Saturday, June 11, 2005

Working in Every Direction

I got a lot of Garden Tour things done today and Greg delivered some flyers for me. I also worked on other parts of my life but didn't find time to paint in the room upstairs.

I also worked on my webpage a little bit and put up my Kansas Cookies Cookbook for sale. I've been meaning to do it forever, but just hadn't gotten around to it. Finally, it's done.

I wrote this book years ago as a souvenir booklet. It was sold in various places around the state. It tucks into an envelope for mailing.

I'm a big proponent of cookbooks having more than just lists of ingredients - really, what is the point in that. If the recipes are not put into context then there's no point in bothering.

So, I've tried to follow my own advice. I have a dozen recipes in there and each has a story with it.

I went down to Diana's store today to meet her and Jocelyn. We had a chance to visit a little. An unexpected treat was that little Miss Lily was there. Taylor (her mom) had stopped in so I got to hold the baby for awhile. She is a cuddly baby - you just can't get enough of her. Hard to believe she's already four months old.

Greg and I went to Roy's and Mike (the owner) gave me a bone to take to Petie so I stopped back by the store. He was happy to see me bearing such gifts.

I also picked up my laptop, which has been pronounced officially dead. Two things to say about that - 1. Don't waste your money on the Circuit City warranty plans. You can send the machine back, and they will continue to replace parts, but they won't actually FIX it. 2. Don't expect that Compaq (now HP) gives a flying flip about whether or not their products function. There are a few thousand similar complaints about this machine - even a name for it - GLOB - Green Light On Brigade. The green light comes on but that's it. Anyway, they refuse to accept that it's a "known problem," even though thousands of people have the same problem independently. They refuse to accept it or do anything about it.

I had to make a run to Office Max for more ink for garden tour stuff I was printing and ran into one of my board members there. She's someone I really enjoy so it was fun to chat with her. I had to go get some more ink cartridges, but while I was there I happened to see they had some Pitt Pens on clearance, so I picked those up for myself. I can't wait to try them out in a little bit.

I had my second negative experience with an Office Max cashier tonight. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't pleasant, and this is the second time in a month I've had a similar thing happen. Next time I'm in and see one of the managers, I'm going to mention it to them. They generally have great service and this is an oddity. I want this store to survive and if I'm having bad experiences, other people probably are too - that can't be good long term. I shop there all the time so next time one of the managers is around and not busy I'll mention it to them.

Well, I think I'm headed upstairs to the studio for a bit. I'm working on some new things I'm really enjoying. I paint very thickly sometimes - I love texture - so drying time is always an issue for me.

Me? Travel? Yup... This one seems right on

Your Birthdate: December 23

With a birthday on the 23rd of the month (5 energy) you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them.

You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas.

You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel.

You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable.

Your mind is quick, clever and analytical.

A restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine.

You may have a tendency to shirk responsibility.

Very sociable, you make friends easily and you are an excellent traveling companion.