Monday, August 27, 2007
"Your children are not your children, they are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but are not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you." Kahlil Gibran
Art is life and life is art. Offspring may be the greatest art, but they are also like art. They flow through life in some force that we really don't understand. Like art they require love and work. James and Jess will know more of this in the days ahead.
P.S. James and I have been using our freetime in creative pursuits, he with painting in the studio and I with sketchbook at the kitchen table. Birth must be inspiring beyond what we realize. Look to the skies tonight as Mars will be the closest to Earth in some time and in NYC they are predicting a lunar eclipse at 4:51 AM. Hmmm. I suppose one could be awake for that!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
If you want an experience that will top all others in your life, experience the birth of a child from the sidelines! Wow! Little Babe is doing wonderfully and happy to be in her own environment. Mom is sooo patient and knowledgeable! Lots different from when I was a new mom, but let's not go there. In true Brooklyn style, there is a "block party" today. We will go out on the stoop for a little, but not long. It is supposed to be a hot one today, after many days of unseasonable weather, 70's and low 80's.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Just for fun, I sometimes find great memes on other blogs and copy them, this one is from "My Utopia" who got it from "Splender", see how they get around? You can find more at http://thedailymeme.com/
from the American Heritage Dictionary
meme - n - a unit of cultural information such as a cultural practice or idea that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.
You can copy this into an email and play the following game of tag with it. Send it to 5 - 10 people, they'll enjoy reading your responses, ask them to delete your answers and fill in their own answers then send you a copy with their 5 - 10 others. It's fun, especially if you are like me, you run out of stuff to write about from time to time. Here goes...
Hi, my name is: Patrice
But you can call me: Pattie
Never in my life have I: been "bungee jumping"
The one person who can drive me nuts is: Just one?
My high school is: Still there and goin strong.
When I'm nervous: I start coughing
The last song I listened to was: "The Other Side", David Gray
If I were to get married right now who would it be: a polygamist, I'm already married.
My hair is: very short and going gray
When I was 4: My parents had just bought their first house in Englewood, I was about to become a big sister.
Last Christmas: Was celebrated at my mom and dad's house in Shawnee.
I should be: taking my shower and getting ready to get help fix the ceiling fan that doesn't quite work perfectly yet.
When I look down I see: Two "wiener dogs" sleeping on their "pluffies".
The happiest recent event was: When we finished painting and installed awnings on one side of our house.
If I were a character on 'Friends' I'd be: Phoebe (I like to be goofy)
By this time next year: I hope to be out in the studio - more!!
My current gripe is: Why aren't there more dentists in No. Central Kansas.
I have a hard time understanding: why businesses in the nearby town have 2 - 3 employees and close for the lunch hour, and some are different, some are 12 - 1 and some are 12:30 - 1:30. I guess that is "agricultural" norm!
If I won an award, the first person I would tell would be: My husband
I want to buy: a new notebook computer
If you were to visit my birthplace, you would be: in Richmond, Ca.
Where do you plan to visit: Brooklyn, in 6 days!
If you spent the night at my house: be aware that you would be awakened when the dogs get up for breakfast (around 7:00, give or take, it's a very small house)
The world could do without: WAR
Most recent thing I've bought myself: night phlox seeds
Most recent thing someone else bought me: lunch
My middle name is: Patrice
In the morning I: like to eat full blown breakfast; eggs, bacon, toast
Once, at a club: I "held" a pool table with a girlfriend for about 2 hours, against the "men" players.
Last night I was: watching "Days of Our Lives" (Tivo'd)- trying to catch up!
There's this girl/woman I know who: just found a new home for her dog (which she loved so much, but didn't have time for)
If I was an animal I'd be a: hawk
A better name for me would be: ha! Dusty
Tomorrow I am: hoping it cools down a little, so I can work outside, if not, I am going to clean house.
Tonight I am: either on the computer, reading a book or watching a movie
My birthday is: one of my favorite days of the year.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Remember what the west side of the house used to look like, especially since the tornado and hail storms...well, it has a new look as of today. It has taken us two days to do 1/4 of the house, an easy side, not a lot of "lofty" work, but working around the rain.
New coat of paint, new roof (of course) and new window awnings. See the comparison, wow!
New look at left...after hailstorm at bottom, bye bye yellow house!
Now I am hyper-aware of them, I am afraid they can't stay around the house, if I see one, it will have to go away. I picked up one the other day, which they say could be dangerous and I thought he had peed in my hand, but guess that was the gland thing also, I knew to wash my hands afterward...and not touch my face.
The skink is harmless. They will lose their tails if you catch them that way. I have no purpose to catch this one, unless he got into the studio today while we were installing the awnings and had the door open.
By the way, haven't seen the SKUNK since we got back from Colorado. I think our neighbor may have intervened.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
"Don't forget to have your pets spayed or neutered." Well, we finally did. You know, it wasn't laziness, it was at the most"macho" ideals...maybe we will "stud" one out, cause he is such a neat dog...but it never happened (and besides that one has seizures, perhaps a product of inbreeding, which I did notice on his pedigree certificate). This non- neutering caused the problem that we had with all the dogs, "dominance issues". It won't be resolved with the deed done today, but it will be lessened. We took our two dachshunds in to be neutered today. We will pick them up in the morning, after they get their "sea legs back again". Herman is 6 and Chaco is 4. Chaco had his teeth cleaned also..just as humans, some are born with more hygiene issues than others, he has "bad breath" and his teeth are quite brown in color. It ends up taking a toll on an organ or with health in general, just as in humans. We are hoping that the alpha response will cease to be a problem, over time, and that we will have less likelihood of aging dog problems with regards to abnormal growths in their testicles. Worrying about them "getting" to a female dog, has never been a problem. I am looking forward to happier times for them all.
PS, we used our outdoor "chimes" and some flashy/spinners in the garden of corn, hopefully the deer aren't big fans of windchimes. If so, we may have created a "monster"!