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Humph!! And double Humph!!

Posted by debraroby on March 20, 2006

I have spent time for the last three days working in one of my garden beds. A couple weeks ago my goodly neighbor and landscaper had some of his workers tear out all the spreading juniper in this bed: 8′ x 20′ give or take. They carried the torn up bushes behind our fence (but still on our property) to eventually compost and left me a bed of a few bushes and lots of bare ground.

No. That isn’t why I’m humphing. I paid them to do it.

I spent this past weekend single-digging the dirt. It’s mainly poor clay, kind of stony, so a total waste to double dig. I’m sore but happy at my accomplishment.

No. That isn’t why I’m humphing, either. But muscles all over my body are awake for the first time in months.

This next week, I’ll add some quality soil amendments. Still no humph.

While working on Saturday, I listened to the music on my MP3 player. Good music, I was compelled to sing along frequently. At one point I was accompanying MeatLoaf’s Paradise By the Dashboard Light. (not my key, btw)..and Steve signalled for me to take off my earphones. Then he tells me:

Don’t quit your day job!


Ofcourse, I quickly retorted:

What day job??

Now for the Double Humph: A file server on Blogger has been funky for the last few days. If my blog looked really strange, it’s because of the problems they’ve had with that. If my blog has looked particulary strange, that’s the reason. Hopefully the fix they implemented this morning takes.


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PodCasts for Arts/Crafts

Posted by debraroby on March 18, 2006

Diane from Going to Pieces extolls the joys of PodCasts today.

She pointed me to Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash podcasts, describing these them this way:

Annie has such a pleasant, melodious voice, and sounds like she’s smiling the whole time. . . .Her podcasts are like a one-sided telephone conversation with a quilt-obsessed friend. She talks about what she’s working on, quilt shows or shops she’s visited, books or tools she’s found, all sorts of things. She interviews interesting people she encounters along the way, and gives lots of links to websites.

After that ringing endorsement, I decided to follow her directions:

If you have Itunes on your computer you can open the Itunes
Music Store, go to Podcasts, and then search by any key word to find
what podcasts are out there. And, via Itunes, you can subscribe to the
podcasts you like so they’re automatically downloaded when new issues
are available. You don’t have to go hunting for them.

So I searched.

Alex Anderson has a podcast!! Everyone mourning the lack of new episodes of Sew Many Quilts can get there fix! There are several other quilting podcasts listed at ITunes. I will be spending days checking them out.

Brenda Dayne is podcasting knitting over at Cast On. Knitting News not only podcasts themselves, they list other knitting podcasters just to keep you in the loop.

Jeannie Gist is doing the only crochet podcast. I’ve found.

Scrapbooking has been in the podcast world by SCRAPcast for months now. Again, they list other scrapping podcasters.

And CraftyPod is:

The homemade podcast that celebrates all things crafty.

Ok. Enough for now. I will be searching out and listening to more these podcasts; hopefully to report on these every month or so. If you find a great arts/craft podcast, please share it with me!! This may be a new obsession!

In the meantime, I think I’ve found an excuse to buy an IPod. (My current MP3 player just doesn’t have the memory to keep current with all of these), and another reason I’m glad I’m attending Day One of BlogHer, so I can learn more what goes into podcasts.

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I’m having a good day.. without photos.

Posted by debraroby on March 17, 2006

I’ve spent a few hours the past couple days playing with this idea. Though I’m having fun, I’ve decided that it doesn’t need to go further. Paul Klee’s paintings look like quilt blocks.. so I was wondering if I could use a similar technique to paint some fabric and make it into a quilt. It’s turning into a fun experiment in layering color with watercolor. However, the work is so derivative that I now think I will just use it for a little play but let it be as far as a new piece. What would I be saying?

So I’ve worked through an idea by using some inexpensive watercolor paint and cheap watercolor paper instead of the real paints and fabrics. A good thing.

Today I got outside to work in my gardens for about 1.5 hours. My landscaper neighbors tore all the groundcover juniper from a bed (8’x15′)a couple weeks ago. So I’m turning over the bare dirt, clearing some of the weeds and moving some plants up into the area. It’s a good 1 month project, but atleast I’ve got a start on it. Pictures when it’s further along.

Katy (my black lab) is all healed from her plastic surgery and feeling feisty. I’ts amazing how good she looks!!

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quiz del giorno

Posted by debraroby on March 17, 2006

Yep, this sounds like me… and the pizza I eat.

Everything Pizza

Diverse and adaptable
You enjoy the full buffet of life
It’s hard for you to play favorites with friends… or flavors
There’s very little that you dislike!

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Wednesday Sunset, a secret told,

Posted by debraroby on March 16, 2006

Here is a shot of our sunset last night. A storm is rolling in (again),
so it will be a few days until I see this sight repeated. I’m trying to regularly take the sunset from the house this year. This will let me see how far the sun moves. I know in mid-summer the sun will be setting off this picture to the right.
While I was out taking the sunset, I spotted the colors through this bare liquidamber (sweet gum) tree. Yeah, I played it with a bit in Picasa… but isn’t it rather wonderful? I love photos of bare tree limbs.

Today I’m taking a break from handwork. I will pull out some of the ideas for my next painted piece and continue them on paper. Watercolor painting! Working in a different (kind of) medium.

And here I am going to admit something. At WoolfCamp, the other attendees introduced me to Flickr. I have had a negative reaction to the flickering images on people’s blogs, so I have avoided using the site. I’m trying to get a bit comfortable with it (why, I’m not sure) but I’m going to whisper a secret to you all:
I don’t really like Flickr.

Nope. You won’t see a badge on my blog, even with a stationary picture. I may someday come to tolerate using Flickr for some things.. but I don’t think I will ever be a Flickr fan. I do not find using it “intuitive”; I have to think too hard to figure out how to do something and their “help faq” isn’t any help. It seems to me that it is just another way to lose time online.

Ya know just admitting this makes me feel better.

What online “hot thing” do you secretly feel no love for?

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Pajaro Pictures

Posted by debraroby on March 15, 2006

I mentioned that last weekend we were down by Monterey on a Pickle Retreat. Actually, we were about 4 miles south of Santa Cruz on a quiet part of the bay called Pajaro Dunes. And although Julie Z. mentioned that there was snow on the beach at Santa Cruz, we didn’t see it where we were. I even went walking on the beach barefoot!! But I thought I’d share a few photos:

Obviously it was stormy this weekend. That spit of land in the distance is Santa Cruz and those clouds became a storm a couple hours later.

The stormy weather meant there were plenty high waves. And this trip? No surfers!! (sigh).

Another shot of the clouds coming in from the west.

On my walk on Saturday we spotted this log that washed up in Friday’s storm. Interesting at a distance….

I really loved the way it looked up close!

Looking at my pictures, you’d never know I spent 4 days with 10 other women, would you? One of them spent the weekend “practicing” taking pictures of us; she said she needs to learn how to take good pictures of people. I simply DON’T take pictures of people. Don’t like to look at them, so I don’t like to take them. (hmm… what does that say about me?)

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