Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blue Fur Coat - Wordless Wednesday


My lantana flower often attracts butterflies, but moths like it too.  He looks plain brown flitting around, but check out his blue fur coat!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cute Pet Contest

Today I popped into Virily and found out they were hosting a contest.  All you have to do is Share A Picture of Your Cute Pet and Win $5.

If you're not familiar with Virily it is a place you can join and submit posts, articles, and lists.  If they accept your post you earn a small amount based on views and other actions on the site.

I was already a member but had not posted anything.  I just had to get in on the contest though because Oscar the Bearded Wonder is TOO CUTE!

So, if you have a cute pet you should JOIN VIRILY and enter the contest.

Also, you should hunt down Oscar the Bearded Wonder and give him a vote up for me.  This is his picture I used:

VOTE FOR ME!!!

At the time I post this blog entry, he is #21 on page 2 with only 2 votes, one being mine!  Oscar would love to Win $5.

Disclaimer: If you  join Virily I do earn a small referral fee of 20 points.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pumpkins, Seahorses, Crippling Depression

Today was my first day as a part time associate.  I was exhausted, having stayed up crying half the night.

I was only there for 3 hours today, doing a crafting event.

The Great Pumpkin Event, happens a few times this season.
It was actually kind of fun.  Being full time  I missed getting to do the crafts like these.

Along with the children I had a young woman who wanted to paint a pumpkin.  She specifically wanted a white one, and wanted to paint it similar to a seahorse pumpkin she had seen on pinterest (I believe it was pinned from Kate McRostie Handmade

With the both of us being amateur artists, she doing the painting, myself trying to suggest shading and highlights and suck, we didn't do too bad of a job.  Now, it didn't really look anything like the original, but it didn't suck 100%

I did take a picture of it, but didn't get her permission to share it so I'm not gonna put it on my blog.

While there I wanted to come home, pull out one of my canvases and try to paint a seahorse of my own.  But...

By the time I got home all I could think was "I'm so tired."  I put on a cup of coffee, went and lay down on the bed, and fell asleep.

Okay, so I was awake for most of the night, but I only had worked 3 hours.  In reality I wasn't tired.

In reality I'm depressed again.  A bone deep exhaustion for no reason.  Not wanting to do things that I enjoy doing.  Just wanting to sleep.  Sleep and avoid reality.

One thing I hate about my lifelong battle with depression is that I'm AWARE of it.  I know what it is.  I know what its doing to me.  But I can't fight it.  I can't just acknowledge that I'm depressed and then choose to be happy instead.

And being awake is so exhausting and so painful.

I did get out of bed before supper.  My husband cooked a pizza and some fries.  I ate then I bathed my kids, then I took a super long and extra hot bath.

Now I'm sitting here at 10pm with a blank canvas, a selection of paint, and the intention to at least put a base coat on the canvas.

Art Therapy.

We'll have to see if my seahorse is worth sharing.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Gurushots

Today my boss muttered something under his breath that sounded like it was about a "Damn raccoon" and somehow it came around to an app he had downloaded.

It is Gurushots, where you can share your photography with other people who like to take photos, and they get voted on or NOT voted on.  Prizes can be won.

Now I'm not the worlds best photographer, but I thought "Well that sounds fun" and put some photos in the newbie challenge.

So far my highest pointed photo has 24 points.

Well....I guess I'm a worse photographer than even I thought.  lol

I did share it with some of my friends who are way better photographers than me.

And I'll probably stick around it for a while anyway.  It might be fun trying to find photos for the challenges, and its always fun to look at pretty pictures other people have taken.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Computer Problems

Tonight I have decided that I am going to have to do a factory reset of my laptop.

I don't really WANT to, but I am having so many continuous errors that I'm sure its inevitable at this point.

My main concerns are....Will I get to keep Windows 10.

and

How do I save 4 billion bookmarks before I do a reset so I can find anything again.

I really wanted to write more tonight, but my computer is driving me insane.

At least I can say I showed up.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Suddenly, Polar Bears

I have nothing to write about.

