Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Seal was Delighted when the Miniture Mermaid Wanted to be his Friend

The seal lives a facinating life of discovery! There is so much to see in the depths of the ocean, and the seal has seen quite a bit. But his favorite sea creature he has ever witnessed was the miniture mermaid. He spied her from afar and was quite impressed by the tiny magical creature. Fish and whales are all amazing, but the seal felt almost star-struck to see a real life mysical being. When the miniture mermaid wanted to be his friend, he was even more estactic. Both their easy going temperments and jolly sense of humor are similiar, which makes being friends easy!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wyatt Never Imagined his Joy of Fishing Would Lead to Such Extraordinary Aquatic Discoveries

Wyatt always enjoyed the simplistic nature of the sport of fishing. He loved to row out in his little boat with his fishing rod just before the sun rose. Gazing out upon the still lake, Wyatt would patiently wait for the familiar tug of a caught fish. But on a peculiar day where Wyatt's normal grace was marred by a fit of clumsiness, he toppled overboard. Instead of sinking under the murky waters, he landed with a smack upon a slimy fish. The fish took him for a jolly adventure into a little seen part of the fishing lake. Wyatt never viewed fishing the same again.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Wilfred and His Lobster Patiently Await the Arrival of the Ships

Here is a new painting of Wilfred sitting atop a lobster who is his dear friend. Years ago, Wilfred's family sailed across the sea in the hopes of finding a legendary land of eternal youth and gold. Being the only child in his family, Wilfred was left behind to continue his education. The plan was to retrieve Wilfred after discovering the legendary land. But they never returned. Wilfred is the only bird-person in his town and he often feels isolated. He misses his clever mother and cheerful father. Everyday, he looks out to the horizon, hoping his family will return. For now, at least he has the friendship of his faithful companion, his lobster.




The other day while working on a boat I saw a peculiar sign hanging over the door to the interior of the boat. It was written with sharpie on a piece of cardboard and said 'danger.' Underneath a large arrow pointed diagonally. At the tip of the arrow was a crude drawing of what appeared to be a goblins face. At first I was a bit irritated... did I need to be worried about this unspecified 'danger' the sign warned of? But, their appeared to be no real danger, so instead I made up a story of what the 'danger' sign was referring to. In my story, the sign warned of a real goblin. After all, that is what the arrow pointed to! I imagined that the boat and her owner had traveled to a far off island with little human contact. Not only were there rare birds and lizards to marvel at, but there were goblins frolicking across the sandy shores. The boat owner of course was very intrigued, because like most of us, he thought that goblins didn't truly exist. After his amazement subsided, his thoughts meandered over to the the shimmering image of dollar signs! Scientists would pay a pretty penny for a goblin specimen to experiment upon. With a spare fish net, he hid in a tree, waiting for an unsuspecting goblin. Alas, a lone goblin wandered right underneath him. The boat owner lunged from the low hanging tree branch and flung the net over the goblin. Before his goblin friends could come to his rescue or even notice his absence, the boat owner had fled back to his boat and set sail back on the sea toward home. He is now keeping the goblin captive on his boat until the highest bidder pays up. Of course, the boat owner isn't completely without scruples, so he drew a sign warning people of the goblin. After all, goblins can be dangerous!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Oh, California!

...where everyone is a movie star, the sun is always shining, and surfing to work is the preferred means of transportation.

I recently went back to California to visit my family. My favorite outing was the visit to the seashore. I miss living near the ocean. I took lots of photos at the beach and elsewhere. I modified that at home using Picnic.































Thursday, December 3, 2009

Pressed Flora, Part One

I have a whole collection of pressed leaves and flowers. They are quite cheap and easy to collect, so my pressed plant collection will keep on 'growing' (pun intended...har har!). Here are the fist ten pages of my pressed flora collection.











