MY SIMPLE OPINION

I am so saddened and embarrassed for America that our Mr. George Bush allows bombs to be supplied to Israel so that Lebanese children can be killed. It is frustrating that there is nothing, NOTHING I can do, indivdually, to stop this madness. I fear for the United States. We have such a bad name going around the world now, and I don't recall a bad name being upon us until Mr. Bush took office. I have emailed my governor and forwarded to him the internet newspaper articles from Great Britain, about the bombs in the airplanes refueling there - from the U.S - destination Israel, and sent the picture of the father holding the injured or perhaps dead child that I posted below. I have asked him to try to influence his brother to stop this madness. I cannot believe that the majority of voters want this killing to continue. This is the smallest, tiniest, most minute thing I have done, but it's the best - the only thing- I can do, to show my concern that America is going downhill fast. At least it makes me feel the tiniest bit better. Pray/Wish for Peace.

ANOTHER KILLING FIELD


No matter what color your skin, what country desires more and more power, what your religious belief is, this is what war does! I know that no big powerful government person will look at my blog and think about this picture, but maybe their kids will. Maybe somewhere there is hope for the future. I say a prayer for all who have to live in this misery. Photo source: Nicholas Asfouri, AFP/Getty Images

FLYING FREE TODAY

Today I am flying free. DH has gone over to the beach to stare at the beach bunnies and drink beer with one of his buddies (boring and way too hot) so I am FREEEEEEE. After I do the bare minimum of housework (like making the bed...LOL), maybe I'll spend the day drawing and painting, or maybe I will go over and help daughter with her final packing. She is leaving next weekend and had two weekends of very successful garage sales. I am already missing her. Grey Gull is pastel on blue pastel paper, and is my 101 because it represents the freedom I feel today.

A TRUE SAYING...


...and, I do believe those words! Turtle is pastel on paper done some time ago (SOLD, YEAAA!!), copied, cut out and glued onto cardstock for this 101. I love to do pastel becuz one can achieve such intricate detail, yet I can't get the brilliant colors I love so much. Some people do, but not me. ........ I have two beautiful all-yellow parakeets sitting next to me singing so pretty.....and it just occurred to me that my poor computer is probably chock full of tiny, floaty down feathers and seed shells. No wonder it runs so slow................HAVE A CREATIVE DAY! IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD!

OH MY GOSH TOO FUNNY!!

I was looking through some old photographs to see if I could find something suitable to copy and cut up to make some journal art. I would rather not buy the scrapbook art, because I like to do my own. Oh my gosh, I came across this ANCIENT picture of my birthday party at my grandmother's house. I must have been 10 years old...something like that. But amazingly, I can remember every single child's name. Besides me (tee hee in the pigtails aka braids), there was Pat Chambers, Pat Cossin, Adwina Kelsey, Grace Ann Borne, and Kathleen Keating, plus the boys, Myron, Ronnie, Robert and Carl. It's amazing to me that I can easily remember each of their names, altho not two of the boy's last names. Look at the boys making faces for the camera! Typical boys...don't think that has changed much in the last hundred years. And look at the girls, trying to look so prissy! Wonder where all these people are today?

LESSONS FROM THE ART DIRECTOR



With tips from an expert, I have been trying to learn how to do this graffiti style art, which I have never done before. First one is the gal with the spray can, which is not what I was trying to achieve, because there were too many blank spaces that I had to fill in with line drawing. Without realizing it, I was trying to make a "scene" out of it. Second one is better but still did not fill in the entire paper. I'm still trying!

A NEW DAY

My 101 for today is a picture of the glitter girls sisterhood. Well, sort of! I can hardly believe I am on number 70 something. Started in May and got behind a lot, but catching up. I have a BOX FULL of these little drawings. That's the neatest part! Gotta work today. Geesh, I have to be out of here in 30 minutes and I still have to shed jammies and find a face. Have a great day everyone. See ya later!

