DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE….

Or KATH’S ADVENTURES…some times it feels like I have fallen down the rabbit hole…a) I am getting bigger…lol b)pretty sure my queen of hearts is actually a king of hearts and I know he is ready to cut off my head…..and I don’t seem to be able to wake up from this adventure and I certainly don’t think I want any more of it…

THE ADVENTURE ( if you don’t want sad story skip down to CARDS)

On April 25th my MOM , who has Alzheimer’s and is subject to UTI’s… and had a UTI was sent to the local hospital and there tested postitive for the virus…I am sparing you some of the details but for the next 35-40 days she  spent in the hospital and on approximately May the 28th she tested negative twice as required and was released to the Memory care facility that she had been in for the last 3 yrs… she is weak and needs physical therapy to walk on her own again (which before hospital stay she did quite well in fact was very healthy physically on Alzheimers med and assorted vitamins and something to help prevent UTI) so she is back and hopefully getting better but I can’t see her and in fact haven’t seen her since sometime in FEB…when they shut the memory care facility to help protect the patients…Its a small facility and I know she is getting best care they can give but still its hard not being able to see her or spend any time with her and she doesn’t get FaceTime at all and try to reach into the screen and touch me…..so we are still here in hopes that the place will reopen to visitors soon and we can see her before we head back to WA…so enough of my adventure it could have been worse she is 94 and other than the UTI had no symptoms…not on regulator at all …I know there are way worse stories out there but I felt the need to share …I did however give you a chance to skip this…

CARDS

FLOATING GATE FOLD…YouTube has a couple videos on how to make this and this one is made off the Video by Dawn.. but I had trouble with the Pop ups sticking to the paper and so I thought I try it a different way…you know me I am a lazy stamper /cardmaker and if there is an easier way I am going to give it try.  I did make it and turns out it is not really easier…so suggest you try either the link to Dawn’s or one of the others that are listed on YouTube.

CALLIGRAPHY

Now for my pen pals..lol pun intended… AMITY PARKS is giving another couple of classes and these are on her CHUNKY CAPS… so here is the link to her new class sign up website also with samples  .http://www.amityparkslettering.com

I think there other classes listed also including a second one on the BISTER INKS.

So you might want to check it out as the classes are in July but not sure if there is a limit on them or not.

Here are some of the pens that I just love… the top one is BRODY PEN from JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER. Its basically an updated ruling pen…and it has two different angles for making thick letters as then of course the tip allows you to write a moonlike…I had it but hadn’t used until I took JULIE WILDMAN’S AKIM VARIATIONS CLASS and she is also doing more classes here is the link to her web      https://www.wildmandesigns.com 

after her class I really started playing with it… it had been virgin so I just looked at it but didn’t try dipping it into ink and even after watching Julie… I only dipped into walnut ink… then I got brave and tried it with sumi… I did clean it well after.

HUMOR 

I am not sure if you will be able to click on these links and then see them or not but a calligraphy pal of mine SHARON CLYMER shared them with me recently and they both make me laugh…

This snake one could be here in Fl since we are over run with pythons however because they are an invasive species they are doing their best to eliminate them and so they would most likely have killed it before tossing it… still its pretty funny…its title is “WHEN YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON..

The one below is titled WHERE’S MY PURSE and it is funny but obviously a set up and after looking up the link On YouTube saw that it was at least 2 yrs old…STILL  being down this RABBIT HOLE…I will take all the laughs I can find… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo1HhX25tRQ

this also cracked me up… now below are some older photos of Mt Rainier and a visit we made last year.

