DAY FOUR YELLOWSTONE ROOSEVELT ENTRANCE

TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVIN FUN

Yes , I am 2 days behind but dang I am havin fun.  The drive to GARDINER was uneventful but we did take a quick detour through BUTTE…the town is know for is mining copper, mostly but also some lead.Elk walking the streets of GARDINER Mt. Each evening…pretty cool….

 

Backside of Roosevelt entrance due to sun shining on the front.. but I do have the front…

See told you I had it…lol

Bison herd settling down for the nigh along the fire hole river.

The Hamilton group was the original concession for all of Yellowstone for quite awhile.

Eagle eating along the river…I have never seen this before and couldn’t believe how big he was.

Dragon’s mouth fumerole…stinky too.

The back side of the Original INN AT OLD FAITHFUL…..note  the widows walk along the top when the park was in the about the 40’s they would allow visitors that were staying at the Inn to go up to the top and they had a dump off the to the left and bears came there to eat at night and they would shine lights on the dump so the visitors could see the bears this was later discontinued due the fact that it was actually harmful to allow the bears to root in the garbage.  Now the Inn is too fragile and no one but employees are allowed up there for mostly repairs.

Resting near the Inn.

Grand PRISMATIC POOL. Swiped this off the internet because you can only see it like this from the air.. you can walk all around it but you can’t appreciate the color because you can’t get up high enough to look down on it.. also no drones allowed in the park

CASTLE GYSER going off in the distance. We are waiting for Old Faithful…

And it begins…but I didn’t get a good photo of it all the way up due to it being on the video and its too big to post here this 40’s poster will have to do… sorry

Another one of my favorites is this poster of the Yellow bus….they were there a long time ago and they brought them back a few years ago but like so many things COVID caused them seriious problems due to only a few on the bus due to social distancing…so it only ran a few times and they are not sure if or when they will start them again. ….so sad…

Raven’s are everywhere and I just love them but I won’t bore you with how many photos of them I have taken…

.This is the most impressive place… and the color dazzles the eyes… I think because it is not as big as the GRAND CANYON that it is actually more impressive because you can appreciate the size and the color better.

The Lower falls of the canyon and if you look close you can see that you can walk right out to the edge to look over ….my favorite place….when I was about 9 or 10 my folks took us here and we were actually able to watch them dynamite the area to build the ledge out to the edge… my dad had a two way radio in the car and we had to turn it off as it was a possible problem for them with the dynamite. So many memories.

Ok Yall isn’t arm chair travel fun..

Thanks for stoppin by…old traveling shoes…aka kath

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2…. SPOKANE TO MISSOULA….

Greetings and Salutations….

This is day two and while I have not done much but ride in the car….I am incredibly sleepy, however I have had less alcohol tonight so we can hope that I will do a better job of editing…the real problem is my glasses don’t work…lol so I really can’t see the screen that well … still it was a lovely day and I do have a few fun things for you…..

I think I may have told you that we spent some time in Spokane last year ( which SIRI pronounces SPO CANE….LMAO) and when I was here I found a great art supply store and because one can never have too many art supplies my sweet baboo took me back over to it this am before we left town… this is the outside of the art building… I like to pretend that its me… making art..lol

Shortly after leaving the city of SPOKANE you find yourself approaching Coeur d’ Alene…( pronounced Cour de lain). But we are not French…lol. It’s a huge lake and very beautiful to drive along..

Then we come to more  images of the variety of landscapes that are this part of Eastern Washington.  It’s just lovely , however , I now know why my sister and brother in law do not drive on the freeways very often but tend to take the back roads….It’s very hard to take good photos when you are flying by the scenes at 70 miles an hour and that is the speed limit and just when you think you have the photo lined up a huge truck goes wizzing by… It’s fun but also frustrating….. you just can’t yell STOP when your hubby is driving 70 miles and hour… He’s good but that’s a no no…

 

 

Amazing bald rock just pops up out of no where trees all around then suddenly its bare…and smooth

Or rough and craggy

one of my favorite parts today was the area around Kellog I think where there is and Gondola and guess they are getting it ready for ski season.. in any case this poor man was having to climb STRAIGHT up with so much crud hanging off of him I wanted to suggest he get a cherry picker…

The climber with all the STUFF.. who knows what just hanging off of him..

I had to put this in as it just cracked me up…listed as a historical marker…

More lovely trees these are pines and they are just so crisp and very tall.

