.....and other random stuff......

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Practice, Practice, Practice…..

So after taking my first class at Sketchbook Skool (it KILLS me to type that, lol) I joined their Facebook group.
I love seeing all the different styles people have. I saw one piece done by a fellow ‘Klassmate’ Kazuyoshi Morita and thought I’d try his style to fill up the empty space on my page of practice lettering.
This is the first spontaneous page that I’ve done in this sketchbook that I really like.

I’m even satisfied with the lettering…..
I guess practice does.....at least improve one's attempts.....lol.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Punny Monday

Knowledge knows a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

(footnote:I'm running out of good puns so I've decided to switch to PARAPROSDOKIANS.
PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Academic Question (or, Whadya’ Do Today?)

How long (and how many people) does it take to transfer data from one device to another?
ALL FRIGGIN’ DAY, that’s how long!

Periodically I back up my computer to an external hard drive. It does it automatically for most things but not for my art. So once in a while I do a manual back up.
BUT….I have never backed up Tabley. And lately he’s been having ‘hiccups’ so I thought it prudent to back up my folders.
While I was at it I thought I might as well back up the house renovation pictures from my phone because, for once in my life, I’ve actually remembered to take ‘before’ pics.
I thought I’d knock it out in about an hour……after all; it’s just a matter of copy & paste for the most part, right?

Silly me.

First you have to get your computer to recognize your device. Seems easy enough, plug in the USB cord and there ya' go! Easy peasy……except…….my PC didn’t recognize my phone….or Tabley.
And then, of course, you must take time to ‘discuss’ with Husband all the possibilities of WHY the PC doesn’t recognize either of them.
Fast forward to six o’clock in the evening…..still in PJ’s…..and finish backing up all data!

Don’t ask me how I did it….I have no idea how…I’ve been into folders and files I never knew existed and next time I need to do this I’m as screwed as I was this time.
But it’s DONE!

Except it’s left me with the sinking feeling that technology is moving faster than I am…..and I don't like that.
(using old art because I'm too tired to illustrate....)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thoughts on a Thursday

At what point in one's life do we realize we now know more dead people than live ones?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sketchbook Skool

Well, I finally broke down and signed up for a ‘klass’ at Sketchbook Skool.  (It took me awhile to get past the creative way they spell it….I know, my problem, but it’s one of my pet peeves…..)
Plus, it was on sale and that always helps make up my mind. Who can resist a bargain, right!?

Anyway, I signed up for Creative Lettering with Andre Joseph.
I struggle with lettering on my journal pages and where I might like to incorporate writing into some of my other art I just leave it out entirely. This seemed like a perfect way to improve my handwriting and get some advice and ideas.
And I learned stuff!
I got a renewed appreciation for what lettering can add to a page and learned some tips and tricks.

So far I’m just copying Andrea but…… when I wake up in the morning with new ideas running around in my head I call it a success! 

Andrea calls these 'visual puns'. I'm a sucker for a pun.  
I LOVE the idea of a 'seeable' pun! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Punny Monday

We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

(footnote:I'm running out of good puns so I've decided to switch to PARAPROSDOKIANS.
PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Flight School

Our MEGA CABLE COMPANY, in its infinite wisdom, has informed us that unless we upgrade to their new ‘Xpetuity’ system we will be slowly losing our hi-def channels.
We still have to PAY for said premium channels; they will just no longer provide them on our old equipment.
How a company is allowed to charge for something they don’t provide is beyond me….but I digress......

Anyway….after weeks of messages intermittently popping up on our TV screen, to remind us of the impending doom, we finally gave in and ordered the new equipment.
The UPS man delivered it yesterday.
He usually just drops our deliveries off at the door but this time he rang the bell and waited to hand Husband the box. And with the tiniest hint of a grin on his face said, “Don’t worry! It’s really not that difficult to do! It only took me a weekend and a few choice words to get it going! Good luck!”

