Dec 23, 2008

Dec 17, 2008

My first birthday cake

I still do this occasionally with cake.

They have landed!

Martians! They're amongst us!
With round heads and no hair, and they consume our food supply!

Dec 4, 2008

And to think, we just had chicken for dinner...

Bluebird, Old Greenbird, and Sephiroth (guess which is which!)

The story in your eyes...

Who needs words?

Dec 2, 2008

baby sketch

Quick, before he moves!

Dec 1, 2008

More homemade product ideas

Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional, and I don't recommend these products without consulting a doc. I'm just sharing my experiences.

Swimmer's Ear? You don't have to swim to get water trapped in your ear. Nothing messes up your day quite like an ear infection. There are drops to use, from the drug store and expensive.
My recipe works just as well for me. Sterilize an empty dropper (be sure to label it so you can't accidentally put it in eyes!!). Mix half white vinegar and half rubbing alcohol, and that's it. Whenever I can feel or hear some water trapped in an ear, a couple drops of this potion and it's gone. I've heard that hairdryers work, too, but I've not had luck with that.

Got Hemorrhoids? Those little round pads pre-moistened with mostly witch hazel can get expensive.
Yay!!! I found something to refill the container with! I cut some generic pre-moistened baby wipes into little pieces about 1.5 x 1.5 inches (just kinda cut it up, no precision needed since our butts don't really care about that). Dump (no pun intended) those little cutup baby wipes into the container and pour some witch hazel over that. There! You know what to do with them.

My Product Comments

Some random comments about some random products:
Don't blame me if you have any problems with these. I'm just somebody writing in their blog, not a professional anything here.

Eye Drops
Did you know that you can use Visine (or equivalent) eye drops to turn normal powder eyeshadow into eyeliner? Or to make the powder color theatrically-vivid? Well you can! Now your whole life can be easier! Put a drop of visine on something clean (palm of you hand works) and dip an eyeliner brush in it. Tap off excess, and now use it when you apply the powder shadow along the lash line... and there ya go. It stays put, really, doesn't crumble off or anything! Water works but doesn't last as long. They make cosmetic products for this purpose, but they cost way more than a bottle of generic eye drops.

Chafing Gel
Now here's another one. Several companies make these really expensive "mattifiers" for skin, to use before or without makeup. They make skin feel kind of velvety and keep it from being shiny.. Some claim it helps minimize the appearance of lines, too, like a spackle sort of thing. Some with sunscreen, some not. I think the key ingredient may be silica powder. Pricey products for the small tube you get. OK, ready for the secret? shhhh...
------Monistat chafing-relief powder-gel. Not the stuff for yeast infections, but the stuff you can get just about everywhere that is especially for keeping that porn-star-bare or bikini-line shave from chafing and getting irritated (guys use it too, they just won't admit it). Good for other things that chafe (bra straps, shoes?) too. But on your face? Butt of course! I found it seems to do the same thing as the expensive mattifiers (i tried samples). Gotta remember it doesn't have sunscreen so you still need that first. But you might be able to skip some of the makeup. And you'll be nice and soft and silky at both ends now! I would't try this if you have acne...well, actuallly I would try it if YOU have acne, but you shouldn't....

Wii Fit.
I'm still working on this one. But this thing is really fun to get you moving, if you're normally into games anyway.. Also makes a nice little "talking" scale to yell at you in an extremely high-pitched voice every day when you weigh yourself (or pat you on the back, depending...). I like that you can choose your trainer, either male or female. One day I noticed that the dude, who looks clean-cut from the front, has a cute little tiny pony-tale in the back. I like when he tells me i'm doing great, but he sucks when he criticises me. How dare he! There is a little talking animated "balance board" (like the one you stand on when you use this) that has the high-pitched little weeny voice. I can't tell if it's male or female, or neither. Overall, this is a nice thing to have. But don't do the Plank exercises at the challenge level against the trainer... Or if the little balance board asks you if you want to try a super-duper challenging balance exercise, just say NO. They're just trying to lower your self-esteem with those.

