Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Short Break


I have a lot to accomplish in the coming week so starting tomorrow I will be off-line. I will miss you and will have alot of catching up to do when I get back. So as my father always used to say "Behave". xo

Oops...I was tagged again.

I am very honored to be tagged for the "Thinking Blogger Award" by Shrink Wrapped Scream. (The title alone should tell you how entertaining Carol is.) Wow. Is there some mistake here? I'm sure that's what everyone else is saying too. Shrink-wrapped scream was tagged for this award (and rightly so) and she in turn had to tag five people for the same. So guess what everyone....

I need to tag and link 5 other blogs that make me think....(well this task is making me think thats for sure). I have to say that all the blogs I've linked to make me think which is why I link. All my political blogfriends not only make me think but they teach me so much. I am not anywhere near as politically smart as any of them as my participation or comments (or lack thereof) so pitifully displays.

Okay so back to the task....

I must start with Mark Minnick's blog The Follow Spot. He brought me into blogging w/an interview of my sister. I had so much FUN reading his blog that I started my own. He has a unique way of looking at things and wether you are interested in theatre or not you can't help laughing at his posts.

Next I have to say Godsylla. There is nothing that Alice doesn't know. Everytime I go I learn something new OR I have a great time. She absolutely won my heart w/ Bodyslices. Very cool stuff over there. I want to be her neighbor.

Coffee Messiah always has something new to turn you on to. Good tunes to download which I appreciate v.much AND he's got the ultra cool peace Chucks.

Ramblings From the Outside of Nowhere is my next pick because she is so down to earth, real and caring. I like to ramble with her.

I could do this all day and tell you what I like about everyone in my sidebar. I am sorry that I can only list 5. There is one I can't end the list without mentioning and I doubt he will care to be tagged but he's a grown man and can (and does) do as he pleases. The Future Was Yesterday. He tells it like it is and can tell a story like no other. He can be onry (ha) but he has a heart of gold. He's just the best.

So to those I didn't tag I would tag you all. I really would. But you may well be happy that I didn't. There are some more rules. To those I did tag...good news! I won't be available to blog all next week so I will never know if you didn't follow-up.(Who are we kidding. I will be peeking. But do as you will my feelings won't be hurt.) So here are the additional rules:

1 People should only respond to this if they are tagged.

2 Those who have been tagged, should now list five blogs that they themselves find makes them think, as well as also including a link to this post, so that people can easily find the origin of this award.

(Hope I didn't mess that part up. Being the thinker that I am I am slightly confused. I'm sure its a fairly simple task though.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A new picture.



Don't know what he's doing but there's a smile on his face.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Meme

I have been tagged by La Bellinamammina. She is interested to know more about me. How flattering.


1. What is your occupation? Artist
2. What colour are your socks right now? Not wearing any.
3. What are you listening to right now? The sounds of morning. Mostly birds.
4. What was the last thing that you ate? A chicken taco.
5. Can you drive a stick shift? YES
6. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? Purple
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My daughter Taylor
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Of course!
9. How old are you today? 44
10. Favourite drink? I drink water ALL the time but I love a cosmo on the weekend.
11. What is your favourite sport to watch? Only the ones my son plays which right now is lacrosse. Although I do enjoy watching professional swimming and diving.
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? Please...
13. Pets? No longer.
14. Favourite food? Oh I love it all. I really do.
15. What was the last movie you watched? The Science of Sleep.
16. What was the last book you read? A Confederacy of Dunces
17. What do you do to vent anger? Yell.
18. What was your favourite toy as a child? A baby doll named Manicotti which my mother had recently made (manicotti that is) when I received the doll thus the name. It was good.(Again I mean the manicotti was good. I mean the doll was too but...)
19. What is your favourite, fall or spring? Spring
20. Hugs or kisses? Both please.
21. Cherries or blueberries? Cherries
22. Do you want your friends to leave you comments? Yes, pleaseā€¦
23. Who is the most likely to comment? BlogFriends
24. Who is least likely to comment? Dont know
25. Living arrangements? Little house.
26. When was the last time you cried? The other night. Tired.
27. What's on the floor of your closet? Shoes
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest? John.
29. What did you do last night? Watched Sopranos with John.
30. Favourite smells? The ocean, John and walking into the house to the smells of food cooking.
31. What inspires you? Anything can.
32. What are you afraid of? Hurt coming to my children.
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Spicy
34. Favourite dog breed? Weimeraner
35. Number of keys on your key ring? 10
36. Number of years at current job? I've been working in mosaics a while but on my own just this last year.
37. Favourite day of the week? Friday.
38. How many states/countries have you lived in? One country, 2 states. Boring me.
39. Favourite holidays? ANY!
40. Ever driven a Motorcycle or heavy machinery? Nope.

