Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Voting Has Begun..........!!!

Finally!!! You know i've been haunting the voting site ever since coffee this morning only to find out the voting didn't start until 10 am pacific time.........which is noon my time aaarrrgghh......
Any way here is a link . I hope it works. If you like my boot leave me some love by voting. I have no idea if you can vote more than once. If someone wants you can check that out and let me know. Voting runs from today thru Jan 5, 2012. UGG Australia reserves the right to pick the winner but will give special consideration to boots with the highest votes. Other than this blog i really have no social media presence so people that do will really have an edge in the vote department. Feel free to pass this link on to whoever you think might like to vote. If i'm to get alot of votes it will be thru word of mouth......I'm going to leave this up at the top of my blog for a few days . If per chance the link does not work you can also reach it by www.talenthouse.com/debterrypeacockboot Thank you so much for all the wonderful support you've always given my artwork! Hugs! deb

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Me! A boot designer.......?????

I've decided to enter this contest Art and Sole 2011 by UGG AUSTRALIA! I tried to set up a link there for you. I hope it works my track record on links is not the best. :) But anyway i saw this advertised on someone's blog so i thought i'd check it out. You down load and print out these boot templates and design your own boot! Now i never really draw clothes or shoes or boots or anything but it sounded like fun. And you might find it funny how this boot morphed from its original concept to what it is now. Its still in progress so none of the pictures here are the final product, still coloring........... My first vision was to draw a koi with its tail kinda up the leg portion of the boot and its head
toward the toe......well after many attempts the koi was not happening...........so i asked myself what do i like most about the koi??? And the answer was the scales. I like the detail and repetitiveness. So i drew them in....... As i started coloring them in they started looking more like peacock feathers than scales and a family member (bless their heart) said well you know alot of people wear their pants over their boots so your never gonna see those feathers.....you need to put something on the foot part. So i sketched and colored a peacock feather. So there you have it what started out as a koi morphed to a peacock. LOL! Now heres the fun part. I have until Dec 26 to get this finished and scanned in and downloaded to their site. I've never done anything like this before. It can be a Jpeg or PNG file no more than 5mb i believe thats right..........so i don't know as long as i can figure all that out i will enter it. I hope i can cause i have spent an awful long time coloring these feathers........I hope they scan in nice. These pictures here are just taken with my camera and i don't think they do the feathers justice. They really are pretty. Okay.....now here is where you come in..............once i get it downloaded........ people get to vote on it! UGG AUSTRALIA chooses the winner but takes special consideration of the ones that receive the most votes..........The winner receives $5,000 !!! and their vision made into a real live boot!!! Wouldn't that be awesome. Now UGG does not have to pick the one with the highest vote to win they reserve the right to pick their choice but....BUT the one with the highest vote may not win the $$$$ but they will have a pair of boots in their design. Cool or what??? If i remember right the voting starts Dec 27 and runs into at least the first week of the new year. When i get it finished and loaded and everything figured out i'll post a link here. If you like my boot would you pretty , pretty please vote for it??? I can't wait to see what other people came up with......LOL! Merry Christmas!! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Quick Movie Review!

..........for just one movie.........Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows.........the movie world has been pretty stagnant for me for a while now.........Breaking Dawn part 1 was a pretty big let down for me. I LOVEd the first three Twilight movies and i was sorely disappointed with this last one....i know many people loved it but i did not........ I did like The Help. I've never read the book so i had no expectations going in and was pleasantly entertained. NOW........Sherlock Holmes.......you know i say i don't like comedies but really i think thats because i think most comedies make me feel like i've lost a few IQ points when i walk out of the theatre......Sherlock Holmes was in one word....DELICIOIUS......it was smart , witty, funny, exciting and worth every penny. I was sad to see sales were down from the first Sherlock Holmes as i think this one more than held its own. So before Tom Cruise and his Mission Impossible over shadow everything i wanted to put in my two cents for Sherlock. Go see it! You won't be sorry!!! Hugs! deb

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Chrismas is hiding this year.........

Blogger is misbehaving this morning so i have no idea how this post is gonna turn out.......sigh........but lets give it a go. Thank you all so much for all the Congrats and well wishes. He's been out of school a week now and already bought himself some new computer books to 'study' and 'continue his education' . I think he just felt lost without a computer book in his hands. :)Jinx found the only spot of Christmas in our apartment. Digging out the decorations packed in the boxes just seemed like too big a job this year. Hubby's mom made this pointsettia afghan and gave it to us at Thanksgiving. Jinx wants me to tell her he loves it very much. lol. Hubs and i did stick to a Christmas tradition of our last night by walking thru the Christmas lights down town along the river. They wrap the trees and put up big displays of the twelve days of Christmas and Charge $5 for people to drive thru. Hubs and i? We pay our $5, grab a candy cane from the basket and walk thru with an arm around each other staying warm. It really is like a fairytale land and these picture do it no justice. I can't believe the number of people that drive thru , bumper to bumper, exhaust spewing out their cars. I think in the mile and a half/two mile walk we ran into two other people bundled up strolling along like us. The people sitting in their cars just don't know what their missing. A kiss under the Christmas lights ( i KNOW those trees had mistletoe growing in them. ). I have another post planned before xmas but if i don't get back here or blogger keeps giving me trouble i want to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Hopefully next year i'll be wishing you it from California instead of Texas surrounded by all y decorations! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Drumroll please.........................

