Friday, December 22, 2006

I'm Moving My Blog

I've decided to follow Deb's example and move my blog to my website. This will be a work in progress as I figure things out (like how to make a larger image appear in the post). Please switch my link and come and visit. My new blog is located at http://www.deirdreabbotts.com/wordpress/ See you soon!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Just in time for Xmas and Chanukah

I drove by a store yesterday and I HAD TO go back this morning to take a photo.
Yes - its legs, arms and BREASTS!
Then I got really curious and had to go back with a friend to see if it had a head. We peeked into the side window but only saw a red fingernail. So into the store we went - The owner was at the rear moving boxes around and as we came in we said we wanted to know if it had a head. In a monotone voice he answered, "No head, wipe your feet."
Excuse me - I wasn't out mucking the stalls or plowing the lower 40 - and who the fuck puts white carpeting in a retail shop?
And more importantly wouldn't you think that someone who put this in their window would have a sense of humor?
I wonder what it costs?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Red Shoe Ramblings blog moved

Just want to mention this in case any of you are wondering where Deb went off to! I think this might be the beginning of a trend! Visit Deb's new blog at http://debrichardson.com/blog/

Monday, December 11, 2006

Invitation to a beading class TONIGHT!

This was posted over on The Lone Beader - I thought some of you might be interested - I know I am - her work is incredible!
Date:Monday, December 11, 2006
Time:Eastern 9 pmCentral 8 pmMountain 7 pmPacific 6 pm
Please join me in another adventure as I demonstrate the basics of bead embroidery on this month's EBSQ Live. My presentation will take place in the EBSQ Chat Room. If you would like to participate, all you need to do is get there a few minutes early, log in with a user name, and enter the room. Presentations usually last between 15- 30 minutes. You can stick around to ask questions, or you can just watch and learn. EBSQ Live workshops are open to both members and non-members, so I hope you'll remember to stop by:)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Productive weekend & added excitement!

This is the weekend I wanted to get ready to put up our Xmas tree - not that I am actually going to get the tree up by Sunday evening, but I needed to do the deep house cleaning that needs to be done before bringing the tree in. Stuff like moving furniture, vacuuming under the rugs and washing the wood floors - icky dirty stuff. The living room looks good, and yesterday the kitchen looked pretty good too! Today the kitchen is still clean but there are piles of things not yet baked or cooked, and because I will be doing these things in the next 3 or 4 days, its silly to put it all away. So what else did Morgan and I get finished this weekend?
  1. We made 7.5 pounds of fudge
  2. 6 dozen oatmeal raisin cookies
  3. 5 dozen double-chocolate crescent cookies
  4. Morgan made chocolate peanut butter candy with her Aunt
  5. All the laundry is washed, folded and put away
  6. I finished 2 books on tape - Entombed by Linda Fairstein and Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris. I'm getting ready to listen to The Kills also by Linda Fairstein
  7. Half of the gifts I've bought - are now wrapped
  8. The refrigerator is cleaned out and washed

Now for the excitement - While I was washing dishes I heard an explosion. I looked out the window and saw smoke and flames across the highway near the train tracks. by the time I grabbed the phone to call 911 - the fire had spread to about 10 feet wide and within 3 or 4 minutes it was probably 80 to 100 feet wide. The good news is that there isn't too much brush to fuel a fire and the fire department arrived very quickly. Of course I grabbed my camera and took a bunch of shots - I even got photo credit for the one featured on WestportNow . Here are a few others

Friday, December 01, 2006

Do You Deserve Your HS Diploma?

I saw this over on Kristen's blog. She is much younger than I am and does not suffer from as many senior moments as I do. She also probably studied.
You paid attention during 80% of high school!

68-84% Pretty good, you know that there are libraries and newspapers, and you remember what you've read. You were a child that wasn't left behind! Do you deserve your high school diploma? Create a Quiz

