Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday Gratitude

Today I especially express gratitude...

~ It was a productive week
~ Michael found a knee brace online and it is here and works great!
~ We had some sun this made me feel better
~ Good friends
~ Camera phones so that I could capture Michael having fun at walmart (using one of those electric carts)

Locks of Love

Well I went to get my hair cut and I am terrible with measurements. I am always under so if I say I want 1 inch cut off I really wanted 3. I talked about probably getting 5 inches of hair off. I showed my hairstylist the length I wanted it to be and she said are you sure? Which I expected and I said yes. She said okay. So she brushes through all my hair and then get a ruler out and she tells me that is almost 8 1/2 inches. We discussed locks of love right away and said they needed 10 inches. And so I said, "do it...make it 10." So now I have hair barely past my shoulders... where this morning it had been almost hip level.

Michael has cancer survivors in his family and they were my first thought. So my hair went to a good cause.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Political Links

"We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Not something I post about very often but I had to today after viewing a video clip. There is a journal I read because she offers great thoughts and links on politics...TwistedChick.

Today one of the many links she shared was this one with Keith Oblermann regarding Fox slamming Clinton. I wanted to stand up, cheer and clap as I listened to it...damn powerful words. (In case you don't want to watch you can read this words.)

I mentioned on someones journal that every morning I pretty much start my day by signing petitions and writing state reps, senators, even the President. I get emails that are basically Take Action emails from all sorts of organizations. And I start my day off with taking a few moments to try to do make a change.

This are some links to a few of them...
True Majority
Act for Change
Human Rights First
NARAL Pro-Choice America Unity - Democracy in Action
The Petition Site

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Daily Om - Libra horoscope

Just a snippet from todays Replacing Worry With Prosperity:

"When we no longer feel the need to worry about day-to-day survival matters, we are free to pursue opportunities that demand the whole of our attention while promising rich rewards. Anxiety drains our energy stores by monopolizing our focus and exhausting us physically. During bouts of worry, we are rendered unable to concentrate on activities that fall outside of the scope of mundane concerns. By banishing anxious thoughts from our minds and endeavoring to create an existence suffused by security, we empower ourselves to focus wholly on long-term goals and pleasurable pursuits. We draw prosperity into our lives by simply grounding our thoughts in visualizations of our ultimate futures. You are at liberty to explore your world today in part because you have built a sturdy foundation of stability in your life."

Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday Gratitude

This week I am going to do the letter "A"....

~ Air: When I was cleaning the bathroom at 3am - I ended up using some bleach and so I became very appreciative of air as bleach even in little amounts doesn't like my asthma (yes I have insomnia thus the cleaning the bathroom at 3am)

~ Airborne: That seems to have kept my cold from getting worse.

~ Art: doing and seeing art

~ Antiques, Architecture, Archeology: Each thing has a piece of history...each has a story. And also at the time it is today and present. Which made me think of a quote: "Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

~ Aqua: I have been going through a lot of bottle water lately...the colder the better

~ Apples: It is starting to get into that season when apples with peanut butter are such a great snack

~ Apple Cider: I really enjoyed hot apple cider in the fall.

~ Autumn: It is almost upon us. I love the crisp, cool air. I love the colors of leaves...the changing of the seasons. So beautiful.

~ Age: I am going to be 39 in a month and although I am feeling down about it...I really should be grateful for each birthday and day of life I get.

~ Acid free papers: Use them in art so that they don't fade and make the things on them change colors or deteriorate.

~ Asiago Cheese - I just like the flavor so much!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Environmental Artist

Michael watched a documentary he got off netflix called "Rivers and Tides" and he told me I need to watch it. So I watched it last night and it was really amazing. It is about artist Andy Goldsworthy Here are some incredibly powerful and beautiful images on google. For me it was amazing to see how he sees...thinks....everything for him is about space, energy between things, how it might changes the area and how it will change because of the environment. Much of how he does it...I would have never seen or thought of...just interesting to watch.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Old Photo...Old Picture....

I use this avatar on a couple communities I belong to because I liked the image as it is from a picture we had in our house as child.

Today I was going through my photos to see if I could add anything to what my family had sent for the video. As I flipped through photos today I could see the above image in many of the photos. You could tell that is the place my Mom liked to pose people for photos - and even after we moved to a new house she posed us in front of that picture. I found this picture that had a fairly clear shot of the picture in it. This is of one of my sisters and I (me on the right - my sister Michelle on the left and other sister not even a twinkle in my Mom and Dad eyes - yet - though soon). My sister is, I believe, about 3 and I am 6. Don't you just love my dress! (yes I am being sarcastic.) It was the Christmas photo that year that Mom mailed out in all the Christmas cards.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Cat with No name....

