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Sunday, May 24, 2009

It's all about the beach

Can there be such a thing as bad weather at the beach? No matter what, I'm always happy to be there.
bad weather?

I found the best sea shells roaming the beach in Florida and North Carolina but found sea stars, anemones and jelly fish in Oregon
Bleached and Beached

I bought a few shells, too. There was little chance I'd find a nautilus or...
Cockle Shell

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009


We will be traveling home today so I just want to post something that was sent to me. I laughed so hard picturing the situation, hope I do not offend anyone but here goes:


Just try reading this without laughing till you cry!!!

Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn 20 Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse- sized tazer. The effects of the tazer were
Supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your
Assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety....??

WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two AAA batteries=2 0in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I'd get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs..


Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the
Face of her microwave. Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right? There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie lookin G on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses
Perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and
Tazer in another. The directions said that a one-second burst would shock
And disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause
Muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst
Would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5" long,
Less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and (loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries) thinking to myself, 'no possible way!' What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best.. .?

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as to say, 'don't do it dipshit,' reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and . .

I'm pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side20door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position and tingling in my legs? The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body
Flopping all over the living room.

Note: If you ever feel compelled to 'mug' yourself with a tazer, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor.. A three second burst would be considered conservative? IT HURT LIKE HELL!!!

A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at that
Point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed
The landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps , right thigh and both nipples were still
Twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my
Bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling.

Apparently I pooped on myself, but was too numb to know for sure and my sense of smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head which I believe came from my hair. I'm still looking for my nuts and I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return!

P.S... My wife, can't stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!

If you think education is difficult, try being stupid!!!

Thanks for Reading and I will be back to Blogging on Monday.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Too much Farm Town?

I am so not a fan of routine games - you know, the sim type where you live a life with all the drudgery included but do it on the computer.

Why spend time doing virtual chores when there are real ones piling up?

So, I end up playing Farm Town on facebook. It reveals some OCD tendencies BUT I make virtual money. I am hooked and it obviously has had a bigger impact than I realized.

Not really, I have several old tools hanging around the house. This is a 10 x 14 watercolor version of 3 of them.

More Watercolors on Etsy

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Before I get started with my blog I'll show off one of my latest paintings.

I realize that this blog site was created for women of Designer Artists but cooking is also an art, and like Marlene before me posted her grandmothers recipes. So in honor of Mother’s Day I would like to post a special Lithuanian recipe that everyone will love. It is the perfect dish for breakfast, lunch and a side kick for supper.
Who here doesn’t love bacon, eggs, and potatoes for breakfast?

It’s called Kugelis, it tastes so much better than it looks spelled; believe me, you just have to try this.

You can eat it with or without sour cream too!

5 lbs of potatoes must be grated, the texture is so much a part of this.
4 eggs lightly beaten
1 large onion or 2 small ones, (yellow onions), grated with the potatoes.
1 lb. of bacon, cut in small pieces
2 cans evaporated milk, must be evaporated
4 heaping table Spoons of flour
Salt and pepper to taste, don’t forget the bacon is salty too, so you have to taste it, but it does need some salt.

Okay, now you fry the bacon, I find it easier to cut the bacon up into sections before frying, it is easier that way for me.

Now get a large bowl and pour into it the evaporated milk first. Add the grated potatoes and onions right into the milk, eggs, flour, cooked bacon and add about one table spoon of the bacon drippings into the mixture and mix well. Generously grease a cake pan or baking dish with some of the bacon drippings. Don’t worry about the bacon drippings, it won’t hurt you once in awhile, you won’t be eating this dish everyday anyway, maybe on special occasions. Bake at 400 degree for about an hour to an hour and half, 60 – 90 minutes, or until a golden brown. Delicious served with more bacon if you wish, more sautéed onions and sour cream. You can also freeze it, wrap good before putting in the freezer for another day.

Some people who are very heath conscience will substitute the bacon for ham cut up and eliminate the bacon drippings but believe me it doesn’t taste as good.
This recipe is not written in stone, by that I mean, you can add 3 cans of evaporated milk and a little more flour, you can add 5 eggs instead of 4, it always seems to come out great!

My old Lithuanian mother always told me to stir the mixture after it has been in the oven for about 45 minutes, but if you don’t it still comes out great, just improves the cooking and texture if you remember to give it a stir.

Friday, May 1, 2009

What better gift for Mother's Day....

....than a piece of handpainted porcelain. A gift that can be passed down for generations. Each piece of porcelain is painted several times to build up the colors and fired in between each painting in a kiln from 3 or more times. Since the paint is fired in a kiln it is dishwasher and microwave safe. Unless of course there is a luster or gold on it. Then you should hand wash to protect the luster or gold.

Here's a lovely piece. Handpainted cottage style porcelain cabbage rose box. Size 4 inches round. Side of the box has been tamped in pink the top has 2 beautiful yellow/pink roses with teal blue leaves. Here is the link to the box:

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