Monday, January 17, 2011

are they kidding?

Since last Sunday gas has gone up 50 cents a gallon and eggs have gone up 50 cents a dozen. 
I just happened to notice those two, have to wonder what else is jumping up in price.  Also have to wonder why Conoco gas is 24 cents a gallon more than anyone else.  Unless they are giving something away, who would stop there?

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I have been watching HSN for the last two days.  Not buying, just watching.
Sometimes I just want to sit down for a little while, drink some coffee and be entertained.  I don't have cable and don't watch reality shows.  I get burned out on the news and political mud throwing, I only like watching a few sports on TV (like many more in person) and I don't usually plan to just sit long enough to watch a movie. 
I stumbled across HSN the other day and had a great time window shopping.  Did it again the next day.  It's on right now.
I remember the first time I watched HSN.  I heard a comedian say that Suze Orman must be the only person in America who has never been up at 2am with a credit card, a bottle of wine and HSN.
Eat your heart out Suze.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Frozen sunset

It is cold here right now.  Just checked and it is 1F with wind chill taking it down to -9F.  Yesterday the high was 13, but with bright Colorado sunshine on the snow and no wind it really didn't seem that cold.
I happened to look out a west window right at sunset and got a glimpse of a sunset that brought home a sense of cold. 
The blue sky had washed out to white, a fiery sunset had wispy bits of white fog softening it, fading colors to icy pastels, the trees were black against the sky and the snow was a heavy blanket of white over everything, without the glitter that sparkled during the day.  There was a stillness in the air and a sense of being in a frozen painting.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Favorite Things

Cats - I love cats, I have always had cats.  I will have to make sure I don't turn into the crazy cat lady.  

Comforters - this is almost the same thing as Cats.  I especially like the soft, cuddly lap size ones.  I have a polar fleece heated one, it's a wonder I ever crawl out from under it. 

Crafts - if you are grading results, I suck at crafts.  But it is sheer fun to cut and paste and create without judgement, like a child. 

Cookies - 'nuff said.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

30 minute painting

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Don't you just love it when you read something that is such a simple solution to a problem you are having that you cannot believe you didn't come up with it on your own?  When we get frustrated about something we tend to travel well worn paths trying to fix it and often ignoring simple solutions.
I have been very unhappy about my inability to do much watercolor painting.  Either I feel that I don't have time or I get bogged down in doubting my ability to create on paper what I am seeing in my head.  So I procrastinate and spend time being unhappy about it. 
Today I read a New Year's resolution from an artist to paint one painting everyday, the stipulation was that it take no more than 30 minutes. 
I thought..... I could do that.  Not necessarily paint an entire painting each day, but just paint for 30 minutes.  I can fit 30 minutes in somewhere.  The artist making this resolution said that she had, over time, begun to paint in more and more detail, with tiny brushes and obsessive attention to detail.  She wants to free up her art, so if she requires herself to finish a painting in 30 minutes she will have to let that attention to detail go. 
That is not my goal, but just doing SOMETHING is my goal.  Like her, I am going to NOT worry about the finished product, and instead concentrate on the process of doing something for 30 minutes.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Favorite Things

Bees, specifically Honey Bees.  Other related critters, not so much.  I have always been fascinated with honey bees, I would like to live where I could have my own hives, which means my own honey.  If you want to help find the cause and cure for colony collapse, before we run out of bees, check out the Great Sunflower Project.

Books.  I love books, paper books, electronic books, books on tape.  I have carried a book with me at all times since before I started school.  I have one in my purse and one in the car right now.