Friday, November 28, 2008

Lacking Anything Exciting To Do

Cindy and I just created a new blog for our Harper Street Women Writers group. We're hoping everyone will post writing there.

The blog name is Cindy has already posted something!
Happy day after Thanksgiving to everyone!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Sense of Belonging

One of my favorite times as a child was family gatherings at Mamaw and PawPaw's house in Ropesville, Texas. There were tables groaning with roast turkey, dressing, candied yams, cream corn, green beans, cakes, pies, and jugs of sweetened ice tea. Best of all was the slew of cousins to play with. (I'm in the backrow between my grandparents.) Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Things Are Not Always As They Appear

Some times I feel stuck, impotent, full of self-pity.
I just want to lie down and wait until it's all over.
Fortunately this wasn't one of those days :>)

Jackson Pollock #5

Not one of the nicest guys in the world, but a fascinating artist. Check out to create your own masterpiece. It's printable but I don't think you can save it as a file. Great fun!

Monday, November 24, 2008

I Think That I Shall Never See

Autumn is morphing into winter here in Hollister. Leaves are long gone, portable fans are replaced with portable heaters, and the cat follows me around hoping for a warm lap.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Taking a Deep Breath

So, what's next?

Super John

I didn't have an indoor toilet until I went to live with my dad and stepmom at the age of ten. So watching John work on the initial plumbing for my new bathroom takes on special significance.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Women's Work

is never done! I imagine Isabelle taking care of me in my old age. Bringing me soup, fetching the mail, and fighting off her dad when he decides I should go live in the old folk's home!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Am I Blue

Blue Nude, Pablo Picasso, 1902
Like the 4th graders I used to teach, I seem to require constant stimulation. When all else fails, I turn to shopping. Not for anything I need but for the act itself. The greatest beneficiaries are my local thrift stores. When they fail me, I'm blue, blue, blue indeed.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Crazy Daisy

Living in the country comes with mandatory actions.
Like getting a dog.

Daisy, our three year old Queensland/McNab/Border Collie mix does all the things that country dogs do: chases birds, eats poop, and barks at everything. Recently, however, she's taken to eating the walnuts. Amanda, my son's girlfriend spent a couple of hours shelling a big bowl of them. Daisy spent about 30 seconds eating them all up. Bad Daisy!

A Capitol Idea

208 years ago today the US Congress held it's first session in Washington, DC. It's been a fist fight ever since. Let's hope they can get their act together soon, bailing out the boat before we all sink.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Amazing Grace

lives on a rambling, shambling swath of land outside Mt. Rainier. Created from bits and pieces of wood, metal, plastic, bones, and fiber this menagerie of heroes and horses, dinosaurs and demons astounds. Go see it if you can.
(click on picture to enlarge)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Gone Fishing

for a decent cup of coffee. See you in about a week!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

One Small Step for Womankind

I spent the afternoon helping John (and Isabelle :>) build the forms for the concrete pad. It's so exciting! And also a lot of heavy duty work. The top photo shows the view I'll have from my kitchen window. Plan to come have coffee some morning!