Monday, December 30, 2013

Thanksgiving card

This year's Thanksgiving card.  I was so busy back in November I overlooked getting this card listed on Etsy --- but I finally got it up today.






Friday, December 20, 2013

FOCUS: PIX

I am going to be concentrating on photography for awhile....  went out for a photo shoot first thing this morning.  I have learned something!  I have learned that I have a lot to learn!  Ha!















Friday, November 29, 2013

You've Got Mail

I have been working lately on letters for children from my rag doll, Polly Wog.  How exciting, if you are 5 or 6 or 7 years old, to actually get a letter in the mail delivered by the mailman!  Just like mommy and daddy!    :)

There is a blank space after "Dear" for the child's name to be inserted, and a coloring sheet and a phonics activity are included.

I am planning to offer these for sale in my Joyce Alice 2 etsy shop as soon as I get enough of them written.  They will be a PDF instant download.




This is the first letter with its coloring page and phonics activity page.  The second letter is below.  I think there will probably be 12 or so letters in the set, so that the child can receive a letter biweekly for 6 months.







Friday, November 22, 2013

A Little History of the World

Yesterday spent ALL DAY reading this book:


Well, actually, not the entire day, since N & I went shopping in the morning --- but part of the morning, and ALL afternoon, and ALL evening.  

Why do I do things like that?  I have a list of things I need to do as long as my arm, and I spend all day reading a book.

Sadly, I know the answer only too well.  Story has the power to grip me.  Once I have dipped into a story I am under a tenacious compulsion to keep on reading to find out what happens.  And I can't stop til I get to the end.  It's like I'm under a spell or something.

So if you want to know if this is a good book --- it is.  It was written in 1935 for young people and was so popular it has been through a number of editions.  Adults enjoy it too.  It's a sweeping survey of the history of (mainly) the Western world told in story form.  

Actually, history IS a story  (hi-STORY), but one I was not particularly interested in earlier in my life (it seemed so depressing since you already knew how the story comes out: everyone dies in the end).  But lately I have discovered an interest in history --- exactly what's been going on all these centuries?

After you read this book you will say, "Mostly fighting and conquering and bloodshed."  (although the book is not graphically violent at all (it was written for young people) and the Nazis actually forbade its publication in Nazi Germany as they considered it too "pacifist").

I am reminded of a story I read somewhere once of a king who wanted to know the history of the world and had a huge library of books, but was either too lazy or too busy to read them and find out.  

So his asked his wisest minister to condense the history of the world into just one volume.  After a year, the minister brought him the results of his labors --- just one book.

"Too heavy!" said the king. "Make it shorter."

In a half a year, the minister brought the king an abridged version of the book.

"Still too long." said the king. "I don't have time for this.  Cut it down to a short story."

So it went.  From a short story, the king wanted just an article, then just a paragraph, and finally, the king asked for the entire history of the world in just one word.

The minister went away and thought very hard for a long time and then came back and gave his king the one word.

"If"

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Although, if I were asked to put the history of the world into one word, after reading this book I would say "selfishness".

And everybody does die in the end.  And it would be too depressing were it not for the hope of the gospel of Christ.  "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15






Monday, November 18, 2013

Cute Melted Snowman Cookies



Aren't these adorable?  My cousin Wanda likes to bake.
Wish I could taste one, too!
She says this recipe is all over the internet.

and that person got it from here

and that person found it on allrecipes.com





Saturday, November 9, 2013

Up On The Roof

We are painting our house.  Well, when I say "we", I guess I mean N is doing the actual brush-and-roller-wielding....  however, since I am lighter and more sure-footed than he, I insisted on being the one to climb the tall ladder and actually get onto the little roof peaky place over the garage and paint that one particular hard-to-reach spot.

Here are some pix to prove I WAS THERE  (ha)











Sunday, October 27, 2013

walking stick

came home from church this morning and found this walking stick in the garage
gently picked him up to carry him outside
thought I had him safely imprisoned in both cupped hands
but he's so skinny he just walked right thru a very small gap !

he doesn't hop and he pretty much stayed put

so I got my point-and-shoot and tried to take pix

discovered i cannot take pix with my left hand

but he was quite agreeable about switching to my other hand

and i did get these pix





can you see him here in the last pic?
he looks just like a piece of mulch


and speaking of "creatures" (the illustration friday word for this week)
isn't it so PLAIN that this little guy is a CREATURE?

no way he happened on his own by "evolving"
he was CREATED



Flamenco in Tarpon Springs

N & I drove over to Tarpon Springs last night and had dinner at a small Greek restaurant and then saw the "Flamenco Puro" show at the Performing Arts Center.  Pix of the show were not allowed, but I took pix of everything else!



View from our seat in the restaurant ---  I liked the design of the railing outside (circles atop vertical lines) with the horizontal lines of the window blind superimposed.


the people next to us ordered Flaming Cheese, but I wasn't quick enough with my point-and-shoot to catch the flames --- all I got was some smoke....


I had a gyro sandwich, N had pastitos.  It was a LOT to eat, I'm glad I was smart enough not to get the gyro meal!


there were some pretty pots of flowers outside the restaurant


Took a short walk in the little neighborhood surrounding the Performing Arts Center.


I think these little houses are picturesque.



somebody's Halloween decoration   :)


The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center is inside the city hall building.  I liked how the late afternoon sun illumined the bricks on the top of the building.




this sweet little fairy statue was sitting all by itself on the front lawn





I think dark tree branches against a pale sky is beautiful.


N's patience for picture-taking wears thin quickly.  "I'm going on in."  he says.



It is dark after the flamenco.  We drive the hour home, stopping once at a Dairy Queen along the way to buy me a medium dipped cone ---- yum.

We have seen a really good performance.  A flamenco guitarist, a singer/percussionist, and 3 women dancers.  The dancers used fans, castenets, and one solo performance involved a beautiful shawl with deep fringe --- lovely.