OOH, one more thing i wanted to comment on for now...
Warm sourdough bread with melted butter...
oooh, man, there IS a heaven after all! Just don't let the Wii Fit trainer see you...


Since the dawn of civilization, yogurt has been available in individual 8 ounce cups. Yogurt, healthy and delicious yogurt..

We supersize our fries... Make king-size candy bars... Bigger greasier hamburgers...
So why reduce the size of yogurt servings? To make us less healthy?

If the manufacturers have to make more money on yogurt, I vote for raising the price by a nickel or dime and leaving the 8 ounce cups alone.

We've resorted to buying the big 32 ounce size and refilling the 8 ounce cups we saved. (who knows, they may become collector's items now that they've gone the way of the dinosaurs)
But we shouldn't have to. And they still raise the prices anyway.

Holiday Doorbusters?

So what's up with that? Retailers encouraging people to bust down the doors?

Or how about to stand in a huge mob outside the door until it opens, and then pour through like a heard of cattle, trampling and even killing anyone who falls out of step with the crowd?
Come on, Wal-mart! Hire some crowd control if you have to encourage that crap.

And be sure to wear a bulletproof vest to Toys-R-Us.

What are people thinking? Must we kill or injure others in order to give little Tommy or Suzie twinkling eyes and wondrous smiles on Christmas morn???

CHRISTmas. Say it again. CHRISTmas. Notice the "Christ" in the word. Now, KEEP him there.... in the word but also in your heart.

WWJD?? Well He certainly wouldn't be out there killing people to buy gifts in His name.

Nov 21, 2008

Little story teller

My grandson telling me a very serious story here...

Nov 13, 2008

Joey's First Fish!

1989 -
I forgot the camera on the fishing trip. And then he caught his very first fish!
So I laid the slimy fish on a piece of paper and traced it, and then sketched in the details. When we got home, I used it as a pattern to make the design on his t-shirt, actual size.
Nice bluegill, dude!

Fishing Derby

1992 - He won a trophy! Notice the "I Got Hooked On Lake Henshaw" T-shirt in the first one - a previous fishing adventure. And the Zebco T-shirt in the second picture came with the trophy, what a deal!

Trapping Squirrels

1989 - Here we are using the old prop-up-the-box-with-a-stick-with-string-tied-to-it trap like they do on cartoons (that's where we got the idea). Leave a peanut inside, and wait. It really did work!

Christmas Tree Farm

This is back in 1992, when this Christmas Tree farm actually existed next to the chicken ranch. Then they took out the Christmas tree farm and put in houses. THEN... the residents of the houses complained that it smelled like chicken poop. Well, DUHHHH! Anyway, here we are ready to chop down our tree. Notice the odd expressions on the kids in the first picture... (beware the one with the saw, but I think the other one has one of those Star Trek things going on where they steal your mind or something - both are scary!) In the second picture, note the blood running down the little guy's leg. His brother didn't do it with the saw, in spite of the guilty expression... he tripped over a tree stump. Ouch!

Mud Pies

My boys made me a nice yummy mudpie in 1989.
A true "Kodak Moment"

(don't they look adorable?)

Oct 21, 2008



Feels good to give them.. Feels good to receive them, especially from someone you love.

Sep 27, 2008

Lilly Can READ!

"be-ware-of-dog... hey, that's me!"

Sep 25, 2008

My thoughts on technology...

And how utterly IRONIC to write this in a blog!
But where else could i say all this and be heard at all?

The more advanced communications get technologically, the less two people are able to just have a conversation one-on-one. I admit to being guilty of that, and i plan to begin to change it.

The more advanced the gyms and diet foods become, the less healthy and fit people seem to get (from all that other technology, no doubt, why do things for real when they can do them virtually).

The more mainstream and accepted cybersex and pornography become, the more (and younger) men become impotent with real women. Can anyone else see the irony in receiving p*rn and viagra ads at the same time? That's like selling cigarettes together with cancer treatments.

