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Friday, January 11th, 2013 05:58 am
Let me see how quickly I can get this post together since I got caught up in emailing a good friend and I'm running about 20 minutes late today. I have six more things of beauty from the Minneapolis Institute of Art to share with you today - things that I love that I wanted to share with all of you. I'll start with the oldest and one that I so adore...


This is a Corinthian Bronze warrior's helmet from 540 BCE. This is a functional piece of beauty and when I compare the sleek lines and patina with those shiny over-the-top metal condoms that PJ had his Gondorian warriors wearing in Return of the King, I am once more appalled at how truly horrible the armor in Lord of the Rings really was. I've had the opportunity to see a lot of different plate armor, helmets and weapons as I grew up - I'm a museum nut. Those helmets from Gondor always make me laugh. They are so stupidly ridiculous. Why couldn't PJ have allowed his warriors to be lean, mean, fighting machines instead? Why not use a helmet like this one?

Five more spectacular items below the cut... )
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Thursday, January 10th, 2013 05:29 am
Back to the Minnesota Institute of Art and three very different sculptures for you to look at today. These pieces are made from vastly different materials and really have nothing in common except that I love them and the skill and vision that allowed them to come to life. So instead of dwelling on all of the computer crap that just didn't work right yesterday, I'll share beauty because it's always so much better to concentrate on the positive...

Pictures of items that will challenge your perception below the cut... )
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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 05:22 am
Even though I have to work today, it is the weekend and I have an open Sunday again. I have plans, though, happy plans. One of my favorite things is going to museums. In fact, my ideal vacation would be spending some serious time in Florence, Barcelona and Paris doing nothing but going to museums. I know - weird. But they make me happy. If I could have my sketchbook and camera, my happy time would transcend to my joyous time. But on Sunday, this Sunday, I'll be in a happy time at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I have tickets for DH and I to see....

Terracotta Horse

China'a Terracotta Warriors - The First Emperor's Legacy. So kewl!!!!!
More pics and more bubbling below the cut - surely you can handle some bubbling?.... )
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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 06:02 am
In June I had saved enough to get my eyes examined and get a new, up-to-date prescription for eyeglasses. I love my eyeglasses. I have two unique and distinctive pairs of frames that I had purchased as custom pairs for my 50th birthday celebration. I had inherited some money from my mother when she passed and used some of it for my 50th celebration items - two tattoos and two pairs of eyeglasses. Returning to topic, I got a new prescription and wanted to get my glasses re-lensed for the second time since I purchased them. I finally sent pair one off on the 26th of September and got pair one back in the mail yesterday. All neat, clean, and with new Transition lenses.


These aren't my eyeglasses, but they're really kewl. They
are made from bamboo, designed by Ming. Very nice!

more rambling below...aren't you curious? )
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Saturday, October 6th, 2012 05:21 am
I'm exhausted. I allowed myself to sleep an additional twenty minutes this morning and didn't hit the treadmill (bad girl) but I really needed that little bit of additional sleep. I'm really looking forward to tonight - for the first time in two months I will be able to sleep in on Sunday morning. This is the ultimate luxury! So I'm writing a celebration to sleep today because, quite honestly, that candle I hold that burns from both ends does singe my hand now and again.



writing efforts and awards below the cut )
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Thursday, May 10th, 2012 04:52 am
As I wrote earlier this week, last Friday I was in Nebraska visiting the Joslyn Art Museum and having one of the happiest days I've had in a long time. I was with my cousin and her daughter, people I haven't seen for a very long time, and I was at this small, beautiful art museum - and I love art museums. The variety of their collection really surprised me - the depth of it for such a small museum was truly marvelous. So I'm sharing some pieces with all of you today.

highlights of the Joslyn Art Museum below the cut )
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Monday, May 7th, 2012 04:44 am
So, after being chased by thunderstorms across Nebraska, I arrived back home around 3pm yesterday afternoon and soon sat down at my computer to try and catch up with my f-list and lj friends. I had a wonderful time with my cousin and her daughter and son-in-law, we went all over Lincoln which I had remembered as a very nice city and which confirmed my college memories. I ate far too much and will be watching what I eat carefully over the next week or two to get back to reality. Of course, my birthday will interrupt the good thoughts of weight loss, but most of this should be gone in a few short days. We traveled to a lot of different places, but one of the nicest was to the Joslyn Museum in nearby Omaha. They were hosting a special exhibit called "To Live Forever - Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum". The building all of this was housed in was a wonder of Art Deco - classic and stunning. Everywhere I turned were the details that make Art Deco one of my favorite art styles.

pics of the Joslyn Art Museum follow the cut )
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Saturday, April 28th, 2012 04:53 am
Today I will be leaving work early to attend my friend Rich's memorial/visitation in the funeral home north of the Twin Cities. Chickie will be helped by Jim and Chickie Mama to keep things going while I'm out of the shop. So I'll go up north in the rain and hug my friend's widow and daughter and wish that the whole thing was just a bad dream. But it's not.

