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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Create: Geisha ATC

Not feeling like much like writing so I'll show off an ATC I made.  She was the prototype for a series I was going to make for a swap.  Decided not to do the swap but I really like the card.

It is all hand drawn, with the geisha done on a separate piece of card stock.  She was cut out and attached to the background.  The written character is from a piece of scrapbook paper.  And the dragonfly is a brad.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rambutan ... Don't Think I Can...

I like trying new foods; especially vegetables and fruits.  So when I saw this package at the local Wal-Mart I had to give it a go.

The packaging was silly...

...but what was inside was very intriguing.  It looked like an alien egg or something.  Since I'd never heard of it, I Googled "rambutan" to see just what I was supposed to do with it.  was a quite interesting!  Found out it is in the lychee family (you see those on Chinese buffets in the fruit area).

The hairy covering is called a 'rind' and it is soft yet firm.

You cut around it with a knife, then pop it open.

That is the last easy part of the process...

The white flesh is rubbery to the point of being difficult to cut.  Once it is finally open, the husk around the pit sticks to the fruit's flesh.

You're not supposed to eat this (the husk).

After much hacking, I had this left.  I was so DONE!

So Himself decided to try it...

They all ended up here...

Total waste of money.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fidgety Cat

On one of our recent trips to Nashville, I found these cool fidget spinners in one of our favorite ethnic restaurants.  I quickly selected the dragon wing spinner on the right and Himself picked the 'ship's wheel' on the left.

They are the best spinners I've seen.  Great iridescent color and well balanced; they spin a long time.

When we got home, I set mine on my bedside table.  Miss Persia was very interested and it didn't take long for her to come check it out.  She had played with one that Little Bird had so she knew what to do with it...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Potato Tower Report

Remember this spring we planted some sprouting potatoes to try growing in a 'tower'?

They grew larger and larger.  Pretty much filled the top of the tower (I can not find the photos I took...).

When the time was right, Himself pulled off the wire and tipped the planter.

This is our harvest...


But you betcha we cooked them up and had a tasty meal!

We've decided that the time and effort we have put into vegetable gardening doesn't justify the results.  It's too easy to travel up to the Amish produce auction and get exactly what we want at a good price.  And it's a whole lot more fun than weeding and de-bugging.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

And The Sun Disappeared

Were you in the path of the eclipse... or travel to see it?

I was amazed and dubious at all the tourist predictions that were being touted for both Clarksville, TN (population about 150, 00 with a predicted 500,00 tourist) and my hometown in MO (population about 6200 with a predicted 90,000 tourist) which happened to be almost dead center.


A local highway sign.

In "the swath" residents were told to get their groceries early and STAY OFF THE ROADS on Monday.  You'd thought we were going to have an ice storm.  No... they are calmer for an ice storm.  

Driving past Clarksville hotels on Sunday night, the parking lots were mostly full.  But not completely full.  

The next morning I pulled up the C'ville street department traffic camera that are installed at major intersections.  Expecting to see the predicted bumper-to-bumper traffic I was surprised to see it was quieter than a Sunday morning.  So much for hoards of tourists.  Same with my home town in MO.

We were comfortably at home, sitting out on our deck.

Unfortunately, a bunch of drunken red-necks decided to park their boats right below our house.  They were wasted.  About halfway thru totality, as they partied hardy - one of them yelled "HEY!!  The sun is gone!!!"


I was extremely scientific in my eclipse photography... I held my viewing glasses over my camera lens!  It worked great.

Next time I'll have a better set up tho (next time being April 2024 in the SE Missouri area).

Moments before totality!

I love this photo!!

Beautiful corona and 'Bailey's Beads'.

And yes, the stars did come out.  (Actually, I think that was Jupiter...)

And with this ring... it was over.


As it disappeared Himself fixed up a viewing for us using his binoculars turned backwards.  WAY better than the pinhole cereal box.

See that dip?  That is the temperature drop during totality.

I didn't see or hear any odd animal behavior, except the katydids starting to chirp.  They quit when the sun came back out.  Otherwise birds continued to sing and the cicada kept trilling.  No dogs howled (and there are a lot around here).

Oh... wait... the red-necks did get quiet...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Create: Autumn

I've been working on artistic and creative projects a lot more.  Creating seems to 'open' my mind more in every day situations... decision making, memory, problem solving, etc.

You might have noticed that I'm posting only on odd days (for the most part).  So when I have something to show (off) I'm going to use the even days for that.


Artist Trading Card (ATC)

Hand carved maple leaf (alas not by me) and mulberry paper & SB paper.  Chipboard "A".

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Hurricane at The Sticks, Tennessee

It is hard to believe that Hurricane Harvey traveled all the way to Tennessee... and beyond.

As it approached local weathermen had no idea what would happen.  Their rainfall predictions were 2 to 10 inches.  Seriously?  

We did what was needed in case it "was" 10 inches with high wind (making sure the downspout extenders were in place, putting away outdoor items, etc).  Then we waited.

After some on and off rain all day Thursday, it finally hit around 11pm.  

It poured.  It was like there were more raindrops falling than should be...could be.

It didn't take long for it to be sheeting down the road, driveway, and our hill.

 It rained and it blew all night long.  Next morning the wind had died back even tho it was still raining.  We decided after our morning cuppa (yes!  We still had power!!) that we would drive around the area and see what happened.

First we cleared small branches out of our driveway and drove carefully over the new 'ditch' across the drive (you can see it forming in the above photo on the left side).  But there was nothing major amiss.

We didn't go far before we came to this washed over area.  Himself moved the branches so we and others could pass through.

Went around this fallen tree...

...but this one turned us around!

Here the river overflowed and pressed down this entire field.  You can see the river back in its banks on the upper right.

Upstream was a MESS!  Look at how the river scoured the side of the bridge!

It was worse on the other side!  Wash out!!  It's going to take quite some work to fix the road here.

Closer to the Cumberland River, the water flowed across from a field into a park.  We stopped here and watched this truck cross to see what the depth was.  As you can see, it was just at his hub caps and not moving fast at all.

Although it LOOKED more impressive than it was.

Where it wasn't muddy from the field, this is what it really looked like.

When the rain finally stopped, we did an 'official Harvey reading' from our rain gauge.

The total of the entire storm here at The Sticks was 8.75 inches in about 30 hours.

If you are looking for an excellent charity to give thru for hurricane relief in Texas, I would suggest Samaritan's Purse  ( )