Monday, June 27, 2011

Yellow #2 Pencil

I love me some yellow #2 6-sided pencil made out of REAL wood. There's a difference you know. The real wood kind sharpens better. The other kind you can here the sharpener protest at having to sharpen such an inferior product. The REAL wood kind you can see the wood splinter a bit and it has a better smell. That's right a better smell. Sharpened pencils are like fresh cut grass, baked apple pie and fall bonfires.

Yellow #2 6-sided REAL wood pencil also draws better. I know it's crazy. but. true. I have all the other fancy pencils. But really all you need is a yellow #2 6-sided REAL wood pencil.

I read an article on this artist that only used an ol' regular Bic® ballpoint pen. He was making a point that artists don't have to buy all those expensive "arty supplies". I know I don't HAVE to buy but when I DO there's a little spot in my soul that grows warm and does a little happy dance when I do. 
I love me some yellow #2 6-sided pencil made out of REAL wood - I'm gonna say it MORE than I love a sharpie. I can hear the gasps of people who know me. It's true.

A yellow #2 6-sided REAL wood pencil reminds me of my Art teacher from High School, Mr. J. He could draw anything without any reference at all. Or at least that's how I remember it. He always had yellow #2 6-sided REAL wood pencil tucked behind his ear.

Well, today when I was working on decoding a geocache puzzle description my thought was this calls for a yellow #2 6-sided REAL wood pencil. I'm surprised I was able to solve the puzzle without a yellow #2 6-sided REAL wood pencil. I'm sure it would have took me less time. Yellow #2 6-sided REAL wood pencils are magical you know ... it's true. Magical. (I'm feeling a little conflicted with my Christian belief - am I "allowed" to believe in Magic? What if I associate with God? Like car-mel vs. care-a-mel? means the same just said differently? Holy-can-of-open-worms-Batman!)

But, alas I could not find one (reason for the no pictures) ...

I use to have so many that I thought I would never run out. But apparently I have or more than likely I can't find where I last put them.

So I just went in search again because just talking about it stirred in me the need to just hold one. I have round pencils but it's not the same. The weight of it feels all wrong.

O well ...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cameras part 1

My first camera I remember getting was for a trip to Disney World. It took a 110 cartridge and most pictures taken were of the parade. I remember wanting to go to the Hall of Presidents and being denied. What 7-ish year old wants to go see the HoP? Early signs of nerdom. Sorry, there's no posting of those pictures. I wouldn't know where to even begin looking. OK so I lied I'd start at my mother's house.

I was in HS when I got my second camera. I tried to do those arty type pictures. Not good. Of course I didn't know that till they were developed. I took the camera on the senior trip to DC and in the end developed at least 7 rolls of film.  If I remember right one roll was used before we ever got to Virginia. I might have to do a whole post on those memories.
     So bye-bye, miss American pie.
    Drove my Chevy to the levee,
    But the levee was dry.
    And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
    Singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
    "this’ll be the day that I die."

Sorry mind wandered - a memory ... evoking a song ... evoking a memory.

Picture it. The year was 1989, a bus load of kids heading out to DC from Indiana. On the way through Ohio, one of them on their "boom box" tunes into a radio station playing American Pie by Don McLean. Sitting in the back of the bus underneath a lighted bulb we gather and start singing. And it strikes me, senior year, in a bus, going to DC, joining together, singing one of the greatest songs ... see where I'm going with this?

Someone actually got my camera away from me.

I kept taking this guy's picture for a friend I can't remember.

"The back" I recently found out the fellow student in the back passed away.

I spared you ALL of the pictures due to being mostly like this :)

I'm going to have to change the post name. It was "New Camera" but alas (great word) I was distracted. So, it now has become part one of a series ... to be continued ...

