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Monday, February 19, 2018

Fiddlin' February - 2018

It is not usual for me to have two posts in one day but I do want to keep up with the Tell It Color project so here goes:

Today's prompt is Water.  I am a Pisces so water is my element, a phrase I said a lot when my husband and I were first dating.  Whenever we went to the beach, which was a lot more often then, I'd rush into the water and proclaim "I am a Pisces and water is my element."  It felt so good to feel the waves lapping at my feet.  I hardly ever actually swam out into the ocean as I was too afraid of undertow but I did usually end up getting totally wet.

When we married, we were overlooking the deep blue of Lake Tahoe.  It was glorious.

I've said before that we live between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay and last year we were treated to a boat ride by one of our friends:

The spray of the boat as we passed under the Golden Gate Bridge

And then under the Bay Bridge

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the Cliff House Restaurant in San Francisco
The Truckee River running through Reno, Nevada
I think the splashing of the waves is my favorite part.  I love watching it hit the rocks and the sound it makes.  I really get a sense of peace and it seems to fill me with and inspiration and delight.

And then there is the water a little closer to home:

Our front yard on a rainy day

The city workers flushing out the fire hydrant in front of our house.

Hail that came down so heavily that it looked like snow.
I REALLY have to get to the ocean again soon.  This fish needs to feel that water lapping at her toes.  

What's your water story? 

Fiddlin' February - 2018

Just finished the book Act of Love by Paige Mitchell. 

It was a book I had had on my shelf for 42 years!!! For the life of me I do not remember reading it before.  I know that I belonged to a book of the month club when I was younger and this was probably one of the books I got then but forgot about?  No wonder my husband complained every time that we moved that I had too many books!  Now that I've read it, it's going to be donated to make space for more books...happy honey?

The story is true and is really thought provoking.  George Zygmanik was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.  He begged his brother, Lester, to kill him.  He didn't want to live that way.  George had a wife and a son.  He reportedly told his wife not to interfere.  The book tells the background of this family and the brother's close relationship.  Their father had recently died as well.  

Euthanasia, mercy killing, goes back to Ancient Greece and Rome but is not legal in most countries.  The attorney for Lester Zygmanik needed to try and find a way to make the jury believe that there was no other course of action for him to take.  I won't give away the ending.

I am wondering if I would have the courage to do something like that.  My Catholic upbringing would definitely come into play here as well as the illegality of the act.  Hopefully I will never have to make that decision.  

Tastefully written and not too legalese, it was an easy book to read, even if the story was hard to hear. 

 My next book is going to be something a lot lighter:

As I was entering it on my Goodreads list I read some of the reviews.  Not very many stars were given but it seems like some people were looking for specific techniques on how to think like Sherlock.  In the book there are quotes from the Sherlock stories and quizzes to take.  After reading "Act of Love" I'm not looking for anything heavy, just a lighthearted bridge to the next book.   

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fiddlin' February - 2018

Tell It Color is Pink today.

Let's see, what can I say about pink?  How do I feel about it? 

I thought it was cool to see Elvis in his pink Cadillac when we were in Las Vegas a few years ago.

I love it with black and white as in this mini-album I made for my Etsy shop

This was an interesting lighted structure in Reno.  It looked like an ice castle up close.

Love the different shades in this rose that was outside my daughter's old house.

I also love it with the teal and lime green colors as in this mini-album I made for a friend's birthday.  Need a special present?  I can make something for you!  

My favorite at the moment is with orange.

Apparently I love it in washi tape too!

I don't think I'm crazy about pale pink though.  I prefer the bright and vibrant shades (see yesterday's post about my wild side).

I'm okay with Pink, the singer, but she's not on my top 10 performers to see.  So, what is your feeling about pink? Like it bright or pale?  Have you seen Pink perform?  Love to hear about it.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fiddlin' February - 2018

Tell It Color:  Today Liz Lamoreux's prompt is not so much an actual color challenge but more of a feelings one.  She wants us to connect with color as a new yet old and trusted companion in The And Space (that place where we hold the beauty AND the grit).  What memories have come up?  

Immediately I began to think of my bedroom when I was growing up.  I loved our old house.  My parents bought the house before it was actually completed and they were able to make some requests for the floor plan and construction of it.  We had an extremely long kitchen and dining room with a wall of bookshelves at the end of it.  The dressers in the bedrooms were the length of one wall and they were built in because my mom didn't want to have to pull them out to vacuum behind them.  Pretty smart, right?  In my room (well, I shared it first with my older sister and then with my younger sister) the actual drawers were in the middle and there were desk areas at each end.  It was perfect.  We each had our own space, no fighting, sort of. 

When I was about 16 our parents were having the house painted and they let us pick our own color.  I'm not sure if I actually let my sister have any input about it or not, after all she was only 11.  What do 11 year old's know?  I didn't realize at the time that I was an introvert, I just knew I was shy and only had a few close friends.  I didn't have a big social life or go to a lot of high school functions.  There must have been something wild inside of me though because when it came time to pick the color of the room I said I wanted bright yellow for the walls and black shag carpet!  Fortunately for me, even though the painter said we would not like the room like that, my parents let me have what I wanted.  This is what it turned out like:

You can see the built in dresser and through the window there is a work shed that my father built.