More bare rock that just doesn’t look like it belongs there..

A brief bathroom stop at Mickey D’s and an incredibly large bug ( nope don’t know what kind and good that he was on the outside not the inside…

This is the inside of what can only be referred to as a sh—t shop full of souvenirs…well that’s what they call them but this one also had $50,000 dollars worth of silver dollars hanging on the walls and over head of their bar….it was just a hoot.. no they did not give out any or even have any to purchase as souvenirs..lol but it was fulll of stuff and I did get a couple of postcards.

And look a wee bit of fall ya’ll ( that’s for my Southern friends who haven’t see fall in years)


This is my favorite image of the day…. and we were going much slower so I was able after the 3 or 4 one we saw to capture it… I think it means rock and roll truck…lmao…

I am afraid that this post is rather boring and some of you might not come back… but if you have ever wanted Julie and Julia ( movie) Julie decides she is going to cook all of JULIA’s recipes and then blog about each night…. I loved that movie but now I also know why she found it so hard to both do the cooking and then blog till the wee hours… If you haven’t seen it ,rent it…its worth your time… and perhaps you will have more sympathy for me and continue to stay with me… tomorrow is GARDINER and the northern entrance to Yellowstone and if we are luck some of the elk will be lying around the Ranger station and we of course get to see Mammoth hot spring…so hang in there the photos will get better I promise…

Oh and BTW …. I have hired a proofreader so any mistakes with this post are due to Mr HARNEY.. LOL

SO TTFN  ( that’s TA TA FOR NOW ) for all you Tigger fans… ( I decided that the blog need a new sign off) ole traveling shoes  IN MISSOULA MT……aka kath

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise…. its a road trip to JELLYSTONE NATIONAL PARK

ROAD TRIP ROAD TRIP ROAD TRIP……2020

DAY ONE….... SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO SPOKANE

 

SURPRISE SURPRISE SURP RISE …. I haven’t toled your but for the nest 10 + days I am going to be posting my blog of my road trip to YELLOWSTONE..

I am so excited I haven’t been back since 2007 and before that 1984 and then my first time taking my native Floridian husband who had never been out of the state of Florida 1972….and for me I don’t know how many times but my first was when I was 5 years old.. and the cabin we stayed in at old faithful  … my dad got up in the morning to start a fire and warm up the cabin and promptly gathered up all the newspaper that my mom had spread on the floor and burned up my socks…. YELLOWSTONE has a truly warm place in my heart so I WAS DELIGHTED WHEN my sister in law and brother in law agreed to let us join them on their trip … she did all the work and got us  booked for all the fun places … nothing in Yellowstone park was open so  we are staying outside at Gardner ( think Mammoth Hot Springs and the northern entrance..photos to come… and then on to West Yellowstone… via the park… the park is open but nothing else well maybe Old FAITHFUL LODGE but q bit pricey…..so I plan to blog my way through…..hope you can join me..we are headed to SPOKANE.. and the wonderful DAVENPORT HOTEL…

SO day ONE… We left at bout 9:33 and headed east on I-90 … to SPOKANE… it was an easy drive and our first really scenic spot is VANTAGE. Where we cross thec Columbia  river and see the change in the landscape .. driving from wet western Washington to dry Eastern Washington is a HUGE CHANGE… …its almost like not being in the same country…

the HORSE SULPUTURE is beautiful… I grabbed these off the internet as my husband was on a roll and flying by at 70 miles an hour so no chance to see up  close..

The river is the Columbia and the scenery around this area is just amazing… next we flew by the plains and the sage brush which I love…

Then you know you are in Eastern Washington due to the fact that you move from FIR TREES IN WESTERN WA TO PINES IN EASTERN… as a Grits girl (girls raised in the south) I had a hard time learning Western is Fir trees and Eastern is mostly pine… all lovely and I love the PACIFIC NORTHWEST..

THEN when we arrived in Spokane we went to the best STEAKHOUSE restaurant called. CHURCHILLS… and had the best Martini I have had in ages….kudos to the bartender who actually knew what DRY meant… lol.. plus they gave me this lovely little blue glass bottle of hand sanitizer…a local brewery is making it up for them… and I have a huge collection of blue glass ..and now one more…

So thus ends day one…but stay tuned for day two tomorrow … SPOKANE TO MISSOULA..doesn’t that get your pulse racing….

oh yeah these photos are from my local Safeway store which had the most amazing CHARLOTTE’S WEB….. no Charlotte but hey the web was SOME WEB…LOL.

