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Thursday, March 31, 2011

I Feel The Earth Move

Nothing absolutely NOTHING to do with earthquakes.  I promise.

It's spring and I couldn't be happier.
The sky is blue.
The air is getting warmer.
The days are getting longer.

I've been making earrings.
And listening to Carole King.
It was this time last year I went to see
her and James Taylor.
They are the  inspiration for these earrings.
They are available in my 
Etsy Shop.
Caribbean Blue 

These -

Golden Apples of the Sun
(borrowed from a Ray Bradbury book)

And these!

I Feel The Earth Move

Enjoy the video.
Carole King.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bette Davis Eyes

Do you operate better under stress?
Do you come up with your best ideas at T minus 1?
Do you sit and dawdle at the computer when
you should be thinking up something fabulous
for someone you promised something fabulous to?

We made robins and little nests at our felting class last week.

They turned out so darn cute.
Everyone had a different expression.

I promised our library "Friends" group
that I would donate something for the spring raffle.
Ummm...several months ago.

Not coming up with anything particularly spectacular
I put this necklace in a box.
It's a nice necklace.

But, I felt bad because 
I hadn't made something
specifically for the raffle.
I suffer tremendous, uncontrollable guilt at times.
It's a bad habit of mine.
It's from growing up and watching
way too many
Superman (George Reeves)
(honestly, who doesn't love
Fighting a never ending battle for Truth, Justice and The American Way)

Tarzan movies. (Johnny Weissmuller)

Well, YOU figure out how to type a Tarzan yell!

Anyway, I really did want to make something
specifically for the raffle.
whilst watching 
The Big Bang Theory
it came to me.
I'd make a nest.
I had enough wool for the nest
not enough for the wee little robin.
I improvised.
Sometimes that can
 go horribly wrong.
Like the time I used a too large paintbrush
to paint the eyes on Mary
for my manger scene.
Instead of Jesus' mother
she looked more like a
server at the local
Bethlehem Hooters.
It wasn't a pretty sight.
I digress.
I made this:

It turned out quite sweet.
Much, much better than poor Mary's 
 (click on the words if you can't remember the song)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I Don't Want to Live on the Moon

Remember this?

I found this little charm.

And it made me think of this song.

Well, I'd like to visit the moon
On a rocket ship high in the air
Yes, I'd like to visit the moon
But I don't think I'd like to live there
Though I'd like to look down at the earth from above
I would miss all the places and people I love
So although I might like it for one afternoon
I don't want to live on the moon

I'd like to travel under the sea
I could meet all the fish everywhere
Yes, I'd travel under the sea
But I don't think I'd like to live there
I might stay for a day there if I had my wish
But there's not much to do when your friends are all fish
And an oyster and clam aren't real family
So I don't want to live in the sea

I'd like to visit the jungle, hear the lions roar
Go back in time and meet a dinosaur
There's so many strange places I'd like to be
But none of them permanently

So if I should visit the moon
Well, I'll dance on a moonbeam and then
I will make a wish on a star
And I'll wish I was home once again
Though I'd like to look down at the earth from above
I would miss all the places and people I love
So although I may go I'll be coming home soon
'Cause I don't want to live on the moon
No, I don't want to live on the moon

I  love this song.
Good night.
Sweet dreams.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tin Foil Hats And Rock Lobsters

It was a beautiful day.
I made jewelry.
My friend Cameron over at Paint Me Pretty
kindly sent me some beach glass and stones to fool around with.
I went through my stash of charms and what-not.

I found this charming lobster charm.
HA!  I just crack myself up.

I attached him to the beach stone.
Then I coated the beach stone with a sealant.
I stood back and admired him.
Suddenly, I remembered this song!!
Do you?
Another song by the B-52s.
I have their music stuck in my head
and to be honest...I am not fond of the B-52s.
There is a cow bell in this song.
'Nuff said.

I'm not particularly fond of this song.
It's the only song I know about Rock Lobsters.
And it fit this little guy.

I made a few more necklaces.
I made these with soldered beach glass.

And this cute  Easter Mary Had A Little Lamb necklace.
I love the bright primary colors in it.
Although, just why Mary is sharing Easter eggs with
her little spring lamb friend, I'm not sure.
Lambs are herbivorous creatures.

I found some pressed pansies and made this necklace.
Through a fortuitous error the glass looks swirled.
Fortuitous error means I messed up big time -
It turned out lovely in the end.

Kind of cool, huh?!

But Kathy, you say.
You promised us Tin Foil Hats!
...and so I did.

Aluminum foil - 89 cents at the local drug store.

Tin foil hats.  I made three of these.
I participated in a Trivia Bee for Literacy today.
Our group actually wore the tin foil hats.
We almost won Best Costume.
We lost out to Scooby Doo.

Try not to think about this too much.
Unless you are wearing a tin foil hat.
They keep alien thoughts from invading your brain.
Tin foil works better than aluminum foil.
It's true.
Know how I know?
I read it on the Internet.
Unfortunately, I only had aluminum
And that is why we did not place first.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

My daughter stopped by while I was making these last night.
I had one on my head that I was shaping.
They are so light weight you are not even aware you are wearing one.
Our conversation turned to serious issues.
As I was making a terribly, terribly serious point she says to me:

"MOM!  Take off that ridiculous aluminum foil hat! 
 I can't talk about anything serious
while you are wearing that hat!"

