Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Nauvoo, IL pumpkin walk

pics by phone. I am sorry!

Look at the center pumpkin. Wow!

It's been awhile, I know. I suddenly got back into the mood of blogging. Go figure. Had a little vacation last week, along the western state line of Illinois. Kind of wove back and forth over the Mississippi river into Iowa a few times, not all of it intentional.

This trip started out by me picking up Pat and heading to Galena, IL. If you have never been there, it is a quaint little town full of history, surrounded by some very nice country scenery. Most of that scenery is in the form of hills, and can scare the crap out of you, but still a good time. We then headed south along the river towards Nauvoo, IL. This is south of the Quad cities.

So. Let us discuss Mapquest and GPS. You would think that using both of these services would afford you the fastest, shortest route from point A to point B. That's what I thought. Turned out I was wrong. I had printed out all of the directions on Mapquest, and realized the evening before we left Galena that hey!, Mapquest would take us miles away from the river and drop us down in a straight line from the Quad Cities to the general area of Nauvoo. Screw that. So we used GPS off of Pat's Verizon phone. What a vast improvement. It took us miles away from the river, after crossing us into Iowa, and dropped us south towards Nauvoo, then crossed us back over the river.

Did I mention that Pat is afraid of bridges over water? Because she was focused on the directions at this point, I kind of didn't tell her we were going over water until we were actually on the bridge. Not a happy camper, and a tad pissed off at GPS.

Nauvoo, IL. was the second settlement of the Church of the Latter Day Saints - Mormons. This is the general location of Joseph Smith being charged with something (locals were unclear on details), and assassinated by an angry mob. Brigham Young then lead the Saints to Salt Lake City, Utah. There is a Temple, but visitors are not allowed inside except for a short time in the summer.  The town itself is  beautiful, and the "old town Nauvoo" has been preserved. We toured that by car and on foot. More pics to come. On the Saturday before Halloween, the town has the annual pumpkin walk, and the main street is lined with hundreds of pumpkins carved by the residents. At dusk they are all lite.

We had a great time, but following the "Great River Road", either on the Iowa or Illinois side is deceiving. There is not a great length of road where you actually see the Mississippi, except from Nauvoo south to Lock No. 19. That is a 12 mile stretch that is gorgeous.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Where there's a will, there is a way

Melissa and Dega, visiting

Beautiful tulip on one of our walks
I figured out a way to access my photos in a round-about manner. Works for me, until Apple and Adobe have a meeting of the minds, and fix THEIR glitch.

The above photos were taken with my phone. Melissa and I have a play date a week with the dogs. Dega makes himself completely at home at my house, which is just fine. He looked so damn cute, resting his head on the chair arm I just had to snap a pic. Sorry for the glare coming in the living room window. It is what it is. The tulips were blooming at Avon Town Hall Park, at the end of one of the trails. As we emerged from the wooded areas, the pop of color just caught my eye last week. Just shouts SPRING, doesn't it?

Have yourselves a wonderful Monday.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Hibiscus from 2010

To make a very long story short, I am screwed.

About a month ago I downloaded a new operating system for my Mac. It is working beautifully. Faster. However, and this is a HUGE however, there is some glitch between Apple's new code for the Mac, and Adobe's code for their products. Adobe is the company that gives you Adobe reader and flash player for free. As far as this novice can tell, those are working. What is not working properly is my 5 year old version of Adobe Bridge, which came with Adobe Photoshop Elements.

I now have to do 2 steps to access my photos that are stored in Bridge. That is not a big deal. What is a big deal is the fact that if I create a new folder for new photos, it doesn't appear in Bridge at all. Finding an answer to this problem at the Adobe site is just not possible. Contacting them? Yeah. That became a tricky, slippery slope as well.

Once I find out if I can transfer all of my photographs on this computer to new software, I will make a purchase. Should not be a problem, but there are never any guarantees with the digital world, are there?

