Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Tasmanian Dreads in a Tiny House

Good Wednesday Evening All!
"Brick House.....She's mighty, mighty, just lettin' it all hang out!"
Sorry, radio interruption!  :)

Hope your week has been far. It's been a typical, crazy busy week...and it's only Wednesday. yay. Not going to work tomorrow. Have to drive my wife to Atlanta to see a foot surgeon. More fun. :)  She has a bone spur in her ankle and looks like one in the joint of her big toe. On the same foot. We will find out for sure tomorrow. And then they can schedule surgery. She'll be off for at least two weeks. Could be 4 or 6 depending on how things go. Hopefully everything can be taken care of at once and she'll only have to go through this once. Finger crossed!!

"Somebody's gonna hurt someone before the night is through....."
More radio interruption.......hhhhmmmmmmmm. Maybe I shouldn't blog and listen to the radio. Nah, gotta have some tunes to help glide things along. LOL!

Ok, let's work backwards......
I just realized that it has been a week and a half, not just a week, since I last posted. Man, time sure does fly by. This year is almost half over. Wow. The first of next month I will have been in my house for 11 years. Doesn't seem possible that I've been in one place for that long. Whew! Ok, now that I've side tracked myself again....

Did anyone see the Venus Transit? I wish I had had the equipment to view it personally. But I didn't....mostly because I found out about it the day it was happening. Story of my life. Don't know anything until it's happening. Anyway, I saw it on video, it was pretty cool. NASA has their own site that showed it in real time. I think they said it took seven hours to complete. They said it was discovered in the 1700's. I'm curious as to how they knew a little spot was crossing the sun......things that make you go hhhhmmmmmm. LOL! I think I must be in music mode today. :)  MSN had a piece on it too. You can see that here if you missed it yesterday. It's pretty cool. But then again, I like that kind of stuff.

I found my retirement home on Monday. It's from a FaceBook I'm sorry I don't have the link. It's from the 'tiny house' blog I believe. But I love it! It's kind of in the same vein of the last tiny house I posted about (do you remember that one?) Here's the photo....
ain't it cute? LOL - crooked lil' house

The weekend before last we went to The Mill. It was to see Houdini! No, not the dead one. :)  It was his great, great (great?) nephew. He was pretty good. He gave this huge speech about how he was doing a better job of his uncle's 'tricks'. He should have just left it at "I'm his nephew". His tricks were pretty good, however, his stage presence needs some work. He, unfortunately, comes off like a cheap magician. I had to leave in the middle to run my daughter home. I got back just in time to see him do the straight jacket escape. I watched him 'pop' his shoulder against the brick wall. And listened - he had a microphone on - that was one of the nastiest sounds I've ever had the displeasure of hearing. He then squirmed his way out of the straight jacket. It was pretty impressive. You could tell he was hurting afterwards though. It showed in his face. But the only thing that stuck with me was the terrible thing he did to his new son (2 months old I think).......He named this child Amadeus. Yes, Amadeus Houdini. Why on earth would you do this to your child? He has guaranteed this child a lifetime of ass kicking. Yes, I know, it's sad that that is what stuck out of the whole show. Here's some more info if you're interested.

My pumpkins and broom corn are doing great! It's been a little over a week and they look fantastic. They seem to like that side of the yard. I can see 11 of the 12 pumpkins I planted. I think I may have seen number 12 poking out a little today. Won't know for sure until it comes up a little more. I had to put up a little fence, I was afraid my neighbor's uncle, nephew, cousin (not sure) would try and mow my broom corn. They do kind of look like weeds at the present moment. Can't wait for them to start 'growing up'. Yes, I'm being impatient. That is nothing new. ;)
pumpkin plants....this was yesterday afternoon

broom corn at the end. i left an 'empty' spot between
the broom corn and the pumpkins (brown area)

I did some more work on my Scare-Me-Crow's hands. They are looking pretty good, even if I say so myself. LOL! I think with my Halloween lighting (and the blacklight I want to get) they will be over-the-top! :)
"We are family. I got all my sisters and me"!   Couldn't help! Had to do it!  :)  LOL
bony lil' spider fingers - bawhahahaha

My Wee Stuffies are coming along great as well. I've been working on the ones that have been poured. I have two 'faces' done. Now I'm working on putting them together. So far I am happy with the results. I just finished a 'neck ruff' about an hour ago. I really like the way it looks. Particularly with this face. Here are some of the progress pics I've been taking along the way....
2 coats of black gesso. 2 coats of white gesso and 2 coats
of white acrylic paint - and my poor palette, full of paint :)

the first face. the eyes and mouth have a gloss coat -
that's what the weird white spot in the left eye is....
a reflection from the light

face pinned in place. it is attached now

really bad pic- this face has 'black glitter'
all over and then an 'orange glitter' on the
mouth. the glitter around the eyes was a
lighter 'orange glitter' but for some reason
it turned blue when it dried on the face.
my wife called this one 'jailbait' - made me giggle

here's the neck ruff that i just completed.
it's two separate layers of ribbon that i sewed
in pleats and then attached the two together

an 'over' view so you can see the colors
of the ruff - the top one is multi colored
flower motif, the bottom is a satin-y black

What else? hhhhmmmmm......
I am waiting for a package from Tasmania. I'm trying to be patient but it's SO HARD!!! I'll share the contents with you when it arrives - or as close as possible to that moment. LOL! I haven't worked on the Halloween panels in the last week. My daughter insists she going to do them. She's in Maryland this week visiting. Spoke with her today....she seems to be having a good time. She likes it there. I knew she would. Being from DC and all. :)  I hope to get some sculpting done this coming weekend on the next Wee Stuffie. I've gotten a couple of ideas sketched out to work with. Now I just have to make the time to sit down and do it. Easier said than done. Time is a commodity that I seem to be running short on here lately. :)  Oh yeah, I've been reading up on 'Dreads'.........more to come on that one later. heeheehee.

I guess that's all for this post. I hope the rest of your week is great!

Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!

we're at 33 and 113. the countdown continues.......

Damn! just read that Ray Bradbury passed away today. What a bummer. :(


  1. Parcel should be there any tick of the clock, Ron! Let me know when it arrives safely.
    Love the stuffies.
    Hope your wife is OK after her surgery - not fun!

  2. Thanks Susie!
    I'm keeping an ever watchful eye out for it! LOL I know it takes a bit.....I'm just antsy. :)
    she has to go for an MRI - today - the doctors thinks it may be the cartaligde, in addition to the bones. Thanks for the well wishes. I'll be sure and pass them onto her.

  3. Ron you have been so busy. Please send good wishes from me to your wife. I hope all goes well:)

  4. Thanks Mary Ann!
    I'll pass the well wishes on to my wife. :)