Friday, December 31, 2010
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There's no heat in the house I'm at, so I've devised a few ways to stay warm and thought I'd share.
1. Layer. Clothes, clothes, more clothes. Put on the sneakers, the bunny slippers, whatever you have to keep your feet warm. Polyester is cold, wear your cotton or acrylic things. Of course, there's only a few layers you can add before you just can't move, at which point your only recourse is to crawl into bed.
2. Turn things on. If you don't mind a slightly higher electric bill, turn on the TV, the computers, the printers, etc- they all produce a little bit of heat that does add up. Two computers in a small room make a huge difference.
3. Confine yourself to one room. Your body heat alone, if you stay in one closed in room, will raise the temperature a little bit. Grab the dog/cat/anything furry and keep them with you, they put out heat too!
4. Light candles......SAFELY. I found that 20 tealight candles in a 12x12 room heat it up noticeably by the time they burn down. And they're cheap if you buy them by the bag. I put mine on a couple of plates on top of a bookcase far away from anything flammable or the cat.
5. Sleep on the top bunk. Okay, this will only work if you have a bunk bed but heat rises-bad in the summer, great in the winter!
Don't forget to cover the plants, or bring them in.....and keep an eye on the animals. They get cold too! Anything goat to dog sized can usually be persuaded to keep an old tshirt on when it's cold. Set out a blanket for the cat to burrow in. Put heaters in the fish tanks, a light over the snakes....keep em warm!
Hopefully you're just reading this post for amusement and not because you to don't have any heat :). Stay warm!
Susan's Zoo Crew photography and design
Monday, December 27, 2010
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Friday, December 24, 2010
I made my first video of my photography and even did the background music myself! Okay, it's basically just a bass line but hey, it's mine!
See it on youtube at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We3E7bCs9NM
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
A cool picture I did of a friend playing bass! The negative effect gives it a glow.....
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This is one of those photographs where you look at it and go , hey that's neat! Started out as a photograph of flames through a burning piece of wooden lattice, one tiny invert and viola! Blue flames through white grid! Hint though, don't burn pressure treated lattice wood.....the fumes are obnoxious! Fans of this photograph design have commented that it also has a fantasy blue smoke look to it. (c) Susan L. Marsh, all rights reserved. Click on the image to see this on other products or to customize and add your own text!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Come by and let me know your opinion!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
One of my favorite animals, a white tiger is relaxing on the green grass in this original photograph. In this version, he's even licking his nose as if to say YUM! He's wet from just having come out of his tiger swimming area. Beautiful white tiger! Taken at Busch Gardens, Florida. (c) Susan L. Marsh, all rights reserved.
Love is knowing that even when someone isn't there in person, they are there in spirit. A profound thought, displayed here on a red purple background with filgaree framing. Add your own text or click on the picture to see this short love poem on dozens of other products!
I love flamingos! They are so pretty. I used to want one as a pet until I did some research....so I'll have to settle for pictures.... :)
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Making your ornament is pretty cool! After you click on the picture, you can poke around and make your own! Better than the styrofoam garbage they sell as ornaments in the stores nowadays......
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Here's a black and white version of the dolphin mentioned a few posts back, by request!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
A few years back a friend and I went to Discovery Cove in Orlando. Cost an extra $100 to swim with the dolphins for 30 minutes. Well, you don't really swim with them......that's misleading...that conjures up images of you in a tank of dolphins. What really happens is you stand in a line and the dolphin goes past and lets you touch him (which is how I know they feel like a flipper). Then, you swim out a ways and the dolphin "kisses" you for the camera. Then you hang on to the fin and WHEEEEEEEEEE get taken back in! Dolphin ride!!
After (or before depending on what time your turn is) you can go shuffle around with the stingray pool. Shuffle? Yep-you really don't want to step ON a stingray! Then you can go swim in the giant aquarium-big round pool with a fake reef in the middle and fish and rays swimming around and around. If you can hold your breath long enough, the bottom of the reef has a small shark inside of it behind glass you can see.