The above photos are of my pink hibiscus out front. I took these in 2010. It doesn't appear they made it through the second worse winter in Indianapolis history. Makes me sad. I also lost 3 5 year old hosta plants. Something dug up the roots this winter to eat, and they are gone. One was a Blue Hosta, and last year was magnificent. I will miss that odd color a bunch.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a better day.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some thought

I have had a problem since downloading an update to Adobe Flash Player. Too late, I discovered that not all Adobe updates are compatible with the new OS system for the Mac. Sigh. It never ends. Posting photos from my older version of Adobe Bridge is now very iffy.

But I found this little gem on another blog this morning, and really wanted to share. The 30 points the authors write are spot on, and the photographs are beautiful.

Have a happy Thursday. The article is here.


Friday, April 11, 2014

A Few Things Friday

What do a 2 year old and a 3 year old do at great-grandma's? Why jump on the bed and look in the mirror!

A large 11x14 canvas with base layers

Done, I think. Not sure.

Close up. His eyes are scrap booking brads.

New technique that takes the stress out of stamping letters

Mr. Jake. His normal morning routine of returning to bed.
I completely forgot that I had pics of the little ones on my little camera. Snapped the shot of them jumping to try and capture the pure joy. It wasn't until the last night here that they realized if they stood on the king size bed, they could see themselves in the mirror on my dresser. I gave the kids my bedroom. Just easier that way.

Normally on mixed media canvases, I start out with various papers adhered with Mod Podge. I wanted to challenge myself, get out of the rut, so I put a layer of gesso (primer) on a canvas, then after that dried started just throwing down acrylic paints, inks, and alcohol inks. Did some stenciling with paint, added a few stamps, then looked at it for a few days before deciding I wanted an owl on this canvas.

This was a canvas I did last May. It's in the May 16, 2013 post. I had a blast doing this, and had so many complements on it. Then, in the last 2 weeks that Allyscraps was open, someone stole this canvas. Cathy and I were so careful, but when you are at the register ringing over 50 to 100 items, it is very difficult to watch what someone might be doing in the store. Shit happens. We didn't realize it was gone until after the store was closed for good, and I hauled all my stuff into the studio. Strong suspicion about who took it. My attitude is that she has to live with herself, right?

Anyhoo, I wanted another owl. And I like my new owl a tad more than the first one. Maybe. Now I don't know.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, March 31, 2014

alisaburke: moveable walls

alisaburke: moveable walls: My creative business is growing and evolving which means my creative space has been overdue for some changes.  My dream for the studio ha...

Alisa Burke is one super talented woman. She runs her business from her home, and this post on her blog about making their own moveable walls is inspiring. Thought I'd share it with you. Just love what she did, and the entire idea. Unfortunately, I don't have a large space where this would work.

However. Grin. There is always a "however". I am now thinking that painting a wall in my own studio in patterns/flowers would be so very cool. I have been wanting to redesign how I use the space. Hmmmmmmm!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

In my memories...

Tomorrow, March 31st, the the third anniversary of Sarge's death. He was killed by a car at 7:30 in the morning, in the dark.

He was a beautiful dog. Fur so thick you could hardly find his skin, and the only dog I ever paid for professional grooming. I just could not get thru all that fur. From the day he disappeared, March 15th, to the day I received the call of the accident, Gracie and I searched. And Gracie mourned, constantly standing at the end of the hallway, barking. She would call for Sarge to come out of the bedroom for weeks.

People who don't own dogs, or are not animal lovers don't understand our commitment to our furry kids. How, in your heart, you pledge to take care of them forever. Sarge was a rescue, and I failed him. Whomever lured him out of the backyard did so because the gates were not locked. Locks went on the day he disappeared, but that was putting the proverbial horse before the cart.

Jake is now the man of the house, and the alpha role dog. Gracie gave that up less than a year after Jake entered our home. But Sarge is still in my thoughts. And I hope he is running over the Rainbow Bridge with all the other dogs that passed, at peace.