Friday, September 4, 2015

Dog Days of September?


Looking towards the gate. Jake, Rylee and Libby
We have been going to the dog park later in the day. More shade is available after 5 on the one side. So my two, Frick and Frack, like to lie in the cool grass and watch for activity. Not that they'll do anything about it. They just watch.

I took the second photo because it is indicative of the relationship between Rylee, who is 7, and the pup Libby, who is around 5 months. Libby is fearless if she has her big sister at her side. Rylee tolerates the little girl because her mom and dad said she has to. But they do play, and Rylee displayed a definite protective side when Jake (the only male, and sometimes idiot) growled at Libby. Rylee didn't get up, but she did raise her lip and give Jake "the look". I laughed so hard I snorted. Jake is not the bravest dog. It's all bravado.

The temperature has been climbing into the low 90's every day for a week, and is going to continue for at least another 8 days. Going to restrict our outdoor activity. Just too freaking hot.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011

The small maple tree to the right is the one now in the backyard
I took the photos of Jake the first morning we woke up together. So this is just hours before he went into the vet's office to be neutered. I remember fussing over him, feeling so very, very guilty that the poor baby just came to live with us and had to spend the day having his balls cut off. He was so small, but oh, that personality was already emerging.

Bonus photo that I found in that folder has the maple tree. It had to be shortly after this was taken that I dug the tree up and transplanted it in the backyard.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wizard World Comic Con

You had to wear this at all times, except could remove it for the photo
Entire photo

I cropped it in my phone to send to a few people
I may have mentioned a time or two before that I have turned into a geeky nerd with age. I call it growth. Others may call it dementia or senility. Potato, Pototo, whatever.

Last February, on Valentines Day, I saw an announcement from Wizard World that the 2015 Comic Con in Chicago was going to have Nathan Fillion as a guest. Chicago is my hometown, I know my way around kind of, and this was just too damn enticing to pass up. I debated for a few hours, then ordered a VIP pass. This pass entitled me to enter the Con for all four days in was there, but on Saturday I would be issued coupons that I could redeem for a) a photo with Nathan, and b) an autograph. I would also have priority in seating for the Q&A panel in the afternoon. More on that later.

I also immediately booked a hotel, The Westin, for two nights. I knew the hotels around the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont would fill up fast, and they did. I heard, while standing in the line to enter early, that the going rate for Saturday night was $450. I paid $125.

As the time drew near, my friend Pat began to bug me on what I was going to wear to meet my idol. I had ordered that red t-shirt off of Amazon, and it was super big, more so than I anticipated. I had rejected the idea, but Pat convinced me to wear it like a tunic with skinny jeans, and it would be just fine. So, so very glad I did. Nathan notices when fans wear t-shirts or sweatshirts with his image on them, or anything referring to the shows he has performed in. He complimented me twice on the shirt. For those of you who are not geeks or nerds, that is his photo on the front from Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog.  It was a web series he did in 2008 with Joss Whedon, Felicia Day, and Neal Patrick Harris. AND it's a musical. If you are interested, go to YouTube and watch a bit.

I had no idea that going to a Con was basically standing in line to get whatever your pass allowed. On cement. We started in the autograph line around 10:15 for the 11:00 session, and I was about number 60. Went directly from that upstairs to the photo line around 11:45, and got out of that about 12:45. I had already stood in a long line of other VIP pass holders for early entrance at 9:30. Happy I did that, which allowed me to shop without the larger crowds.

By the end of the photo shoot, I had grown wiser. Went directly to the area for the 3:00 panel, outside of a large conference room that seats about 2,000. Two screens had been set up in the front, because the panel is filmed and projected so that everyone can see. The panel at 2:15 was Burt Reynolds. (yeah, I don't know why he was there either). We were told that if we wanted to attend that, for free, we could sit between rows 4 and 14. Rows 1 to 3 were reserved for Burt Reynolds VIP pass holders. I landed in row 5, on the aisle. A very nice young lady from San Diego sat down next to me, also wearing a Nathan pass. "What's the plan?" she asked. Yep, it's that kind of gathering. Told her that as soon as Burt was done, I was diving for the front row. She was with me. We were cool.

Unfortunately, we weren't the only ones with that plan, but we did make it to the second row, right in front of one of the big screens. Very good seats. The panel was Nathan, Adam Baldwin, and Summer Glau, all from Firefly. I was in heaven.

