February 5, 2011 0

like a velvet glove cast in iron…

By in Art, Life, Me

I just discovered the horrible news that Tura Satana , one of my all time favorite cult film actresses and star of Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! died last night in Reno, Nevada. I’m absolutely crushed by the news.

I first discovered Tura Satana in London, England in 1995. Several of my friends and I attended a screening of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! at the British Film Institute and it was love at first sight! I had never seen a woman who was so exotic yet so tough with such a razor sharp tongue and wit before. I have to say she became a major influence in a lot of my artwork and film choices in my life since that evening.

You really should check her out, she had an amazing life story and really was THE QUEEN of cult movie figures! The world is definitely going to be a little less exciting without Tura around.

February 2, 2011 2

it just keeps coming and coming…

By in Life, Me

My friends downstate have been hammered by snow this winter so I really shouldn’t be complaining at all. However, we are getting hit by a huge storm right now and I’m not enjoying it.

I have a precarious relationship with winter. I like the holiday season, and that’s about it. If I had the ability to contain winter weather to the month of December only I totally would! Winter doesn’t agree with my mood, my skin, my fitness, my renovating and especially not with my dog Chloe! It’s hard to go outside and go to the bathroom when you are a small dog and the snow is up to your neck!

I took up cross country skiing again several years ago as a way to find something to like about winter. It’s probably the only thing I like. Thankfully, with all of this snow, I should have plenty of time to ski. I’m also trying to get back into the gym. I’ve put on a little weight this winter and I’m trying desperately to lose it before I head to Florida later this month to visit my parents. I’m lucky we have a fitness center at the school I work at so I’m able to hit the treadmill or eliptical for at least a half hour or more every other day. I really want to start running on a regular basis so I’m trying to get myself to where I can hit the sidewalks/pavement when spring comes.

Renovating in my house has kind of ground to a halt at the moment, but I have some ideas in my head and as soon as I can flesh them out a little more I’ll be writing about them here. I started teaching an evening class two nights a week at a local university for their education department. I basically teach prospective art teachers how to teach art. This is my third year doing it and I really enjoy it but it takes up a lot of my winter time and makes for some long days.

I hope all of you out there are safe and warm and that your 2011 is off to a great start! Here are a couple of pictures showing the view outside both my doors today!

December 5, 2010 3

catching up…

By in Exterior, Lawn & Garden, Life

Where does the time go? I can’t believe we are in the last month of the year. I don’t really like how fast the time goes but there isn’t much I can go about except go with the flow and try to make the best of the time I have.

I’ve been away from my blog for a few weeks dealing with computer issues, some travel, a bad sidewalk fall and preparing my home for the winter, not necessarily in that order. I thought it was time I started catching up on here.

I have a decent sized plot of land that my house sits on, approximately 80′ x 200′. Not huge, but certainly enough. One of the nice things about this house when I bought it was all of the perennials the former owner had planted all around the house in various flower beds. At one time the former owner had been president of the Potsdam Garden Club, so she knew what she was doing! I love flowers, but until I bought this house I had no gardening experience. I still don’t have a lot, but thankfully my mom does so she has been helping me maintain what have here since I bought the house and she also helped me make some changes and some improvements. Some of those pictures can be seen here. Overall I enjoy working with my flowers and gardens and enjoy the sense of accomplishment throughout the spring and summer when everything is in bloom.

One of the things I don’t enjoy is fall cleanup. Since I have so many flowers, I have a lot I have to cut back every fall. I have a lot of trees too, and so do my neighbors, so that results in a lot of leaves. Combine this with the fact that I am working full time in the fall and we usually have very rainy falls here and it leaves me under the gun trying to get it all accomplished. Usually I don’t get much done which results in a lot of work in the spring. I was lucky this year though and managed to get most of it done before the snow came! I got all but two small gardens cut back and cleaned out. I was also able to get my whole lawn perimeter raked out in my own, fussy, clean-freak way. I’ll admit that I hired out the rest of the leaf removal and consider myself lucky to be able to do so. My mom was nice enough to help me get my front porch and patio cleaned off (flower pots, grill, furniture).

Because of all this I have a lot less to do in the spring compared to other years which means I’ll enjoy the blooming and growth even more!

November 14, 2010 1

beautiful fall day…

By in Lawn & Garden, Life, Me

Today was a gorgeous day and I was able to utilize a couple of hours this afternoon to do some long overdue raking and yard-work. It was high 50’s and slightly cloudy and I raked out all but two of my flower beds and most of my property perimeter in preparation of having my leaves taken away tomorrow (one of my small indulgences).

I haven’t been posting the last several weeks due to a dying laptop and tons of things going on at work. Thankfully Apple fixed my Macbook Pro free of charge and I’m getting back on track! I was also lucky that right before my laptop broke I purchased an iPhone 4! I canceled my land-line and ditched the tracphone and now I’m using just my new iPhone and I love it! It’s come in very handy for a variety of things- I can’t wait to travel with it.

I hope all of you are enjoying your fall season as well!

October 17, 2010 6

new hanging artwork…

By in Master Bedroom, Upstairs Hallway

I finally got around today to hanging some artwork in my bedroom and upstairs hallway. Only two pieces, to be precise, but it’s a start. I always get anxious when it comes to hanging artwork and my head fills with questions such as “is this the right piece for this location?” or “is this piece the right size?” and then I become overwhelmed with self-doubt. Hopefully today will put an end to that.