Monday, November 27, 2006

Quilting post

Belated Happy Thanksgiving - I had a post all ready to write for Thanksgiving and I fell behind in things I needed to do. So I will publish that post later this week. I think it is always appropriate to say Thank You, and there are special Thanks needed to be said.... So that being postponed.... Here is my quilting post (no photos) I have a few deadlines, recently past and looming and this weekend I went to work and made a pretty big dent. I started off making 15 Fiber Artist Trading Cards - most are for a swap with other Artists, but I made a few extra's to tuck into holiday cards. I'm always amazed that even with doing this assembly-line style they take so long to make! How is is possible that a small business card sized piece each take 20 minutes or more? Well I'm sure that there is a reason and I'm glad that I multi-task when I sew. No my multi-tasking isn't causing me to delay (unless said task is checking email or IMing with friends). Mostly my task of choice is listening to audio books - I'm almost through with my 2nd book of the weekend - this one is pretty good - Cross by James Patterson. Before that I read New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith - also a pretty good book. Back to quilting... After I finished the sewing on my cards I really wanted to find snowflake confetti or sequins which i was sure I had. I know I could just go out and buy some - but I am trying to use up my stuff - not just go out and buy more... Of course because it was a fiber card, I could also sew or bead but I had already put on the back and truth be told, I really wanted the sequins - so late last night I found large (quarter-sized) silver snowflake confetti in the bottom of a drawer, dug out the E600 and attached them. The cards look pretty good. My next project was making 2 heart blocks for a friend - I'm slightly behind in sending these out but they are going this morning so I'm pretty sure they can still be used. I hope she likes them My last task for the evening was to cut up large (14") squares of Christmas fabric and cut them into triangles. I cut enough to make four 60" square quilts. I will be pleased if I can make 1 or 2 holiday throws for family members, but maybe I'll be ambitious and make all 4! Hey a girl can dream can't she? My goal tonight is to sew all the triangle halves into squares and do some layouts - I had a plan, but not quite enough primarily white Holiday fabric, so I think I will adapt the blocks I have into another design. Again not wanting to buy more fabric and with a goal of using up as much of the stuff I already own. Time to get ready for work - I hope you all enjoyed the long Thanksgiving weekend and got at least some of (if not all) of what you wanted to accomplish done! I DID!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bright Spots in week from Hell Part1

Last week was the week of our largest and most important meeting at work (day job). This year was filled with technical hurdles which we should have been able to jump easily, but unfortunately a subcontracted failed miserably (IMHO). I'm not going to say anything else about the meeting. However, I was treated wonderfully by the hotel where the meeting was held, if you ever have a chance to stay at The Millennium Broadway (feet from Times Square) Jump and say yes! The rooms are richly appointed, the staff was superior and everything was beyond my expectations. Special thanks go to Eunice and Lynda for making our meeting and stay wonderful! This was the view from my room - I was a little down from Time Square and was treated to a view of this oasis, can you see the glider complete with plush pillows on that rooftop? I took a quick stop to meet a business acquaintance that I've been doing business with for more than 10 years! Robert is the catering director of The Warwick and he treated me to a quick tour of the facilities, and gifted me with a very special bottle of champagne! Walking back I wanted to take photos of the Rockefeller tree which was covered in scaffolding, the tree once belonged to a friend of Julie (who I work with), and came from Ridgefield, CT. Here is a photo from the front - showing the size in comparison with the skaters. Walking down the street I saw a window that reminds me of Laume. She often uses quotes from Le Petit Prince as her tagline. They were working on the windows across the street and here is a pciture of somone under the draping - people were trying to peek in. I guess I'll have to go back to see the windows after they've been uncovered! Blogger is being a pain - I'll finish this in the next post!

Bright Spots -Part2

More views Broadway at Night & Rent Strawberries replacing my Zen Rock Garden Reflections Cartier wrapped up for Christmas

Monday, October 30, 2006

Artshare MeMe

Artshare Meme I saw this on Emmy Schoonbeek's blog (and she saw it on Arlee's... who saw it on Skybell's ...) So if you want to play along read this and you wil get a piece of art from me , but you must follow the instruction. The first five people to respond to this in the comments section will receive a piece of artwork. BUT, in addition to the comments you have to post this to your blog too and continue sharing the art. What will you get? It will be a surprise, but you will have it before the end of November!.......

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Fall on My Face

Fall on My Face was suggested as a name for the pins, by my friend Susan, she has a couple of other suggestions, but I can't remember what they were - they were good though! LOL Finished up one pin last night and beaded the face of the 2nd one. I'm planning on veining the 2nd pin with thread instead of beads.

