Fun in the sun…

Today is all about the pool.

I should have gotten up earlier but it was 9:00 by the time I got myself into the backyard.  I had my leveling board, level, tape measure and shovels all ready.  I measured the area found the center and started leveling from there.  I got half way around and realized that I needed to start over.  I remeasured, looked at my area and moved the center to a more level part of the yard.  After an hour or so and several breaks I got the yard pretty level.

No that’s not us, but I always get a kick of how cheesy the stock photos look.

We ran some errands around lunchtime, watched the Olympic trials for diving and then prepared to get the pool up and running.  We went back out around 3:00, give or take a few minutes and starting putting water in the pool around 3:45.  The pool was mostly filled by about 6:30.

We swam and relaxed between about 5:00 and 7:00.  It was a bit of work but definitely worth it.  Boo had a great time and Sully really enjoyed being in the pool.

I was back to being excited.  I feel like this summer we are able to give Boo some of those things we weren’t able to do before.

June+1 My June +1 for today is working in the yard.  One of the selling points for getting the pool is the fact that I knew it would make us want to work on the yard.


Celebrating summer…


As the sun spirals its longest dance,
Cleanse us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny

Wiccan blessing for Summer


 It’s difficult in Arizona to celebrate the summer, at least for me.  I have a hard time with the temperatures over 110 degrees.  I can stand them, function in them but it’s not my favorite thing.  I’ve already mentioned my other issues in a previous post.  What I have discovered though is that I do pretty well if I have something to look forward to.  This year it’s the trip to San Diego next month.  I am very excited and really looking forward to cooler weather, time at the beach and time with Boo and Sully.

I hope everyone has something to look forward to this summer.


June+1My June +1 for today was enjoying the summer weather.  I sat at Boo’s swim class watching her in the water and really enjoyed the moment.



Timely fashion…

We spent most of the weekend at Phoenix Comicon and we were quite fascinated by some of the cosplay outfits worn by the attendees.  Boo and I were especially taken by the Steampunk costumes.  

What is Steampunk?  The basic idea is Victorian period mixed with advanced technology.  Think the old ‘Wild Wild West’ TV show or the new “Sherlock Holmes’ movies.  You can go Steampunk.com for the in depth explanation.  

The outfits are a great mix of Victorian styles with various fabrics including leather and adorned with metal pieces like gears and clocks.  I loved the beautiful pieces found at Corset Story.  Other steampunk items including clothing, footwear, hats and weapons can be found at Museum Replicas.

It’s all way cool.  Boo and I are thinking about going Steampunk next year.  Simplicity patterns were on sale this weekend at Joann’s.  Look what we found…



These are all available at Simplicity.com and most likely at your local fabric store.  Keep an eye out for sales because they can be pricey. 

These are awesome patterns and I am already looking at fabric and color combinations.  It should be interesting to see what Boo and I come up with.  


Eclipse viewing…

I almost forgot about the solar eclipse this evening.  Luckily I was looking at Twitter, I follow several funny people, and someone mentioned the eclipse.  I looked up the times and realized I had a little over an hour to get prepared.

I did a quick Google search and found this tutorial on how to make your own pinhole projector.  It’s from the Exploratorium, ‘the museum of science, art and human perception’ in San Francisco.  It looks very cool, definitely on my list of things to check out when I eventually get to visit San Francisco.

Here is the projector that I made from a box slightly bigger than a shoe box.

This the top, with the pinhole through the aluminum foil.   The next picture shows the little viewing window.




6:15 pm, Arizona time.


It’s great that you can really see the movement across the dot of light from picture to picture.


At this point, as soon as you walked outside you could tell that something was going on.  The light outside was just a little dimmer than normal.  Very cool but kind of eerie.



This is the last picture.  I went back out at 7:10 but the sun had gone down enough that there wasn’t direct light shining on the box.


Porch decor…

Nothing like a little procrastination or it is good things come to those that wait…

Last Spring, I bought this wall art piece.  It was on sale, I had a coupon and I love butterflies.  It was missing a butterfly in the middle and I figured I would fill the space with something.  I just wasn’t sure what.  I hung it on our covered front porch and I like how the sunlight reflects off of the copper.

It’s been a year and I still haven’t filled the space.  Every time Lily comes over she says, “still nothing?”  And I usually say, “Ugh, I know, I just haven’t seen anything that seems like the thing to add.”   I’ve thought about tracing the shape of the butterflies and making a new one out of bright colored paper, or getting one of those butterflies that they use in floral arrangements.

