Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Garden Video

Enjoy some unedited footage of the flower garden, then come help me deadhead and weed!



Mojito Scones?

Okay, not really.

I used my old standby recipe, except instead of ginger & lemon, I used mint & lime. And instead of buttermilk or a yogurt/milk blend, I used coconut milk.

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup granulated sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt*
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces*
* 1/2 cup crystallized ginger, chopped into small pieces*
* 1 large lemon, zest of*
* 2/3 cup buttermilk*

For the icing, I just used powdered sugar & lime juice. The girls like a little food coloring with their meals, what can I say?


*I only had salted butter, so I used that & omitted the salt. I used 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (and cursed myself for not going out to the garden to get fresh mint to make a syrup or perhaps try shredded?). I used the zest of 3 limes. I used nearly 2/3 cup coconut milk & made up the rest with the juice of 1 lime.

Update: I just went to get another and the girls had eaten nearly all of them! They are a hit.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Catching Up -- Phases Two and Three

add a few pastels

phase two

phase three

pastel & kids' paint on paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches

I still have to photograph them individually, but I like how they all work together as a group.

Update: They're photographed and viewable on facebook.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Catching Up -- Phase One

Thinking has its place in creating art, but when your goal is 100 works of art in 100 days, it's more about action than thought! I got caught up trying to figure out how to add some found objects to my self portraits. That sent me researching and exploring possibilities, which took me away from everyday creating. And now, I need to get caught up in a different way! So here I am, attempting 18 works at once. Here's phase one...

18 pieces if 11x8 paper on the wall

4 pots of paint that the kids mixed up a couple years ago

laying in some loose underpainting

Stay tuned as this develops... (of course, I still need to start today's self portrait, too)...

Lesson learned: You have to dream and dance at the same time.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Crimes Against Nature

Yesterday early morning we were awoken by a fleet of trucks and tractors surrounding our house. Turns out our new(ish) neighbors were having their old driveway scooped up. Oh how the girls and I hoped they were at least going to give part of it over to green, if not all of it to flowers and such.

Alas. By the end of the hot hot day there was a newer blacker hotter driveway in place of the old one with the yellow tape marking the crime scene.


A George Bailey Moment

I went to the tax office today, because I don't have enough cash right now to pay my property taxes. They went up by $583.74 this year -- thank you so much override yes voters. I was a bit teary as I thought about George Bailey, and realized I don't even have life insurance, so I'm worth about the same dead or alive. 0.

The ladies at the tax office were very nice about it. They assured me that I'm not alone and told me to pay a little at a time as the money comes in until it's paid off. They said don't let myself get upset about it.

I wish I could refinance -- my 30 year fixed rate is still the 7.25 it was when I got the mortgage in 2001. The local bank I have my mortgage with told me I don't earn enough money to pay less on my mortgage.

Anyway, I know times are hard all over, but I do have a Paypal button on the blog now -- if you come across a spare nickel. It's a wonderful life.



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010


Just when we hit are-we-there-yet fatigue on the five hour drive up,
we rounded a corner and saw a hot air balloon parade.

Even though we arrived late Friday evening,
we were up by five in the morning.
We wandered down to the waterfront.

The girls were watching ducks, but obliged when I asked them to turn around.

They have these lovely swings upon which to sit while watching the water.

We found North Beach by 7am, and had it all to ourselves.
I suggested we take a quick dunk in our clothes to wash the car night off of us.
It was fun!

As I was meeting my tribe, the atriots, on the steps of City Hall,
the girls made up a game of sliding.

The sign that I started at eleven thirty Thursday night turned out pretty cute.
I didn't quite finish coloring in the letter themes.
Gromit tells NTodd he must wear pants (or shorts).

Back at the beach for the day, we all spent hours in the water.
Then we camped at the campground right there.

We love Burlington.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Muttis

My brother made three great videos for my dad's birthday today. Of course, this one is my favorite 'cause I'm in it(!), as are both my grandmas, my mom, my dad, my sister, and my daughter from when she was five months old (she'll be ten years old this summer). We both look older now than we did then!

The video opens with my dad and my sister watching my paternal grandma open birthday presents in Florida. Then, there's a beautiful sunlit scene of my dad and mom with my baby daughter. Then, it's scenes of us celebrating my mom's birthday in California, including shots of my maternal grandma. Then, back to Florida for close-ups of birthday flowers and the all-important magarita salt. Cheers.

I have been known to bark about people videoing their lives too much. I have been at more than one birthday party where they roll out the cake, everyone sings, but when they realize they didn't get a good tape of it, they do it over again. When I see something like this, though, I'm so glad someone was taping. Thanks, James!

Happy Birthday, Dad. I would never call myself daddy's little girl, in fact, we fought a lot when I was growing up. Yet through it all, you were always there for me. I love you, Poppy. A la famiglia!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Walking through the Garden Yesterday

the back garden
greens of various sorts on the left
beets, carrots, radishes on the right
parsley, cilantro, rhubarb in the
way back

lars, the peach tree
transplanted after he tipped over last week
he doesn't look so good



the main garden
basil, eggplant, garlic, potatoes
pears, tomatoes, peppers
dill, oregano, rosemary, sage, lavender

the side garden
blueberries, peas, watermelon
a couple potatoes sprouted from last year's crop

clematis on the side garden fence


Now take a stroll along the flower garden...


Monday, June 7, 2010

100 in 100 2010--6 & 7

self portrait
11 x 8 1/2 inches

self portrait with left hand
kids' paint
11 x 8 1/2 inches

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Good Bye, Toad

We kept him/her as a pet probably longer than we should have, but we all enjoyed watching our pet toad hopping around the habitat we made. S/he seemed pretty happy eating fruit flies, too. But today was the day. I made a little toad house in a protected spot in the yard. We even put the moss pad s/he loved from the habitat in the toad house. And some of the rocks and sticks. Then, we set ol' toady free.

At first s/he started to hop away, then turned. In the top picture, the toad had turned around and was heading back to the toad house. Then, toad turned and ran in to the daisy patch.

The bottom picture was shot through the window from inside our house. We have a good view if s/he comes back.

We wish our toad good luck and we hope we see her/him again. We miss her/him already.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

100 in 100 2010--4 & 5

self portrait
pencil, pastel, kids' paint, pen
11 x 8 1/2 inches

self portrait with left hand
11 x 8 1/2 inches