Sunday, April 30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Had such a nice day yesterday...the weather is perfect...Andy and I took a small drive up the road to Camino (I needed to buy stamps, and I like there small quaint post office with no long lines)....while in Camino I spotted a store I had never been in. Turns out it was a FABULOUS little shop with all kinds of things I love..plus in the back of the shop is a small wonderful little book room....I found one of Laini's Ladies in the shop (this one is a magnet)....they have lots of her things, which thrills me to no end...another place to buy some cool gifts for friends!
We worked out in the yard most of the day...planting...weeding...mowing.....and loving the warm sun...late in the afternoon I started working on a card for the art deck challenge for this week...the theme is Journey. In the evening Andy barbecued chicken...I made more delicious deep fried asparagus..and we had a loaf of sourdough bread right from San Francisco (Fisherman's Wharf) that some friends brought over for us...Andy pooped out before I did...I stayed up and read the new Somerset Studio magazine....the end to a perfect day!
Friday, April 28, 2006
Thursday Poem on Friday....(for a moonchild)
whatever slid into my mother's room that
late july night, tapping her great belly,
summoned me out roundheaded and unsmiling.
is this the moon, my father used to grin.
cradling me? it was the moon
but nobody knew it then.
the moon understands dark places.
the moon has secrets of her own.
she folds what light she can.
we girls were ten years old and giggling
in our hand-me-downs. we wanted breasts,
pretended that we had them, tissued
our undershirts. jay johnson is teaching
me to french kiss, ella bragged, who
is teaching you? how do you say; nobody?
the moon is queen of everything.
she rules the oceans, rivers, rain.
when I am asked whose tears these are
I always blame the moon.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Yeah!!!! Its Spring
I LOVE My Cat
For this atc I used some old lace and tea stained it. The title is "She is Thinking" and right now I am thinking about this wonderful warm day!!! It is supposed to be in the 70's today..and starting tomorrow in the 80's...yippee! I usually don't get this excited about the weather..but after such a lomg wet dismal Winter I am looking forward to being outside and working in the garden..and feeling warmth from the sun!
I am cleaning in the studio today...(never-ending)...and working on numerous projects..atc's...tag book..a gift for a friend (it's a surprise)..card for the 52 deck challenge...and running outside every chance I get just to enjoy the sunshine! (with camera in hand).....also going to make a potato salad to have with hamburgers tonight! (it's time to get the bbq going).
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
atc and asparagus
Last weekend down in Stockton they held there annual Asparagus Festival...the days before this event (which is huge) they kept showing pictures on TV of people eating deep fried asparagus with parmesan cheese sprinkled on it...it looked so good! Last night I decided to make some with the recipe that I found on the web (Stockton's recipe)....It was absolutely delicious!!! So...I am sharing it here with you...if you are an asparagus lover ....you will FLIP over this!
Deep Fried Asparagus
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup flour
1 teas salt
1/4 teas black pepper
1/2 teas white pepper
1/2 teas celery salt
1/2 teas celery salt
1/2 teas baking soda
1 teas baking powder
2 egg whites
2/3 cup cold flat beer
3 ponds (2 cups) raw, whole asparagus, cleaned and cut above the white end
Mix all the ingrediants except asparagus in a bowl with a wire whisk until well blended. Dip asparagus individually in the batter and deep fry them in at least 2-inches of peanut oil for 2 minutes or until golden brown.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
She Who Reads
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Thursday's Poem (for Andrew Bryan)
carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
1. 5 minutes to yourself ?- Soak longer in the tub...read another chapter..work on that piece of art longer...take a walk...sit and breathe.
2. 5 bucks to spend right now ?- Go buy stamps.
3. 5 items in your house you could part with right now, and that you hadn't thought of already ?- Old shoes...old broken lamp...old silverware and dishes...and old potpourri.
4. 5 items you absolutely could never part with in your house?- My photos...my books...a set of 4 depression glass dessert plates that belonged to my Grandmother...a bedspread that my Grandmother gave me on my High School graduation....my Grandmother's rosary from Italy..and my Mother's amethyst ring.
5. 5words you love?
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
When We Were Wee
A Divine Smell
The Day after Easter
Friday, April 14, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Our life is an echo
Of our spirit today,
Of our essence
As it is,
And our tomorrow.
It is the resounding
Reality of who we are,
As a result of
Where we have been,
And where we will be,
Some years back, my sister bought me the book "Journey through Heartsongs" by Mattie Stepanek. Mattie is no longer with us...but his spirit lives on through his poetry. This is one of his poems.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
And Another Red....
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
ABOUT SLAB CREEK
Slab Creek Reservoir is a narrow lake located along the upper South Fork of the American River in Northern California's El Dorado County. The steep shores are lined with rock slabs, waterfalls, oaks, and pine trees. The remains of the old Pony Rxpress trail can be seen from the lake. There are many activities here including: kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, and sightseeing.
According to Mikala...KAYAKER... (story taken from his article).....
Slab Creek is an excellent paddle that not many people know of (or at least paddle on). The reservoir is a long, narrow lake that is surrounded by slabs of rocks on along the shoreline, mixed with green pine trees and oaks. The water is crystal clear and very cold.
The first time we paddled this lake, we put-in at the (Eastern) portion. You can only put in at times when the water level is high. otherwise the water is shollow and rocky, and moving too fast to enter. This story starts at the eastern part of the lake....
As we started our paddle, we floated with the last of the river flow that enters the reservoir. I immediately began to notice the large slab rocks along the sides. (hence the name "Slab Creek"). At this part of the lake, there are not many places to land, but it is so beautiful. A little further, we came upon a trickling waterfall on the left. (picture of this waterfall below...now FULL). The rocks were covered in moss and trailing vines. I could kayak right up to the rock wall and get under the dripping water. Continuing on, we were able to kayak up three inlets where small streams were entering the lake. The inlets are fun to explore. As we glided along the clear water, I could see the rock formations continuing below the water.
We finally reached the end of the lake on the eastern part (about 4 miles in), where the dam is located. This area is surrounded by red dirt and small rocks. It was late afternoon...and the water was as flat as glass. The fish started jumping all around us. As I paddled along the shore, I could see the fish swimming below my kayak. It was amazing!
This is an excerpt taken from a kayakers point of view..(makes ya want to take up kayaking huh!!??) I think you get the idea of how beautiful this area is...and how much water is here now! It is really a sight to see.....going along in to the area is kinda scary because the road is pretty narrow in some spots (no turning around)..one side are the slabs of rock..and the other a cliff going down to the water...as long as you go slow and don't do anything stupid...it is fine! I really enjoyed this little adventure...and wanted to share some of the photos I took that day...
ALONG THE ROAD...
On the road out....
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Another Rainy Saturday
I have errands to run today...and I really need to do some house work...like mop the kitchen floor YUK! my least favorite job! As for right now..I'm enjoying the morning solitude.
Friday, April 07, 2006
I finished the red pages...I had to use the image of this baby because I just love the look on her face!
I made all the red background papers...and for the flowers on this one I used wrapping paper. I also used acrylic paint...chalk...and ink.
It's pouring outside right now...and I'm getting ready to go "Veg" out on the couch and relax.