Thursday, January 03, 2019

Begin 2019

Photo by SnaggleToothMay 2014


Going so slow to start off a new online year with posting. No altered fun yet, just a pretty picture from sunset past at the little bridge I miss taking pics from, found in old files.

Having two back-to-back holiday weeks of having to work morning to afternoon, then overnight the next day, on work-week days 4 to 5 will do it.

 Folks at the house not allowing me to sleep on my only scheduled sleep days made life even more difficult, (yesterday again!). Add on top of it a case of flu lingering on-
It is amazing I did anything...

Still, I haven't sent out any cards, or come up with the ambition to write notes in them.

I find it is difficult to cast away a year in which several important loved ones have passed away. In 2018 I lost a brother, a dear Aunt, n a young co-worker friend who committed suicide. My reaction to all these sad events delayed itself until recently.

Seriously, I don't want to work on holidays anymore. (All so I don't get cut a day of pay). It is time I get to do some of what I want for me.

I haven't been feeling very happy n never did say Happy New Year to anyone. Even on Facebook, without even explaining myself there. You need to hide so much on that forum, it makes your life seem like a dream-like utopia...

For my B-day in November I got a 2DS Nintendo (hand-held game),  n have a bunch of Lego games. My little portable dvd player died last week, so I bought a new blue-ray disk portable player yesterday, so I could finally watch a blue-ray film I got for Christmas, "Solo" directed by Ron Howard. I did like it.

Now I need more music n artwork time. I got a bunch of watercolor pencils, paper, n brushes as a present. I need to learn how they work. Hopefully that will be a fun adventure. I am so tired of not getting anywhere with what I want to do with my time.

Blogger has been on the back-burner of cooking plans recently. I haven't cooked one holiday thing yet either, mostly because of the folks n dogs in the house making it difficult. I can't afford to move yet, prices here went way up, as minimum wage is now $12 per hour now, tho I got no pay raise n have been devalued by work yet again. Somehow, I don't think this year will be much better.

I am still buying lottery tickets, so not all hope is lost ... almost like in a Star Wars film.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Ornamental

Image by SnaggleTooth Dec 2018



The past few weeks I've  been avoiding blog-land n posting for the most part.

Image by SnaggleTooth Dec 2018

One of my siblings passed away from illness after Thanksgiving. Why does it seem these things happen alot at holiday time...?


Image by SnaggleTooth Dec 2018

I've been getting very introspective about my life. So much I've been doing these past few years was about waiting for that. Still, it's always tough to have to face mortality as part of the oldest generation in your immediate family.

Image by SnaggleTooth Dec 2018

Luckily, trying to get the Xmas stuff all done has me fairly tied up. I never even transferred pics off my cam since before Thanks-time until yesterday, n now have tons of play pics to do I'd like more time for.

Image by SnaggleTooth Dec 2018

Please be patient with my sluggish motivation. I have alot of easier fb stuff to post, but still working on the bill-paying on-line since missing the library for weeks
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The temps have been frigid here, n we had a snow-dusting finally.

Image by SnaggleTooth Dec 2018

I'm sure the rest of the month will whoosh right by if I'm not paying attention...
Image by SnaggleTooth Dec 2018

This is my fave section in a super-close-up.

I really like these huge, red, bulb things at the shopping plaza near work.

I haven't really decorated at all yet.
I did splurge on one reindeer ornament...
Have a good week!
Photo by SnaggleTooth Dec 2018







Monday, November 19, 2018

Spells, Potions, Curses, Enchantments

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018
This past year was special in my family, when MB aka Erica did DNA testing at both Ancestry dot com, n My Heritage dot com as a cross-reference. Last year my brother had mentioned Ancestry had found a first cousin he'd thought was an error.

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

Erica's searches revealed unknown cousins on both sides of her family tree! Yes, we figured out that my Dad's youngest brother had a secret, adopted out girl. His sons were some of my fave, younger cousins to hang out with in Maine. Turns out she grew up n lives now in New England.