ABOUT THE BROKEN DOLL


....and the winds they sighed, etc. etc. Those words came to me several months ago, I don't know the reason but I'm sure there was one, and I wrote them down and "carried them around" for all this time knowing I would find a use for them. I thought it might be poetry, but it came together with the doll painting. I have a "yard sale find" book called CREATING TEXTURES in PEN & INK with WATERCOLOR (wonderful book!). I have been using it to practice my pen work, and I found a broken doll in that book. After that, it just sort of all fit together. Maybe it's because my life is a bit sad right now. My daughter is leaving and going back to that god-forsaken city of Las Vegas, because that is where her daughter is now, (summer vacation with dad). It's a necessary thing...because my granddaughter Kara (her picture is below somewhere) has a severe disability, and it just works out better this way for many reasons. Kara is like a broken doll, but she can't be fixed. It doesn't make me any happier to know that they will be so far away....again. It took me years to convince just one daughter to "come home" but now I am losing her again. Sigh.....such is life. Maybe I will just go hang on the moon! :)

THE DOLL

...and the winds - they sighed, and the trees - they cried, for this child that no one knew.

A PEARL OF WISDOM


A cyberfriend sent me this little Pearl of Wisdom and I wanted to share.........THERE ONCE was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. "Well," she said. "I think I'll braid my hair today." So she did, and she had a wonderful day. THE NEXT DAY she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "Hmmm," she said. "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today." So she did, and she had a grand day. THE NEXT DAY she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. "Well," she said, "Today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did, and she had a fun, fun day. THE NEXT DAY she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "YEAH!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!" ..............ATTITUDE is everything. As the saying goes: "The kind of life you will have is not determined by what happens to you, it is determined by your reaction to what happens to you." BE KIND TODAY AND EVERY DAY, FOR EVERYONE YOU MEET IS FIGHTING SOME KIND OF BATTLE!

BIG BIG BIRD!

...streaking thru the humid Florida sky, the space shuttle DISCOVERY safely heads home to Cape Canaveral Monday. It is still hard for me to imagine there is a space station up there with people living on it. Our vast universe is amazing, and the technology that takes us there is more so. ...Picture source: St. Petersburg Times

HEADING HOME TO ROOST




...in the fading light of a red sunset, a lone pelican heads home for the night. 4X4 pastel & white charcoal.

WANT SOME CHEESE TO GO WITH THAT WHINE??


Eyore. Woe is me. Whine, whine. Today was a depressing day. First my dog woke me by licking my face (I HATE that!!!) then I looked at the paper and the first thing I saw was a picture of huge flames of the bombing of the Beruit airport (what is WRONG with people that they cannot get along peacefully?) then I dropped black mascara on my shirt, then I hit my hand on the counter and it hurt forever, then I looked in the mirror!!! Eeeeeeeeeeek. Then I remembered my doctor told me day before yesterday that I had gained 16 pounds in 2 and 1/2 years.....hint hint take it off......and I was thinking to myself "Doc, have you looked in the mirror...sideways?" Then I picked up the top of my tiki birdbath and there were 50 kazillion ants there carrying their little white larvae around (I guess they were moving) and some of them crawled on me, then the phone rang and they wanted me to come in to work, then while I was there the Saturday girl called and said oh please oh please will you work for me tomorrow, then when I got ready to leave and locked the door, there was a BLACK WIDOW SPIDER hanging under the pushbar where you lock it. I came home and locked the door behind me so don't come knocking because I won't answer.

BAD HAIR DAY IN THE STORM



Today's images are a sort of follow-up from Tuesday. They are a little grainy becuz I got them from the newspaper. One is a pic of the lightening over the intracoastal waterway. The other is a poor little snowy egret having a really bad hair day. Kudos to George McKenna of Tarpon Springs, FL for the egret pic. He's so sweet. (The egret that is, not George). Today...more of the same. It's the rainy season in Florida!

SUB-TROPICS


...don't know why...there's no sun up in the sky..... stormy weather..... yeah! My favorite kind of evening - near 80 degrees, low clouds, breezes, distant thunder growing closer.....no visible sunset tonight; hope the rain waits til I go to bed. It splashes down on the awnings...musically, gently, getting stronger, louder, faster, til it's like one huge bucket of water CRASHING down...but by then I'm asleep...............

WE ALL NEED A TREE


I hired a carpenter to do some work and on his first day on the job, a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit, and his ancient pickup truck refused to start. I drove him home, and he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. Then, when entering his home, he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward he walked me to my car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me, so I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. "Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children...So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home, and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick them up again. Funny thing is," he smiled, "when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.