From the book Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote:

She was still hugging the cat. 'Poor slob,' she said, tickling his head, 'poor slob without a name. It's a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven't any right to give him one: he'll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don't belong to each other: he's an independent, so am I. I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together. I'm not quite sure where that is yet. But I know what it's like.' She smiled, and let the cat drop to the floor. 'It's like Tiffany's,' she said. 'Not that I give a hoot about jewellery. Diamonds, yes. But it's tacky to wear diamonds before you're forty; and even that's risky. They only look right on really old girls. Maria Ouspenskaya. Wrinkles and bones, white hair and diamonds: I can't wait. But that's not why I'm mad about Tiffany's. Listen. You know those days when you've got the mean reds?'

'Same as the blues?'

'No,' she said slowly. 'No, the blues are because you're getting fat or maybe it's been raining too long. You're sad, that's all. But the mean reds are horrible. You're afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don't know what you're afraid of. Except something bad is going to happen, only you don't know what it is. You've had that feeling?'

'Quite often. Some people call it angst.'
'All right. Angst. But what do you do about it?'
'Well, a drink helps.'

'I've tried that. I've tried aspirin, too. Rusty thinks I should smoke marijuana, and I did for a while, but it only makes me giggle. What I've found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name.'

Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my top 5 movies. I just relate to parts of it. I haven't read the book but have it on my list of books I would like to get.

Friday, September 15, 2006


So I opened the mailbox today and saw IKEA! I almost squealed standing right there was but was worried it would scare Michael while he was trying to crutch it up the porch stairs!

For 3 years of living here I often go to the IKEA website to request a catalog and each time they say no they are out of my area. Recently I heard that Denver is getting an IKEA so I stopped by the website tried the request a catalog form again....and this time it went through! I wasn't holding my breath though so when I opened the mail box to see the catalog I was positively delighted! Yes, I know quite silly. But I love IKEA!

Also really like catalogs...just to look at and read -- for entertainment. One of my favorite catalogs is The Baker's Catalogue. It is full of baking products from King Arthur Flour.

Friday Gratitude

Okay so I am going to try doing a weekly gratitude thing....

Today I especially express gratitude...

~ always grateful for Michael....our time together...laughing, smiling and just being with each other

~ Art - many levels to this one....seeing wonderfully talented people grow and to be able to put myself out there more with my art also

~ Cupcakes with pink frosting!

~ Michael healing...he was able to go out this week and that was very encouraging.

~ Chatting with my sister Michelle on Monday. I hadn't talked with her in a while and really was glad to catch up with her.

~ Daily Om for reminding me of myself.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Jana Marcus "Transfigurations": A photo and essay presentation about people who are transgendered.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Let them eat Cake!

A recipe I want to make....Unbelievable Chocolate Kahlua Cake

It is not as bad in calories and fat as it could be - it uses yogurt, skim milk, egg whites. I got it off of Diabetic Gourmet.

Unbelievable Chocolate Kahlua Cake


* 1 (18.25 oz.) Devil's Food Cake Mix
* 1 small (1 oz.) box sugar free, instant chocolate pudding mix
* 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
* 1/4 cup canola oil
* 1/3 cup skim milk
* 1 large egg
* 3 large egg whites
* 1/3 cup Kahlua liqueur
* 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* Cocoa


1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Coat a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and dust with cocoa.
3. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a large bowl. Beat with mixer for 2 minutes or until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool before cutting.

Calories: 205
Protein: 3 g
Sodium: 209 mg
Cholesterol: 13 mg
Fat: 8 g
Carbohydrates: 31 g
Exchanges: 2 Bread/Starch; 1-1/2 Fat

Monday, September 11, 2006

Little Bits from Daily Om

I get Daily Om's in my email box everyday and love them....

A Life of Passion
"Forgetting about what you love to do can be a form of self-sabotage. If you can forget about your dreams, then you never have to risk failure. But just because we've decided to ignore our passions doesn't mean they no longer exist."

Staying Afloat
"Because life is dynamic and always changing, it is when we try to make the wave stand still or resist its direction that we are likely to get pulled under by its weight."

Fully Present in Time
"Our lives are so complex and full that we tend to focus on the big picture rather than on the minute details that make up the picture. Individual moments are lost among the day's clutter, and we are overwhelmed by the burdens, tasks, and responsibilities we must face. To cope, we spend much of our time recalling the bliss the past held or anticipating the blessings the future will bring. However, while life is often demanding and hectic, it is nonetheless made up of immeasurable moments that each carry the potential to delight. A consciousness fixed in the present exists in a state of optimal sensitivity. It responds to life as it comes, reveling in the pleasures of the moment and then gladly letting that moment go."