 

 

 

OH YEAH and my BFF STEPHANIE GOGGLEYE made this incredible Halloween mask for me and I was hoping to share it with KING 5  AS THEY WERE ASKING FOR PHOTOS BUT CAN’T FIND OUT HOW TO DO IT SO HERE IT IS AND As said stay tuned for more adventures and more Halloween …my absolute favorite holiday…

Any and all typos are due to the 2 fantastic martini’s …

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

MY FAVORITE THINGS.

OH MY GOODNESS….I have some things to share and also a card link.. one of the first things I want to share is about the GEMINI JR.  I bought this about a year or so ago and liked it so much and if you don’t know its an electric version of the BIG SHOT… not made by same people but it is available at AMAZON…( LETS all vote Jeff Bezos to restart our economy…) it cuts dies of all types and it will also emboss using the regular embossing templates as well as the 3D templates which emboss deeper…( ie don’t use thin card stock with them or you will probably end up breaking the paper). Frankly I got a chance to try one of the Gemini machines at a stamp store and was very impressed..mostly due to fact that I have some arthritis and no way to predict where it will pop up next but I was tired of cranking my way thru die cuts and embossing … less embossing than die cuts which is what I want to tell you about… the Gemini works so well and I have the die cutting down pat… I know the layers and how to put it together and to turn the clear cutting plates so that they don’t warp so badly just flip them.  BUT AS I SAID I DON’T EMBOSS much that said I recently bought a 3 D template of cob webs for my all time favorite cards HALLOWEEN so I decided the other day to emboss it using the GEMINI JR…( smaller version the big one is way too big) so I looked up in my directions of layers and read it twice then put them together and turned on the machine and inserted the sandwich of layers …it started in and then I could tell it was stuck so I tried to push it a little to get it going having never used a 3D plate before I thought it would go but no… it wouldn’t and suddenly I panicked and tried to pull the sandwich back out… not working… so turned it off and called my hubby thinking I’d make him hold the machine and I’d pull and it would come out….well that didn’t work either so he turned it off AGAIN and did what I almost never do…got on line and read instructions…..with me kibitzing in the background that it wouldn’t work….but he said …they said to turn it on and hold down the reverse button ( which I had tried to no avail) for 10 seconds… i hadn’t done the 10 seconds…so we gave it a try and BINGO ..it promptly reversed the plates and pushed them back out to me… turns out that I had left in the frosted plate that you DO USE with the die cuts and that of course made the sandwich too thick…so I bravely relayed the sandwich without that frosted sheet and it worked perfectly…..so I just want you all to know that if you are like me and tired of cranking the BIG SHOT…then you might want to give the GEMINI JR a try there are other electric ones out there but I have liked this one very much and it does cut through rather heavy paper and even cuts through a couple  sheets of about 60 lb card stock.. and my shoulders don’t get tired and neither do my hands…I am just sharing this for your interest not because I get a commission for selling them… lol…and if you are new to all of this you might find that cost of BIG SHOT or ever the stamping up one is about the same as this electric one… and it will cut most size dies… anyway I love it.

Now next I want to share some pens my Epistolary friend in Oklahoma shared with me months ago so not sure if you will find them but she and I are great DOLLAR TREE shoppers… not Dollar General nor Dollar Family etc…only DOLLAR TREE actually has everything at $1.00….these pens are so cool… they actually have two tips coming out the end so you get dual letters or lines with them and in dual colors.  I had to go to 3 different DOLLAR TREE’S to find them but I do like them and they came in set as you see but also another set with two different colors… and at $1 of course I had to buy both sets… I only scanned this set so you will have to go hunting but you just might find them.

Now more info …I tried to scan this and it was too blurry so I took photo with my iPhone and tried to drag and drop it into the blog…but apparently with this newest update on IPHONE..they have made the photos no longer JPEG BUT NOW SOMETHING CALLED HEIC… it makes for a better and maybe takes up less space BUT IT is not possible to put it into blog… that blew me away…. in fact I am going to have a online discussion with apple soon and I plan to tell them that STEVE IS PISSED… some of the changes they have been making with these updates are just not necessary or at least don’t seem necessary … I am sure they have some reason but often it seems like they are just MESSIN WITH US… and this folks is from and all APPLE girl have been for long time and only phone I ever had was apple and don’t plan to change but really guys leave the do it three times to microsoft and give us back the EASY WAY…ok I am off my soap box for now… I also want to share with you a few photos from my mt Rainier day trip… WE ALL WORE our masks..

mt Rainier in all her glory against the total blue sky

This card below is from SPLITCOAST STAMPERS…and its on You tube as a TWISTED DIAGONAL FOLD CARD... but while you are there also check out the TWISTED GATE FOLD… another of my favorites…

 

I am still wearing my flip flops but I am currently not in the south…still the statement holds…

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

“MY HEART SOARS”

Hello

Hello again…yep still here and I am sure you are wondering what on earth type of card or calligraphy would have a title or name of MY HEART SOARS... the answer is neither of them.

