Friday, May 31, 2013

What a week!

And I survived!

 No time to shoot flowers ... but tonight I took a walk around the yard. 

 The petals dropped, they are still wonderful and interesting. 


Tiptoe throught the poppies

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A working holiday

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

A co-worker and I were talking about getting things done in ones busy life. She was reading the Happiness Project book and remarked about something she read ... if the thing you are going to do takes less than 10 minutes, don't think about, don't procrastinate, just do it. I have been practicing that all week. 

This week: I created about 8 A&E covers, 3 illustrations (one Viewpoints piece), finished one website, still have one to work on today, wrote two post for - Remembering Harry and Moss is Boss. Took mom for a haircut, shopping, dog nail-clipping, and a little cleaning house, some weeding and cleaning the moss off of the deck furniture. And 20+ hours at work.

Getting ready for Tuesday, when my life becomes much more hectic. Today, I want to shoot a couple of flowers. I have neglected taking any photos of ANY flowers in my yard all spring. 

Oh, yes. And Robin and I finished her book! And it is off to the publisher and printer! I think it will be printed by October ... then we will start the book tour ;) On the open road again with Robin? Maybe? In the meantime, I am building the blog to go with the book about our adventures.

While I was writing the post about Harry, was searching for photos of Matt in the yard during summer. Found these two ... where did the time go? (sniff, sniff)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Head exploding weekend

In a couple of days, my life gets even crazier!

I have accepted a 5 month freelance gig and I am staying on part-time at the Herald. Working a weekend day and a couple of hours during the week at The Herald. The last couple of weeks, I have been trying to prepare for my future. Wish me luck.

Lisa Hochstein has a wonderful sense of color, play and design!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Little Daisy

I found these on my backyard poop watch this afternoon. 

Houses on high

On Sunday Morning today, a great segment on Tom Burke's custom birdhouses. Amazing! His portfolio page here.

Anno Domini customs designed birdhouses.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Quick change artist

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My Pebbles is having some stomach troubles and I have been bathing her once a day. It breaks my heart, because she always think she is in trouble, but I give her lots-o-kisses and tell her everything is okay.

Friday, May 17, 2013

I love music and I forgot how much

This music came on the other night and jolted me awake ... I said to David (who was watching Jay Leno) "Who is this, I love this song!" 
 Drop City Yacht Club - Crickets

Matt and I were talking about the kind of music I like ... the sunlit summer, breezy kind that you would listen to driving the open road with all the windows open. I listen to too much NPR and not enough music (that is what I have decided). More fun, less serious talking news.

Which made me start thinking about my other breezy faves. 

Edie Brickell. She has a fun Song of the Day section. Remember  Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - "Air Of December"? 

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - "Air Of December" from john doe on Vimeo.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Remembering the open road

As I get deeper in my work and life here in Edmonds, I almost forget that a mere two weeks ago I was on the open road in Texas. We dined at my favorite landmark Mexican tourist restaurant in San Antonio, Mi Tierra

We hit the road to Corpus Christi, where I got a quick visit with my friend, Amanda at the restaurant at the Art Museum of South Texas. Then off to Rockport to see the beach and laughing gulls. We stayed at a great B&B, drank mucho beer, collected sand, shopped, walked around the town, and then a cold front moved in with rain, the temperature dropped about 30 degrees and we were off the Blanco.

This beautiful 5-foot cross made out of all kind of recycled goodies. I fell in love with it. Found it at The Flying Pig Emporium in Rockport, where the owner was originally from  ... Seattle. Small world.

 Getting blown away by the beach view. Then off to dinner.

Faith set my up to feed these cute little Laughing Gulls and they attacked my hair. She laughed a wicked laugh while she had her camera all set to capture the mayhem.

Then the cold front moved in while we were leaving town.

Blanco is the cutest little town with the perfect town square. I designed the Blanco Fun Run T-shirt and was there for the event. ;) Got to visit with my buddy, Irene, who has started an antique business. We didn't get to visit enough!

Then we headed to Waxahachie to visit my dad, Lisa - my sister. My friend, former neighbor, Rita ran over for a quick visit as well. Visited with  my brother and saw his amazing garden he is creating. Drove the Historic Waxahachie to see the sights with Faith. 

Then we were on the to Blanco, via Glenwood Cemetery in Alvarado, where I had a quick visit with my grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.

 Then Glen Rose (got sand and saw wonderful rock formations), walked around town for a minute and spotted these great tiles!

Then Hico (fell in love with that town) where we shopped at this amazing store, Homestead. At Homestead, discovered this amazing artist, Jerry McAdams. Ate more Mexican food. I could not eat enough Mexican food or drink enough Dos XX. Got to see my second daughter. ;)

Jerry McAdams art, would have bought them all!

This is what I miss most about Texas ... the open road, and open spaces, big starry skies. Seems those open spaces are disappearing and that makes me very sad. I guess I am a Texas-girl at my core.

Saw lots of wonderful birds in Faith's backyard in Blanco that backs up to the Little Blanco River (dry now). Got sand. Watched birds. Listen to the Live Oaks sing. And hung out with my favorite Texas dogs, Henry and Ollie.

And then I was back on a plane heading north. Without seeing everyone I wanted to see and visited with. I think that would require at least a month or more. 

I still managed to work thanks to my Sprint HotSpot, listened to my Audible books on my laptop falling asleep at night.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Plateau Effect

My friend, Bob Sullivan, has a book coming out tomorrow. I am so excited for him. This is a departure from his normal subject of technology scams and frauds. Duane and I made this little video about his book some time ago.