Ikebana #3

I was not the star pupil last weekend.  I was having trouble starting from the beginning of class and it showed during the critique when my feedback was “that is not Ikebana”  because the three elements in my arrangement were not merged but three separate sections.

Granted it wasn’t that clear.  What I have learned from Ikebana in the last three classes has been sort of my watching, listening to others critiques and by osmosis.  Some of those things include:

The three main parts we are working on in the beginning class are The Shin, the Soy and the Hakai.  The Shin, is the longest part but it is not random, the length is determined by the size of the vessel.  The Shin needs to be twice the width and twice the height of the base.  Not longer, not shorter.  Then the Soy needs to be 3/4 the length of the Shin.  The Hakai is then 3/4 the length of the Soy and they all have particular angles compared to each other.

The advanced students in the class have the same materials but were on a free style day so theirs looked much more like sculpture.

Today I made an arrangement at home.  But cut everything way down from where I was starting to get the Shin measured against the size of the vase I was using.  The rest of the flowers went into a standard vase for a “western” arrangement in the bathroom, which I didn’t bother to photograph.

Christmas Kitty

I have missed a couple days of the posting every day in November task.  It has just been too hard this last week to come up with things to blog about.  My mind has been quite preoccupied.    So here is a holiday picture of Cee Cee our kitty.  She was actually quite okay with this hilarity.


No tricks here…..all treats


Not my dogs.  The first is my friend Alberts poodles that I used to sit.  The other is our friend Jans dog.

Random Blog Pics

Della and I are flying out in the morning to Louisiana for our baby sisters retirement from twenty years in the Air Force and I am hoping for lots of fun blogging opportunities this weekend, I am just photo dumping these here.

Besides the forty or so baby Coral pictures from the last week, my favorite of the week being this one


I have other random pictures from the week that I take thinking maybe I’ll use it in a blog.

Like our several cloudy days in LA this week:


Or a picture of one of my favorite breakfasts (only better with a poached egg):


Or my constant tracking of Hurricane Jose hoping that it doesn’t actually hit the coast (so far it is not):




News and look cute baby

The situation in Texas is horrible.  I can’t imagine being one of the thousands without shelter, without clean water, food, medicine, not knowing where family or pets are, without an income source for now and the foreseeable future.

Now there is another hurricane building in the Atlantic, it is at least a week away from possible landfall and a lot can happen in a week.  My fingers are crossed that it turns and heads back out.

President Trump is making lots of threats.  Besides nuclear warfare with North Korea now the possible elimination of DACA.  I remember when Obama was passing it and lots of So Cal folks were leery of signing up because as soon as they did there would be a record and address and if something exactly like what is being threatened happens they could just be rounded up.

There is so much more, Trans-gender ban, the increasing racist alt right marches,  tax cuts for the wealthiest, pay cuts for current government employees.  So much negative headlines that overshadowing other important things.

I woke up at 3a.m. after 2.5 hours of sleep and could not get back to sleep, thinking about how all the boat rescues reminded me of the movie Dunkirk I saw recently.  I ended up watching “Call the midwife” on my iPad until after 5:00 a.m. because at least those tragedies are fiction.  In hindsight I should have gotten up and done the laundry or one of the many things I wanted to get done today but it was just too darn hot.  It was 109 when I left for work, there was no yard work, errands or laundry done today.

All in all my current situation is pretty low-key.  I have a good paying job, good health, family is doing well for the most part (step sister in Houston did not flood).  This was an expensive month but I at least have a job to pay for it.  Compared to the people and destruction in Houston my “expensive” month is minuscule.

We got a new washer and dryer for the rental house my nieces are in.  After two trips from Sears and two trips from a local plumber all is set up, hauled off and they are up and working, quiet and energy/water efficient.   I asked for photos when it was all set up.  The cute baby is the bonus!



Goings On

I went looking through my photos to see if there was anything blog worthy.  Most are of my great-niece as I still request daily photos of that little peanut.


IMG_2440There were also some pictures of Air Force One that is housed as the Ronald Regan Presidential Museum.  My niece Taylor and I drove up last Saturday to take in the Titanic exhibit that is currently there.  We spent a couple of hours going through it and then rushed through the Presidential part.  I was interested in seeing more but it was crowded and just seemed more like propaganda than a museum.

Besides baby pictures I have food pictures so I guess I have done some cooking.  I made a peach crostata because the peaches were magnificent.  I also have this picture of chicken wings I made on the same day, trying to use up some panko I had opened and also bake in the convection oven and not heat the house too much because it is in the 90’s.  Saturday before Taylor and I drove up to museum I made biscuits for breakfast as well.

It may be Summer but that doesn’t mean that Lori is not crazy busy getting ready for fall classes.  Her office shows her dedication to the upcoming school year.

What we should both be working on is the yard, but I did mention the 90+ degrees and that coupled with hot flashes has meant that we have gotten started a couple of times, but boy oh boy are we behind.  I am sensing a pattern here.  I keep thinking, If I could just caught up then I could maintain it.  However the last time we had help to get caught up then peak happened, or travel, or finals or a myriad of things that got us way behind again on the weeding.  It is on the list for this upcoming weekend.