Monday, October 23, 2006

2 Fall leaf pins

These are 2 pins I started last night. The face on the left with the beading is one that I purchased several years ago. The one on the right was one I made this week - its painted with Lumiere paint. Both are glued to Ultra Suede and are pretty easy to bead through. Once I finish beading the rust-colored leaf, I'll add a stiffener and backing. Should be done tonight.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

My mind is scattered like Autumn leaves

I have an idea for a small doll using shaker pegs and polymer faces. I think I got the idea because I have 200 or 300 pegs - one of my earliest eBay purchases, and not one I've ever used! Yesterday I asked Tom where my Dremel was - he wanted to know why I wanted it - well DUH - its mine... As I got the box and attachments out and started to bring it up to my studio - he told me not to go too far with it - HELLO - its MINE - the Dremel is now in MY STUDIO and hopefully it will stay there for a while. When I bought it - I learned that I should get a good one - a powerful plug in, and I even got the one with the flexible shaft attachments and the small rotary saw attachment. I've had it 3 years and the only thing that I ever used it for was to have TOM drill a hole in a dozen dominos. I used it to sand off the knob from a few shaker pegs. Then I was thinking how to attach some purchased faces I had - well I have about 8 lbs of Sculpty, so I decided to make my own faces and embed screws into them. The only real problem is you can't use torque to turn the screw - so I had to use a pair of pliers - I learned this when one of the heads exploded! The small doll isn't right yet, but I think I know what direction to take her in, and I really liked making the faces - I think I may use the large round one on a bendie doll - it is the perfect size for the face.... Great another PROJECT! LOL

Friday, October 20, 2006

Vote Early - VOTE OFTEN

AND VOTE FOR ME! AQS International Online Quilt Contest Voting NOW OPEN View all the great quilt entries and vote for your favorite quilt (MINE # 1001 on page 20). here is a quick link to page 20 - My quilt Deirdre of the Sorrows is on the top of the page. http://tinyurl.com/yga9az I will continue to annoy you with Blatant requests for votes until the voting is over! Only your votes decide the winners. The top 15 quilts selected by the voters will be included in a special quilt exhibition at the 2007 Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky. And you, the Voters will be automatically entered in a random drawing for spectacular quilt prizes, which includes a trip to the 23rd Annual AQS Quilt Show and Contest in Paducah. Voting ends November 10, 2006. REMEMBER - VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN AND VOTE FOR #1001! (page 20) http://tinyurl.com/yga9az Photo in previous post

Vote for #1001 ... please

Blogger is being a pain - so I'm posting the main text separately. The general message is... My blatant request for votes: Vote for quilt 1001 (page 20) http://tinyurl.com/yga9az

Monday, October 16, 2006

QuiltedFamilyTree Website updated

My sister asked me for a donation for their school to be used for an auction. I donated a QuiltedFamilyTree quilt and it was used as the grand prize! I understand the auction was a huge success and made Huber Street School lots of MONEY! Way to go Ardath! I decided I had to get my head out of my butt and updated the QuiltedFamilyTree website. I have a few more things to update, like the FAQ and how to order. But right now these quilts may be ordered in time for the holiday!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

We opened an Etsy Store

Morgan and I made a few rings today, so we decided to try our luck selling them on Etsy. I really love the way the rings came out - we would make more but I want to see about getting a rod with sizes on them, right now we are estimating the exact sizes. The pinky ring is approximately a size 5 and the ring-finger is size 6. Both are available for $5/each plus shipping. Please visit our shop on Etsy the link is http://dabbotts.etsy.com

Monday, October 09, 2006

Halloween Costumes

For the entire month of October I wear my large collection of brightly colored Halloween Socks! They almost never fail to get a comment or 2, or 10! However, try as I might, I can't get Morgan to participate in this annual ritual. There was a time when she loved to dress up as a dinosaur, puppy or other strange Halloween visitor, even when it wasn't Halloween. I was thinking of that today when I saw this costume online at I suggested to Laume that she make this PINK costume for her darling Granddaughter on a group we belong to - Laume's reply to me was that I should make one for Morgan, "Her cute little face scowling evilly above the pink petals". Just to show how Cute Morgan's little face was - here she is in her Seasonal Festive Costume. I'm pretty sure her Glazed-Stare is from watching BARNEY, BABY BOP and friends on TV!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Y is for...