Indiana trivia: Indiana-born musicians and composers include John Mellencamp, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, John Hiatt, Harry Von Tilzer, Rich Mullins, Kris Roe, the Bill Gaither Trio, Albert Von Tilzer, Bobwheat Long, Cole Porter, J. Russell Robinson, Eddie Condon, Hoagy Carmichael, Wes Montgomery, J. J. Johnson, Henry Lee Summer, Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, David Lee Roth, Shannon Hoon, Carrie Newcomer, Janie Fricke, Lonnie Mack and David Baker.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I'm having foggy thoughts. Like there's something I'm suppose to be thinking about and I can't remember what that something is. I try didn't avenues but I come to a dead end. I can't focus on any one thing. Certainly not the one thing that clears the fog. I seem to think I saw a glimmer of it a few moments ago but I was called away to think of something else. I'll try retracing my steps and once again I come to a dead end. Lost in one's own mind. It's a forgetting what I'm forgetting paradox.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lecture Series

I miss college for the lecture series ... spells N-E-R-D. Seriously, I remember more of my experiences outside of the classroom then in. Probably because I didn't spend too much time IN the classroom. And that's why years later I finished at Goshen college - OOOO! can I count that as project completed?



I was remembering seeing Bill Cosby (mostly because I've been watching the Cosby show on instant Netflix through the Wii) from the second balcony at Elliott Hall of Music which is still a good seat. As we were leaving I thought of one of the jokes in the staircase and then the contagious laughter echoing down still makes me smile. I went with a male friend at the time ... he was blond ... lived at the quad? I think so ... The quad - what cool rooms they have.

The quad makes me think of another friend always on his way to get a banana for a hangover. He was a dreamy friend - he played tennis and worked on lakes collecting water samples over the summer. We met through the ride board. I needed a ride to Milford and he thought it was South Milford near where he was but luckily he had a friend that live in Wakarusa so the friend would give me a ride to Nappanee where I have family.

O! and I saw Robert Fulghum the author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten

and many others. I believe I have his complete works - might have to check on that. I had AWE SOME seats for that. Don't remember who I went with ... at... all.

Last year sometime GHP4M (God Hand Picked For Me - Jason, loving and loved husband - still working on a good Blog name for the husband I'll take suggestions) and I went to see Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain at IPFW -


Sensational! I was rather honked at the youngins (and I say this with shawl and cane and continuous shake of the head) not paying attention, playing with their lighted up in a dark theater cell phones. I was told they may be getting extra credit by showing up. So perhaps the major I majored in will become a major?

Would have I done the same when I was their age? I don't think so - I have that old soul thing going ... which doesn't make sense since I feel like I'm perpetually in Jr. High. - Unless of course and this I do believe, I had an old soul then too.

I now catch myself stopping on the PBS station almost as much as when I was pre-kindergarten. I only got to watch it when Grandma picked me up from the babysitter. Not when my mother was home, which after watching Fred Rogers as an adult I really can't blame her. BUT SERIOUSLY! - Zoom! will always be cool! It's where I learned to eat popcorn off my shoulder and write my name with my toes.

In light of my lecture series withdrawal I "liked" Elliot Music Hall on facebook to hopefully hear of someone I will want to listen to and earn some extra credit in life.

Indiana Trivia: Aviatrix Amelia Earhart was once a Professor at Purdue University.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Why Blog?

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you after saying how loud I am of course is that I'm frugal with words. To the point where most people have no clue as to what I'm saying. I have noticed I usually need an interpreter to explain to those that are not familiar with my communication skills.

 I actually have no idea what people would tell other people, who am I kidding? ... SQUIRREL!

So back to why ...

I don't like jumping on bandwagons but after getting addicted to several blogs it's convinced me to jump - wahoo! I was also leery of blogging due to my traumatic experience in jr. high school with note passing. Because once it's written it's written and there's proof that you've written it. I believe several politicians/celebrities have learned that the hard way.

As described I'm a project finisher of not much ... Right so uh, this may end up being something started and later disregarded.

Then I thought perhaps for blog fodder I could finish a project. OR would I end up blogging about said unfinished project instead of finishing said project.

 (said anything sure makes it sound like I know what I'm saying)

The following is unfinished due to there are two of them.

I have also gotten addicted to thank you Linds! The problem is I can't pin from facebook and therefore can't share artwork and the such with the WORLD! Wahahaha - Blogging provides that avenue.

and I will try to end with a little Indiana trivia such as this:

The movie "Hard Rain" was filmed in Huntingburg.

Tell me what you think of the layout and colors and because apparently what people are saying quite frequently lately is that I'm a perfectionist.