Wednesday, August 27, 2008

After Fay

We went down to the beach Sunday night. The gulf was all churned up and very choppy, not the crystal clear water we are used to seeing. There was a good deal of seaweed from the storm on shore as well. But in the seaweed was lots of treasures to be found including sea sponges and sea urchins. There appeared to be some beach erosion as well and the really weird part was walking down the beach, it was very spongie (is that a word) because the storm had caused seaweed to wash up and then sand was washed up on top of it along with more seaweed. It looked like you were walking on the sand but there was seaweed under it - what a weird feeling for sure.

We were lucky to have dodged Fay and continue to keep an eye on Gustav which is expected to become a CAT 3 hurricane once it enters the gulf. The current track does not bring it to Florida but we all know how quickly things can change.

: )

Monday, August 25, 2008

Pocket ATC's

I know its been awhile since I've done anything creative but I'm really trying to get back in the swing of things with all of life's little stresses lately it hasn't been easy. Since I had suggested the "pockets" theme for Altered_stArt's ATC Mingle I felt the need to get one entered into the mingle.

I was so pleased with the first one (despite not having what I wanted to make my pocket) and happy I had done something creative I actually managed to make another.

So here are my two Pocket ATC's for this weeks mingle : )

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Update on Fay

Fay made landfall early this morning near Marco Island which is a few hours south of us so we are very thankful to have dodged yet another one!

Tropical Storm Fay did not become a hurricane as predicted but there is still a chance that can happen as she makes her way across the state and emerges into the Atlantic Ocean. Some models show Fay sitting off the coast of northern Florida and strengthening before she heads back across Florida again. This is due to a system to the north.

Fay has been moving through Florida for about 10 hours now and has shown no sign of weakening with winds still at 65mph.

Did we get rain and wind? Nope not much at all, a little breezy with a few good gusts and a few drops of rain earlier today that barely wet the driveway. Been watching the radar all morning and its right there all that rain just a few miles away but here on the coast we are dry.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Here she comes!

Tropical Storm Fay is on her way to the gulf coast of Florida but where she lands is still a mystery. I've been watching her since Friday night and there's no doubt we'll be getting wet here in my little piece of paradise.

The track or the "cone of uncertainty" as they call it has remained pretty consistent these past 36 hours. Sure its moved left to right and north to south a bit but not much so we are getting prepared and making plans. Its still early, there are factors that will affect where Fay goes so we aren't taking any action at this point but yes like any boyscout will tell you "be prepared" and we are for the most part.

As of 8am on Sunday (8/17) Fay was located just south of Cuba at 20.0 N 78.0 W with winds at 50mph and guts up to 65mph and moving WNW at 12mph.

This indicates that Fay has slowed a bit since yesterday where she was moving at 14mph and was moving West. The WNW motion shows she is starting to turn but slowly.

Tropical Storm Fay is expected to become a hurricane once it hits the very warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

For updated information on Tropical Storm Fay please watch you local news and check the Nation Hurricane Center's up to date reports at NOAA online. The Weather Channel is also a good source of info as they have reporters in different areas of Florida including the Keys which will be affected first and give us an indication of what to expect.

To all my Florida friends - be safe!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lets play a game!

Its called: Where's my Muse?

Kinda like an I Spy game or those old Where's Waldo games, you remember those don't you?

I've gotten alot of people asking how come I haven't been doing art. And to be honest life just has me feeling down in the dumps these days and uninspiring. I blame it on a combination of things really but for the sake of this post lets just blame it on my DH. Why not we tend to blame others when things aren't going our way, right?

Awhile back my DH complained he didn't have a place in the house to work on things. When in all due respect he has a 2.5 car garage that I can't park a car in or even walk in for that matter. But still that's not good enough, its to hot out there he complained. Fine I can agree with that after all this is Florida.

So long story short, he ended up taking over my space. Now granted it wasn't over night but it did happen rather quickly. At first I was able to work around him, just going back there to get my "stuff" and creating in the kitchen instead. But as time went on his stuff just seemed to multiply until I finally lost my muse in the mess.

So if anyone can find her please post and let me know where she is. I know she's hiding in there somewhere!

Before Pictures of my space taken in December 2007 shortly after I set it all up, A place just for me. I deserve it don't i?

The AFTER pictures taken last week. Can you find my muse?