Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Karma had to check out the snow on the porch, of course.
She just made a quick trip out...gazed at the screen moving in the wind...but there was too much noise from people scraping their windshields...
...so she headed back inside.
It was warm enough for the snow to stick to her furry feet...so I could barely get the door closed...
...as she busied herself happily eating her meager footprints.
Haven't had the energy to do much, but it is easy to keep up with the SOAR journal when I just use her print outs and cut and paste...writing thoughts from the day.
Start of a new week...
...and preparing pages. Been just using several colors of my distress inks and smearing them about. Easy peasy. ;)
Karma has been sleeping better on the loveseat even if she sleeps lighter and is constantly opening her eyes and lifting her head--LOL! We're just two old broads not used to change--ROFL!
The snow plow cleared the main drag in the parking lot and the maintenance folk cleared the sidewalks...
...but there's ice under this snow. As I was taking these pictures I watched this driver turn into a spot and almost slide sideways into the back of that one parked with all the snow on top. The driver managed to stop, backed up, and then made it in just fine, but it is slick out there.
Out in the fields you can see where the prairie grasses are longer.
They remain patches of brown on the landscape...usually never visible at this time of year.
I'm still feeling punkish, but I did work on the SOAR journal...filling in my notes...
...and decided to just get set up for the rest of the week while I was at it...Tuesday through Friday...
...and Saturday...are ready to go and waiting for notes, doodles, or whatever.
Well, other than that, I have been reading a little and writing in my regular writing journal here and there. I watched the documentary I AM (loved it!) and the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet (excellent!)--Netflix. Been pretty quiet up here in Fargo for me and Miss Karma. We're just happily hanging out. ;)
Stay safe and well!!
"A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world."
Joseph Addison


Teresa Evangeline said...

Those journals and notebooks are intriguing....

"Two old broads not used to change," and that sweet face really brought a smile this morning. Thank you.

DJan said...

Sounds like you are feeling a bit better, maybe sleeping better too? Nothing is worse than trying to drive in slick conditions. I enjoyed I AM, too. I watched Downton Abbey last night and now I'm hooked on it!

Deanna said...

It looks so cold there! We have sunshine for the first time today. It is amazing how much it helps to see the sun shine!

Karma looks pretty comfy... Even us old broads eventually adapt, don't we.

Keep on journaling!

Rita said...

Teresa--I don't know why this journal makes me feel like a kid--LOL! Glad us old broads gave you a giggle this morning. ;)

Djan--I've been sleeping fairly well, just extra achey. Muscles not used to the acrobatics of the new loveseat--ROFL!! ;)
I really loved I AM. I watched the first season of Downton Abbey and have been recording the second season. Plan to start watching that pretty soon, too. I liked the first one and can't resist a continuing story. ;)

Deanna--It's actually warmed up and is expected to stay in the 20s and low 30s the next several days. That's why the snow stuck to Karma's paws. When it is in the single digits or below zero the snow squeaks when you step on it and doesn't stick well. Hard to make snowballs or snowmen then--LOL!
Yes, we old broads adapt eventually. ;)

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

"Two old broads not used to change" made me smile.

And I share Karma's opinion of cold and snow. :)

Furry Bottoms said...

Sometimes all they really want is a quick shot of fresh air. My buddy does that all the time. He wants to be OUSTIDE just for a minute to stand there, feel the wind then turn around and come back in. Freddy likes to position himself on the walk way and face the wind and not move. All they want is a taste of the fresh crisp air. Funny isnt it?

Trixie said...

I really like to see how others use the SOAR journaling tools. I didn't quiet get how to use those cards so it helped me to see it in action.

Now I can make get mine ready today too. Had the flu, but feeling a bit better lately.

I will have to check those movies out. I have been wanting to watch some others than Country Strong but haven't gotten that far. Was thinking about watching PRetty Woman today. Tried to watch Swingers last night but it was horrible dry and dull. Watch SLiding Doors recently and it was interesting.

Thanks for visitng my blogs. I just checked your site today and was sad I hadn't seen anything in awhile so good to finally see a post. Meow meow hi Karma! MUAH

TexWisGirl said...

i like that - just 2 old broads not good w/ change.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

That's really neat - I can see why it makes you feel like a kid - it's whimsical!