Husband used to work for MEGA CABLE COMPANY so I had no doubt he was capable of swapping out the box.
That part was smooth sailing.

We now have new ‘Xpetuity’ boxes with corresponding features and extras….and new remotes….with voice recognition.
It LOOKS innocuous enough. Pretty simple and straightforward….but that’s where they get you!

Fewer buttons mean more menus and more menus means more ‘drilling down’ to get to what you want.
It’s hit or miss (because there is no instruction manual) and I DARE you to remember what buttons you pushed to get to this particular menu so you can find it again next time you want to do the same thing.

I need flight school just to figure out how to reset my favorite channels!
 First world problems are a bitch.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thoughts on a Thursday

There’s something creepy yet somehow cozy about a rainy day so dark you have to turn all the lights on at noon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Who Knew?????

I had no idea there was a brick and mortar Dick Blick in Tampa! Not that I'm going to be driving several hours round trip just to peruse their aisles. But......when I'm in the 'neighborhood' (and willing to risk life and limb in Tampa traffic) I will most assuredly be paying them a visit! 
They have the nicest people working there! 
I realize this has no relevance to most of you out there....but I had to share! LOL

Monday, July 10, 2017

Punny Monday

Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

(footnote:I'm running out of good puns so I've decided to switch to PARAPROSDOKIANS.
PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.)

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

Sometimes you come across something so perfect you just have to share.

For example: The Dunning-Kruger Effect: In the field of psychology the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein persons of low ability suffer from illusory superiority mistakenly assessing their cognitive ability as greater than it is. 

In other words…..being too stupid to appreciate just how stupid you are.

Now THIS little tidbit of knowledge could come in handy in my everyday life! 
I can mumble DUNNING-KRUGER under my breath whenever I come upon a walking, breathing example of said theory.
They won’t know they’ve just been insulted because…..you know, DUNNING-KRUGER…….and it will go far in relieving my frustration.  

I can see it being useful in sooooo many situations. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thoughts on a Thursday

I used to buy all my books. I still purchase any art or reference books but for years now I’ve been borrowing the novels I read from the library.
I prefer to hold a real book in my hand.
The problem is you never know who borrowed it before you.
I like to think the people who go to the library and take out the books are fine, upstanding, educated and CLEAN individuals. Alas, that is not always the case.
From time to time I find some very interesting things tucked into the pages of a book when I bring it home.
It’s not unusual to find the receipt from the previous borrower. That’s par for the course.
But in this last book I’ve come across some……shall we say, interesting items.

As I turned the page the other day a tiny slip of paper fell into my lap. I picked it up to realize it was a fortune from a Chinese fortune cookie. It read “To be a success in business you must be persistent, original and first.”  It might just be me but it seems fortune cookies have lost their charm. I tucked it back into the page for the next reader to enjoy.

A few pages further along I came across a tightly curled coarse black hair…….I have deluded myself into thinking it came from the head of a neatly coiffed African American lady rather than what I know it to be.
I read that page very quickly.

In this particular tome there have been pages smeared with grease, spotted with what I hope was tomato sauce, and what looks to me like charcoal smudges…..but the most perplexing ‘item’ I can’t quite make out. It’s either a morsel of petrified food shoved deep into the crevice of the spine or a small creature that must have startled the reader into slamming the book shut in a fit of surprise thereby permanently preserving for posterity its poor little skeletal remains.

I think I might switch to digital content for a while. These surprises are just too much for me.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Simon Says

Simon says keep your fur babies safe and secure as you celebrate this 4th!
Happy Independence Day!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Punny Monday

The last thing I want to do is hurt you but it's still on my list.

(footnote:I'm running out of good puns so I've decided to switch to PARAPROSDOKIANS.
PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Flash Fiction Friday

She sat at her desk staring at her tablet, stylus in hand. Her stomach was tied up in knots. She had woken up at three that morning, the pain throbbing in her abdomen. It was always like this. She had no idea why. She never knew if it was emotional or dietary. Not that it mattered. Pain was pain. Some days it pissed her off, which only made it worse. Some days she just surrendered to it, curled up on the couch and watched old black and white movies all day.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thoughts on a Thursday

I have reached the age where if I’m anywhere near a bathroom, whether I need to go or not, I use it. And in my head I’m saying to myself with a shrug of my shoulders, “I’m here, I might as well go.”

