Thursday, January 31, 2008


I saw this exhibit when we went to Under Water Adventures in Early January. Simply amazing. The last 2 photos were taken by me. These creatures are all made of glass. They looked so real, even up close. They were created around the time of Darwin. They were resently discovered again in the archives in 2007. They are a part of the full collection at Harvard. If you want to learn more, you can google Glass Sea Treasures of Harvard or go to

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

We Won!!

No, not the Colts.
Not this year. Sadly. But their record was 13 - 3 this year. Not bad.
As for the The Three Banger
(That's my fantasy football team name, named after I had the 3rd child)
That's 2 - first places in a row!
As Rick says, 3 makes a dynasty, right??

Friday, January 25, 2008

My other 2 boys.

Here I was with a lap full of love. Bing and Puff were snuggled in on my lap. I was crafting, watching Monk. It was like a vacation. K~

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I LOVE Mr. Monk!!

It's been a long time since I have watched Adrian Monk in action. I have recently caught them on USANetwork. Very, Very funny! He is a little too much like me sometime, though. Love the quotes. You need to catch a Monk or 2 to get his humor. K~

Capt. Stottlemeyer: [due to a loose snake, Monk is standing on the kitchen table of a house he and Captain Leland Stottlemeyer are investigating]
Capt. Stottlemeyer: I thought you were afraid of heights.
Adrian Monk: Snakes trump heights. It goes germs, needles, milk, death, snakes, mushrooms, heights, crowds, elevators.


[Monk is babysitting a two-year old]
Teresa Crane: Now before I go, do you have any questions for me?
Adrian Monk: Yes, yes, I have a couple of questions. What does he eat? Teresa Crane: He... eats food. He eats whatever you eat, only in smaller portions. Adrian Monk: Oh. So he's like a person.


Sharona Fleming: You okay?
Adrian Monk: Not really in my comfort zone here.
Sharona Fleming: You have a comfort zone?
Adrian Monk: Yes, I have a comfort zone.
Sharona Fleming: I've never seen a comfort zone.
Adrian Monk: It's not very big. It's, uh, it's kinda [gestures with hands]
Adrian Monk: ... small. I, I don't have a comfort zone.

Friday, January 18, 2008

As if a sink BEYOND full of dirty dishes isn't bad enough!!!

In case you can't recognize what is on top of the pile, it is a thawing walleye! This was taken in November. Yes, after the burning refrigerator incident. Rick said he needed to thaw the fish before we ate it. I came out and spotted this new addition to an already depressing situation. Needless to say, I turned around and walked away. Oh, after photographing this for my memoirs.

Notice the large glowing eye.

I challenge Kristi Lou to get a more beautiful shot then this one :-)!!


Thursday, January 17, 2008


Here it is. Done. Finally. I need to put the funky button on the clasp still, but It's all done otherwise.
I keep my Needle work in it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Coach said not to -Part II

Ok, now I know what it means to be inspired. I have every piece of their music. I am sad that I have not seen them perform live. Ever since I have listened to their music, my creative juices have been flowing and flowing.

I feel that I can create my art for arts sake. No other reason.

If you have time to check out this link,
maybe you will understand, maybe not, but that is art at it's most basic state. Each creation speaks to each person. Each piece moves a person differently. None should be hidden. It needs to be shared.

I think of this as I stitch. I think of this as I choose my colors, my modules, my inspiration pieces. To some, my creations may seem simply random and tedious, but I know they are not. They are purposeful and thoughtful. Although I have been an artist for quite some time, I have a lot of this "clarity about my art" to contribute to my chance introduction to this wonderful group of extremely talented musicians. Thanks CSNT. Keep writing and performing. K~

a touch of bubbly-jelly bean

I absolutely loved this piece at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It was on a traveling exhibit.
It's called:
knitted in Belgium Face 45% acrylic 40% wool 15% polyester
width 53" repeat 1 1/2" wide x 2" high 24 1/8 ounces/linear yard ©2007 Pollack & Associates
Recommended usage: light duty upholstery
Designed by the Pollack Studio
I couldn't get this piece out of my mind. Perhaps because the piece has my favorite colors in it.
Below is my interpretation on the piece.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A show

