Wednesday, April 25, 2007


After a lot of work our fall-out/tornado shelter is finished. Don't we look cozy?Seriously, I hope to God we never need to crawl into the closet under the stairs, but if so, it's ready... Oh, shit! I forgot the Scrabble game! Be right back!

the sweet illusion of safety

I've spent the better part of my day cleaning out the closet under our stairs. Seems we are having a very stormy spring here on the edge of tornado alley. After last night's purple and orange weather map I felt it wise to open up some space in our "safe" place. Never a dull moment here in Texas...

must-see TV

God, I love "House". How could I not? Dr. House is an ass, but a smart one... the ultimate smartass. Hugh Laurie (a delicious name) is simply brilliant as the simply brilliant, but, alas, troubled, good doctor. The ensemble cast is fabulous. Yes, the stories are insane, the endings all predictable to a point... but then there's the soundtrack... wonderful!

Yes, House is cranky, a drug-addict, scruffy and rude... and

S M A R T! Good enough!

Like everyone else on the planet, I don't watch that much TV, but I do try to catch "House"... and "Planet Earth" and "Deadliest Catch"

I swear that's it!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

cowgirl... for an afternoon
Never one to shun a costume, I enjoyed cowgirling up for the wild west wedding last Saturday. And I must admit, The Stockyards are pretty cool. It feels a bit time-machine-ish there. I am not clever enough to discern the real cowfolks from the fakes, but there are plenty of folks wearing the garb there. And there is a real, working stockyard there amid the shopping, bars and resturants. We need to take Will. He loves horses so much.

So, here I am playing rhinestone cowgirl...

Saturday, April 21, 2007

life in the wild west...

Mark & I went to a cowboy wedding today at the Fort Worth Stockyards. We were delayed a bit due to a cattle drive on the main drag. Longhorns are BIG damn cows... and slow, too! The minister pulled a gun. The flowergirls carried buckets and the meal at the reception was chicken fried steak, fried okra and iced tea! Hell yeah, we know how to throw it down in Texas!
We escaped to the 'burbs before the cake was cut. Whew! That was close!
Mark looked very nice in his cowboy-ish attire (he's wearing his boots).

Friday, April 20, 2007

pendant mania...

A few of my latest pendants. I'm soldering today, so there will MORE soon!

Thursday, April 19, 2007


This is enough to make one seriously consider changing religions. Beautiful!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

and then there's this...

As a parent I am heartbroken to think of what it must be like for the families of all who lost their lives at Virginia Tech yesterday.

As a human being I am reminded that we never know what awful potential lies inside ourselves and others.

There are things in this world too terrible to understand.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Check out my Slide Show!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

prom night

Ryan flew down from school (Kansas City Art Institute) to go with Kate to her prom. They are so sweet together. They have known each other since they were babies and have been dating for two years. This long year apart has been a challenge for them, but they have handled it so well. It helps that they can talk on their cell phones all the time. They also communicate via snail mail, web cams and email.
Kate is such a great girl!! She is so poised, smart, funny and sweet. Yes, I'm her mom, but I swear it is all true!! She is a treasure.

Friday, April 13, 2007

my saint

Saint Luke is the patron saint of artists and brewers.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

ah, skills...

Despite my denial the truth is that I have a damn cold... BUT, today it will be back in the 70s and sunny so I feel confident I will be cured by sundown. After my illness this winter a cold is hardly worth noticing.

Working today...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Just playing around with the Canon this morning...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her

The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug; it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and pleasure; it’s a little like making love, the physical act of love. ~Francis Bacon

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Easter

It snowed here today... I sh*t you not! Unreal! The Easter Bunnny will die if he sets paw in North Texas tonight. Poor rodent!

Well, joys of the season to you, my hoard of gentle readers... Eat chocolate!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Spring is the time of rebirth...

After 20 years of being sealed like a tomb Trader Vic's has reopened! Hallelujah!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

let's do lunch...

At Myett's they totally screwed up our order, but the Caribe was cold enough and the view was impossibly beautiful. I am so ready to have my toes in that fine, white sand again. It makes me happy to know it's waiting for me...