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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
7:05 pm
The road not taken
Bought these in the 1970's at an Iowa auction. I thought they were old. They are probably from a serious crafter in the 1970's during the revival of stained glass. I see them every morning and they make me think,

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
7:33 pm
My Funny valentine

So Rosie has her Valentine gift, inspired by Westminster and all those dogs who have tons of ribbons. A ribbon and a portrait. She is 7 months old. I don't know that I will ever show her in anything. But she learns quickly.

Last week's chewed up soft toy was Underdog...with a funny recorded message voice box. The first thing to go was Underdog's cape. Then most of his body. Now all that exists is a bit of pulp chewed toy...and the voice box. Every now and then I hear from somewhere in the house."Never fear, Underdog is here."

This dog brings me joy every day. What a gift!
Monday, February 13th, 2017
7:41 pm
A few posts
This was in my fortune cookie.

And when you are just in need of some color..Grocery stores are so full of flowers. Just when you can't stand more grey...Sunflowers..Ah, my State flower, when you usually see fields of Russian, they say Sunflowers ,The ones used for Sunflower seeds and oil, in Kansas the fields are full of chiggers and bees and it is over 90 degrees.

I am a weenie. I hate that environment So I just stuck with the store display. Maybe they came from Mexico. I took flower pictures because it was the most color I had seen in days.
And besides, I am going to get a deal on some flowers when valentine's day has passed.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
4:42 pm
I think I am becoming a winter recluse.
This is my recluse cat. Penumbra or Pen. She sits on my desk and waits for her supper to be served.
Monday, February 6th, 2017
7:57 pm
Signs of Spring? Long
Hey guys...I am Not going to go out of my way to send 365 project photos. Some of them are wonderful some are awful. All will be posted under Brenda Gadd on FB.
Politics effect me to the point of getting sick. I have to withdraw and pick my battles.
To me, I have to be the thing I seek. If is peace and joy then seek it every day. Peace means being kind to a neighbor who acts like an asshole and yet, I think, has a marvelous wife. In the neighbor hood we just call Him Mr. Maureen.
Mrs Maureen clearly has no power or influences far as I can see ..good dogs.Puppies, as yet untrained. I greet on the street She seems so grateful for an introduction and talk from neighbors.
Yeah, her house was called a Spangles after the restaurant chain. Just like the artist at the end of the street Roger S...His house really does look like a Star wars attack vehicle. LET IT GO PEOPLE!
How can I make peace, operate in peace and yet defend things that i cannot yet control with our nation? I write the letters.

Hmmmm...today's photos are not accurate. The Liquor Store was changing beer banners, which I hope is a sign of Spring. But the photo says another thing. Complete accident. They were so nice to me and even granted a minute of socialization to pup Rosie.
Sigh is my new comment.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
9:09 am
Rosie's friend Phoebe is here for a sleep-over.
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
7:08 pm
12:07 am
What a fun night!
KU basketball. Pizza and no dishes. Family, dogs, and a lot of catching up conversation.

Rosie the pup was delighted. She had to spend over an hour with her friend Phoebe, chasing tennis balls and playing pretend bites face before they settled in.

Keller was into making realistic Nachos to see if anyone would eat paper. She presented a beautiful plate for her brother. Everyone was on to her.

Once all the grownups get into local gossip, philosophy, or story telling, Kellar looks through my books.

I can't catch my two oldest granddaughters for photos easily. Maya did years of braces. I have to pretend, most times, that I am taking photos of something else. But her smile is killer.
Friday, January 27th, 2017
11:05 pm
Friday Night at a Play. 1-27-17

Anna, Liz and Eric after...

Anna was in "How to Succeed in Business" at the high school.

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
7:27 pm
Tend to like Mexico and Mexican people and their art, let alone their produce in winter and every Mexican person I have met, legal citizen or otherwise.
When I was a busy Ebay person in Indianapolis and usually mailed on Fridays there was a huge line of Hispanics in front of me at the Post Office. They were sending money home to families.

In Indiana my brother was a roofing contractor and no one wanted those hot, dangerous jobs as roofers. They wanted white collar jobs. Mexicans did want those jobs. They had to be citizen or my brother would be fined. Hardest workers ever.

The day after World Trade Center Bombings the Mexican crew, building a new house next to mine in Tucson all came to work in USA flag bandanas. Later an insurance adductor, after my house flooded from a a white crew air conditioner contractors screw up.. he was also from Mexico, told me how he encouraged his sons to join the US military.

While I lived there, I babysat my daughters baby twin girls, now 16 years old. The gave me a chiminea for the patio as a gift. It is with me in Kansas.

And another one.

