkie. I read a lot and write a lot and I have a fairly firm grasp on the rules of grammar, spelling, and writing.  I am usually pretty easy going; I don't really care what people say.  However, sometimes the WAY they say it gets under my skin.  One thing that has been bugging the hell out of me lately is something I see and hear more and more, and from adults, even though it always used to be something I'd hear from kids.  That is the term 'anyways.'  What is that??????  AnywayS?  With an 'S', people???????????????????  I see this and hear this from otherwise intelligent, well educated people, people I respect and admire and whose blogs I look forward to reading each day or whose conversations I enjoy. There is no 'S' on the end of this word.  IMO it makes whatever has been said less valid and fade from my attention because I can't get past that word.  It stands out and makes me want to scream.  I realize this is an over-reaction on my part.  It is not important.  But it grates on me and seems to be seeping into generally accepted use.  Like, uh...using "like" every other word, and using texting shorthand in everyday language. I really wish it didn't bother me but it does.  I am pretty sure that the people using it don't even know they are, or care.  Unimportant.  Silly of me to care. Ok. End of rant.  Sorry.  Don't hate. I'm just expressing my opinion, and wonder if there are others out there that care about the evolution of our language.

xo, D.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What am I trying to do with my left hand there...

I swear I'm not pinching his butt...I may, however be trying to flip up his kilt...for investigative purposes, of course...LOL...