Tuesday, September 2, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! I am determined not to miss another week of joining up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth and friends who post every Tuesday to discuss whatever they would like.

Today, you will have to use your imagination because although I took photos yesterday with my phone (including the water I drank with lunch), the mail server I use is having technical difficulty and I am unable to download the photos.  I will keep trying and come back and add them when I am successful.

Yesterday's trip to NYC to move our daughter back to Grad School went....beautifully! There was very little traffic on the way down, we got off the correct (closest) exit and decided to stop in front of the building this time to unload before finding a parking spot.  I was giddy with excitement when I found a large enough spot to slide the minivan into just half a block from the dorm!  I was lightheaded when I managed to parallel park on the first try and even happier when after reading every sign on the block three times, DH and I agreed that the car would be safe (i.e. no ticket) where we left it.  The boyfriend had already arrived so while DD went up to complete check-in, the three of us took two rolling bins and were loaded up by the time she returned to the car to help wheel them up the block.  After unpacking a few things we set out food shopping and left the rest for later. 

We walked to Little Italy and our favorite little Italian restaurant which did not disappoint.  I had a delicious plate of Rigatoni (macaroni) with sun dried tomatoes and broccoli in an olive oil and garlic sauce and several glasses of ice water.  It was really hot out yesterday!

On the way back to the dorm we visited the reflecting pool memorials area at the World
Trade Center site which was finally open to the public for free.  They previously required tickets with a "suggested" donation which I personally took offense to.  I can almost understand charging to enter the museum, I stress almost, but visiting this outside site and having to pay just did not sit right with  me.  We located the name on the South Tower memorial of a childhood friend of my DH and then set out for the dorm again.

Since DD had the boyfriend to help her unpack and set up, Dennis & I decided to leave.  We took a short walk down to Pier 17 aka South Street Seaport just to admire the view on this really clear day.  Again, I took photos that I hope to put up later.

Thanks for reading through to the end. I realize this isn't the most interesting T Tuesday post, but you have no idea how delighted we were that the day went so uneventfully!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Here we go again!

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to say I am alive and well and full into the chaos of getting our DD ready to move back to Grad School on Monday.  After the last debacle, see this post, I am not that excited to do this again.  Her sweet boyfriend has offered to meet us at the dorm and do the heavy lifting which will be a real blessing.  I told my DH (who readily agrees) that if we are going to eat it will have to be in walking distance! Once that car is parked in a legal spot it is staying there until it is time to drive home! Just think, we will get to do this again over the Christmas break.  After this semester she will only have 2 classes left to finish her Masters which doesn't not qualify her for housing.  Rant over!

So, I just wanted to wish you all a happy creative weekend and show you a couple of new things I made:
If this looks familiar, you are right! The first violet arrangement sold so quickly that I thought I'd make another!
I am already getting requests for Angels that I made last year to sell at our local craft fair.  I usually make one Witch before I get started on the Angels, and here she is! 

I'll be around to visit everyone next week when I have more time to myself!

Friday, August 15, 2014

CB 16 Family and Thing

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."  -Audrey Hepburn

As soon as I saw this quote, I knew it was the one for my next ATC for the Craft Barn Quotes & Lyrics Challenge.
I decided to just have fun experimenting with the background.  In fact, I grabbed whatever was in from of me and just glued it down.  Those hand-holding figures were a different story! This was about my third attempt (and believe me, the best) to make them small and relatively recognizable. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a happy creative weekend!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

T Tuesday-Garden Colors

Hi Everyone! Today is overcast and threatening rain here in upstate New York.  Nothing really interesting has been happening this past week, so I thought I would share some of the last flowers in my garden.  Sharing on T Stands For Tuesday with Elizabeth and the gang!
Marigolds are one of my favorites! I collect the seeds every year to plant next year's crop.
This yellow daisy was a little shy!
Really not sure what these are, but they are the most delicate shade of blue.
Of course, there would have to be something purple (my favorite color for anyone who doesn't know) in my garden!
I was disappointed that I did not catch the iridescent bodies of these two beetles--but cute nonetheless!
Lastly, a look at my little cacti that I grew from seeds.  They do take some care and patience to grow from seeds.

