Baby animals and FREE stuff………

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I  discovered this site a while ago…..www.babyanimalz.com………..and have relied on it many times to entertain children.  I thought I’d pass it along to all of you with small munchkins of your own to entertain…..the site has no flashing lights or whistles…. just simple photos…..they are too cute though.

 Also, for those who may not know about Freecycle I thought I’d share with you-

http://www.freecycle.org/

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about them-

The Freecycle Network (often abbreviated TFN) is non-profit organization registered in the state of Arizona, USA, that organizes a worldwide network of “gifting” groups, aiming to divert reusable goods from landfill. It provides a worldwide online registry, and coordinates the creation of local groups and forums for individuals and non-profits to offer and receive free items for reuse or recycling, promoting gift economics as a motivating cultural outlook. “Changing the world one gift at a time” is The Freecycle Network’s official tagline.

 Giving and getting free stuff is fun! Use a search engine to search for your local group and join. Have Fun!

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Treasures and Trinkets on the way home

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My son and I get to visit a little on the way home from school every day.  I like it,  an uninterrupted time to see what we are both contemplating. He told me the other day, that he wants to be an Ice Cream man or a Muffin man,  he wants to have his birthday party first though! 

It got me wondering about the song, ” The Muffin Man”.

Oh, do you know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, do you know the muffin man,
That lives on Drury Lane?

Oh, yes, I know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, yes, I know the muffin man,
That lives on Drury Lane.

Now two of us know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Now two of us know the muffin man,
That lives on Drury Lane.

A few of us know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
A few of us know the muffin man,
That lives on Drury Lane.

Now we all know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Now we all know the muffin man,
That lives on Drury Lane.

I know I need to write all these down, because one day, he’ll talk like the rest of us and no longer want to be a “Muffin Man”. Now I know why he wants to be a muffin man….EVERYBODY knows the muffin man……………the little boy who’s second word after “daddy” was “Hi”.

We discovered an Estate Sale…….I had $1.32  in cash on me….what could I possibly find? I found a bag of trinkets….tiny scissors, an old sewing kit, tweezers (can never have too many of these), brown thread. When I took the photo I felt like we were going to play, “I Spy………”. 

Darlene, Happy Birthday! Belated, I’m sorry….I can never remember if it is July 27, 28 or 29……You have to admit, mine IS a little easier to remember… 😉

Hope your b-day and upcoming cruise is wonder-filled.

just a picture kind of day

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Interesting shape of the leaf of a Tulip tree. These have bright surreal looking green and orange flowers when in bloom.

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not sure of the name of this tree, but I lke it’s ferny leaves.

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One of the prettiest of weeds. Queen Anne’s Lace. Looks so much like a snowflake in the middle of July.

The kindness of (artistic) strangers

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Remember this? I know it wasn’t that long ago that I posted about this artwork…but I have news……..

I wrote, that the name Rhett Johnson was at the bottom of the piece, and wanted to research when the piece had been made. Well, I have discovered it’s origins. I did what I probably should have done in the first place and I googled “Rhett Johnson”.

Lo, and behold…I found a real live working Sculptor!……with his own website…..  

 www.rhettjohnson.com

  and his wife is an artist too! You can see her website at-

www.Diddy-Wa-Diddy.com 

Talk about cool!! Two artists living in the same house, getting to make art ALL day long!!  Okay…I’m sure they have to do laundry and mow the lawn…but still….way fantastico!

Anyway, I wrote them to find out if it was okay to post about Rhett’s art, and Rhett’s wife, Kelly Buntin Johnson, wrote back saying that it was just fine to post about the piece. She also said thank you for mentioning his name AND even complimented, “My Grandfather’s blanket stitch”. I was so impressed by this simple kindness and generousity of spirit. She also mentioned that Rhett had other art to look at in my general vicinity, that I might want to check out….so here it is….

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Flying chickens like these always make me want to buy fresh produce….so I had to show you more and tell you how really nice these artists are.

Ooops! Don’t know how I did that..LOL…..but my computer wants it to stay that way….

 Also another cool artist tale. I wrote Mesababes of Etsy to make sure it was okay to post about her beautiful quilt….silly me…after I posted it….still figuring out the rules of blogging…

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She also gave me a green light and said thank you for the compliment. She said that she had put quilting aside to work on mudbuilding and adobe work!!!! Okay….I’m sure it’s not fun all the time…and you get hot and sweaty…but to be in the land of Georgia O’Keefe,  doing something as full of history as that!!   

Wow, is all I gotta say!

Thank you, to all these artists that so freely give of themselves and share so generously.

Big Daddy loves little boy

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My husband is so in love with our son. He was truly meant to be a father. The other day, he said..”Have you noticed how blonde his hair is getting? Especially around his face, sort of like a halo?” That pretty much sums up how Dad feels about this child of ours. He loves him as wide as the sky and as deep as the sea. I’m happy about that!

Britain’s got talent

If you haven’t already seen this, it is definitely worth watching…My husband and I both cried happy tears.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Mn6HGMfxIVQ

Dream home on the hill

I promised cheery….so here it is….

One of my best friends, has recently designed, built and moved into her dream home. She and her husband had previously lived in a beautiful Tudor style home that had been built in the 1920’s. They loved the home, they spent lots of time and effort adding onto it, making sure to have the add ons match the style of the original structure. Beautiful gardens, extra living space, a bedroom and bath, patio and sheltered parking were all added on. The delimma…….. was, that this beautiful home, was in the middle of a busy and crowded neighborhood. What to do?

