Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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
Sunday, December 26, 2010
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 :)