I rehabbed the walls in my upstairs hallway and bedroom two years ago, and while I love how they came out, they have been looking a little empty. The piece I hung in the hallway today I had originally picked out for my bedroom, but after some tips from Anna at Door Sixteen I decided it was too small for the space. So it has been sitting on the floor underneath the blank space in my bedroom for two years! Two years! Meanwhile, I had been looking for something I liked for the bedroom but just couldn’t find something that was the right size or that I wanted to look at each day. Well, last spring I finished an oil painting that I had been working on for some time and when it was done I thought “This would fit perfectly in my bedroom!”. The problem was it got accepted into a show at the Frederic Remington Museum so it has been living there until recently when I could bring it home. I then decided the original piece I was going to hang in the bedroom would go well in the hallway. Voila!

I followed this advice I got from Apartment Therapy to figure out the proper height to hang to them. They look a little low to me, but because I’m tall (6’2″) I tend to hang things a little too high. I like how they look and I’m hoping I get used to their height. By the way, the piece in the hall is titled “Lines” and is a photograph in of a building here in Potsdam. The painting in my bedroom is titled “Organically Grown” and is oil on canvas.

October 11, 2010 0

something to consider…

By in Life

I’m going to step away from my home and my life for a moment to post this video from Reconsider Columbus Day.

It is very sad to me that after the horrible treatment of Native Americans that there is no national holiday in the U.S. to honor their culture and memorialize the millions of Native Americans who lost their lives in the settling of this country. Remember, when Columbus “discovered” this country it wasn’t empty. There was a whole race of people who had been living their lives here and were subsequently stripped of their land, their culture and for many their lives. They should be honored for their endurance under such vicious treatment.

October 5, 2010 6

reunited and it feels so good…

By in Master Bedroom

After six years of living in my house my clothes and I are all together in one room again! Due to the fact that my house is almost 200 years old my closets are small. When I moved in, the dresser that goes with my bed reused to fit up my steep, narrow stairwell (that also has a 90 degree bend in it). So my clothes have been spread out in different rooms in my house until today.

My mom came over last night and helped me put together my new 8 drawer Hemnes dresser. It took us just about 3 hours! Wait, you say, 8 drawers? Yes! When I got to IKEA on Saturday I discovered that the original dresser that Anna had helped me pick out 2 years ago, the 8 drawer, was still carried by IKEA so I snatched it up! I also bought the Hemnes mirror in white. This is the first full length mirror that I have owned that is tall enough for me to see myself from head to toe in it without mounting it on the wall. Good thing too, because I don’t think my rehabbed walls would support it.

Today after work I put all of my clothes in it. It felt so good to go through my clothes, sort them, discover some things I haven’t worn in a while and throw some things out. Getting ready in the morning is going to be so much easier now!

On a side note, the elk is a bank that was given to my Grandpa Don Huckle by his father Lowen. He also gave one to my Great Uncle Everett. The red China bull belonged to my Grandma Loomis. I love having a place to display both of these where I can see them everyday.

October 3, 2010 6

i need two more arms…

By in Master Bedroom

I had an awesome time in Ottawa yesterday with my friend Devon! We spent several hours shopping at IKEA then headed over to the Byward Market for some browsing around and lunch! Speaking of lunch, we ate a wonderful little Vietnamese restaurant named Cafe Indochine. I had a delicious sour pineapple soup and a green-curry chicken with rice dish.

I lucked out at IKEA in that the 8 drawer Hemnes dresser that Anna helped me pick out two years ago happened to be in stock, even though I thought it wasn’t any longer! I snatched one up as well as a beautiful white full-length Hemnes mirror.

I was planning on having the dresser all put together by this evening so I could move my clothes into it and post some pictures, but alas, after spending 45 minutes carrying all the pieces upstairs (it came in two huge boxes) and looking at the instructions I realized that I would need some help putting it together. It’s BIG! So my mom is going to come down tomorrow night and help me get it put together. For right now here’s a picture of how it looks right now in my bedroom!

Hemnes 8 Drawer Dresser- In Pieces.

September 29, 2010 6

trip to ikea…decisions, decisions…

By in Inspiration & Ideas, Master Bedroom

I’m taking a trip to Ottawa, Ontario this coming Saturday with a friend to go to IKEA! It’s about an hour away from me but it’s the closest IKEA there is to my home! I wish there was one closer but I guess a boy will have to dream.
I’m looking for a mirror and a dresser for my bedroom which I remodeled two years ago. I’ve narrowed it down to some choices and I’ll post the links and a little gallery of images. Does anyone know of anything else at IKEA right now that I just can’t live without? I’m sure I’ll find something, I always do. I can’t wait to have some meatballs!
Hemnes Mirror, Ikea PS Stam Mirror, Stave Mirror, Hemnes 6 Drawer Dresser, Hemnes 3 Drawer Dresser.

September 21, 2010 5


By in Life, Pets

Words can’t describe how much I love my dog Chloe.  She’s a Rat Terrier and she’s 4 years old.  She sticks to me like glue when I’m home and I can’t tell you how great it is to have her great me at the door everyday when I get home from work- especially on the tough days!  She’s curled up snoring on the couch right now snoring by my feet, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.