February 19

We’ve Been Tagged (Part 2)

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We were tagged by two of our friends…Bunny of Tales and Tails and Nola of Dachshund Nola …to answer some questions.

Since we were tagged twice, everyone is taking a turn answering the questions.  Freedom, Casper and Nikki answered the questions last Sunday.  You can check out their answers here.  This week, I’ll answer the questions along with our kitty, Twinkie.

Let the answering begin…

1.  Describe yourself in seven words.

Lori – Introvert, peaceful, solitary, fun-loving, kind, story-lover, creative.

Twinkie – Quiet, confident (around those I know), shy (around those I don’t know), testy, nimble, respected, relaxed.

2.  What keeps you up at night?

Lori – Preparing my blog posts.

Twinkie – You’re kidding, right?  I’m a 16-year-old cat.  Although I will say that I still like a good nighttime prowl every once in a while.

3.  Who would you like to be?

Lori – I’m happy being me.  I do think it would be fun to be able to be different people for a day.  I would pick Princess Diana and some of my favorite movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn.

Twinkie – I am a cat.  WHY would I want to be someone else?  Are any of these questions going to make sense?

4.  What are you wearing right now?

Lori – Black yoga pants and a striped top, and over it all…my blue fuzzy robe.  No wonder my husband can’t resist me.

Twinkie – Nothing but my birthday suit.

5.  What scares you?

Lori – Big crowds, driving in bad weather, mean people.

Twinkie – Sudden moves by those big @#$ greyhounds.

6.  The best and worst of blogging?

Lori – I LOVE blogging.  It gives me so much joy planning things out and writing the posts.  I also love all the friendship I’ve made.  I wasn’t expecting to meet so many wonderful people.  The worst part of blogging is when your friends go through difficult times.  I’m glad to offer whatever comfort I can.

Twinkie – You know, I really don’t get much out of the blogging thing.  I do enjoy my mom’s new-found creativity though because every once in awhile she forgets to put away her yarn or ribbon and then it’s party time in kitty town.

7.  What was the last website you visited?

Lori – S. Krishna’s Books…my favorite book review blog.

Twinkie – I’m a little partial to my cat friends…Cat From Hell and Max the Quilt Cat.

8.  What is the one thing you would change about yourself?

Lori – I wish I weren’t such a procrastinator.

Twinkie – Yet another question that makes no sense.

9.  Slankets, yes or no?

Lori – No.

Twinkie – I’m for anything soft that I can lay on…Yes.

10.  Tell us something about the person who tagged you.

I’m going to repeat what was said last week…

Bunny has been our friends for a long time and her mom writes my favorite blog, Tales and Tails.  In fact, I started blogging because I liked Tales and Tails so much.  Nola is a new friend.  Here’s what I have to say about Nola…she’s so cute you can hardly stand to look her.  If you do look at her, you’ll find yourself squealing or turning in to a mushy pile of goo because she’s so pretty.

That concludes this installment of “We’ve Been Tagged.”  Thank you, Bunny and Nola for tagging us. 

Now we’re suppose to name 8 bloggers to participate in the challenge.  Accept if you would like, if not, that’s okay too!  Here are our picks…

Living With 6 Hamsters (And 2 Dogs)

Luna’s Life in the Garden State

Crafting4Greyhounds

Cat From Hell

Dog Gone Right

Hound Girl

Little Dogs On Long Leashes

Max the Quilt Cat

Daily Inspiration

 

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.

James Herriot 

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February 18

Bathroom Cleaning Kit

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This week, I was burrowing around in the cabinet under my kitchen sink, trying to find something.  That area needs to be tidied up.  My kitchen and house cleaning supplies may be a mess, but my bathroom cleaning supplies are a model of organization and efficiency.  Here’s what I have:

In My Tote

 

Rubber Gloves

Paper Towels

Sponge

Old Toothbrush

Small Can Liners

 

Abrasive Cleaner

Soap Scum Remover

Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Toilet Wand Refills

 

Window Cleaner

Disinfecting Wipes

In My Bucket

 

Toilet Swab & Toilet Wand Handle

Microfiber Floor Cloths (A trick I learned from my friend who is the Director of Facility Care for my church – Use the same color cloth for the same task and avoid cross-contamination).

Pumice Stone

Now, to tackle under the kitchen sink.

Daily Inspiration

 

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?

Phyllis Diller

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February 17

How to Paint a Girl – Week 4

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This week, I learned how to paint The Paper Doll Girl, in Juliette Crane’s How to Paint a Girl E-course.  Here’s a picture of my first paper doll girl.

