Saturday, February 23, 2008

Life returns to 'normal'

  • Ski, though gaunt, is on the mend and cranky.

  • ATCsforAll totally rocks. The site which must not be named will not be missed.

  • I continue to be inspired to try new things!

Life is GOOD!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Yea! ATCs for all is up and running!

Man, moving day is a crush - even when it's electronic! I posted one ATC I did this week...can't wait for this evening when I have some time to say hi to everyone...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Dust has Almost Settled...

...and there should be a new home for the shipwrecked ATCards peeps:

With all the angsty thrashing about, I decided to make some positive statements, so I'm making a whole new set of ATCs centered on Rebirth, Renewal, Moving and Starting Fresh. Let's see if anyone even notices, LOL!

I posted my first one, Rebirth, just now. If it looks a little lame, it's because I'm learning how to use a drawing program called ArtRage...
Limited compared to Corel Painter, but it only costs $25...WOOT! I used a photo as a reference, but otherwise it's all my scribbles.

So, things are settling down online, Spring is just over the rise...

Lookin' Good!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

When in Trouble, When in Doubt...

...Run in Circles, Scream and Shout!

Geez! I gotta wonder if some peeps don't need to up their meds or something! The soap opera at (the site which must not be named) is like that bunny, going and going and...

While one group continues to negotiate/plan a new site/whatever they come up with, it's fine by me - on the other side of the coin there's been finger wagging, tongue wagging, recriminations, shouting matches, general snarkiness... it's like Thanksgiving with the family! (Sherri, if you read this I'm just kidding, really, I didn't mean it... ah nuts!)

So we wait and see, see and wait. Meanwhile, I've been playing with Photoshop some on my Flickr slideshow and go have a looky-loo. Go ahead, I'll wait while you take a look!

Fun, huh?

Oh, and Ski is doing better, but I still have to pill him to keep him eating. Worrysome, that.

One last package FINALLY arrived in Ketanning, WA, Australia! It only took a MONTH! Honest, I mailed it 1/16!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Well, well, well,

Just as I was reeeeeeeally enjoying the ATC swapping, the site owner is having a meltdown (probably well deserved!) and says the site is gone after 2/29/08.

I only have this to say: [expletive deleted]!

[expletive deleted] [expletive deleted]!

[expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted]!

Now that I've got THAT off my chest, here's hoping they (the other soldiers who were helping police the joint) can convince the owner to keep it going and share the load with us.

[expletive deleted]

Okay, now I'm done.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Decent Day all around!

Got to meet some of the local ATCards traders at the Scrapbook Pad in Colleyville. Traded for some very nice cards from electablu, teri and blueskysunburn AND I have a new mission (in addition to all the others): Figure out how to convert a page protector to display "inchies".

I already have an idea for an inchies book you can switch them out in (out in? well, you know what I mean!). The primary request was that you be able to see both sides of each inchie.

Got home and Ski was still with's been iffy this weekend as he's still not eating and I finally broke down and started force feeding him baby food in a syringe (it's what they told me to give him last time because his stomach was so upset from his thyroid pills). This evening he felt good enough to growl at me so that's a positive sign.

The weather was glorious and the cats lounged on the balcony as long as I let them...I finally had to drag Biddles in, whining all the way.

Got to finish up a trade to Chilliwack, BC, Canada and then it's off to bed.

Friday, February 8, 2008

I just HATE Deja Vu!

It creeps me out. Really.

This time, I'm reading a graphics tutorial on the WWWeb, Ski in lap, and BAM out of nowhere this intense feeling that I've been in exactly this position, doing exactly this same thing, before.

(Que the Twilight Zone music)

Ski's appetite is down again. Rats.

Oh, and I figured out what I did to my foot...I have a habit of resting the middle (2nd Metatarsal) on the base of my task chair. Shoeless, that equals a sore spot! Mystery solved, now I just have to break that habit.

Playing with Photoshop some more and finally learning how to use the graphics tablet I've had for several years. Serious coolness has ensued!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy Lunar New Year! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Welcome in the Year of the Earth Rat!

A bit stodgy, very traditional, this should be a good-but-boring year for me.

One of my fav places to check horoscopes is actually produced by a Vietnamese gentleman in France, Master Rao. He even compares Western and Eastern signs and gives you a blended horoscope. Very nice!

Just be careful where you click, as the site is wild with ads - they are even interspersed among the 'meat'. It is humorous to me that his blurb promises the site is free of 'annoying ads.' I guess he feels that all the ads are wonderful and in no way annoying!

BTW, I'm an Aries Fire Monkey, born in the hour of the Dragon, if you're curious.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Middle Age is when products with a Lifetime Guarantee start to wear out...

Like feet.

Went to a podiatrist for the first time in my life with a sore spot in the middle ball of my left foot.

Diagnosis: I'm an old fart and things are starting to fall apart!

Sidenote: I amused the doctor's assistants to no end taking cameraphone shots of my x-rays.

Nothing pathologically wrong, just a general thinning of the allowed my 2nd metatarsal to get bruised. Now I have to make surepadding there I've got extra padding (yup, I'm Gellin')... I'm one step (literally) away from orthopedics.


Feline of the Apocalypse

After a tense week it appears that my grumpy old man in a fur coat (aka Ski) will pull thru. I finally had to get some pills to stimulate his appetite - he'd sniff the bowl but not eat. He got as gaunt as Don Quixote's noble steed. And more than a bit wobbly. The other two have been giving him the 'you're strange, there's something wrong with you' sniffs & stares...

I could have taken him to the vet for an IV, but that would be just as likely to push him over the edge - it stresses him so much. And offends his 'dignity,' which is very important to him.

So I've coaxed and coddled and today he's eaten a decent amount for a convalescent old fart. I don't think I have to say goodbye yet.

Friday, February 1, 2008

This Bites...

Well, my first international ATC trade has gone awry... drat, darn and poo!

The Aussie half of the trade came in straight away. Lovely cards by an artist who goes by 'ylfnogard'. (You can see some of her work here)

Mine was mailed on 1/16 and she's still not gotten it. I'm giving it a few more days and then I'm sending another package.

Ylfnogard likes to trade 'rolos,' which are, essentially, decorated Rolodex cards. I was also trading with her Tweener daughter, Angellips. This is the card I made for her...