My Life is a Cartoon

Maybe my life is not a cartoon, but I do like to draw little cartoons about some of the things going on in my life.

Sunday, April 30, 2006


Sunday - last day of April

There were two squirrels trying to eat at the birdfeeder this morning. One chased the other one away. And there were two red tomatoes in my hanging tomato basket ;-). That's the first actuall food from my garden. I'm not really fond of tomatoes, but I ate them anyway. My garden is doing pretty good. Not sure what the end results will be.

I put out another corn on the cob today and I think the grackles pecked all the corn off of it, then a squirrel ran off with it. All that was left was a little pile of corn. And that may be gone now.

We got some new bird seed that some of the birds that are taking over don't like as well. We want to feed some of the native birds. Not sure how that will work yet.



A friend is going to paint her daughters bedroom and want's suggestions from me. I guess I better start sending her some ideas. I'm going to florida in about three or four weeks for a vacation.

I'm really looking forward to the trip. I'm going with a bunch of people that I don't know, but it will be a good chance to make some more friends. I guess you can't have too many, unless they all want you to paint their walls ;-)

Saturday, April 29, 2006


Tornado Warning

Well maybe it's not a warning. I get the Warning and Watch mixed up. We do have storms coming this way. They keep talking about it on the news, but hopefully it will not be too bad. It seems like we have a lot of high winds and hail storm warnings. I hope it doesn't get my house, car, or my little garden. I think The Cat and I will be safe.

On a lighter side, here is a picture of how my rose bush looks now ;-)

I guess it was what they call a late bloomer, but it's really going now. I do have another rose bush, but it's got so many leaves that you can't see the roses as good.

I probably should have cut it down more. I'm just trying to learn about gardening.

And now what everyone has been waiting to see - the garden. We tried putting some flowers in it to help keep the bugs out. I have a couple of herbs in the front left and my pill-bug trap with cornmeal in it. I can't tell that it's worked. There is corn and beans planted in the back and some okra near the back on the right.

We put some lima beans in the middle of the garden and a few times we saw some of them on the top of the soil. We just kept pushing them back down into the ground, but we haven't seen any come up yet. We suspect that someone ate the seeds.

Friday, April 28, 2006


Rabbit in the Backyard ;-)

I have a birdfeed and my tomato plant hanging from one of those iron things you just stick in the ground. The bunny has been coming by to eat food that falls from the birdfeeder. This is not very far from my little garden, so I need to make a cover for it. So far I don't think he has eaten anything from the garden.

The carrots are starting to come up, but they are about the size of a green thread right now. Maybe he is just letting them grow a little ;-)

Thursday, April 27, 2006


First Day back at work.

My writers group met today. We read a round robin that we just finished. It was fun, but it did get a little out of hand. At first I was thinking hey this might be good enough for a book, but after a while it took a few unforseen twists and in the end it would not have been a book I would have wanted my name on. We have mostly romance writers in our group and maybe a few kids book writers and one horror story writer so for everyone to work together on a story makes it quite interesting.

My garden really grew while I was gone. We went out to water everything and got hungry for Okra. Since my Okra plants are only about an inch tall at this point we had to go to the store. The girl cooked it for us since I was tired. Oh and the boy brought me a sandwich. So I'm just taking it easy today.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


I'm packing

I think my stuff expanded while I was here and I packed too much. I wonder if you can call a bell hop to sit on your suitcase while you zip it up ;-(

Monday, April 24, 2006


I'll be back home late tomorrow ;-)

I'm going to have to get back to my painting. I looked around and there is a statue of John Singleton Copley near here. He was a portrait painter and I looked up his stuff and it's really good.

It just reminded me that I haven't been painting lately.

The conference is really good so far. A lot of great speakers. I think this will make it a lot easier for me to get books and read up on the subject. I'm the kind of person that sort of needs a visual or audio start and then I can learn from reading. If I start reading first, it just isn't as much fun. Now I will have faces and voices to put with the words.

I also wanted to mention that I decided on a courtyard view when I picked a hotel room. I didn't know there would be such beautiful stuff right out side the Hotel and I thought that a court yard view was something pretty, turns out it's a lot of grey stuff and other peoples windows ;-)

Sunday, April 23, 2006


Boston Morning Walk

These are pictures I actually took on my walk this morning. One other thing is that in a few places that I went in they have old wooden floors under the carpet that creak when you walk over them. I love that ;-)

I guess the only downside of my walk and this seems to be everywhere in big cities were the homeless people. It wasn't too bad. There was a couple who seemed to be in a loud argument, but other than that it was pretty quiet.

