Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Feeding the Brain

Just got into this book...it's chock-full of interesting 
exercises (food) for the brain.


From page 25..create a pictogram from four straight lines and a circle to describe each of these words...Pressure...Delirious...Lucky...Suspense...Dangerous...and Joyful. Arrange the lines and the circles in any fashion but you can only use four lines and the circle. The lines must be the same length and the  circle must remain whole.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Froze-in

The freezing rain/drizzle is moving on out and I know the birds and rabbits are giving thanks. I go out in my coveralls and muck boots to break the ice off the bird feeders and in a short time they are ice covered again

Can't touch the holly for the fear of it breaking.

Every surface is covered. The grass island seen across
the drive is near to the ground with ice.

The hump-a-lump tree looks to be dripping icy tears.

This Nandina,  a very large one  is having a real struggle.
I do wish the berries could be enjoyed by the birds, rabbits and
deer but they are toxic to all animals.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Collage Exercise


This is my one and only collage from years ago. The exercise instructed you to get a stack of magazines...set a timer for twenty minutes and start tearing from the magazines pictures of the things you liked. The next step was to take a page from the newspaper (they were larger then) and cut and paste your pictures to make your collage. I still like this collage and I think it says a lot about me.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Daily Rituals

I am reading Daily Rituals..How Artists Work  by Mason Currey. It is an interesting read. A page or two or maybe less written about some famous people and the rituals they keep or kept in order to produce their paintings, music, books etc.
I need rituals ! 

Saw this sheep at BedlamFarm.com today and just felt an irresistible need to grab a pencil and do a quick sketch. Jon Katz is the author of many books about dogs, sheep, the farm and human and animal relationships. I have read several of his books and recommend them for anyone that loves animals.

This sheet of sketches was done at the breakfast table while leafing through the ads in a sales circular from the local Peebles store. Women and children's clothing, shoes and  home decor were featured.

Many faces just fall off the tip of the pen or pencil when I am scribbling.

And I need to establish rituals to make this happen every day, not just occasionally.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Out of Place

This small boat is not at WeedyAcresHome. I saw it yesterday while in town. Most of the boats seen in these parts are 'john boats and bass boats' used for fishing. Of course Kentucky is a land of many lakes and there is usually a nice lake not too far away with pontoons, pleasure boats and house boats. This marvelous little boat does not look like a Kentuckian and I wonder what stories it could tell. And gosh ! I wish it were mine.

Monday, October 28, 2013

What If....



a musical production was to be made of your life ?
What songs would be sung ?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lucy

In some areas, rural and city there are people that have a concrete goose or geese that they dress for Holidays and some people dress their goose every day.

Meet Lucy.
She has been standing guard here for going on twenty years. Most of those years she just wore her concrete. But recently some of her 'attire' was rediscovered and she wanted to be dressed for Halloween.


Lucy has performed her duty in spite of several mishaps. Such as a broken neck delivered by some construction folks while working on the porch. A quick fix with some silicone has kept her head on and  her on the job for the past ten years and it has not impaired her job performance.


She also has some 'bill problems' after an encounter with the Green Pony.  Unfortunately the bill tip was not found.


Through it all Lucy has kept her post as guard and greeter. I think she looks just fabulous in her new (old) clothes.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rib of Sky

It has been a beautiful cool day. A ride on the Green Pony took the tips off the grass and chopped a lot of leaves that will be the fertilizer for next year's lawn. We were treated to this spectacular sky at late afternoon's walk.  I wish I had taken a picture of this stretching off to the east as well, for it was as far as you could see. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tea Day

Rain and a high of 54 degrees for today. 

The little duck is actually a rain gauge that I have consistently used as a small vase to hold weeds and a flower or two. She resides in the kitchen window over  the sink and it seems that she is gazing out the window today and wishing she could go puddle jump.

My favorite tea cup/mug/pot. Given to me by a dear friend and once sister in law by marriage. It holds ten or so ounces and with a lid the tea can be steeped right in the cup. The saucer can do double duty as a dessert plate!!  The place mat is also a favorite, from the Dollar General Store a few years back and I love every bit of the art on it.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Clouds

Every Friday I visit the blogs of the people that participate in Friday My Town Shoot Out. A challenge and lots of interesting photos every Friday. Many times I have thought about joining them. Today's challenge was clouds so, on our walk late this afternoon I decided to take a few shots and post just for the fun of it. Who knows, maybe I'll get linked up and start taking the Friday challenge.

Clouds North

Clouds South

Clouds East

Clouds West

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Wet Walk...