To find out more about WordPlay and the nut that started this insanity! My personal dictionary continues with the Letter Y
  • Yellow - I wear lots of yellow - because my husband thinks it looks good on me. The real reason is because I don't like washing yellow items with anything else or I think they look dingy - so I have to wear lots of them so I have enough for a whole load!
  • YURT - I want a YURT - don't you want a YURT too?
  • Yell - my inside voice
  • Yankee - my husband and kids are Yankees (not Yankee fans - they both like Boston), I however think of myself as someone from Joursey (NJ)
  • Yesterday - I don't know what yesterday will bring because I'm writing this several weeks early - so right now my yesterday is really tomorrows
  • Yoga - I loved doing yoga - now it just seems like starting would be WORK
  • Yodel - something I can't do and shouldn't try to do
  • Yield - interesting concept, something that might be good to teach again in driver's ed classes
  • Yawn - Damn - just typing the word made me do it.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Center of the Swamp

Here are the center 6 panels. Next weekend I'll quilt this section, then add the side panels. I have a lot of extra pieces cut out - maybe I'll make shams - NAH - that won't be happening! Dust ruffle?

Swamp Quilt Update

I figured out that I need a quilt 9' x 9' for my bed - this size would lay flat with enough on the sides to drape to the spot I want. This would not count any extra to wrap around the pillows, etc. My block units will be 3' square so basically I need 9 blocks for the bed. I've also decided that I want to make a small throw quilt 9'x3' to go over the pillows we stack on the bed. Currently there are 4 pillows sometimes there are 6, sometimes less). This will require 3 block unit, so I will need a total of an even dozen. I've made enough pieces to make 12 units (I have 3 completed and not in these photos. I also have decided that basically I will quilt this in a 6 foot section (the middle) then after I will add an additional 18" to each edge - this will make it easier for me to quilt - even on the HQ - as I'm limited to 8 feet with the current set up. If you look at these photos taken from floor level and from the loft - the first chair is right above the 3rd unit - its amazing that this doesn't look like it is basically 9 feet from the bottom to the chair but it is. The cat and dog have been moved to a bedroom, so I can try and assemble the sections, then I will get the actual layout figured out. I think the final draft will be easier on my bed.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

SPIDER ALERT!!!

don't scroll down if you are squeamish about spiders - But can anyone tell me what this is? The web is around 5 feet across and was built yesterday - I saw it last night for the first time and Tom went onto the porch yesterday morning. I took the "sleeping" photo this morning and the rest were taken a few minutes ago - This thing is frigging scary!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Guild meeting and quilting

Last night was Guild night for Northern Star Quilters. I was excited to get back after the break - last night was a really full house and Karen Stone had a great audience. She brought a trunk show and slides and her style was relaxed and funny. Sorry I'm missing the class today but that pesky thing called work, demanded my attention today. I bought show and tell, which normally I don't do but it was fun to share the family tree quilt, the BaggO sCrap made from Marion's stuff and the large Phoenix. By the time I ate dinner after getting home it was after 11 - way too late for me, but still a good way to spend the night. This morning after getting ready for work, I decided to work on the bedquilt for a little bit. I have 15 original blocks from the Swamp Swap - and I've decided to replace some of my larger 12" solid squares with the smaller Swamp blocks I have. I also now have no place to lay it out = so from now on all photos will have to be taken on the bed. Here is block #3.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Show of Hands

Hoping to add some beading, but mostly finished - To find out more about Karey's Show of Hands and send a hand to hang in Houston!

2 Swamp blocks

Last night I decided to cut up a bunch more fabric and join some to make sections - then this morning before work I added another completed block to the wall - so right now it's 6x3 (feet)! Here they are pinned together - I am not going to have anywhere to hang these when I get another block done! I guess I'll have to lay them on the bed. You can also see one of the original size Swamp Blocks pinned up beside my 2 blocks!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

I need a quilt for my bed!

Just because I quilt, doesn't mean I have a bunch of bed quilts in my house - yes there are a few ugly utilitarian ones that I've made but so far I've neglected to make a bed quilt for anyone except my mother, and she doesn't live here, so it doesn't count! Morgan and I put one together for her room, she picked out the colors and before it was finished, she decided to change her color scheme - so that one is sitting around assembled waiting for quilting (and a place to put it). So I've decided to put together a quilt for my bed - my first thought was to use Dianne Hire's, "Come Play with Me" class. I've taken the class - it was fun - it should be fast and I only need a king size - well its not really fast because although it seems like just grab and sew - there were too many decisions to make... I like the way the blocks are coming out, but don't have the patience to make a king sized quilt ---so my next thought...

