Monday, May 20, 2024

T Stands For H.M.S. Pinafore

 

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Today I'm joining Valerie and Erika at Art Journal Journey while we share our drinks this T Tuesday.

This is the tale of the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera in two acts.  If you aren't familiar with it, I'll provide a brief synopsis.

Act 1, Noon

Josephine, the daughter of the Captain of the Pinafore, is in love with a common seaman, Ralph, but knows she must marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty, whom she finds despicable.

Buttercup, a maiden who sells her wares on board the Pinafore, hints things aren't always what they seem, but her warning is met with deaf ears.

Ralph decides to kill himself because he knows he can never have Josephine.  Josephine sees Ralph and runs to profess her love to him.  They decide to leave and elope that night.

Act 2, Night 

The Captain expresses his concerns and Buttercup offers him her sympathy. He tells her that he would return her affection if their social standing was different. She warns him that things are not all they seem, and a change is in store for him. He fails to understand her cryptic warning.

Buttercup replies:

Sometimes things aren't what they seem. 

Skim milk masquerades as cream.

When Ralph and Josephine try to leave the ship, Porter has Ralph locked in the brig.  He also had the Captain confined to his quarters.

Buttercup then reveals her secret.  When she was younger, she took care of two infant baby boys.  She accidentally got them mixed up and the pompous Porter is really of low birth, while seaman Ralph is of noble birth.  All turns out well in the end.

Please share your own drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I will gladly visit, as will other T participants.  Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.  Please remember to visit your fellow T participants. 

 

  

 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Friday Face-Off and Friday Smiles: meet me in my flower bed

 

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I have done a bit of work in my flower bed.

I have added the rocks and moved the Chicken and Dog.  
 
Erika wanted to see the front of the rooster, so I thought it would be a great time to share him at Nicole's Friday Face Off.  
 






I hope you enjoyed the faces and the art my neighbor made.  I am simply thrilled he is letting me use these in my new flower garden.
 
I sincerely hope you will join Bleubeard and me at Friday Smiles 374 and Friday Face Off.

 

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

*WOYWW 780: 15 years and counting*

 

Today I am joining the greatest head desker in the world, our beloved Julia at Stamping Ground

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 As you can see, in the past few years, I may only visit once or twice a year, but Wendy and I will never miss an anniversary.  We haven't missed one yet!


As for the obligatory rocking horse, this tiny pin is attached to WOYWWendy's bodice.

I made exactly two anniversary ATCs, one for Julia and one for my PIF partner.

Please note that I only go shopping once a week because of the pain I'm experiencing.  I have finally realized it is due to lupus, a disorder I was diagnosed with a few years ago.  Therefore, since I must buy stamps in order to send these to their respective recipients, it will be Monday before I mail them.
 

Monday, May 13, 2024

T Stands For Mom and Dad Mugs

 

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Today we are heading back to The Spice Merchant.

The last time I was at The Spice Merchant, they had 

most of their Mom and Dad mugs 

front and center, tempting customers to buy their parents a mug for either Mother's Day or Father's Day.

If you couldn't decide, why not get matching Mama and Papa bear mugs.

Dad mugs seemed to come in sets of two.

If you couldn't decide,

get a set of two.

I hope each of you were able to do something nice for your mother this year (if she is still alive) and now you have some gift ideas for your father (if he is still alive).  In the states, Father's Day is always the third Sunday in June.

It's now time to share your own drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I will gladly visit, as will other T participants.  Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.  Please remember to visit your fellow T participants. 
 

 

 

Monday, May 6, 2024

bEARTHday T

 

 I'm inviting you to share my bEARTHday celebrations in food and drink.

As I explained last week, my No Name friends took me to dinner at a nice Mexican restaurant.  Most everyone knows I will order Chili Rellenos, but there were none on the menu where we went.  Instead, we started with a Mexican soup I had never had before.  It had various pastas, onions, and potatoes.  
 
Next came a tomatillo salad with cilantro-lime dressing.  It was garnished with slices of avocado and lime wedges.
They also gifted me with this lovely bouquet of flowers.

The next day, my foodie friend Sally

took me to Golden Corral, where I got 

carrot cake, not quite as good as my grandmother always made for my birthday, but acceptable at least.

Sally is pigging out on fresh fruit and I am drinking ice water with lemon.  For me it's cake first!!!

Now you've shared my bEARTHday with me, it's time to share your own drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I will gladly visit, as will other T participants.  Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.  Please remember to visit your fellow T participants. 



Thursday, May 2, 2024

Second on the 2nd: Poetry

 

As most of you know, whenever possible, I like my Second Look to somehow reflect what our current host at Art Journal Journey is featuring.  That means I had to look for something that reflected Poetry, the theme which Valerie and Erika share this month.

This post was created for two very different challenges from two different challenge blogs that are no longer with us. One prompt was Rhyme Time and the other was Poetry.  This entry was originally published in September, 2014, and contains the ONE and ONLY poem I ever wrote.


It was even published in a national teen magazine, although, for the life of me, I can no longer remember the name of it.

After all, I was only 11 when I wrote and submitted it.  Actually, if truth be told (and again, I simply don't remember) I suspect I talked my Grandmother (Grands raised me from birth) into submitting it for me.

 https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEg3lGUzVcwFt_Wl9YeQ53hfpNTKuY1eVnmVYSMg2FlwCKXOFnqqY8nNv7J850gRCvLQI8RvrM_5dFXroVlu_3S-7ZnKC2fUbMMX27n9ZJSvCNiyV_r2eStNdB7q7yhyphenhyphen5Kod7A6p/s1600/Tree.jpg  While trying to create this entry, I looked high, low, and everywhere in between for the tree image I though I owned (in green).  But it must have belonged to my friend Kathy, because it was in with a bunch of stamped images I had received from a stamping swap I participated in years and years and years ago.  I did, on the other hand, find the other tree, but should have left it off, since I didn't stamp it nearly as well as the tree I had received in the swap. 

Now it's time to share your own Second on the 2nd.  The rules are quite simple and everyone is welcome to join the fun look back.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or perhaps one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Any post, any genre, any artistic endeavor is acceptable, as long as it's been published sometime in the past.  Then link below (direct links only, please) and Bleubeard and I, along with other Second on the 2nd friends, will be by to visit.