Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Need to be quick writing this as we have a Flood Alert.  Actually we should be above the water as we are at 2,00ft!  We have had so much rain this past month and especially last week that all the rivers in Central Texas are flooding.  Forecast is for more rain and storms.  This is a La Nina years and she is making up for the dominance of El Nino for the last 4 or 5 remember "Hell hath no fury Like a woman scorned"?  She's really pissed!  

Thursday was a real flasher with a hail stone the size of a cricket ball coming through the bathroom skylight

Damage to the den outer layer of skylight

Damage to the kitchen outer layer of skylight.
They are now taped up and new skylights on order.  

After it was over Xochitl came in to guard the bathroom from Bonkers, the red Cardinal who attacks the wall windows!

Worked on pages in journals over the weekend.  After buying a copy of Stampington's Art Journaling I had to look up two of the artists. and view their work  Carly Swenson she is a young dynamic artist very very different than the usual; and Dianne L Fargo on YouTube (PackerDi).  her videos are long but you can fast forward.  She is extremely prolific.  That's how you end up doing nothing.   have not bought this magazine in at least 2 years and very impressed at how it has new artists and less of the empty nester housewife turning her hobby to a job.

so here is my desk as I left it to write this. 

Workspace very messy. The cutter is there as I saw how efficient a way it is to work in a Dianne video.  

So there it is my week past and present.  Will post this tomorrow and check everyone out at WOYWW and see how Julie is faring.  Enjoy visiting everyone.  This week we lost signals often so if I do not reach you just blame La Nina
Off to make chili for dinner.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Another week another wednesday.  That means a day to look at what other hobbyists around the globe are up to via WOYWW.  
Starting early today(tuesday).  What a week. Last night MS Kitty suddenly went ballistic, biting her tail and legs, racing around as if she had been attacked by an unseen force.   I wonder if Game of Thrones scared her.  We watched it last night. The situation became more scary when Xochitl ran after her causing mayhem and so we had to put X in my studio while I calmned Ms Kitty.  

As you see Ms Kitty is recovered and ready for a nap.

I finished my Documented life journal for week 21.  The prompt was to List 10 songs that set our feet tappin'.  Since i like so many and never remember names of songs or singers i went to dear Mr.Google who was able to provide decades of dance tunes, Tapping my feet remains an ability not lost whereas today's dancing is more a breathless shuffle. below is a page showing the list pinned to a background collage of USA postage stamp images of dancing. The page is a flap and opens out to the weekly calendar.

I cannot decided if i want to continue doing this calendar as I have not been very creative with it.  I do a daily journal that is more writing but I am a little fed up with that as the group I do it with has so many rules.  have to re think it.  

On the back of the page are this week's PACs(pocket art cards).  The challenge was to use a circle from the set in the kit.   The PACs were playing cards where i had made the backgrounds so added the circles and glued down the paks.  The middle on is attached with black thread.  Gives it motion!

Journal 52 always has 2 prompts, this week unraveled and/ stitched.  I had just finished reading a post about a British embroidery teacher and remembered a sampler made in a class.  Amazingly I found it, so glued it into my journal.  This sample was made at a class over 10 years ago with Australian artist Helen Dafter.  SO happy it has a permanent home.  It is silk ribbon embroidery.  After carpal tunnel surgery my stitching was off and practice resulted in too much discomfort.  Paper is a compromise...still create, not nearly as satisfying.  

Desk tidy (enthusiasm lacking) 
  A "to keep or not to keep" moment at my
 workspace. have to get ladders out to put books on top shelf.  problem when you are short is adequate space require upward mobility.

have a great week.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

363 WOYWW a gloomy day in the texas Hill Country

it is like UK, overcast and steady gentle rain.  It is cool for here 72F (22.22C).  It has been like this since saturday and forecast stretches it into next week.  The cats are very upset and keep going in and out.  they come in very wet and so are wrapped in a towel and in struggling to get free emerging dry and receiving a treat!Last week we had hail that was not as ferocious as the rest of the country but loud enough to wake me, it was 2.00 am and without my hearing aids, storms usually never bother me.  This sure was  a bad guy.  It flashed and boomed for 30 minutes.We did not lose power as they did on the south side of town. 

My workspace after 3 days of journaling in Journal 52 and the Documented Life.  What a lovely mess.    

The gloomy view

 Open on the window sill is a blank journal where I was using up excess paint.  and on the desk you see my Fauxbonichi journal.  Sort of falling off with writing that.  The idea of recording my life is becoming a bit of a drag.  There are legions of bloggers out there writing and photographing their lives.  They have a vision that every minute of life should be documented.  It is a bit like the guy who complained that he had 85,000 photos in the cloud and felt he had no time to look at them.  Maybe future generations will have so much free time  they will read/look at our photos and writings to fill in their days.  I think my daily Fauxbonichi journal of "My Life" would make a very successful sleep aid!

Here is my Journal 52 for week 20.  I reinterpreted the prompt "Food with a face, what is it saying" as Food Chatter.  Several ideas translates into several layers.  I started out with the family " meat and 2 veg".    originally intended to draw the food but it looked like nothing so bang went that layer.  Now I know why, when i asked retirees "what do you do all day" i never got an answer.  how can you describe slapping on layers of paint, adding torn paper and pondering over prompts that produce shelves filled with crazy stuff inside binders and books?

Better to leave them  thinking something exciting and meaningful for the world is happening.

I think it is cider time.(cider has replaced sherry as the summer drink of my cocktail hour).

Last week i ran into several desks where I was unable to leave a comment.  I do not know how to comment on Google + even though i signed up.  But there are some posts that the comment box was missing or where my comment went into cyber space.  This week if that happens I will try to email the person.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


 here I am dropping in after several weeks of absence AGAIN.  never remember until wednesday evening.  Spending my time on my journals, learning my printer and trying to resolve the "Mysteries of Google'.  Meaning how does Google Photos work with google Drive, that is easy as Google wrote up some very clear "how to" and "What".  This leave the absurd Google+  and old Picasa.  The latter has been set free to blend into web history and never change.  Google+ makes no impact on me as I am retired.  I  do not wish my blog or others scribblings to meet the millions out there who can help me.  There is no desire to spend every minute on a contraption in touch with where, what when, and ignoring the world around me.  My bitch about people on mobiles every minute even when out for a meal or wine tasting.  

this is my spread for week 19 in journal 52.  The prompt was celebrating friendship.  I chose to use photos from my childhood as i had finally found out how to get them off Picasa and to print them on my Canon MX7720

This is the may June cover of my binder for the Documented Life Journal.  Used layers of acrylics and torn paper.  

Here are my girls waiting by the door(yellow) in the tripping position.  Welcome is to demand a noon feeding.

My husband working on the west deck.  he never stops.

Xochitl(sochi)checks out my journal

My desk in need of a quick tidy before I head to my major workspace the kitchen
have a wonderful week.  It is 91 degrees here and very humid and still.