Monday, June 24, 2013

Diva Challenge: Calgary

This week's Diva Challenge was to do whatever kind of tangle you like but do it in honor of the flood victims in Calgary.  I was glad for the challenge because I have only begun to use tangles in this way.   I've tangled when I'm bored or want to relax and shut off the mind monkeys, but I've haven't  really used them as a meditative or prayer technique until recently.  I think of the process the way I do prayer shawls. When I make them, I knit with intent; sending up prayers and healing thoughts to the shawl recipient. That's what I did with this tangle. I turned off the TV, sat quietly in the kitchen and sent out positive energy to the victims of flooding in Calgary and in our own state of Wisconsin. People that have never experienced flooding before are many feet under water. Homes and belongings are ruined. Roads are buried under mud.  If you find yourself smack dab in the middle of this misery with soggy sneakers, know that many people are thinking of you , rooting for you and caring about you during this difficult time. You will all rise above the roiling waters to a brighter day!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Morning on the Farm

It was a gorgeous, hot, humid morning on the farm this morning. A bit of a breeze riffling through the tall grass made it tolerable. 

Baby the turkey, who normally HATES outside, was even enjoying it this morning

Bob and his new best bud, Mister,talk things over before their next task. 

 The goats and sheep walked through the tall grass to get to the mown golf course part of the pasture and nibbled on the short grass. 

Then deciding that it was too much work for too little reward, they headed back into the meadow where the pickin's were better. 

 Thor faced into the wind and let his eyebrows blow around.
Amy the sheep and Lola Piggita stayed out of the hot sun. They lounged in the cool barn instead. A lady has to keep on top of her complexion you know!

And this little guy paid us a visit, stopping by to munch some of Shimmer the barn cat's kibble and pose for a gratuitous photo op. 
 Unfortunately, it was so humid that my camera lens fogged over and everything came out misty and fuzzy but you get the idea.  Another idyllic morning with the animals!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Catching Up!

So much for my great plan to update more regularly. You know how it goes. Just when you think your life is going to settle and slow down....surprise!  Today's post is just a bunch of randomness that has happened over the last couple of weeks. The first of which is the pantry cabinet that I proudly put together all by myself!  I've learned in the past not to put these things together with anyone else. It leads to disagreements and things being put on backwards etc. Honestly, sometimes there are tears.I'm the best direction-reader-put-ter togetherer at our houes so I took two nights and did it all. It got off to a  slow start as I couldn't figure out why our electric screwdriver wouldn't work. It only took 4 minutes and two complete dismantle-ings to figure out it wasn't plugged in. It was smooth sailing after that. 

Hinges and shelving and doorknobs, oh my!
Here is is finally finished. The biggest accomplishment was picking it upright after it was together. 156#! But I figured after 2 nights and getting all of the rest of it myself, I wasn't going to call for reinforcement now! I am freakishly strong as it turns out. 

Scott and Michael were our first supper guests on Saturday night. They brought these lovely peonies. They are beautiful and smelled so great when I came downstairs early Sunday morning to go to the farm.

The farm continues to be a place of profound joy and solace for me, unless I'm being ruthlessly pursued by Mister-the-Goose.  He lost his mate recently and had been in a funk. It does seem to perk him up to sidle up and take a huge hunk out of me whenever he gets a chance. His bites leave these perfectly round bruises we call 'Goose Hickeys'! They take forever to heal! This one is a week old!
Ben likes to sleep in on Sunday mornings. Farm work is not for him overall, but he is doing a nice job wrangling his snuggle buddy, Froggie, in this picture. He was so sleepy he could barely conjure up a dirty look to give me for taking his picture. 

And always, there has been art and knitting here and there. My friend's son, Alexander, sent me this picture yesterday to show me how he is rocking the socks I made him. 

So that's the skiff off the top of the last week or two's events. What have YOU been up to.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Diva Challenge: What Is A Zentangle?

This week's Diva Challenge was TOUGH! You had to create a 'Zentangle' without using any of the patterns associated with Zentangle.  Basically you had to create new ones sort of.  Anyway, it was rough like I said, as evidenced by this piece.

Here are a couple of 'tv watching' pieces I did that I was much happier with!  It's so much more relaxing to use established patterns. And there are so many great ones!

Just when I think things are going to slow down in my life, they just keep getting busier.  Work is busier due to short staffing. I've been having lunch and dinners with friends, working at the barn and still tinkering on the house in between.  That kind of busy is a good busy to have so no complaints!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Diva Challenge 122: Grid (un)Locked

This week's challenge was a fun one. It was to use grids, which I do a lot anyway so this week's entry was pretty angst free:

I did this week's challenge in my new art journal that is made with tan-toned paper. I think I really like it. It gives things a softer look. I might try and snag a brown pen and see what that looks like next.