As you can see I am really taken by these old churches. I really hope to do some paintings of some of them. I could stare at one all day and not take in how beautiful it is.

I didn't plan to walk very far, but everytime I turned a corner there was something I just had to see ;-) Who knew all this stuff existed - My world just got a little bigger. I never thought I would want to travel this far from home, but hey I think I could live here.


Good Morning Boston ;-)

I've been walking around some after I had my $27 breakfast here at the hotel. It was pretty good, but not what I'm used to. They did have a tiny tomato on the plate which made me wonder how my garden is doing.

Then I stopped back by the room for a bit of bubbly.

I don't know if I will ever be staying at a place that is this fancy again, but it is really fun.

I saw a lot of beautiful old churches and really cute buildings. I wanted to find some postcards of them, but so far I haven't found any that were really what I want.

Saturday, April 22, 2006


I'm in Boston ;-)

The trip was great. I was worried that flying would hurt my ears and so I started chewing gum long before I left the house. Then when I got to the airport I tossed the gum and didn't think any more about it until we were heading into the air - with the gum packed away in my bag - where I couldn't reach it.

I didn't have any problem and the lady sitting next to me gave me some gum for the landing. I met some really nice people on the plane.

The cab driver was hard to understand, but he tried to tell me what we were going past. He pointed out where MIT and some other colleges were and some famous baseball place and a lot of other stuff that I can't remember.

I went to some malls near my hotel when I got here and got a sandwich. Now I need postcards.

Well I better go look around some more.

Friday, April 21, 2006


No time to worry

I had to mow so I don't get a ticket while I'm gone. Also I had to do laundry so I would have something to pack. Hopefully I will get a chance to update my blog in Boston. If not you will hear from me when I get back.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


Not long till I'm in Boston

Today I feel like rolling up like a pill bug. I'm still excited about going to Boston, but a little nervous. I'm sure that when I actually get going I will feel fine. I don't like to be afraid of anything, but every now and then I am a little afraid.

I guess I let my roots grow for too long and it's not easy to uproot yourself. Anyway after I thought about it I think that I will find roots in Boston. They have a lot of really old buildings and I bet some of my ancesters went through there.


New Hat

I got a new hat and a new purse for my trip to Boston. I also got a few other new things, including headache pills and stuff like that. I hardly ever need to take anything like that, but my friend Ebby told me that if I go away without them I will need them and have to pay a lot of money just for an asprin.

I also got a new pair of shoes - I know your not susposed to buy new shoes just before a trip, but I will try wearing them to work tomorrow just to see if they will work out. I hate to go to Boston with just sandels or worse my toe pinching shoes ;-)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


I just looked at the weather for this weekend

Well looks like I may not see much while I am in Boston. Maybe when I get there Saturday I can see something before Sunday when the rain starts. 51 sounds pretty cold to me. I'm not planning on taking much stuff, but I guess I better take something warm.

I'll keep checking maybe the weather will change before I get there.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I have a new backpack

Now I have to pack it up for my trip to Boston. I've never been up in that area before. I don't really like to travel that far away from home, but it should be interesting. I will be there Saturday. Well I got to go look for stuff to pack. I wonder how people dress there?

I hope The Girl takes good care of my garden while I'm gone. Maybe I will have some tomatoes when I get back ;-) We also have this one little skinny asparigus that came up. I'm not sure, but I think we have to cut it down and then wait another couple of years before it's big enought to eat.

Monday, April 17, 2006


Still after the pill bugs

I could not bring myself to buy any of the stuff at the store to get rid of bugs in your garden, because even the organic stuff said it was bad for critters and people. So I bought some corn on the cob. I read that you could trap pills bugs with a corn cob.

I'm not really sure how that would work. I haven't been able to find any details. So I'm having to try to think of how I could do that.

I guess maybe it works like other kinds of traps I've seen pictures of. Maybe I just prop it up with a stick tie a string to the stick and when a pill bug walks under it I pull on the string ;-)


Trouble in the garden ;-(

There are pill bugs in my garden and I've got to find a way to get rid of them. I guess the battle starts tomorrow. I'm trying to look on the internet for some way to run them off. If I don't find anything that I already have, I'll have to go get something tomorrow.

Sunday, April 16, 2006


Easter Afternoon

I went to eat at a friends house after church. She called and asked if I wanted to come and eat leftovers after lunch - a slip of words. I said "You mean you are having lunch and then you just want me to come over afterwards and eat leftovers?" That was not what she meant. We both had leftovers, but they were good and we had them for lunch. When I came home I hid 12 easter eggs in my back yard. It doesn't really matter if it takes them a while to be found because they are plastic and not filled with anything that will melt.


