I am losing the battle of the bulge... I will not surrender without a fight...2010 is my year to fight!!!...
Happy New Year everyone... have a safe time tonight.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
My friend Teresa sent this to me a while back... since I'm comparing this years weather to the weather 100 years ago in 1909... I thought others might enjoy looking back... way back.. to 1909.....
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :
The average life expectancy was 47 years.
fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .
Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo..
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea Hadn't been invented yet..
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school..
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'
( Shocking? DUH! )
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help..
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A. !
Plus one more sad thought; 95 percent of the taxes we have now did not exist in 1909
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
If I win the lottery... you'll find me shortly afterward, on a deserted tropical island... in a little white cottage... turquoise water... and sand instead of grass... in the mean time I just go there in my mind...
Monday, December 28, 2009
Jack Russell's have a 'Bad Dog' reputation... I suppose they earn it... my husband and I find their antics entertaining. We accept their independent spirits and enjoy their fierce loyalty to us. They are smart and opinionated.. and we love them for it.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The gifts are wrapped, and ready to load into the car for the trip to Atlanta tomorrow. I won't have access to the computer until we get back. Everyone have a great Christmas.
I did a Poinsettia last year too... thought you might enjoy seeing it too click here
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Shortest day of the year... ring the bells... every day from now to June 21st will have just a bit more sunshine...
Playing with my watercolor crayons... there are a lot of things I like about them... and some things I don't like....
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Spent the morning at the court house, the two men that stole my scooter were pleading quilty today, they were sentenced to 3 years in jail and 2 years probation in large part due to their long criminal records of similar offenses.
This page proved a learning experience. I tried to simulate snow using salt on the blue while it was wet... while I got interesting granulation... it does NOT look like snow. And while checking to see if the paint was dry (it wasn't) I drug my knuckles thru the red paint... some days are that way I guess.
don't think the 'Greens' expected any opposition to their 'plan' for Charleston... including to just name a few things, higher taxes on cars based on co2 emissions, banning gas lawn mowers and weed trimmers... and no outdoor burning... so no BBQ grills or oyster roasts... it was a plan with a few 'carrots' and even more 'STICKS'... in the end they voted to table the measure for 60 days... a minor victory... since the 'Greens' thought they had this sewn up and in the bag.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a defining moment for my Mom and Dad's generation... my father always woke us up on December 7th, saying 'Wake up it's Pearl Harbor day'... he wanted us to remember the day... and so I have and always will...
The effect seen on the 'Mon' at the top of the page was caused by a bracelet I was wearing dragging thru the wet paint... I kinda liked it and tried to do the same with the date... but it wouldn't work :-( So a happy accident there.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Happy Birthday JeAnna... my baby girl... my only child... mother of my grand children, she has been a blessing to me a joy like none other. She's in Orlando playing at Universal this weekend....
Today I played with my new Neocolor II crayons... I think I like them very much...
Friday, December 4, 2009
Trying to get in the spirit of the season. My Christmas tree is pretty lopsided...and I didn't really know how to do outdoor ice, since I've never seen any in my entire life ... so imagination was in play big time.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I found out over Thanksgivings from my Mother, that my Grandmother (her Mom) kept journals, she didn't draw in them like I do, but she kept them... so I'm from a long line of Journal keepers :-) I like that.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
What's with the fire hydrant you might wonder... ok, here's the story... I really admire the artists that do urban sketches of buildings ... and I fancied trying to draw the building across the street from the range while I was waiting in my car... but there were school buses in the way, and buses are hard enough to draw, and there were funny looking young palmetto trees planted too close to the building and, and, and... it was too much so I sat there looking at it, thinking I can't do this... it's too much... and while my inner critic is beating me up... I notice the fire hydrant between me and the street... I've painted it much nicer looking than that rusting old thing was... but it seemed a doable drawing... and there it is.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Well, well, did I mean to say Bye, Bye November... or Buy Buy November... LOL I didn't realize until I started adding color that I'd make an error... and then I thought... well it is Cyber Monday so maybe buy, buy is an ok message.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
My daughter and grand-daughter made me a little pocket paint tin the lid has the picture of a boat and this sea captain... inside my daughter used clay to make 12 little cup dimples for color...My friend Rita only carries 3 colors (red, yellow and blue)... I gotta have WAY more colors than that.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
The interestate system didn't exist when I was born, I can remember when parts of it were graded and the culverts under it were big enought for an adult to walk thru without bending over, my cousin Barbara and I used to walk thru the culvert to visit a friend that lived on the other side. Today, there is not a hint of my Uncle's house nor of the friend's house that we used to visit... progress to be thankful for... and a little nostalgic about too.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The good cook gene didn't get passed to me... the eats too much, gains lots of weight gene I got just fine.
