Friday, July 29, 2011

Backdoors And Fences

Remember this picture?
Now I want to draw your attention
to the door.
Look closely at the paint chipped corners
and the scratched away finish around the handle.
You may need to double click the image
to appreciate it.
But trust's there.
A door in need of some loving care.
Determined to be productive
I gave the frame a fresh coat of white...
and turned to the door.
Strangest thing happened...
our nice breezy day turned a bit gray
as soon as I started to paint.
It started to sprinkle.
I took the painting indoors
hoping the AC would help to dry things up.
I hung the sheet for obvious reasons...
namely bugs and humidity.
Which climbed considerably after the rain.
But I loved the airy, hippie look it gave the entry.
Went outside for
The Great Unveiling...
This is what's known as the
sfumato affect
in the art world.
It looks mystical...dreamy...otherworldly.
(I've been reading romance novels.)
Reality...high humidity fogged the lens...
don't you hate when that happens?!
Take Two
After it adjusted to the steamy conditions.
Why stop there?
Since I was cleaning up the entryway...
I turned my attention to my little
Rather uneventful, I know.

But I planted some Cosmos during

my "seeds grow!" period
and they've been fighting this beast to survive...
Zoe's favorite place to lay...
right on my Cosmos.
Going with the theory that
Fences Make Good Neighbors...
I created a solution.

Did I mention that this is also

one of Buddy's stomping grounds.

There's that sfumato affect again...

making you feel as if little elves installed a fence.


Just me.

Gathered green branches from a

weed-tree that sprouts up

all over.

Since I don't own a Willow...

it was the next best thing!

A natural little fence

for my natural little garden.

It just makes me happy.

Not a huge difference...

but a very noticeable one when you're the


You know how those little jobs just nag at you?

I always feel so accomplished when

I get them done.

Just sprucing things up

for all my

backdoor guests.

Stop by for a visit soon.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Arts Of Fire :: Flip Art

When my sister Mary was in town
we decided to take ALL the boys
and Mom
The Toledo Museum of Art's
Glass Pavilion.
They offer free demonstrations
periodically...and every Friday @ 2 pm.
If you haven't been...
We highly recommend it.
We arrived a little early (so unlike us)

so we browsed some of the

The crowd started gathering
so we high-tailed it off
to the studio for a good seat.
With Joe, John, and
pumpkin-faced Sam to my right.

A blurry Mom,

(who would have killed me if I posted the

other pic)

Mary, and James to the left.

Here I am...stuck in the middle with you.

We waited for the show to begin.

As you can imagine...

being so up-close and personal...

you can really feel the heat.

To simulate the effect

(is that with an "e" or "a"...I'm sticking with "e")...

you could sit in front of an open

oven set to about 500

while perusing these pics.

(Or just sit outside!)

Brief segue...

remember when you were a kid

and you would doodle on the corners

of a slow progression

of create your own cartoons?

Or moving pictures for the older set.

Well, I do.

But I've always been weird.


if you scroll very quickly through these

photos it will have the same effect...

A high-tech flip book...

if you will.


If you did this correctly
it should have been filled with
a lot of oohs and aahs...
and you wouldn't even have noticed the poor
quality pictures.
(I bet you feel an excuse coming on)
that guy ( sorry, didn't catch his name) was moving fast...
I mentioned the heat, right?!
At the final Q & A period
he told us that clear glass can be recycled...
colored glass gets thrown in the dumpster.
My Q...
And where's that dumpster located?
He paused...laughed...but didn't tell me.
He didn't realize he was dealing with
a dumpster diver!
Since it's right across the street...
We walked through TMA as well.
A great way to spend a Friday.
Their schedule is check for times
that work best for you.
I hope you enjoyed this
Flip Art Field Trip.
Now go doodle on some corners!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beyond Zucchini Bread :: Recipe 1

Don't get me wrong...
I like zucchini bread as much as the next gal...
but come on
there's got to be more to do
with this plentiful vegetable
than bake bread.

My mom was looking through her
recipes recently
and thought of me when she
ran across this winner.
It came from the kitchen of
my greatly missed, loving sister-in-law, Jan.

She always shared the bestest of recipes.

So, I knew it had to be good.

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

The Ingredients:

1-2 Zucchini, sliced thin
1 Package Frozen Spinach, thaw and drain well
1 Large Container Cottage Cheese
1 Egg, beaten
Garlic Powder, to taste
Oregano, to taste
Your Favorite Spaghetti Sauce, I used Prego
Mozzarella Cheese

cottage cheese, garlic powder, oregano,
spinach and egg.

zucchini, cottage cheese mixture, sauce,
and mozzarella
(mine had 4 layers total)
Bake at 350 until done...
approx, 45 minutes.

My family called it Lasagna Soup.
It didn't hold its layers
and had to be served in bowls,
but it was so very yummy served with
fresh Italian bread.

Even James, who has declared that he has finally found
something he doesn't like, namely
had seconds!

Thank you Jan...
I will always remember you...
with each delicious recipe you gave me.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Have you ever seen those pictures
of pets with their respective look-alike owners?
I've often wondered...
did they inadvertently choose a pet
that had similar characteristics
did it happen gradually
over time?
A what came first, the chicken or the egg
Regardless, I've seen the phenomena
No, I will not name names...
it's a matter of self preservation!

(As I look at Zoe and Buddy)

I've noticed something frightening
about myself
this past week.
I'm starting to resemble my
I will spare you the picture of myself.
You're welcome.
Suffice it to say...
the heat and humidity
are taking their toll...
and not in a very pretty way.
We're talking wilty around the edges...
kinda droopy...kinda sad.
Let's face it...
just plain ol' ugly.
I gave the plants what I knew they
needed most...
Since it worked for them I thought,
what the hey...
it just might work for me, too...
Seek the Water.

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Theater Purse

Take me out to the movies...
because it's too hot for a ball game!
With temps hovering near 100
life is like the great escape...
finding fun ways to escape the heat
and flee to wherever
the AC is working!
Friday night...
movie night!
I've already checked-out show times
at the Maumee Indoor Theater.
A theater with old marquee charm...
and cheaper pricing!
Tickets are 4 dollars...
but you can still drop a pretty penny
at the snack counter.
Theater Purse to the rescue!
I made this purse last year
so I can verify its success in handling
this covert op.
Sturdy repurposed denim...
reinforced stitching throughout...
cute in a big bag kind of way.
completely lined in a fun polka dot print.
It easily conceals 4 pops and 4 snacks...
plus all the other female paraphernalia I can't be without.
I decided to turn it inside out
so you could see
she's not only beautiful on the outside...
she's beautiful on the inside, too!
Tonight's movie pick
X-Men : First Class
Tickets: $16.
Snacks: Pass...Okay, maybe a popcorn
"What? There's nothing hiding in this over-sized bag!"
(so inconspicuous)
Sometimes it's fun to be sneaky!
FYI: Wednesdays are cheap-o days at Maumee Indoor
$4 will get you a ticket, small pop and small popcorn!
Enjoy the show!