Wednesday, July 30, 2008

poison ivy diptych

poison ivy diptych
Originally uploaded by urbanmkr

My good flickr friend, urbanmkr, had this wonderful poison ivy diptych that I'm going to study in the high hopes that I DON'T get poison ivy this year! Great public service!


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Another studio session last night Perspective2. My brother Boo and his family graciously agreed to be my guinea pigs for this month.

Monday, July 28, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

The big doings out at the farm this weekend: The door to the big barn was repaired and reset.

The barn guy wondered: how did they do this in the old day, without the modern mechanics.

Hey, those old farmer types were pretty smart. And they had some fantastic horses.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Memory :: Card
Original :: The First
Exclusively :: Only
Listings :: Real Estate
Bucket :: List
Knight :: Galahad
Dusty :: Roads
Choice :: Prime
Sunglight :: Shadows
Change of plans :: Flexible

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

I make such a bad country girl . . . I don't even know the different kinds of bees. Last year I finally was shown what wasps are, but bees . . . i'm at a loss.

Friday, July 25, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

I keep a patch of milkweek behind the garage for the monarch butterflies. I had noticed something had been eating on them, and as monarchs and their caterpillars are the only thing that dine on them I knew I had to pay attention.

I was sitting on the picnic table when I saw the monarch butterfly wend its way from the far side of the garage. Right behind her was: the hummingbird. That hummer was dogging that butterfly, and eventually ran her off.

ah, nature

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

my neighbor has the coolest scare girl. One of my projects for the weekend is to gather material so that I can have one. Monkey see, monkey do, eh?

Mary Janes Farm

Spotted a new magazine the other day at BN. Interesting, eclectic (oh i love that word, reading. See here.

I'm On Vacation!

For Two Whole Days! At my favorite place. . . home!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Well . . .

You Are a Peacemaker Soul

You strive to please others and compromise anyway you can.

War or conflict bothers you, and you would do anything to keep the peace.

You are a good mediator and a true negotiator.

Sometimes you do too much, trying so hard to make people happy.

While you keep the peace, you tend to be secretly judgmental.

You lose respect for people who don't like to both give and take.

On the flip side, you've got a great sense of humor and wit.

You're always diplomatic and able to give good advice.

Souls you are most compatible with: Warrior Soul, Hunter Soul and Visionary Soul


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

You can call me corny.

My house is no longer visible from the north road. Come to think of it, neither are the barns!!!

Good season for corn-growing, I guess.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Flicker :: Flickr. are you there?
Styling :: Hair
Episode :: Television
Sexier :: Hotter
Studious :: Egghead
Mushroom :: Cloud
8 minutes :: 8 miles
Bald :: Masculine
Immunity :: freedom from prosecution
Sectioned :: Orange

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

How to:

1. Get a jar with a lid.
2. Get a hammer and a nail.
3. Pound at least 7 holes in the lid.
4. Pull up some grass.
5. Stuff grass in jar.
6. Wait for twilight.

**The secret to reaping a bumper crop of fireflies is starting the hunt at twilight. (Also must note, we in the more northern states have a lingering twilight, which aids in the capture rate.) Twilight is dark enough so that one can see the flare of the firefly, but light enough so that one can follow the insect's path once the flare goes off.**

7. A soft, cupping movement of the hand is advised.
8. Gently gather the insect in.
9. Open the jar and quickly slip in the firefly.
10. Repeat.
11. After first firefly captured, must add a thump to the top of the jar before adding more bugs.

After the catch has been duly oohed and aahed over, open jar and let the fireflies free.

Have fun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Camera

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

I recently upgraded my camera! It was a little hard to do. I hated to spend the money, but I was doing studio work that required a camera that could work with strobe lights, and my little Fuji didn't, without a major work-around. It also had very few settings that could be used (ISO being one of them). I had researched cameras and so, when my tax refund came, I purchased a Nikon D80.

I purchased it, then didn't use it for a week. Buyer's remorse? Lack of confidence? Who knows. Eventually I did use it (had a studio session coming up). Now, I wouldn't be parted from it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

This must be an early bird.

My lunch hour is 11-12. Makes for a short morning, a LOOOONNNNGGG afternoon!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Intimidated :: Frightened (there's a break between the two different sets. on the second, this is intimated, which would be hinted)
Brush :: with the law, paint
Masquerade :: Phantom of the Opera
Procedure :: Medical
Tattoos :: one. a ladybug.
Square :: Box
Tuck :: nip
Boyfriend :: Girlfriend
Badass:: Macho
Thousand :: Island dressing

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Name the Authors

Name the Authors
Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Three American Literary Giants. Can you identify them?

Corn Crib

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

This is the south-east side of the corn crib. Grandpa planted a trumpet vine at the south end years ago: it is not a trumpet tree. I keep trying to make it tidy, and have added the hollyhocks. (All farms need hollyhocks, don't you think?)

For more information on corn cribs, go here.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Another way to tell it is July: the berries are almost ready.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

I thought the luna was rare, but it turns out it is quite common. Only thing is, it doesn't eat, so it only lives a week, and that is why we seldom see them.

Monday morning is trash day. I rolled my barrel back into place after the trashtruck had gone. This was right at eye level. Too cool!

And back to you, Patti

How Long Could You Survive Trapped In Your Own Home?
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Monday, July 07, 2008

Taller than Knee High

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

The corn is supposed to be knee-high by the 4th of July. I believe it might be a good year for corn!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Notificaiton :: in the mail
Cheat :: Lie
Top Ten:: Dave Letterman
Draft :: hopefully will never return
Unbelievable :: Fantastic
Cheap :: Date
Spontaneous :: Combustion
Harass :: Bother
Lipstick :: lips
Transpire :: Occur

Saturday, July 05, 2008

mad and gram

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

My mom hates to have her picture taken. I have no idea why. She's a beautiful woman.

Anyway, her 80th birthday is coming up in august, so we told her she had to let us take her picture then without fussing too much.

She decided she'd better start practicing now.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tasha Tudor has Passed

She lived a fascinating life.
Name That Robot
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I am a

What Flower
Are You?

The Keys to Your Life

Anything good that comes in your life will come from your own self reflection.

Don't rely on other people for advice. They will harm you more then help you.

Anything bad in your life comes from sinking to the level of those around you.

Remember to lift people up, and refuse to participate in anything petty.

Stormy Weather!

Got caught by another storm yesterday, a real soaker that lasted from about 4 to 10. As often happens lately, lost power about 9:00 p.m.

Let me tell you about "no power" in the country.

  • Water is well-water, which needs a pump. No electricity, no pump, no water.
  • Dark in the country isn't very dark when the power is on. Most farmsteads have a yardlight. When the power goes off, the countryside becomes very dark.
  • Fireflies are AWESOME when there is no power. They are the only light in the dark, and it is magnificent! Wow!!
  • When power returns, the first indication will often be the sump-pump, working in the cellar.

I was glad that the power came back on sometime between 2:30 and 5:00 a.m.

And how is your day?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

"Milk House" Lights

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

My sister-in-law is an awesome, inveterate garage sale aficionado. She loves to find things for me out at the farm.

I'm in love with the cow lights, which are perfect on the "milk house".

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Saving July 10th

I'm saving July 10th for this.

Great Wall of GL

greatwallofgl copy
Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

part of my weedy wall garden. This garden is pink/blue/white/purple. Another garden has blue/purple/yellow/orange. The third garden, the spring garden, has whatever will show up early in the spring. I also have a hollyhock patch and a nasturtium patch and a tiny little weedy vegetable garden.