It's pretty cool.......but expensive for what you get. I was told the Florida Keys has a dolphin experience that lasts longer..... I probably won't do it again due to the cost, but I'm glad I did it then :)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saanens rule! Giant fluffy marshmallow goats. This one chose me at a show..... she was the best!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
EZ Grow Green
I've looked into it a few times, but it looked to complicated. After seeing the bucket systems and the easy home depot type, I decided to give it a go. I'd like to grow my hot peppers year round and I'm tired of fighting bugs!
So I bought the bucket system-basically you take a black bucket, drop a basket in it to hold the media, fill it with water and nutrient, add plant, add an airstone and pump and viola! Hydroponics! The kit came with the media, I'm also going to do another bucket using turface from my bonsai.
Then I got the fitting kit and went to home depot and bought two big storage containers. For the media in the baskets I'll use turface since I just bought a bag of it.
The cold snap here has made me gun shy on moving the plants, so I'm going to wait to set it up. I may go ahead and get the pieces all put together, but the garage is full of plants and doesn't have much room to move around in.
I will take pictures and post them here as I get going on it.......stay tuned!
Oh, and for the photography, here's a cute Christmas card I did:
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Flash mobs are neat when it's controlled and involves music. Apparently some of them have gotten out of hand, but mostly they're just fun. Like this one:
Love it! The first few people really have to have good voices!
It's cold here in (not so) sunny Florida, so this will be short post until I can fell my fingers again.......Next post, hydroponics and photography :)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
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Only applies if your bonsai is not of the thorny persuasion. Hugging a Brazilian Raintree hurts! Trust me on this one!
Friday, October 8, 2010
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Hope you got a chuckle out of it!
Friday, September 24, 2010
So I headed over to Walgreen's and hit up the toothache section. After reading a billion boxes, I came to the conclusion that all of the pain relief stuff had the exact same active ingredient! Even the one claiming nighttime relief was no different from the "regular" stuff, except in price. So I grabbed a tube of regular... but I remembered last time I had a toothache that stuff only worked for a few minutes until it wore off. Not to mention too much of it and you're drooling because you can't feel your mouth! I felt like I'd need more....
When I had my wisdom teeth pulled, I ended up with something called "Dry Socket". Doesn't sound too bad, does it? Wellllll let me tell you-that was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. Breathing through my mouth hurt (and I had a cold and no choice), swallowing hurt, my ear hurt, my throat hurt, everything! I was willing to do ANYTHING to stop that pain. I clawed myself up pretty good trying to even scratch away the pain through my cheek....OW!!! Called the dentist up and told them that it reallllllllly hurt-the receptionist basically said oh, that's normal. I said NO it's not-I've taken 4 ibuprophen, 2 aleve, half a bottle of toothache liquid and I'm still dying here! She still sounded dubious, had that someones-being-a-big-baby tone, but told me to come in.
My tooth was hurting so bad I could barely see straight but I drove back there. The receptionist kinda poo pooed me as I signed in, but the dental hygenist who knew me walked by and saw the look on my face and immediatly got the dentist. I was in the chair in a minute flat! The dentist was a nice guy, did the "Ok, what's going on here?" Told him owowowowowowowwwwwwwww and pointed. He got out the mirror and had a look.....
I've never seen a dentists' face go pale after looking into someones mouth before! He goes, "Oh you poor baby" and takes off down the hallway... I'm in the chair with a reallly puzzled assistant standing there too! He comes back with this little jar and goes, "You've got dry socket. I'm so sorry! This stuff is going to taste horrible but it'll take away the pain immediatly.....open up!"
Hey, at this point I don't care if the stuff required me to stand on my head for 10 minutes to work, HAND IT OVER! Open up I did.....and awful it was. Cat butt awful.......but oh man, the pain...... like someone dialed the guitar amp from 11 down to 1. ahhhhhhhhhhh blessed relief! He told me it was an all natural paste made from ground up cat butts and clove oil. Ok, maybe I exaggerated the cat butt part but the clove oil was true. Turns out I was the first person in 5 years at that practice to end up with dry socket, hence the disbelief. Well, at least I wasn't just being a baby! He explained that dry socket meant the blood clot fell off leaving the bone exposed to air, and that it is a very painful thing (duh!). Usually only happens if you smoke (I don't), throw up (nope), or suck through a straw (nada) after a tooth extraction.