But not all is dark. Check out my new umbrella! )
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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 03:58 am
I have so much to do today. I did get two items finished yesterday, one of the last two B2ME stories and my poem for LOTR Community which will be revealed on the 16th. I have one last B2ME story to write, a drabble for the week, and I MUST edit some things for Iris (I have a large note on my desk so that I don't forget).

what ever happened to relaxation for days off? )
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Friday, March 16th, 2012 04:57 am
I was supposed to take yesterday to do my tax prep work. But...I really am not in the mood and still have some time, so I didn't. Bad me. But...I wrote, a lot, and finally got Iris' next chapter Beta work done (bad me - it had been more than two weeks between chapters and I really try to not push things out that far) and I actually let myself get an hour's nap in the afternoon that was sorely needed.

cute pic below the cut... )
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Monday, March 12th, 2012 05:02 am
Well, Saturday's post led to some very interesting discussions about overextending myself (which is the normal way that I've lived my life for 50+ years) and archiving suggestions for my future drabbles and other short items. Lots to think about and things to organize when I have some spare time. Loved the interaction!

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 04:11 am
Today is my studio day, and even though I doubt I'll have time to play with art, I do have several stories waiting in the wings to be written for B2ME, and I have errands to do all over town. So I'll be driving around, doing some shopping, doing loads of laundry when I finally get back home, and writing, writing, writing. Because of that, I feel a need for pretty pictures today, so I'll show you lovely things that have no relation to my text - LOL. I love clouds, so I'll share some wonderful ones with you.

because I love unusual clouds, I have a few to share with the text below... )
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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 04:00 am
March is a busy, busy month. One of the things that I am participating in again is what's called "Back 2 Middle Earth" of B2ME month. What we are doing this year is Bingo. Many cards were designed to give prompts for writing or artwork and each participant chose one or several or a lot of cards to play for the month. I was quite restrained and only chose eight cards. I have friends who chose many, many more than that. But if I get a number called that appears on several cards, I have my work cut out for me.

more natterings and pics below... )
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Thursday, March 1st, 2012 04:32 am
I usually don't feel my age, in fact, I usually ignore my age unless it is of benefit to me. So I will occasionally take advantage of a senior discount, but usually prefer to act the age that I feel instead of what the calender tells me. Unfortunately, after shoveling wet and heavy snow for more than two hours yesterday, I'm feeling my age *sigh*. Oh well, it could have been much worse. We only got some snow, other parts of the nation got deadly tornadoes.

reflections on my Dad and B2ME follow below... )
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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 04:52 am
Yesterday at this time they were forecasting snow - 6"-12" of the white stuff to hit us. But we got rain and sleet all night instead. It has just now (4:30 am) changed over to snow which we're supposed to have for most of the day. So over an icy and slushy mess, we'll get snow. It's going to be a very icy day and treacherous driving. I'll get my errands done as soon as possible and then settle down at my computer. I started printing my overheads at the shop yesterday and was having variable success, so I will be continuing working on that today because I have to get this nailed. If this doesn't work, I'll print detailed hi-def photo prints and then copy them onto overheads at the copy shop tomorrow am. One thing is for sure, I'm going through a lot of ink. But the overheads I've done are beautiful. Things are falling into place - none too soon :-)

Yes, I'm drawing...but you can't see it. Why? Read on... )
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Monday, February 27th, 2012 04:29 am
Normally my Mondays can be a bit laid back, but not today. I have four large mail orders that got placed over the weekend that will keep me hopping today, I have a new prompt for a drabble for the week, one which may allow me to combine last week's with this one...maybe... And I want to continue revising my longer story and get that handed in, hopefully by the end of the month. When I look at the week, I want to crawl under a rock. Unfortunately, that's a luxury I simply don't have.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 04:43 am
So, on February 23, 1455 (yes, that's 1455) the first printing of the Guttenburg Bible began in Mainz, Germany. The invention of the Guttenburg press and the inks needed to allow multiple copies of the written word revolutionized the dissemination of information and distribution of knowledge. It is generally considered to be a contributing factor to the Age of Enlightenment, etc, and just look at how far we have come.

talk of reading and my artwork link below )
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Saturday, February 18th, 2012 08:52 am
I'm tired. Bone dead, dogged, tired. Part of the reason is because I do have a lighter case of my DH's cold, but the other part is that it is the middle of winter (even though we have escaped snow for the most part this year so far) and I feel like I will never see the spring sun. Next week is Far Tuesday and the beginning of Lent. I don't celebrate Lent, I'm Pagan, not Catholic, but I'm married to a non-practicing Catholic and he enjoys aspects of Lent. So we pay attention to it. What does it mean for me? Fish on Fridays - yum! Either McDonald's fish sandwiches (which many people could argue, successfully, is not fish at all) or sushi (which other people may consider a bit too much fish). Either way, my Fridays will be marvelous.

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Friday, February 17th, 2012 04:47 am
I'm fighting to not catch my DH's cold and so far I'm hanging in there. But I overslept this morning, so I guess I'm still a bit groggy. I seem (knocking on wood) to be escaping the worst of it right now. He'll try to go to work today, and I'll try to get a studio day. No guarantee that I won't be called in to work during a portion of the afternoon though.

pics and chat below the cut )
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Thursday, February 16th, 2012 04:03 am
I hereby condem my poor, sick DH to solitary confinement until he is over this cold/flu/whatever crud he has. He still feels horrid. I banned him from working yesterday, giving up my day off to work for him. I also am banning him from work today *sigh*. We miss cuddling. There is something comforting and relaxing to have his arm around me while my head is on his shoulder. Right now we're staying several feet apart at all times to try and ensure that I don't catch this crud. I'm skating on the edge of catching this and I really can't afford the time to indulge in sickness. Neither of us are sleeping well. THIS HAS TO STOP! Gods/goddesses of health, how about dropping by my house - LOL.

sentimentality and pics below the cut )