What is HAPPENING to me??? 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Punny Monday

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

(footnote:I'm running out of good puns so I've decided to switch to PARAPROSDOKIANS.
PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another Face Class

So......I took another Face class!!! Surprise, surprise, right? LOL 
This one was Making Faces with Lynn Whipple. One of the classes hosted/offered by Carla Sonheim.
I had never taken one of Lynn's classes but after reading the reviews and knowing it was hosted by Carla I jumped right in. 
And am I glad I did!
I no longer think of myself as a beginner so some of what was presented I was already aware of, but I ALWAYS learn something. Plus a class has a way of pushing your limits that you wouldn't necessarily do by yourself.  
And I wasn't disappointed.
I know I have my own style, and no matter how hard I try and emulate some of the artists I admire it comes out me anyway....but......I have to say, with Lyn's guidance, I turned out some not too shabby pieces that I quite like. 
It's a good day when I can add to my growing pile of 'friends'. 
Here are a few of the better ones. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thoughts on a Thursday

Husband and my mother used to tease me about who had it worse…my mother for having lived with me through the ‘formative years’, aka the teenage years, or Husband for being married to me.  (nice, right? Lol)
My mother always claimed she won on the basis of seniority. She knew me longer than Husband…end of discussion.
Which got me to thinking…she died when I was 45. I met Husband when I was 22. That means when I’m 68 (not that far away now) he’ll be able to claim me on seniority. He will have known me for longer than my mother did.

I’m not sure if that’s sad or funny……..

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Punny Monday

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

(footnote:I'm running out of good puns so I've decided to switch to PARAPROSDOKIANS.
PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Progress………More or Less

Since the GREAT A/C EXPLOSION OF 2017 and replacement thereof, we’ve had to put the house renovations on hold.
But……I’ve been able to squeeze out a few finishing touches in the bedroom.
The Big Red Chair will eventually reside in the living room, replacing Husband’s recliner (YAY! sshhhh….don’t tell him I said that…) and a new Big Grey Chair will be put in the bedroom.
But for now I feel I can call the bedroom/bathroom ‘finished’!

At least I have a nice place to retreat to when the rest of the unfinished house gets on my nerves.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thoughts on a Thursday

Shower Thoughts

In the warm steamy recesses of my shower anything seems possible. Ideas come to me like manna from heaven. Everything is possible….writing and illustrating a children’s book….writing a serious novel….painting a stunning landscape….
The words flow as if loosened from my mind by the warmth of the water.
Ideas gush like the water from the spigot.
Then they evaporate like the steam on the mirror the moment I dry off.
Gone in an instant.

Such is creativity…….

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pardon Me While I Vent……

Yesterday I went to the drug store to pick up some needed toiletries. It was a store I don’t usually frequent and I was unfamiliar with its layout.
After wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles I decided the smart thing to do would be ask for assistance.
I spotted a young lady wearing a smock with the store logo and figured she might be able to help.

I was wrong.

I politely asked, “Where do you keep the emery boards, please?”  
She thought for a moment and then said, “Aisle 5, right hand side, bottom shelf. “
She sounded very knowledgeable and sure of herself so I toddled off to aisle 5.

I knew I was in the wrong place immediately. The only products in aisle 5 were school and office supplies.

I was back to indiscriminately roaming the store.

I finally found the Revlon products..…..approximately three feet from the young lady with the smock.

For a split second I considered telling her, “If you’re ever asked again where the emery boards are, this is WHAT they are and they’re located over there.”

But I decided against it.
I was afraid my helpfulness might be misinterpreted as hostility. 

Yet another child left behind…..