Last week, though we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch with Sully’s mom.  She’s really trying to keep herself moving along, which I think is commendable and a healthy way to go.  After lunch we went into the ‘Old Country Store’ to look around.  I found a really pretty butterfly wind chime and a pretty butterfly plant decoration.

The wind chime looks perfect on the front porch and I had planned on adding the butterfly planter decoration to the butterfly decorations in the master bathroom. It’s our spring time theme, I only have a few more weeks to enjoy it.

This morning I had the butterfly in my hand and was looking around to see where to put it.   We’ve had the butterfly theme in the master bathroom for several years, last year was the first year that we attempted changing the bathroom decor to go with the seasons.  As I looked at the master bath, I was suddenly struck with a fantastic idea.   The idea hit me so suddenly I ran out to the front porch.  I must have startled Sully because he showed up soon after.

The butterfly from the Cracker Barrel hooked right on to the wire that was left at the empty space.  I did a little fine tuning but it really looked good from the beginning, with minimal help from me.

While I was out on the porch I hung up these pieces that I got, on sale, with a coupon and then left leaning by the front door for two months.  They are hanging on the opposite wall of the front porch.  My mother was part Native American, she would have liked these although Kokopelli was her favorite.  I like the designs, Butterfly, Eagle and Thunderbird, and whose house doesn’t need some extra happiness, freedom and everlasting life?



Partying the Irish way…

Here’s the backstory on this one, my friend, Val, teaches journalism, photography and yearbook at a high school here in Arizona.  Last year, while we were lamenting about our writing projects she mentioned that a fellow yearbook teacher that she knew through her yearbook exploits had just published his first book.  I bought his books and completely loved them.

Kevin Hearne is the author of  The Iron Druid Chronicles.  So far, there are four installments to the series.  You can find out more about Kevin and his books here — http://www.kevinhearne.com/

Atticus & Oberon’s Sausage Fest!

Today, through the grace of Val, Sully and I were at the release party for Kevin Hearne’s latest book, Tricked.  Val bought tickets back in October but had last minute scheduling issues and wasn’t able to make it.  The party was held at a great Irish pub and restaurant in Tempe, Rula Bula.  We had amazing food, I had the bangers and mash and Sully had the fish and chips.  While waiting in line we noticed other friends and sat with them.  It was great fun and Mr. Hearne is really funny and very nice, good times all around.

Kevin Hearne reading a little from the beginning of Tricked.

We didn’t get to really talk to Kevin, he was trying to get around to everyone but it was much like a wedding in that he would get pulled away or get caught at a table too long.  He came over to us as we were leaving and talked for a bit.  I had brought my copy of Tricked for him to sign, since the books included in the ticket package had been personalized to Val and her husband.  We had just barely started talking when thhis woman walked up and interrupted.  She even said, “I don’t mean to interrupt but I’ll be quick.”  I didn’t want to appear rude so I didn’t say anything but I was not happy to have to stand there along with Sully, the couple we had been sitting with waiting for her to finish.  She was not quick and Kevin ended up telling her to hang on, he signed my book quickly and apologized again for not getting a chance to talk to us more.

On the way to the car, I told Sully, “Wow, that was just a Kanye moment, huh?”  We both laughed, which is good, it was annoying but just head shaking annoying.

Sully took this pic of ‘the moment’, that’s me in the green, standing by the table we had been sitting at and that brown gift bag is full of our Sausagefest goodies.  The book Kevin is holding is my copy of Tricked that he was in the middle of signing.  At least my hair was looking pretty fabulous.  🙂

My Kanye moment… Ima let you finish…


Shhh, reading…

Since I am still not feeling well, so I thought I would share something cool from another blog.  I saw this posted on the Changing Hands Facebook page.

According to the Words on Paper blog it all started with this tweet…

In the conversation that followed the original tweet Sarah EnniTracey Neithercott, and Erin Bowman came up with a great idea.  (Click the names for links to their blogs.)

These awesome book covers…


The covers are made to fit the traditionally-sized YA book.  You can download PDF’s of the various designs. Printing instructions say take the PDFs to your local FedEx or Staples and get them printed on tabloid paper (11x17in). Matte cardstock is recommended rather than glossy so that the Go Away message is easily read.  A 60-80lb paper is perfect, lighter paper will make the page too thin and heavier will make folding bulky.

 I love the colors all together, so very pretty.  I get overly excited about things being uniform like this.  I get annoyed when a book series changes the book cover design mid series.  This makes me think I can fix that problem.

“Go Away” Dust Jacket Series by Erin Bowman, Sarah Enni, and Tracey Neithercott is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.  Based on a work at www.embowman.com