Is to throw a bunch of batiks on the bed and see if I really hate them - or more importantly if Tom really hates them - he isn't jumping for joy but he can live with them. Now to pick a pattern that is relatively fast and something I like...

One of the groups I belong to has a block they call a SWAMP block. Normally these are made in 12" blocks and they are fun - so lets see - if I enlarge it 3x then I only need 9 to 12 blocks (I want to have a flip over for the pillows). Here is my first block - I've very pleased with it - and it took less than an hour to cut and sew. I know I have lots of the Orange/Pink batiks - and I might need to buy a few 1/2 yard pieces of a few darker colors... But - I think this might work AND be FAST!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

DAT - Maple Canopy

Another Fall photo, printed on fabric and thread painted, with a few sheer leaves thrown in for texture.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

X is for...

Laume's Wordplay is winding down... this is good because "X" is tough - but here is my list... Xmas who needs more than that!

DAT - Abstract

Today's DAT is a small quilt I was making for the Quilting Arts Magazine Challenge. I didn't finish it (or really work on the actual quilt only the photo) until the deadline was passed, but I'm happy that I decided to do it - and like the way it came out. I also really like the zigzagged edge with its irregular shape.

This quilt was also the quilt I was working on in the Simple Still Life. It no longer looks like a tube in a pool but that's ok - its Abstract so it can be anything you want it to be - LOL You can see the tube transformation in the beginning posts. This photo is upside down but the right side up one is on SSL.

I think I will try this on several other quilts I need to bind - I really hate binding quilts!

That being said, last night I bound my Family Tree Quilt - WHOO HOO! Very few WIPS - guess its really time to start the bed quilt.

Monday, September 11, 2006

DAT - Reflections

Today's DAT is a postcard I made from one of my photographs taken last Fall. This card has metallic threads reflecting the trees off the river.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

BaggO sCrap

A long time ago, in a distant yahoo group - we had a swap/challenge - similar to the one on the QA list. Basically you bag up a tyvek bag of scraps and send them to a central location (me), then you are sent a bag of scraps and you make something - eventually the scraps and the quilt/something make their way back to the original owner. Our first round went very well, the 2nd round went not so well. I swapped these bag without looking at the contents. One bag was sent to someone and the contents totally freaked her . So after deciding she could not do it justice - she sent it back to me - I have to say that I also freaked when I looked at the contents - now I know/knew who they belonged to (Marion) but it was still a challenge. This is one of the first weekends I've had time to spend in the studio - really working so I wanted to work on it. Here are my attempts with Marion's baggO sCrap. I hope she likes it!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Birthday Wishes & Birthday Suits

I know a few people who are having a birthday today. A milestone for my SIL celebrating her 50th and several other friends having regular Cake & Ice Cream style days. But this year they can all celebrate in special Style because... Are you ready... Can you guess... Have you forgotten already? Today is the Second Annual World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD)! That's right, and you don't have to be celebrating the BIG 5-OH to participate. To read more about World Naked Gardening Day visit this website WNGD. Personal Photos are optional, but there are plenty on the website! Happy Birthday - to all of you Celebrating today - and while I'm offering Birthday Wishes, Lisa - any time you want to have your baby would be great - we are all waiting for the phone call!

Friday, September 08, 2006

W is for...

Another WordPlay - you can find out more about Laume's WordPlay HERE! I am up to the letter "W" and that makes me VERY VERY HAPPY! W is for...
  • WordPlay - well DUH!
  • Winner - DebR wins because she is going to be the first one finished with this WordPlay
  • Water - I am totally not a water person - this makes it hard on my husband, daughter and son who LOVE the water!
  • Wait - not too good at this I'm afraid
  • Warrior - I think of my husband Tom when I think of the word warrior
  • Waterfall - now even though I don't like water - what I mean to say is I don't like to get in the water or to get wet (Think Elphaba), I do however love to look at water - especially waterfalls
  • Watermelon - I really love watermelon, as a fruit and as part of an umbrella drink!
  • Weatherman - I think they get their information from Oujii boards or pendulums - what do you think?
  • Weave - I really love hand-woven items - and usually can't afford the ones I covet!
  • Weddings - I would love to wish Josie and Jack the best on the start of their Marriage.
  • Webs - Spider webs mesmerize me, but I don't like touching them. The WWW has too much of my attention.
  • Welding - I think at some point I will learn to do some welding, I have a sculpture in mind
  • Wetlands - we have some wetlands on our property and there is a salt marsh in our lower field - one day I hope to put a small studio near it - so I can watch the egrets
  • Whatever... a word Morgan and her friends use a little too often!
  • Whine - I hate this word WAHHHH
  • Wine - now this is a horse of a different color!
  • Windmill - I would love to put modern windmills (wind turbines) on our property. I will always remember the tour on Nantucket of their lighthouse - the guide explained you could use 1, 2 or 4 sheets (fabric blades) on the windmill without a problem, but 3 sheets "to the wind" was BAD, VERY VERY BAD! there is another explanation here.
  • Women - I know some WONDERFUL WOMEN so I think I will end with thoughts of them! (way too many great W-words)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

