I did this piece for a “reduction print” swap.   I was playing around with the four letters in ‘live’ and made each letter by carving a little, printing it, carving out a little more, printing it in a different color, etc.   Hence, each block was reduced before each printing.

Learn something new

This little guy is an Alpine Marmot.   He, of course, lives in the Alpine mountains.   He lives in a large colony, on a sunny slope.   He has a wife, and they have a deep burrow where they plan to raise their young.   What is interesting about Oswold the Alpine Marmot and all those like him?   He and his friends   sleep away about half their life.   He goes into a deep hibernation for the winter, with one or two breaths every five minutes, and two or three heartbeats a minute.   But now it’s spring, and he romps and plays on the Alpine slopes.

Say hello to Josephine, the European Agama, aka starred lizard.   She likes deserts, turning bright colors, eating insects, and long walks in the park.   She has excellent vision, and can make her colors brighter to ward off intruders.   At night, she turns a dull brown, better to hide in the crannies.   Josephine tends to be quarrelsome, but no more than any other Agama.   Her husband has seven other wives, why he wants that much consternation in his life I can’t imagine.

This is Thornton, the thornback ray.   Instead of a bony skeleton, his is cartilaginous.   Look it up, I’m too lazy.   He likes to stretch out and sleep on the sandy bottom, he’s not a big fan of swimming in open water, though he is very good at it and looks quite beautiful while swimming.   Thornton eats lobsters and other fish, and though he has good eyesight, he does a better job finding them through his excellent sense of smell.   Thornton would enjoy lobster more if he could find an underwater source for drawn butter.

Where I stood..

In front of a wall in the basement of the new house, where Mark and I have been scraping flaking paint.   Today we put fresh paint on the wall.

I’m kinda weird, I like the way the walls look when they’re at their worst, it’s not going to be nearly so pretty when it’s plain white.

We also had the back yard excavated.   Stone will be brought in tomorrow.

I know every spring us bloggers put on pictures of flowers, but it is miraculous, and we can’t help it.   This is our cherry tree doing its thing.

After a hard day of work, last night Mark and I went out with Tony to catch some funky jazzy jammin’ from Soulive at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.   It was a great show, lotsa beats, lotsa dancing.   Big happy surprise-no smoking at Soulive shows. Very nice.   Small disappointment-Neal Evans plays a modern Hammond B3, so there was no twirling Leslie to watch.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Work and junk

 Mark and I have been doing a lot of work at the new house.

We put a little stone angel in charge of figuring out what flowers are growing here.

The tulips we figured out ourselves.

We’ve got a new coat rack over there, thanks to some cherry from a friend.

We also got some trim installed.

Yesterday was a local holiday, special trash pick up is this morning so everyone puts out trash.   We junk picked. someone was throwing away paint rollers with new covers on them.   I wonder what the story was there.   We also got the table,

and some chairs!