Friday, November 20, 2009

Annabelle and The Bear Often Quarrel While on the Ice

Something about being out on the ice together brings out the argumentative side of both Annabelle and the bear. While engaged in other activities such as baking or bowling, they never argue. Annabelle attributes the constant bickering while on ice to the oafish nature of The Bear. While on the ice, one wants to be graceful, and The Bear can't help but to look clumsy as he totters on his skates. Annabelle believes this leads to a cranky disposition in her friend The Bear. The Bear thinks the arguments arise from Annabelle being cold. The Bear rarely has to worry about low temperatures with the thick fur covering his body. Poor Annabelle doesn't have such luck. Her jealousy of The Bears fur mingled with her discomfort due to the chilly air lead to a grumpy and argumentative attitude. Both friends keep their theories private.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Rabbits Bring Mary Frances Floral Delights

The rabbits all adore Mary Frances. They always aim to please her, and the easiest means of pleasing Mary Frances are flowers. She is always happiest during spring when she can explore meadows and gardens for newly bloomed flowers. The rabbits know of Mary Frances' proclivity for the enjoyment of flowers. They search every day for new and beautiful flower species to bring the expectant yet appreciative Mary Frances.




I recently made myself a new mixed Cd. It is tittled 'The Trees Learned How to Daydream and They Longed to Grow Legs.' Here is the playlist:

1. White Tooth Man- Iron and Wine
2. Nna Hamu- Jauharah Orchestra
3. Moon River- Lena Horne
4. A Widow's Toast- Neko Case
5. Sun Giant- Fleet Foxes
6. Graveyard- The Devil Makes Three
7. Ding Deng Dong- Kal
8. My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille- Beirut
9. I'll Be Around- The Mills Brothers
10. Say It Isn't So- Greta Keller with Victor Young and his Orchestra
11. My Moon My Man- Feist
12. Come On! Feel the Illinoise!- Sufjan Stevens
13. Phantom Limb- The Shins
14. I Wish That I Could See You Soon- Herman Dune
15. Dog on Wheels- Belle and Sebastian
16. Distopian Dream Girl- Built to Spill
17. Stomp Down Rider- Georgia Bill
18. Two Step de la Prairie Soileau- Amedie Ardoin and Dennis McGee
19. Apartment Story- The National
20. Opa Cupa- Saban Bajramovic and Mostar Sevdah Reunion
21. Shprayz Ikh Mir- The Klezmatics
22. Amazing Grace- The Clarence Ashley Group

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Benjamin and Jasper Enjoy Creating Rainbows at the Sea Shore

I love going to the sea shore. There are so many fun things to do: collect sea shells, watch the water, swim, surf, boogie board, sand castles... the list goes on! However, one thing I have never mastered is creating my very own rainbows from scratch. Benjamin and Jasper have no problem with this. Benjamin and Jasper are brothers and they discovered as children that when they work together they have the ability to create rainbows. They go to the sea shore specifically to create rainbows. It is easier to make rainbows with salt water than it is with fresh water. The flat surface of the sand helps too, along with the reflective quality of the sea itself. Creating rainbows really is an art.




Right now I am listening to the audio book 'War and Peace' by Leo Tolstoy. I am at a part in the book where two characters are about to duel. This isn't the first time I've come across dueling in an old novel. It is handled with a nonchalance that I don't at all understand. Two people disagree, feelings are hurt, pride is bruised, and the next thing you know, they are fighting to the death! I wanted to understand the historical context of dueling a little better so I read the wikipedia article on dueling. It still is a bit of a mystery but the article mentioned that 'dueling was an alternative to a less regulated conflict.' I guess that is a plus, but avoidance of chaos does not seem like enough motivation to duel. I also learned that only gentlemen dueled and that the winner of a duel was not condemned as a murder but respected. A duel winners social standing even increases after the success. It seems like more importance was placed on pride and honor in the past than in modern times, so fighting for ones honor seemed like a worthy pursuit. My theory is that people had less opportunity to change their situation than they do now. So more emphasis was put on the importance of honor because if ones honor was blemished there would be less opportunity to regain it.
Something else interesting that I learned from the 'Dueling' article was that it is rumored that in 1808 a duel was fought in hot air balloons over Paris. Each dueler was striving to puncture the opponents hot air balloon. That's the sort of thing that would happen in a Victorian adventure novel for kids.