Complementary Energies
"It is easy to get caught up in the demands of home life because they never stop. There is always one more thing you can do, another dish in the sink, a counter that needs wiping, or a person who needs a ride somewhere. If you don't set some boundaries, you will find yourself on an endless journey of housework and doing for others. Eventually, you will probably feel drained and out of touch with your inner life force. Instead of waiting for this to happen, integrate self-care into your daily schedule. Even Buddha insisted that he have one hour completely to himself every day. There are times when even that will not be possible-for example, with a new baby or a sick relative. At times like this, retreating inward energetically can be a lifesaver. You can always find five minutes to close your eyes and breathe consciously. You may even be able to meditate. "

Choosing a New Response
"Everyone has fears-it is a natural part of being human. Fear can protect us from harm by sending a rush of adrenaline to help us physically deal with potential danger. But there are times when fear may keep us from participating fully in life. Once we realize that fear is a state of mind, we can choose to face our fears, change our minds, and create the life we want to live."

The Journey of Release
"When we become overwhelmed and things are not going as planned, it is natural to hold tighter to our goals and try to force things to go our way. In the process, we tie ourselves in knots, tensing our shoulders, jaws, and muscles throughout our bodies. Our mind tells us that this is how to get a firmer grip on a situation that feels out of control, but as we create knots in our bodies we are blocking the flow of our energy, exhausting ourselves by exerting more effort yet accomplishing less. At these times, though it may seem counterintuitive, our higher selves know it's better to let go."

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Just this and that....

* This past week I finished up something important for/to me. And it felt really good.
* I have been going through depression right I have been quiet. I don't write as much when I am this way.
* I have really good friends that support me. I have been really stressing this weekend about putting myself out there with my art. And my friends always come through and support me in these really self-conscious moments by encouraging and accepting me.
* I need to clean house this week and start my next work project. I did a really good clean of the house except the Master bedroom but last week after that I seemed to have dropped the ball a bit but I know that is because I was working on the thing that was important to me.
* I hope to do some art this week.
* I want to finish an art doll I started a long while ago
* I have a stack of photos on my desk and frames for them....I really should do that sometime soon. I am sure it is bad Feng Shui to have empty frames sitting around. I also have a Buddha wooden mask carving that I should hang up.
* Michael is doing much better. He is getting around better (still on crutches though). Able to support himself longer when standing.
* I think I am going to make breakfast burritos tomorrow - for breakfast....I have been craving them.
* I need to take the garbage out tonight before I go to bed...I know the excitement of my life is earth shaking.

And just so that this won't be a completely boring of our adorable kitty cats....

Friday, September 08, 2006


Okay so I have never been fond of driving. Because my birthday is in October I could have been driving before my classmates when turning 16. And really I still was but I didn't get my drivers license *on* my birthday because I just don't like driving. It really has never changed. Before I get in the car I think about where I am going, how I will get there exactly, what lanes I need to be in and where I will try to park when I get there. Driving stresses me out and sends me into almost a OCD mode and so I don't like driving. Well not true...I don't actually mind long distance driving. I used to kind of enjoy the drive from Cleveland, Ohio to Topeka, Kansas - did that several times. But city driving makes me anxious. So when I moved to be with Michael if I need to go store or need something, he drives and we go together. And we both like it that way...spending time together, doing things together. So I don't drive very often but just at times I do just to keep up with it.

So Michael hurt his knee the day after he came home from his trip so he is pretty much immobile -- so I have *had* to drive. Since Michael's injury when I have had to drive it just basically one thing to do - go, do it and come home again. But today I drove several places and I was gone several hours and then came home.

It was just so odd and surreal....but okay. I survived driving again.

One another note...Michael has a hot especially seem to notice his car and ALWAYS comment on that it is a "sweet" ride or "AWESOME car" - and you should see them look when it is a girl driving it. It was quite funny watching their reactions.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Saying Thanks...

Xeorx is sponsoring a program that sends postcards to troops overseas....and all you have to do is 3 easy steps to send a FREE postcard to military personal overseas.

Here is the link....Let's Say Thanks

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Pricing Art...

I think putting prices on my art is one of the scariest, hardest and exciting moments in my recent history. I just haven't done that in a very long time. I scoured Etsy to figure out how I should price and still not sure if I am aiming in the right direction.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Arts and Crafts

Addicted to Rubber Stamps is having some really good sales going on right now. If you haven't ever checked them out you might want to take a look. They don't just sell rubber stamps but ink pads, cards, stickers, embellishments, adhesives, paper punches and so on. Check out their sale!