Monday, March 26, 2007

Holey's Twin Brother Roley

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Campbell,
Both Holey and I are near sighted which came about due to all the diggin' we do and we're not much for writin' so we've asked our illustrator friend Maggie to write this letter to you. Thanks for letting us take up residence in your yard. Did you know we can dig 100 to 150 feet in a single night at a rate of a foot per minute? Honest. We only sleep for a few hours each day and can eat over half our body weight daily! That would be like you eating more than 50 hamburgers in a day. We'd really enjoy it if you'd leave us a hot meal of slugs and earthworms occasionally as all this diggin' makes us hungry. Other than that, we're pretty much happy. Holey and I say livin' at the Campbell's "digs" is the best "hole-tel" in town and we've told all of our friends how great livin' here is and they all want to come and take up residence here too!

Ever yours,

Roley & Holey Moley

Saturday, March 24, 2007

My Inspiration

I just love Flickr and the inspirations it brings me and I'd like to share some of them with you. Originally uploaded by !a.k.a. Maggie!

Illustration Friday ~ I Spy

I SPY Holey Moley in the yard! My mother and father-in-law had some very industrious visitors in their yard that destroyed their lawn. As terrible as that was, it was quite comical watching my husband and Dad out in the yard hovering over the holes trying to catch the little buggers. I sat and sketched what I imagined their little yard guest would be doing at night. Hopefully they have found new "digs."

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Illustration Friday ~ Total

I've been health and nutrition consious all my life. My day is "totally" about starting with a good breakfast - and my favorite cereal. I top it off with fresh blueberries (great antidioxants) and flaxseed (lignin) and cold skim milk. This combination is a must for me and a great way to start the day!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Lovely Lady

Yesterday afternoon my Grandmother Lydia passed away. She had just turned 95 years old on February 25th, 2007 and her health had be failing after a bad fall and broken hip in 2006. I've so many wonderful memories and times spent with my Grandmother and the things we shared; our love of God and family, cooking, reading and gardening. She made the most incredible chocolate eclairs ever and the best chocolate chip cookies-one could never get enough! We'd beg her every time she came to visit to make one or the other and she'd never let us down, even when she was just too tired to do it. In these latter years we shared many stories about her childhood and past. My Grandfather passed away in 1990 and she often talked about him and missed him every day. Now I pray they are together in Heaven with the Lord. Grandma, I love you and will dearly miss you.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Illustration Friday ~ Hide

© Margaret E. Summers 2007.
Do not copy, download or reproduce in any manner without my written permission.

Inspired by the movie "Marie Antoinette" (starring Kirsten Dunst), a 14-year old Austrian who married Louis XVI and later became queen at the age of 19. The period costumes and settings are absolutely gorgeous and he story fascinating yet so tragic.

Having grown up in a family who loved the victorian era and anything elegantly antique I too carry the love of all things victorian and french.

What better than a travel dress for the sophisticated woman of royalty with compartments to hide one's most valuable treasures, toiletries or to tote a beloved pet.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Big O' Blizzard

The biggest blizzard this year hits Nebraska. At 5:25am I woke to the sound of thunder and a blizzard. Freakish. I am so sad for those who encountered tornados and the loss of lives across the U.S today, just devastating.

Where we live we were hit pretty hard by the snow and blizzard, many of the interstates were closed or sections of, but I still decide to take my chances and head into work. Visibility due to the white out and blizzard conditions was a car length ahead at times and the snow so deep you had to have a four-wheel drive to get through it. Luckily we did and my husband, the sweetheart that he is, drove me to work (albeit later that morning) and picked me up later that day. A small crew of us showed up to keep our corporate East office running, however a handful of our 60 locations across the U.S. closed due to the snow storm. What a dedicated team! We left early and several of our group had to get towed, dug or pushed out of the parking lot the snow was so deep. Therer were so many stuck vehicles, jack-knifed tractor trailers and accidents it was difficult to traverse through the streets without running into traffic jams. We got a good 16-18 inches here at home. We are suppose to get more snow tomorrow but as long as we don't have blowing and drifting we should be alright. We are so thankful for our blessings. Missin' California warm weather right now-this is when we wish we were still living there!