The more advanced medicines get, the more diseases pop up - look how the lovely antibiotics and antibacterial products created super-bugs.

It must have been cool when people had time to talk with their spouses instead of emailing..
and walking to the store burned calories... Goodness, grampa, people actually GREW food from the gound?

I bet it was super-hot when real men loved real natural women, in 3-D and without drugs to get it up. A sweaty romp in the sack WAS the fun stuff... Husbands thought their wives were beautiful and didn't compare them to Pamela Anderson (who would probably have been considered some sort of abnormal monstrosity then).. And women loved men BEAUSE they were men - strong men- and not wimpish voyeurs who stood behind the curtains and peered at them - but men who protected them. Huh? What's a callous, you ask? Oh, it's that thing you get on your index finger from clicking the mouse..

I know there are good things that come from technology, I use many of them. But strike me dead if I forget about human compassion, love and real connection - or maybe i'd already BE dead.

I wonder why so many people seem to have forgotten how to be satisfied by the very basics God gave to humans to live by.

Sure, he gave us brains to create technology. And it could have only been used to enhance human life instead of destroying it.

Look what that free-will, mixed with greed and ego, did with it.
Shame on us. Go do something real.

Sep 18, 2008

Sep 5, 2008

Idyllwild - Some real cuties!

We went on this great camping trip, and I just took pictures of bugs and dogs...

Idyllwild - A non-scorpion!

This is a pseudoscorpion. It's not a real scorpion, and is very tiny. Smaller than a common housefly. Still, creepy-looking pincher things!

Backyard Visitor

Isn't he cute?

Aug 26, 2008

A Ghostly Encounter

Experience in Park City, Utah

September 2007

Glenwood Cemetery

On this trip to Park City we visited two cemeteries. One is in the main part of town, well-maintained and visible to the streets. The other is on the far side of the city, appears to be rarely visited, and is not frequently maintained. There is a lot of plant overgrowth with some graves entirely hidden. There has been some vandalism, especially to the gravestones with lambs on them. Apparently someone collects their heads.

Although some of our photos revealed orbs in both cemeteries, I would like to relate an exciting experience I had in the older cemetery. We visited it during the day, to get a look around, take pictures, and kind of get an idea of the layout while it was light. We returned at night, and the whole place was cold and dark.

At this point, I will note that the weather conditions were not favorable to bugs, moths, mosquitoes, or other flying insects. It was extremely cold and dry, and the air was very clear and still. So we had these conditions combined with the fact that orbs showed up in some pictures while not in others, and some were even captured by both my husband and I at the same time.

Back to my nighttime experience in Glenwood Cemetery... I was really glad we had visited in the daytime, so I could be pretty sure I wasn't trampling on anyone's resting place. Then again, it was hard to tell. I took many pictures, some of which contained orbs. I like to get down on the ground and take pictures from various angles, so I was getting up close to some of the graves. I don't feel spooked or frightened by graves, but rather a really peaceful feeling.

My husband and I were separated somewhat, while still close enough to speak to one another. I had worn my EMF meter the entire time, but it remained quiet. When I was ready to leave, I started down the path towards the front gate. I heard a whisper directly behind me and felt that feeling when someone is standing behind you. I felt a very light touch on my back, like something brushing a piece of lint off a jacket. My meter beeped for the first and only time that night! I had thought it was my husband behind me, but when I turned around nobody was there, and it turned out he was off a distance away and had not said anything.

At that point, I felt that someone may have been trying to say something before I left. Unfortunately, my husband had the voice recorder with him so no sounds were captured. We met up on the path and exited the cemetery. I felt compelled to turn around which I did, and took my last picture, this one of the front gate again. It turned out to have a large orb hovering in front of the wrought iron gate!

I have included pictures. The one showing the gate in the daylight also shows the path I had been walking down when I heard the whisper. The dark (unaltered) picture shows the orb, and I've included one that has had the midtones slightly brightened to show the orb more clearly.