No grids in this one! This is unshaded but it was the first piece I did in the new journal. For once I pulled off an 'airy' piece that isn't packed with tangles in every square inch!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Saturday Night: Improv With A Drunk Guy

I started getting the calls early Saturday evening. Waaaayyyy to early to be as drunk as the dialer seemed to be. The first three times I answered the phone, I got some variation of 'Hey Baby...How YOU doin?' from local number I didn't recognize. There was a bit of a lag in between each call so I had waaaaaayyyy to much time to think about things to say. I swear on Colin Firth that this is the actual conversation (leaving out all of the drunken mumbling and a lot of general confusion of course) I had the fourth time I picked up the phone:

CALLER: Hey Baby...whatcha wearing?
ME: Chanel # 5
CALLER: Ooo and nothing else?
ME: Naw I just got out of the bath. It's hard to cover up the skunk and tomato juice smells even with expensive perfume.
CALLER: What color is your hair, Baby.
ME: Oooo! I'm a fiery redhead! When I have hair that is. I recently had to shave my head because of the lice.
CALLER: You got brown eyes?
ME: No, they're blue but it's kinda neat because one points up and to the left so I have a wider range of vision than other people. It's like a superpower!
CALLER: What cup size do you wear?
ME: Double D's but you really can't tell because of the hunchback. I've kind of got a 55 long situation going on.
(long silence)
ME: But most people don't notice.  They see the limp first.
CALLER: What happened Baby?
ME: Oh nothing, I was born with one knee cap on backwards.
CALLER: (interrupting) Do you have long nails? I like girls with long nails.
ME: You know, I've never had them done because I always thought it was too expensive. Do you know if they charge by the hour or by the nail?
CALLER: Errrr, dunno. Why?
ME: 'Cause if it's by the finger, I would get a discount since I am missing three.
(this seemed to blow right by him totally).
CALLER: You got any birthmarks or ink?
ME: Well, I've got a huge mole on my right cheek. I used to be self conscious about it but I got a guy to tattoo Jeff Dunam's 'Peanut' around it. People kind of like it. The hairs coming out of it  looks like that fuzz coming out of Peanut's head.
CALLER: (incredulous for the first time) Really?
ME: Yeah! People kind of like it. Jeff has a lot of fans.
CALLER: Yeah. I like Jeff Dummmammm. (Silence) Do you have a nice smile?
ME: I guess. My teeth, the ones I have anyway, aren't really white.  The chaw kind of stains them. But I love to laugh.
(Looooonnnng silence)
CALLER: So you wanna meet up Baby? You wanna hook up?
ME: When were you thinking?
CALLER: How 'bout tomorrow?
ME: Darn it, I have a podiatrist's appointment tomorrow to get my bunions shaved, but you keep calling around, I'm sure you'll find someone free tomorrow, OK.
CALLER: OK.(Mumble, mumble, mumble)

Then I hung up. I'm not sure why he hasn't called back.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Diva Challenge and The Grub Snuggle Tile

This week's Diva Challenge was to use the pattern 'Birds on a Wire' in a tangle. That's the zigzag with the curl at the top that makes up 90 % of this tile. I love the  pattern but I'm not thrilled with my tile. I couldn't get everything as even as I would have liked to 'cause I was rushing just to get it done, but my rule is to post the first attempt so here it is. 

This is just a tile I did the other night. Bird on a Wire is not in it. I worked on it before bed and when I was done, I looked at it and thought...OMGosh! There are grubs snuggling down the middle of the tile! I totally didn't see it when I was working on it!

Just a short post today to get my challenge entry out. Time is precious this week as I missed life altogether last week, but Ben is having a problem with rabbits so you know there will have to be another post real soon. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Getting back on my feet.

I was feeling enough better to go to the farm this morning for the first time in two weeks. We moved week before last so I wasn't there and then the food poisoning incident last weekend. Two weeks felt like two years.  Especially when you get to see little faces like this one when you go in. This is Michael the baby goat. 

Remember the movie, Gremlins? With those ears doesn't he look for all the world like a Mogwai?
We just have to be careful not to get him wet!

And this is Miss Ellie.  Isn't she the cutest little peanut?  Here she is 'sitting' for a cookie. Over the summer I am going to go to the farm for short periods in the evening to train the minis. We have 5 now, Lilly, Lucy, Ellie, Harley and Lola. Only Lola, Ellie and Lucy will be trained right now. (Harley and Lilly are disabled.) 
They are SO SMART. You use the same tricks and techniques that you do for dogs to get them to come to you, follow you, sit, and 'leave it' . They need someone consistent to come in often and run through their commands with them. It's a rough job full of cuteness and piggy kisses, but someone has to do it!

 On the new home front, there is this adorable face. That's his current best friend, Froggy there with him. 

 There is nothing like an (almost) empty peanut butter jar to help a guy get settled. 
 I had forgotten that we added solar lights to our garden until I looked out the kitchen window and say them twinkling merrily out there on Friday evening. 

There give off a lot of light for such  wee things. Something tells me we will be spending most summer evenings out there. 
 Still not up for real food yet, but I made a skillet supper to use up some broccoli that I was going to use. It smelled wonderful cooking and I had a tiny bite to try it and it was YUM.  Will post the recipe over on my recipe site.
So, slowly but surely getting back on my feet.  Hope you all had a great weekend too!

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