Gwen said...

The journal is keeping you busy and 'out of trouble':)
I have been watching On The Town with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly....very uplifting.
Keep busy.

Rubye Jack said...

Your notebook/journal looks good Rita.
I really want to see Mildred Pierce but don't get HBO. I'm sure it will be on DVD before too long though. Or, were you saying Netflix already has it? My computer connection can't handle streaming video but I wonder if they have it as a DVD.

Dee Ready said...

Dear Rita,
Like everyone else, I really enjoyed your saying that you and Karma were ""Two old broads not used to change."

I so enjoy seeing Karma eating her snow footprints. I never noticed that with the outdoors cats with whom I've lived. I guess I need to pay more attention.

Your journaling amazes me. After so many years spent typing at the computer, I can hardly manage the patience necessary to write by hand. You are a marvel.


Barbara B said...

Hi Rita,
I'm sure enjoying your journal pages. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and asking about the sketchbook. The Sketchbook Project (which sometimes I call the sketchbook challenge) is sponsored by the Brooklyn Art Library's Art-House Coop. You sign up on line, choose a theme, pay a fee, and then they send you a small sketchbook in the mail. You are free to alter it in lots of ways as long as it doesn't get bigger than the prescribed dimensions. Then you complete it and mail it in, where it gets catalogued and travels around the U.S. with hundreds of other sketchbooks. You don't get it back, but, for another fee, you can have them make a photo archive of it. To find out more: http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject

Beth said...

The journals are looking great Rita!!

Karma looks so cute in that sleeping picture. Love that cat!!

I hope you feel all better soon.


Intense Guy said...

When you feel "punkish" does that mean you want to dye your hair bright pink, put on 3-4 pairs of earrings (and not necessarily on your ears) and belch? (or dye Karma's hair or shave a mohawk on her?)


Silly cat, licking up the snow!

Serena Lewis said...

Your journal pages look neat, Rita!

Karma looks so sweet sleeping on the love-seat.

OH how I hated that slick ice when we lived in Wyoming.

The documentary and mini-series sound great! I've noted them down. I got hooked on Downton Abbey too...waiting on the second season to come on TV.

Btw, I'm just about finished a snail letter to you. Sorry it's taken so long.

We're getting dumped with heavy rain here in Brissie again. I just hope it won't be a repeat of last January when we had severe flooding across Queensland. There have already been flash flooding and roads blocked in Brisbane. Doesn't sound good at all. I'm over this rain already.

Feel better. I hate getting the aches and pains.

Love and hugs,
Serena xo

Intense Guy said...

I like Kate Winslet.

And Drew Barrymore...

I could watch them for hours and hours and hours. :)

Carolyn Dube said...

Snow - I can't believe how much I miss it this year - we should have had 18+ inches by now, but only have had 1". I'll just have to enjoy it through your photos!

AliceKay said...

Fargo was on this morning's news. They were showing all kinds of traffic accidents because of your recent snow and ice. When I hear the name Fargo, I immediately think of you. :)

Karma must have been delighted to find some snow prints to eat. LOL That's a very sweet picture of her sleeping.

Your journals are looking nice. All set to write your daily notes.

The only snow we have left here is where it's been either shoveled or plowed into a pile. The rain and warmer temps have melted the rest away. The mountains still have snow, tho.

Sandi said...

Hi Rita!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate Dee getting us connected! I read a few of your older posts the other day, but missed this blog entirely!

Karma is adorable. Seeing her photos makes me miss my Katie, who passed a year ago. I want another cat, but my husband doesn't . . . I'll wear him down eventually!

Take care!

Crazy Life of a Writing Mom said...

Karma is so beautiful. I don't think I've seen her from the back before. She has such gorgeous markings ;)

Crazy Life of a Writing Mom said...

P. S. "Two old broads not used to change" is so cute ;)

Queenie Jeannie said...

Your SOAR journal looks pretty cool! I'm so glad you are enjoying it and have something crafty you feel up to doing right now. Hopefully you'll be rested up and feeling much better, very soon!

Sleeping Karma - so sweet!

giddy up said...

You got snow... ours melted. I don't like it when the roads are icy. Your Soar journal is nice... hope you are feeling better.

Rita said...