Easter Morning

This morning I was out giving my garden a little water and heard something. I turned to look and the little squirrel was running for his life. He went from going toward the bird feeder to a little bush. I hope he comes back because I didn't mean to scare him away. He probably thinks because a lot of people don't want him in their bird feeder that I am one of them. But I am not one of them ;-)

Saturday, April 15, 2006


My new birdfeeder

I can't remember if I mentioned it, but I have a new birdfeeder to keep out the big birds so that the little ones will have a chance to eat. Because of the large base it seems that this morning it's been a very comfortable place for another critter to enjoy a leisurely breakfast - he has been in the feeder for at least 30 minutes. I just hope he doesn't eat so much that he can't get out.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


A Garden Thought

No wonder the bible talks a lot about seeds, I'm expecting great things and all I've seen is pictures on packages and a few tiny specks that I have to nurture and water for them to become something. I'll try to remember that when I want things to happen a lot faster than what they do.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)”


A Rose ;-)

Well I got a rose off of my rose bush today. It wouldn't win any prizes at a garden show, but it's mine ..... all mine. It is really small and not well formed. I think I must have some really old fashion rose bushes in my yard. I'm sure that the rose bushes they sell now would produce hugh well shaped really strong smelling roses.

I may eventually get another rose bush, but my main goal is to raise something that I can actually eat. I don't really want to live off my garden, but wouldn't it be neat to know that I could if I had to.

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses" - Ziggy


My little garden

Here is my little garden. I have seeds planted where you don't see any plants. I will try to post a picture when it grows a little more. If you don't see any more about it in my blog, you can just assume that it didn't go too well.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006



Okay here is a picture that the girl took of me at Scarbrough Faire over the weekend. I saw bodice at the fair that cost about $110 and it was almost exactly like the one I had on, which I got for about $2 at the second hand store.

This is a chair that's carved out of a tree, it has really neat carving on it. We try to get a picture sitting in it every time we go.

I am always surprized when I see a picture of me and how it always looks backwards - like I almost always part my hair on the left, but when I see it in a mirror it shows it the other way. That doesn't seem like it would make much difference, but when you see a picture it does. I'm thinking of just parting my hair on the other side and not looking at it. I think then maybe when I look at a picture it will look more like I think it should.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Moggy's Garden

I got a hanging tomato plant and also created a 4 foot, by 4 foot little garden. The girl helped me to plant a few things in it. We don't have it full yet, but it's been 24 hours and no plants have died yet ;-) So I guess we will plant a few more.

Monday, April 10, 2006


Had a good weekend

Well I went to Scarbrough Faire Saturday.
I added a scarf to my costume and it looked pretty good.
We had a really good time, the weather was good.
I did however get a little sun burned, but it wasn't too bad. This looks sort of funny, but my shirt had a V in it that was open with laces and I also got a spot sunburned where the V was.

When I took the scarf off this is what I looked like.

Friday, April 07, 2006


Ready for the faire

I guess you probably think I was busy today cleaning out my car, but no I went and found a couple of other things to complete my costume for the faire ;-) I'm going to set my alarm to get up an hour early tomorrow and do what I can then. I know things wont be perfect, but I think it will be a fun weekend anyway ;-)

I got a bodice (of sorts) and a belt with a purse, so I wont have to carry anything.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


I actually got up early today ;-)

I think I'm just about ready for my company. Part of my plan is to start getting up early so I can go to the gym before work. I'm so happy to be motivated to get my house clean. I am bad about letting things stack up sometimes.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


It's Wednesday and company comes Friday

I think it will be okay, but I wish I had time to sew a neat costume to wear to the faire. It would probably be too hot for that anyway. When I finish with the house I need to clean out my car.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


just a few more days until company comes

I still have a lot of cleaning to do. I guess I'll put the sprinkler on so the grass can grow while I work. Then I get to mow the yard again sooner ;-)

Monday, April 03, 2006



The cat and I are ready to watch that new PBS show Texas Ranch House. Were out of luck today, it doesn't start until May 1st ;-( I don't know why I thought it started today.

Sunday, April 02, 2006


It's time to clean the house

It was susposed to rain today, but it was just beautiful. Still next weekend should be really nice all weekend.


I didn't get anything done today ;-(

I did find something I may wear to Scarbrough Faire next Saturday. I'm going to get something done tomorrow for sure.