Saturday, July 24, 2010


It's been a while since I've been able to post.  And just so you know, the pictures you are looking at now have nothing to do with anything.  Basically, it's just more of my playing in Photoshop and not wanting another picture-less post.
The above picture is the original.  I set these vintage bottles out on the table in the backyard because I needed the tupperware container they were in.

This is the photo inverted.  I really like the way this looks.

Another angle, with the blue bottle back in the group.
Same picture with color added.
Doesn't it look cool inverted?

Okay, now for the update on my back and what else is going on in my life.  First,   it was a very frustrating and painful week.  It took much longer than I had anticipated and longer than it took last time I did this.  The good news is, my back is better.  I have still not been able to work yet, but I am hopeful in the next couple of days, I'll get back to it.  I have to share with you the amazing, and dare I say miraculous, process I came across for helping in that healing.  I saw a blurb about it in the Oprah magazine and promptly googled it.  It is called The Alexander Technique.  Luckily, there are a couple of people who teach it in the San Diego area.  I ended up going to Eileen Troberman and after only one session, I had significant relief.  She made me a believer.  I have since gone an additional time and will go 3 more times and then re-evaluate my situation.  All I can say is she changed my life.  I wish I had known about this years ago.  Go check out the web site and learn about it.  It is so hard to explain what she actually does, but whatever it is, it works.  

Secondly, and not good at all, my mother had a stroke the same day my back went out.  She is in the hospital and they are giving her physical rehabilitation.  At this point, it is a day-by-day thing.  Her mental capabilities are fine and that is proving to be part of the problem.  She's a doctor and she's in the hospital and not happy about it.  Please say an extra prayer for her.  Because of this, I am going to be taking a break from blogging.  My mind is all over the place and I need to concentrate on my mother and getting my back 100% healed.  I will do my best to visit your blogs during this time.  Thank you for your understanding and I'll be back soon.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


This is the first time I have attempted a post from my iPhone, but it is my only option right now. Yes,summer seems to have finally made it to Coronado. Better late than never, right? So why no photos to go along with this post? And why am I posting from my phone? Well, I am in bed, with a totally spasming back. Supposedly, after tomorrow, I should be okay. That's how it went last time, but it sure doesn't feel like I'll be able to move so soon. Let me just say that this really sucks. This is pain like no other. It's not like I can just isolate my back and get on with it. I cannot sit, walk, lie down(at least not comfortably) and all I really want to do is cry, but I know that will hurt my back. Just now as I was writing this, I sneezed. Not a good thng and a bad word slipped out as it happened. I don't think I will, or can, die from this pain, but the way I feel right now, I can't see how I'll get through this. It's funny how our minds block out traumas and this is no exception. It's been about 12 years since I last experienced this and though I remember that it occurred, I don't remember the specific details, like did day 2 feel just like this? The main difference last time was I was married and my husband could help me out. I had to call my neighbor to come feed Emily last night and this morning I was able to make her breakfast, but I couldn't put it on the floor. My exchange student is up now and I asked him to set it on the floor for me. Have I mentioned that this SUCKS?

So even though I am home, I still won't be doing any blog reading. I hope you are all enjoying your summer and out having fun. At least the marine layer is gone and we have bright sunshine, even if I am only able to enjoy it from my bedroom window.

Monday, July 12, 2010


I'm home from Denver and trying to get back in my routine.  I had no computer access while there, so I haven't read any blogs in 6 days.  I think that's the longest since I started on this blog journey.  I have so much catching up to do.  Denver is a very nice city.  It's very clean and very green.  The city has over 200 public parks.  We were staying in downtown, right on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall.  I went from the wonderful (NOT) marine layer to rainy, overcast weather in Denver.  Luckily, it did clear up after a couple of days,  and I got to enjoy warm, sunny days.  I took lots of pictures on my trip, but most would be boring in a post.  We also went to the Denver Zoo and I could do an entire post on pictures of the backs of the animals.  Had a terrible time with them all facing the other direction.  

Someone decided to fancy up a construction site fence with crocheted flowers.  I've never seen anything like this and it was quite pretty.
A big (40' in fact) blue bear looking in the Denver Convention Center.
Giraffes.  Not quite their backs, but not facing the camera, either.
I am not a fan of snakes, but the color of these boas was just too pretty to pass up.
A little monkey sitting on a larger gorilla.
My brother Brian, nephew Benjamin, mother Patricia and me.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


This time I am headed for Denver.  (It is so nice having a built-in house sitter in my exchange student.)  I'll be back Sunday and will have to catch up with everyone then.

Pictures taken on my trip to Georgia in May.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


And to all a safe and Happy 4th of July!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010


Would you believe me if I told you I did this slipcover in a Jackson Pollock inspired fabric?
Or that this room actually looked like this?
And that this ottoman was done with a nice turquoise duck?


Okay, okay, I confess.  The slipcovers are in white duck.  I do so much in white duck, white denim and white linen that I get bored posting the same old pictures.  I thought I'd fix them up in Photoshop but that didn't exactly go as planned.  I've done it before but for the life of me I could not simply change or replace the color.
I had to hurry up and get these finished and delivered so that my client's renters could enjoy them for the next month.  And they have their house rented out for August as well.  Eventually they will get to enjoy the new slipcovers themselves.
In case you are feeling sorry for my clients, don't.  While their lovely house in Coronado is occupied this month, they will be at their beach house in Hawaii and will spend August on their sailboat anchored in Glorietta Bay.  Rough life, huh?  Hey, someone has to live it!