Amazing that I started checking the temperatures at the same time hackers were braking into servers in England and revealing the whole Global warming game is a Scam and a hoax. Check it out here whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/globalwarming.html
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We had a covered dish reception... all my friends Southerners one and all, brought food for the wedding party, we provided the keg, champagne, and wedding cookie...a big custom chocolate chip cookie cake. It was a day I'll always have fond memories of.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Living in the South we don't see much snow here. Last time was about 20 years ago, while living in Atlanta it snowed pretty hard one night. The next morning my neighbor (obviously a Northern transplant) had gotten up early and shoveled his driveway, he then knocked on my door and offered to shovel mine for me (sweet really, me being a single lady at the time)... anyway, I thanked him and said... "Bless your heart that is so sweet of you to offer to do that for me... but, God put that snow there, and God will take it away... and nobody is going anywhere until he does!" It was a hilly neighborhood, and sure enough a pile of cars ended up at the bottom of the hill because even a Jeep can't get traction on Ice. That's how we do snow in the South.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Continuing my week long list of things I'm thankful for. Family had to be first, my husband, daughter, grand children, Mother, brothers... but my chosen family...my friends are very much a part of who I am. I have some friends that are very near and dear to me... we will be friends till death do us part... of that I am certain... that is something I am very thankful for.
Barbara has very kindly given me an award! Thank you!
The rules are:
I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word.
So here we go:
1. Where is your cell phone?…purse
2. Your hair?… ponytail
3. Your mother?…Alive
4. Your father?… heaven
5. Your favorite food?… Beef
6. Your dream last night?… forgotten
7. Your favorite drink?…beer
8. Your dream/goal?… touchdown
9. What room are you in?… office
10. Your hobby?… sketching
11. Your fear?… bugs
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?…here
13. Where were you last night?… here
14. Something that you aren’t?… short
15. Muffins?… biscuits
16. Wish list item?… studio
17. Where did you grow up?… Atlanta
18. Last thing you did?… dinner
19. What are you wearing?… jeans
20. Your TV?… House
21. Your Pets?… various
22. Friends?… yes
23. Your life?… good
24. Your mood?… relaxed
25. Missing Someone?… always
26. Vehicle?… Jeep
27. Something you're not wearing?… shoes
28. Your favorite store?… art
29. Your favorite colour?… Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed?… lunch
31. Last time you cried?…forget
32. Your best friend?… Ron
33. One place that I go to over and over?… work
34. Facebook?… sorta
35. Favorite place to eat?… Chillis
I pass this award to:
1 Suzanne Cabrera-an Open [Sketch] book
2.Kazumiwannabe - Incredible artist
3. Barbara –One Happy Fool
4. Speck –So talented
5 Annie - Lazy indeed!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Political cartoonists draw the Capital often in their comics... it's a very complicated building...so I just drew the dome bit... to illustrate a cute joke I got today... hope others think it's funny too.
If the Indians had given the Pilgrims a donkey instead of a Turkey, we'd all be having a piece of a-- next week. LOL
Monday, November 16, 2009
I'm so glad Ikon finished his UD, I know how special that title is, how hard it can be to achieve, and the bond you forge with a dog trained to that level... is like no other. I'm so glad Vail liked the portrait.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I find 'political correct' speech very annoying. Where is all this double speak taking us? What is the point? Just whose delicate sensibilities are being protected? Who started this nonsense, that's what I'd like to know?