Monday, June 12, 2017

Punny Monday

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

(footnote:I'm running out of good puns so I've decided to switch to PARAPROSDOKIANS.
PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.)

Friday, June 9, 2017

“How Many Holes in the Wall Does it Take to Hang a Picture?”

You’d think hanging a picture is pretty straightforward, right?
You’d be wrong.
At least for us (ahem….you know what I mean, lol.)

Here's how it goes.....
First, check to see if the framer has placed the hangers evenly on both sides of the back of the frame. (Believe me when I say to measure this! It will save much discussion later.)
Second, measure the distance between the windows and divide to find center of wall on which the picture will be hung.
Third, measure the picture frame to determine the center.
Fourth, have Husband hold picture up to wall to decide how high it should be.
Fifth, put pieces of painters tape on wall to mark all measurements.
Sixth, get confused as to which side of the painters tape marks your spot.
Seventh, when you’re ABSOLUTELY SURE you’ve measured correctly and you’re satisfied as to the placement of the picture……drill two holes and insert oversized screws (just to be sure they will bear the weight of the picture) into wall.
Eighth, hoist picture up to wall and try to catch the wire on both screws.
Ninth, swear a lot while doing number eight.
Tenth, center picture so it hangs evenly on the screws…..except….it doesn’t.

Eleventh, move picture around on screws and try to determine why it won’t hang straight.
Twelfth, take picture down and take all measurements again.
Thirteenth, conclude the solution is to move one of the screws up ½ inch to compensate for the tilt of the picture.
Fourteenth, unscrew/re-screw screw.
Fifteenth, re-hang picture and straighten.
Sixteenth, stand back and see it’s still slightly ‘off’.
Seventeenth, decide its ‘good enough’ and three giant holes in the wall is sufficient damage for one day.

So, the answer to the question at the beginning of this diatribe is THREE. It takes three holes for us to hang a picture. And for some reason, ahem, we didn't fix the extra hole. 
It also took three holes to hang the bling mirror. We never bothered to fix the third hole there either…..so both holes are still there.....behind their respective hangings……gapingly open……..you can’t see them but they haunt me…..for so many reasons….not only my OCD-ness but I lie in bed at night wondering what sort of ‘critters’ are going to come crawling in through those holes! 
Mostly I worry about the one over my side of the bed!
It's an aged and slightly damaged  blueprint of our old house up north. A little reminder of our 'previous' life. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

And the Lord Said

…..let there be coolant! 
I'm happy to report the new A/C unit is installed and working like a charm! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Perspective is Everyting

Waiting for the new a/c unit to be installed.....they did give us a 'loaner' to tide us over....but.......
To cool off we float in the pool....and it's GLORIOUS...... (I don't mean to rub it in, sorry.) 
It's interesting how it changes your attitude when you change your perspective. 
The 'view' from the pool.....LOL

Monday, June 5, 2017

Punny Monday

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

(footnote:I'm running out of good puns so I've decided to switch to PARAPROSDOKIANS.
PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Haunted Headboard

Husband finished the headboard. It's EXACTLY what I wanted! 
Except......for the slight possibility it might be haunted.....lol.
Things are shaping up in the bedroom. I think it may actually be finished soon. 
(I know it LOOKS like there's no video, but click on it a couple of times to view it.)

Thoughts on a Thursday

One of the reasons I think God is male: HOT FLASHES

NOT funny, dude.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Punny Monday

Q: What is Donald Trump's favorite chapter of the Bible?
A: Chapter Eleven. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thoughts on a Thursday

This has been puzzling me for a while now…..

