Thursday, May 31, 2007


Yesterday, my husband said there was a bird trapped in a wall in his office. He just sent this to me today...

Dateline: *****, Kansas

At approximately 10:30 hours this morning, a small, grey bird was rescued from within the inner wall of the planning office of ***** (my husband's workplace). The daring rescue was pulled off by an intrepid member of the *** maintenance crew who first determined the trapped bird's exact location and then removed a set of wall outlets. This created a hole that was just big enough to pull the tired bird out of the wall.

The bird, once in the hands of the maintenance person, was gratefull to be pulled from it's dark, cramped trap. It is currently "trying to get it's bearings" in the breezeway of ***. It's progress will be monitered by the planners until it is strong enough to fly off to it's normal life.

The planning department is now relieved to not have to listen to the bird flapping within the wall, as it slowly starved to death.

Also yesterday, I found the second dead animal this year (a young bird) in my backyard. We are thinking about keeping a body count tally, as we have found at least two dead possums and various birds within the last four years...We didn't know we lived on an animal burial ground.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Linky about feelings

I read this today and liked it. Caution to the guys: It's to a blog called Girl Talk.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

What are your Memorial Day memories? When I was growing up, we would spend our time camping by the lake, and not in a tent. I'm missing bon fires and boating on big bodies of water. Yes, that was not the reason for Memorial Day, but those memories always creep in. Oh, and we did go to my grandparents' grave, but I didn't even remember them when they were alive, so it wasn't sad for me. Oh yeah, and school was out by then!! Yippee!!!

Nowadays, my husband and I seem to catch one or two war movies on TV during the weekend and on Tuesday go back to work...Oh, how I miss the summer vacation!

But this day is not about me...Here's to the original meaning of Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Intricacy is that which is given from the beginning, the birthright, and in intricacy is the hardiness of complexity that ensures against the failure of all life. This is our heritage, the piebald landscape of time. We walk around; we see a shred of the infinite possible combinations of an infinite variety of forms.

--Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
by Annie Dillard

I've been enjoying this book, but it's a slow read. I'm at the part of the book where she talks about stalking muskrats and am using the tips to view my baby bunnies. Here's another interesting part of the book:

The faster death goes, the faster evolution goes. If an aphid lays a million eggs, several might survive. Now, my right hand, in all its human cunning, could not make one aphid in a thousand years. But these aphid eggs--which run less than a dime a dozen, which run absolutely free--can make aphids as effortlessly as the sea makes waves. Wonderful things, wasted. It's a wretched system.

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. --Matthew 10:29-31

Friday, May 25, 2007

Show and tell

My neighbor Sharon and I played show and tell in each other's yards yesterday. These are her spiderwort, just some of her roses, and wonderful-smelling mock orange.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


I'm having a hard time staying motivated today while working.


I have a new favorite word and favorite technique--SGRAFFITO. It just sounds cool, doesn't it? After the piece is trimmed, the slip (or paint in layman's terms) is put on. Then a design is scratched on, showing the original color. Then it goes through one firing, and then a glaze is placed on top of that (I will use clear glaze). After it is fired one last time, it will be finished.

I finally tried some different clay...The bad part about using this red clay is that it stains light-colored fabric and your hands--looks like a
self-tanning incident gone bad.

Monday, May 21, 2007

No boys allowed

Some ladies from Wheatland Mission threw a bridal shower for Leigh on Sunday morning. Leigh is super sweet and cool and just graduated as an elementary school teacher. She's in my house church group. If you're interested, you may click here to see some pictures from my flickr account.

Check out the rosettes on the cake plate...Laura M. made them out of Starbursts!

Baby update

The bunnies' eyes are starting to open.

This is the best picture I could get of the baby birds. They are fed often and chirp a lot.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Testing if comments work

Widlife in the yard

We've been enjoying the house sparrows having babies in the birdhouse that we can see from our kitchen window.

A rabbit decided to make a nest in our backyard, and here are three little bunnies with their eyes closed. We've been able to keep the dog away from them so far. Aren't they cute?

p.s. Sorry for the words being up with the pictures...if I put 100 spaces, blogger still won't separate them. Humph!

p.p.s. I guess no one can comment...I did read someone's blog from Colorado, and they had the same problem yesterday....It must've finally made it to Kansas.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


I just remembered one of my dreams from last night. I developed to hives on my back, and they stuck out exactly 6 cm. They really hurt. I did eat Mexican food last night...

Praying mantis eggs

Look what my neighbor gave me! Hopefully I'll get a lot of neat pictures when they hatch in a couple weeks.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bad new/good news

Bad news: My modem was fried last night by the thunderstorm and I couldn't start work until noon today...

Good news: It's not my modem, and I don't have to pay to replace it.

Monday, May 14, 2007


Sight is not faith, and hearing is not faith, neither is feeling faith; but believing when we can neither see, hear, nor feel is faith.
--Hannah Whitall Smith

Lately I've been reminded not to let my emotions direct me...including not feeling God being there, but deep down I know He is.

I was also moved by this quote...

God, in his love, always leaves room for us to doubt. But God also gives us plenty of reason to believe.
--James Bryan Smith

My dog's going to be famous (just kidding)

Dogfessions got my postcard. You can see it

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Has anyone else seen the infomercial for The Secrets of Motionless Exercise? I had to watch it for a few minutes just to laugh. It only takes 7 minutes a day...

Here's their disclaimer:

Friday, May 11, 2007


Baby Moon miniature daffodils (Yes, they are blooming now since I didn't get them in the ground until January 28th.)

This is what I ended up doing to the closed form. The glazing isn't very good on it because I got the glaze and covercoat mixed up and it had to be fired three times instead of twice...Also it doesn't fit together well...It was a learning experience of what not to do next time.

Wondering if you're humming that Coldplay song or that Beatles submarine song now... How about that polka-dot bikini song?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Cats of Mirikitani

Watched something good on TV last night on Independent Lens. This was a story about a man living on the street in New York with a fascinating past. You can read about it on the link. What was most impressive about this story was that during 9/11/01 the filmmaker invited him to come in to her apartment to get out of the toxic clouds of smoke. He actually ended up living with her for a long time! Talk about loving your neighbors!!!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Things my mom said

My mom has been experiencing some word-finding problems which is thought to be due to her chemotherapy. She is able to laugh at herself after I remind her how funny what she just said sounds...

For instance, she said she needed some more "eye stuff for old ladies" to help with puffiness. She was also wondering if she needed to resume her regular yearly cancer screenings, such as what do you call them? "Those boob pictures."

Multicolored petal

Looks like my irises got a little more intimate with each other...Notice the multicolored petal on the last picture? Yes, that's a fly on it.


What did we do on Sunday in Kansas? Watched the weather...It was exciting at first, but after the third thunderstorm bout came through it felt like "old hat". There was a tornado warning in my county, of course, but it dissolved by the time the system got here.

What's my relationship to Greensburg, the town that got hit? It's about 100 miles away. I did visit the World's Largest Hand-dug Well there about 13 years ago...I'm sure it's much more interesting than visiting the World's Largest Ball of Twine which is also in Kansas which I haven't seen yet. I know a couple people who have family in Greensburg that survived.

There are more thunderstorms predicted through Friday and some of the state is already having problems with flooding. So we have enough rain for now and are a little tired of it.

Friday, May 04, 2007


You may have heard of the Post Secret blog where people are asked to send in postcards revealing a secret...

Well I found another blog which is right up my alley. It's Dogfessions!!! I just mailed in my postcard yesterday afternoon.

I'll have to wait and see if they post it in the next batch.