Would I do this again? Probably. I was sore, exhausted, and sitting in my hotel room by 5:30 Saturday. Totally done. But I am still on the high of meeting Nathan, and loved every minute. I was in pain, a lot, but the end result made it all worth while.

And just in case you do watch Castle, he is not only ruggedly handsome, but better looking in person than he is on television. Don't know how he does that, but yeah. Sigh.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 21, 2015

alisaburke: mandala baby body suits

alisaburke: mandala baby body suits: When my friends over at iLoveToCreate  asked if I would decorate some baby body suits with their Tulip Fabric Markers , I couldn't ...

The Tulip Fabric markers are a new product. And this looks super easy and fun. You could trace an image from a coloring book page onto the body suit. Soooo many possibilities. Thanks to Alisa Burke. I am definitely going to try this!

Have a great weekend. Leaving for Comic Con. Yes, I am nuts. Why do you ask?


Thursday, August 20, 2015


 This has been a long, convoluted week. My brain is fried, and I hate that feeling. I needed to be reminded that a) I was once skinny, and b)life does indeed go on.

The first photo is me, my husband, Ken, and my youngest stepson, David. This was taken February 28, 1981 at our wedding. David was 17. My stepdaughter, Tammie would have been 18, and the oldest, Ken, would have also been 18. His birthday is the end of March, when he turned 19. Imagine being 33 years old, never married, and marrying a man with 3 teenagers, 10 months apart in age.

Why yes, I am crazy. Why do you ask?

The center photo is from May of 1969. I think. I am sure of the month, not the year. My friend, Sandy was married and I was one of three bridesmaids for the ceremony. Fun fact: I didn't like the groom, didn't like him when we all went to high school together, and sadly I was right. They have been divorced for many years. My parents didn't attend the wedding reception because my dad was recuperating from his first heart attack. So when I arrived at home afterwards, he insisted on taking that photo of me. I hated the dress. Looks like I'm pregnant. Wonder how I got my hair not to be all curly? Hmmm.

If I look drunk in my wedding photos, it's because I was on valium. One must do something to get through a wedding when it is your own. I so did NOT want the big party. But he did, so I gave in. Just give me my valium, and away we went. Haven't had that drug in decades. Sounds good right about now.

Have a great weekend. I will. I am going to Wizard World Comic Con to look at Nathan Fillion. Oh, yeah. A really fine weekend.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Having a Bad Day?

Mom is grouchy this morning

I got yelled at.
Because we live in Indiana (motto Wander Indiana and go nowhere), it is dark in the mornings until after 7a.m. This part of the state (motto Why should we care what anyone else thinks?) is in the eastern time zone.

I woke up at 5:30a.m., and let the dogs out. Correction. Gracie had to go out, Jake was yawning, cleaning his paws. He said no, he wanted to eat first. I buy these 30 pound bags of dog food because it is slightly more economical, and keep the bag in the utility room. Entered said room with the dog dishes, and look! There is water on the floor, did I spill something? Hell, no. The hot water heater is leaking.


Threw some towels down to mop up, and tried to turn the shut off water valve. Yeah, no, that is not happening. Not in this universe. Why do they make shut off valves that won't shut off? Plan B: grab the cell phone to call my home warranty people, and start the process of someone coming to the house to fix this mess. Why look! Samsung chose last night to send a gazillion updates to my S6. As soon as I swiped the phone to turn it on, the message appeared to install. And the phone was frozen with update mode for the next hour.


Not that it would have mattered, because hey! The home warranty people won't pay off an "off hours" call to the plumbing people, who are aptly named Affordable Solutions. So you have a little water in the house. So what?

It is now 6:41a.m. I have called the home warranty lady. I have thrown the breaker for the electric to the hot water heater. And I have a pile of sopping wet towels sitting on the utility room floor. The dogs are not speaking to me because I yelled at them. Gracie decided to pick THIS morning to go out in the complete darkness (skies are overcast) to bark her head off. Not wanting the police to arrive and yell at me (has happened before, folks. Yes, indeed), I went out to get her with a leash. Stepped in dog poop. But that's okay, because basically that is how the day is going. Dog poop.

Too bad I don't drink.

Monday, August 17, 2015

alisaburke: marbled acrylic painting

alisaburke: marbled acrylic painting: One of my most popular posts of all time is my spray paint marbling tutorial back from 2014. I've received all kinds of question...

THIS looks like way too much fun, and I have to try it ASAP! My only concern would be, if I put plastic on the floor, how to keep certain dogs paws out of the paint. So on a table top it will be. Just saying....

Enjoy your day.