Art On A Limb

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Just for Fun

Today, I was going through a lot of my bookmarks of just plain fun stuff. I've never just listed links before, but what the heck! Why not explore and find something silly? Here ya go:

Peter Max - Did you ever have that "keep on trucking" poster or notebook? Well, here he is! Register to win a signed poster.

The Official Peanuts Website - Do you love Snoopy, Charlie, Lucy, Linus and the gang? Go to "Fun and Games" and check out the wallpaper.

The Holiday Snowglobe - Don't miss this - it cracks me up enough to wish it were Christmas right now!

Calendars by Mamselle - each month she makes a lovely collection to use as your desktop wallpaper - check out this month's selections.

ACME Heart Maker - Make a candy heart for your blog.

Umm... I have no idea how this works, but it's cool!

One Word,So Little Time Like to write? Enjoy this exercise.

Scribbler Yep, scribbling, but in a very cool way.

The Mini-Mizer - Picture Yourself in Plastic - see how you'd look as a Lego

The Tile Machine - make your own pixelized tile

Art Pad Just paint.

Do the Hula! And enjoy the theme from Hawaii 5-0.

Art On A Limb
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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

First Line Answers

And the answers are as follows:

1. When he was thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this in high school and found it to be irresistible - even though I had already seen the movie and it may be one of the most perfect movies ever made.

2. Marley was dead, to begin with. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens If I had to choose the best book ever written, I would choose this one. It sneaks up on you. If you think about it, it encompasses all of life - we have the power, we make our own choices, we are part of the interconnected web of life and all our movements and choices effect everything else.

3. I used to have a cat, an old fighting tom, who would jump through the open window by my bed in the middle of the night and land on my chest. Pilgrim At Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard And she won the Pulitzer for this work. Deserved! If you haven't read it, take the time to enjoy this treasure.

4. "Holy One, I wonder if any man born into the world was blessed with every virtue by your Father in heaven." Ramayana retold by William Buck The epic tale of India - it is as rich and complex as all of India. I love Hanuman, the Son of Air, a provider of courage,hope, knowledge, intellect and devotion.

5. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling How could I not fall under the spell of Harry and all the other Wizards? I have been around this sun over 40 times and I am awaiting the next installment just as anxiously as the reader who has taken his 10th trip.

6. Anyone who watches even the slightest amount of TV is familiar with the scene: An agent knocks on the door of some seemingly ordinary home or office. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris This author has the ability to have me spewing beverages or choking with laughter over and over again. Oh man, I love that!

7. Millions upon millions of years ago, when the continents were already formed and the principal features of the earth had been decided, there existed, then as now, one aspect of the world that dwarfed all others. Hawaii by James Michener I am tickled at how many people thought they knew this book, but couldn't quite get it. A couple of people swore this was a Carl Sagan work - I guess the "millions upon millions" did it. My theory is your first Michener novel is always your favorite Michener novel. Hawaii was my first and I am so glad it was.

8. When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake-not a very big one. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Another book/movie combo that was just about perfect. I am not one to choose a western as my first choice to read. I have to thank my mom for pretty much making me read this one - thanks, Mom!

9. Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White Miss Miller in 2nd grade read this to the class and my love of reading was cinched for all eternity. That was "some pig!"

10. For months the great pleasure excursion to Europe and the Holy Land was chatted about in the newspapers everywhere in America and discussed at countless firesides. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain Oh yes, wit, wisdom, and sarcasm. Mark Twain is informative and a first rate smart ass - what a fun read!

11. The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Dark and spooky and loaded with adventure - just what a young reader loves - I am glad I read this at that age.



Sunday, April 24, 2005

The First Line

I saw this meme somewhere, sometime, and I can't remember when or where, or even if it's exactly the same as this, but... list the first line to 10 of your favorite books. Already I am varying and listing 11. Can you tell from which books come the following lines? If so, let me know!

1. When he was thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

2. Marley was dead, to begin with.

3. I used to have a cat, an old fighting tom, who would jump through the open window by my bed in the middle of the night and land on my chest.

4. "Holy One, I wonder if any man born into the world was blessed with every virtue by your Father in heaven."

5. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

6. Anyone who watches even the slightest amount of TV is familiar with the scene: An agent knocks on the door of some seemingly ordinary home or office.

7. Millions upon millions of years ago, when the continents were already formed and the principal features of the earth had been decided, there existed, then as now, one aspect of the world that dwarfed all others.

8. When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake-not a very big one.

9. Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

10. For months the great pleasure excursion to Europe and the Holy Land was chatted about in the newspapers everywhere in America and discussed at countless firesides.

11. The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm.


There are so many more books that I love, but I had to choose 10, cheated and did 11, and now I am wanting to pull some out and put more in, so I'll just stop and stick with these. I'm looking forward to your list as well.

