I like to enter the 2 Things Challenge each week. This week is Alliteration / Alike. From the blog here is what they say about this challenge – “For alliteration, two or more things that begin with or have the same sound. Â For alike, two or more things that are similar to one another.”Â This is my entry for Alliteration and Alike – Bubbles Basking on a Beach in Blue. Here are the entries for last week’s In the Sky / On the Ground. Anyone can join in, and I hope you give it a try!! We would love more people playing with us! Details are at this link above.
This is a new ACEO – I hope you like it!! I had a very eventful uneventful night!!! Â We have had a history of bats coming inside here .. so I have gotten a little sensitive to wings flapping in the dark … inside!!! Â In the past decades (as an adult) I have had between 10 and 20 bats in the house. And I get scared! So there was a little incident last night.
Around 2 o’clock (am – the middle of the night) I wake to the sound of flapping wings. I turn on the light, jump out of bed and close the door (with me outside the bedroom door). Â Then Susan tells me there is a bat in her room too … and she jumps out and closes her door – light off. Â We run around closing all the doors to the hallway to contain the bat to the hall … if possible. Â I get the tennis racket ready – to catch the bat to put it outside hopefully not hurting it. Â Susan gets her towel ready.
As Susan stands by the door, she can hear the wings flapping and tells me not to scream – I scream when I get REALLY startled – like seeing a bat fly in my direction. Â I tell her I want to put her room light on because I am hoping that it is only one bat and not two. Â As we are waiting trying to figure out what to do next … having opened the bathroom window but not lifting the screen yet – bats will go toward a stream of fresh air – believe it or not they are not trying to terrorize me …. we note that we have not heard the high pitched squeak of the bat sonar … so we begin to have a little hope.
Close to a half an hour had passed by then … and we figured we better so SOMETHING! So I opened the screen in the bathroom and we opened the door to my room … where we could still hear wings flapping. Susan pushed open the door and then stood back to get out of the bat’s way … I stood ready to direct it toward the bathroom and hopefully to freedom.
Hearts pounding, we waited … and out flies a big moth! Â Susan gets my door closed again and we look at each other, having more hope. So I use the tennis racket to gently knock the moth off the high woodwork and Susan puts the towel over the moth and scoops it up … so I get the towel, step in the bathtub and let the moth go out the window. Â Whew!! Probably just the moth!
So we go back in my room and poke at the clothes hanging on hooks and poking anything we can think of with our new-found courage to flush out any remaining bats. We call my room clear and then move on to her room to make sure the bats are gone (as if there were any at all) from there too.
We call the house a bat-free zone (not the attic – they live there) for the moment but leave the hall closed up … just in case. I am a very light sleeper and juts those few wing flutters woke me right up. After way too many night-time incursions, I have been very sensitive to flapping wings. Â And it WAS a BIG moth …Whew!! Escaped Â on that one!! Â It took hours to get back to a broken sleep. Â Pretty tired today.
Thank you for reading and let me know if you want more of my bat stories – those are one with actual bats. Â Thanks for stopping by!!
Today I prepared and printed many ACEOs … it was a lot of work and a lot of fun!! Â I played with this image and made several other variations of these unusual birds. Please all US residents take the action suggested below to try to stop this irresponsible version of this well-meaning but mis-guided bill. Clearly my local US Representative, John Olver, does not understand the importance of this bill. He supports it for the museums. He doesn’t realize how much this will hurt all the artists in his district. Â So please, please write!
This image is for the Pet Monologues which is the blog which I directed you to showing that incredible video about the lion hugging the woman who rescued him. Also they highlight art, poems and more that showcase animals every week. You can see thereÂ blog here. AndÂ thisÂ is the post for this particular challenge. I hope you enjoy the images there!! Here is aÂ wonderful postÂ about Polar Bears being designated endangeredÂ – check it out! Anyone can join in this fun here too!! They put up a few of the images and then have links to the rest of the sites â€¦ perhaps you will feel moved to participate!
Illustration FridayÂ has a challenge every week. This week isÂ Worry. I hope you like thisÂ Worry!! Â These bubbles are very concerned about this sick looking bubble – hence the worry. Â I LOVE this sky!!! Illustration Friday is a great way to showcase your work and a wonderful opportunity to meet lots of wonderful people! I encourage you to check it out! Lots of fun people and paintings!Â
There is a free e-book Marketing Crafts and Visual Arts: The Role of Intellectual Property. Â Here is the post where you can read about it. Â The blog is the Textile Arts Resource Guide. Â Here is the link to where you download the ebook.
Once you read the book, you will have less to WORRY about! <grin>
In the United States this is Memorial Day … to honor those who have served our country. Â No matter what you think of some of this countries policies and actions, I appreciate the service that people give this country … and the intent of them to serve peace in the world.
This makes it especially horrifying that the TV station that puts itself forward as THE real patriotic, fair and unbiased, news station … has gone way over the edge. There are many ways to give service to one’s country, and running for public office is one of them. Barack Obama is running for President of the US for service. It is not for gain or ego – it is for service.
I am horrified that that news station showed 2 people – laughing none the less – on the air saying something that is way, way over the deep end. Â (That means very, very extreme for those who might not know the slang.) Â I do not want to even repeat it here … but I am giving you 2 links where it shows it and gives people action to take.
I hope you will take the action that you feel moved it. Â Here is the Huffington Post and Daily Kos with some good information. Â This kind of behavior has no place in this (or any other in my opinion) country. You know I don’t talk about such things very often – but I felt the need to on this one.
Here is a portal into another reality … where you didn’t expect it … in the middle of the rain forest. Â On second thought, there is some pretty far out spirituality and views into other realities coming out of the tropics … so perhaps this is one of those gateways! Â Thank you for coming by!
I like to enter the 2 Things Challenge each week. This week isÂ In the Sky / On the Ground. This is my entry forÂ Sky & Ground. I think this one is self-evident! Sorry to be late by a few hours. Here are the entries for last week’sÂ Noisy & Peaceful. Anyone can join in, and I hope you give it a try!! We would love more people playing with us! Details are at this link above.
This is a fun image for the holiday!! Hope you enjoy!! Â You will hear more tomorrow and hopefully have an image for 2 Things Challenge! Â Marcella, thank you for asking what program I used for these images. Â Studio Artist is a wicked fun program that swirls things all around very easily … and sometimes it feels out of control. Â But it is lots of fun! Â Here is a post with a demo of how it works if you are interested. Â Thank you!
Sometimes I have so much fun making new creations – this is one of those times … This again looks like a pattern for fabric or something … very lovely to me! This is using Studio Artists on an image that I have usage rights to (one of the so-called royalty-free images). Â I worked with an image and then changed the hue in Photoshop. Â It does definitely look textile to me. Â What do you think? Â What so you see?
This digital painting is in similar colors as the Snowy Owl – but it sure looks different!! Â I have just created this and am delighted! Â I would love to hear what you think! Â I had a lot of fun playing with this image and creating this!