Archive for June, 2009

Another WIP

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I am busily creating for Reasons to Believe, a wonderful site and storefront in Washington State.  They accepted my work earlier this year, and now I am sculpting like crazy to have a dozen new pieces for them!  Here is one of my latest wip – Good Friends.  Santa and the polar bear have their arms around each other – a nice way for us all to be, don’t you think?

Let’s par-tea!

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Today is the day for the big tea party – the brainchild of A Fanciful Twist!  Here’s the link to her site, where you can see the blog roll of everyone participating!  Such fun!  And, here’s my contribution to the party – my brownie recipe.  This isn’t just ANY recipe!  Oh no!  Actually, this was on the back of a Baker’s unsweetened chocolate box many years ago.  For some strange reason, it didn’t stay on there very long, but I cut it off of the box, and it is in my cupboard at this very moment.

Here’s your visual treat, and it’s up to you to try them!  I guarantee you will like them!  Enjoy, and party on!

SCRUMPTIOUS BROWNIES

1 package (8 squares) Baker’s unsweetened chocolate

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine

5 eggs

3 cups sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose floour

2 cups coarsely chopped nuts

Melt chocolate and butter in saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly.  Cool slightly.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla in large mixing bowl on high speed for 10 minutes.  Beat in chocolate mixture on low speed.  Add flour, beating just to blend.  Stir in nuts.  Spread in greased 13×9-inch pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes.  Cool in pan, then cut in squares.

This is to die for with ice cream and hot fudge sauce!  Yeah!


Did someone say party???????

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Yes indeed!  The 2nd Annual Mad  Tea Party gets underway on June 27th, and the brainchild is A Fanciful Twist!  This is going to be great fun!  Here’s the poster for it, and here’s the link to join all of us!  When you go to A Fanciful Twist, you will see the partygoers listed on the party blog roll!  What a fun way to hop around the internet and meet new friends!  Enjoy!  Get out your party hats, and check back here!  I have a scrumptious surprise for you!  YUUUMMMMMMM!

Coming SOON!!!!!!!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that my son, Matthew, is a film editor in Hollywood.  His latest film to be released August 14th is The Time Traveler’s Wife, based upon the best-seller, and starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.  Follow this link, and you can catch up on movie information, see a trailer and  the beautiful poster, and learn all about this movie which will be in your theaters in less than two months!  Yeow!  This particular film took Matthew to Toronto for several months of shooting, and then back to his homebase in L.A. to complete the editing.  I am certainly anxious to see it, and I hope you will be as well!  Take a look at the site, and let me know what you think!  Enjoy!

When is the best time??????

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Have you ever wondered when is the best time for you to exercise, or take your vitamins, or have surgery?  It seems that there really are the best times for these, and many other activities, because our bodies work rhythmically, in cycles, just as does all of nature.  Take a look at this interesting article I found on my homepage this morning!  You might be surprised, and helped, by what you discover here!  Have a healthy, timely day!

Are you an optimist?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

During my lifetime,  I have seen myself pretty much as the eternal optimist – I try to look on the bright side of things, believing that it doesn’t cost you anything more to be optimistic, and indeed, it can cost you physically and emotionally to be otherwise.  That’s why I was so interested in this article I found online about optimism.  Take a look!  It is well worth the read!  Enjoy!  And, have a terrific day!  I know I will!

Spookytime Jingles update!!!!!!!

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Set your watches, fix your hour glasses, get the cuckoo clock (are there any around anymore?????) set, do whatever it takes!  Spookytime Jingles updates around midnight Eastern time, tonight!!!!!!!!!!!  Yes, once again, the artists on our site will chill you and thrill you!  Here’s a little peek at what you can find on my pages………..

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See you around midnight!  Woo Hoo!  Enjoy!

Meet my grandducks!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know that from time to time I have posted pictures of some of the wildlife in my yard.  We live on a marsh, and it is simply gorgeous every day – the trees, the wildflowers, the wildlife — something is always flying over, or walking through, or crawling by.  Certainly, at this time of the year, we have many little fledglings learning to be adult birds, AND we have baby ducks!  This little family has survived natural predators and everyone is thriving.  They literally grow by inches each day!  I don’t always see them during the day, but as I work in the kitchen at my bay window, I keep an eye out for them, and today, they and Mama arrived – a bit later than usual, but they are here!  I rushed to get my camera to snap a picture for all to see!  They have nested down the bank, but not so close to the water’s edge that the eggs or very young ducklings could have been taken by snapping turtles.

My personal feeling is that Nature balances and provides, and it is only when Man intervenes that things are thrown off balance.  I believe that we must live in concert WITH Nature, rather than flying in her face.  We have large hawks which come to catch the occasional slow moving dove in the yard.  We have harriers which nest close by and provide for their young.  That is the way that it is.

Because I believe that I live in the environment of the wild things, and because the homes are built on the edge of this setting, I try to provide for the vanishing food supply for my neighbors.  I feed vast numbers of birds – cardinals, nuthatches, titmice, blue jays, robins, thrushes, red-wing blackbirds, goldfinches, purple finches, hummingbirds, and even grackles!  Oh, the crows swing by during the day as well.  And every spring, I have ducklings.  And, every summer, I have baby raccoons.  I have  a steady population of raccoons and possums who come to feed at night.  I have never been bitten, scratched, hissed at, or anything else.  I think they instinctively can recognize my intentions, and the raccoons love to sit on the windowsill at night, or in the late afternoon, and watch me sculpt and paint.  They put their paws against my hand through the glass, and they wait for their evening meal – dog food, sunflower seeds, and they love watermelon rinds!  Then, of course, I have many squirrels during the day, and their babies come as well as they learn about their little world.  The squirrels will knock on the window if all of their seeds are gone, and they frequently sit and watch me as well.

Enjoy this small peek into my vibrant backyard.   Oh, we even have gray foxes occasionally, and muskrats from the river.  We are alive, and well, and content here on the marsh in Virginia Beach……

Jack-o-Lantern June!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Yes, once again this year, the artists at pfattmarketplace have their Halloween pieces featured in the summer!  You can get a head start on your decorating by visiting us on June 10th.  All of the artists will be participating with this holiday’s themes – witches, and  cats, and ghosties – oh MY!  AND, there will be lots of wonderful door prizes from the artists as well!  WOW!!!!!!!!   Here’s the first peek at one of my pieces – perhaps in line with the theme????????

Art with a Heart

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Take a look at the face of this beautiful little girl.  She has been through so much in the first three years of her life.  Her name is Alexis, and for the next several days, through June 12, you can help her, and other children with cancer, by bidding on items which artists from around the country have donated.  Here’s the link to read more about this child.  Her story is crushing reality, but it is ultimately uplifting, because she continues to smile and live each day to the fullest – a reminder for all of us.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, there is an email address to facilitate that as well.  Here’s the link to the Country Folk Art blog, and here’s Alexis!