Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

Work in Progress

I spent most of the day on this.

Aren't these pretty?

Summer's beauties.

A relic of the past

I have been cleaning and finding work from the past. Here is another fish...with a poem.(click on the image to see it larger)

Coming around the bend

I think I am seeing a tiny bit of improvement on my tooth. I can withstand the pain without pain pills but I still can barely open my mouth. Yesterday, though, I could not go without the pain pills. I think I am coming around the bend. I had a dream that all my teeth had turned into noodles. Think the teeth have got me worried? hummm.
UPDATE: Antibiotics working. Ahhhhh...relief. I am feeling much better finally.

I added some blogs to my blogroll. I hope you will stop and check them out. I add blogs that I find very readable daily or weekly. Also, those who I think are outstanding in writing, design, art or photography. In a previous post this month, I have outlined things that I am most interested in when reading a blog. These all fit that profile.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

At one with nature

I Stayed home again today. I am still sick with my tooth problem. I am hoping it will improve very soon since I am taking the antibiotics. Update: A bag of frozen black-eyed peas works well on the cheek.

I have a garden. Right now, its pretty weedy due to my few days of sickness and lots of rain the other night. Its not very big. It is our first one. I am so amazed that we were able to grow summer squash in our garden! We ate one the other night. The first harvest consisted of about 6 pieces of Okra and a medium size summer squash. I rolled them in corn meal and salt and pepper and fried them in a light oil. It was wonderful! We are learning as we go. I am really in love with the idea of growing my own food. It makes me feel at one with the earth. It makes me feel like I am helping our environment. It makes me feel GOOD.

Here is the basil. It tastes and smells wonderful.

Summer squash has big, beautiful yellow flowers. Down inside they grow and thats where the squash is. We are growing eggplant, bannana peppers, okra, summer squash, tomatos, basil, sage, oregano, thyme, chives, cucumbers and onions.
We have a lot to learn, but so far we are doing pretty good!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

IF: Forgotten

My sketchbook. Lake Arkabutla. A black and barren tree remnant juts out of the lake. Early in the morning, it looks ancient and forgotten.

Line art and such

A small six inch by six inch collage on canvas I am working on. I like organic lines and shapes. My obsession of the moment.

I love line art. Here is some recent work.

Watercolor and silver ink. This paper is absolutely gorgeous. I am not sure what kind, but I am sure that it is either Arches or Reeves. It's a scrumptious creamy color and is equally creamy to the touch. I love, love, love it. (This one is an old piece that I found today.)

Me: not feeling so great

I stayed home from work today. I had to go to the dentist. For the record, the dentist is the devil to me. I would rather die than go to the dentist. Almost. So my tooth started to hurt...then a little more...I took advil hoping it would go away. It didn't.
I waited a couple more days...my face started to swell a bit...I got scared. I scheduled an emergency appointment with the dentist. So it seems I have an abscess tooth that must be surgically removed. Okay, it hurts. He put me on antibiotics and I have to come back next week for dooms day. I am not too happy. But I guess worse things could happen.
The left side of my face is slightly swollen. Even the dental assistant said she thought my cheek looked swollen. UGH. While I was waiting for the dentists office to open this morning, I was pacing around like a maniac. Then I decided to be calm and I went outside an looked around. Here is a picture of my neighbors mimosa tree that I think is sooooo beautiful!

Each little flower looks like a tiny little pink and white airbrushed japanese fan. The leaves are so delicate and fernlike. It is also a magnet for hummingbirds, and who doesn't love hummingbirds? So now I am just lying around for the rest of the day trying to feel a little better. Got started on the antibiotics. I plan to upload some art work I have done recently in a bit. bye for now.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday and a challenge

I noticed that the blogs I like the best are the ones where my favorite subjects are present: art and design, photography, beautiful sentiments and words, cooking and nature, gardening and home life. In any combination. But the blogs that are utterly fascinating to me are the ones where I feel that I am getting to know someone, I am experiencing their life in a way, through their words. I understand and connect with what they feel. I want my blog to be more like that. So my challenge to myself is to connect with you. Lots of times, I do not put any images here because I think they are not interesting enough for you. But, hey, they are my life, so here they come! Lots of times, I don't tell you what I did that day, for fear that you will be bored. But again, its my life. Lots of times I don't write down what I think...fear again. But I am changing all that.

So for today, Tuesday, June 10, 2008 ...My life was getting up early after a long, stormy night. I woke up many times and heard thunder rumbling. Picking up my car pooling buddies and making my way downtown for a day at work as an art director at a large corporation. There are 7 of us here. We are like a happy family. We lunch together, talk and laugh together. I have my good days and bad at work, but over all I am quite happy here along the Mississippi river. Later, I will head home and spend time with my husband Bill and my dog Sadie. I will most likely cook something for dinner, and work in the yard. I will let you in on it, so see you in a little bit.