Hubby received an email about making "The Most Dangerous Cake Recipe." It's made in a coffee mug, it's easy, and most importantly...it is GOOD! Could be very fun for kids to make too!
OMG! Resist this? I think not!
Some clocks I painted, some I used pretty paper on them and then started experimenting with chemicals.
Hubby made some incredible clocks with rusting solutions and patinas. We sold some that he used gold flake paint on top of the rust. Gorgeous.
The reason I bring clocks up today is that half of the clocks are not working! Need batteries, and it's so frustrating to walk through all these rooms and never know what time it is!
I swear, I didn't manipulate these at all! Isn't that fantastic!?! Looks like an exotic bird! I never would have noticed this without the light changing!
After our wedding on the beach in Santa Cruz, CA, we had an amazing honeymoon in Kauai, HI. Ten days of non-stop fun that Hubby had bartered through a barter company in CA. One of the places we visited was swarming with peacocks. Tame peacocks. I bought some bird seed and they ate right out of my hands. The place was also littered with discarded peacock feathers. We were so charmed by these birds that we picked up about 25 of the feathers, bought a shipping tube, and transported them home. That was almost 14 years ago!
Truthfully, I notice them occasionally, think fondly of when we picked them up, and go about my business. But today, noticing how exquisite they are still, reminds me of how my feelings for Hubby are just as brilliant today as they were then, albeit, more knowledgeable. Hehehe.
That being said, when you've been with someone for a long time, you notice that walking across a parking lot is not necessarily a side by side thing anymore, or while strolling on a walk, it's not done hand-in-hand any longer. But there are other ways that we silently tell each other that we are still "in love." He worries when I'm out without him. If I vary from our usual routine, he's on the phone trying to figure out where I am. Not in a weird, controlling way, but really concerned for my well-being. I'm grateful for his thoughfullness.
Lately, it hasn't always been easy through his hip replacement. He's in pain; worried that this will be permanent, or that he's had a bad doctor. And have I mentioned before that he is not a patient person, at all??? But I know him, and love him. I know that he would go above and beyond for me.
So the brilliance of those feathers still, mean so much more than the picture.
It's interesting to think about what we find challenging, isn't it? For some, getting through a regular day might be just as monumental as this, depending on circumstances.
Course, it probably helps to be young, full of testosterone, and be as agile as this guy!
I'd like to put that kind of effort into writing, painting, sewing, and just living day to day with my family! Hmmm, look out family! Here I come!
I haven't even opened it up yet, I just keep checking out the front page! I have an indoor violet that has been knocking itself out for years in a small pot, blooming all year round. This spring it finally told me, in the only way it could, that it has had enough of that pot. It said, "It's like wearing a corset, and never having the relief of taking it off, for crying out loud!" It has started to separate itself into four different plants.
When I saw this cover, I had my lightbulb moment! I will separate that violet and plant them in little egg containers to give to others for Easter! Wouldn't that be cute??? Hope I can do it without totally breaking the eggs!
Aren't these great pictures? And aren't these turkeys fabulous???
We did a little work today, and then came home and took a nap...mmmm! Really, after the last few weeks, I can't think of a better way to have spent my birthday. I'll go into some detail about the picture tomorrow!
It's just the very picture of innocence, isn't it? So sweet, loving, and absolutely adorable! Hard to believe it was taken almost 20 years ago! Bet you thought I was going to say "Hard to believe they were so sweet, loving, and absolutely adorable!" Ha! But they were. And actually, they still are. All three of them have soft hearts, and love for each other.
Back when this photo was taken, we were living in an area of Felton, CA called Forest Lakes. Felton itself is full of towering redwood trees,
winding roads, and a small community. Hard to imagine that this was also referred to as the murder capital of the world at one time. But that's a story for another day.
Forest Lakes was a small area that basically took over one side of this section of mountain. The "lake" part of the name comes from the fact that every May or June, they dam up the creek. (If it sounds gross, keep in mind that they also treated the water during the summer.) Yes, it was too gross for Shannon, so she seldom wanted to go with us.
Quite often I'd take the boys to the lake and we'd have lunch and wade around in the small area that was cordoned off for the little ones. It can get hot in Felton in the summer even though it's only about 10 miles inland from the ocean. But that water was cold! You had to convince yourself of how "refreshing" it was once you actually got up the nerve to dunk yourself. There was a round platform in the middle of the lake where the older kids, swimming into puberty, usually hung out.
Occasionally, you could feel a fish brush your legs, but mostly there were the tadpoles, polywogs, and eventually frogs. Bizillions of them! Of course, we took some home in a jar to watch their progress. I think we let them go the next day.
These days went by much too fast. I'll cherish those memories just like I do this picture!
Actually, this started off as an ugly, nasty, brown colored chair too.