Its almost 11:30, creeping along to midnight and my mind is a blank.

In fact I almost went to bed without writing anything, but then a part of me was loathe to give up.  Its only Day 5 of NaBloPoMo.  That's to early to quite for something as simple as nothing being able to think of anything to write about.

So I went to pixabay and typed "Nothing" into the search bar.  What came up?  4 photos of women and these guys:

Who you calling nothing?
Now, I think a polar bear is a pretty big thing to be a nothing, and two polar bears are a double nothing.

Not long ago Sandy from Rusty 2 Rusty's Chatter shared a post about Polar Bears.  Its called Polar Bears to Not Hibernate and you should check it out.  It full of wonderful polar bear trivia.

Now, did you know that polar bears are endangered.  Their habitat is in decline due to climate change.  And we all know they have a very specific habitat.  They don't call them POLAR bears for Nothing. (See what I did there?)

Amazon.com
I think it's important to teach our littles about Polar Bears, and all other sorts of nature.

My son the other day tried to pick up and stinkbug on a stick and move it so he wouldn't accidentally step on it.  He's a sweet soul.

But are all parents raising sweet souls?  Or does your average every day child even register wildlife as a blip on their mental radar.

Check out books like The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond.  Let them look at beautiful pictures and learn real things about real animals. Or get your hands on a National Geographic and show them actual photos of actual bears doing actual bear stuff.

If you don't have kids, borrow a kid.  Gift some bear love to your neices and nephews.  Teach the neighbors children that there is life outside of their horizions that might not be there one day if somebody somewhere doesn't care.

And there you have my post about nothing......

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hiding Rocks, and Cutting Stuff Up

I'm sitting here right now with my decaf coffee and my bag of candy corn, and I have no idea what I want to type about tonight.

I did write my book review on Ninth City Burning on my book blog, but I'm not going to copy and paste that here. (But you are more than welcome to click over and read it.)

Hubby didn't feel well and stayed home from work today.

My mother in law had promised the boys she would take them out to eat because they helped her wash her car.  They are so young they I'm sure that washing the car was payment enough.  But the oldest one does love to eat out.  He said he wanted to go to Carey Hilliards, which is a local place.  I love their chicken fingers and he likes their Mac n Cheese.

While there I hid a rock I had found at work not that long ago. 

Do any of you do the painted rock thing?  You paint rocks, leave them somewhere and drop a clue in a group so other people can hunt them down.  Then they are supposed to either re-hide it, or hide another one they painted in place of it if they want to keep it.

I painted one like a dinosaur and hid it.

I'm in the group Painted Rocks Savannah GA and a couple of others.  I've found that the same people always post when they hide rocks, but almost nobody ever posts when they find them.  So I'll never know where my dino went, or if/when someone finds this cutie again.

I hoped my boys would like to paint and hide rocks with me, but my oldest got so upset when I left the dinosaur somwhere.  He's a sweet, sweet soul.

After lunch the big boy did schoolwork with his dad and the little one played with me.  We played video games until supper time, then the big boy went to spend the night with his nanna.  The little one will go tomorrow.

After EVERYONE went to bed for the night I sat down with my scissors and glue stick and the Yachting magazine I got in the mail today.

Yes, a Yachting magazine.  I got it free from a place online where I get free magazines.  I mean...I have a "Lets cut this thing t bits" addiction and I grab just about every freebie I can.  Its all fodder.

Anyway, I finally unearthed my tiny gluebook from the depths of my desk drawer. I added something to the cover, and did a spread inside.  Then I did a spread inside my TN gluebook.  I call the little one my "Tiny Art Journal" and I think I'm gonna call the TN my "Tall Art Journal"

Gluebooking makes me happy.  I don't understand why I let msyelf go long periods of time without cutting things up and glueing them down.

Meanwhile, I'm thinking of starting a weekly share of my gluebooks/journals.  Video flip throughs with maybe photos of some of my favorites.  Surely my creativity must appeal to SOMEONE out there.
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