Sunday, July 18, 2010

molly again...


Molly the Owl's second clutch is streaming live right now...don't know how long it will be going for, but this is nice ;-).
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

i can has seeds too???

Not that there's much I could do to stop them ;-). What a perfect place to hang out!

And, even though Carlos and Donna are still trying to get on their vacation after Molly's first successful clutch, we do get some peeks into her second clutch from time to time. There are now 4 eggs in the owl box, and Carlos is asking for guesses as to how many she might have this time around. I'll say six, since I know nothing about what the possibilities are, and I think that six is plenty anyway. You can watch the latest recorded video of Carlos speaking...go to the 19 minute point if you want to see Molly and her eggs...http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/8301189

my neighbor's cat...

...loves chairs!
ours especially...





Monday, July 12, 2010

a smattering of images...

I set up a new bird feeder today. We haven't had one up in a while, but I plan to make up for that now. Last week, my neighbors had a crew come in and take down all of their trees and shrubs so that they can redo their landscaping. It was quite a shock for all of us, since our neighbors are very uncommunicative, and we had no warning and no information about what they were doing except for what I could find out from the work crew. It's pretty crummy (those trees were quite old and very healthy)...but in response, I am giving back to the birds for what they (and we) have lost...





Some of those bird photos were taken by my son Michael. He also photographed this chipmunk in another neighbor's yard...



And here's a bit of what we have growing in the garden...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

heat wave...

Third day of @ 100 degree heat...what a year of weather this is turning out to be!

Does he look a bit tired?
Maybe just confused as to what to do.
He did jump right up when he heard two chipmunks chasing each other, but then found another spot to lie down in.
The sun seems to be good for the flowers though...


We're supposed to cool down to the low 90's tomorrow with some thunder showers. I'm actually looking forward to 90's!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

working on...

...through many distractions...




So many pieces have to come together as I work out the details, but this is somewhat of a prototype for one of the designs I am working on.

philly again...

Just a link to a very nicely written article about my son's tournament on Saturday, from the perspective of the opponent who's gracious loss in the 10th round led my son on to the quarter-finals. (Even if he did think he was from New Jersey ;-)).


"Saturday 10:00 pm

Shaking the seventeen year-old’s hand, I say “Congratulations on making top 4. I hope you win it.” I’m half a mess; I’m actually happy for my opponent, Michael Ragusa, who just knocked me out of the SCG Philly Standard Open."

most useless machine...

Love this! Just saw it on the Colbert Report...
(instructions will be in the next issue of Make magazine)


Monday, June 7, 2010

funny day...

It seemed that every step of the way today something came up that added an extra, unwanted dimension to whatever I was trying to do. I knew it had to be some kind of planetary transit, and so I just tried to relax into it. I just checked my horoscope at astro.com...this is part of it for Mercury squaring my Uranus...

"If you are not flexible, this could be a very nerve-wrecking day, full of little surprises and upsets that overtax your nerves. The plans you have made for the day may not work out at all, and the more you are counting on precisely one set of conditions to be fulfilled, the more upsetting this influence will be."

Now, I started noticing it when my computer started going extremely slowly, and my son started a complete scan and defrag of my hard drive that lasted several hours. Then, among other things, I took a ride to the bookstore after dinner, just a half hour before closing. Of course I had to wait at the red light while the train passed through the station (not even at my intersection, but that's how the signal works there). I took a different route home, and had to backtrack because there was a nasty car accident on the corner which probably happened just moments before I got there (I consider myself quite fortunate with that one!)

I had started to pick up on the idea that I was meant to go slow and appreciate things today, rather than just trying to get anything done...always a good message, just not always put in front of me in just that way!


So, on the whole it was a good day, just very interesting in some unusual ways.

Oh, and I am reminded now that Ustream, where I am watching the last few days of coverage of the owl box before the last two leave the nest, was down for about an hour and a half as well. I'm sure there were many more little things, and probably more to come...maybe I should make a list :-).

For now, I'll just post a photo of one of the owlets from today...I think it's Austin trying to stay cool, and wish me luck at getting myself a nice cup of tea :-).


One more note, why not, it's that kind of day ;-). The youngest owlet, Wesley, is not ready to leave the nest just yet, maybe tonight, but his sibling, Austin, could have left a few days ago. Yet, he stays, and keeps Wesley company every day...so sweet!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

yesterday in philly...

My son Michael came in third place out of 521 players in his first big Magic the Gathering tournament!
He had decided a few weeks ago that he wanted to enter this tournament. Top prize was $2000, and the top eight players get an invitation to an even bigger tournament in Virginia in December.
It was a good day...he took the train into the city with his brother and a few friends who were also entering the tournament. He played in 10 rounds of matches from about 11 am to 10 pm, and then moved into the quarter-finals and semi-finals...I think he was quite amazed that he made it so far in his first Open Tournament!
I was able to follow his progress through Ustream, as the list of top players was scrolled across the screen after every round, and I watched in happy amazement as his name kept coming up in 10th place, fifth place, third place, wow! I'm happy that it turned out so well for him, he's worked hard for this.

I took many, many screenshots :-)...here's one that came up towards the end of the evening...the guys at the top are the commentators...


