Thursday, July 30, 2009

Struggling to find a routine...


Born On A Train - Magnetic Fields

Hello, hello...it's Mr. "I used to update every day" here.

Here's what I've found...when your routine changes, it takes some trying to redefine routine, it takes some force, it's a job of work, as the Brits say.

I've been doing things, not too many things, but things, and I've found it tough to keep up blogging. My new attempt, I think is to take some time in the afternoon to sit on the porch typing. Being that this is Florida, that also means hoping the afternoon storms don't result in a lightning bolt to my lap. That's not the surge of electricity I'm looking for in that region.

Today's photos come from another walk with Wesley. The good bits of blight are a bit of a hike for him in this weather, so those will have to wait. Still, there are things to see:

My rosemary plant came from a neighbor. They occasionally put up a little table with plants on. There's a little sign in front, with a little poem, signed, "The Giving Garden". How nice! And in a month, I haven't killed it. This is new! It will enter the ground soon.
From North City Walks - July 23


Wes readies for a walk:
From North City Walks - July 23


Fancy a waffle?
From North City Walks - July 23


This house is perfect, and the Galaxie 500 makes me feel like I've traveled back in time...now if only it was Joan Holloway or Betty Draper from Mad Men driving up...
From North City Walks - July 23


I love this motel, mostly because I could never see staying there...
From North City Walks - July 23

But is the "American Owned" a 'subtly' racist way of saying, "And we know you don't want to stay in an Indian owned motel."?
From North City Walks - July 23


Career opportunities:
From North City Walks - July 23


I love the boxes for things at convenience stores. Who is this box aimed to please?
From North City Walks - July 23


Lastly, this character was confident as we approached. Not afraid of my dog (at least at distance), nor overly hostile. And such a nice coat.
From North City Walks - July 23

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

In my neighborhood...


Exploration - Coraline Soundtrack

There are many dogs and cats. And a LOT of dog people. I can't go for a walk without hitting pause on the podcast I'm listenin' to. Of course I stop, of course I say hello. Wes likes meeting all of the people and most of the dogs. He'd love to meet the cats, too, but they're not interested. Also, I'm pretty friendly, so it's all PAUSE and hello, hello, hello. It's terrible, though, I meet all these people and dogs, and I have no idea what their names are. There are too many of them. This is Wes just before a walk. He loves the walks. He's a very walk-based fellow:
From Dinner and A Wes


I also had my first dinner party on Saturday. My table is small, so a dinner party is three people invited over. It was a vegan evening, and everything turned out tasty. The main course was tofu barbecue with onions and peppers. There's no picture, but it was mighty tasty.

Also on the menu:
Corn and Bean Salad:
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 small bag frozen sweet corn
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 jar roasted red peppers, chopped
1/2 cup (or more to taste) mango poppyseed dressing
Mix.
It's good as a salad, or as a sweet salsa to eat with chips.
From Dinner and A Wes


and
Fruit Tart No-Bake Pie
First: Mix a cup of almonds and 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds together in the food processor
Next: Remove, and run 1 cup of pitted dates through the food proceeser, slowly pouring in the almond/sunflower seed mix.
When you have a ball of 'dough', line a pie plate (8"), and then fill halfway with chopped foods like banana, strawberries, blueberries, 3tc. Puree a banana and strawyberries in the food processeer, and pour over the top of the fruit. Lastly, sprinkle coconut and maybe granola over the top of the pie, and chill for at least an hour.
From Dinner and A Wes


PS...the crust was really good, and hard to believe it's just dates, seeds, and almonds. So good.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The need for more blocks.


Our Live is Not a Movie or Maybe - Okkervil River

Life is like a block tower that you've built...and sometimes the tower's gotten a bit tall, and it's maybe teetering. If you had more blocks, you could build up the sides of your tower, and it wouldn't be quite so tippy. As it is, you've got two left, there's your favorite, the one you've been saving for the top, and the one your dog chewed, and you always leave because it doesn't look right.

You could take some off the top, build a broader base, but you've never had one so tall. You sit and stare, all inaction and nervousness, as you wait for it to crash down to the carpet.

I think tomorrow is a good day to make a list of priorities, and organize the rest of my summer. This is not something I want to do. I would much rather stack and stack my blocks, but then again, I really don't want them all to come crashing down.