A mist of rain has fallen throughout most of the day and while it makes for a sloppy walk, it does wonders for the beauty of plants. Even after 6 p.m. some decent photos can be had.
The tulip poplar started it's color change today. This one tree will
throw down lots of leaves for the Green Pony  to mow and we do
mow, I don't rake anymore.

A field of corn stubble. The beautiful reds and golds of the wicked
poison oak. Droplets of rain caressing the purple/magenta color on 
a head of johnson grass. 

And some non-weeds are still performing. They are treated as 
weeds here and must fend for themselves. The rain has given a
just waxed sheen to the leaves of a canna and the cannas do have
some emerging flower heads. Lots of rain kisses for the daisy.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mowing The Leaves

Not much color change in the leaves here. This 
wild cherry tree is exhibiting some yellow and
red. The hackberry trees are throwing down leaves
that are just a blah brown. The Green Pony and I
are still doing our 'green meditation' circuit  and even
that is tapering off. Today's ride is as much about 
mowing the leaves as it is cutting the grass.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bright Blue Days...

 The words my Dad used to describe a beautiful
October day like today. Not a cloud in sight
and not one vapor trail to be seen in mid afternoon.
Just to sit and look at all this beautiful blue was a
meditation.

A new resident on the porch. A little tree frog, barely
bigger than a quarter. He is living in a pot of caladiums.
And yes, that is a bit of Sedum in the pot as well.

I disturbed him today...doesn't he look like he was just awakened.
A bit grumpy, maybe.

Go away his look said to me and he hopped out of the pot.
I hope he is back safe at home tonight.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Appetites...

just seem to increase this time of the year. (mine included)
Seed pods and flower heads are getting their share of  hungry
critters, all in a rush to prepare for the  next stage of life.

Large milkweed bugs dining on a Honeyvine
Milkweed seed pod.

Milkweed Tiger Moth caterpillars dine on an 
adjoining pod.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Minaret

American English Dictionary ....slender tower with balconies.
I can see that when I look at this pot of sedum(s) I purchased
at the local Garden Tour this year.  I did an online 'lookup'
and discovered there are over 1700 varieties of sedum and 
there is a Sedum Society where members from around the world
exchange seed. I am sure I will be obtaining more sedum.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Passionflower

Every Passionflower Bloom is a dancer to me. No matter that
Jesuit priests in the seventeenth century saw religious symbols
in this plant. They are dancing girls in beautiful dresses....

...arms raised in perfect poise as they pirouette their way across
the fields.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Summer Song..


...being heard here is the sound of the Dogday
cicada. They are loud and there is a chorus of
them.

A cicada casing from which the adult has emerged


Trying to hitch a ride on some laundry. I was taking clothes off
the line when I noticed this guy.


He was patient through several photo shots 
before flying away.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

That Shovelhead Guy

An exercise in painting faces. My guy has taken
up his station at the barn. I feel sure he will keep
an eye on all activities in that area.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Parsley Meal

Each Spring I pot up some Curly Leaf Parsley and then place
the pot close to the porch door. Every day I water and wait.

Another porch pot has sweet mint,  just touching the leaves 
  releases a marvelous scent of summer. Sharing  the mint pot
 is some vibrant blue Lobelia. 


And here is the guest I have been waiting and watching for.
 The caterpillars have arrived and are feeding on this nutritious
meal. I think it's a pretty stunning creature at this stage and it  will
morph into a beautiful black swallowtail butterfly.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Time to Stop...

Had to idle the 'Green Pony' and dismount to get a shot of this
beautiful Wild Rose. 



Monday, July 1, 2013

Bumblebee Blessings


I had gotten off the mower and was taking a short break when this
baby Bumblebee blessed me by tasting every one of my toes.
Every one !!!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Beauty is...

...a weed !! The showy Star of Bethlehem. A poisonous plant
and member of the lily family. It is also known as Snowdrops 
and Nap-at-Noon.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Long Shadows...

of the early morning...the part of the day that
I like best.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bee Bee Bumble Bee

Lots of bees...bumble and honey...have been busy collecting
from the tiny flowers of the holly bushes.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Green Pony Day

...and a beautiful day it is. We are out to pick up downed limbs
from the winter winds and a few trimmings, too. Mandy is doing
her part to help and the 'pony' is ready for a ride over the hill and 
 dale.... 'green meditation' is good for my mind and soul. 
Let the mowing begin !

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thinking Spring

A few minutes of pure fun to paint up this cute design by
Chris Haughey.  And the birds here are already becoming
'twitterpated'.