Seattle, Sara, & Hot Lips


We needed to do some PR work in Seattle, so I hand delivered the gift to Sara last weekend.  (She won the birthday blogging surprise a few posts back.)  Can you tell that she loved it?  She was so sweet, and thrilled about all the little details.  It makes me want to keep on creating…

I was driving in the rain, so the munchkins took the rainy Seattle photo for

me. While killing time in the library there, I found an adorable fish purse that was supposedly at, but it was not there any more, nor did it list the artist.  I think it’s ‘da bomb.’ If any of you happen to know where to lay your hands on one, I want it.

The garden experiment is doing great.  That is, the rabbits and deer are staying out.  However, I’m afraid that’s because they aren’t even being tempted because everything is staying rather um, short.

We have heavy clay and rocky soil, so we brought in 3-way to help it.  (3 way is 50% topsoil, 25% compost, and 25% sand.)  I’m thinking now that all we really needed was 100% manure, and lots of it. The strawberries love it the most and have produced some berries and are sending suckers out all over the place.  Although, the best strawberries are still the ones growing in a Lego container on the patio.  Hmm.


Dh is getting ready once again to do humanitarian aid work building houses in Mexico.  In preparation, a crew came over to build boxes to hold their tools. They wanted to color code the boxes, so the munchkins and the neighbor kids painted them and then cleaned off the rollers on the lawn. I’m enjoying the abstract quality of their work this week.

We also had to go visit a friend in the hospital who is recovering from cancer.  He’s doing well and we all enjoyed our visit.  As we left town, we stopped off for a quick bite at our absolutely favorite pizza shop. Well, okay, we have two favorites, but both have perfect crusts.



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One of my friends, Maja Ledgerwood, requested a custom item, so I worked on the pattern this week.

As the family walked through the room I was working in, they all had their own opinons as to what the end product would be.

It was so facinating to hear from each individual, and was so inspiring!  I thought I would pose it to you as well, to see what you think I should be making from the pattern in the picture.  Just click on the email sign on the left-hand side and send me your opinion. Or email me here.

I’m still working with the support staff in India to find out how the system swallowed my cookbook file.  When it posts, I will certainly let you know.  I’m counting the days now.  I think it’s interesting how long it will take for them to sort things out… If I could find my Adobe Writer disk, I could just make it available here as a .pdf, but alas, I can not.


These colors caught my eye in a flower case this week, and this Australian online magazine (Paper Mache) is pure eye candy.

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What do you use to keep yourself growing?  A friend of my husband sees a life coach to keep him on track.  He wishes to clearly see his goals and the reasons for them. I’m not yet ready to commit to having someone hound me, but I’ve found one little tool that I’ve been using lately on the simplemom blog.  I love the way she has you prioritize your top three goals for the day. I may not get the top three achieved on the day that I write them down, but I have been going back to them and making certain that they are accomplished within the week.

One of the munchkins was reading through my blog the other day and called my attention to unrealized projects.  Munchkin made a list of them and smugly suggested that I finish everything I’d written about before starting any new projects. It was then proudly posted in my studio, where it could haunt me.

Of special interest to the little people in my house was the continuation of the story illustrations for Sunshine and Golden.  I’m seeing an ulterior motive (later bedtimes due to new stories). Do you have growing little helpers in your house too?

The template I made for you still has not shown up on Publisher’s website, but I’m in communication with Microsoft’s support staff to find out how to make it work. I’ll keep you in the loop.

A friend of mine from art school, John Parish started a blog recently.  He posted some sketches he’s using as a basis for his oil paintings.  He’s a teacher, and hopes to complete some of them during the summer break.  I’m looking forward to “summer vacation” for the same reason.

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