And now, tonight's walk! Wes and I walked a mile (round trip) to get a Peppermint Pattie, a wonderful after dinner choice. Here are some of the things we saw:

A small combo of buckets:
From North City 7-16-09


In which Kyle McLachlan is about to find an ear in the grass:
From North City 7-16-09


Get this fence out of the way, and I will tear you up.
From North City 7-16-09


Yeah, he'll tear you up!
From North City 7-16-09


Please help me.
From North City 7-16-09


Yeah, it's mine.
From North City 7-16-09


I love this house, I love the windows, the wood shingles, and I really dig the character above the door...
From North City 7-16-09


Hey! You're not a real deer.
From North City 7-16-09


Delivering beans to the Mexican restaurant:
From North City 7-16-09


I love the Mexican grocery store:
From North City 7-16-09


Graffiti can be really great, if you have great ideas or art to express. Sometimes it's just this:
From North City 7-16-09


Cat of the Night:
From North City 7-16-09

From North City 7-16-09


Okay, off to bed with you, kiddo. You've got a big day tomorrow. I'm hitting the sack, too.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Home tour part 1...


Diplo Rhythm - Diplo

Moving is such a pain in the butt, but when you're done, it can be very liberating. Moving can give you such a great chance to start fresh, make everything right.

The first room I'm going to share is my dining room/library. It's also a toy room, I guess. Anyway, I'll share the details as I go....

From Home Tour 1

The pictures are by my friend Nancy Macri, of her cat Stimpy, and a game from the toys that my grandmother kept for me at her house.
Along the top of the shelf, (starting at the left) there's a signed original drawing from the Laugh Out Loud Cats by Apelad, aka Adam Koford. Next is a portrait of jotto's Space Monkey. It comes from a t-shirt that had become unwearable, so I stretched it over a picture frame. Then, on either side of my Ugly Doll (more on that...), there are two tiny robot paintings by my friend Steve Marrazzo. The Ugly Doll is Ice Bat, and was given to me as a birthday present by my friend Amber. Next are two germs in test tubes. They were in my last apartment, left by the previous tenant. Finally, there's my blank Dunny. I still haven't figured out what design I want to use for it. There's also a little slinky, some speakers, an old teacup, and a drawing of mine that you can barely see. On the lower shelves are old toy cars that belonged to my father and uncle when they were boys.

From Home Tour 1

On the top of this shelf, you see lots of Peewee stuff. There's the squeezable talking Peewee, the action figure, and the bobble head. I also have a wind-up Magic Screen and a handful of trading cards. The large, bizarre clock thing is also from Steve, of the robot paintings. You can also see the deer planter I had as a child. Behind the deer is a photo of a colorful rocking horse.
On the wall is my fake ball clock. I made it by dissembling a clock from Goodwill and painting it. There are also some tiles I picked up at the Detroit Festival of the Arts several years ago. Another robot, of course, and Godzilla.
On the lower shelves, you will find: a wooden horse made by my third grade teacher's dad; a little plastic man with parachute; a wind-up pig (her eyes roll) that my dad bought my mom when they were dating; a felt finger puppet; a sand-filled cowboy paperweight; a cap pistol; a very old lock and key; a wooden Easter egg made by my friend Maribel Angel; an amethyst; several rubber duckies; a handmade doll of Rachel Trachtenburg; a friction-sparking plastic ray gun; a small stuffed Flealick, from the Babe, Pig in the City toys; the Hush Puppies Basset Hound,; and a small sculpted head that I made many many years ago.
Next to the shelf, you can see my UFO lamp. It changes colors, and the water moves around inside.


From Home Tour 1
Less wordy this time:
It's a poster from World Market of different types of vehicles from India. Also, it's my camera collection. Many of them don't work, but they look neat. The ones that do work don't get used because film is expensive, and digital is SO easy to work with.

From Home Tour 1
Here you have a big graffiti on cardboard painting that I did, two tiles that I drew, a funny rock that has a natural 'mouth' and two drawn on eye dots. Also, barely visible, you can see a little man made of Bakelite, and a Jack Skellington bendy figure.

From Home Tour 1
Three paintings from a series of drawings I did called, "Unsung Heroes." I don't remember all of the subtitles, but the bottom one is #5, "Leisure is a Form of Action."

From Home Tour 1
A painting I did of a lady. It's painted on the back of the window.

From Home Tour 1
A working Charlie Weaver Bartender in the box, an artist's dummy, an Indian toy car box (the car looks NOTHING like the illustration), and some mini-comics.

From Home Tour 1
A number 4 lamp done by an artist whose name I forget. He worked and lived in St. Augustine before I moved here.

From Home Tour 1
It's an Iron Giant bank, a portrait of some GI that a friend gave to me, several tin toys (including the car on the far right that was "pictured" on that box), a Circus Punk, an action figure of a heavyset hipster, a button made by my friend Joe Marrazzo, a Japanese businessman gone 'native' figure, and a cubicle worker action figure. Behind the hipster, there's a small burlesque picture in a small frame.

From Home Tour 1
It's my dining table and chairs. Two of the chairs came with the table at a farmer's market 8 years ago. The other two chairs are just placeholders until I can find better matches. The carpeting is astroturf.


Oh, and also, you smell good tonight.