Thursday, May 5, 2011

Long time, no see

I'm back!  Blogosphere, I have missed you.  I am feeling inspired to share so read on, or not, howsoever you desire...

I love my Saturday morning.  This is what it looks like today:

  • Good coffee (Gloria Jean's, thanks Sal!)
  • Pretty china which makes every day feel like a special occasion, 'cause every day actually is
  • Fabulous tunes (Etta James, Pixies, Regina Spektor, etc.)
  • Making my to do list for the weekend
  • Cinnamon toast

Ok, so, short blog post, but hey, at least it's something.  Now, to get busy on my recently created to-do list.  P.S., are you one of those people who puts items on the list just to have something to cross off?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Out 'n about

Jon and I went for a hike on a hill near our house last week. Here is the view from about a third of the way up the mesa. We didn't quite make it to the top, but got up about 2/3's of the way. You can see our neighbor's house with the green roof easily; our house is up and to the right of his - smack dab in the center of the photo hiding behind the trees. On the far left is Crescent Butte, the far horizon is called the Kaibab Plateau (means mountain lying down), and Johnson Wash zig zags on the right.

We came across hundreds of potsherds and an old ruin. Here is my favorite piece of pottery.

Jon making his way up.

Curly Yucca

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Photo editing is fun! but also a slippery slope of doom...

Yesterday, I finally started utilizing my photo editing software. It is nothing fancy like Photoshop; it is called Picture It and is produced by Microsoft. It does some neat-o things though. Here is a picture of a hay rake down on my parents' farm:

I thought this picture in and of itself was tre cool. Then, I found out about these effects our software does, like putting the picture in negative form, and then completely altering the color and saturation. Mmmmm, watermelon!

And then, a little bit of neon edging:

Now my original doesn't seem nearly as spectacular when compared with the other two.

Is this a reflection on society? There are so many opportunities to make everything bigger, better, faster, more. It's no wonder we always feel like we have to "keep up with the Joneses." I guess I got a little blinded by all the fancy things my computer could do. Maybe I will stick to some straight-outta-the-camera shots for a while.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

In the car...

I don't listen to the radio in my car. It is a habit I picked up from Jon. Radio stations are too annoying - they play the same stuff, and have the same (loud) commercials, blah, blah, blah. So, I think. Random thoughts. Today I thought about spelling and words. OOOOHHH, fascinating I know. You can be excused now if you think you might just pee yourself with excitement. But, that's what I do. I thought about how I am really starting to like the author Gregory Maguire, you know, he's the guy that wrote Wicked, The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and how he uses such fancy vocabulary I have to read his books with a dictionary. It's been a long time since I've needed to do that. Anyhoo, I also somehow thought about phonetic spelling, and how come phonetic is not a word you can really spell phonetically? Fuh-ne-tik. That's how it should be spelled right? Isn't that what phonetic means, that you spell something how it sounds?

Also, I have become very attuned to the particular whines, wheezes and purrs my truck makes. Which is a good thing cause then I'll know when something is off with it, but it's a bad thing too, cause then I think I hypocondriatize my truck. (yep, just made that word up - what's up now Gregory Maguire?)

So, what do you do while driving? I mean besides the obvious, like actually driving, watching out for snow birds, real birds, other traffic, deer that hide and wait until you are right next to them then JUMP OUT to surprise you. Are you a radio listener? Or more high-falutin with your iPod/mp3 player? Silence like me?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Ode to a Goat


We stapled my one goat friend.
3 staples
Left ear
No lidocaine.
No sedation.
Peeling apart the day old healing
Only to squirt some cleansing fire in it
And then, to STAPLE it closed again.
Jordan, your bleats were like staples in
my own heart.
You are my best goat friend and were brave in a way only a ruminant can be.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

So, this entry is two months late in coming from when I first wanted to write about it. In October, I went up to the Home Plate Diner in Orderville, a little town north of Kanab. Jon and I went with some friends from work, to hear other friends from work sing and play music. As I sat in the diner with a full belly and surrounded by happy people, I realized how lucky I was and felt very grateful for that particular evening. I left that evening feeling very full, as well as fullfilled. It was a pretty small event, but one that left me with a lot of good feelings, which I have been careful to hang on to, and duplicate that feeling of gratitude and joy everyday. My friend Ann sums it up best - her blog is titled my blessed life. That's exactly how I feel!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Here is the cartoon for which my blog is named:

I love cartoons, just like my dad. Although, I must admit, he probably thinks Ren & Stimpy are just stupid. Which is COMPLETELY unlike any of the olden days Bugs Bunny or Foghorn Leghorn cartoons. Those cartoons had some class, they were not simply silly, animated characters pulling hilarious pranks on one another-- oh, wait, yes they were. And for those of you wondering about the species of this cartoon's characters - well, you'll just have to wonder, cause if you don't know, I'm not going to tell you. Nyahh!