Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday art

Since everyone seemed to enjoy the feature last week (craft room supplies), I thought summertime flowers were in order this week.

I hope you enjoy the photos I chose.

I hope you liked this selection and will join me next Wednesday when I pick a new topic to share.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am very grateful for your support and your wonderful comments.

Monday, August 14, 2017

T Stands For DeFazio's

It's time to head to DeFazio's for T Tuesday.  Since I forgot to get a photo of the outside of the restaurant, I grabbed one from when my foodie friend Sally and I were there before.

The exterior was the only thing that was the same.  The entire interior had been remodeled, seating was different and the floors were new.   There was also a new menu, but I failed to get a copy of it.  And their web site ( shows the menu, but no prices.  They do show the newly remodeled interior, though.

My Italian salad came with my meal, but Sally ordered one on the side.   Note that I also ordered ranch dressing, while Sally opted for the traditional "house" vinegar and oil blend.

Thankfully, our food arrived before I finished my salad.   Because I'm of British descent, I grew up eating salad after the main course and before any dessert was served.   I'd just as soon wait to eat it later, but that's not how it's served in the U.S.

I ordered shrimp scampi, and had my choice of pastas, vegetables, or baked potato.  Naturally, I chose fettuccini.  I also got the toast with my meal, while Sally ordered a pizza.  We both took food home with us, and she also took a $6.00 (USD) cream puff home.  Her salad set her back $4.50 (USD) and her pizza was considered large.  I had better luck with my scampi, loving every minute of it.  Surprisingly, we didn't have to wait as we normally do when we go there.  Sometimes the wait is very long.  This time it was not.

As we were leaving, I dropped my camera, but caught it before it could hit the floor.  I didn't realize I had taken a photo, but even though it was out of focus, you can see a small part of the remodel.

It's time for you to share your drink related post this week.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.   Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken at any time.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Clean-up Day

I've been working myself silly trying to get all the mold out of my basement.  In fact, now I'm coughing and having trouble breathing because I inhaled all that mold I was getting rid of.

It's been a very hurried time for me.  In fact, I took these photos around midnight because it took me that long to get everything to the curb.

I got rid of items both inside and out.

Some of the bags were so heavy, I couldn't lift them. 

Dragging became the only option I had, which caused some of the bags to break or tear.

My other problem was getting rid of the tree limbs from the tree I cut down earlier in the spring.  I also got rid of the door going to the closet in the studio.  It had mold on the bottom.

 I'm sure most people wouldn't write such detailed notes to themselves, but I started this list a couple of weeks ago when I knew the trash trucks would stop at my house.  In years past, we have taken a two to four block area and concentrated on cleaning it.  I was SO happy I would be included this time, and began working on a list.  I was also happy I accomplished everything on the list.

Right before I left for the church (it was 7:15 a.m. and we met at 7:30 a.m.) where we met to pass out (and receive) assignments, I decided to take one last look at this mess.  As you can see, the lawn mower and blue cooler are now gone.  As I was taking photos last night, a man in a pick-up stopped by and took the lawn mower and cooler.  He didn't even say anything, even as I was taking photos.

Thankfully, the drink committee was already at the church making coffee for everyone, and I had divided the assignments and routes accordingly two days ago.

Normally I would take my camera, but back then, the camera I owned had a small wrist strap and I could slip it in a pocket in my shorts.  My new camera is too big and bulky, and has a strap for around the neck (which I don't use).   It was then that I decided to leave my camera at home.

 At least I got a few photos showing what a typical street might look like.   I took photos of across the street from where I live,

and from my side of the street.

I was simply thrilled to see so many people had taken advantage of the clean-up.  A separate tire truck came around and picked up over 100 tires.  The tire companies charge at least $10.00 (USD) for automobile tires and more for truck and tractor tires.

All in all, it was a good clean-up, and there was tons of camaraderie during the event.   New faces and old helped make it a true success.

The downside of this is, it took a full day for me to clean one closet (the one under the stairs).    I put everything back in place, and decided I would just remove the mold and clean everything else up later.  So now I'm looking at quite a mess in my basement.  Not a moldy mess, but a mess none-the-less.  I'll probably take some more time away from art to straighten, clean, bleach, and organize things now that I'm sure everything moldy is out of the basement.   If only the rains would stop!

Thanks for visiting today.  I'm actually still quite ill, and it has taken me all day to finish this post.  Again, I appreciate each of you and will be by to visit as time (and my coughing, nose blowing, and breathing difficulty) permits.

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's Time

  As much as I will miss everyone, I need to take three days off.  I've turned my computer off so I won't be tempted to respond in case you leave me a message.

My neighborhood is having a clean-up and I've been on the clean-up committee for years.  This is the first clean-up we've had since 2012, and the city has given us four garbage trucks to fill. 

I'll be doing my share of cleaning, too.  It will give me a chance to get rid of anything that might still be moldy in my basement.  I suspect I could fill one of those trash trucks if I got rid of anything I've been holding onto that I thought might be of artistic use.  However, if it has any artistic value and it's not moldy, it's a good bet it stays put!

I'll be back Sunday hopefully with a few photos of my own trash I'm getting rid of.  I'm just SO glad our neighborhood association has decided to do this again, even though it's during the hottest part of the year.

Thanks for dropping by, and I'll see everyone Sunday if I'm not too exhausted.