Cussed on Saturday, Muttered on Sunday

Lovely Sunday and it's time, once again, for Unconscious Mutterings. I don't like to peek at anyone else's answers till I do my own, so here they are:

  1. Detachment:: Aloofness
  2. Regard:: Care
  3. Community:: Together
  4. Strike three:: You're out!
  5. Congregation:: Meeting
  6. Generous:: Giving
  7. Pretention:: Games
  8. Pregnant:: Pause
  9. Drinking:: Cup
  10. Brilliance:: Radiating


and I am off to see if anyone else matches :-)

Friday, April 22, 2005

Gotta' go, gotta' go, gotta' go right now!

Wow! Ever feel like you're always on the go? That's my life right now. I am home (Houston) from being in Louisiana for the weekend and leave again on Monday to go down to the "valley" of Texas. If you're not familiar with this, it means the border of Texas and Mexico. Since there's no mountains, or even hills, down there, they say it's the valley of the Rio Grande River. I've never quite understood that one.

Anyway, this means unpacking the suitcase, washing clothes, and repacking. Ah well, at least I am still employed when many of my friends and coworkers are facing the option of transferring to Dallas and joining a new subsidiary company or not working. For this reason, I feel grateful and very blessed.

Better hit the hay as I have a meeting with my personal trainer at 9am. That sounds pretty snotty, doesn't it? Trust me, it's not. I need to exercise and it seems having someone making me do it is a very effective means of getting it done.

More later!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Middle of Monroe

Greetings from Monroe, Louisiana. I know, I know - hold onto your hat - my job drops me in booming metropoli (what's the plural of metropolis?) like this. Truthfully, although Monroe has none of the charm of southern Louisiana, and I haven't seen anything too quaint, charming, or pretty, yet... in terms of architecture, etc... the people are very nice.

Southern Louisiana seems even more nice. Maybe it's because they are still so southern - the people have manners and use them - right out in the open! One of the cutest things to me is how nice the ladies are to each other. No matter how old they are, they all call each other "Miss" - if you're looking for a file, one will say, "Go ask Miss Katie, she should know," or, "Miss Irene handles that."

And if you're carrying lots of stuff - laptops, printers, etc... the men actually help you - some even insist you let them carry it. I have no problem with that at all.

One more day in Monroe, then to Shreveport. After that, home!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Knitting and Muttering

Here we go again! Today is lovely here in Houston this morning. It's 56 degrees (unusually cool here), the sun is out, and it looks like my whole yard is in full bloom. Below, find my Unconscious Mutterings for the day.

Yesterday, I was in Walgreen's Drug Store and wandered onto the As Seen On TV aisle. Well, I purchased the "learn to knit in one day" kit. I know how to crochet, but have always wanted to learn how to knit. Believe it or not, I knitted, however, when I got to the purl section, the whole thing came unraveled. I am not going to let it get me! I will master this even if it takes more than a day (24 hours aren't up yet). I travel a lot for work and decided to take this with me for something to do when I am in the hotel room and have nothing in particular to do.

Knowing myself, though, I'll probably be surfing online or reading instead, but maybe not.

  1. Great escape:: Steve McQueen
  2. Cluster:: Mess
  3. Wrong place, wrong time:: Uh Oh
  4. Guided:: Led
  5. Forensics:: Pathology
  6. Pros:: Cons
  7. Safety deposit box:: Important
  8. Quadrant:: Area
  9. Precisely:: Exactly
  10. Who are you?:: The Who


Friday, April 15, 2005

Rejection Call

Today we received a call from our caseworker informing us that we were not selected to be the perspective parents of one of the girls in which we were interested. The reason was my job requires a bit of travel and they just didn't think it was conducive due to her background of abuse.

Although we are disappointed, the truth is that she was not truly our first choice. That sounds just awful when you write it - as if children are puppies. I don't mean it that way, but reading her background along with some of the others, there are 2 other girls who appear to fit our lives better.

Of course, we believe everything truly does happen exactly as it should and know that she will end up with a spectacular family.

Now, we'll continue down the path and proceed with confidence that we'll eventually be the "forever family" one young girl needs.

Actually, it wasn't a "rejection" but a confirmation that we are to keep going until. Yep, until.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Pondering Pygmies

Oh great... I posted a whole post about pygmies and it disappeared into the cyber ethers. The gist of is that today, at work, a discussion came up about pygmies. Have pygmies made their way into the general, cosmopolitan society? If so, how is that working out?

Of course, none of us know a darn thing about pygmies other than what we've seen on Bugs Bunny and that might not be a reliable source.

Perhaps we could run a Google search - unless one of you have the answer...??

