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

Paul Klee, 1879-1940

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What a pain

Sooo, went to the endo yesterday.  We are trying to figure out which tooth is giving me the pain.  This entails some excruciating trial and error involving hot liquids and ice =-(  We have eliminated anything on the bottom.  Now I am home testing the three most likely candidates on the top.  Jeezus, I have been through the dental wars in my lifetime.  I'm exhausted.

So, what fun things are YOU up to today?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Smile even though you're hurting...or hiding something...

New Magpie Tales prompt is up...it could get interesting =-)  I think mine is a bit predictable but, oh well, I have a toothache...maybe that was her problem, too...but I don't think so...  At 1:45 pm, please send good, non-invasive-or-at-least-uncomplicated-dental-procedure thoughts out into the cosmos for me...=-/

Check out all the good writing on the Magpie Tales site.  Photo provided by Tess Kinkaid.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Went for breakfast and a walk around an urban neighborhood the other day after DD's dentist appointment.  We went nuts for all the flowers that are out right now...especially the wisteria...gosh, I love wisteria...


We walked by one of my favorite houses... it's pink.  Well, now it's being fixed up and probably won't be pink when they are done.  I pretend it is being fixed up for me.  It is going to be beautiful.  I would LOVE to live in this 1886 house.  They are few and far between around here, I can tell you that.  So, if the lavender house doesn't work out, maybe you can find me in this pink (or whatever color it's gonna be) one...

Monday, March 21, 2011

A quick catch-up...

New Magpie Tales prompt is up.  Do pop in to read what everyone has written in response to the prompt; there is some really good stuff over there:

Photo by Tess Kinkaid

My entry this week was a just a tiny bit dark...  But, kinda fun, too...in a dark, kid-brain way... =-)  Yeah, so, anyway...

I've been knitting a lot the last week or more.  Easy stuff. (Avoiding the 2nd sleeve on my sweater cuz I won't get to wear it this year, anyway, at least not until December probably, and, well, it's BORING!) A cabled cushion like Mia's over at Mia's Landliv...  How I love her cushions and her crocheting and knitting...and entire house, actually.   I also made a vintage looking pot holder and am in the middle of another dishcloth, both for my new kitchen in NY.  I'm going from a pink and green kitchen there to a blue, white, and cream color scheme so I have been making and collecting things =-) Oh, and I might have ordered some most delicious yarn for a project that Lucy at Attic24 has tempted me with. =-) God, her photos and projects are the happiest on the Web, I swear.  I credit her for getting me back into crocheting again.  I have always crocheted, since my mom taught me when I was 6 years old, but knitting took over once I learned how about 5 or 6 years ago. But after seeing all that yummy stuff at Lucy's I was bitten and got right back into it again!

I've been reading a lot, too.  I just finished The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl, who wrote The Dante Club also (which is waiting for me in the stacks.) The style of writing and the story reminded me a lot of Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone and The Lady in White.  I enjoyed it a lot after I got into it.  It did take me a few chapters to feel that way, though.  I started The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth yesterday...just my kind of book: WWII England, mystery, etc., etc. It is the third of a series but I have not read the previous ones so I hope it doesn't matter.  So far I like it.

We had a HARD, windy rain last night, and some today, off and on, as well as some hail, briefly, so it was a good day to sit and read and drink tea, and knit.  We probably will not get too much more of this kind of weather here this year.  I have enjoyed it so much.  And the hills!  They are so green!  Something we truly appreciate in SoCA...it does not last long so we drink it up while we can.

Happy Spring!  Yay!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Magpie Tales 57

photo by Tess Kinkaid

The new weekly prompt is up along with some fantastic entries on Magpie Tales. You can read my post on my other blog, Pieces.

3 words

about my birthday surprise:  raised garden boxes!

(Pictures to follow soon...)  

I guess my blatant begging hints worked =-)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Birthdays are the best!

First, I've been buying myself tulips

whenever I go to the grocery cuz I love 'em and they are only in season for just so long, and well, I'm worth it.

Anyway.  Birthdays... Yesterday DD and I spent a lovely day together at the Art Museum

 Saw the Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman Exhibit,

had a little shop meander and soap, lotion, and candle buying,  then a late lunch at a creperie in a hip neighborhood...with crepes and cappuccino for dessert, of course. The day was her sweet gift. 

Today is breakfast with DS and DDIL at one of my favorite places for that...not sure what I will have but it will be great, it always is.  And, of course, the company will be the treat!  I'm looking forward to the love and the laughs.  DH is on his way home from out of town but thinks he can catch a cab from the airport and be there for most of the meal.  And, people!  One of the best gifts of the day:  another hour of daylight!!!!  Whoopee!  Yep, I do love birthdays.  Well, except for that number thing...

Monday, March 07, 2011

I have another blog.  I just reactivated it to post a Magpie Tales thingy.  Magpie Tales is a cool blog where writers and poets create to a photo prompt.  The posts are generally short and so incredible.  I am taking a big leap here, so I'm a little first-time-jittery, but I wanted to share.  I've always written.  I love to write.  But I don't often share my writing other than newsy blog posts and emails.  Anyway, I thought I'd shake things up and give Magpie Tales a try.  It can't hurt...right?? Right??

In other news: we went to the circus yesterday!  It was a wild hair.  It was cheesy.  It was old school.  And it was fun!  This was not the Ringling version.  This was Circus Vargas.  Which is what I was after.  It was one ring, under a real "big top."  And we had a blast.  I read Water For Elephants awhile back, quite awhile, actually, and now that it is a big time movie about to be released, I had a hankering.  I generally am not a circus-y type.  Unless you count the circus that is my life.  But I and the fam had a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon.  And I wasn't even creeped out by the (one) clown.  He was actually pretty funny.

 Under the trapeze!

Hope your weekend was fun and that this week is especially nice for you.  This marks the countdown to my birthday...and daylight savings time...now THAT is a fantastic present!