I struggled with this painting.  I tried to put too much into the picture.  I’m going to try a pretty sweeping transformation of this painting.

Daily Inspiration

 

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.

Anne Sullivan Macy

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February 16

Photos – Sorting

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Every Thursday, I take a look at things I’d like to have taken care of “If I Die Today.”  This month, I started dealing with my containers and boxes of photos.  The first thing I had to do was believe and commit to solving this “problem.”  When I launched into this project, I was a little surprised to realize that what I truly believed was that I would never resolve this; that it would always be something that I would get to “later.”  Now, I’m committed to resolving this hoard of memories.

For me, the first step was to decide what I really wanted from my photos and memorabilia.  I wrote down what I want to achieve in my post last Thursday.

Now, I’m in the process of sorting.  I’m using a really nice box I purchased from Creative Memories to sort my snapshots.

I’m putting large pictures and family heirloom pictures in a drawer in my living room.  I wouldn’t recommend this as a long term storage solution, but for this project, it works fine.

I’m not dealing with memorabilia right now.  Years ago, I started these file boxes.  So papers go in them and memorabilia goes in plastic storage containers.

I have a box for negatives too.  Should I keep negatives?  Why?  I plan to scan my photos, so I’m not sure why I should keep negatives.  I would love feedback from those of you who have dealt with your photos and memorabilia.  I love hearing your ideas and experiences regarding these “If I Die Today” projects.

Daily Inspiration

 

Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food.

Austin O’Malley

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February 15

Try This – Spool Knitted Flowers

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One thing you can make with your spool knitting tubes is a flower.

Something simple.

Or more complex.

The look of the flower is greatly influenced by the weight and texture of the yarn.

All of these flowers are simple loops, sewn to a felt circle.

Daily Inspiration

 

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.

Anatole France

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February 14

Love This – Slice Cutting Tools

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I found these clever little cutters at my local Ace Hardware store.  Slice™ partners with innovative designers to create stylish and functional products, like these cutters that use a ceramic blade.  I have three of the cutters, the letter opener, the safety cutter and the precision cutter.

Here are some things I like about these cutters:

They look nifty and modern.

The ceramic blades cut smoothly.

They have a rubberized, non-slip finish

The safety cutter and letter opener have built-in magnets for convenient storage, and the safety cutter has a keyring hole.

 

The Slice™ letter opener cuts a slice 1/16th of an inch from the fold.  It does not hamper, in any way, removing the contents of the envelope.  I prefer a knife letter opener for my daily mail because it cuts right at the fold…just my personal preference; but I like to keep the Slice™ letter opener in my studio because I can hang it on my magnet board…always handy but out of of the way.

 

Daily Inspiration

 

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. 

G. K. Chesterton

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February 13

In My Studio – February 13

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I worked on alot of fun things this week…

I’m taking the How to Paint a Girl E-Course.  This week, I painted my first “Uniform Girl.” 

The Photos Meditations e-course ended on February 3rd.  This was a good course for me.  It was not a “technical” photography course, although there was plenty of good basic information; it was a course that encouraged you to develop your “eye” and put a little heart and soul into your photos.  At the end of the course, you receive a .pdf with all the course lessons.  This photo of Freedom got the most comments of the 30 photos I posted to the Flickr group.

I also worked on my art journal.  My goal is to complete one page every week following the Art Journal All Year E-Course from Red Velvet Shop. 

I decided to do an art journal because I’ve never done anything like this before.  I thought it would be a form of a journaling, and I thought it would give me some mixed media experience. 

I enjoy the art journal experience, kind of.  It’s more an introspective exercise for me than an art exercise.  I feel like I spend way too much time on each page, but maybe that’s what I need to do.  I love it, and I hate it.

My favorite thing I did this week was to start rearranging my studio.  The set-up I had was not working for me.  My work table was in a difficult place for me to sit, so it ended up being a catch-all.  Also, I hated having my desk face the wall so my back was to the door…it just didn’t feel good.  So, I moved my desk so it’s facing the door and moved my work table so that I can work at it more easily.  I plan to move the two wall shelves and put up a couple planning calendars.

Daily Inspiration

 

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart. 

 Henry Clay

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February 12

We’ve Been Tagged (Part 1)

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Freedom, Casper and Nikki here, taking over the keyboard today.

We were tagged by two of our friends…Bunny of Tales and Tails and Nola of Dachshund Nola …to answer some questions.

