Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrate The Small Things - Feb. 16, 2018


Today escrow closes and our town home is officially sold! Yay! What a hassle it was to go back and forth with the buyer and management company on extra work they wanted done, paperwork to be signed, info to be gathered, policies to be cancelled, etc. It was a major time waster. We are not making any money off of the sale, unfortunately, but I'm so glad to not have to spend any more time dealing with the place. I'm just sad that the renters had to move because they are great people.

I had so many good ideas for my webcomics this week and was able to get quite a few sketches done.

My son finally showed interest in The Lord of the Rings movies, so we watched the first one together on Sunday. It's one of my favorite movies and I love the book. No one else in the family is interested, but it was nice to share the movie with my son.



My husband got me gifts, chocolates, and flowers for Valentine's Day. I'm sure I got fatter from the chocolates, but they were worth it. Haha!

What are you celebrating?


I am part of a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs and participating blogs listed below.
Have a great weekend!

Lexa Cain @ http://lexacain.blogspot.com/

L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog
1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning

Friday, February 2, 2018

Celebrate The Small Things - Feb. 2, 2018





It was hard to think of things to celebrate this week. I had some minor irritations like being unsuccessful at fixing my old boom box, someone running through a stop sign right in front of me, and sneezing all week from allergies. It has been unusually hot again (around 85°F/29°C) all week and will be the same next week. This creates more allergens in the air from flowers blooming.

Someone was murdered in a domestic dispute/lovers triangle two streets over from us which opened up a big can of worms about their residence that has upset some people in our neighborhood. They are banding together now to make a complaint to the city. Wow. It has brought to light a problem that most of us did not know was going on.

ANYWAY, moving on to things to celebrate. My family and I were in a game shop that sells board games, model kits, and other types of games that are non-video games. I saw Moomin story cubes that I thought were cute. There was only one pack on the shelf and I thought that if I didn't get them, they wouldn't be there the next time I stepped foot in the shop. So, I bought them. I thought they might help me think up some stories for a webcomic. You just roll the dice and make up a story relating to the images that pop up. You can use one row as the beginning of your story, the second row as your middle, and the third row as the ending to your story. You can move the rows around if you want. You can even use columns instead of rows.
I was thinking to replace the images with characters of my own, but I was curious about these Moomin characters, so I looked them up. Apparently, they are very popular around the world except for here which is the United States. Disney wanted to buy rights, but they refused. They have their own theme park and there is a movie in the works that is supposed to come out next year. Well, this had me intrigued!

An odd thing is, I bought a Moomin postcard several years ago that I just bought because I liked the image. I had no idea it was a Moomin character or what a Moomin even was. It was at Kinokuniya bookstore in Little Tokyo where they sell Japanese books, notebooks, sketchbooks, pencils, and other super cute stuff that Japanese people like. They are not things you can easily find at other stores. The postcard looked Scandinavian. That's why I bought it. I like the Scandinavian style.

When I saw the Moomin cubes, I immediately recognized one of characters as being the one on my postcard.

I wanted to know what the appeal was for the Moomins to be so popular. I found some comic strips online. They had underlying social and perhaps political themes to it. I watched a few episodes of the cartoon online which was geared toward children. Luckily my local library had several Moomin books and a biography on the author, so I checked them out. Here's the first volume:

It's surprising that I've lived all these years without ever hearing about the Moomins. Weird. They have been around for decades. I'm going to continue research on these strange creatures. It's fun.

My graphic novel is still coming along slowly, but I'm happy with the drawings.

I took a break from it briefly this week and completed a short story in thumbnail form using the same characters. I'm happy the way it turned out. It's going to be put up online as a webcomic once I tie down the drawings and add color. I want it to be done very quickly, though, so I can put more time into my graphic novel. A lot of cartoonists have books out with extremely simple drawings, so I'm going to try to whip the drawings up as quickly and simply as possible. I've been classically trained, so it's hard to let drawings go "unfinished" or with that type of look. It's probably equivalent to a person with OCD letting an item on the desk sit crooked. It makes you cringe.

I hope you had things to celebrate this week, great and small.

I am part of a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs and participating blogs listed below.
Have a great weekend!


Lexa Cain @ http://lexacain.blogspot.com/

L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog
1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning

Friday, January 19, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things - January 19, 2018



I mentioned to my uncle that I could've fixed our TV if I had a soldering iron, but I didn't want to go out and get one. He said he had a bunch of tools he wasn't using, including a soldering iron in his basement and said he would send them to me. Wow! He's trying to clean out his house, so I it works out for both of us. Just in time because our other TV just broke a few days ago as well! I found out how to fix them via YouTube.

I also found out how to fix CDs and DVDs off of YouTube. I tried it on my old portable DVD player and it worked! I was able to listen to my old Cranberries CD on it after hearing that Dolores O'Riordan died. Heartbreak and happiness at the same time.

Now I'm looking around the house for broken electronics that I can bring back to life. Hahaha!

