Six days after his ear surgery, Smoky has accepted wearing the protective collar. I actually took it off him today so he could go outside, but he didn't complain too much when I put it back on. And he is LOVING being inside and eating the inside cat food!
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
|A porch full of turkeys|
|The turkeys were quite entertained by the small tree. I think it's time to clean out the gutters...|
|Esther's face when I mentioned the turkeys on the roof above her...|
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I noticed that the insects had switched to their slower autumn chirp about 3 days ago, and now it's dark before eight.
The garden seemed ahead of schedule all summer...once we got past the early heat, it was a good year.
Now the tomatos and beans are almost gone and only the peppers and okra are bearing abundantly. The summer squash and the cucumbers lost to the asiatic brown stinkbug; even the winter squash only produced a handful of fruit. However, it was a wonderful year for peppers and zinnias!
|Okra is drought resistant, nutritious (it contains calcium!), bears reliably until frost, tastes great fried,|
and comes with beautiful blossoms.
|The butterflies were abundant this year. I'd find 4 or 5 at a time on the flowers. The zinnias and hot peppers ended up mixed together in a scenic jumble of blossoms and fruit...another of my "plan as you go" garden features!|
|Mr. Turtle happily swims away! I hope he lives a long life in the pond. He'll have plenty of company.|
|Esther took this shot against the setting sun's light.|
|Mochi the cat was a bit nonplussed when I let the turkeys out to roam in our newly fenced back yard.|
|Narragansett Turkeys (a historic breed). These aren't for eating, I just like having turkeys around.|
|The male in "full ruffle" mode!|
Saturday, August 18, 2012
|The tomatos are almost finished. Though not a highly productive season, due to early heat, I did can salsa and stewed tomatos. I'm back to canning in pints now that our family has shrunk.|
|The zinnias (which I started from seed I'd saved) liked the weather this summer and I have several patches in the garden. Here are|
some flower heads that will be next years seed stock.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I may slightly prejudiced because we do have Louisiana roots, but I thought Tammy has hit on a key element in jewelry making. (Hope I'm not violating some kind of copyright, since I am crediting this article.)
Lagniappe for Jewelry Design: The Value of a Little Something Extra
This month I've officially been a southwest Louisiana resident for one year. What a year! The music, the food, the people, the environment--sometimes it feels like being in a different country, and I just love it. I've slowly picked up the vital terminology, such as "cher" for a term of endearment for a loved one, "sha" when you see something incredibly sweet or precious, the French "oh, mais non!" when something simply won't do, and "lagniappe" for a little something extra.
The idea of lagniappe (pronounced LAN-yap) has been around for centuries. Mark Twain writes (hilariously, of course) about learning the "limber, expressive, handy word" lagniappe in his 1883 book Life on the Mississippi: "We picked up one excellent word-a word worth travelling to New Orleans to get. . . . We discovered it [in] a column [in] the Picayune the first day; heard twenty people use it the second; inquired what it meant the third; adopted it and got facility in swinging it the fourth."
Twain writes that when a child (or an adult, even) buys something in a shop, the typical response is "give me something for lagniappe," to which the shopkeeper tosses in a little something extra--an extra piece of candy, or bread, or whatnot, "gratis, for good measure."
Lagniappe isn't just an extra thing, though; it can be added compliment, affection, or feeling. Twain continues, "When you are invited to drink, and this does occur now and then in New Orleans-and you say, 'What, again?--no, I've had enough;' the other party says, 'But just this one time more--this is for lagniappe.' When the beau perceives that he is stacking his compliments a trifle too high, and sees by the young lady's countenance that the edifice would have been better with the top compliment left off, he puts his 'I beg pardon--no harm intended,' into the briefer form of 'Oh, that's for lagniappe.'"
I've become so enamored by the sweet idea of lagniappe--especially during a time when everyone is cutting back instead of giving--that I try to carry it with me everywhere I go and expand the idea to every part of life. It even applies to jewelry design.
I might have lost you just then--but hang with me. Within a single jewelry design, sometimes it's that little something extra--the small contrasting punch of color, a bit of sparkle, some soft fibers or ribbons--that brings a piece full circle and completes the design. It's hard to describe it, but you've all felt that little click when your jewelry design just comes together. You know it when you see it.
When designing a piece of jewelry, sometimes it takes some experimenting to discover just what the lagniappe will be, but no piece is complete without it. It could be ribbon that softens a wire or beaded jewelry design, a shape that adds balance to the whole piece, or a pop of color that draws your eye into the details of the design. Even the simplest jewelry designs have it, and sometimes there's more than one.
For me, the little extra touch that brings my jewelry designs together recently is color, and that is most often achieved by the addition of ribbon or other fibers. When I participated in the Bead Soup Blog Party last fall, my necklace had three lagniappe jewelry design elements in it: the addition of a short piece of ribbon knotted onto it, a surprising punch of red among all the green, gold, and blue hues; and the idea of four focal pieces that allowed the wearer to choose from "four fronts."
Sometimes the lagniappe is the final element that you test in your design when you finally know it's right, or it could be the element that a friend points out specifically when commenting on one of your jewelry designs--something like, "Oh cher, I like that necklace! I love the bit of blue ribbon," or "Sha! Look at that cute little bird on your bracelet!" That's how you know your jewelry design is finished, with lagniappe!
If you want great ideas on ways to add some lagniappe to your jewelry designs, check out Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel's new book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords. The colorful, nature-inspired jewelry designs in this exciting new book show that Lorelei and Erin understand the idea of lagniappe or a little something extra in jewelry design.
In their introduction, the authors share, "A few years ago, we both started adding leather, ribbons, and cords to our jewelry designs to set them apart in the crowded sea of bead and wire jewelry. Today, the contrast of soft fibers against beads and metal continues to captivate us." That's lagniappe! That's the little something extra that will set your jewelry designs apart. Pre-order your copy of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry . . . because who doesn't love that little something extra?
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