Movies

I just finished watching for the 2nd or 3rd time  UPSIDE… ( I watched it on Showtime but I assume it would also be available on Prime Video)and those words are what happens at the end of the movie and also along the way… I don’t want to say its the best movie I have even seen but while I have heard those words before (don’t know where they actually came from) but this is the one thing that for me they apply to.  I am not going to tell you about it but you can always look it up on google or better yet IMDB.  Its is a fantastic movie and I can’t imagine ever not wanting to see it again…I PROMISE that if you only read the premise or plot for this movie it is not a downer…what kind of person would i be if sent you on a quest for something to make you cry or to make you sad,  I am sure that we all have things like that every day now including but not limited to the news. I kinda felt this way about the BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL…but this one tops that for sure…

This is a rotten time for all of us… and we are all wondering when will it end and if and when it does what will our worlds be like…hard to say but hopefully you find positive, beautiful things about your world and things that will make your HEART SOAR. 

NATURE

TURTLES at a pond at the edge of the WALMART parking lot..this was before it got so dang hot.

Ibus… also at the same pond they are such beggars they wait and hope that someone from walmart will come out and throw them some food. They are beggars for sure and you can recognize them by their curved beak. and they usually travel in hurds…

These guys eat bugs, snakes , lizards etc …and those long bills can go very deep into the ground ..

gator at CORKSCREW PARK in Florida

this guy can eat whatever he wants…lol

Pelican on the back of fishing boat on the east coast of Fl ….hoping for some scraps I am sure

WELL I CAN’T BELIEVE its been almost a month since I posted anything…for that I apologize..however we are now in the PACIFIC NORTHWEST and in addition to the normal jet lag from flying across country, I also have the “where is lag”..trying to remember how to get places and even where things are stored here… especially since its been a good 9 months since we were home.  But I am loving it and here are some photos of our back yard and deck..a wonderful neighbor was diligent in watering when necessary and checking on the house.

my frog buddha who holds the peanuts for the squirrels , jays and crows etc..as you can see its almost always empty..

We have lived here for about 20 years and only in the last two years have we had bunny in the back yard… maybe too many dogs around.

We recently too a quick trip to Peninsula and that included a trip to the Olympics and Hurricane Ridge…and what a great treat it was.. We saw a total of 10 deer on the way up and down and then several on the walk/hike across the top .. they were so special and obviously used to having people around and they were not the least bit shy

no trip to the peninsula is complete without a trip over to the straits of Juan de Fuca and of course that means Sea gulls and this guy definitely wanted his picture taken..

These are some of the wildflowers that we saw on the drive up to the top of Hurricane Ridge..note the bee on the thistle..

Above is one of my favorites Indian Paintbrush…

HUMOR

Now a couple of things to make your smile..

So with that said … I am going to sign off for today and I promise it won’t take a month for me to post again.

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

DBL PANEL GATE FOLD & EXPLOSION CARDS

Hello

DOUBLE GATE FOLD WITH FLAPS

Double panel gate fold card from SPLIT COAST STAMPERS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfPkm12AU7E

I have include the link above so that you can both have written directions and also the link to their video .

I liked this card because it was simple and yet different in that it has multiple panel and is a great way to use up scraps… it would be easy to make up the base ahead of time and event cut some decorative pieces to go on the front and the flaps and then you would be able to assemble it quickly and have unique card for those last minute needs. Also since most of us are home a lot these days thought you could go ahead and make them up and then all you have to do is sign them, Of course this also requires that you will need a place to store them and the ablility to remember that place…lol and also you will have to be willing to use them… my biggest problem is that I see what I have made and I know I will forget it so I end up saving them for samples and never mailing…..ok nod your head if you do that too.  I could scan them  on my Computer, but then I would forget them there too. Still as my hubby would say it keeps us out of the bars ( which currently are not open in lots of places )

