flea finds: act two

rabbits, fish, and birds. oh my!

The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit standing in front of a candle making shadows of people on a tree.   Stephen Wright

“Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.”   Stephen Wright

  “I don't like small birds. They hop around so merrily outside my window, looking so innocent. but I know that secretly, they're watching my every move and plotting to beat me over the head with a large steel pipe and take my shoe.”   Jack Handy

Magic Mirror: Our first bachelorette is a mentally abused shut-in from a kingdom far, far away. She likes sushi and hot-tubbing any time. Her hobbies include cooking and cleaning for her two evil sisters. Let's hear it for Cinderella! Bachelorette number two is a cape-wearing girl from the Land of Fantasy. Although she lives with seven other men, she's not easy. Just kiss her frozen, dead lips and find out what a live wire she is. Give it up for Snow White! And last but not least is a fiery redhead who lives in a dragon-guarded castle surrounded by a boiling lake of lava. But don't let that cool you off. She's a loaded pistol who likes piƱa coladas and getting caught in the rain. Yours for the rescuing, Princess Fiona!   "Shrek"

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.
Groucho Marx

Paint 101

 color* the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.

 hue* The property of colors by which they can be perceived as ranging from red through yellow, green, and blue, as determined by the dominant wavelength of the light. A particular gradation of color; a shade or tint or hue.

Sunlight *
Considered the ideal light source, natural sunlight maintains a neutral balance between both the warm (yellow cast) and cool (blue cast) ends of the light spectrum. Northern light is the coolest, while light from a southern exposure is the strongest. Direct sunlight provides the "truest" rendition of colors in a room.
A living room in direct sunlight  featuring Benjamin Moore's 
Greyhound (1579) wall paint.

Indirect Sunlight *
Natural sunlight is not consistent. It changes from sunrise to noon, to late afternoon and dusk. The intense golden rays and distinct shadows of a sunny, late afternoon can have a profound effect on the colors in a room.
A living room in indirect sunlight featuring Benjamin Moore's 
Greyhound (1579) wall paint.

Artificial Light *
Color rendition appears warm under incandescent and halogen lights. Reds and yellows are enhanced and blues and greens are culled. Under the cool cast of fluorescent lights, blues and greens are enhanced, while reds and yellows are muted.

 The most important thing to remember is to always take the time to experience the paint color is every light.

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?  Can one really explain this?  

No.  ~Pablo Picasso


poem* A verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of language chosen for its sound and suggestive power and by the use of literary techniques such as meter, metaphor, and rhyme.

sigh*to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief.

moxie* courage,determination, know-how, energy, pep

http://newintheknow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/robert-frost_320.jpgRobert Frost was born in San Francisco on March 26, 1874. 
Though his work is principally associated with the life and landscape of New England, and though he was a poet of traditional verse forms and metrics who remained steadfastly aloof from the poetic movements and fashions of his time, Frost is anything but a merely regional or minor poet. The author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes, he is a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony.

This was my Mother's favorite poem, she would  have been seventy two this month. LOVE

The Road Not Taken

Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.


Roads come in all types - paved, brick, dirt, gravel, wooded, yellow. Travel your road (be it less traveled or not) with confidence and humor. I've come to know it takes a great deal of moxie to follow your own path and heed the feeling in your belly.  If you do, you'll discover you're not alone.

 Mumford and Sons

lured to aisle six

fish kite
lure * anything that attracts, entices, or allures.
a decoy; live or especially artificial bait used in fishing or trapping.

fishing rod * A rod of wood, steel, or fiberglass used with a line for catching fish. Also called fishing pole.

tater tot * a registered trademark for a commercial form of hash browns made by Ore-Ida, are a side-dish made from deep-fried, grated potatoes. Tater Tots are widely recognized by their crispiness, cylindrical shape and small size.

skitter pop
I spent the summer after graduating high school working in the the sporting goods department of the local K-mart. I had been working in the fast food (deep fried) industry prior to getting the job, but had grown tired of smelling like Crisco and tater tots. Not to mention my friends insisting I bring tots and ketchup to all our summer night bonfires. Yum, tot on stick. I don't remember how I ended up in sporting goods, where my primary task was to issue fishing licenses and direct the newly licensed to the fishing lures in aisle six.  Mind you, I had never actually fished. I had, however, been present while others waited days for a bite at the end of a fishing rod and talked endlessly about bait and lures. The hat, I like. The wait. Not so much. Anyway... back to aisle six.  I could issue a license with ease, all you need is a name and a date (I had, after-all just graduated HS) The lure part. A different story. SO many lures..... all with a different name, color, and purpose. The first time I was asked where one could find the "skitter pop" lure I tilted my head and squinted my eyes as though this action would somehow unlock some hidden knowledge I had of this "skitter pop". Yeah... that didn't happen. So, I just raised my arm and pointed to aisle six.  "We're gonna have fried catfish tonight" he exclaimed. With tater tots..no doubt.

Me and my fishin' hat are off to not sit and wait for a bite, but to go out and get a bite. Tots anyone?