Saturday, December 30, 2006

Christmas in the mountains

Thanks to lisa
for my hair cut!

Candle in the window
apple sauce and preserves to give as gifts Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006

a wee sprinkle

There is a car under there

lovely clouds all around

bright sunshine

and we are PAST the shortest day of the year

Happy winter! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 17, 2006

road runner

bathing in my back yard Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 07, 2006

today's featured item

rock veneer, log trim and cedar gated
trash can enclosure.
patent pending ( hehe) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


I am awake in the middle of the night again.
The quiet is captivating
I fill the woodstove with a piece of hard eucalyptus, confident that it will last til sunrise.
I fill the tea kettle and make some decaf english breakfast tea.
Sitting at the computer, I converse with my favorite person, You!

Sleep seems like something for those whose brains are not ON all the time.
Just as rest is for those who have enough wood stacked by the door as insurance against a heavy winter. Right now, I thank God that winter has been delayed, and pray that when it comes, I will remember the warmth of November days and the clear crisp nights when the woodstove chased the chill and my thoughts flowed from brain to keyboard to screen, and then drowsiness allowed me to seek the warmth under the covers again. Dawn in two hours. Then another day filled with hope and joy.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

practice writing

The joys and difficulty of having attention deficit disorder (ADD) are many. I have many projects that are unfinished. I have many dreams yet to be fulfilled.
My dreams are vibrant and colorful and full of life. The joys I cannot experience in the real world are drawn out on canvas of my mind. When hope is not found in my everyday,
I place them in a basket called ‘tomorrow’. I love my life, in part, becasue I never know what’s coming next. I do know that God is good, my family loves me, and no one has ever lived the life that I am living. It’s up to me to enjoy this day and to make from it memories, and a real contribution to the happiness and meaningfulness of the world I live in.

The coming of the day was announced by the graying of the black sky in anticipation of a glorious sunrise. Since my camera was not ready, the batteries were dead, I simply enjoyed the show in silence and let the beauty of another day in its infancy wash over my eyes. The quacking of the ducks, and they’re splashing in the pond nearby reminded me that the winter is late in coming and that the Indian summer is a blessing, time for me to catch up on the work remaining outdoors before we get our first big snow.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

30 minutes til the apple pie is ready

musical! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Vote on tuesday

get out the vote
Rock the vote
Vote or die
vote twice
vote even if you are dead
Vote as long as you are LEGALLY in this country, C I T I Z E N !

Elect someone or SOME thing to somewhere.

If we vote, we win! woo hoo! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Against the Geneva convention

we are posting
of the latest

3 down, billions to go! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 08, 2006

why I don't love Dr. Stihl

I am up before 5 am arguing with myself, again
while my other blog is rolling along in the land of "I don't have a care in the world"
I must admit that there are pressures and concerns in my life that are not alleviated by the skilful use of a chainsaw, or the dull thumping of a splitting maul hitting another piece of eucalyptus.
It was very cold yeaterday morning but I ratcheted myself out the door a few minutws after 8 am. This was good. I moved firewood even though the teperature thing said it was 27 or 30 degrees. I stopped in at my mom's to see how she was. Seems she was doing somewhat better, and had the fire started, so I just added some more pieces to the pile next to her (workhorse of a ) woodstove. I drove a couple miles and loaded up some more of the red eucalyptus that I had split a month ago, and brought it home. I was working up to actually GOING TO WORK. Carpenter work, paying work, fine detail stuff that requires that I care, that I can see, that I can reach over my head on an eight foot ladder and keep all the gaps UNDER 1/8 inch.
If i were in charge of me ( and not the geo political powers and the international bankers) I would be enrolled at Wooden Boat School, learning something ancient and mostly useless. For fun I would make rustic frames for mirrors out of seasoned juniper limbs ( already cut and waiting in my back yard) and then for gifts I would learn again ( what my sister showed me almost 40 years ago) to throw pottery on the wheel ( in my driveway) and fire it in the beautiful unused Kiln at Gary's house.
What a surprise I am dreaming... at 5:38 am... I can see my bed, I am not in it. I am awake, but still dreaming. I would call Dr. Stihl, but I know pretty much what he would say ( since he is my invention), and I think he takes off Sundays.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Mechanical man

or is that Maniacal Man? hehe

Two important reminders for you.

Clean out your dryer vent at least once a year to prevent lint from building up and catching fire.

Two: Gas lines flex, but only so well. When the dryer bumps into them the vibration can cause problems later. Best to turn the valve up ( as here ) or sideways so the line is not squashed against the metal at the back of your dryer.

Carmi, I am sorry it is out of focus, but I needed it to explain this very important PUBLIC service Announcement. Oh yes - please continue to Boycott Citgo! Prices here have dropped over 25 cents a gallon since Hugo Chavez called Bush the devil, prompting me to think that Chavez may be seen as an angel.

That was mechanical man for a wedsnesday. Maniacal man is up next. we know you have a lot of choices for blogs and we appreciate you visiting Sugarloaf Mountain. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, September 30, 2006


simple - clean
and very durable Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 22, 2006

Boycott CItgo

Citgo must be punished for the rude remarks by the so-called President of Venezuela. No more of our US dollars funding this fat cat's regime. Hugo Chavez can say any thing he wants, but please let him do it on the streets of his own cities. He wants to give a thousand gallons of heating fuel away? Give it to someone who cares. This thug is a showman and enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame, but I hear the clock ticking, and imagine Pat Robertson sneaking up behind him to 'whack' him. Ok I am having fun, here. Seriously, Boycott ALL Citgo stations ( in my state 7-11) and if you are not sure ask the people inside where they buy the gas from. ( they won't know but it will give you a chance to rant about their not caring if we all end up being owned by a Marxist from Caracas.) Then you will have to tell them WHERE Caracas is! hahahaa
Oh did I say Boycott Citgo? yeah I did, and Yes I am.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

me - without the stress

can it be a month ago?
was it that long since my dream vacation in Colorado?
sitting relaxing, pondering, and YES taking self portraits of my feet on the desk, in "BIG CHEESE" mode.
it was a most memorable and fulfilling trip, one I need to make again, soon. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 14, 2006

looks that could stop traffic

roses! Posted by Picasa

i WAS being blue

but this tiny flower does it better
so I will be happy.
My son Oren is feeling much better
My son Jared is off to school again on Friday
and I have much love in my life.

So depression: "SHUT UP!" Posted by Picasa

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

proud to do my part

join thousands of bloggers paying tribute to the individuals who died in the WTC, Pentagon and flight 93. come on - you can do it, leave a comment, then go read this ONE
it is so well done and so tragic. I am crying after reading it.

Friday, July 14, 2006