Playing with a flower

I found a perfect magnolia blossom on the ground in front of my neighbor’s house, and decided to play with it like a child might play with a toy. First I drew all over on petal with colored pens, then I pried it open to reveal its fascinating center. I took pictures along the way.

 

Perfect blossom

Pen changes color the longer it has been on the flower

Adding color

Smearing, scribbling

What’s inside?

Ooo

Nifty center

Pretty flower

 

 

 

 

 

Child’s Desk Makeover

My tween’s desk has been a source of parental horror for me ever since I caught her eating a bowl of soup directly in front of the laptop keyboard. Banning soup from the area isn’t enough though. I mean, look at the photo below. She doesn’t have any real space to do her crafts while watching endless sessions of PopularMMOs on the laptop screen. I’ve been telling her for months that we just need to raise the lappy up on a platform, push it back aways, and add a bluetooth keyboard which we have kicking around, but she recoiled every time I brought it up, apparently unable to convince herself that the effort of moving her little bins of whatsit back there were going to be worth it.

"Before"

“Before”

So while she was at school one day last week, I decided to take matters in to my own hands, aka, “saving her from herself.” It’s a power technique all parents need to have in their toolkit when raising a stubborn child.

Once I got past stripping away layers of garbage and out of place materials I began to notice some shrewd transformations my child had done:

Clever use of pencil sharpeners to hold those silly little golf pencils

Clever use of pencil sharpeners to hold those silly little golf pencils

 

Cheap windchime kit ingeniously morphed into a mobile with straws, paper clips and little paper shapes.

Cheap wind chime kit ingeniously morphed into a mobile with straws, paper clips and little paper shapes.

Once there was room, I moved all the little bins and put in these cheap plastic shelves from Daiso and then arranged her stuff. Lappy went up on a riser with the keyboard tucked underneath.

See how much better it looks? Well, it’s not Pinterest-worthy but still. In my house, this counts as serious progress. Especially since the kid loved it.

"After"

“After”

November…and the Flowers are Having a Party

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Autumn leaves? Never you mind that. Ice plant still has flowers.

 

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Pansies are up for another round, while Ice plant keeps on blooming.

 

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Dahlia has not bloomed yet, and that flower bud has been staging itself for days, shyly refusing to open.

 

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While the Dahlia on the other side of the hedge says, “Come on out, the weather’s great!”

 

I can't remember the name of this cool flower but it has not stopped blooming since spring.

I can’t remember the name of this cool flower but it has not stopped blooming since spring.

 

Lithodora, back for another round.

Lithodora, back for another round.

Day 3: Share photos of the city where you live and tell us why you like (or don’t like) living there. #crazyrebelliousart

Share photos of the city where you live and tell us why you like (or don’t like) living there.

Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, and I love my neighborhood and my neighbors. Though I’m not a fan of this ugly building:

When they finished the lettering it said "The Healing Corner"...yet another medical marijuana place.

When they finished the lettering it said “The Healing Corner”…yet another medical marijuana place.

I like Seattle because of the mild climate we used to have prior to climate change.

I like how intrepid the plants are here in rain-town, with the gumption to show up in the cracks.

Marigold in October

Marigold in October

Someone must have dropped a tomato. Good luck with the cold weather, Buddy.

Someone must have dropped a tomato. Good luck with the cold weather, Buddy.

I like Seattle because of the public transportation I used to ride before I got a car.

We have some awesome sunrises and sunsets. Here’s a sunrise I captured last week:

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I don’t like Seattle because the politics here are big time messed up. For example:

And sometimes the sun really is just way too bright. Here’s a blinding sunset:

Great fireball!

Great Fireball in the Sky!