It heartens me to see more and more companies making organic products available. This is a good thing! I am all for going back to the way our grandparents ate. REAL food from gardens and farms that don’t rely on chemical pesticides and antibiotics. But…..for certain foods I don’t see how they can claim that it’s organic.
I refer to honey in particular.
How can a bee keeper guarantee the honey his bees produce is purely organic?
I understand they have guidelines, like the area surrounding the hives for a certain distance has to be pesticide free. Or the citrus grove they are pollinating has to be certified organic.
BUT…..and to me this is a BIG BUT……how do they know the bees stay within that area???
How do they know a rogue bee doesn’t one day wake up and say, “I’m sick and tired of orange blossoms! I feel like some clover today!”  So he and his gang of hooligans fly off to an unauthorized area and chow down?

Which leads me to other thoughts….such as when they find a bee hive in someone’s wall….(that’s obviously been there for a loooong time and how did the homeowners not hear it for so long??? But that’s another thought for another day…..) is that some sort of street bee gang? Did they leave the hive because they were tired of being oppressed? Are they making ‘meth’ honey to finance a bee coup???? A world takeover??? Are they weaponizing their stingers??? And suddenly, in my head, I have a whole underground bee culture going on……..

And you think its easy being in my head……lol

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

♪♫♪♫♪ We’re Havin’ a Heat Wave…..♪♫♪♫♪

A tropical heat wave.....♪♫♪♫♪….. the temperature’s rising…….♪♫♪♫♪……it isn’t surprising….♪♫♪♫♪

I’m grumpy as hell….♪♫♪♫♪…..and sweaty…..♪♫♪♫♪

and the a/c in the house died!…..♪♫♪♫♪
(I know it doesn’t rhyme but I’m working under duress here…..)

The a/c died. 
Long story short (sort of....lol) the tech told us the coil was leaking.

New coil $2,500…..or new unit to replace what we have now $7,400 (which has never cooled the house to my liking)….or new unit upgrade with duct work @ $10,000…….hmmmmm.

He added more Freon to get us through the weekend. But it only lasted that afternoon and then the temperature in the house topped off at 86°.

We have every fan in the house going and all the shades drawn to keep out the sun. The a/c wall unit in the garage is running and we have Husband’s big work fan trying to blow the cool air from the garage into the house….
Even with all that the temp climbs higher in here every day!  

We decided on the new coil and they ordered it on Friday. It’s coming from Texas….it’ll be here by tomorrow (they think….) and then they have to schedule when they can install it.

I considered offering to drive to Texas to get it myself. It would have been faster and I would have been in a nice cool car the whole way……but…..I decided against it.  

In the meantime….I’m M-E-L-T-I-N-G…………(cue the Wicked Witch of the West screeching…..)
The tech came and added more Freon to keep us going until the part comes....and two hours later......BANG......WHOOOOOOSHHHHHHHH......the OUTSIDE unit blew! 

We are now getting a whole new system. Upgrading to a bigger unit, new duct work, new returns......BUT.......I'll be able to hang meat in here!
Debt be damned....I'll be COOL

Monday, May 22, 2017

Punny Monday

A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Kickin' Back on a Friday Afternoon

...enjoying the sunshine and a sketch......

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thoughts on a Thursday

Technology is amazing. I find it remarkable you can hold a tiny device in your hand, tethered to nothing, and have access to the world. ANYTHING you want….movies….music…information…..directions…..the list goes on.
Wireless technology is magical. I don’t understand it and it astonishes me. I’m sure there are gremlins involved in some way, they’re just not telling us! LOL
And yet I’m totally unimpressed with the fact you can turn on a radio and get music out of a box, or for that matter put a bunch of metal tubes on your roof and have another box filled with pictures.
Radio waves don’t impress me but wireless technology does…..
Why is that?

I grew up with radio and TV so it just seems normal I guess. But hand held devices impress the hell out of me! 
Pardon me, does this make me look old?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Left Hander’s Burden……

Inspired by Koosje Koene’s Draw Tip Tuesday I decided to try my hand (no pun intended...you'll get that in a minute....) at the newly arranged living room bookcase.  I grabbed a ‘failed’ piece of paper from my discard pile, a blue ballpoint pen and took a few minutes while listening to an old movie.  
Just a quickie….no judgement. 

Two works of art for the price of one….lol.