DAWN’S LARGE EXPLOSION CARD

I gave the link so you could see how to fold this card its really quite simple but I always do better with a video.  I made this small one using the same folding techniques but on a 4×8 piece of card stock .. Score each end at 2 and the fold the flaps down as shown in the video…I did not put this one inside a base card but merely left it as is and mailed it.

explosion folded closed this is the 4x 8 size

small explosion card with out a base just the explosion

 

same basic folds except that the inside is using a lighter weight (text) paper.

inside of card

Again this is the 4 x 8 size and its the one I use most often  I did cut the base card slightly larger as I never seem to get my papers the exact same size so for me its easier to make the base slightly larger and then insert the explosion so that if fits evenly.  It must be the paper trimmer that doesn’t cut them the same as I am sure its not me.

my crocosmia looks like mini orchids and grows well in PNW

my Black Calla lily which this year is all due to my neighbor/friend Shannon’s excellent care,

 

HUMOR

My better half finds these jokes on the web and shares them with me and this one is so true because we have the ice thing in the door and its forever shooting ice out on the floor which because the floor is white and the ice is clear no one finds till we step in the water with our bare feet…at which point we have no idea who melted it.  enjoy

 

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

 

 

NOT THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS….. but if you have listened to the news lately or even talked with friends you know that we are NOT in the HUNDRED ACRE WOOD..…in fact for most of us we are not even in our happy place and its getting harder and harder to even find that happy place…but enough… I don’t want this post to end up being negative .

So I told you all that I was taking a couple of on line classes via ZOOM and they were quite  fun…if different…I did try to work( they were calligraphy)  along with the teacher but it was easy… as Kermit says it ain’t easy being green in the case of of my last class which was with AMITY PARKS on Bister Inks…. being blue… I had my blue bister ink mixed up way to dark and then got it all over me… lol.. still the class was great and I think she will be doing more of them so I suggest you either check out her web site or think she has a site on FB.

I also took two classes with JULIE WILDMAN and she was fantastic also .. I am pretty sure she is offering the AKIM VARIATIONS again and maybe an ALPHABET book class. I also highly recommend both AMITY AND JULIE as great teachers.

I am sure there are lots of other classes being offered and in fact know that Carol Dubosh is also offering an on line class… I am pretty sure that JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER also has some listing of on line classes…

No one seems to know when this will be over or if we will need to learn a whole new way of life… regardless ….as the saying goes KEEP CALM AND KEEP INKING

Now as I gave this title .. I think this is true…so many disappointing and negative things are going on… it would be great if we could just block it all out and you can just mute it whenever it comes on.. lol…

I wanted this to have some redeeming features so I have some lovely photos to share with you…

This is a photo from my Nephew Nathan Hoiles of a Butterfly that visited his butterfly/hummer garden …just lovely
and look no mask …lol

With all the bad stuff and especially with grads who were robbed of their graduation…this was too cool… these signs were from the 2020 graduating class of my high school .  They ran for a mile or so and while I couldn’t get a close up of them each sign had the name of a graduating senior.  I think that they the seniors were allowed to go pick up the one with their name on it after graduation date and take them home to their own yard… but these are along McGregor Blvd …a lovely scenic main road from down town to the beach… now the signs didn’t run the full length but it was AWESOME to see…

this was photo of a sunrise here sent to local TV station by this viewer…. note I said sunrise not sunset…

Photo my hubby took of an owl that we see frequently at the ranch.. and also the thunder storm that is brewing…

SPEAKING of thunderstorms …we had a short but noisy one yesterday …some terrific boomers and I wish there was a way for me to capture them and replay them for you… I do love my thunderstorms..

We are all a little mad here… as the Hatter said… and one morning a few weeks ago I woke up and this was running thru what I like to call my hard drive…so I had to get up… it was about 3:30 am east coast time and I went in and just started writing …. trying to come up with as many “x” s as I could think of… a flash back to SESEME STREET… who knows. I am pretty sure that X is what we are going to write on our calendar for this year. As you can see I didn’t spend much time with it as far as care of lettering because I wanted to get it all down… I may go back and rewrite it in a more perfect form but decide to go ahead and share it just because I might also loose it…lol

RED HOT POKERS from my friend Craig Barker’s yard..these are one of the hummingbirds favorite take out restaurants… no masks required..