PINK SKY IN THE MORNING.....

...sailor take warning. It's always true, and that's how I know it's going to rain today. These pictures were taken at 6 a.m. and you can already see small thunderheads building. The real orangy one is closest to the East, closest to the sunrise. The first one...looking thru my newly trimmed Camphor tree. I couldn't see this two days ago. Now the tree can breathe.



The end!

YESTERDAY AND TODAY


YESTERDAY, (last evening) after the thunderstorm I walked out to the sidewalk and saw the most beautiful fireworks show. I could turn a complete circle and they were everywhere. America was sure having a wonderful birthday party last night. TODAY, I am so astounded at North Korea. What the flying figs (thanks Tinker) are they thinking...sending up long range ballistic missiles. Their government must be freaking nuts!! Kudos to the Japanese who have ALREADY put sanctions in place and are refusing North Korean ships into Japanese ports. Well, Mr. Bush? ON A LIGHTER NOTE, please notice that the Alpha Bird, the Queen of the house, has it all under control, and is teasing poor Roxie who sits and begs and begs for food. Occasionally she gets a crust, after the best part is gone! Now, who do you think is the smartest? HeeeHeee. For you animal lovers, you HAVE to visit Tara's Blog, www.dogging-it.blogspot.com. It's Canada Postie's doggie and the site is wunnerfully amusing.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!


Since 1776 - we celebrate our freedom and independence. Happy Birthday America!

A MORNING SPENT CREATING


You know Ang, you were right. That ol' muse gal was sitting on my shoulder the whole time. This morning as soon I got up and got my animals fed, I took the dove, the butterfly, and the dragonfly photos and made Mother Nature portraits out of them, and then I did this moonlight kiss. Now I am caught up with my 101's!! Whew, finally.....but tomorrow I'll be behind again! It's noon and I think I can get outta my jammies now!

SOME YARD ART


...um..Iron Butterfly? If you listen closely, perhaps you can hear the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida midi playing?? .............Today I am posting some "yard art". I've been in a drawing slump, but I figured some of these would do for a 101 portrait because they are, after all, part of my life. And artzy......sort of. And I really would like to look back after a hundred and one days...or more....and see them in my 101 book. Some are real, some are not, but you can tell the difference. Enjoy the day and don't forget to love yourself.

...bunny in the spider plants. Well, she isn't real, but she looks just like the momma bunny who used to come and have her babies under our plumbagos...until she found out we had a dog. Sadly, she moved on.

...two doves on the fence....

..and two beautiful butterflies. Can't believe I got this picture. I chased them around the yard...lol.....everything seems to be happening in twos. Love must be in the air, or at least in the back yard!

A birdbath I made...bottom is a palm stump painted like a tiki and the top is a mosaic terra cotta dish. The other pic is a dude hanging on the fence.....don't know who carved it...he came from a yard sale.....he likes living here.

...a dragonfly resting at the very tippy top of a new foxtail palm frond not yet opened. Had to zoom this one!


WeeWee hanging out on the back porch and the top of my papaya tree with one lone baby papaya that didnt grow up this year.

I LOVE SURPRISES!!!


Yesterday in the mail I received the most wonderful package. It was the doll that Pam Aries made (which I was expecting becuz we did a one-on-one trade) but it was even more BEAUTIFUL and WHIMSICAL than I had imagined. It has sparkly glittery stuff all over, and star beads and moon gems and gorgeous colors. This is true lowcountry folk art. This little angel girl now hangs in a place of honor on a mirror just inside my front door. Now..also in the package was......look above...a pair of earrings with a macaw on them. This Miss Pamela is soooooooooo thoughtful. She knows I love my bird more than any other animal. (Even more than her hounds..LOL). I am totally blown away by your thoughtfulness, Pam. ALSO in the package......was some hand made (by Pam) collage papers that are very soft and colorful and lovely and I cannot wait to use them in my projects. And..well...just one more thing I have to tell you about. A SOUTHERN PRALINE from Charleston's own Market Street. A REAL SOUTHERN Praline which I have not had for years. Do you think there is any left? Well, think again!!! That thing was happily settling into my cellulite before the first hour was over! And I was on a sugar high all night!!! PAM, YOU ARE EXTREMELY TALENTED AND THOUGHTFUL, AND I THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!!