Now I should tag 5 people. But I will let you tell me about yourself only if you like. I am curious about all of you. Really.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The sink and mirror

I still can't show you a picture of it all together but here is the mirror with the vanity top AND the sink. Sink and vanity top sit on the cabinetmakers work.







Let's hope this brings more work.

As I was leaving OC after dropping off the mirror today I hit the draw bridge as it was going up (typical) to let boat traffic through. But since it was SUCH a fabulous day I didn't mind sitting there.



But there was nothing really to look at...



I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather we had today where you are.

Posted

As John and I were strolling around the little town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware last night we discovered a new little shop that was full of tin signs. We found one we couldn't resist though it was one of the few that wasn't tin. We posted it in a small room off the kitchen that we call the pantry.



We store food and drinking supplies in this room and thought the sign would reach the target audience in this spot.



John and I think it is just the funniest! Yet its garnered no laughs from the children to date.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The discussion continues...



Go on over to my friend
Deuddersun's blog for more on this subject.

He says in part:
"Conscience is for us, here at home. They cannot afford one on the battlefield. So if your conscience is bothering you, do your part and sheath the sword."

Check it out.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Getting this off my chest...

Too often I hear that the American Soldiers chose to fight this war. Sometimes this is in the instance of making the point that the Iraqi's didn't choose it. That they are losing their lives not by choice. Make no mistake I think all the loss of life during this or any war is tragic. Not just American. It is all unjust. Sometimes the statement is made because of the persons politics and they are defending their party.

I wish I lived in the perfect world that these people do. I wish that at 18,19 or 20 years of age we were informed enough to make the best decisions. I wish that at that age they had figured out who they were and what the world was about. Maybe there are a few who have. I wish they weren't naive enough to believe that their government wouldn't lie to them. I wish that they served a government that honored their service and respected them. I wish the military recruiters would be honest with the young people they enlist. They are sold an idea, they make a decision and go with it.

Am I the only one who regrets more than a few decisions made at that age? I wish at that age that I had seen the limitless possibilities and choices that lay at my feet. I didn't. Was I so different from others. I'm 44 and just started figuring out that I'm not invincible. I only recently got a hold on who I am. I hope someday that every choice I make is the correct one.

I just don't think things are that black and white. In the end all these humans on all sides are just pawns of warmongers. I honor them all. Peace.

The Warrior Was a Child

By Marty Webster

They don't know that I go running home when I fall down
They don't know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and look up for a smile
'Cause deep inside this armor
The warrior is a child


A Soldier poem
By Doug Soderstrom



Not a sacred warrior,
Nor with a bayonet blessed by God,

Not even a human being,
Just a simple peasant ... a surrogate,
A sacrificial lamb, a frightened child,
Chosen by the rich to be an instrument of war,

A cold-blooded, battle-trained beast,
A mindless savage ordered to kill,

A molded piece of steel, an object ... a gear,
A very small cog in a far-reaching engine of death,
An insignificant fleck in the overall fabric of life,

A negligible notch on the handle of an enemy's gun,
A mere afterthought for those who extol the wonders of war,
An unkempt grunt,
A lonely, gutted, blood-spattered corpse lying on the ground,
Something like the trivial crush of dead dog on a lonely country road,
Dead meat ... with a tin tag,

A sacred breath of life having been stripped from its mother's womb,
A father's pride ... his very best friend,
Someone whose name is Abdul, Mohammed, Ishmael, Ibrahim, or Hassan,
Or then again ... perhaps even Mike, John, Eddy, Ben, or Bill,
A world diminished by the loss of another precious child!