One last image …I had to end this post with a cartoon from NEW  YORKER that my hubby sent me… i am still laughing

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

STANDING CARDS

GREETINGS ONE AND ALL

I told you about my epistolary ( mostly a writing friend that you don’t see often or have never met) friend Janis and how we after 22 yrs we did get to meet this past winter just before the big shut down…well we are still keeping that epistolary  friendhip going but she is doing much better than I. She recently sent me this really cool card idea that she found on the web…its called several different things but this first link is using an 8 ¼ ( not a typo ) by 11 inch piece of card stock … its then scored at 1 ¼ , 2 ¼ , 6 and 7.  Then turn to the 11 inch side and cut it at 5 ½ and you have two cards ready to fold and decorate.  WE liked this one cause it allowed us to use the BALLOON die from Stamping Up ..it is however discontinued now but you might be able to find it on eBay.  in any case this it JEANNIE STARKS link to her pattern

.https://juststampin.com/2017/04/09/%EF%BB%BFlets-celebrate/

BUT WAIT…just like ads on TV there is more to this card idea…some of the ideas actually make that center panel smaller and then the card is more like a triple gate fold..and this link shows lots of ideas plus some that have nothing to do at all with TRIPLE STANDING CARD… and of course bests of all is that it folds flat for mailing …little bulky and if you make things that are bumps then you will need extra postage…but hey aren’t your friends worth it.. here is link to lots of cards like this

standing triple panel card

So just pick the ones you like from the images and then click on them and they will take you to that link and you can find out what the cutting and scoring ideas are….

Here are some images of both Janis’s cards and mine… I can’t remember what they call that triangle card… maybe its triangle explosion it is difficult well maybe not but time consuming and Janis knows that I am not a patient person so this Triple fold standing card was much more my style.

Here is link to AMANDA MERTZ ’S  version which is more the gate fold version and she gives you all the measurements etc.( she is also an independent SU person) and this is link to her website.

http://didyoustamptoday.blogspot.com/2017/05/cool-popsicles-fancy-fold-stampin-up.html

Janis’s balloon die card like
Amanda’s

 

my version with balloon dies popped out

 

my balloon die version with it popped in not out…

my version of Amanda’s card more like a reverse gate fold that stands

Janis’s version of Reverse Gate fold or Trifold pop up card

 

Janis’s sliding barn door card so amazing

 

Janis’s triangle corner pop up card again very unique

If you want to see how to make this card you need to go to YouTube and just type in TRIANGLE CORNER POP UP CARD.  There are several video’s of how to make it.  

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


ZOOM WHILE WE WAIT

FELLOW DETAINEES…which according to the dictionary we are not Detainees because we are not being held for questioning nor for political reasons…well most of us aren’t…lol

Its hard to suddenly find ourselves being told to wear masks , stay at home, and even if we don’t stay at home most things have been closed… but they are starting to open a little and what is really hard is to realize that this, while it affords us time to play, read, and just sit and breathe..it not really LIVING…its just surviving and trying to help others survive.

Its hard on everyone and I just discovered that keeping my self distracted by doing things I have not done before and maybe not doing so well is a good choice…so I am going to share two different Calligrapher’s who are teaching via ZOOM if you don’t know about ZOOM it is very easy and its also fun…not the same fun you would have if you actually took the class because you miss out on the creative energy that one gets in a class..

but I am going to post this quick because one of them happens tomorrow thru Wednesday and that is JULIE WILDMAN’S FUNKY LETTERS… AND ITS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP…. HERE IS THE INFO

I took Julie’s first class VARIATIONS ON AKIM and it was great fun and I am still playing and trying to improve my swoops…so I am looking forward to this class as well since it looks like lots of fun too.

The next class in on the 17TH and its taught by AMITY PARKS…and its all about the BISTER INKS..and tools etc… i have signed up for it as well and really looking forward to more discoveries.

Amity Bister Online

sorry I am late with these but I started cleaning out files and you know what happens when you do that..and since many of my fellow detainees are calligraphers I thought and hope that you have seen about these classes thru another source…

SOME EYE CANDY….

this Clematis is from my back yard  in WA…and was sent to me by my neighbor/friend Shannon as was this image of my Red-hot poker…

The rest of these are from my friend in Chehalis Craig… he has lovely flowers.

 

And this as you an see if from the WOC newsletter… and i love this sea pen… wonder what kind of letters it makes.

 

Hope you are all staying well and that your worlds are slowing coming back into focus..

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…..wireheaded 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