Monday, September 15, 2014

Organic Farming

We finally did it. The last couple of years I have been interested in purchasing a membership in an organic farm. Every year it seemed the timing was wrong, or they grew a lot of things I don't eat, or the cost was out of our budget.

I shopped around and finally found one that is really close! http://gatewayorganicfarm.com/  Between my mom and coworkers I am sure that I can find someone to take greens when they are in season (just can't stand the texture of wilted greens).

We live in Florida so you think we could grow our own produce; however, we have a teeny yard and honestly I do not enjoy vegetable gardening. I would rather support a small urban farm - it's a win/win. I might still plant a pot of cherry tomatoes ;)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Green Eggs and Ham

The photo didn't come out too well but the egg shells are a pastel green.

When I first told my husband I was fixing green eggs and ham for breakfast today, he told me "no thanks." I asked him why and his explanation told me he thought the yolks were green. I explained they were fresh eggs from a coworkers chickens and some of them laid green (shell) eggs. He was good with that :)

The coworker who gave me the eggs has a variety of chickens so she get green, blue, white, and several shades of brown eggs. She has a friend who won't even try the eggs with green shells - only white, brown, or blue. Silly goose!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Feeling Overwhelmed

The title is a true description. So much to do lately. Mostly boring paperwork stuff for several organizations. But, I did do something interesting yesterday.

I was entrusted with taking donations at work and picking out a potted plant for a coworker who lost her mother last week. I just couldn't find what I envisioned (and to buy from a florist was well above our budget) so I ended up buying the parts and making a potted arrangement. For those of you who know about orchid culture, don't worry. They are actually in separate pots tucked in among the others.


Since we live in central Florida she can grow this on her porch pretty much year around. I love cut flowers but sometimes a living plant is a nice reminder of the person you lost.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Are You Ready For Some Football?!?!?! Care Package, That Is.

I did my second care package to an Air Force serviceman stationed somewhere over seas. Because he seems to love sports, I decorated the first box and bought stuff in the baseball theme. This second box is football themed. Diamond was in the middle of this from start to finish - she really thought everything was for her ;)





I left his address showing in case anyone else wants to send this fire fighter a care package too. But, you better hurry. I understand he is headed home before too long.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pencil Sketch

I discovered a new program (because my Internet Explorer no longer works on my laptop, I am using a loaner right now, and the only way I can access online programs is if there is an app for my Windows 8.1 laptop) called "Pencil Sketch" which will make your photos look as though they were drawn or painted.

For example, this photo:

Becomes these:


 

I also did some rattie photos (surprise, surprise) but did them like real pencil drawings (B&W) and saved them in another new app called "Cool Collage" and got this:

It's my first use of a free-form collage. I usually use Pixler where you choose the layout and put the photos in boxes. I tried to do that with the old photos of me (above) but they saved as wrong format (boo). So, it's not exactly how I envisioned it but a good start. Working with so many overlapping photos is just that, work. Gives me a new appreciation for all the ads and brochures we receive and just toss away- lots of time and work probably went into them.