Doug Soderstrom

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The End

from Dizzy
THIS

Grouted

Sink and mirror coming soon...

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The worst picture. My worst nightmare. End the War Now Please!

On my daily blog cruise I found THIS TRAGEDY by way of DEUDDERSUN. It hits way too close to home. Have you had enough yet? I don't need anymore of a prompt to blog for peace than that. Unfortunately it's not the first post of it's kind.

What I'm working on now...

Vanity top.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Blogging for Peace

I didn't have the heart for this weeks Tuesday Topic for One Million Blogs for Peace. It was find and post a photo of the Iraq war. If it takes a picture to change your mind about the war...and you haven't seen the one yet to do it then you just aren't paying attention. Feel free to google the subject.
Peace.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Holiday Weekend

I made my families traditional Easter lasagna this weekend. Johnny was away on a surfing trip this year so I didn't have his help w/the LONG noodles. I didn't put the meat in it this year. I made some meatballs and chicken Marsala also. At one point I stopped and looked around at the huge mess I was making and decided that I would share it with you.

Other than the fact that I was missing both my sons I did enjoy a nice QUIET weekend with my family.

The next time you see my kitchen back splash it WILL be mosaic-ed.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Hold up...

Sometimes I can't think about this war or the state of our country another minute. What more can possibly be said or read?



A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a movie I saw this week and thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the style of it and the soundtrack was awesome. Great cast.

Here are two great links shared with me by Hayden.

The first is a great place to visit to get your mind off everything. Cold Water Images.

The second is a soldiers blog who does some fine writing. The Calm Before the Sand.
Thank you Hayden for those great links.

I guess my quest for comfort was screaming out last night when I made dinner. I NEVER make macaroni and cheese but while perusing a magazine I saw a recipe for it that was calling my name. It had 4 different kinds of cheese. Pepper jack, Fontina, aged cheddar (the good stuff) and mozzarella. And lots of it. I felt guilty grating all that cheese. Really. But it was superb and my family loved it. I hope I don't make it again.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Blogging for Peace.


Try to imagine yourself as a lifelong Iraqi citizen.
What do you think would motivate you?
How do you think your life would change if foreign combatants left the country?
How do you think you would feel about the United States and other occupying countries?

It's hard to imagine myself as a lifelong citizen of Iraq because it is so far from my world, my culture and everything I have ever experience or believe. But as a human who is a mother I can imagine that my goals would revolve around my children and giving them a good life. Food, shelter, PEACE. A feeling of security. I would like to think I would want this so much that I would stand up against things that I felt were wrong.

It is also hard for me to imagine life in a country occupied by foreign combatants. I am sure my only concern would again be for my families safety. I would only hope for peace in my country. I would be angry at anyone who was causing all the bloodshed and would want them to leave. I am sure it would be an unbearable situation. It is an unbearable situation.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

A Shower. A Mailbox. Some Sisters. A Harbor.

I went to a wedding shower of a friends daughter Saturday afternoon. A friend I hadn't seen in a while. It was on the 22nd floor of an oceanfront building. Spectacular view. I could definitely look at that everyday. My daughter and I gave a combined gift of a bunch of kitchen items and I made a mosaic mailbox at Taylor and Johns suggestion. I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack right before my gift was opened. I felt much better about the kitchen stuff. But to have something you made put out before a room of people. It was a terrible feeling for me. Everyone loved it though and I gave out every card I had. I am terrible at this stuff.








After the shower my friend and her sisters asked me to go paint the town with them. I said what the hell and we did...
Started on the bay and ended at the harbor. No driving. Taxi's. I spent ALL of Sunday in bed. Now I remember why I haven't hung out with those sisters in a while. Seriously though it was FUN!
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