Black and white bedspreads on the twin beds and that yellow bookcase came with me to my first apartment many years later.

I think one of my favorite parts of the room was this chandelier lamp that looked like flowers.  

I loved this room.  I felt so good every time I was in it.  Free to be me? 

Wish I still had that cowboy hat

Laying across the bed singing my heart out to some song on the radio.

Also some pretty heart wrenching times in that room as I cried over not having a boyfriend or not getting asked to the prom.  That's The And Space.

Nowadays, I know that I am definitely an introvert.  I don't like crowds and would much prefer a small gathering to a huge party.  I rarely "let myself go" like that.  The only exception is our concerts.  It must be the music that moves me. 

I know there must be some of that "wild" still there somewhere though because I find myself drawn to things like this:

Safeway flower bunches
iTunes artwork

Crayon picture my daughter did
Flowers from our high school reunion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have to thank my parents for not listening to the painter and for letting me express myself in this way.  I think that's so important and tried to be tolerant of my kid's ways of self-expression.  I'm also glad that I have these pictures to help me remember!

Man, this color thing is bringing back some memories...guess that's the point, right?  How about you?  Do certain colors trigger memories for you?  Remember your bedroom growing up?   

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fiddlin' February - 2018

Tell It Color - Gray

Gray can sometimes bring you down and be a somber or sad, lifeless kind of color, without interest or character but I managed to find some that were totally not without character.  Today we had to go to San Francisco for an appointment in the Workers' Comp Division of the Federal Building for my husband.  I was going to bring my camera to take some pictures but lost track of time and had to jet out of the house.  Of course I had my phone but I'd been getting the signal that I had no storage left (time for a new phone?).  Anyway, I deleted a couple of apps - not that I have that many mind you - and took these shots:   

Wall of paintings in the Federal Building.  

cool markings on these pigeons who came very close

Statue of Ashurbanipal the Assyrian king

Sign on the side of a building
Then I made this collage.
In addition to the other pictures, there are shots of the gray carpet in the hallway, the gray granite of the steps and some gray sand near the statues.  

Once we got home I looked around some more for gray and I found:

The gray containers in my Scrapbox Workbox

Xray of my knee.  See it is off center?  That was BEFORE I fell and broke it!

I was not impressed with this book and didn't see the movie or read any of the sequels. 

Me, younger, thinner about 33 years ago before my facial surgery and without gray hairs!
It is interesting that knowing I was doing this color thing brought the focus of my attention to my surroundings a lot more.  We don't go into the city that often and so every trip is an adventure of some kind but looking specifically for one color was a fun challenge.  I have to thank my husband for going along with my frequent stops.  He said we probably looked like tourists.  LOL

Looking forward to the next color!  Come and play along!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fiddlin' February - 2018

Today's Tell It Color is Citrus

When I think of citrus I think of juicy, kind of tangy fruits rather than a color, but these are some of the things that say citrus to me:

Our bath sponges

Some of the marbles I use in my ring

Of course lemon and cuties

Yummy lemon marshmallow
The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile

Flavored water in Safeway

The back page of the junk journal I made
The Fab Four - John- from the Sgt. Pepper period
A wipe I was using in a recent craft project.
So I put these together in a collage and it looks like this:

Is this what you think of when you hear citrus? 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fiddlin' February - 2018

Today is Valentine's Day.  I got candy and a card and I gave my husband a card and his favorite, hard to find cookies.  We show each other how much we love each other on a regular basis so we don't go all out just because it is "supposed" to be done on February 14. 

But, today also starts a new excursion into the world of color for me.  Liz Lamoreux is leading a "Tell It Color" group where we examine different colors and see what they mean to us.  You know I'm gonna share here! 

The first day is the color Green.  I went for a walk around the neighborhood like I used to do, getting in my exercise for the day as well as taking some pictures of the green things I saw along the way and a few more from around our house.  Then I put them all together in a collage and added it to the journal.  I used some washi tape on the first page to add the color and some green stain as the background for the picture page. 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this journey into green:

Repurposed cookie jar from when I was a kid.

The chair on our front porch.

See no, speak no, hear no evil from my walk around the block

We live near an armory.  These trucks were in the lot.  Not sure if that's (living near an armory) a good thing or a bad thing.

A lone bit of green amid the brush.

Our street signs

The hubs wearing a green shirt and holding the Sporting Green.  He's so accommodating!

Bunch of green ribbons in my workshop.

My cutting tool and adhesive runner

Yummy apple that I had for break at work

The color of one wall and the ceiling of our bedroom.

This is the best heating pad for when I get those aches and pains.  It is filled with herbs and I just put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

This is the pattern in one of my dresses.

The top fuzz from my slippers.  

This is a clock I've had since my very first apartment 40 years ago!

Feel like exploring your world by color?  Come along on the journey with us!  Have a favorite shade of green?  Share!