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deep thoughts: why do I blog here?

Why do I blog here?

I don't post a lot of personal or emotional things on this blog.  I started this particular blog a few years ago, when I was doing an ICAD (Index Card a Day) challenge.  At the time, I also had my perfume blog (bloody frida) going (which I archived earlier this year), and I have been privately journaling/blogging at LiveJournal for years and years.

My LiveJournal is where I go to get all down and dirty; it is a place to release in type and it is a huge whine-fest most of the time. I used to keep a written diary; but it is quicker to type!  And if you ever read my diary over the years, boy oh boy is it depressing as hell.  I rarely wrote about happy stuff because I used that diary as a release, much how I have been using LJ for the past couple of years.  My closest real life friends and none of my family members have access to it.  Not even my husband. I started on LJ because I had met a bunch of people through trading ATCs (Artist Trading Cards); many of that original group have left LJ for other places, and I keep in touch with them in other ways - through emails or Facebook or their other (usually art) blogs.

This Blogger blog is mostly about what I fill my time with - garden, work, knitting, preserving food, things like that. A "so what have you been doing recently?" kind of  blog.  My closest friends and closest family members (including Robert) read this blog.  They already know about most of my trying/emotional things I am going through, and I really want my blog to be more about positive stuff.  I have a history of depression, so part of this blog is to keep looking at the sunny side of life; it helps me in that way.

So yeah, you're not getting 100% me if you read this blog - though sometimes I leave little hints about what is troubling me (for instance, the four months without a car because we couldn't afford the repairs; the fact that I have not been able to find another job; etc).

I just wanted to say all this this morning. Thanks for bearing with me. Maybe I shouldn't be so compartmentalized (which was the main reason I merged my two Blogger blogs into one).  I shall have a good think about that.

In the meantime, here are some photos I took yesterday at the nursery:
deep thoughts: why do I blog here?
Behind the nursery - the owner's father's land
deep thoughts: why do I blog here?
The asparagus patch, covered with dew in the morning; it looks like frost

too busy, no icads, but the community garden raised bed is planted

The community garden raised bed aka 'the allotment' has been planted with pepper plants (AJI Dulce, Red Chili, Medium Hot Block, Hungarian Hot, Banana, and Pablano.)

I also direct seeded Lemon cucumbers, Parisian Pickling cucumbers, and Royal Burgundy beans.

Didn't have my camera with me, so here's a stock photo of Royal Burgundy beans.

too busy, no icads, but the community garden raised bed is planted

I haven't even started the ICAD challenge yet.  Wondering if I'll ever catch up.  

2013 ICAD

Tammy, at Daisy Yellow, is hosting Index-Card-A-Day again - starting June 1st.  (Thanks to Karen at I am Rushmore and Mail Me Some Art for letting me know about it as I somehow missed Tammy's post.)

I'm so excited!  I was able to finish the challenge last year, and I hope that I can do this year too - but I'm so busy this year it will be a challenge to do the challenge, but I'll try.

Here is one of my favorite ICADs that I made last year:

2013 ICAD

Do yourself a favor, and join in.  Seriously, it is a good thing, Tammy is a great hostess, and creating something every day is, even though it can be difficult, wonderful.

dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card

My husband and I went to our community garden yesterday and picked a bunch of basil.  This is a photo he took of one of our beds - filled to the brim with three types of basil.  He made a wonderful pesto to top some pasta for our dinner last night.  Today I'm drying what was left of yesterday's basil harvest.

dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card


This is a little watercolor and pen greeting card I made.

dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card


I really miss doing Index Card a Day.  I haven't been in my little basement studio room in so long.  There is so much other stuff to be doing that the day passes too quickly.  And without a project to report in for, well, that little room has been neglected.  I'll try to get in there and do some drawing or painting or something once a day next week.


The ICAD adventure is completed (ICADs #59-61)

Here are my last three ICADs; more cross-stitch on the ICAD.

The ICAD adventure is completed (ICADs #59-61)
#59:  fluid acrylics, DMC thread, paint pen 

The ICAD adventure is completed (ICADs #59-61)
#60:  fluid acrylics, DMC thread

The ICAD adventure is completed (ICADs #59-61)
#61:  fluid acrylics, DMC thread


I'm seriously thinking of continuing this until my little album is completed - this album was supposed to have slots for 100 pictures (or in my case, ICADs) but I just counted and there are only 96 slots.

The ICAD adventure is completed (ICADs #59-61)


So perhaps you'll be seeing some more ICADs pop up on this blog. Though they won't really be ICADs, will they (Index Card A Day) as I may not be doing them every day, but you know what I mean.

Thanks so much to Tammy at Daisy Yellow for this wonderful experience!!


ICADs #54 and 55

A set of Golden fluid acrylics just arrived, and I am attempting to understand them.  What I need to do is find the same color in regular acrylics and do a side by side comparison, but I haven't done that yet - I just slapped some of both on some index cards and let 'em rip.

These two have both regular and fluid acrylics; #54 adds marker, and #55 adds ink stamp pad.

ICADs #54 and 55

ICADs #54 and 55

ICADs #48-50

These were started on the 18th and finished tonight - they're the "I was too busy doing other things to concentrate on my ICADs" series.

All done with Distress Stain, stamps, stamp pads (my favorite stamp/ink pads are Palette), and markers.

ICADs #48-50

ICADs #48-50

ICADs #48-50

I thought I had to have the other three done tonight, but I have one more day to tweak the next three.  I'm still enjoying doing series, and working on ICADs every day (well mostly every day - this past week I was way too busy to work on them every single day - gosh I feel guilty even admitting that) but for the most part I have finished my series in three days.  This series I didn't - they were done in five days.  Ooops.  
deep thoughts: why do I blog here?too busy, no icads, but the community garden raised bed is planted2013 ICADdehydrating basil, and a little greeting cardThe ICAD adventure is completed (ICADs #59-61)ICADs #56-58ICADs #54 and 55"Bread-and-Butters My Way"ICADS #51-53ICADs #48-50

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