And it certainly does Chez dinahmow! So fast I am  surprised there isn’t a black and white chequered flag.

Most people who get to have as many “fire hazards” on their birthday cakes slow down about now. We are not  “most.”

The Man, for instance…decided he’d be semi-retired.I waved him off after lunch on Monday and shan’t see him til Lunch on Friday. (He’s working out of town.)

And I seem to be juggling hats. In between my gardener’s hat and chef’s hat I tried to make a hat for a little bit of fun and games here. Missed the deadline (of course!) as I was still trying to find my way around the new computer.And then I had some modem malarky. If I’d finished in time it would have been thisIMG_4615

But I actually remembered to take a camera on my last walk!That header  /\  is one of many pictures from the other day. And this morning I found the dinkiest lil green spider, but he’d gone camo by the time I ran indoors to get a camera. Pretty sure it was a (no, not that kind!) as we see lots of them ( also see quite a few of the other kind…). But, dammit! I need more spider pics for the Flickr group!

See? That’s another way I lose track of time!

I’m a bit of a links minx today, aren’t I? One more! I’m fairly confident that this won’t happen here when the Man finally retires. Hell! I hope not.Can’t have two opinionated know-alls in one house!



A cascade Palm; picture from my local Botanic Garden. If I remember (hah!) , whenever I change the banner I’ll post the picture. 


And that’s about it for today. Dinah’s muscles are complaining of strenuous over-use…


A couple of places I have been recently

winding widdershins…that’s right,these vines all twist in this direction.

the view from my local watering hole…

Yes, I know there has been no post since last month. I have been quite the little beaver. ‘smatter of fact I am thinking of changing my blog’s title since I can not, in all honesty, call myself “idle” these days.
But I’m working on it…
What has kept my nose to the grindstone and my fingers away from the keys? Artwork, of course. I am working on a couple of projects at present and, since I am not a professional, trained artist with unlimited resources,* I just chip away at this when time allows.

I have also spent some extra time at school and, believe me, that can be an exhausting experience!

But, as the Governor of California has been heard to say: I’ll be back!

I can just see some of my professional artist friends rolling in the aisles at that…