The Nightly Sketch

Since I’ve moved to Murray which will be 1 year from tomorrow I have not sketched just for fun. So tonight after working a long shift at Office Depot I decided to grab one of my favorite gel pens and some nice 32lb paper and drew for about 15 minutes. I was referencing a photograph I took while I stayed with my sister and her family back in October. So here is the result -enjoy some good black on white!

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Stamp Collecting

My first stamps I collected, Carousel horses, the Postal Service issued 1995

I have always paid particular interest to the  images on postage stamps. Oftentimes  I chose the stamp that seemed to “fit” the message of the letter/card the best or just seemed “fun.” After going through many of the cards & envelopes I have saved for many years I noticed that I had over 11 different stamps with varying postage and imagery. It was equally as fun seeing the various post-mark dates and locations (I think Honolulu, HI post-marked July 15 2011 is my most exotic).

I also found my  carousel horse stamps that my father gave to me close to 16 years ago. I am so amazed they have lasted this long!

So I have decided  I would start collecting.  I think I will continue to

 

save the letters I receive from family and friends and maybe invest in a few blocks of  stamps that I really enjoy there illustrations. I also hope to do more research on stamp collecting. Stamps are truly a time capsule, representing changes in our country and people  (rates of first-class postage continuing to increase).

Below is a link and short  video to discuss more about stamp collecting.

http://arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=8&cmd=1

 

The End of the Saga

Last Sunday at about 9:55 PM I couldn’t wait any longer to watch the final film of the Harry Potter series…  Here is my review:

There were several parts of the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) film that  enhanced J. K.  Rowlings depiction of this turmoil ridden world. When Voldemort’s forces finally come to destroy Hogwart’s, the imagery created by the magical forcefield surrounding the school was incredible. This film was action packed, one event right after another with very little characterization.  If you are not familiar with the other 7 films (or books)  it might be a bit hard to follow. Yet, for avid Harry Potter fans they should be able to keep up quite readily. I had high expectations for this film and in some ways it was disappointing. At several points in the beginning of the film Harry’s character fell flat. Perhaps being the Savior-figure of the film was too much for Daniel Radcliff. Some of the fight scenes were also disappointing especially between Harry & Voldemort. I was expecting to see more spells and less man-handling. One character I felt executed his role quite well was Neville Longbottom.

I am sad to see this magical saga come to an end. However, all good things must. If you haven’t dove into reading J.K. Rowlings books, I would suggest you do so they are far better than the films. Now I will leave you with a glance at the past.

Can you believe it started a decade ago?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)

What’s outside your window?

When I left last Wednesday morning for Wisconsin, I had a perfectly functioning bird feeder…

When I returned home my bird feeder was missing a perch and its bottom stopper. I suspected squirrels were the culprit. Since I have been feeding black oil sunflower seeds to the birds I’ve had to chase more squirrels from my feeder. So I decided to invest in a squirrel-proof- feeder (as you can see from the above series of photos it is far from). I guess in the future  I will be sure  to only get safflower seeds to feed the cardinals, chickadees and other birds. In the meantime I will be entertained by the squirrels antics.

Top 10 Flowers in Western Kentucky

As promised I am sharing with you some of the more unique looking flowers I learned about  in my field botany class.  The flowers I have listed below are from small herbaceous plants  ( from such families as irises and mints) to large woody shrubs and trees. Enjoy their variety in color and shape!

Narrow leaf blue eyed grass flower (Iris family)

Orange jewelweed flower

Northern catalpa flower (tree)

Wild bergamot (mint family)

Flower from Paw paw (small tree)

Butterfly milkweed infloresence

Button bush flower

Maypops flower (vine)

Silk tree/ Mimosa flower (has long, thin, stamens)

Tulip tree/yellow poplar flower (in Magnolia family)