Since we were tagged twice, we’ll answer the questions this week, and mom and Twinkie will answer the questions next Sunday.  Mom says that she enjoyed reading the other moms’ answers to the questions, so that’s why she’s joining in.  She also thought it would be fun for our kittie sister, Twinkie, to answer the questions.  Thank goodness we were tagged twice or mom would have tried to cram it all into this post.

Let the questioning begin…

1.  Describe yourself in seven words.

Freedom – Authoritative, bossy, pushy, pet-able, smart, impatient, leader.

Casper – Popular, fun, silly, sweet, spotted, adorable, ladies man.

Nikki – Shy, sweet, good, loving, patient, quiet, unassuming.

2.  What keeps you up at night?

Freedom – Nothing.

Casper – We’re greyhounds…I don’t understand the question.

Nikki – Zzzzzzzz.

3.  Who would you like to be?

Freedom – I’m top dog and my mommy’s crazy for me.  I’ll stick with being me.

Casper – Everybody loves me.  I’ll stick with being me.

Nikki – I’m mommy’s good girl and her fuzzy bear (I have alot of fur for a greyhound).  I’ll stick with being me.

4.  What are you wearing right now?

Our Premier Fido Finery utility collars that we bought from the GEM Store at Dewey Beach.  Red for Freedom, blue for Casper and pink for Nikki.

5.  What scares me?

Freedom – Thunder and fireworks.

Casper – Anything tossed at me.

Nikki – The thought of moving to another home.

6.  The best and worst of blogging?

Freedom – The best is it makes our mom really happy, and we have alot of new friends.  The worst is I never get any “air” time, it’s always Casper.

Casper – The best is I’m my mom’s blogging buddy.  I’m always with her when she’s typing on the computer.  The worst is it makes me sad when we lose a friend.

Nikki – The best is when we get an unexpected treat.  Like once, we got free Greenies.  The worst is anytime I hear about a pet being hurt.  It makes me cry.

7.  What was the last website you visited?

Freedom – Mayzie’s Dog Blog.  I like to see how she’s styling her brindle fur.

Casper – I’m not allowed on the internet unless I’m supervised.

Nikki – Mr. Chewy.  We get to pick out some things and then mom will do a review.  I’m going for the Greenies.

8.  What is the one thing you would change about yourself?

Freedom – I’m Freedom.  What would I change?  Any change would be a step backward.

Casper – I would make myself a little less irresistable to the ladies…just to make it easier on them.

Nikki – I get corns on my pads sometimes.  I would change that.

9.  Slankets, yes or no?

Freedom – No, that’s crazy.

Casper – If they have one that looks like a smoking jacket, “yes.”

Nikki – What is a slanket?  If it’s like a Greenie, “yes.”

10.  Tell us something about the person who tagged you.

Bunny has been our friends for a long time and her mom writes my mom’s favorite blog, Tales and Tails.  In fact, our mom started blogging because she liked Tales and Tails so much.  Nola is a new friend.  Here’s what we have to say about Nola…she’s so cute you can hardly stand to look her.  If you do look at her, you’ll find yourself squealing or turning in to a mushy pile of goo because she’s so pretty.

That concludes this installment of “We’ve Been Tagged.”  Thank you, Bunny and Nola for tagging us.  We’ll finish this up next Sunday.

 Daily Inspiration

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

 Robert Caras

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February 11

Bucket List

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I don’t have a bucket list, but I think it would be fun to do one.  What to include on a bucket list?  Here are some ideas from Memory Makers Magazine, July/August 1999:

Places to travel/things to see

Awards for which to strive

Services to perform/charities to support

Physical goals (weight, size, etc.)

Things to invent or create

People to meet

Things to learn/subjects to study

Accreditation/titles to attain

Events to attend

Mysteries to understand

Fears to conquer

Books to read

Instruments to play

Holidays to celebrate

Art to create

Habits to stop (or start)

Thrills to embrace

Dishes/meals to taste or prepare

Sports in which to participate

Orgnaizations to join/start

Things to own

What are some other fun ideas to consider for a bucket list?  What’s on your bucket list?

Daily Inspirations

 

I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. 

 Abraham Lincoln

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February 10

How to Paint a Girl – Week 3

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This week, we learned how to paint The Uniform Girl, in Juliette Crane’s How to Paint a Girl E-course.  Here are a few pictures of my first uniform girl.

 

 

 

Juliette teaches you to use these “templates” for your girls, so you can get over the “where to begin” and get on with letting your creativity flow and develop.

Daily Inspiration

  

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
 
Dr. Seuss
 

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