Monday, April 11, 2005

Another Taxing Day

Got caught in a wild rain storm today, but was able to get inside before it got worse. After a long day at work, I got home to find out it was time to sign into Turbo Tax and face Uncle Sam.

For some reason, this is a time of pressure in our home. Not the paying, but the "doing" of the taxes. At least it's not as vocal as putting up the Christmas lights. That's story that will just have to wait till the season is right.

We've paid the goverment, Turbo Tax, and the piper...

Might just be time to hit the hay.

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Fast Forward

Ah, Sunday... how do you always get here so quickly? They seem to click off as soon as I post another Unconscious Muttering:

  1. Horrendous:: Mistake
  2. Home video:: Borrrrrrrrrrrrring
  3. What a girl wants:: Attention
  4. Grounded:: In trouble
  5. Trusting:: Innocent
  6. Simplistic:: Easy
  7. Buzz:: Gossip
  8. Balcony:: Theater
  9. Roar:: Lion
  10. Hooker:: Red light


Well, off to do something that gets me up and away from here for a while. The outdoors is calling...

Movie Sap

Okay, I admit it... I am a sucker for emotional movies. I just stayed up late watching, "The Joy Luck Club" and it makes me cry every single time I watch it. Of course, "It's A Wonderful Life" still gets me, too.

Books are even worse!

Have you had any movie or book make you cry more than once?

Friday, April 08, 2005

Adoption Update

Well, we're still looking for a child to adopt. So far, we have two young ladies we're interested in. One is 11 and the other is 13. I talked to the 11 yr old's caseworker today - she's had a lot of challenges in life, but she sounds like a pretty good kid. The 13 year old is a doll, too. Both girls, though, have been through Hell, basically - after all, if your parents have their rights terminated, it wasn't good. This means lots of "issues" and struggles.

If you feel like offering up prayers, good thoughts, or good vibes, we would heartily welcome them.

The first step is that the girls' caseworkers have to choose to consider us for parents, then, we go for a meeting with the worker and a mediator... after that, who knows? We're both leaning toward the 13 yr old. The only obstacle I am seeing is that my job require that I travel quite a bit. So, we're going to believe if we're meant to be the parents of one of these children, it has already been decided and all will be fine.

Blessings to us all!

Monday, April 04, 2005

Bring me......a shrubbery!

Whew! I am SO pooped! We spent all day yesterday working in the front yard (for a change) and decided to make some major adjustments to the landscaping which involved pulling out about 8 shrubs. They were in there so good, my husband tied one to the car and tried to pull it out (after working it with a shovel for a long time). Needless to say, the plant won - the rope snapped with the strain. After more digging than people should have to do, they each finally came out.

I went back to work today, too - vacation was over. It was a very "easy" day and all went well. It was hard to move after having the yard kick my butt, but I did.

All the talk about shrubs bring Monty Python to mind...

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Springing Forward

Although I am later than usual posting my Unconscious Mutterings, I did spring forward today and am currently trying to adjust. I love when we "fall back." I sure wish "they" would pick a time and stick with it. Don't you?

  1. Renewal:: License
  2. Someone to talk to:: Friend
  3. Count:: Dracula
  4. Expiration:: Date
  5. Upload:: Now
  6. Publish:: Magazine
  7. Holy:: Cow
  8. Change in the air:: Something new
  9. Titillating:: Thrilling
  10. Glorious:: Wonderful


Saturday, April 02, 2005

The AOAL Gallery

Given the name of my site, I thought I would compile the works I have displayed here in my blog. I will try and keep it updated and located in the sidebar for the future. Just click on the title to view:

Kris

Vision*

Mary

No Name

Marlish*

Conduit

Off the Clock*

Valentine

Two Times

One Spirit**

Breath*

Phases


* = personal favorite
** = okay, I really like this one


Marlish Posted by Hello

Friday, April 01, 2005

Spring in Suburban Houston

This is my first time to use Hello - I am not sure exactly what I am doing - it seems foreign to me as I have always downloaded to my personal site and posted, but this seems to be less space-taking and possibly more effective. Well, I said I would share some photos from our yard. As you can see, we are well into spring. The "mystery tree" comes from some seeds we absconded from Grand Cayman a few years ago - they grow pods like a mimosa. The tree doesn't look too good in this photo because we got a frost after it started blooming and lost a lot of its leaves, but the flowers are just beautiful. The rest of the photos are self-explanatory. We still have LOTS of work to do in the yard, but it's start!


Close-up of mystery tree flower Posted by Hello


Mystery tree Posted by Hello


African iris Posted by Hello


The white iris Posted by Hello


Gordy by the little pond Posted by Hello


Another view in the backyard - that's Gracie in the lower right corner Posted by Hello


The backyard-March 31, 2005 Posted by Hello