Santa Cruz Wildfire

The smoke from the Lockheed fire has been terrible. We've had to close up the house during the day while there's wind and wait for the fog to come in to open up again.  Sometimes, the fog comes in on top of the smoke and pushes it down, which is what happened last...

100 Degrees Farenheit Today

It's so hot I can't even think, much less write. Yesterday it was 96 degrees. I heard from Wales that they had three frosty mornings and it sounded pretty good to me. If the fog comes in tonight we'll get a reprieve from the heat. Hope springs...

The Art of Costuming

Costuming people is very much an internal process for me. I don't do characters from television or movies,  they don't really express anything. I like challenges, creating wearable art even if it's something that will be worn  for just a single season. I do witches...

Artsy Fartsy with Food

A Recipe for a Bad Hair Day I made a hat out of bread. I discovered that it's nearly impossible to make a hat out of real bread without it falling to pieces. Real bread is the kind that comes from your own oven or, if it comes from the bakery/boulangerie, it has a...

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Understanding Women

"Dear, there's a dresser in the kitchen," Jim said. Poor thing. He never knows what he's going to run into when he comes home. I stopped moving Lola-the-Dummy around the house. She's my mannequin and she's so lifelike that she startled him a couple of times. "Yes,...

Do I Need to See You Naked?

I hate spa*m. Akismet catches it all and very reliably but I have to go into my site several times a day to delete it all. I'm getting pages and pages on two topics - prescription drugs and poker. I don't even know how to play poker.  Just recently a new fool came on...