Sunday, June 16, 2024

What, What?

Men are really trying to control women. Nothing new but the U.S. had come a long way in women's rights. I mean, we don't have to wear a burka and we can drive, we work and support ourselves and we don't have to listen to what men tell us to do ... until recently. The changes in women's health care, IVF and other radical right-wing bullshit are really getting to me as I am sure they are to the rest of you. 

Sure, I don't think abortion is the greatest option but I also don't think it should be illegal OR that a women should be put to death for getting one. For the right-to-lifers out there that think it is horrible .... fine, don't get an abortion

Just like my sister, who's daughter had an abortion then went on a rampage about how Trump would end abortion and that is why she was supporting him? Can you say hypocrite? Which is what I said to her in much saucier language. I mean, great ... YOUR daughter can have one but no one else? This is the main reason I cut her out of my life. 

Okay, I am getting way off my purpose for this post.

I was watching this video (I happened upon ... wasn't so much watching as I was listening) about the prince of Saudi's daughter marriage ... when they were talking about the Greek mother of this daughter they were explaining when he was "traveling" and took a "temporary wife".  

Wait, what?  

So this is how a Muslim (or any other man) justifies having an affair while he is away from his wife? If you are away from home, you can take a temporary wife.

Here is the explanation I found online:

Nikah mut'ah Arabic: نكاح المتعة, romanizednikāḥ al-mutʿah, literally "pleasure marriage"; temporary marriage or Sigheh (Persian: صیغه ، ازدواج موقت) is a private and verbal temporary marriage contract that is practiced in Twelver Shia Islam in which the duration of the marriage and the mahr must be specified and agreed upon in advance. It is a private contract made in a verbal or written format. A declaration of the intent to marry and an acceptance of the terms are required as in other forms of marriage in Islam.

According to Shia Muslims, Muhammad sanctioned nikah mut'ah (fixed-term marriage, called muta'a in Iraq and sigheh in Iran), which has instead been used as a legitimizing cover for sex workers in a culture where prostitution is otherwise forbidden. Some Western writers have argued that mut'ah approximates prostitution.

Some sources say the Nikah mut'ah has no prescribed minimum or maximum duration, but others, such as The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, indicate the minimum duration of the marriage is debatable and durations of at least three days, three months or one year have been suggested.

Some Muslims and Western scholars have stated that both Nikah mut'ah and Nikah misyar are Islamically void attempts to religiously sanction prostitution which is otherwise forbidden.[14] The Zaidi Shia reject Mutah marriage.

Not only did I laugh out loud ... I thought, wow, men have really some up with some doozies, every excuse to cover their bad behavior, in sexual desires, wars, controlling women ...  it is unbelievable.

 Of course, I must mention that The Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed, has many wives ... 

The world is full of beautiful wonders

Tyler Thrasher is an artist, chemist, botanist, and explorer who aims to help catalyze curiosity and share his enthusiasm about combining art and science and the joys of experimentation. A combo of a made scientist and artist. But I love his plushie bugs!

Friday, June 14, 2024

Dressing in color

Ali Wall - Beautiful made to measure fashion recycled from vintage materials.

“The story of an old fabric – where it has come from, where it has been, who made it – can take you back in time. Early fabrics sometimes have a naivety about them, and sometimes make you laugh out loud. What attracts me to the textiles I choose to create with is often their softness, patina and story that comes with age. 

And also the colours – vintage fabrics often have subtler colour combinations than modern fabrics. I love to use military regalia and play with that sense of irony and pompousness whilst also appreciating the beauty of their decoration”  

Sue Kreitzman - Art, artists, life, love, death and hormones. And jewellery! And her Instagram and YouTube.

 Dress in art  -  I turn what I'm wearing into art. My body is my canvas and my clothes are the paint. Style Coach, Fashion Illustrator, Colour Walker, Costume Designer


The shark wins

I want to watch this YouTube disaster movie ...

So very sweet

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Whittling your art

Sulton Rogers was born in Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi. His father was a skilled whittler and taught him to carve animals and canes at a young age. In 1941 he married, and he subsequently fathered ten children. Eventually he moved to Syracuse, New York, where he worked at a chemical plant. He started carving again to stay awake during his night shift at the plant. Fellow employees were taking his finished carvings so he started carving coffins. He retired in 1984 and returned to Mississippi. 

Rogers carved his figures from soft woods with a pocket knife. He would use a wood burning tool to add hair and facial features. He made creatures with animal features and human bodies, but his favorite subjects were people. They often had oversized grotesque features, long wagging tongues and noses and devilish grins. The men were dressed in suits and tuxedoes, the women were voluptuous with tight fitting dresses. His figures are amusing and disturbing. He referred to his carvings as "haints" and would sometimes make "haint houses" with many related carvings. Sulton Rogers said he carved human figures based on people he met in his travels and by his dreams, which he called “futures”.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Unusual umbrellas

Paintings of our past

Jessica Brilli body of work was inspired by 35mm Kodachrome slides and generations-old photographs that were gathered from locations across the United States. Her experience of painting and sharing these photos, she found that there is something inherent in them that speaks to many Americans, whether it be a photo taken at a pool party in 1965 or of someone’s mother standing in front of the family car—we insert our own lives into these scenes from the past.