$8 Million Coffee Cups!

This past weekend I had to drop off my cell phone at Verizon, they said to come back in an hour, and since Starbucks was just right across the street we (my friend Teri, dd Morgan and I), hurried over. Teri got a triple espresso, Morgan got a Vanilla Bean Frap and I got the seasonal Pumpkin latte. After I paid, we walked to the pick-up counter and I noticed that they had a clearance rack. In it were 2 cups that I liked. I'm slowing replacing all my coffee cups with this style - I like the size and Tom likes the large handles. I went back into the line and when it was time to ring them up the register display said
- $8,117,450.00
The cashier got really flustered when I said I would take that in small bills! She called over the manger who after several tries - pushed the cups across the counter towards me and said, "today they are free - take them". I did mention that I would prefer the cash but neither he nor the cashier looked very happy (it would suck trying to balance that register). But I was thrilled with the free gift of 2 new $8 million Coffee Cups! And you wondered why a latte costs $5!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

V is for ...

Another WordPlay - you can find out more about Laume's WordPlay HERE! I am up to the letter "V" and that makes me VERY VERY HAPPY! V is for...
  • Very - great word I use it a lot
  • Vine - I love vines and one of my favorite funny stories is about a friend who make a ton of vine wreaths and then found out they were POSION IVY - really beautiful but she was kinda a mess for a while.
  • Veal - ick ick ick - eat Chicken - you can't tell the difference
  • Vaccine - I know a lot of people don't believe in them - I am not one of those people.
  • Valentine - Who doesn't smile when you see the heart-shaped box of CHOCOLATE?
  • Vagina - I wonder how many lists will include this word?
  • Vagina Monologues - I loved listening to Eve Ensler's performance
  • Vday - Global movement and series of consciousness-raising events to end violence against girls and women through public performances, education and networking.
  • Vanilla - I love the scent and taste of vanilla
  • Vegetables - I like most but not all (OKRA)
  • Velcro - great invention and fun too !
  • Venison - I don't know why Tom goes hunting every year - when we have 15 deer living in our yard - they don't even walk away until you are an arm's length from them!
  • Violet - does anyone remember those little violet candy things that tasted like SOAP?
  • Vodka - not as good a tequila
  • Voicemail - how did we live without it?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Fall TV Premiere Dates