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

We are all now friends on FB. Also it felt weird to find out my newly found cousin is just slightly older than me! Luckily she had wonderful parents n a good life. Also she loves cats!



Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

Some cousins are ignoring the new family member's existence, n really it's all up to the individuals. Most of us tho, go with "The more the Merrier" theory. She never had the sibling n cousin ties the rest of us had all those growing years.


Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018


My ex's father had apparently re-married n had several more children we didn't hear about. So MB really found some fun new family ties to get to know on that side too. Online tools do make it easy to connect or choose not to as you please.


Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

MB found out alot of interesting things like UK,  n European DNA origins. Plus locations of earlier generations on my side going way, way back!

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

One of our ancestors who lived in the 1700's lived to be 65. Interestingly, her occupation was listed on a document as "Witch"! Erica's joke on FB when she posted about it was that this fact explained  few things...

(... like some folks in my family having weird, occasional ESP moments.)



Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

The image played with today had color change filter twice to get these Neon-like color versions.


Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

I'd meant to post about this closer to Halloween going by, but here we are almost week 3 in November already! I had uploaded these images a week ago, n just got to the writing part now. Time is really slipping by me lately as I try to sleep more.

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

This image is original colors. The Dollar Tree had this cartoony- witch pic as a poster in the window. I thought the text n subject might be a fun image to put under my spell...

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

These are the first color pallet change.

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018


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I really like this version.

Photo Image by SnaggleTooth Oct 2018

Here's a closer crop of the original photo used for the above altered images.

Photo Image by SnaggleTooth Oct 2018

Finally we are back to the cartoony - witch's shelf which caught my attention as I passed by.

Time to move onto being thankful to have an extra day off this upcoming week. Yay!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

11th Day of the 11th Month

Photo by SnaggleTooth Nov 2018

Happy Veteran's Day!
Thank you for all we have because of you!

Friday, November 02, 2018

Berry Red Altered


Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

Well, Halloween went ok, as I had the Day Off n went to visit BBM n kids in the village. I have been very sore from work, but was able to just relax at their house n leave a bunch of "Unknown" blog comments! Woops!

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

I watched the "stop motion" film "FrankenWeenie" by Tim Burton, in Black n White format. I was amused by the Dracula, Godzilla, n Frankenstein movie references.


Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

As a Disney film it delivered a quality story too. They have a museum of all the miniatures n drawings used in the film in the bonus materials. The amount of work required to do those animations is huge. 

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

I made a Purple-People-Eater clay-mation stop-motion, short- video film in college once. I used Play Dough, n it took days! Then I recorded guitar finger-picking for the sound track.
I have an idea of the work involved in that film - huge!

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

TG this week-end is Fall-back" to Eastern Daylight Savings Time, one hour. I so need to  sleep later!  I have been burnt out lately. I haven't had a vaca week since early spring.
Maybe for a week I'll feel more rested...
 

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

These colors got me craving homemade cranberry foods. I miss those free ones I used to get working on the bogs years ago. I'll have to pay about $3 per pound, then find time to process n make sauce, muffins, bread, n pie, ect.



Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

Also it's easier to find turkey parts at the market  I want to eat it with. All that canned jellied sauce in a can is full of high -fructose corn syrup. I prefer raw cane sugar n honey in mine. 
Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

I like this green one, altho the angle didn't get any berries in it.
It took a long time to do these pics, because the old pc is acting old!
It keeps getting errors at cropping with the mouse, so a few aren't as square as I would like. This was second from the original.

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

Who couldn't use more green? I haven't hit it big in the lottery yet, but Mega-millions n Powerball huge jack-pots had me dreaming big buying tickets last week. Did you play?


Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

I'd love to have cash n time to play with animation films again. Meanwhile I'm stuck trying to pay rent instead of playing with art. N this old pc is making it difficult to get these buttons pushed. Good thing I have patience still...

Below is the original pic, shown last in the previous post.


Photo by SnaggleTooth Nov2018

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov2018
This is the same as the top, first cropped one. Hope I get to alter more soon!