I was sent home with a socket packed with cat butt clove oil paste and gauze and firm orders not to smoke/drink through straw/toss up my cookies. No problem! The gauze stayed in for about 3 days (as did the cat butt taste) but the pain never came back like that.
The reason for the digression is that I remembered how well that clove oil stuff worked and was hoping I could buy something....found nothing that said "clove oil". Did find a little kit that had tiny cotton balls, tweezers, and a vial of liquid....directions made it clear not to get it on anything but the hurt tooth... I figured that had to be potent stuff. The main ingredient was Eugenol oil. So it was buy one get one free .....added that to my basket. There was some of this gum stuff to cover sensitive areas, added that. Hey floss that whitens as it goes! Added that..... out we go.
Get out in the truck and immediatly try the benzocaine gel. Numbed my gums and tongue but didn't get to the tooth. BAH. Headed for home.
Now kinda desperate, I immediatly went and scrubbed my teeth, flossed with new floss (hoping it was just stuck food) and used my water pic. I put hyrdogen peroxide in the water tank of the water pic, about 25%, figuring it wouldn't hurt.
Then I busted out the super do-not-put-anywhere-else stuff.
Guess what? Eugenol oil *IS* oil of cloves! WHOO HOO!!! Grabbed the tiny ball of cotton, tried to soak up just a little of the oil, ended up with a dripping ball of cotton. The instructions had it in BOLD not to spill it, so I squeeze it out....stuck the little cotton ball on the hurting area and got.......cat butt flavor! Got it in half my mouth somehow, I wasn't so good that holding the cotton ball on the tooth. It burned a little but within 10 minutes no more tooth ache! Ahhhhh. Slapped some of the gum stuff between the two teeth just in case and right now, so far so good and it's been 3 hours.
So, the best stuff (but be careful) is called "Red Cross Toothache Kit". Got a red cross on it, comes with small tweezers small box of tiny cotton balls and tweezers. It works! Was $7 at walgreens. The gum stuff is "Dent's Toothache Gum" in an old fashioned looking box that's mostly blue and white. You cut a little pieces off, soften it in your mouth for a sec (don't chew) and put it over the hole. Those two rock! And oh, go make a dentist appointment.....which is where I"m heading now :)
Edit: This stuff, but go get it locally and save the shipping:
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
First we have Christmas Meets Halloween....background is an original spray paint painting and the rest is added/painted graphics. Poor elf!
Next up is the same elf in a more cheerful environment. Although, if you look close, you'll see the same frankenkitty that was chasing him being used-as a toy!:
Amazing what different ideas come about from one little elf graphic......and now I'm off to make some more! Let me know if you like....or hate.......either one :)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
While watching all the deleted scenes, I'll admit to zoning out and not paying attention to the movie. Then all of a sudden my ears heard a CSI character?! Grabbed the remote......rewind.......sure enough!
It's in the scene "Cajon Chef"...the chef that talks to Mrs. Doubtfire is Paul Guifoyle who plays Jim Brass on the original CSI!! I had to watch it a couple of times to make sure as they show him in such a way that he looks taller :). Found the credits and yep......it's him! Jim Brass as a chef....... :)
Talk about before they became famous.......
Funny part is my ears caught on to it before my eyes did :). I wonder how many other actors I'm used to seeing on CSI are in other shows.......
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This was the sort of sunrise I was looking for and didn't get to photograph:
Sunday, September 12, 2010
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Zazzle binder from Susan Marsh: Bright Blue electric guitar repeated i...A neat repeated image of a strat style electric guitar on a binder, perfect for a music binder or for anyone who just loves guitars!