Tidy The TiVo!! AUTUMN BEGINS NOW!!!! All The Premiere Dates!! Premieres by date: Prison Break (Fox) Aug. 21 Vanished (Fox) Aug. 21 Two-A-Days (MTV) Aug. 23 Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) Aug. 25 Celebrity Duets (Fox) Aug. 29 Million Dollar Listing (Bravo) Aug. 29 Bones (Fox) Aug. 30 Justice (Fox) Aug. 30 Desire (MyNet) Sept. 4 Fashion House (MyNet) Sept. 4 Juvies (MTV) Sept. 4 House (Fox) Sept. 5 Nip/Tuck (FX) Sept. 5 Standoff (Fox) Sept. 5 ‘Til Death (Fox) Sept. 7 Happy Hour (Fox) Sept. 7 Nanny 911 (Fox) Sept. 8 20/20 (ABC) Sept. 8 Cops (Fox) Sept. 9 America’s Most Wanted (Fox) Sept. 9 American Dad (Fox) Sept. 10 Def Comedy Jam (HBO) Sept. 10 Family Guy (Fox) Sept. 10 Simpsons (Fox) Sept. 10 War at Home (Fox) Sept. 10 Wire (HBO) Sept. 10 Dancing With The Stars (ABC) Sept. 12 Men in Trees (ABC) Sept. 12 Survivor (CBS) Sept. 14 The Underground (Sho) Sept. 14 MI:5 (A&E) Sept. 15 Amazing Race (CBS) Sept. 17 Talk Show With Spike Feresten (Fox) Sept. 17 Class (CBS) Sept. 18 CSI: Miami (CBS) Sept. 18 Deal or No Deal (NBC) Sept. 18 How I Met Your Mother (CBS) Sept. 18 New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) Sept. 18 Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (NBC) Sept. 18 Two and a Half Men (CBS) Sept. 18 Wife Swap (ABC) Sept. 18 Boston Legal (ABC) Sept. 19 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) Sept. 19 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) Sept. 19 NCIS (CBS) Sept. 19 Smith (CBS) Sept. 19 Unit (CBS) Sept. 19 America’s Next Top Model (CW) Sept. 20 Biggest Loser (NBC) Sept. 20 Criminal Minds (CBS) Sept. 20 CSI: New York (CBS) Sept. 20 Jericho (CBS) Sept. 20 Kidnapped (NBC) Sept. 20 CSI (CBS) Sept. 21 ER (NBC) Sept. 21 Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Sept. 21 My Name is Earl (NBC) Sept. 21 Office (NBC) Sept. 21 Shark (CBS) Sept. 21 Six Degrees (ABC) Sept. 21 Close to Home (CBS) Sept. 22 Ghost Whisperer (CBS) Sept. 22 Law & Order (NBC) Sept. 22 Numb3rs (CBS) Sept. 22 WWE Smackdown (CW) Sept. 22 Dateline (NBC) Sept. 23 48 Hours Mystery (CBS) Sept. 23 Brothers & Sisters (ABC) Sept. 24 Cold Case (CBS) Sept. 24 Desperate Housewives (ABC) Sept. 24 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) Sept. 24 60 Minutes (CBS) Sept. 24 Without A Trace Sept. 24 Heroes (NBC) Sept. 25 Runaway (CW) Sept. 25 7th Heaven (CW) Sept. 25 Gilmore Girls (CW) Sept. 26 Help Me Help You (ABC) Sept. 26 One Tree Hill (CW) Sept. 27 Smallville (CW) Sept. 28 upernatural (CW) Sept. 28 TNA Impact! (Spike) Sept. 28 Ugly Betty (ABC) Sept. 28 Doctor Who (SciFi) Sept. 29 All Of Us (CW) Oct. 1 America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) Oct. 1 Campus Ladies (Oxy) Oct. 1 Dexter (Sho) Oct. 1 verybody Hates Chris (CW) Oct. 1 Game (CW) Oct. 1 Girlfriends (CW) Oct. 1 Bachelor (ABC) Oct. 2 House of Carters (E!) Oct. 2 Friday Night Lights (NBC) Oct. 3 Veronica Mars (CW) Oct. 3 Freak Show (CC) Oct. 4 Lost (ABC) Oct. 4 ine (ABC) Oct. 4 South Park (CC) Oct. 4 20 Good Years (NBC) Oct. 4 Drawn Together (CC) Oct. 5 Battlestar Galactica (SciFi) Oct. 6 Trading Spouses (Fox) Oct. 6 Bridezillas (WE) Oct. 8 What About Brian (ABC) Oct. 9 I Pity The Fool! (TVLand) Oct. 11 30 Rock (NBC) Oct. 11 Ice T’s Rap School (VH1) Oct. 17 Knights of Prosperity (ABC) Oct. 17 Crossing Jordan (NBC) Oct. 20 Las Vegas (NBC) Oct. 20 Breaking Bonaduce (VH1) Oct. 22 Hogan Knows Best (VH1) Oct. 22 The OC (Fox) Nov. 2 Day Break (ABC) Nov. 15 King of the Hill (Fox) Dec. 3 Art of Betrayal (MyNet) Dec. 4 Supernanny (ABC) Dec. 4 Watch Over Me (MyNet) Dec. 4 According To Jim (ABC) Dec. 6 George Lopez (ABC) Dec. 6 Rome (HBO) Jan. 7 24 (Fox) Jan. 7 The Shield (FX) Jan. 9 American Idol (Fox) Jan. 16 To see Premiere by Alphabet click here

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Minne HaHa

When we were in Lake George Village on vacation, we saw the Minne HaHa Steamboat Paddlewheeler part of the Lake George Steamboat Company. Steamboats arrived on Lake George in 1817. The settlements along the shores of the lake were small, local business was slight and there was a general antipathy towards steamboats as being somehow connected with the Devil. But the success of steam on nearby Lake Champlain was undeniable and probably contagious. From the happy people who got off the boats, I think they weren't as troubled with the Devil as the earlier passengers!

