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Happy Memorial Day

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
A big thank you to all of the men and women who have done and do a job I would never undertake. You are brave and wonderful.


Kitty update

Our cat Cleat is like an Iron Horse. She will be on meds for her thyroid, hypertension and heart disease, just like a human, and will be coming home this afternoon. Not sure how much longer we will have with her, but we are glad we could put off the euthanasia decision a little longer.


Our Kitty

When my husband got home last night, our 13 year old cat had a massive nose bleed that could not be controlled. We took her to the vet and then got sent to the Animal Emergency hospital where she spent the night. They are running all sorts of tests. She has hyperthyroidism but, they think she may now have hypertension. They are now running more blood panels and doing an ultrasound. We will find out by noon if they found anything else or if she will be taking two pills a day. Aces.
The worst part about this is the cost. Most of us see our pets as family and we will lay out any amount we can to keep them healthy and happy. This does make me why health insurance companies, who, like all corporations are all about making money, don't include pets under our health care plans. They would make serious bank off most of us pet owners. I mean, there are are people who don't use their health care plans for anything other than yearly physicals. So insurance is not making a ton of money of…

Religion and Jesus Camp

We had the honor of celebrating our friend receiving his Master's Degree in Religion and Religious Studies. He is someone who really should be out there, preaching to the masses and making people more compassionate and understanding. He chooses to be a Catholic, which I respect because I was raised one but no longer practice. We discussed how Catholics are not taught the bible. I can vouch, I went to Catholic school and I could not quote a stitch of scripture if I tried except for Leviticus, but that is another story. We were taught from the Missal and whatever the priest told us. All other faiths could throw Scripture around like nobody's business, not the one I was raised in. Our friend wants to change that and I think he is on to something. You should know the book your faith is based on and be able to understand it. My favorite thing he told us was what one of his professors said. He held up a bible and said, "There is no science and no history in this book." Ame…

Writing and Endangered Places

I have hit the magical number of 70,000+ for my novel. Now, the fine tuning begins. It is almost sad in a way to think I am close to being done with it, of course the next novel is in the works, but I feel like I am sending a child off to school. You will be kept apprised of the query letters and synopsis that go out and all the responses I get. Yay or Nay. The hard part is that you really can only send out one query at a time. Most agents gets back to you within 6 weeks if I recall correctly so it is not awful. Of course I will be on pins and needles every time.

This list in regards to 11 of the Most Endangered Historic Places in the US has been released by National Trust of Historic Preservation. I grew up in Paterson and have been in Hinchcliffe Stadium. Hinchliffe Stadium, one of only three remaining Negro League stadiums in the country, stands vacant and dilapidated. It is a shame because it was an awesome place. The sad thing is Paterson has been struggling like Newark, Camden, …


This weekend, the hubby and I did a lot of major yard work. Between the two of us we ripped up our shoddy front walkway, moved the old mulch and relocated some plants. Went and bought the vegetable plants to put in the vegetable garden, I also put in some Hollyhock, daisy and sunflower seeds since it is fenced in and the evil deer will be unable to get them, I hope. Laid down sod, potted some of the herbs and dug up a mound of weeds to place some deer resistant herbs there as well. My husband looked at me and said, "Now I understand where the term "Country Strong" comes from." I agree.

We did get a quote for having a professional pathway put in going from the driveway to the front door as opposed to how it was from the street to the door. Let's just say it was not cheap. So, we will wait on that for a tad. Which is fine. Houses take time and money and we have time, just not money, but so what? I am not looking to be in House Beautiful anytime soon so no worries…

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

I have made a painting for our living room where I sewed a dress onto a canvas. Now I need pages from a decadent book, get them on there and the piece will be complete. I will take a picture once it is done to share. It was a lot of fun to do and if I knew I could make money selling them, I would do more.

We have decided to forgo a built in bookcase in the living room. While I love the whole idea of some accent piece in the living room,I would rather it be the books and art work, not the bookcase/media center that would be holding it. So now we are looking at furniture similar to this console from Ballard Design. Just at a much better price.

This display from the blog Chic Provence makes me want to grow wisteria for the rest of my life and only dine under a fabulous pergola.

Theresa Burger, I love, love, love your resin rings.

Ahhh, one of my favorite all time songs by Dead Can Dance called Indus. It is sublime.

As a former jewelry designer who knew how to work as a metalsmith and with wa…

Anthony Bourdain, the man who eats everything

My husband and I have been watching the very interesting show, on Netflix of course,
Anthony Bourdain:No Reservations.
The funniest thing about us loving this show is that he loathes, and I mean loathes, vegetarians. This a lifestyle my husband and I adhere to. We are what is called Pesco-Vegetarian, meaning we eat fish, but no pork, chicken or beef.
Perhaps what I find most interesting is his reason for disliking me and others like that lead a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. "Bourdain is also known for sarcastic comments about people who are vegan or vegetarian, feeling that their lifestyle is rude to those who inhabit the many countries he visits. Bourdain has said he considers vegetarianism a "first world luxury.""
Considering India is a huge vegetarian population I don't think of it is a "first world luxury", it is a lifestyle. Millions of Hindus and Seventh Day Adventists are vegetarians on a religious basis. Also, due to it being a choice in America,…


When I took the train into NYC for the Martha Stewart Show I was fascinated that I got to glimpse numerous backyards from my comfortable seat on the train. This got me thinking, what if backyards were metaphors for people's lives? The tidy backyard could mean a control freak, the messy backyard, a busy mind.
What if these backyards showed us the inside of a person? Does the well maintained lawn and garden show pride of place or is it a need to emulate the pages of a magazine or HGTV? Could it be that someone loves nature and Mother Earth so much that nurturing the land brings ecstasy? All things are possible and there is much to be considered here.
A neglected yard could signal depression or in truth, the person just does not care. A backyard strewn with toys and swings shows children at play, but does it also show a property whose sole purpose to entertain? What about those yards with fire pits and built in grills? Extravagant? Not if you use it.
The USA has the most grass, read: s…

Yes, I am an artist why?

Speaking with an artist friend today, we discussed how most people seem to not understand the creative process. If you tell someone you are painting, sculpting, writing, etc. the immediate response is what are you making? How much will you get paid? And all the other expected questions when people are not sure how to peg artists into the every day work force.
Not everyone who writes is a John Grisham nor do they want to be. Painters are not all longing to be Picasso or Goya. Some of us need to create or we will fold up on ourselves and die. Those of us who become lucky enough to make money doing what we love is a bonus.
We also discussed how some people no longer appreciate that at one time, being a chef was an art form as well. You don't need an abbreviated way to cook, yes Rachael Ray I mean you, when many cultures have quickmeals they can whip up. Fashion falls under the same realm. Anyone can be a designer if you have backing and "line builders", people who do the actu…