Friday, July 29, 2016
I'm having a hard time adjusting to the laptop again, since I started my boycott of the robbers aka TimeWarner. I got used to my Android. At least I had a choice. Choice. Choice is what we need. But here in the mountains, the Android is shit. Shit, I tell you. But.....
the mountain air is heaven. If you are a weather lover, this is the place to be. Raining one minute, sun the next. Beautiful mountain air, sunset and sky. It is heaven on Earth. I feel sad when I see liter, so I pick up as much as I can without my back hurting or splitting my pants. everyone is so patient, they move slow, they approach slow and in a non-threatening manner. They are very polite. i feel like a queen. when i was swimming i pretended i was Rihanna. Man, I wish I had her skin.
It's so pristine and new, it's such a gift to be here. I sure am tired, though. This may be my last trip. Starting to miss my quirky little cottage. I love the people here. Love them. Love the diversity. There's just so many of them. In a year you won't be able to get near this place. And can you blame them? Gotta go where the opportunity is. And they can pretend it's not about the weed trade, but it is.....and.......everyone........knows it.
I feel like Michelle Obama designed the area. Around all the available development areas - are areas reserved for agriculture. Not sure what kind, right now it looks like sunflowers. So pretty for a walk and a stretch at night. The stars.....the air. Ahhhh.
sorry I digress. I swam so much I got burned. Ooops. Today I swam with my baseball cap 'cause my forehead is gonna blister. I love the water. it's the only time i don't feel awkward. It carries all the weight for me so I don't hurt so much from the weight of these gigantic tits. I can't take the noon sun. I swear I am a hybrid mermaid/vampire.
another digression? perhaps....i'm losing my train of thought.....,which is a good thing. my brain is too active at times. i've got lots of good pics, but those will have to wait until i get home.
Remember, to choose love, my dears. xo
to be continued......
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
My BFF and I decided to get away from the insanity of the RNC in Cleveland. Ah me. Cops who wanna be soldiers, looking like robocop. Innocent people being killed all over the world. Americans having a love affair with guns. It makes me wanna cry. Remember the cute little girl from the last campaign who cried because she was tired of Mitt Romney and Bronck Obama? (link to youtube video here). I feel the same way.
I'm heartbroken. I've been a staunch feminist all my life. I marched back in the day at Kent State, when we used to be able to get good weed in Ohio. In Ohio if you smoke weed, they will throw your ass in jail, sorry I digress.
I'm heartbroken. I'm heartbroken because I don't like the first viable female candidate we've ever had. We are so behind here. Heck, the UK just elected its SECOND female prime minister. I love Bernie. I hope a Libertarian gets enough points to be in the debates. I'm not all that enamored with them either, but damn we need a more of a choice. I finally understand what my dad meant when he said you pick "THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS." Fuck that. If it's shit it's shit. There's not some shit that is nicer than any other. If it looks like shit and smells like shit and tastes like shit, it's shit.
Please, please, please Mr. President don't leave us. You know how it is when you wanna cheat on your girl and then you lose her over something stupid? That's what this is like. One night you're lonely and scared, and your ex is looking so damn good......you don't know what you had till it's gone. Now Mr. President is going to have to answer for Guatanamo Bay, his use of drones and his massive NSA survellienece, but I think he needs another 8 years with a Congress willing to do its job. Perhaps we can put off the presidential electional and do just senatorial instead. I mean since we're going to get rid of the Second Amendment (I hope), then it wouldn't be that hard to amend the Twenty-Second Amendment. Mr. President, you might be our FDR.
Mr. President please don't leave us. But, Mr. President, I imagine you are dog tired. I've loved watching your beautiful daughters grow up. I love Mrs. Obama. Maybe she can be President. As I write these words, I realize it's a pipe dream. You must be so dog tired.
I don't know what to do. This may be the first election since I became legal age that I haven't voted in. And it's not apathy. There's nothing passive about it. So much hatred being spewed. It reminds me of the 80s and the Reagan era. I was terrified nuclear bombs were coming at any second all the time. At least with Bill Clinton - who is part of the mortgage bubble and investment bank/commercial bank merging that helped create the 2008 crash - at least I enjoyed some abundance in that time period. I put myself through school because I caught the Clinton/Gore vapors. Unfortunately, George Bush fucked it all up. Bill Clinton left a surplus budget when he left office. When Georgie left office, he left Prez Obama a trillion dollar deficit. People forget that Obama INHERITED those problems. He didn't create them, and I don't know how he has managed to keep the world together. He's a ninja. I mean look how quietly he took down those fuckers also known as Fox News. Sorry, another digression.
We Americans don't know our history. We are intentionally kept ignorant. Don't take my word for it. Do your own research, look up the period in Germany called Weimar. This is pre-Hitler and helped give rise to that mass insanity. Hitler was not so scary on his own, what is scary is that not just a few people followed him.
Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. Research other terrifying totalitarian dictator fascist oligarch regimes. Like Idi Amin. Or Benito Mussolini. Mussolini was chums with Hitler and Stalin. He's particularly frightening because the orange-faced man even looks like him.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Hello dear readers, hope you are having a wonderful day! I'm still stuck in the A/C. Not a complaint, just thinking about moving to Alaska. Lol, but really.
I was grateful to have some time to go through my neglected email. I don't get a lot of comments, but I do get a lot of emails. Not, a complaint, I love my emails! Guess what the number one question I get asked is.
The number one question is......drum roll......that's right, you guessed it. The number one question is: "Do you really live like that? And where's your stuff?"
The answer is YES! I really do live like this. And in the next couple of days, l will show you how.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Hello dear readers! I hope you are having a great weekend. It's a hot one here in Ohio. Hope it won't be like this the whole summer! A strange thing happened to me over the last several years, I actually prefer the quiet and solitude of winter. And rain, I love rain. Not torrential storms, but gentle, misty rain, cool breezes on my face. And the beauty of gray skies.
So, I'm stuck in the A/C, and damn grateful that my sweet little beach cottage has brand new central air. Whew, hew! What luxury. I'd like to mention quickly that I have the best landlords in the world. I will be talking about the all-important landlord/tenant relationship in a subsequent post.
Since I'm stuck in the A/C I'm cleaning the place, and of course rearranging. Who knows what the place will look like by Monday, so I thought I'd show you it's current incarnation, minus the mess. I receive emails saying hey there's no way your place is that neat. Well yes and/no. I do keep it simple. But I don't usually photograph it when it's messy. Maybe one day I'll do a post of it messy. But not today. :-)
So...you remember the new painting I've been talking about? It was intended for over the sofa, and ended up in the dining room. I'm still contemplating if I'm going to put a painting over the sofa. In the meantime, I found a large, blue throw pillow at Gabriel Bros. for $6.99. What a deal. Since I can't paint as often as I like, I've grown very reliant on textiles for color and coziness. This place was freezing when I moved in. So luckily, I had a small collection of blankets, sheets, scarves, pillows, rugs, all of which can be moved around on a whim - and all of which came on the cheap.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Ever since watching Design Star, I've wanted to make a custom chandelier. My new place has several chandeliers, and my landlord inspires me because she is skilled at making them. There is currently a sort of rustic chandy in my dining area that is not really me. Landlord said she thought of hanging jewels from it.
Hmmm. Now I've never been much for embellishments, preferring things more simple. But one day while shopping in the bead aisle at Pat Catan's - and becoming completely overwhelmed and over stimulated - it came to me. Whatever I do must be simple. And influenced by rain. I love rain!
So I bought some chains and played with hanging them from the chandelier. Now, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I have a ton of ideas, but I'm not that great of a DIYer. So I'm pretty proud of this.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
As you know, I've been thinking about blue a lot lately. If you're like me (addicted to design) then you love movie sets too. I recently watched the movie The Big Empty. I was stunned by the beauty of this shot!
The gorgeous girl is dressed in blue and her apartment is blue. Even the phone is blue. And will you look at that lamp! I love it. I would love to decorate a place in monotone.
If you love blue, you can also see a lot of blue inspiration on my board called The Blues at pinterest. Sorry, I've been blogging on my Android and I don't know how to link yet. It seems I'm always on a learning curve. ;)
Everything inspires me when I am contemplating a painting. I am constantly amazed at the beautiful color everywhere I look. I bought the most awesome blue lipstick and nail polish at the dollar store recently. I can see a color scheme of blue, pink and gray. I also found the most gorgeous pillow at Pat Catan's, on the cheap. I usually don't like patterns, but the colors are so gorgeous.
I've been seeing a lot of blush or pale pink in decor these days. And for the first time Pantone selected two colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity. I am taken with how closely these colors resemble my sky inspiration photo (below). I even love these colors with last year's color, radiant orchid.
All these thoughts go through my brain as I think about a painting. I become obsessed with a desire to reproduce a color I see in my mind. As I contemplate, I move things around in my place. My place becomes my color lab.
It's been a big adjustment moving to this little cottage. I actually sorta miss my apartment, go figure. Life in a house is a lot of work and hidden expense, even when you're just renting. It seems like something is always going wrong. This place was so filthy when I moved in, I've scrubbed and scrubbed. And it was infested with spiders! It was a nightmare! I felt terrible because I killed so many spiders, but I am deathly allergic to their bite.
And the yard, my gosh. I just can't keep up. Suffice it to say I have newfound respect for anyone who goes through a renovation project. I'm just not cut out for it. And I may be moving again! I never thought I'd move so much in my life. I'm glad I travel light.
So okay, the place is temporary, but that's no reason it shouldn't be cute. One thing I have really loved is living with walls that are not tan! Honestly, I don't know why apartment buildings paint such ugly colors. I'm rambling, sorry about that.
This is actually supposed to be a post about color. If you've been reading for a while, you already know I love pink. But lately, I've been haunted by a shade of blue. I need a painting for over the sofa, I think it will be blue, definitely influenced by the sky.