............after many long years (8 to be exact) my hubby is the proud owner of a Bachelor's Degree! OMGosh its really over........ we are still reeling from the implications of that.......what in the world is hubby gonna do with himself if hes not worried about homework or an upcoming test. School has been so much a part of our lives for so long. Once he got the grade 79.86 (only .14 from a B, maybe the teacher will round up ) honestly the lowest grade i've ever seen him get, for the rest of the evening i could see the realization of it slowly sinking in. He's a free man! He's so hard on himself . And he sees so many things in his life that he feels he left unfinished, so to have stuck this out to the end is HUGE to him. I cannot begin to tell you how proud i'am of him. Thank you so much for all your good thoughts and well wishes. Now lets see if this degree can help him get the computer job of his dreams. :) Hugs! deb

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holding our breath......................

........and it feels like the whole world is holding its breath with us..............We are still waiting to hear back from that job that hubs had the interview for. They did say it would take a couple weeks.....but still......but beyond that he has 42 jobs that he has been referred for or found eligible and we are waiting................This past weekend was especially difficult cause hubby just took his last final exam for his bachelor's degree........and we are waiting the results. I wish his last class could have been easy, enjoyable, a breeze but oh no save the hardest for last........and he's nervous......not confident at all about the test. 99% of his classes he does so well during the class that by the time the final rolls around its no big deal. ............but not this time, the last time, this time he will skate by, by the skin of his teeth.......I asked him what is the worst that could happen? He would have to repeat the class..........that has never happened in all these years.........he has always passed..............but the world will not end, the sky will not fall , he will just have to do this stinkin' class over again............so cross all your fingers and all your toes, heck even cross your eyes when your not using them and send good thoughts our way..............I'll let you know.........

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I've Been Playing...........

with paint!........my arch nemesis..........paint strikes fear in my heart.....don't ask....i don't know why but it does....it seems so permanent and difficult to control the outcome but if you think about colored pencils which i use regularly i cannot erase them so they are permanent too and markers........just something about paint. Well what you see here is me trying to kill two birds with one stone. Along with all my crafty stuff and drawing i LOVE to write letters and i have about a dozen friends and family members that i write to. But heres the kicker they don't like to write back. I'm told they love to receive my letters but they hate to write. So for years i just took that in stride..........'It doesn't matter , i love to write so i'll just write'..............but you know what? I like to receive as well as give and theres nothing wrong with that. Everyday when i go to the mail box i hope someone will break down and write me a letter, a note, a postcard.........really ......i'll take anything......lol! It never once dawned on me to try to find people , like me, who love to write. I mean hey if family and friends won't drop you a line who will? But a few weeks ago after a particularly frustrating moment the word 'PenPal ' jumped in my head......At first it sounded ridiculous, and childish.....isn't it only kids who have penpals?.......OOoooh no let me set you straight on that. I found a whole new world of letter writers and Mail Art affectionados out there just waiting to welcome me with open arms. These are people who love to send and receive mail as much as i do. Amazing! So for the past week or so i've been attempting another piece of mail art which is pictured above. All of my supplies are packed away and i don't want to buy too much to have to lug to California or wherever we end up . So i bought the primary colors red, blue, yellow and black and white and i'm going to learn how to mix the colors to get what i need......i mean i 'know' how to mix paint......blue/yellow make green but i haven't actually messed with it very much. I just buy the color i need.....lime green, pine green whatever in the little bottles. So i hope my new penpals will bear with me. LOL! Its gonna be fun. I didn't want to show you too much in pictures as it will give away the surprise for the recipient. Do you have penpals? Do you exchange mail art? I hope the postal service doesn't go belly up. I do think people will miss it only after its gone. I know i will miss it terribly. You may think email but a handwritten letter has a whole different feeling to it. I'm still collecting penpals so if your interested let me know! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This is not the time to chicken out............

Two things finally happened this week...........One, I put the last shingle on the bird feeder. Let me hear a hallelujah! I even took it outside and put it on the balcony so you could see it without artificial light. Isn't it lovely? Can't you just see it with birdseed and cardinals and bluejays and chickadees??? Now ......envision is with a copper capped roof and maybe little caps on the side with a round dollhouse window on each end.........However those will not show up until i place it on a pole in my new yard....................... Do i seem brave to you? I'm really not. I have my moments........I have found over the years that yes i do have a back bone. Its not something you would notice first about me though. You'd have to get to know me. But i know its there for me when i need it.....especially when i need it for the ones i love........Word came last night that hubby finally has his first job interview!!! Its for an IT position (which is what his degree is in) GS 9/11 in Redding , CA. .............apparently they have several positions open so its looking pretty good. His interview is tomorrow at noon...........................................................................................................................................................
I have never in my entire life been good at change... I thrive in the status quo........in the mundane.........structure.........but theres a wild side to me that begs to be set free every now and then. I don't know who i inherited that gene from...........maybe some long lost aunt or uncle on my family tree...........maybe its because i'm a cancer swayed by the moon.........my husbands sheer, utter unhappiness at his job touched me and tapped into my wild side. In a moment of complete abandon i embraced the idea of selling the house and uprooting and moving halfway across the nation. I had visions of being near family thats there and redwoods and rainy days (weeks, months) , the Pacific Ocean................ but now i've had time and that wild moment has passed and the other half of me is wondering 'what in the hell were you thinking?'. Leaving everything you know for the unknown. I'm not happy where i'm at but what if its worse where i'm going....See the 'wild side' doesn't think about stuff like that. The 'wild side' just embraces life.
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Hubby's interview turned out well yesterday. They asked 13 questions and only one technical question. He felt he didn't stumble at all. He joked and had them laughing. He was his wonderful self. Told them this was his first job interview in 53 years. And it was his first formal interview. Its difficult to come across over the phone. They ares till conducting interviews today and it will be 2-3 weeks before we hear anything. He also received notice that he's been referred for several more jobs. So at least things don't seem as stagnant as they were. Hopefully he'll either snag the job on this first interview if not lets hope there will be more interviews. :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sorry.........

..........I've been gone so long.....wrestling with the idea of not blogging anymore.......its funny how that just seems to keep coming around.......but here i'am with my favorite thing to blog about..ART! Remember this kitty???? Well a person whose opinion i hold dear nicknamed it my 'StrokeCat' because she says half its face looks like it had a stroke.......!! Well that ofcourse caused me to reevaluate this poor kitty.........and after close inspection decided she was on to something here........and i decided it really was not the whole face but the left eye was definitely higher than the right so against my better judgment i dived in and reworked the left eye. Below is the result................... ............I think it looks 'better'......i don't think i have it quite right yet. I think i need to work on the tilt of that eye some more.......i hesitate to work on it as at some point you just need to leave well enough alone or you'll end up making it worse. I can't help but wonder if what little is still 'off ' will correct itself in the coloring in process. But i probably will try to tilt that eye a little more...... ......I've been working on the background.........do you like my crystal ball???.....putting in the details........i love the words on the hat.........the little critic in my pocket (aka the one who called it a 'stroke cat') will not like the words........I have a penchant for putting words in my drawings....i don't know why.......there just something incredibly mysterious about 'something wicked this way comes'.....OOOOOooooooo LOL! So when it comes down to finalizing it i will probably make a scanned image without the words and one with the words........ Do you have a critic you trust??? Someone who ofcourse can only give their opinion but will give you their honest opinion and not try to gloss it over. I find mine priceless. I just have to teach her to let me down easy as i could have cried when she laughed and called it a Stroke Cat.......hello sensitive artist here! lol........this kitty is my baby that i have truly labored over and love...... :) Hugs! deb PS. Nothing new on the job front........a few prospects out there but i'm not loading the UHAUL yet........sigh.......... Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dream Machine Tutorial.......................

...........and a wise old owl......... Hubby and i went to the Veterans Day parade this past weekend. He drives the bus for the military base taking soldiers to and from the parade from the base. I get to sit in the front right by the bus driver (aka hubs) . Its so nice to see all those young men and women in uniform. Always make me think of my military days. They are always so respectful to my hubby and i . Its a 50 passenger bus so imagine 50 'thank you sirs' and a few 'thank you ma'am's' when they notice me. I mention to my hubby how nice that was for him that they were so respectful and he laughs and says . 'Now imagine that every day when i take several loads of them to chow and pick them up afterwards.' He said he used to reply to every single one of them but after a while he stopped, just too much.
While we were waiting for the parade to start we decided to check out the new library. And when i turned the corner there it was! My long lost owl! Although i'm sure he was probably only lost to me.......He used to be near the City Garden. Everytime i went i would kick myself for forgetting my camera cause i wanted a picture of him to use as a reference for drawing an owl. Then one day he was just GONE. Did someone steal him? Did he get vandalized ? What?? And then there he is at his post in front of the library. The library and the wise old owl. Perfect no? Since we've been at the apartment my recycling efforts have been strangled for lack of space. But i do still manage to cover my counter tops with saved aluminum cans and plastic drink bottles that i can't bring myself to throw away.....Well tucked away in a cubby hole , behind a pole outside the BX on the base hubs found the Dream Machine! where you can recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Every few days hubs will take a grocery bag full and deposit them. Isn't he a sweety?? And just to cement his 'Sweety' status he agreed to be my model for this little tutorial........... On the front of the machine is a touch screen and as you follow the directions it will pop out a card for you to keep with you. Everytime you go to make a deposit you scan this card first and it will deposit your points into an account. I believe you get 5 points for every item. After you scan your card you scan your can's upc code......... Then deposit it in the little cubby hole........ Same with your bottles.... and in the hole............ When your all done it prints out a ticket showing you the website to go to , to see all your points and what you can purchase with your points.........To be honest........i'm not all that impressed with what they offer. An example would be 100 points for a $5 coupon at Target when you spend $25.....i mean its something. I recycle not expecting anything back but the good feeling i get from recycling. But if you need an incentive there you go! Now i hear they have machines like this in California that when they print the ticket, you take that ticket into the gas station or whatever that they are in front of and you get actual cash back. To me thats much better. But i wanted to introduce you to these things in case you see them when you are out and about you know what they are. So if you just finished that coke or whatever you can stick it in one of these instead of in the trash! I'm going to try to link the website here so you can explore further.....

Friday, November 4, 2011

Occupy...........

I didn't want you to think that work on the birdfeeder had stopped because we moved into the apartment.....lol....it continues......the fact that i'm so tired of working on it , so tired of having it hanging over my head is what drives me to finish it.
~~~~~~~Occupy.....what is it all about??....people are upset, people are speaking out, about what??? At first it seemed they were speaking out about everything. Everyone and anyone with a complaint or issue used the platform to speak out. This aloud alot of people to get 'on board', some might call that genius. They also had no clear leaders, that too may be genius. Over time, i think they've finally settled on 'corporate greed' as their platform. Not bad, what exactly does that emcompass>> It may be just vague enough to get alot of people together on one issue. I have one side of the birdfeeder completed and a couple rows on the other. Its slow going. I glue and measure and sometimes have to cut shingles and then strap down to let them dry. I'm now at the point that i need to paint and stain some more shingles but ooooOOOooo the end is near!
~~~~~~~What is my discontent? I'm tired of Congress fighting like children so nothing is accomplished, everyone trying to slip in a hidden agenda. I'd like to fire the whole lot of them. I think they forget they hold people's lives in their hands. I'm tired of an ineffective president and the new crop of presidential hopefuls look no better with their 'not saying what they mean', I mean we expect them to at least know how to speak coherently don't we? and their infidelities that keep popping up. I mean really we hold our president to a higher standard or at least we should after all he is speaking for the rest of us when he represents the US at meetings and summits. I'm tired of voting and having the outcome be meaningless. To hear me say that people who know me would be shocked. I'am a huge advocate of voting. Alot of people went thru alot to make sure i had that right.
~~~~~~~~~~~And for the first time I honest to goodness feel discouraged enough to not vote. And then i got to thinking, what would happen if no one voted?? What if we were all just so discouraged that no one voted. Would that speak loud enough for them to hear us in Washington?? I really like the way this is turning out. I think it will look great in our new yard where ever that may be. Still no word on the job front. When i know you'll know. PROMISE!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~To me we Americans are notoriously stoic. We take alot of S H * * and keep a stiff upper lip. Oh we might talk and complain amongst ourselves but to actually take a stand on something to say enough is enough ....well it takes alot to get us riled up. But when it does happen it can be a beautiful thing. I believe 100% in peaceful protest. Its important! I'm not sure exactly what went on in Oakland to bring such a strong reaction from the cops. But we Americans who are sitting on the edges of this protest need to be watching and we need to be vigilant. Peacefully protesting and speaking our minds is a uniquely American right and we need to make sure these people have that right. So even if you don't agree with them we as Americans need to make sure their rights are not compromised. Remember......" If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything................" Hugs! deb

Monday, October 31, 2011

Mad Dash.............

How uncomfortable is it to be reminded of your own frailty...........this past Friday we made a made dash from Tx to Arkansas to be at the side of a family member having heart problems. We drove 11 hours straight with fear in our hearts........talking but still alone with our thoughts.......
~~~~~~Heart problems run rampant in my husbands family and has reared its ugly head as each family member reaches middle age or there abouts. I believe it is genetic and lifestyle issues. Regardless it never fails to drive a stake through my own heart when that fateful phone call arrives. My husband has two brothers and a sister.......one brother, sister and his mom have had bypass surgery. My husband has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, he is over weight..........but so far his heart beats strong for me.........
~~~~~~~~~My beloved sister in law is fine.......thank goodness........one of her stents was blocked and causing her great pain. The family that surrounded her breathed a collective sigh of relief.........As i'm sitting there in the recovery room watching my adoptive family interact with each other, people laugh and conversations overlap each other as they have for years. It has been difficult to find my place among them........thru no fault of theirs.....my own shyness and quiet nature has hampered me and held me back in this loving , robust family. After all these years i realize i feel comfortable in my own skin when i 'am with them, I feel comfortable enough to be myself. I realized that this weekend when talking with a new family member, the girlfriend of my husband's brother
~~~~~~~~~~I see her struggle to be herself but still trying to find her place........I want to reassure her that it will come.......but it feels strange when she is older than me.......but i hug her when i see her with what i hope is a truly welcoming hug. It would be so much easier if we all lived closer but like most families we are strung out across the country.
~~~~~~~~~~~When the fear had passed and on the long ride home I'd feel my eyes pulled to my husband time and time again. My fear for his sister was great but my fear for him is almost unbearable. Situations like this bring it rushing to the forefront of my mind, just how fragile our lives are and how very precious his life is to me. All his medical tests come back with flying colors.......blood pressure numbers are good with medication, cholesterol numbers are good with medication.....passed a stress test last year with flying colors. I would love to see him be able to take less medication. I tell him the reason he is slightly healthier than his other family members is because he lives with a nag.....he laughs.....i laugh.....maybe he doesn't hear the worry behind that laugh........we all know the choice to live healthier is a personal choice as there is much sacrifice involved but the gains .........? to me they are infinite and unmeasurable......more years spent with my soul mate.......

Thursday, October 27, 2011

For a long time...........

...........there was just a hat........a 'perfect' witches hat in my opinion......and i was tickled pink....for awhile.....but then the cat that was supposed to be wearing the hat would not come into being......and i struggled and erased and sketched some more holding the paper every which way, stepping back...putting it away for a few days only to pull it out and erase again.... until finally there was a face........ I was really surprised this was so difficult.....after all i've lived with a cat for YEARS....yet some how i guess i'm not really 'seeing ' him......maybe thats part of the mystery of owning a black cat. I apologize for the dark pictures but i wanted to show you the 'process'. Drawing does not come easy to me.....its a struggle......but one that i love.......I find that i 'am very tenacious when it comes to drawing . Give me a pencil and a good eraser and i will keep at it and keep at it until i feel i have it right or as close to right as i'm gonna get. He has all the elements i wanted. I love his hat and his little gotee and the wavy whiskers which came about after i had a good look at Jinx's whiskers when i couldn't seem to make any i liked and his whiskers were wavy. I like the cobweb and the spider and how i decided to do the pupil of his eye. I tried to do the pupil the way its suppose to be and no matter how many different ways i tried it , it just didn't look right, maybe thats another mysterious cat thing or my lack of talent , who knows.......but i ended up with a pupil that looks a little like a flame??? Now how to color a black cat without losing all the detail.......like how do i not lose the black tail against the black body??? Hmmmm.......First things first......there was so much erasing going on i think i'm going to have to copy him to a new piece of paper before i color..............Hugs! deb

Friday, October 21, 2011

Movie Review Time!

Its been awhile since i've done a movie update....I don't want you to think that hubs and i have stopped going to movies......quite the contrary..... Not much else to do when you live in an apartment......And as you can see i finished the first 'draft' of the Butterfly picture. I will scan this in as is then i'm determined to 'fiddle' with it some more. I'm going to try paint on those squiggly things at the bottom that i absolute hate. And if worse comes to worse i will cut off the bottom following around the bottom edge of the flowers giving it an uneven edge if you know what i mean? Now back to the movies!
........Contagion.........I went to see this one by myself.......and even though i thought it was good....i didn't think it was great.....it felt more like a made for TV movie if you get my drift......
........Apollo 18..........Again i went to go see this movie by myself.......hubby has a good radar for bad movies......me? not so much.......i always have high hopes......this is one of those shakey camera type movies like Blair Witch and i really hate those.I thought this movie was an interesting concept of why we never went back to the moon.......did you know that theres a conspiracy theory that we never actually ever went to the moon that it was all a hoax?? Funny i'm so naive i never even thought of that. Do you think we landed on the moon or was it a hoax. If a hoax why?? To inspire a country in need of inspiration?? But really this movie is about why we never went back......its a little cheesy........rent it if you must
.........Abduction..........And again another movie i went by myself...........and again hubs was right....I WANTED to like this movie. It has Taylor Lautner in it from the Twilight series and i really wanted to like it..........it sucked ........big time.......the acting was horrible the dialog stilted ...uuughhhh.....really don't even rent it........The action scenes were good though but not enough of them to carry the movie.
...........Dream House..........Now this one i dragged hubby to........he ended up not crazy about it but it was okay and i have to agree with him although i think i liked it a little better than him. He tends to be an all action guy , me i can be happy with a good story. The acting was all good here just really not enough scary which was kind of what i was expecting. But with three good well known actors in it, it was a pretty good film. Definitely rent it and even at the movies i didn't feel like i wasted my money so give it a shot!
..............Real Steel..............Now this baby was the Real Deal........Great movie!.......And from what you can tell the best we've seen in a long time.......Great story, good acting, good special effects. Definitely worth your money and your time. Disney has a good one here.
Well thats it! The Three Musketeers comes out this weekend. Not sure if we will go. We are kind of Three Musketeered out. How many times can you remake a movie??? However the girl that plays in the Resident Evil movies....whats her name??? Milla Jovavich??? Not sure how to spell it any way she is in it and that might be interesting.....We are fans of hers from way back when she played in The Fifth Element. Paranormal 3??? As much as i like scary movies i'm really not a fan of this series.....The first one was so, so and the second one was awful so i'm not gonna spend my money on the third..........Have a great weekend! Catch a movie! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just Progress Pics.....

Been working on the blue/purple flowers and thought i'd give you a peek...... Not loving that 'spikey' one.....wasn't crazy about it when i sketched it in but kept it anyway
Ah well....... now i colored in in really too bright for the surrounding colors.....maybe it'll all come out in the wash after its all said and done.......Hope your having a great week! Hugs! deb

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Weekend where.......

..............the Kingfisher bird was having more luck catching fish than we were
..............the Cowboys lost in the last two minutes of the game
..............the old version of the movie The Thing was better than the new one
...............we spent money on the dvd The Zookeeper and it was so stupid we turned it off halfway
...............we went to a new Asian Buffet restaurant and all we did was pick out its faults
...............i didn't get the laundry done so i have to do it today
Can i have a do over?
What a weekend......but i did have a late night session with my journal and i thought what the heck i'll share my thoughts. Its not a rant perse just my thoughts late at night written in a journal no one will probably ever read. I must say i've been reading a Clive Cussler book that deals alot with the environment so i'm sure thats probably what stirred it up. But its good to get stirred up once in a while. Now the journal entry is a little disjointed and has run on sentences but remember i WAS writing this just for me, just my train of thought.....
Journal............I think a new train of thought is needed for this country , for the world, a new direction. For so long we've been ruled by money , by greed. What would happen if we took money out of the picture with some things? Perhaps money or some form of currency still has its place as far as getting some of the finer things in life. But the basic necessities like food, medical care, education, shelter should all be provided. By who you might ask. I'm not sure. I don't have all the answers....Husband would say then why would people work and do the jobs that need doing if not to obtain these things? I say these things would be provided if you do your job. If i had it all figured out , if i had all the answers i'd run for president. Does it ever feel that as a civilization that we are doing this wrong? That somewhere along the line, back in the day we made a wrong turn? Kind a like with fossil fuels. We never should have went' down that path. And now it remains to be seen how much of this big blue marble we are willing to destroy to get at the remaining fossil fuels?
It sadden me because i know change will happen only when we are pushed to the brink of disaster. If only we could embrace solar and wind energy the way we embraced oil and coal. Our governments need to make solar and wind energy affordable. Change must happen. Deep down you know this, you sense it. The more we wait the more of the irreplaceable beauty of this earth will be lost. Is that the legacy we leave for future generations. Or are we the generation that demanded change?
So those are my thoughts late at night.......lol.....no wonder i have trouble sleeping sometimes. I lay in bed and try to solve all the worlds problems.......What do you think about the protest going on in New York etc..........?? I think people have forgotten how powerful we can be as a nation with one voice. That our power comes in numbers. I think the protests in New York etc... lack focus and that hurts them but at the same time i think it has gotten them the numbers. There are many people out there using the protests as a platform for whatever their issue happens to be. It takes alot to get Americans out in the streets. Imagine if we focused on one issue at a time and put all our energy into that one issue whatever it may be......?? Hugs! deb

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gone Fishing.........

Monday , Columbus Day we decided to get out of our little cubicle called home and break out the fishing poles. We haven't picked up those poles in years.....just never any time.....or energy....or....whatever. Well when we were lugging stuff to the apartment or storage i made sure to lug them up to the apartment and into a closet ...just incase.... If we found some free time while living in the apartment it wasn't gonna get gobbled up by yard work cause....what yard? or hubby needing to work on the house....what house or his shop....you get the picture. So Monday morning hubs cleaned up the reels , made sure they worked , put on the sinkers and hooks, grabbed a bag of chips and soda and two folding chairs and we were out the door. Really beautiful day, temps around 70 a little breeze. It was so nice to just be outside, sit and relax in each others company, no agenda. Hubs was the fish pro this trip. My casting was beautiful. I hadn't forgot how to cast in almost 15 years since i think we last picked up a pole. But apparently i forgot how to set a hook in the fish.......sigh..... Only the babies were biting. The bass above is the biggest we caught. We used worms.....ick......i totally know how to put a worm on the hook....growing up with two brothers virtually guaranteed that....I could always go fishing with them if i wanted but i had to bait my own hook ....that was the deal and take my own fish off....that was the deal and to be honest i'm grateful to them for teaching me that. And i would have done anything to spend time with them. But it doesn't mean i LIKE getting slimed or worm poop all over so when your sweety offers to put the worm on the hook for you , you know its gonna be a good day LOL!
So we sat and talked and listened to the bugs hum and watched our bobbers bob. I did manage to hook a small bass. ....even smaller than the one pictured above. And as soon as i got him ashore he fell off the hook and hubs scooped him up and threw him back in. So you'll just have to take my word for it that i caught a fish. Thats my story and i'm sticking to it! :) But more important i caught some time spent with honey. Time well spent........Hugs! deb

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Scrumptious...............

...........sadly i don't have much to write about...........i wish i had more to report on the job front or the California move front ...........but i don't.........still in a holding pattern.......there are a few little twinkles of opportunity on the horizon but neither hubs or i want to get our hopes up.....so we wait.........but while waiting this week as i said earlier i have kicked my butt out of the apartment! Lets see.....Monday i walked, Tuesday i rode my bike...in traffic .... without killing myself or anyone else!....encouraging...and Wednesday i walked the mile and a half to Hobby Lobby and walked around there and let me tell you after walking around the store all i wanted to do was go sit in my car and drive home not walk the mile and a half back home but i did it and in the end it felt good to get out. Today i'am walking to the post office to get some stamps. ....I've done good this week getting out of the house and moving.....mission accomplished. Must find some new adventures for next week.........
Now for the 'Scrumptious' part of this post.......I'am so loving the orange roses next to the blue butterfly....you? They are a little tedious to color, thats what taking me so long..... I can only do a little then i have to take a break....I have my next drawing already bugging me in the back of my brain.......not sure i can pull it off but i want to draw a black cat with gold eyes in a witches hat..............i was hoping to do this before Halloween but i don't think that will happen ....i should have started it in July.......lol........but its a pic thats been bugging me and needs to see the light of day....or at least i need to give it a try.....Sometimes i get the ideas in my head but don't have the talent to make it happen......
Before i go ...........guess what we are expecting here in West Central Texas???? Rain! Saturday is a 50% chance and Sunday 60% chance........and its all because hubs and i decided we were going to go fishing this weekend......yeah.......he's trying to convince me how great it is to go fishing in the rain.......yeah...sure......Hugs! deb

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Okaaaay.....I'll come clean..........

..........I've been in a funk........do you ever get in a funk?......sigh......but the last few days i've been making a herculean effort to 'get out of the funk'. I think its just being stuck here...in this apartment.....wanting to get to California in the worst way to start our life and instead here we sit......literally....my butt is getting bigger by the minute.......so yesterday i dug down deep grabbed myself by the seat of my pants and THREW myself out the door for a much needed walk in the air and sunshine .
I mean i live close to EVERYTHING now......i can walk to the grocery store and the bookstore even Hobby Lobby and the movie theatre......there really is no reason to be in this funk......even my bike is chained to the front porch of this apartment.....no excuses.......except i'm not where i want to be.....and that weighs heavy on the soul no matter the bright spin i try to put on everything........ But i'm going to try harder......the most important thing i think is just not to sit in this apartment all day.......walking or bike riding i need to get out and i think this is the week to tackle that. I'm riding high on yesterdays pleasant outing. I was gone about 1 and a half hours to 2 hours made a huge circle.......stopped in Tuesday Morning to browse around and walked out empty handed....horray for me! Today i think the bike and i have a date. It will mean riding in traffic a little and i'm not a big fan of that but thats just in the beginning then its quiet housing developments and then country road.......
I've managed to work on the drawing some more........I'm lovin' the colors........but i'm not loving the green squiggles at the bottom..........not much i can do about it now.......I'm hoping i will like them better when its all said and done.........just think how easy that would be to wipe out if this was a canvas??? I'm liking the idea of painting more and more......lol........I think i will scan this in as is when finished but then fiddle with it some more.......i think i'd be happier if it was just plan bricks at the bottom instead of those squiggles, but see how i overlapped everything?? I can't just cut off the bottom. I have a thought though at what i might do so we'll just have to wait and see.........I colored one of the roses and it looks scrumptious but i don't have a photo of it yet.......I have my nose in a new book.......another sleeper.......The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman......i say sleeper only because i've never heard of the book or author before but maybe you have and she's well known??? Anyway ........no news on the job front......did i tell you hubs found out that theres a letter from the VA giving him job preference that he was supposed to be sending out with his resumes??? Yeah....lovely how people keep you informed........you better know the right questions to ask cause no one is going to volunteer information.......wow we've really found that out the hard way on this little expedition......anyway so he has some resumes out there with that letter attached now see if it helps......the preference is because the VA spent all this money sending him to college and now they expect him to find a job in that field. Hope you STILL have your fingers crossed for us.........hugs! deb

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sleepers and Self Checkouts.........

Do you ever stray from your normal genre of books??? I like to do that once in a while....my normal being fantasy/thrillers/chillers/scifi/adventure fiction type books.....sometimes i just want ...i don't know...something different.... so i'll prowl around the book shelves in Hastings (my local book store) especially in the clearance section until i find an interesting title or maybe just cover art, glance at the first couple of pages to make sure i like the author's style of writing and take the path of the not usually read......I call them sleepers........The Secrets of Jin-shei was just such a book. What a wonderful book it turned out to be. The author introduces you to several young girls their lives destined to intertwine. She make you invest emotionally in these girls so you care what happens to them. I was worried i wouldn't be able to keep them all straight which sometimes happens when so many characters are introduced but in the end i had no trouble at all as they are all uniquely different. If your looking to immerse yourself in a story the spans a lifetime and full of Chinese tradition and folklore and a sisterhood then this is a book for you........
Hard to believe i found time to continue reading this while moving but i became so caught up in it that every free moment my nose was stuck in this book. Don't you just love books that pull you in like that?
On another note..........i read on the Internet news that some stores, mostly grocery stores are doing away with their self checkouts! All i can say is its about time! Hubby and i have boycotted these since their inception. We believe it does away with jobs........usually you see one cashier that will 'watch over' about 4 self checkouts in case their are problems. The way we see it thats 3 people without a job. Ofcourse its a toss up some store say they will keep them and some stores say they will do away with them. I guess some people find them convenient......to me sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture......the more they automate the less they need to employ.........
I'm also one of those annoying people that don't let checkers get away with bad service...........Sometimes i can go thru a line and the checker doesn't even give me a smile or an 'HEllo' or even a 'Thankyou' ...........I used to ignore that.........whatever.........but then i got to thinking one day about how i work customer service and how many days i smiled when i didn't feel like smiling......how i was friendly to the most obnoxious people and i got to thinking that i deserved at least that much in return......Do i complain to management??? ........I'm not beyond doing that if its really , REALLY bad or if i can't turn the situation around somewhat........but ever since i took it upon myself to be more friendly and open i make sure and engage the cashier. I start with a big smile and ' Hi how ya doing?'........really doesn't take much and usually that lightens things up and we chit chat thru out.......But then you run into some that are paying attention to everything around them but you......no matter what you do.....or flirting with their bagger if they have one.......or the ones that say nothing at all from start to finish totally ignoring your attempts at conversation.......
You know i get it ......i really do......cashiering sucks......been there done that for over 20 years. I know not every day is a cheery happy go lucky day.......but in my opinion it is their job and i know the employers expects at the very least to smile......say hi and thank me when i hand over my money........thats really not too much to expect.............So, thankyou.........have a great day......and come again! Hugs! deb

Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome to the New Apartment..........

.........um.......yeah...........excuse the mess...........but i thought you'd like a peek........Whats it like going from 1600 square feet to about 600 sq ft. ? um....well yeah.....you guessed it , it sucks.....The frig is about half the size of the one i'm putting in storage......the stove going in storage is a glass top i've had for years.......lets just say Jinx and i are adapting......Hubby says home is wherever he lays his head next to mine.......he's the greatest right?
We are still seeing this as temporary.......we've only brought the bare necessities as we see it. Its a two bedroom and the second bedroom is full of all our worldly possessions in boxes. I should have taken a pic of that, maybe next time.......All the big furniture that we are not carrying up to this second floor apt is being stored down hubby's parents place a little south of here( including my big and apparently heavy art table). They have a barn but apparently we've just learned theres no room in the barn cause hubby's brother is working on his truck in there so our stuff will have to be under a carport for a while until he finishes up the truck....yeah.........didn't expect that.......i'm trying not to hyperventilate. I was already a little nervous about the barn thing now its a carport.......but its free......sigh.....
So everything that is coming up here is up here. You see that blanket with the big cat on it? We've had that thing our entire 22 year marriage and hubs had it before that. He brought it home from Korea when he was stationed there. It so wonderfully thick and heavy and no matter where we are it makes it feel like home to crawl underneath it.
Everything i have with me there are a few things i've left behind........I no longer have to worry about watering the trees and plants and worry if the huge trees out front are going to die from lack of rain.......I no longer have to worry if our 12 year old airconditioner which is two years past warranty is going to die on us after laboring thru these awful summers.....I no longer have to be aggravated with our neighbor ( the one who bought the house by the way) running his pick up up and down the shared driveway 50 times a day (no idea how they afford the gas to run as much as they do) or race his four wheelers and dirt bikes up and down the road........I no longer have to worry if all the remodeling projects we had going around the house would ever get done.....
Things i know i'll miss.........privacy.........sure i had neighbors but they were at least 100 yards away..........i'll miss standing on my porch having a conversation with the moon..........my bird feeders and bird bath and all the entertainment they brought me. I'll miss space........i think once you've lived in the country and owned your own home nothing less will ever do.......Apartment living is so depressing........i don't see how people do it honestly......To be cramped in such small spaces so close to other people......We'll do this but its gotta GOTTA be just a step to something better.........I pray the powers that be have something better in store for us.............
We have one more day of moving stuff.........tonight we move all the big stuff like i said down south........Hubs and i have done all the moving ourselves up until now but some big burly guys are coming over to help lift the big stuff onto the trailer (read frig, stove , washer and dryer, wall unit, roll top desk....) I'm hoping enough show up that i can take a much needed break from lifting.......body is sending out signals that enough is enough........I want to wipe down the frig and pick up trash and such around the house before we hand over the keys.......take a final walkthru..... Whew! aren't you glad this is almost over???? Hugs! deb

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jinx has had a rough day........

Sorry no picture this post (busy, busy, busy)..........Pulled out the cat carrier and gave it a good wash down.......we never use it......Jinx just stays home......so today .....shot day was an OMG moment for Jinx. Jinx was born in April of 2005 ( I know this cause i just got a copy of his records , my memory is awful!) He came from my MIL house out in the country. We almost didn't get him because a week before we were to take him home he got bit by a snake on the side of his face........if you look close you can tell the pupil is messed up in that eye. We've never been sure how much he can see out of that eye.......he'll move his head at all kinds of weird angles when he's trying to look at something so i'm thinking at the very least he doesn't see too well out of it.
Well Jinx never made it into the house until he got fixed and declawed and his shots and he's been inside ever since.......oh theres been the occasional dash out the front door two feet before he has second thoughts and waits for me to come pick him up and just recently i bought him a halter and leash, so theres been a few forays around the yard lately........but other than that Jinx is safe and sound inside with me. We did not even keep him up on his shots so in his defense this little trip to the vet was something NEW!
I set the carrier on the floor and opened the door and after a few sniffs he climbed in and i tucked his tail in and shut the door.....okay ....good no problem......collected my keys, wallet and out the door.......we got to the end of the driveway before Jinx started talking loudly about his incarceration and rubbed his head incessantly on the finger i stuck in the door. But about 6-7 miles later we were there and Jinx ended his conversation when the truck stopped. There were two people and one poodle on a leash in the waiting room. Pretty calm waiting room in my opinion..........
However when the vet pulled Jinx out of the carrier it was apparent he had peed all over himself and the carrier........now did he do that on the way there or after the poodle came over to sniff noses? Either way i think he did it because he was scared.........so instead of going to pick hubby up from work i took Jinx home , plopped him in the bathtub where he was a very good kitty and gave him a quick bath. I think he wanted it off of him as much as i did. Now i'm gonna hit the carrier with the water hose and go pick up hubby. We are hauling furniture tonite and a few more boxes. Tonite is the last night in our home. Tomorrow we move the bed and every thing else. I told Jinx that this was the worst of it and tomorrow he gets to explore a new home! Hugs! deb

Monday, September 19, 2011

Apartment hunting.........

Searching for a new place to lay our heads.........it was a little disheartening.........the first place was total ghetto..........i think a little piece of me would have died if i had to live there............the second place had no apartments available.......Ah oh hope thats not a pattern...........the third place............felt kind of like Goldilocks and the three bears........it felt just right......not great , not perfect.......after you've had your own home i don't think any apartment would ever feel great or perfect.........this is not the direction we intended to go...........but we knew full well this may have to be a step in the direction we want to go.........so as they say time to put 'my big girl pants on' and deal with a smile and good attitude so hubby doesn't feel worse than he already does. I keep repeating my mantra 'Everythings gonna be okay'............hubbys not on that bandwagon but maybe i can carry off that attitude for both of us.........
Getting all the utilities switched over and we start moving boxes tomorrow........Jinx gets his shots updated Wednesday.......its gonna be a crazy week........so i may be a little scarce on here until next week. We took out a three month lease..........lots of jobs in CA still in the works so keep your fingers crossed! And remember.........'Everythings gonna be okay.......' Hugs! deb

Friday, September 16, 2011

Doodling and Waiting........

Wish i had some news...........I keep reminding myself and hubs that no news is good news.....at least he hasn't been rejected..........he did get turned down for a Washington state job in Seattle. Apparently he was eligible but they had better qualified applicants.........sigh........sure we want the CA job but we've also applied to others in Washington and Oregon.....We have to be out of our house by the end of the month and believe me at Sept 16 we are beginning to feel the time crunch.
Thing is the VA and government fiscal years start over on October 1st........could be they are waiting until then to hire on more people, that could be holding up the process . So we have to be out of our house by Oct1 but we may not hear anything until Oct1 . Just bad timing all the way around. We've seriously started looking for an apartment. We are trying to find one just on a month to month basis........apparently my town doesn't do that??? Then we need a storage facility for all our stuff...........all this just an expense we didn't want to have to put out. But the new owners already have someone lined up to move in here so we gotta go.
To be honest i'm ready to get out of here..........ever so slightly sad........stood out on my porch yesterday and watched the full moon play tag with the clouds and thought about all the times spent in the house........but so ready to move on.......The new owners will be coming in this weekend and next weekend to work on the inside of the house.......new bathroom floor and kitchen floor........you know how grumpy i'm gonna be about that.......but i will put on my brave face.......maybe i'll go grocery shopping and let hubby handle it.......
I hope you like how the butterfly is progressing.......As you can tell i finally decided on blues. I think i will use alot of orange in the flowers. Think good thoughts today. Friday always feels like a good day for us to hear something about the job. The end of the week is a good day to change someones life........hello VA are you listening?..........call me! Hugs ! deb
Just received word that hubby was NOT selected for the job in CA.........sigh.........still a few other jobs in the works but either way we have sold our home. At least now we know we WILL need an apartment and storage space come the end of the month and things are not so up in the air. Ofcourse there is still the chance that the person they offerred it to will turn it down and give hubs a second chance. Thank you for all your well wishes and thoughts. I'll let you know whats up with us on the job front. Ofcourse hubs still has his current government job so all is good there. Just looking for change.........