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Out on the Limb

bloody thumb

Monday, January 30, 2006

my bloody thumb
Originally uploaded by sand dragon.

Sunday's quest to see our local landslide yielded no results, except to bloody my thumb on a blackberry vine. (won't be the first time; and it won't be the last...)

There are 3 ways left that I can think of to see the slide:

* Gain access to the inner horseshoe where the threatened home are perched. Unless I get invited, or join the sandbag volunteers, this is not a likely option.

* Learn to hang-glide. Interesting idea, but it sounds expensive, nerve-wracking, and not likely to get good photographs.

* Find a trail across the valley from the slide and use my telephoto lens. Yep, that's it.
posted by Deb, 7:45 AM | link | 0 comments |

Gel for the Bald

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Now that you have a bald head, what are you going to do with it?

Do you think this would sell?

colorful glow-in-the-dark heat gel for bald people

remember how fun finger painting was as a child?
mix & match colors as tho on a painter's palette;
keeps you warm in winter...

oh yeah.. Gap
Originally uploaded by harloh.

Thanks to harloh at Flickr for sharing
this photo thru Creative Commons.

file this under:
posted by Deb, 7:26 AM | link | 1 comments |

Dance, Monkeys, Dance

Monday, January 23, 2006

For your evolutionary edification, enjoyment, and......Oh, just watch it.

Dance, Monkeys, Dance

written and performed by Ernest Cline
posted by Deb, 5:09 PM | link | 0 comments |

Hippo Noodles

Whipsnade-june-2005 - 27
Originally uploaded by Le Scribbler.
The hippo in the picture is noodle-less.
Click the title above to enjoy "Hippo Noodles"
Thanks to Le Scribbler at Flickr for using the Creative Commons license and sharing this photo. A visit to his site will provide you a nice pictorial tour of Lundy, UK. I particularly like the lighthouse.
posted by Deb, 10:54 AM | link | 0 comments |

Grab the Nearest Book

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book
2. Open the book to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences (#5,6,7) on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it. Just grab what is closest. No cheating.

"We believe that we are not responsible for the consequences of our actions. We act as though we are not affected when we take and take and take. We strive for external power and in that striving create a destructive competition."

from "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav
...a book I purchased from a thrift store to read on vacation in San Diego.
I'm now reading it a second time. Good stuff!
Game passed to me from: "I'll Never Drink Again, Vol. 2"
posted by Deb, 9:24 PM | link | 1 comments |

Carpe Diem

posted by Deb, 7:38 PM | link | 0 comments |

Cabin Fever ? Try this...

posted by Deb, 7:25 PM | link | 0 comments |

Rainy Day Time Waster

Monday, January 16, 2006

The dangerously daring mission of twelve farm fresh eggs to boldly go where no egg has gone before.

Hat tip to Bossco's
The rain is getting to me.
I've broken more eggs than I can count.
posted by Deb, 5:08 PM | link | 0 comments |

News Flash

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

It appears we will be buying our first BIODIESEL car from The Green Car Company soon...I hope.

I have plenty of questions to ask the people at GCC. Do you have any questions?

Since the one-and-only car was smashed to smithereens recently, this is our opportunity to switch to biodiesel. I can't bear the thought of buying another gas sucker.

Wish us luck!!
posted by Deb, 8:11 PM | link | 1 comments |

Favorite Places

Monday, January 09, 2006

I'm digging thru my desktop pilings. (I know there is a desk under here somewhere!) I've come across a couple of snippet reminders to let you know of places I've enjoyed visiting recently.

While in San Diego, I visited the Cottage Gallery. Unfortunately, the Gallery was about to close its doors forever after 31 years. The lady I spoke with said that sky-rocketing taxes were largely to blame for the closure. But, happily, the online site is still available. Support your local (or not-so-local) artist!

I love looking for healthy, creative food joints when I'm traveling. Kelly's Cafe in Gig Harbor is super for high quality, good-tasking food (limited menu). Kelly's does not have a web site, but I see that Jim has a lovely selection of Flickr pictures of Gig Harbor.

Originally uploaded by sand dragon.

Yesterday, I found another breakfast spot in Portland, Oregon, that I will surely visit again. Old Wives Tales is located near the Convention Center. The menu was huge, the portions generous, and...well....you can see for yourself.
posted by Deb, 1:36 PM | link | 0 comments |

Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly Away......Where?

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Let's face it, I'm lost; and I've been lost since I came up with the "sell everything" plan last March.

Originally uploaded by imagesbyk2.

For those of you new here, I decided last March that selling the family home of 16 years and buying an RV equipped with solar panels, and using biodiesel for the truck, was the way to go.

It took us until September to get the house on the market (partly because we were waiting for last child to vacate his room).

But the closer I get to selling the house and going to next phase, the colder my feet get. Until, finally, I realized just how crazy my thinking has been.

Problem: My marriage is, and has been,...seriously lacking. Perhaps I thought the change would fix things. You know, change the situation and location and pretend the problems don't exist. Duh. I get crazy like that sometimes.

But, really, how could I possibly invest $100,000 in a truck and RV and all the equipment and then live with someone whom I may or may not need to dump (to put it bluntly). Will he read this? I seriously doubt it. Really. Seriously.

Anyway, I finally got up the courage yesterday to tell him flat out I would be nutzoid to get into an RV with him fulltime. AND, I've given fair warning that he needs to get help, find help, help himself....whatever it takes. Because there are certain things I'm just not going to put up with any more. The constant anger is just one of those things. And hygiene. Pleezzzzee, grow up and practice good hygiene. enough already.

SO, the house is no longer on the market as of today. Hubby is on notice. And I'm stepping back from the madness and taking a good long look at the multitude of positive possibilities I can create for my future.

Fortunately for me, I belong to a Yahoo group called InspireShare. The group owner, James, is a "Metaphysical Intuitive Counselor and Life Coach", and has recently begun adding daily suggestions for lost people like me.

About big decisions, James has this to say (with permission):
Many times, when we are faced with problems, challenges, confusing situations, our mind begins to ask dozens of questions. What am I going to do? Why is this happening?
What is really going on? What if?

The very act of asking questions regarding a situation are virtually a guarantee that you will create stress, worry, frustration and fear in your life.

Let go of the questions. Instead, affirm a positive outcome.
Example: I WILL know what to do.
It is bigger than me. I turn it over. Time out.
By clearing the mind of all questions and concerns, your inner self, your intuition will have
an uncluttered space to help you create the most powerful positive outcome.
Cluttered minds create cluttered outcomes.

As the Zen masters say, "The most important part of a bowl is it's empty space."
Empty the bowl of your mind.
I've blabbed enough for one night. I'm going to try to empty my bowl now.
Picture credit: Imagesbyk2 There some really awesome pictures there. Thanks for sharing via Creative Commons.
posted by Deb, 7:48 PM | link | 0 comments |

My Mood Today - Pensive

Monday, January 02, 2006

Originally uploaded by cyost.
1. Deeply, often wistfully or dreamily thoughtful.
2. Suggestive or expressive of melancholy thoughtfulness.

i.e., lacking productivity.

In keeping with my pensive mood, here is someone else's photo from Flickr. I highly recommend you visit Cyost's other photos. If I had to sum them up with one word, it would be "serenity".

Thanks, Cyost. Beautiful work.
posted by Deb, 4:32 PM | link | 0 comments |