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Black Day…

April 3rd, 2014

Last Sunday a student alerted me that my web site was down. On checking, I discovered that my host for many, many years (Text Drive) had closed shop, left town and was no more! All with out any notification that they intended to do so—no time to get files etc. and both this site and my studio site ( were gone. My latest blog data backup was in Jan, my other files earlier.

Soooo, after I calmed down, I gathered what I had and found a new host, DigitalOcean, and set about rebuilding things. I have most everything as you can see except any Blog entries after Dec. and any messages to my students which I type on the fly.


December 2nd, 2013

Spent a good part of today working on calligraphy…want to use it on cards…we’ll see…

Lens for my iPhone

January 3rd, 2013

I love my new lens for my iPhone! Kevan and Erin gave me this lens that slips onto my iPhone. One way it is a fisheye lens and the other a wide angle. If you remove the wide angle lens it becomes a macro lens.

Lens for my iPhone

Here are 3 views of the same thing. The first set is in my garden.

Normal Lens Wide angle Lens Fisheye Lens

The second set is of my lap top.

Lap top with normal lens Lap top with wide angle Lap top with fish eye

Desk top with Fisheye lens Close up with Macro Lens

I didn’t realize about the macro at first so here is a sample fisheye and a macro of the orange pencil. All taken with my iPhone!!

New Glasses

August 4th, 2012

I don’t like getting new glasses

First I have to go to the Ophthalmologist to be tested. I went last year and was given prescriptions for two glasses; bifocals (I’ve worn them since college) and computer glasses (I work on very large screens and bifocals aren’t the best.) I did get the computer glasses but never got around to the others, so this year I had to fess up and get new prescriptions.

You sit there and are asked “does this look better than this” over and over and I can’t tell! And I know I will have to live with my decision for a year—well they will do a re exam if asked but then it’s the same thing again… But I went and got my new prescriptions and took them clutched in my hand down the street to a store with many many glasses. Again, how can I tell how they look… I can’t see with out the correct lenses—so I make the best guess I can. The glasses came a week ago and I do like them (very much) but the reading prescription had me reading six inches from my nose and the the bifocal was too low.

Sooooo, back to the Dr. for a new prescription and back to the store for new lenses where I asked about progressive lenses. That would allow for a smooth transition from reading to far vision. This sounded good for drawing as well as teaching. I picked up the new progressive glasses yesterday and am trying to get used to them. I’ll let you know…

new glasses

New glasses with progressive lenses.

Candles on the deck

July 15th, 2012

We like to eat outside whenever we can in the summer. Our deck has a covered portion with a ceiling fan that makes most nights just right. And we use lots of candles! (Most have some sort of protection from the breeze created by the fan.)


Candles on the deck at dinner.

Banana Bread

July 14th, 2012

Bananas get over ripe quickly in the summer. What to do? Make Banana Bread!
Add Saga cheese, Mellon and wine for a light summer supper!

Banana bread

Banana Bread on board Jonna gave us.

Banana Bread
Stir together in one bowl:
2 cups flour (unsifted)
½ t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
1 cup sugar
½ cut dried fruit
½ cup nuts

Combine in another bowl:
¾ cup mashed ripe banana
½ cup milk
1 egg
¼ cup melted butter

Add wet to dry and stir until just mixed

Pour into greased 5 x 9 loaf pan
Bake 1 hour at 350 F

Let cool 10 min then turn onto rack to finish cooling.
(I used dried cranberries and pecans today.)