The critter ( other than my hubby and I ) is a Marmot…they cute but not vary sociable..they can do the distancing quite well and that’s probably a good thing as depending on if it early summer they can be rather cranky and they have nasty front teeth …think Badger.. and mostly they want food and women…marmot women… I can’t tell you what flowers they are as my pic is pretty blurry but they are also from the Rainier National Park… this year sadly I had several reservations on the most important one was for around the 25th of July but sadly they have canceled all reservations at PARADISE INN due to this virus so while we could stay outside the park or down at the LONGMIRE area ..its then a good 30 minutes to the top or to PARADISE and I like to get up early around 5 or so and grab a cup of Java and go out side and sit on one of the benches near the visitor center and watch the sun come up over the top of the mt.  It doesn’t rise there but the sunlight starts lighting up the snowfields and it just soothes my soul… and puts me at peace with the world..but If I have to drive for 30 or so minutes while its a pleasant drive but curvy so you can’t go too fast… it means getting up even earlier and then my hubby will wake and think he should go with me… as long as I am just walking across the parking lot he is fine with me going alone and I like to be alone… usually no one else up then and I have often seen deer grazing in the meadow while its still a little dark and no one around… I do love it there.

Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

Ok I promised to try to end this on a happy note so think this photo does that…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

POSITIVES TO THE VIRUS

Greetings Fellow Captives

Initially thanks to the media we have seen very little that is positive about this dang virus…( you will note that I will not use the name of this virus as I feel it has gotten way to much attention already….) but EARTH DAY was terrific almost every where this year….. VENICE had canals there were so clear you could see all the way to the bottom for the first time in years….LOS ANGELS had clear skies so that you cauld see all of downtown skyline …something that handn’t happen in about 30 years I think….

Italy canals after lockdown

Los Angeles skyline fully visible…

Lions in africa on empty roadways

DUKE our favorite Gopher turtle

In addition my husbands family owns property that has been in their family since 1910 and we have had gopher turtle on the property for at least 35-40 yrs….maybe not the same one but he is still using the same hole… Gopher’s are protected in Florida and I have recently been sending lettuce, carrots etc up with my hubby to toss out near his house..

Tuesday we were rewarded with him paying a visit to edge of the road and I took this video below…We have decide actually guess I decided to call him DUKE, and no Idon’t really know if he is a male or not . After I took the video he wandered out of sight kinda behind the car so I go out to see where he was and he was right behind the back wheel so. I picked him him and moved back to side of the road where one of his other entrances to his home is located…. as we drove away my husband looked at me and said that I had probably ruined Duke’s afternoon delight because Ray thinks there is a female on the other side of the road…

I also found a lovely duck pair taking a quick bath ( I say quick because an hour from now the water will have evaported) in a puddle across from the grocery

AND while I am stuck here in FLorida due to Mom (94) getting the virus and then testing negative after 25 days in hospital she was due to be released yesterday and they found that her potassium was going down so now probably there till monday., and while the heat Is worse then ever and now we have the love bugs too nasty little guys that don’t bite but fly around in tandem like they are brain dead and really mess up your car….

I have had lovely thunder stoms for the last two evenings just before sunset… and there are lots of lovely trees in bloom here the Ponciana( red to orange0 , the Jacaranda,(Purple) and the Goldenshowers… I have posted photos of them below..

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Remember that My hubby thought DUKE was crossing the road to have a little afternoon delight…well we found proof… below are pictures of DUKE’S FRIEND…we don’t know if its a she or he as we don’t really know what DUKE is so we are just going to call this one CLYDE after Sherlock Holmes turtle ( even though his is a box and ours is a gopher) in any case CLYDE was spotted two days in a row and appears to live on the other side of the highway and about half a football field away…we are attempting to supply each of them with fresh ( semi fresh) veggies…so we’ll see what happens…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.... hugs the wire headed cyber toad aka kath

 

DAWN’S GIFT CARD WALLET

HERE’S HOPPING YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND THAT YA’LL GOBBLED TILL YA WOBBLED…LOL…I am grateful for all ya’ll that check out my blog.