I actually threw out a remote belonging to a broken DVD player that has been sitting around our house for years. Literally within two hours I saw the same remote on a website on how to pair your old remote to your Apple TV. I was looking all over the house for our Apple TV remote and getting angrier by the second because I couldn't find it. I looked up how to get a new one and lo and behold I saw a YouTube video on how to pair an old remote. The remote on the cover image was the same remote we have! Wow! What are the odds of that? I fished the remote out of the trash (which grossed my son out), cleaned it off with rubbing alcohol and paired it to the Apple TV. It worked! It even turned the Apple TV on which you can't do using the digital remote app on your phone.

My husband and I went to the comic shop and he bought me the Lynda Barry book, The Good Times Are Killing Me, which is kind of hard to find unless you order it online. I've read almost all of her books except for that one. I love Lynda Barry!

Last thing to celebrate is my son's interest in cooking. He wanted to make his own style of tacos which he did last night. It's heart-clogging since it includes butter, but it was delicious!  I'm hoping that one of these days he'll do some of the cooking which will free up some of my time.

I am part of a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs and participating blogs listed below.
Have a great weekend!


Lexa Cain @ http://lexacain.blogspot.com/

L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog
1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning

Friday, December 15, 2017

Shecember Days 8-12

In case anyone here is interested, here are my latest Shecember drawings:





Next year is going to be great, right?

Celebrate The Small Things - December 15



The good news this week is that we got a buyer for our townhome. I initially didn't want to let it go because it's the house we were living in when we had our first baby. It has been on the market since last summer. We really needed to get rid of it because we couldn't afford it any longer. I finally came to terms with letting it go. I prayed for someone to buy it. The next morning, our realtor called to tell me there was a legitimate offer. All the previous offers did not work out. Today, the paperwork was done and the ball is rolling. 

Since our TV died last week, we were able to find a cheap one that was the same size as our last one, but with a sharper picture. We were going to have a movie night at home last Friday, but had no TV. It was funny because we had the popcorn ready, but nothing to watch. Our smaller TV was in another room that had no couch to sit on. I ate the popcorn anyway sitting on the couch looking at a black TV screen. The popcorn was good.

I learned that Samsung has a problem with the capacitors blowing out on their TVs. You can fix it yourself by watching YouTube tutorials, but you need a soldering iron which I don't have. My husband didn't want me to mess with it, though and didn't want to go out and get a soldering iron.

Days after our TV died, our clothes dryer died. Why does it always happen at the end of the year? Looking on the bright side, we have a drying rack. Hahaha! Celebratin' the small things...

I hope you have good things to celebrate!
 
I am part of a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs and participating blogs listed below.
 
Have a great weekend!

Lexa Cain @ http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog
1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning

Friday, December 8, 2017

Shecember days 6 & 7


My focus was the 50s style for these. I wanted to do a Fred Moore (from Disney) style, but it didn't turn out that way at all! I'll keep trying.

Celebrate The Small Things - December 8, 2017




This was a crazy week. I made Christmas plans with family members who didn't want to deal with each other and managed to get through it fairly unscathed. So far so good. Festivus for the rest of us. lol

We had another prowler last night caught on our security camera. That's the second in about three years. Too many. I met a lady who lives a few houses down from us who saw a couple of guys casing the neighborhood a few nights ago. We shared information which was very helpful. A police officer came to our house. He seemed to be on top of things and gave us some good information.

The city fixed our sidewalk this week. The roots were lifting the sidewalk up which I complained about a few years ago since people were tripping and falling over it. They didn't want to fix it back then. They just put tar over the crack. It has gotten higher since then. I'm surprised they came out to fix it. They are fixing these types of cracks in the whole city. Maybe someone tripped over one and sued the city for injuries.

When the workers broke up the old sidewalk, they broke all the sprinklers. Today they fixed them all and the new sprinklers appear to be even better than before! Yay! Let's hope they're actually functional as opposed to looking shiny and new. I won't know until they are completely done. The cement is still drying and the grass next to the sidewalk is in disarray. They'll probably come back next week.

I had to download a few of my husband's animated shots from his old job so he can use them to get new jobs. The studio required him to download iBackup to get his shots. I had to do it for him since he couldn't do it from his current job. No other studio has asked to do this before. I had so many problems with iBackup! I have never been so upset with a website in my life. I was screaming obscenities at the computer for about an hour. It was worse than dealing with Blue Shield health insurance over the phone being put on hold for over an hour and then getting disconnected. Just the login process is enough to make you want to start a fight club. I managed to get through it, download all his shots, and cancel iBackup, hopefully before they charge us the monthly fee. It was a horrible experience, but fantastic when I got everything to work.

The fires were raging in southern California this week. The air quality was bad, but celebrating the small things, we weren't near any of the fires. :o/ Our TV died, but luckily we had another one for me to keep up-to-date with the fires. I don't watch much TV anyway.

I actually got a few pages of my book done despite all the craziness. That's looking on the bright side. I probably could've gotten more done if all these things hadn't happened.

I hope you had good things to celebrate! Have a great weekend!

Please check out the blogs below. They are part of a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs at: 

Lexa Cain @ http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning