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