Friday, December 19, 2008


Yesterday I lost my voice. I've had a little cold all week, but I guess it all caught up with me yesterday with my last two classes of the day. In an hour and a half, my voice went from a little wraspy to sounding like Tom Waits. By the time I went to bed, I could only whisper. So today, I called in sick, but still went in during the morning to get things ready for a sub. I really wanted to be there today to see the kids off to the holiday break, but a voiceless teacher is not my style.
So besides not feeling that bad, except for not being able to talk, the weather was amazing. A springlike 68 F!! I was sitting out on my porch enjoying the warm sun, when it started to rain. I just love it when it rains when the sun is out, and today was no exception. The rain produced the most amazing rainbow. I took a little walk out to the street corner where I could see the entire, colorful arch.

Here's some pictures:

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

She's just a little baby!

Kitty in a box!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Did you know?

That metal jewelry gets pickled? This is a picture of that process. Courtesy: Green Girl Studios.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lost Wax Processor

I've been working for my friends @ Green Girl Studios lately. It's pretty meditative shooting wax into molds, then cleaning up the delicate wax copies with a hot metal tool and a steady hand.

The Amazing, Magic Sketchbook

Monday, July 7, 2008

Stuck in a hail storm

I'm waiting under some trees!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Showdown

Shaffner vs. Barb. Senaca Lake. Be there!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Paul's Shuttle

It's official...;)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cleveland vs. San Diego

Mom, Brian, Dad, Bill, & Neto. Father's Day @ the Tribe game.

Live from Cleveland.

Live from Cleveland.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lake Jocassee

Richard. Going to get the morning's coffee. Lake Jocassee, SC.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

It's time to vote in NC.

It's time to vote in NC.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Little Lloyd having a ball in Wooster.

Little Lloyd having a ball in Wooster.

Monday, March 17, 2008

One night in Woodfin, NC

One night in Woodfin, NC

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Somethin' Different

Mo & Po Arnold breezed through town the other day on their Snow-Bird migration between Florida and Ohio. They were headed back to Ohio because they heard their driveway needed shoveled.
I met up with them after work and took them to the Mellow Mushroom to have a beer in the warm sunshine. Later we went to go take in some live Bluegrass and BBQ at the Fiddlin' Pig. Next time I'll wear my Clogging shoes!
As my pops has been famously know to say, "Every time I come down here I see somethin' different!"

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Mid-week in Marshall

The other night, I was at the earthy grocery store, when we ran into the dynamic duo: Becka and Josie. It had been a while, but the timing was perfect because Josie was having a show opening for her paintings in the town of Marshall this wednesday. I knew Josie was a fierse metal mama, but I had no idea she painted. Her paintings mostly dealt with her studies of the sky and landscapes. It made for a beautiful, heavenly exhibition. A Wednesday in Marshall? Rock on!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Spring? Is that you?

After a couple snow days this past week, Mother Nature gave me signs of hope in the form of violets and dandylions on a warm Sunday afternoon stroll.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A sneek-peek of Elect-A-Chin '08!

A sneek-peek of Elect-A-Chin '08!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Short Story from the Steam Lounge

The forecasts were true, we received enough of a snow dusting to cancel school. I think I'm going to build a snowman, go sledding or have a snooo........wait a minute.....scratch that idea, the snow just melted. Oh well, it's nice to have the day off!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

My little blogger

I just got a new phone today, so i am starting to mobile BLOG. Since my computer tanked about a month ago i've been ignoring my blog. So i'm giving my little keypad a workout! Welcome to the mobile Barnyard!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Drip You Later

The other night I went to the Dripolator coffee shop for their open mic. I've performed there a few times this fall, but I haven't been singing much during the holidays, so I just went to watch and document the action. I was interested in making what's called a panograph after seeing some "how to's" on the internet. So basically you keep your camera set on manual so the lighting doesn't change, and then just snap a bunch of pictures, be sure to keep your camera from moving closer or further away and just move the lens angles around. Take a lot of shots, and capture a lot of area. Once you do that you can put the pics together like a puzzle using a photo editing program, or you could just print them out and physically construct your image. After some intense hours or drooling and staring blankly into the computer screen, I think it may be worth it to print and do it manually.

So here's what I came up with...


Along with the music and photography, some fierce games of Battleship were played...

Gregg cut his hand at work that day so, we all had to sign his bandage...

Despite it all G managed to render some most impressive caricatures of yours truely...

and some other folks, which can be seen on the back of the paper Steve O used to give directions to his new abode for a little housewarming the next night...

As you can probably tell, the experience of receiving directions from Steve blows Mapquest or Google out of the water. You just can't beat the face to face.

Schirner Chair Update:

My last post introduced the lovely Miss Schirner's latest project, transforming an old dust collector, I mean chair her mother found in a barn some twenty-odd years ago, into a shabby-chic thing of comfort and beauty. In the before picture, you can see that the seat was blown out. Fixing the seat was priority #1 as J-Schirn began her weaving journey one afternoon...

Despite the hardships of splinters and sore, dried hands, Jennifer bore her burden with a look of constant excitement, joy and happiness!!


to be continued...

Winter Fashion Alert!

I recently added a few pictures onto my Flickr page. If you click on this one below, and look at the note directly on the picture, you will find a description of functional/retro look that I tried to pioneer years back. Here Parrot Guvn'a Cowboy gives a sultry look sure to induce the masses into hysteria...
Don't make me get Midieval on your A#@!!
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