Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Autumn in Arkansas

Autumn in Arkansas - one of the best reasons to live here!  We went to our country house this weekend and hiked many miles.  It was warm, windy, and beautiful.

I was so happy with this picture - you can see the ripples in the pool of water....

The Cossatot River.....

This trail has seven bridges, which means there are lots of little creeks on this trail.

The water was such a pretty grayish, teal blue....

It was the Little Black Dog's birthday - she is so perky, it's hard to believe she's eight years old.  She's part Poodle, and she loves the water!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I Felt This

Judy Nelms of I Felt This makes the most unique felted clothing and accessories that I have ever seen!  They are just awesome, both in design and technique.  She recycles sweaters by felting them.  Then she applies a number of different techniques to embellish them, such as embroidery and applique.  Here are some of her items..

Sooo cute!  Here's Judy with her lovely daughter Stacy.

Thanks Judy, for being a guest artist on my blog! 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Dixie Cash

Ever since I was a little girl I loved to read.  I don't even really remember learning how to read.  I remember some of the first books that I read, like "Run, Jane, Run", but I don't really remember learning about phonetics and how to sound words out.  It just feels like I always knew how to read. 

The closest public library when I was growing up was located on the grounds of my elementary school.  It was about eight blocks from our house, so it was a pretty good walk, especially during a hot Louisiana summer.  I would walk to the library regularly, either with my friend Deby or alone, and would check out as many books as I thought I could carry on the trip home.  I must have read every fiction book in that tiny, little library and a good portion of the non-fiction books, too.

I loved reading so much that when I didn't have anything new to read I would pull out a volume from our set of encyclopedias and start reading about everything from aardvarks to zebras.  I was hooked and addicted and it became a lifelong guilty pleasure.

So, I've decided to include this passion of mine in my blog.  I'm going to title each post with the author's name, because that's my way of tracking good books.  I even keep a list of authors in my purse so that I can almost always find something good to read.

Now, to Dixie Cash.  Dixie Cash is actually a pseudonym for two sisters, Pam Cumbie and Jeffery McClanahan, who grew up in rural West Texas and currently live in or near the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex.  They collaborate to write some of the funniest Southern fiction that I've read.  If you're from the South, and have lived in Texas, this is Southern humor that you can relate to.  Here's the cover of their latest book:

The titles of their other books, from first to most current, are:

Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out The Trash

My Heart May Be Broken, But My Hair Still Looks Great

I Gave You My Heart, But You Sold It Online

Don't Make Me Choose Between You And My Shoes

Curing The Blues With A New Pair Of Shoes

Get my drift?  Check it out.