And here is what I was drinking yesterday:
Caramel vanilla black tea with a splash of vanilla soy milk on ice since yesterday was a hot and humid day.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

T Tuesday-A Walk Around The Lake

Hi everyone! Time to link up with Elizabeth aka Altered Book Lover to chat about what is new in our world.  Here is this week's link if you'd like to catch up with everyone or join us.

This week I am taking everyone on a little outing.  I actually went yesterday and walked for 1 1/2 hours around the lake, and even though this post is photo heavy, I promise to keep the commentary light so it does not take you 1 1/2 hours to read it! So lets get started!
I can't believe I was up before the ducks!  Everybody! Into the water!
Ah, that's better! I'll be right in!
This tree has a lot of character--I wonder if it was hit by lightening or disease?
I love the reflection on the water--it is even more beautiful in Autumn when the trees are wearing their colorful leaves!
There is a walking path a good way around on our side of the lake. You can see the road on the left. Residents are allowed to keep their registered rowboats, sailboats and canoes near the waterside. Since our water flows into the New York City (we are 60 miles away)water system, no power boats, jet skis or other powered craft are allowed.  Makes for a more quiet environment, too.
I found this turtle enjoying the morning sun.  He looks like he is in a yoga pose!
I love this weeping willow.  I see a face looking into the water as he gently tests the temperature with his branchy fingertips!
This is the end of the lake nearest us. It is hard to tell, but way behind that point of rocks is the other short side of the lake which borders the "major" 2 lane, 1 traffic light road through town.
I tried to get a photo of our resident crane, but he was in stealth mode and I only caught this photo by luck. And now, as I am sure you are thirsty....here is what I came home to:

A nice cool glass of fresh brewed Hibiscus Watermelon iced tea! Happy T Day, and thanks for stopping by! Hope I didn't tire you with all the photos!

Monday, August 4, 2014

CB 15 Mind & Ignorance

Hi Everyone!  The prompts for challenge #15 of The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge are mind and/or ignorance.  Once again, I found the quote I wanted to use right away for my ATC, but the illustration idea didn't come until yesterday.  The quote I chose is one from St. Jerome: "The face is the mirror of the mind and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart."
I don't know if you can tell, but I cut out some of the face and replaced it with a piece of mirror paper.  The image was of course high-jacked borrowed from Michelangelo's David. I added an eye and the "raspberry" heart.

Thanks for visiting and for all the lovely comments you have been leaving.  They encourage me to keep going, and I truly appreciate each and every one!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

T Tuesday-Kitchen Light

Hi Everyone! Tuesday means it is time to link up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for a T stands for Tuesday post.

This Tuesday finds me doing touch ups in my completed kitchen and getting back to a little art.  As I hinted last week, the next "big" job to tackle was this old, crummy, recessed light fixture that has a mind of its own....
This house was built in the late 1960s by a friend of my husband, and while I am sure this was the style back then, I have hated  disliked this fixture for some time now.  Especially since every time the weather is a little humid you can flip the switch as much as you want, and nothing but a little glow at each end of the two fluorescent tubes happens. I'll spare you the photo of the empty hole, but will tell you it is 2 feet (60 cm) long by 8 inches (20 cm) wide with just the electrical wires hanging down.
The first step was to install an electrical box to hold up the new fixture and enclose the rest of the hole with a new piece of sheet rock.  It was a little challenging because of the small working space, but I was satisfied that the end result was as perfect smooth as I could get it. The blue painter's tape is on the window frame because my "last" task (is there ever a last task?) was to stain the window frame to perk it up. After painting the ceiling, we installed the new track lighting fixture:
Even changed out the switch because this fixture could be used with a dimmer switch:
I'd say I deserve this cool drink of strawberry basil iced tea with a sprig of my homegrown basil.
I happened to get this as a free sample-it is probably not a flavor I would have bought. Fortunately, it had more of an aroma of basil than a taste and just an undercurrent of strawberry.

That ends my major home improvement jobs for this summer, and now I can get back to the more important or at least pleasurable "job" of crafting.  Starting small and slowly with beading since I have been having some issues with my hands and elbows (unrelated to all the work I've been doing), but all is slowly improving.
So what are you up to this Tuesday?  Thanks for stopping by!