Thursday, June 28, 2007

Last night I stayed at Chautauqua Institution with my brother and his wife and baby who are visiting here. It's on Chautauqua lake, and there are concerts and things going on all summer long. Thankfully dogs are allowed. Skippy likes to put his feet in the water.

I am packing my bags now. Assuming all goes as planned, we will actually meet two very famous bloggers this weekend. Thanks for making those reservations Emma!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Today there was a surprise package for me in my mailbox. My friend Kaori went to Japan, and bought me some Hi Chew (the best Japanese candy) in these two exclusive flavors which are only sold in Okinawa. The green fruit on the bottom package is some kind of Okinawan fruit that I don't know the name of.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I might have something new to post here soon. I guess there's just not much to say lately. But I always have plenty of doggie pictures. I need some coffee. I'm tired.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

nature photographs

This big fat snake was crossing my walkway this afternoon.

He let me take a close-up.

These little butterflies are flying all over my yard. I suppose technically it's probably a moth. (We have a lot of dead grass in our lawn! It could use some rain.)

Monday, June 11, 2007


I was going through some old sketchbooks tonight and came across these doodles.


Saturday we were grocery shopping, and when I went to buy a bag of Japanese rice, I noticed there were living winged insects inside the sealed bag! They were in there trying to fly! The only way they could have gotten in there is by recently hatching out of some eggs that were in the rice.

They say, if you keep flour long enough things will hatch out of it.

I bought a different brand of rice this time.

Friday, June 08, 2007

the poof tree, and a doodle

There's this tree behind our backyard that's some kind of a cotton tree or something, because it continually sheds cottony poof balls all over the neighborhood this time of year.

The poof balls in our yard.


A Starbucks-inspired doodle.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

not too much is going on

A couple of doodles I drew in Chili's.


Hallmark started charging $1.49 for some of their ecards. What's up with that?


This is my miniature forest.

It is sometimes inhabited by a small furry black and white creature.

Saturday, June 02, 2007


Do you ever have a day where you don't get any email for so long, that you start to wonder if your email stopped working?


It is very hot and muggy here.


George bought this Brady Bunch fabric that he loves, and today I made it into curtains for his home office.

I wish they were a little longer, but it works.


I have a Sears Kenmore sewing machine that I only use for hemming things. Making curtains is really the same as hemming.

I had to refer to my owner's manual to figure out how to get the thread wrapped around the right way.

This is my favorite page from the Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine Owner's Manual:


George put this video up on youtube. Skippy and his favorite toy. Oh, and yes that's me.

George got the music from a Russian movie called Kavkazskaya Plennitsa.