Saturday, June 26, 2010

OH MY ! A CALLITOAD !

The first one appeared years ago.

Now, a handful of them live in the garden ....

They are friendly,

quite silent

and require no care.

I adopt them at scrap yards

and in old battered cars.

Callitoads ...

just simple car breaks callipers ...

Doesn't this one look like a toad,

or is it just me ?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

BONNE FÊTE QUÉBEC !

FROGS AND PEA SOUPS !

TIME TO CELEBRATE !

Today is Québec DAY !

ST-JEAN BAPTISTE !

French Canadians All Sorts and Quebecers of all kinds,

it's PARTY TIME !

95% of over 7,500,000 speak French in Québec !

BONNE FÊTE, LA BELLE PROVINCE !

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A 5.5 magnitude earthquake

shook my studio yesterday afternoon ...

It really rumbled under my feet,

thought an extra large 10-wheel truck

was coming up the hill !

Lucky us, all we ever get are small ones ...

I am touching wood as I am saying this ...

Never say never ...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

TURTLE RODEO ...

CAUTION: DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME

UNLESS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR TROUBLE !

The snapping turtles were out on the road a couple of night ago,

digging through dirt right in the middle of the road

to nest and lay their eggs.

Many of them get killed every summer

and they are a protected specie in this region.

They can weigh 40-80 pouds and live well into their 40s.

And they can chop one of your fingers in a few seconds ...

I picked up and moved off the road 26 of them

and they were not friendly ...

A couple of people joined me and we just sat there

and waited 'till 1 a.m. to see who would be back

smack right in the middle of the road again.

3 of them made the move,

the others did not return.

The whole adventure was like a scene in movie,

capturing snarling and biting mini-dinosaurs

under the light of the half-full-moon ...

Aren't they the cutest and most adorable

creatures you have ever seen ?

Job well done !

Only 4 turtles returned to the road yesterday night ...

One of them must have weigh 50 pounds

and was as fierce as an alligator ...

Yes, I do have a crazy friend that will dare do anything,

even put his head in the mouth of a lion,

I mean, put his finger in the mouth of a snapping turtle !

Sunday, June 20, 2010

JUST ANOTHER FAIRY TALE ...

Once upon a time,

Cinderella went partying in town.

It got late,

she ran to her car barefoot

and forgot one her shoes in the park.

The morning after,

mad as hell at her fairy godmother,

she decided to stay positive.

So rather than spray the fairy with insecticide,

she spray painted her only shoe in gold

and made a new home for a few orphan flowers

... Good girl, Cinderella !

The morning after,

I got a call from a friend

who had found my other shoe ...

I told him to paint it any color he wants,

plant anything he wants in it

and leave it in the park where I lost it,

maybe on a bench,

so someone else can enjoy it

and smile ...

Good thing I did not murder my fairy godmother ;-)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER ...

Well, my son Ulysse is officially done with school,

last exam done this morning ...

Yeah for 10 weeks of summer partying ahead !

But we made sure that the @(#&(#+*!)%&"{#!!~! schoolbus

won't be showing up at 7 a.m. for a little while ...

Like mother, like son ;-)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SINGING THE BLUE ...

A single morning glory flower

so blue,

nothing can beat it ...

Not even an happy blue bright sky,

a tiny so precious robin egg,

a spoonful of blueberry-flavored jello

or the blue of

my best friend's eyes ...

Monday, June 14, 2010

IN A REGGAE MOOD ...

Lazy red, gold and green day ...

No more school,

plenty of time ahead with no worries ...

Sunshine, inspiration, a guitar

And to be 14 again ...

Oh what a beautiful day !

Friday, June 11, 2010

COME IN ...

Morning in my fairy garden ...
Where eggs appear in green moss,
Black dogs greet you with a smile,
Pink and yellow flowers applaude
And birds sing a funny song ...

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Time to shift gears !

Clean the kitchen table, I need space !

Just got an order for 175 wooden block prints !!!

Breathe in, breathe out ...

My customer Hélène is getting married à la Mexicana at the end of the month and she wants to offer these little blocks as party favors to the guests. The BIG outdoor ceremony will be wild, colorful, bright, funky and delicioso ! The couple who met in Mexico years ago decided to tie the knot in a muy loco way.

VIVA LOS FUTUROS NOVIOS !!!

y muchas, muchas gracias Héléna !

Thursday, June 10, 2010

CURIOSITIES ...

I collect so many organic treasures,

bones, feathers, nests,

dried up insects, seed pods, sea shells,

part of my studio is filled to the brim

like a cabinet of curiosities.

My guys say that one day,

I will forget something somewhere for a while

and it will turn into a mutant,

waking up at night like a living-dead

to attack me ...

You think the Peruvian blue potatoes

left in their dark box

a little longer

could have gone

for my throat ?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

THE COLOR PURPLE ...

Extreme weather makes for exploding colors

around the chicken coop !

Purple will be the queen for a week or so

then yellow will steal the show ...

I took a bit of time this morning to thank whoever is in charge

of these great nature miracles ...

I have all this

and so many people around the world

have nothing ...

and even...

less ...

I am so lucky ...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

STRANGE RAINBOW ...

A bright rainbow

in the dark sky

early in the morning

Reminds me of a black crow

singing a beautiful song

Or a delicate flower

growing in a city sidewalk's crack.

Ying and yang

good and bad

angel and devil

Me and I ...

Monday, June 7, 2010

INSTANT MAGIC ...

BIG crease

right in the middle of my forehead this morning,

gotta squeeze two weeks in one

with much art work and a few landscaping assignments

I should have but couldn't refuse ...

Out on the porch to wave goodbye

to my son taking off to school,

I spied the wheelbarrow under the Japanese lilac ...

Instantly, the crease is GONE !

See ?

Gardening IS magic !

Friday, June 4, 2010

FUNNY FLOWERS ...

Gardening is pure magic ...
I always tell people
who are scared of it to
follow their heart and just have fun with flowers !
Anything will work !
Choose wild and crazy colors !
Play with your plants !
And if you don't have a yard,
be imaginative !

Thursday, June 3, 2010

THIS AND THAT ...

I am back for good !

Time to garden once again!

Ulysse has been working hard at his sunflower patch already ...

Like I told you in my previous post, I had been bombarbed by porn spam of all sorts, mostly in Chinese, and it started showing as comments on my blog, despite my rejecting them !

My server was finally able to find the source of my problems and now the authorities are also looking into this ...

So glad to be here again, I have missed you guys!

So much has happened lately, I do not know where to start ...

So, here is an assortment of recent daily thoughts, in no particular order ...

Ran to my friend Vikkie's house not so far away on the mountain ... No coffee in the house in the morning means no good doings in the shop ! Sipped my cup of freshly brewed seated on the porch while one of her new creations grinned at me ...

When people ask me where I live, I say "On the mountain at the end of the road ..." See ?

Seated on the deck in the back of our house having a sunny morning breakfast, I felt like I was being watched ... Amazing, aren't they ?

Each morning has its little daily miracle it seems ... I don't even have to look for it, it is there, waiting to be seized ... Baby-pink rose petals and chartreuse green oregano surrounding a garden creature's face make me smile ...

There !

Also, my finished my 4 BIG 3'x5' commissioned paintings and have been working on all kinds of new paintings that I will be able to show you sometimes next week !

I hope this strange spring is treating you kindly !

Hugs to ya all!