Kymberly--Greetings! Karma doesn't like to stay out in the snow too long, but she loves to eat it--LOL! ;) I'm going to go check out your blog! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Nikki--Yes, it's like they want to smell the air for a couple minutes. Makes you wonder what all they can read off that cold breeze. :)

Trisha--I didn't know what to do with them, ether, but decided this was the way for me to go since I've been on a low for a while here--just cut and paste. Works nicely! And I can always print off more for the days--week & month summaries, too. Glad you're feeling better. Say hi to Dude!! :)

Theresa--LOL! ;) Some days I feel like an ancient broad!!

Melissa--Kind of feels like cheating since I'm using the lady's print outs, but I'm not the best at drawing anyways--LOL! It's fun, that's what counts, right! :)

Gwen--OMGosh! On The Town with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly! Now you've got me wanting to watch some old movies..."classics" I guess they call them these days. They were old when I was a kid, but they used to show them on TV all the time and I watched them all! :)

Rubye--Yes! It just came out on Netflix and I happened to be at the top of the list, I guess. Now it has made me want to watch the old movie version with Joan Crawford, I think it was. I think this new version was just the best, though. They had more time and must have stuck to the book more. I thought there was a murder in the old movie version...to spice it up, I suppose. ;)

Dee--None of my other cats every ate their own snowy footprints. Karma is, shall we say, unique...eccentric? LOL!
I've been feeling kind of like I am cheating on the SOAR journal so it made me get out the art journal to work on backgrounds some more--LOL!

Barbara B--I never heard of this project! What a fantastic idea. $25 (cheapest one) and deadline the end of April it said. How cool that you will be archived in the library!! Awesome!! Thanks for the info. :)

Beth--I got some great shots of her while I was rubbing her tummy here next to me that I'll post next time. I'm slowly working my way around the clock and gradually feeling better, too. Thanks!! :)

Rita said...

Iggy--No. Orange and green. I think my hair should be orange and green. ROFL!!
Makes you wonder where that term "punkish" came from. LOL!
I like Kate and Drew, too! You'd probably love this miniseries! You'd have like five hours of Kate...or was it six? ;)

Serena--The ice is dangerous, that's for sure. Lots of accidents up here, I guess.
Downtown Abby 2 started up here about three weeks ago and I have been recording them but haven't started watching them yet. Loved the first season!
I hope you don't get that horrible flooding this year! Stay dry and safe and well!! love and hugs!! xoxo

Carolyn--I know! We usually have big snowbanks everywhere by now. Unusual winter, that's for sure. :)

AliceKay--Yes! I heard they even had to close the Interstate for a while it was so icy! Not good!
This is the first time we had enough to plow. Barely enough snow in the piles to call a snowbank--LOL! I hope it sticks around, though. The ground keeps freezing farther down because we've had no snow cover for insulation and people have had trouble with things like septic tanks and such. We do need the snow. Stay warm!! :)

Sandi--Glad to see you back!! Sorry about losing your cat. :( I went eight years before I moved here to Fargo in 2005 when I couldn't have a cat, so I was thrilled to be able to have Miss Karma. A few people come here for their cat fix--LOL! ;)

Elisa--Karma is plainer on one side than the other--maybe a sign of her split personality? LOL! ;)
Karma and I are like a couple of old ladies...true! ;)

Jeannie--It really is nice to have something simple that I can do even when I am not feeling up to par. Me, too. I've just been on a low for a while, but it always gets better eventually. ;)
Hope you find out soon where you'll be moving! :)

Karen--Yes! We finally got more than a dusting, but it came with that darn ice, too. I hope ours doesn't melt. We need some ground cover.
Thanks. I know I'll feel better. It's this fibro cycle of ups and downs. Just the usual. :)

Toriz said...

LOL @ punkish!

And also LOL at Karma eating her footprints!

Rita said...

Tori--That Iggy! He makes me laugh! :)
Karma is a bit of an odd duck. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Karma looks so sweet sleeping like that.

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

...eating her meager footprints! ha! yum yum!

love your journal!!

Rita said...

Donna--There's something about sleeping critters and children. ;)

Laura--Meager because in a normal winter she'd have lots of nice clingy snow to leave some good sized snow prints for dessert--LOL! ;)