Tuesday, May 05, 2015

warm days at last

So warm that many of my seedlings died because I forgot how warm it gets in the greenhouse. Well, I will have to try more seeds...at least the squash seeds are happy, happy, happy!

I'm ready for bed. So much to do and I feel so tired thinking about it. I have to get all the kids to dental appointments. Thank the stars I can sleep before this happens. Some lovely music to end the evening.  


Friday, May 01, 2015

Sad events in Baltimore

I was reading the news and various programs on Baltimore. It's very sad when a life is lost for no reason and I'm so sorry for how people are treated. It hurts your heart because it could be you there or someone you know and love. 



   


I don't think people and especially police need to use such aggressive force. There is something wrong about this. I don't want this to happen to anyone. I'm sharing this from colorlines because we need to say no. This is not right and this is not fair and people nee to be held accountable for their actions.

I also wanted to write about how it's easy to lash out at people who are (finally) making a loud noise and to point fingers at anger misdirected. If I recall Russian peasants burned their haystacks when protesting against their oppressors. There is something, something so frightening about this...why, not because of the fire/destruction but because we are REPEATING history. When injustice happens and no authority figure is held accountable for repeated offenses, you get this reaction. 

The other part of this is a red herring. What really is happening here? Why did this come about? It comes down to greed. If there is huge amounts of greed/hoarding of wealth, that means someone is not getting fairly treated. These meme's explain it much better than I ever could:



Yes, they are kids and they are acting out. Is it right? No. Is it right to protest? Yes. Should we just focus on the kids or why this happened in the first place? This is something that affects every person regardless of the color of your skin because we all want to be treated fairly and have a sense there is justice in our little worlds/lives. 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday Toots

Thought I'd write a little. Things are progressing in terms of me going back to school. For some reason, my transcripts are having an issue. Is it because I'm from out of state? I wonder. All I know is I'm doing piles of paperwork...well, and getting paperwork done for subbing as well. I feel like I'm getting things rolling and that's a good place to be at. I just feel like I really need to have concrete proof of things happening...like being enrolled in my summer classes and dates to go to meetings for subbing and volunteering. I know this is partially my anxiety so, deep breaths and things will happen soon enough. :D

In other news, we are getting our big tree cut down. Well, I'm sitting here waiting for the guys to show up. I feel badly about it but it's time. The people who planted it placed it too close to the road and it has been hit by cars several times over the years. Now, it's blocking sun from getting to our garden and it could fall on the garden/persons...so, time to go. I remember that story by Hans Christian Anderson...the one where the tree is old and the gardener says it's time to cut it down but the owners don't listen. It crashes down and destroys their home and nearly kills the people. So, I am sad but understand it needs to go. My son, Harry, not so much and he is going to be very sad. Thankfully, Lydia has gotten a tree from school (and possibly several more) to plant. Baby crab apple trees! So, it will be a nice way to say good-bye to this old maple.

Speaking of trees...since we moved here over 12 years ago, we've planted over 12 trees. So, I think that's pretty cool. I would love more fruit trees...we had 2; pear and peach buy they died, unfortunately. I think we might try and go to a greenhouse for some and see if we have better luck.

I think waiting is my least favorite thing to do but what are you going to do? At least I did some productive things...repaired a ripped pillow, cleaning up, light chores, and thinking of art projects to do. All in all, things are progressing.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Woo hoo!

I have been having issues with ads on my blog and have been trying to iron them out...as not to have any annoying things happening when viewing my old blog. Good grief...I'd load it to check and it would jump to an entirely different webpage for a product. If you viewed my blog and this happened, let me know. I've been "scrubbing down" the html of old trying to banish any adwear (I think that's what it's called). I checked it 4 or 5 times and that seems to have done the trick. But please, if anyone has an issue (or if this has happened to you) let me know and I will try to rectify things.

Another annoying thing was apparently flickr stopped having their cool sharing feature to plunk on your blog since blogger/google changed. This depressed me as I loved being able to upload things quickly and sort of a 2 for 1 deal (would upload on your blog). Anyway, I found out that feature is gone too. darn it. So, I will try and share links more often. I think this is why I have been so drawn to FB...so easy to share/post as well as Tumblr. Yes, I am on both. I'm still not caught on with twitter but it's fun to watch/read/share a wee bit.

My other distraction has been pinterest. Lord, that place is pure visual candy. :D I wish blogger would do faces on here...but then, again, maybe it's fine just the way it is. I've got to create some new banners for the blog but am glad I got the winter snow theme down. Of course, today we're having a pinch of snow...I wore my jean jacket and realized man, that is like wearing paper. Not good.

I need to dust off my camera and do some new photos. Nothing major to share just things I'm working on, making messes with and so forth. I guess I should be glad that it is cold as I'm getting some art things worked on.

Some super great news...I've been accepted into the Teaching certification program. Now, I'm waiting to get my classes as I have to get things ironed out with the schools having a glitch with my transcripts...which is very annoying and delaying me more than I like. I feel like I'm stuck in that play, Waiting for Godot. I know it will work out (it better) and things will be fast passed and crazy soon enough.

I've written to 1 school to ask about volunteering with their students for my working experience. I'm excited about this. I'll be subbing as well (now, that is another huge pile of paperwork...wow). It's nearly as intense when I got validated for working with the library to do passports. Eventually, it all gets accomplished...just not at the pace you want to go at...isn't that life for you?

In other works, I'm still doing my art, of course. I'm selling at a little shop close by, online and I aim to get more of my work out there/published. So, I'll be doing this as well. It's good to get my feet wet again and feel like I have something to share and say.

Well, I have things to do and I've got to do them. Just glad to have my blog bug free (I hope!)!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Took a tour of a new local shop in Altoona! Have to say, it was a lot of fun!

Today LaVonne Falbo opened her new studio and shop to the public. Well attended and full of surprises, this is a truly one of a kind shop with unique and quality locally made crafts, art and foods.  
I had a great time meeting a few people there and seeing what local artists were creating. From fun summer flip flops made from balloons, to metal works by Old Chinese




  
 and Country Primitives by Lisa Barner inspired crafts, everyone will find fun items!


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Drop on by and take a look at some eclectic chandeliers, funky jewelry or some fun art dolls. Honestly, it feels like you've been transported to a little shop in England with the bunting and exciting art!    
Richard Edmundson plays some cool guitar at the opening  

  Cake by CakeWalk



   


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Some new work

Julie's Wild Flowers 2015

I made this for a competition for PSU and based it on my sister in laws love of flowers.
Today is supposed to be stormy and rainy~ April showers bring May flowers. So, I will be doing some quick gardening between the drops. Time to get my seeds into the soil and greenhouse. We went on a family walk last night and saw the first bat of the season! :D 

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