Then she said,
"A person should not have to say that sentence to their own mother."

If she thought that hat was silly
she should have seen my first attempt.
It resembled an aluminum yarmulke.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Erin Go Bragh

Bless your little Irish heart
and every other Irish part.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Few Moments Of Your Time For Japan

How to text a donation to help Japan.

Click HERE

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If You're Old Enough To Remember This

Then you're old enough.

I Googled song lyrics with the word rust.
I found this song.
I had forgotten about this.
And if you remember Joan Baez singing Diamonds and Rust
you and I should sit in a coffee shop with bongos
and reminisce!
Like, Groovy ,man, groovy...

I bought some brass charms
They were rather shiny.
I tried to grunge  er... rust  them up.

It's harder than I thought.

It's hard to show in these pictures.
The charms are pretty grungy.
For the most part.

This picture reminds me of

California Dreamin'

All the leaves are brown
(all the leaves are brown)
And The sky is grey
(and the sky is grey)

C'mon SPRING!!!!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

You Have MAIL!

An actual sentence from a work related email that I sent the other day:

In the event of inclement weather we will NOT be able to move the fire juggler,

(picture from the web)

the petting zoo, 

 (picture from the web)

and the two falcons inside the library. 

(picture  from the web)

Thank you.

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's FUN To Have Fun

But you have to know how!  
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.
I use it a lot.

Like yesterday.
When I sat in front of a computer
at work
with two IT guys on the phone
trying to figure out how the entire
76 Gig hard drive
became full of - well - 
Like the radio friendly version of the
 Cee-Lo Green song says

But that's not the reason for this post.
is fun.
I borrowed it shamelessly from Roisin

"To play all you have to do is grab the closest book you have on hand, open to page 56 and post the 5th sentence either to your own blog or in the comments below. Don’t say what book it is or anything and let me and whoever else wants to play guess."
My book had this sentence:

"I longed for artificial bacon bits, melted cheese in a shade of yellow unknown to nature, creamy and chocolate fillings, sometimes all in the same product."

Add your 5th sentence from page 56 to the blog comments.
It'll be fun to see.

And for more fun, check out my daughter's blog today.
It's called Harpooning Electric Jellyfish.  She's pretty funny.

Frank lives next to the builtin book shelves.
He can't figure out why I'm hovering over him
opening up books to page 56.
Frank likes to read when there's nothing good
on the television.

Today was good.
Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one!
(I have NO idea why I'm channeling Dr. Seuss today)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Do You Feel Lucky?

Well do ya, Punk?!
Famous words from Dirty Harry.

This is a "more about me" post.
And it might not be as funny 
as you were hoping.
But it's true.
And I hope it makes you think.
It sure made me think.
I can have a pity party with the best of 'em.
Things in my life haven't gone...
well let's just say as planned. 
 But life is good.  
And sometimes we need a
"slap upside the head" to remind us.
Yesterday I had to take
Frank the Guinea Pig to the vet.

I am basically allergic to anything furry.
Including Frank.
The short story is that Frank is fine.
He got a shot in his bony little derriere.
I got a face full of Frankie fur.
And my eyes were watery and swollen up.
 One eye was swollen shut.
My husband called me

I had taken the day off of work.
I was going to have a fun ME day.

I didn't get to do any of the things I was planning.
I also missed a staff party
we were having
where I work.
my dearest friend and co-worker
brought me a plate of goodies
and didn't make fun of the way I looked.
The swelling had gone down but trust me
I looked like I'd been drinking for a week!

About five years ago
(or was it four? - I'm sure it wasn't three...)
this same friend suffered from
a Pulmonary Embolism.
I told her she had Pleurisy
That's the kind of swell friend I am.
Turns out she went to the ER
because the pain from breathing was too much to handle.
They put her on blood thinners and kept her a week.
The short story again is,  she is fine.

Ten months later
suffering from what I thought 
was an asthma issue
I was extremely short of breath. 
I almost passed out twice at home.
Thinking it was asthma
my daughter drove me to the ER.
Turns out, I was extremely anemic.  
They were going to give me some blood and send me home.
But, the ER Doc said, "This doesn't feel right.  Let's do one more test."
They did a CAT scan.
I had a Pulmonary Embolism.
And again, the short story is,
after blood thinners and a weeks stay
I went home.  I was fine.
The gloaming.

I read this Saturday on YAHOO:

What causes pulmonary embolism and how serious is it? Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot lodges in the lungs, a potentially life-threatening situation. Typically the clot forms in blood vessels in the leg, pelvis, arms or heart. If the clot comes from the arms or legs, it’s described as deep venous thrombosis. The clot then floats through the bloodstream to the lungs, passing through vessels until it gets stuck in one of them, 
obstructing blood flow like a clogged pipe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 200,000 Americans suffer pulmonary embolism (PE) each year, 
and nearly one-third of them die.

My friend and I?

We are the two thirds.

We are the very, very lucky

two thirds.

So yeah.
I feel lucky.