Sunday, August 31, 2008

Flickr Project for August

I participated in the August Alphabet Set Group on Flickr. My alphabet set is all based on photos out here at the farm, and can be seen here.

At the market

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Groceries :: food, provisions
Deodorant :: Anti-perspirant
Psychic :: Hotline
Cherries :: Jubilee, Traverse City
Spooky :: Halloween
Yogurt :: bland
Kitchen :: sink
Nothing personal :: usually means that it is
Be nice :: play fair
Delivery :: truck

Thursday, August 28, 2008

my volunteer pumpkin

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

My old abandoned pumpkins from last year . . . volunteered this year!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

I had to stay home in the morning because the Culligan Man was coming. In the afternoon I had my monthly studio time. This time I shot cameras!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Boiling eggs

I've noticed that very few people boil eggs the same way. For hard boil, I put the eggs in cold water, bring to a boil, then put on low for 20 minutes. How do you do it?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Big Red

Big Red
Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Holland Michigan's lighthouse. It's actually qute small, 45', but is one of the iconic lighthouses of Michigan.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

manitowoc leaving holland

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Yesterday it dawned on me: I had not been to Lake Michigan all summer. We had been scheduled for a girls' weekend this weekend, which would have taken us there, but it was postponed due to a death in our hostess's family. So I hied myself over to Holland State Park, and got there just in time to see one of the big ships leave the harbor.

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Cry :: me a river
Stretch :: bend and
Efficient :: energy-conserving
Brunch :: a fun meal
Afro :: American, hairstyle
Preheat :: warm the oven
Delicious :: tasty
Global warming :: Al Gore
Actions :: speak louder than words
Ride :: She's got a ticket to

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Still getting organized from the weekend . . . and it's almost time for the next one! Yikes~

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Originally uploaded by Jane of all trades...

this is us

Big Weekend!

Haven't been around much this weekend. Saturday was the wedding of a friend's son. Today we celebrated my mother's 80th birthday (which is actually tomorrow but we could make a real occasion out of it today). The whole gang went to dinner: twenty-six of us ranging from ages 10 months to 79 years, 11 months, 29 days. What a trip!

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Signature :: Ownership
Olympics :: 8/08/08
100% :: Complete
Damn! :: Darn
Gold :: Rush
Fresh and natural :: Laundry soap
Fraction :: portion
Hurry :: Speed up
Summer :: is too short
29th :: of February is Leap Day

Friday, August 15, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

This came out really dark, but i do believe i caught a circada emerging from its shell. This is on the pear tree out back.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

glad stick

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

My flickr friends have seen this over on flickr, but I just have to put it here too.

Remember the joy stick? Well, now there is the glad stick.

This unique product is made of recycled wood scraps, acrylic paint, and glitter. Holds your glad upright, so the world can see its pretty face.

The glad stick comes in a multitude of colors. Each glad stick comes with an authentic scrap of material to tie the glad. The material is softer on the plant than twine would be.

The glad stick sells for 3.00 each, or 4 for 10.00.

Call now. Operators are standing by to take your order.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Lansing City Market display

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Month to month :: Lease
Adjusted :: Repositioned
Prank :: Halloween, april fools day
Mop :: Top
Clarity :: Clearness
Parenting :: is a tough jog
Glenn :: John
Fingerprint :: ink
Pineapple :: upside-down-cake
Attorney :: at law, divorce

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Frannie in Pieces

How can you not be drawn in by a book that begins:

Do you know what it says on a tube of toothpate? In small print? you have to read the small print because they never tell you anything scary in large print. Large print is what they want you to see. Here's what the large print says: FOR BEST RESULTS, SQUEEZE TUBE FROM THE BOTTOM AND FLATTEN AS YOU GO UP. But the important stuff is small. Tiny. If more than used for brusing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
You can die from toothpaste.

Now, if you've never read your toothpaste, you may not have seen this. It is there. Go ahead and check, if you wish.

The author is Delia Ephron, sister to Nora. She has created a lovely story of Frannie, who found her father dead one day. Frannie has much to deal with, but eventually the pieces begin to fit. It's a good read for teenagers, or for those who love teenagers.

Swing Vote!

I vote it a winner, though it opened disappointingly at the box office last week. Full disclosure: I am a Kevin Costner fan, albeit not as much of a one lately. However, this movie brings me right back into the fold. It's a lovely political morality tale in that it highlights the two major parties attempts to kowtow to various "demographics" instead of standing for beliefs. It also takes shots at those in the electorate that do not vote . . . while some have called the final speech in the movie sermonizing, I found it stirring.

Costner and Madeline Carroll, as his very together 12-year-old daughter, unflinchingly portray the intense relationship between children and alcoholic parents. Well done for both actors.

I really did enjoy this movie.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

I stay at my mother's every other Friday night. We watch old movies and eat popcorn, and sometimes my brother Crits joins us. My nieces cleaned the playroom where I sleep the Thursday before I was last there. This note greeted me when I pulled back the bedspread.

Funny girls, aren't they?

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Crankiness :: orneriness
Backpack :: hike, Glacier National Park
Clone :: twin
High ground :: good place to be when the flood comes
Dreams :: Die, Field of Dreams
Lovingly :: Tenderly
Mistake :: Error
Carson :: Kit, Johnny
Errand :: Run an
Dozen :: Eggs, Cheaper by