I've had other encounters throughout my lifetime, some of the most recent including a tap on the head in Calico, a feeling of “magnetism” in between a husband's and wife's grave in the Calico cemetery, and an actual visual of a moving orb in the Harvey House. Seeing this orb with my naked eyes at the same time some others saw it, took away any traces of lingering skepticism I had about the orbs I had previously captured in my photos. I've also been unknowingly attracted to homes or rooms that turn out to be known to contain some sort of supernatural force or being. And with each encounter I've had, there has been this deep longing in my heart to return to that place. The draw, at times, is almost overwhelming, as though there's something I am supposed to accomplish.

Aug 19, 2008

Sterling, Coral and Turquoise Y-necklace

This one is all sterling silver, with turquoise nuggets and little coral beads I bought in a shop in San Francisco. This took a lot of time, and with the price of the materials I don't think I will be selling this one. I'd have to charge way too much!

Aug 14, 2008

Naked-eye Orb

This orb, I saw with my own little eyeballs! It was down a dark hallway in the Harvey House in Barstow. At least two others saw it as well, as right after i spotted it, silently, they sort of squealed out at the same time "look at that! I see an orb!" in utter astonishment. It was moving around, and then disappeared.

No photographs were taken, but I made a little photoshop picture from memory.
Again, this is not a photograph!


In a couple of our cemetery visits, we captured quite a few pictures with unexplained orbs showing up. But...

What are the odds of two cameras catching the same orbs in photos from different locations within a few seconds of one another? Keep in mind, this was a very cold night so there were no bugs around, no dust or mist in the air.

One picture was taken by my husband, while the other was taken by me from a different angle.
Note the three orbs, probably moving around somewhat, that show up in both pictures.

I've included a diagram showing where we were standing in relation to the grave, orbs, and each other.

Mary Lou's photograph:

Joe's Photograph:

Jul 24, 2008

Color: Rustic Country Charm in Poway?

These are colors I found on the web for building exteriors fitting the descriptions "country", "rustic", and "historical". Click on the chart for an enlargement - you might have to click twice. (some are repeated because they came up more often in the search)

I don't see PERIWINKLE or BABY BLUE or Roger Rabbit Pants RED.
So what's next? HOT PINK ?? LIME GREEN ??

Jul 16, 2008

Rock Shop

This handsome guy made this!

Jun 22, 2008


Our neighbors found my snakey in their back yard under the pool filter.

She was very dehydrated and hungry after having been out for over 2 weeks. She was kind of roughed up too, and appeared to be missing an eye. But after a good night's sleep and a nice bath in the sink, she ate and shedded and seems back to normal. Even the eye seems ok now that the old skin is off.

It's kind of a miracle that she was found and returned like that. Some of the neighbor kids and I were praying for her return. God listens.

Jun 15, 2008

No Couch Potato Dads here!

In response to an article in the newspaper stating that dads really don't like greeting cards telling them to take the day off, go fishing or play golf or relax in front of the tv with a beer on Father's Day, I offer these ideas. Feel free to print them and give them to Dads!

We moms LOVE the cards that give us pretty flowers and tell us we're special. On Mothers Day, i would love to be depicted as relaxing in a bubble bath, sipping a glass of wine, being served breakfast-in-bed, getting a manicure or taking a nap (even going fishing or watching tv)... and NOT as mopping, scrubbing or doing the laundry!

If a card shows a lady in the lounge chair sipping wine on Mothers Day, I can't see how that would imply that she's a lazy alcoholic that lies around drinking every day. Same with showing a dad in the hammock enjoying a cold one on HIS day. He's SUPPOSED to take the day off, isn't he?

But dads don't like being told "Dad, now take off your shoes, have a beer and relax on YOUR day!" This totally puzzles me as I would think Dads would LOVE a day off after they work so hard! Anyway, so I designed a few cards for those dads offended by the images of fathers who relax on Father's Day. Pick up that shovel, Daddy! No remote control or beer for you! It's Fathers Day!