Now why exactly is it important to spend Billions to build a wall? I wonder the proportion of Hispanics who have served in the military? I should imagine the numbers are high
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
6:49 pm
1-25-17 Reading time

I love reading in bed on cold winter nights. Sometimes I put the book right in the bed so there is no doubt where I will be.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
7:44 pm
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
7:05 pm
Before the March on Saturday, I didn't own a single Pink item of clothing. That is going to change.
Today I walked into the cupcake store and all I could see were the cupcakes wearing pink hats.
1:44 pm
Busy times/quiet times/365
I seem to fall behind if I nap or read or watch TV.
Not much sun last week.

But Rosie is full of sunshine and observes nap times with me.

Dark days. A windbreak in a park.

The day of the March in Washington, I watched as much as I could find on TV and wished them all good luck with my gratitude for them being there.

And yesterday a lot of quiet and peace.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
8:14 pm
Doing Catch-up
I told son Noah I would do the 365 project..a photo a day. We post in FB to keep each other honest.

This the day they announced a three day ice storm that in the end did not happen.

And in the gloomies I posted an interior shot, just because I need color sometimes.

My friend has leukemia. She is on second round of Chemo. Her brother will donate stem cells in the future. I took some quiet time to think over what i should do. She lives 500 miles away.

And a trip to Petco on a rainy day as Rosie posed in front of a sign expressing what we all wish for at the doctor's office.

A picture of the temperature that I can tolerate. 43 degrees. I prefer 73.

Everyone can probably guess where I
went shopping today.

But hardly a person I know keeps track of all the new legislation coming our way...much of it involving Health care.
I am going to try a lot harder to post both places in a single day. Tonight...just tired.
Thursday, January 12th, 2017
7:47 pm
Photo a day 2 places.
Trying to do a little catch-up. I first post on FB.

My wagon Wheel has followed me from Kansas, to Louisiana, to Indiana, to Arizona and back again to Kansas. I live on Wagon Wheel Road, now.

Dear Rosie , the first time left alone without her crate as I left the house. Nothing was damaged. Here is her face upon my return.

And today..It is about politics, but I don't really want to talk about it.

Monday, January 9th, 2017
7:53 pm
1-8-17 The big doodle
Some days, Sundays, I turn on our local NPR afternoon Trail Mix show, which features hour and hour of Celtic , Folk, Bluegrass music. All of it great do some art music.

Typically I am all stiff and judgmental of anything I do. So I decided that I would go for what I doodle on my to-do list when I am particularly bored with a phone call usually from charities to which I have already donated. I can fill a page in 15 minutes.

I painted this stool red in August, knowing winter would come and that I'd get back to it with no idea what I was doing.

I doodle every day. I think doodles are some sort of insight into what we think, in this case patterns. I so often have a plant and leaves that grows and grows. Or repetitive patterns, tight and overly constrained.

I have legs on the stool to complete. I have no idea what goes there. But this is the Doodle stool.

Usually I pick up furniture from summer garage sales at less than $10. Stools are usually about $5. I was in Walmart today and the new version of this stool is $15.95 Besides, I like recycling. And working on anything without pre-judgement.

If you are daring- send me your doodles.
Saturday, January 7th, 2017
10:08 pm
Saturday Night
A bit of a break in the bitter cold is coming.

When it is so dreadfully cold, my Rosie comes to the door of my office.

I imagine her wondering just what I plan to do about the cold.
Thursday, January 5th, 2017
4:14 pm
Two days of very cold

Zam the kitty has bag packed for Florida

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
7:45 pm
Our house guest Phoebe
Phoebe was one of the puppies adopted from Em's litter some 8 years ago from the Lawrence Humane Society. You may remember I lost Emmy in spring.

Phoebe has never won a prize in her life, except in the hearts of others. She normally lives with my daughter Liz across town in a lovely blue house from the 1930's all quaint and charming. The house is right next to a grade school. The kids that walk the side walk know Phoebe by name and stop and talk to her.

Now Rosie the pup is all energy and little good sense. In 6 days, while Phoebe has been here, Rosie has learned a bit of good sense. Essentially, do what Phoebe does and you won't get in trouble. Therefore, Phoebe is a guidance counselor. An adult who understands the world a bit.

These dogs could retrieve, play tug of war or the notorious Golden game...Bitey face for hours. This is where they show teeth and act ferocious for hours. There is never blood, nor a puncture wound of any kind.

Rosie is a doggie teenager. She has so much to learn. And I don't like going out in the cold. It is difficult to train many things in a 30 below Parka. Picture the stay-puff marshmallow man training a puppy.

At night, we come in. I turn on the evening news, which they refuse to watch. I turn on the gas stove and heat up that porch and they are mine.

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