Well I have good news and bad news…. the GOOD NEWS is my Mom is finally back at her residence in FT MYERS… so no more trips to Sarasota except for fun…lol. THE BAD NEWS is that due not being put on antibiotics weeks ..maybe even months ago her cough got so bad that had a fever last sunday of 101…FINALLY they gave her the antibiotics..its a long story why but she is very sad shape…and why not she has been suffering with this for over 6 wks and if they had given her the antibiotics to begin with it would have been gone in just a few days… ok know you didn’t come for this so I will move on…

dawn’s wallet for gift cards

DAWN’S GIFT CARD WALLET ..AS DAWN WOULD SAY THIS IS SO “stinkin Cute” seriously it is … and the great part is that its in plenty time for Christmas…she also tells you that it has so many pockets you won’t believe it…. so you can put gift cards or photos, or notes or just about anything you might want into it and give it ….and it doesn’t have to be Christmas…if  you want to give it as a BIRTHDAY well try using a balloon on the front using  either a die, a punch or fussy cut one out…. its just the cutest card and a very simple fold….

Dawn’s wallets

AS you can see she did one with just the word friend but this could also be a GET WELL, THINKING OF YOU, OR BIRTHDAY OR EVEN JUST BECAUSE …and note the you can also make the front of the card run either vertical or horizontal…

She is using 12 x 12 designer paper..Which means that is also duplex paper…and its gonna be kinda hard to fold… so you will need your embossing folder… you can use lighter weight text paper that in most cases will not be duplex …it just means that what little of the card shows inside will most likely be white or the same color as your outside…. either way due to the number of folds it will be sturdy enough especially if you are adding a gift card if you are adding photos you might want to add a slim piece card stock into the pocket that you put the photo so it doesn’t get bent…and due to the bows which like cause it makes look like a gift…you will have to add additional postage …STILL I think this is worth it…

HINT: regarding the Ribbon…. I would not rely on jus the embellishment on the front holding it in place….I would use a few glue dots on both the front and the back or the wallet and attach the ribbon with them and then also use the embellishment on the front to keep tin place…..

EYE CANDY..this is especially for all my friends and family in WASHINGTON...RAINWORKS is a brief YOU TUBE video of a process by which you  can letter on cement and it will only show up if its wet…. I love it…nothing could be more fun that wandering around Seattle in the stuff we call rain and finding these wonderful works of art and there are several other videos so you can see how and what he uses to make these and they don’t have to happen in Washington it rains everywhere sometime…lol…

Think I may have posted this before if you just type rainworks on You Tube it will come up several more …. ENJOY MY FRIENDS… and letter on…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…..

 

 

 

MT RAINIER TRAVEL

GREETINGS…

I assume that you are aware that we for the past several years have spent our winters in Florida and our summers in Washington.  Well since I consider WA my home I am also sure I have perhaps more than I should have , suggested that I’d prefer to spend my time in WA and that I really do miss spending my winters in an area of mostly rain but also within just a few hours of fabulous SNOW…. I know if you have to work in it and drive in it and live with it day in and day out spring is a delight …but i miss playing in the snow …. and though my husband does in fact enjoy the heat he also misses the SNOW…so that when we returned to WA this late spring to find that there MT RAINIER was still packed in snow at the upper elevation namely PARADISE INN we were elated.  In addition I had previously ( in February) booked us our favorite room at the Inn for the 12th and 13th of June well the was just priceless…I don’t usually book this early because we are not usually having good weather namely its raining and cloudy WITTHOUT the benefit of SNOW and usually no chance to see the mountain.  But I had found out ahead of time that the ANNEX at the INN would be closed for renovation beginning in late AUGUST and that it would stay closed for a year or longer… The Inn at Paradise is 100 years old and I am not sure what they are doing but its more than just cosmetic that had been done several times over the years. So I booked the rooms and lucked out… there was at least 10 feet of snow around the INN.

Because the Inn will be closed for so long …one will have to stay down at at the Inn at Longmire or one of the facilities outside the park.

This was the view out of our window looking over at the front end of the INN as you can see there was a lot of snow and I was loving every minute..

my penguin…

out my other window there was this small tree that had been broken down by the incredible amount of snow this year at the mountain but looking at it I thought it looked like a penguin.

the Fireplace at Paradise

An Old Photo of the what the lobby of the Inn looked liked years ago..

