Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'm Still Here... Somewhere.

Hi everyone!  I'm still here but buried under LIFE: friends, family, and work issues abound.

Stay tuned and things should settle down soon and I can then resume posting at regular intervals.

In the meantime, here's some of my journal pages that I've done lately. 

Earth Hour 2011

Still in Progress: Hand-off!

Pure Nonsense with Markers

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Carl Sandburg Meets Zuko

FOG

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over the harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

---Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967)

I wonder what this poem would have been like had Mr. Sandburg encountered our new cat, Zuko. He may have “little cat feet” but he uses them like a water buffalo.

Minerva is grace personified. She has the silent haunches and moves like a ninja warrior. Zuko is so different. He doesn’t run – he gallumps, if you know what I mean. He meows over anything and purrs like a 12 cylinder Jaguar – constantly. And we love him.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April's Started Rather Foolishly

Okay, had to make some sort of reference to April Fools.  The Fools were those of us who live in the lower part of Arizona.  Friday, April 1st saw the first 100 degree day for the year. 
That sent me up on our roof yesterday morning. Armed with WD40 and a butter knife (the fin comb I bought was useless), I spent the better part of two hours trying to straighten the heat disapating fins on our air conditioner that were mangled in last October's hail storm. It isn't perfect, but the a/c repairman I talked to said I only needed 70% fixed to let the unit work.  I'm not sure I got that 70% done but I did as much as I could without dropping off the side of the house from heat exhaustion.

Yes, I could have put in an insurance claim like everyone else in my neighborhood did, but since we've had several claims already in the last 10 years, I am terrified that we would find ourselves with a cancelled policy. (An old lady down the block had hers cancelled earlier this year.)  So, we will tough it out and try fix things for ourselves.

This is going to be a long summer.  **sigh**  At least the next 10 days are forcast a bit cooler.