Monday, March 31, 2008

Quote from St. Francis of Assisi

Keep a clear eye toward life's end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God's creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received--fading symbols of honor, trappings of power--but only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage. --St. Francis of Assisi

Photo opportunity Saturday

The zoo was doing a controlled burn on Saturday which us city folk don't see very often.
Then it was "Dog Days" in the gallery area including live purebreds and poodles with braids.

Then after church we saw Cody's band play, Vehicles. Rock on, Cody! It was hard staying up that late with me being so old and all.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Fun with free photo editing

Just discovered which has lomography and gallery editing and still love This last one is using their "Warholizer".

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Vases: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Won't comment on which one I think is ugly (or looks like it was done by a kindergartner). Was pleasantly surprised about the last one. I like it's shape. The black matte glaze was drizzled on with a hair-dye bottle (a tip I got from somewhere on the internet).

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Book review

Back in January I had a post called Things on my nightstand. Well, I finished one of the books...The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud. Either it was just me or the state I was in (finally being able to concentrate enough to read books with more than one character in them) or was expecting much more, but I was a disappointed in the ending. Little did I know that the stories I was trying to follow would be wrapped up (very easily by the author) by choosing to go the 9-11 route and all the stories hinging on the World Trade Center disaster. I want to know what would've happened to the characters if that didn't happen!!! Did learn some new words such as egegrious (which was used at least twice) and miasma which is always a plus to me.

Anyways, I'm now reading Truly the Community for house church and The Signature of Jesus.

Also am waiting on some lighter books on order at Amazon: Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure and Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie.

Anyways, so that's my book review.

Once again, I recommend Three Cups of Tea if you haven't read it already.

March blessings

What are my March blessings?

"Smell his tummy", said Ethan as people approached for Easter brunch and as he held up his blueberry-scented bear. (Will maybe try to get his daddy to be a guest blogger one day and tell about his bike-motor vehicle fiasco.)

Am very impressed with Hannita's stitchery, as the front looks just like the backside!

Other blessings include:
-Storebought and homemade cards and gifts
-Neighborhood girls on spring break who rang my doorbell to borrow an egg and came back with blueberry muffins!
-Blooming bulbs
-Well wishes from good friends and family

Make sure you click here to see Melanie's Tenebrae art!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Garden show 2008

Went to the garden show last week. It was smaller than last year, which I was expecting, but still lived up to my expectations. It's so fun to walk through gardens with life-size trees and boulders and still being indoors.

Finally got to see Paul James "The Gardener Guy" from "Gardening By the Yard". He commented that our show had more "garden" in it than the Philadelphia show. Oh yeah, and he sang for the first time during a Q&A and did pretty well. He says that he gets mistaken for the guy on "This Old House" a lot. He's featured in this blog post if anyone's interested.

Didn't take any good pictures of the big gardens, but have some of the flower arranging show and art show above. I usually go on the first day of the show, but now have learned that it's fun to go after the judging to see what the judges think. There are categories such as miniature, paintings with matching floral decorations, and table settings. Then it's fun to oogle at the houseplant or cactus exhibitions and either "ooh" or say "that thing earned a ribbon?"

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dr. Randy Pausch lecture

Someone just emailed me this video. I did hear of people talking about it, but never saw it until now. This is the lecture from the professor who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Found a link here to see how he's doing now.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Faith "Music" of "My" Fathers

When I was growing up and going to church, I would sing the old hymns but much rather prefered the new contemporary "CCM" music at the Sunday services. Now I enjoy some of the currently written songs, but am drawn toward the old hymns and their stories. Why?

Well, in my late 20's when I was singing the hymns and reading their stories I felt somehow connected with the ancestors of my faith. This music got them through wars, hardships, famines, migrations, etc. I would not only practice sight-reading when I was singing some I didn't know, but I would look at the date they were written and imagine what was going on in the world at the time.

Now I'm in my late 30's and am thinking of my loved ones who have passed away in the last few years. I know these songs have helped them through drought, the foot-and-mouth cattle disease in the 1930's, hard winters, financial and family difficulties, fires (one's apron catching on fire while being pregnant and suffering a back burn and one family business fire in particular), mundaneness of day-to-day life (including what to fix for supper), cancer and other illnesses, loss of their loved ones, etc. I can draw on this same faith that they leaned on to carry them through and feel connected to them and am comforted by that.

Do you see what this means--all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running--and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Heb 12:1 MSG

p.s. Here's a link for the story of the hymn "Faith of Our Fathers" if you're interested.

p.p.s. Hope to blog about change and the church soon, as this post has led me to realize all of the changes my ancestors have gone through in their faith communities.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Have been in a vase phase lately, even though I need to finish the class project (which is a very tall, slender pitcher) and have been asked to do a communion set months ago. Think I'm stuck on how to design it because I want it to be the best I've ever done/stunning, etc. Am still mulling that over in my head. Guess I just answered Jason's question about taking custom orders and am not disciplined enough and confident enough yet, but thanks for asking!

Also haven't felt like blogging much lately. Have been keeping up with friends on facebook, though. So if you have an account, go look me up.

p.s. Here's a new word I learned today: Turgid: Swollen. Syn: Tumid. I suggest you use it in a sentence today.

p.p.s. Worked on the class project last night and measured it--18-1/2 inches. We'll see how much it shrinks when it dries.