Sunday, June 09, 2024

Bold storytelling

Ray Tigerman “seeks to create bold, colorful, layer-intensive, dimensional works of art on canvas and board that evoke a sense of nostalgic mysticism and mystery.” Of course, I would love his art.

Saturday, June 08, 2024

"you can never have too many cheese slicers"

I must be related to Ann Hobgood


Found on Life-Changing Legacies, my mouth dropped open with delight. Just yesterday, while Bri was cleaning the backyard in preparation for visiting kids ... I said "don't throw away those rusty nails, it took me 5 years to get them like that". She laughed and then I saw a rusty spring ... "and keep that too!" 

 Once you start picking up rusty bits and pieces off the ground, you can't stop. I have pockets full of nails, screws, bolts, washers, bolts ... nothing too rusty for me to want to take home. Of course it all started when I begin to doing altered art. I have so many old boxes ... I keep meaning to get back to the studio. I think the kids would like to make something out of all of those found objects.

Some of my assemblage art. These were so fun to make!
 I had a fun business idea that popped into my head while cleaning yesterday. Wouldn't it be fun to have a successful little business of your own? Something to pass on to the kid? More to come after I investigate the supplies and possibilities.
Noah, who hasn't really have a friend come over for the day ... had a friend over and she was so delighted (and so cute as a host). 

Bri is on a dog foster group and they have contacted her about helping out with a chihuahua I laughed and said ... WE ARE A FOSTER-FAIL FAMILY. What are you thinking? Will keep you posted. LOL
Oscar, the orange cat is very loud and verbal. After a morning of loud meowing and frantic searching, Oscar finally found his beloved buddy, Blue. What very meowy morning! Have I mentioned we have 4 cats? As Bri says ... "what’s mine is hers 😅"

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Make America Think Again

Sometimes I get stuck watching pretty silly videos. 

I hope these are not the "make america great again" crowd in Florida. 

She is trying to save her phone while drowning 


Why would you take a baby on this ride and where are the life jackets? 



I really wish "the thong" had not become popular. I think it is ugly, not appealing, does nothing for your butt.

 I went to WinCo for more salty-bulk-snacks ... it is such an interesting mix of cultures gathered and shopping in one location.Pixie has been having a bad few days and I have spent an agonizing day trying to decide if this is the time. I am just not sure how to make - that decision or get through it.

Saturday, June 01, 2024

Beyond angry

I am so angry right now. 

- Carl Higbie on Newsmax: Newsmax Host Ominously Warns ‘You People in Your Cities’ Who Are ‘Pushing the Party That Owns 90% of the Guns’ I posted on FB with a comment: I feel that these tv personalities threaten the safety of other Americans, encourage violence... encourage others to go after jurors... these reporters have a responsibility and I think the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation should be looking into these unstable people with a the TV news slot bullhorn! 

 - And did you see this little item: Dinesh D’Souza’s movie that sought to prove former President Donald Trump’s fantasy that the 2020 election was stolen from him by widespread fraud has been debunked time and time again. 

Now, years after its release, its executive producer is retracting the film entirely. Following the 2020 election, D’Souza released 2000 Mules as an attempt to justify Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden. Trump famously held a screening of the movie at his Mar-a-Lago estate and MAGA supporters promoted the film during it’s release in May 2022. 

The film was produced by Salem Media Group, a conservative radio juggernaut that airs the likes of Sebastian Gorka and Charlie Kirk. 

(I think we should sue Salem Media Group)

- They left out a few words: Rep. Tenney to Newsmax: Everything's Being Done to Stop Trump (from criminal activity)

- After Trump’s guilty verdict, threats and attempts to dox Trump jurors proliferate online

The right-wing-trump-cult has lost their collected minds ...  

Summer breeze

I went in Bartell's for three items and came out with $200 worth of stuff. Mostly shampoo, makeup and vitamins. Why are vitamins so expensive? And why most the drugstores, Bartell's, Rite Aid, Walgreens shelves practically bare? I keep thinking they are going out of business ... but all of them?

 I also went to PCC and got some radishes. French Breakfast variety. I usually don't shop there because it is so expensive.

 I was thinking today how the breeze is always cool here. I have never had one of those Texas-blow-dryer-hot wind slap me in the face here. Only a pleasant, cool, gentle breeze ... straight off Puget Sound?

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Watching anything but trump trial news!

Well ... guilty! I am sorry I am not drinking right now.

I have been trying to keep myself busy and NOT think about what the jury is deciding of trump's future. I am sooooo afraid of being disappointed and then having to listen to the orange, bloated POS spew about how he was found innocent ... it will be unbearable. So I am watching lots of YouTube stuff. 

Inside an Enchanting L.A. Home That Looks Straight Out of a Storybook, the Stebel House built by Harry Gesner.


Retirement Success: 10 Questions Every Retiree Should Be Asking . He left out watching stupid disaster movies on his list-of-things-to-do.



All artist should look this chic!!! Ali Beletic's work explores the perception of human joy and celebration, through the lens of rock n roll, ancient traditions, latent instincts and sensual experiences.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Textile flower

Her Instagram seems to be recent but her blog is very dated. This is her website: Laurence Aguerre  

I  could not sleep and was looking at some books ... passed this book, picked it up and ... Botanica is Volume B in the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration and Laurence appeared. I want every book from

Botanica reprint from uppercasemag on Vimeo.