He also played one match on camera, which I didn't get to see, because at that point I had decided to drive into philly to pick him up. I was hoping to see the last matches in person, but the Convention Center's doors were locked by that time. We picked him up and drove him home, very happy and very tired. Today I take it easy, and he's gone back on the train to be there for one more afternoon, proudly wearing his 'top eight' pin on his shirt.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

someone's having a giveaway!

























1. embroidered notebook, 2. revamping my shop, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled



Head over here to The Little Red House blog and read an interview with Brooke Schmidt, and leave a comment for a chance to win some clay magnets like the ones in the photo. (comments will be accepted until midnight tonight)

I've been enjoying Brooke's blog and flickr photos (which is where these four photos are from) and she has some wonderful offerings in her etsy shop.

*mosaic made with flickr toys*

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Unity Wave Coalition on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill





http://www.unitywave.com/

On Friday, May 21, 2010, at 11:00 PM (UTC +0), join the Wave to Restore the Gulf. This fifteen minute segment features the words God and Love sung in many languages. Everyone is welcome!

Those who spoke before are speaking again in one voice. This is the time of power and transition. This is the Time to gather as one Voice, one Heart and one Mind.

Many compassionate hearts are already dedicating intention, prayer, meditation, service, mass, circle, dance, chant and song. In harmony all can come together in one universal Wave.


Streaming via satellite from:
Streaming online, live from:


Sunday, May 16, 2010

first one out!!


This was so much fun to see! The video was recorded, you can watch it here...
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6960929

Saturday, May 15, 2010

from the oven...

The toaster oven that is...

I made one more mold (see the original two here), from the other side of the shell piece, the one that looked like it had poppy seeds on it :-). You can see that on the left side in the top photo. Then I molded some polymer clay with some scraps that I had. One is white with a little ecru mixed in, the other may be black mixed with silver, I'm not sure. These are just straight out of the oven, no sanding or painting. I just wanted to see what I could make with the molds and show the results here for inspiration.







One thing that I found myself doing when trying to get the right amount of clay into the mold, was to squash the clay in, and then take it out and tear off the excess and remold it until I was happy with the back of the piece. In the future, I would probably also texture the back or add some other detail to it. For now, I just wanted to see how it would look and feel.

after the storm




after the storm


after the storm
Originally uploaded by cindyjean


Friday, May 14, 2010

unmolded...


These are the molds after popping the shell pieces out of them, after the mold sets for 25 minutes. The light is fading, spring thunderstorm coming in...yummm ;-).

making molds...

Inspired by Shannon's post at ArtBeadScene to pull out some beach finds and my molding putty...


Thursday, May 13, 2010

just in case...


Not trying to promote anything ;-), but the Molly the Owl e-book that is being produced to document the barn owl box experience will be going up in price on Friday at 5pm PST. The preorder price is $4.99 right now, and it will go up to $9.99 tomorrow night. I wasn't sure if I wanted it, but I decided that it would be a nice memento to have, and it seems to be something that will be very nicely put together. It also benefits wildlife as well as helping Carlos and Donna to recoup their expenses from the investment in the owl box, cameras, etc. I think they've done an amazing job with all of this!

The link to merchandise is here,

and this is a video interview that Carlos did with the illustrator of the book...





Wednesday, May 12, 2010

all four owlets...

bluebells...

I am testing out Picasa's capabilities for uploading photos...



I found these growing in the garden recently. I was surprised to see them there, but now that I have looked them up, I find that it's not so much of a surprise. They seem to be Spanish Bluebells, also known as Wood Hyacinth. Very pretty, even the names are pretty, but also a plant that can grow anywhere and could possibly spread all over the garden! My plan is to get some large pots to transfer some of the herbs and flowers that seem to want to overgrow our garden space. There won't be any room for veggies otherwise! The weather's been so unpredictable, hopefully I'll be able to get something planted before the summer heat takes over.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

drawing and thrifting...

Picking up the pencils again...I finally decided where to start in my moleskine journal that I've had for awhile...


I'm enjoying Steven Aimone's book, Expressive Drawing. It has to go back to the library very soon, so I will put in a request again, and keep looking for a good price for it online. It's a beautiful book, and very motivating for me.

Yesterday I went to the thrift store, hoping to find some good frying pans and maybe some dishes and bowls...things keep wearing out and breaking here :-). Instead I found these...

My guys had a friend over yesterday. He brought his amp and guitar, and they got to see how it feels to practice together (Mike on drums, George on guitar)...wish I had some photos, but didn't want to spoil the energy that was happening between them...next time.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

steppin' out...

This is the latest from the Owl Box...see my previous post here if you don't know what I'm talking about. The owlets are just about about ready to start making forays out of the box. Carlos has set up the outside camera differently so this will be easier to see at night.
This video was recorded May 8th and is about 12 minutes long. At about 2:50 the owlet steps onto the edge of the box. Not very exciting maybe, but a first for this brood of owls, and so very sweet to see ;-)
[Click on the play button at the bottom to stay here, or the screen itself to jump to the Ustream site. ]
You may want to set your volume down low, as the owlets are very close to the microphone so they sound quite loud.




http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6786961