Paradise river just before it goes over Narada Falls.

Down at the lower elevation the WILD VANILLA is blooming  I love those leaves

one of my favorite flowers the Orange ones are Indian Paintbrush..

another of my favorites BEAR GRASS also called SQUAW grass….

Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

While I didn’t get to see it at sunrise this time I did get to enjoy all the snow and how quiet  it was because the snow absorbs the sound.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

LETTERING AND DOGS AND MOM

Ollie on arm of couch

MY schedule has been kinda hectic lately most due to caring for my Mom… when we first moved her back to FLORIDA ( at her request ) she was living in and INDEPENDENT living apartment… and she was quite independent… she had her small dog and she was perfectly capable both physically and mentally of taking her out regularly and feeding her etc. She had full kitchen although she only used it rarely as she had meals supplied and maid service once a week  and a laundry at the end other hall… but after being there for about 4-5 yrs she was having more and more problems mentally she had been diagonised with ALZHEIMERS…and she was on arrest t medicine which while not preventing or reversing the disease would slow it down and it did……for a while then the facility went through a major renovation and while she was still physically in great shape mentally it was just too much for her and we moved her to an ASSISTED facility… less people still got meals and they cleaned her room once a week and now they did her laundry and she still had her dog…although this was a new rescue dog as her previous dog had died… eventually she was less unable to care for dog mentally forgeting things and trying to feed him strange stuff like packets of diet sugar..etc… finally we had to not only take the dog away ( we have him) but move her to a MEMORY CARE facility….smaller yet and more caregivers and more activity and much smaller room… this was just recently  and it was really a tough move but for the best for her…and for the dog…I hope that this is in some way helpful to others who may be going thru or about to go thru the same thing… and I will answer any emails that I receive, as best as I can  with questions regarding this horrid disease.

When we adopted the dog she was adamant about calling HIM MOLLY previous dogs name and occasionallly she would remember he was a boy but still she called him Molly..so when we had to remove the dog we took him …..He is a wonderful dog and was wonderfully trained before she or we got him… he sleeps in till about 10 he only goes out about 3 times a day ( that is great since we are in a condo and this means elevator). We had not had any pets for about 30 years but we have adjusted to each other well I think, however we are not sure we can keep him due to fact that we are back and forth from WA to FL and taking him on a plane doesn’t sound appealing and driving cross country every time doesn’t sound good either ….we just haven’t committed yet but he is adorable and such a great dog…no barking except if someone comes to door… he is very loving.  He is mostly Shi ZHU with some dachshund  thrown in we think as he is very long in the body…

Ollie ..early morning …not time to get up yet..lol

I know I know …I changed from Molly to Ollie but apparently I now have him as a CAT….poor Ollie…

If we end up driving home this is Ollie’s car seat and he loves it ….

mom in her new place ready to go out to lunch (91)

OK ENOUGH about Dogs and Mom … now to the lettering with ST Paddy’s day so close I have chosen one of my favorite monolines…. I CALL IT KIWI…so think green… lol… I apologize for it not being a very clean copy but I am behind and I just didn’t have time to re do it and its been scanned /copied one to many times…still I think you can see it well enough to try to play with it… enjoy…

EYE CANDY

STREET TRASH This guy uses street trash to create large animals…its just amazing what he can make…. I love the grasshopper because if you remember the story of the grasshopper and the ants…. the grasshopper was the lazy one….and I have always thought of myself as a grass hopper…. check it out…

TIGHTLY ROLLED NEWSPAPER a japanese artist highly rolls newspaper to create incredible art… animals…you won’t believe…. just wonderful…. give it a look …

TIRE ART...Blake Mc Farland….makes amazing art using old tires…. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible they are so click on the blue link and check it out for yourself…

Ok that’s it for this week… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…. wire headed cyber toad…aka Kath…