Today's DAT is from the same photo.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Let the DAT begin

Deb from Red Shoe Ramblings has been doing a Daily Art Thang on her blog and she seldom misses a day - even when she is away from the computer, she surprises us with "Make-Up DAT's" when she returns. But lets face it - Deb is more of a Type-A personality than I am. You may have gotten a clue by the fact that I am starting (or going to try and start) doing my very one DAT on September First - not January First! Oh well - I like to start new things in the Fall - Lets all imagine opening up that brand new box of crayola's and instead of grabbing our favorite color - we all sniff in the wonderful smell of NEW CRAYONS! SNIFF... So with a full schedule today - I didn't want to wait until tomorrow and be behind - so my DAT today will be a photo color of the girls on their tubes in Ausable Chasm. The river actual bends here, just in case you thought it was supposed to be straight!

Clickable of course

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mossy Birch Photo

While we were at Ausable (girls tubing photos), I took this photo of a fallen birch tree - I love the richness of this image (its clickable)

U is for ...

..Another WordPlay post... U is for ...
  1. Umbrella - something I need today
  2. Ugly - not too many things are really ugly
  3. Uniform - I wore one until I was in 10th grade.
  4. Underwater - I love the way things look underwater, but I am not fond of actually being underwater, or in the water for that matter!
  5. Unique - great word - we should all strive to be unique!
  6. Upside down - as a young girl I loved swinging with my head hanging upside down. If I tried it now - I'm sure I would Throw UP!
  7. Ukulele - If I could play one instrument it would be this one! No kidding
  8. Upgrades - I'm all for upgrades whenever possible
  9. Unlocked - when I was young it was great leaving things unlocked - doesn't happen anymore
  10. Ultrasound - I have Ultrasound photos of both my children taken while pregnant.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Lake George Village

Here are the 3 girls - all in a pretty good mood and wearing matching shirts!

Morgan took a photo just to prove we are actually on the trip, so here we are!

T is for ...

Continuing Laume's WordPlay... T is for...
  1. Thomas - My darling husband's name. He is actually the 4th in his family with this name.
  2. Tattoo - I've had a tattoo since I was 20!
  3. Tunes - I usually have a song in my head and if you are lucky that is where it will stay
  4. Toast - I like raisin bread toast with butter, or regular old white bread toast with jam
  5. Teasing - I tend to tease my children too much
  6. Tests - I was not a good student and tests were my downfall
  7. Temper - I am Irish and German - need I say more?
  8. Tense - my normal state
  9. Temperature - mine runs a little below normal
  10. Tropical - I love the colors, tastes and sounds of Tropical things - especially the little drinks with umbrellas
  11. Toes - yes I have several
  12. Travel - I've not done a lot but I love the adventure and romance of travel
  13. Tomatoes - I love them in the summer - fresh from the vine!
  14. Turkey - we have several who live on our property - Tom feeds them to keep them around, as we believe they eat ticks.
  15. Trees - I love looking at trees - and take a lot of photographs of them. Every part of the tree is enjoyable, I love looking at the leaves, bark, branches, twisted roots, seed pods, holes and the way the sun filters through all of them.
  16. Tent - not a place I would like to spend much time.
  17. Thunderbird Mocs - I love to wear moccasins year round.
  18. Thunder - I feel charged after a good old fashioned Thunderstorm!
  19. Twisted - the way I like my humor and friends
  20. Tequila - a favorite
  21. Tomorrow - the last day of our vacation - sniff sniff!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ausable Chasm

Yesterday the girls went tubing at Ausable Chasm . They had a great time! These photos are clickable and worth the look! This is a photo taken from the top - it shows where the kids will get onto their tubes. I was on a bridge about 60 feet above the river, they didn't realize I was up there until right before they looked up. These rapids made a lot of noise - the right side was the only man-made part of the trip. It was so beautiful, and the tubes traveled at a much slower pace then the rafts did, so I was able to keep up with the girls while walking along the edge of the Chasm. This is right before the end of their trip. The deeper water under them is over 100 feet deep!