I am thinking of working on doing a showing of my needlework pieces. I don't even know where to begin or how to get one going, but, I would love to have a show of my work. I have been working on some color theory pieces and continuing to do art piece studies from inspiration pieces from the MIA and other ideas. I also need to photograph the ones I give away, much better. I plan on framing the ones I want to show in black frames and velvet. We'll see if I go through with it. I have just been very interested in doing this kind of study and work.
I wish I could sell them, but so far I have had not much interest. Also, selling them at a store makes me nervous. The quality may not be good enough, especially on the back.
Right now, it is just for my pleasure and busy work for my nervousness in public. It keeps my mind focused on what I need to be listening to instead of focusing on wanting to leave. What a lovely thing that came from such an uncomfortable problem. God just know what he's doing. He says, "K, get out of your house, take that with you if you need to, it's ok!" So I have for the past year and have found myself out and about more.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Just what I needed

What a very special gift. I received this package in the mail from Bobbi. Inside was this incredible bag!! It is so neat and functional. I am so into neat AND functional. WOW. It is so well made and BEAUTIFUL. I have received many compliments everywhere I go. I feel I should have some of your business cards Bob! It has room for my purse things and my craft stuff I carry with me everywhere I go. You know, I need to craft at stop lights, etc. Don't waste time!!

Also, it is Rick approved. I seriously was looking for a purse that would not drive him crazy when he needed to retrieve stuff inside of it. I was literally shopping for the perfect size, shape, non sagginess, non sac shaped (sorry bob, your 1st bag was flatly rejected by Rick. He said "there should be no such thing as a sac shaped purse" or something to that effect. After that, I went shopping for "the perfect" purse. Open enough for his big meaty claws to get into, big enough that light can get into it so he can see. Square enough and flat enough so nothing can sink to the bottomless dark void of a sac shaped purse. Oh, I think that might be all for now. I am happy to report, your bag fit the bill perfectly. He is quite impressed. I am sure he had some kind of critique, but it must have been minor, because, I don't even remember it.

About a month ago, I got this fantastic "eye candy" magazine in the mail. I ordered "Real Simple" from a fund raiser of the kids, and thought I might have ordered this by accident. Well when another one came a week ago, I needed to see what I had done. Was this my "Real simple" magazine? NO! It was a gift from Bob! She knows me so well! Thanks Bob! Don't stop crafting OR sending things to me. K~

Thursday, January 10, 2008


It appears that I had a hematoma in my left breast. Pheeeww. I got the call yesterday. As of now, no more needles! yeah! I feel fine and am so relieved.

All this from that stinking fall!! Boy, I am glad I didn't risk going skating, huh??

No pictures of breast today. K~

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Under Water World at the MOA

This is such a cool place. The kids, Rick and I went to the Mall of America's Under Water World. It is a must see. You need to get discount tickets, however, kind of spendy!!! They have Spongebob in a boat at one point. Why he lives in water?? still cute. There are a lot of koi at the beginning of the exhibit. They seem so friendly. I'd like a koi. Then there is a Wobbegong, a type of shark. It is sitting on the acrylic tunnel. Very neat. You can see sharks, saw fish, rays, etc swimming over the tunnel. Sea Turtle!!! :-) How neat to see them up so close. The kids with a school of gar. This is the only one I got. Sorry S and D look so psychedelic. I just loved it here. So neat!

Oh yes, and the kid cage, I mean the shark cage!! K~

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Knock me out next time!!!

Ok, the actual procedure went well, until I started to bleed all over. The doctor had to apply pressure for a good 5 minutes with the needle scope in. yeah..... then, the nurse took over. The towel I was told not to touch because it was sterile was in my mouth and I was chewing on it. Guess it wasn't sterile any more. Next time. I will opt for surgery. I will be either knocked out or drugged up until I think I am knocked out. Hopefully it is a hematoma from my fall when I screwed up my right hand. But they could only get one sample and need 3 to 4. That means, I need to probably go through this again in the next couple weeks. K~

Thursday, January 03, 2008


I love Pingu. He is so sweet. This is a newer one. I am more familiar with the original shows. I love the looks the mom give at the beginning. K~

Out with 2007 in with 2008

The Walshes on New Years Eve. What a handsome bunch! K~