My friend and her husband started dreaming and planning, because although they are both artistically minded they are also feet firmly planted on the ground. So plan they did……..

They both are inspired by Japanese style. They found an Architect/Builder who liked their ideas and thought he could pull them off…..so they did a little more planning, a little more drawing…lots of saving…..and lots of patience…..and came up with this…….

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and here is the inside…

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and yes it’s always that neat. I wish by association my house could always look so good….isn’t it beautiful?

Wow, and as if that isn’t enough I have more from my good friend Darcy…a recipe..Yeah!

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I have attached a picture of my starter, I found the recipe with my grandmother’s stuff.  Here it is:

1/2 package active dry yeast(1 1/4 tsp.)

2 cups flour

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 1/2 cups warm water

    Combine ingredients in a stone crock or bowl (never use metal). Beat well. Cover with cheese cloth or towel, let stand 2 days in warm place.

Refrigerate loosely covered.

    There are many variations for starters but this one worked well for me. Mine was ready sooner than two days probably because of the hot weather. You will know it is ready when the mixture is nice and bubbly and has a lovely yeast smell. Then it can be reiterated. In the fridge it will loose its froth and a brown liquid or hooch will form on the top, just stir it together before use the starter in a recipe.

The starter will need to be replenished or fed once a week or so. If you have not used any starter in a recipe just remove a cup and share it with a friend or discard. Mix together equal amounts of water and flour(1 c. water, 1c. flour) combine with remaining starter and leave in a warm place for 12 to 24 hours until bubbly, then refrigerate. Here is the recipe for

Sourdough Pancakes:

Make the basic batter the night before. Put one cup of sourdough starter in a large glass mixing bowl(NEVER use metal bowls or utensils with sourdough) Add 2 cups of warm water and 2 1/2 cups of flour. Mix thoroughly and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. Keep bowl in a warm place overnight. The mixture should be quite active with fermentation(bubbly) by morning, remove 1 cup of the batter and put it back into your original starter. This will replenish or feed your starter and keep it active.

Add to the batter left in the bowl:

1 egg

2 TBS oil

1/4 cup four

Beat thoroughly and add:

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 TBS sugar

Blend together and allow to rest for a few minutes. Then pour onto a hot griddle, keeping the pancakes small will improve the texture and taste.

This is all new to me so I hope it makes sense. I think I will try sourdough biscuits next weekend.

Enjoy!

Darcy

Aren’t you glad I know Darcy and she is my friend? I am… and glad that she is  generous enough to share with us her dream home and good food. Thank you Darcy!!!

cheesy blueberry cakey goodness

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 Thank you Tracy……the cake is REALLY good. We used blueberry jam instead and no almonds….sigh…I had to concede to the no-nut vote.

It’s still really good though…Next time…I will have almonds. For this fabulous recipe please visit Tracy at http://pinkpurl.typepad.com/

Funky folk art and a sweet bouquet

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 One of the grocery stores I shop at has a small cafe to eat at. They even put fresh flowers on the tables. It’s an older store, where a lot of the employees have been there forever. The folk art above has a small plaque that reads Rhett Johnson. I need to research it and find out when it was made. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it.

Speaking of fresh flowers…..I got flowers!  Gotta love him!

Thanks for visiting and hope you smiled!

My grandfather’s blanket stitch

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This is a penny rug that legend has it, my grandfather made.  My grandpa died when I was 7 years old. I didn’t really get a chance to know him like I would have liked. He was Scotch-Irish and Cherokee. He owned and operated a restaurant called Ricardo’s. Often people mistook him for being Mexican… He had dark eyes and hair and must have been a damn good cook. This restaurant is where my grandparents met. My grandmother Ruth, waitressed for him. I never got to know her, though I am named after her and inherited her auburn hair and blue eyes. We had this rug displayed at home while I was growing up. Our home was pretty eclectic and shabby chic before there was such a thing. My mom did a good job making our home comfortable.  Now that I have my own family, I see how hard she had to work as a single mother.  In all honesty, I don’t know how she did it.

My grandfather later went on to own a taxi service and that’s what he did when I knew him. My mom drove taxi for a while for him.  So, I have some hard-working people in my gene pool..I want to be more like them.

I started this post thinking about an art assignment I was once given. Our instructor asked us to write a paper about who’s creative shoulders we stood on, who influenced us and lit our creative “fire”? At the time I didn’t think of my grandfather or my mother. Now I do. I don’t think either one of them would call themselves creative if asked. But how many white boys from Idaho could cook Mexican food well enough to have a successful Mexican restaurant, in the 1930’s? My mom didn’t ever feel like she could draw or sew, but give her a pencil and piece of paper and watch the poetry dance upon the page in eloquent, flowing, script. She can also sing and dance, like nobody’s business. I on the other hand,  I have two left feet and can’t carry a tune “in a bucket”. 

 There are other, more famous people who’s art and creativity I admire.  Chagall,  Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker,  Theodor Suess Geisel, Kandinsky, Chuck Close, Annie Lennox, Mrs Harriet Powers, John Lennon….so many…too many to list here.

And I have my grandfather and my mother to thank for giving  me both the heart and vision to see and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me. Thank you! 

Who’s creative shoulders do you stand upon? 

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