Wednesday, September 20, 2017

half way there!

so....to make any money on YouTube, you have to have 10,000 views before they will even consider you....well....guess what?  i am half way there!  yep....i have over 5,000 views on my fun, instructional tutorials!  i think i have more fun creating them then anyone could ever have watching them!  can that be true?
i have just posted 3 videos on how to make texture paste and what to do with it when you do make it..now that has been fun!  
if you have not seen them....check them out...starting with making your own texture paste...using....wait for it...baby powder!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BkOimKelng

Monday, September 18, 2017

to abstract or not to abstract.....that is the question!

i have been feeling a bit 'stuck' with my art....i thought 2 weeks traveling would give me new inspiration....it did...but still feeling 'stuck' in my art world.
it seems there is a lot of abstract art being sold in my art circle....so i was driven by this to try to create some abstract art....well....that left me feeling empty....not that i expect my art to 'say something' to someone....but i sure want it to bring me joy....while creating it....and looking at it after it is complete...the abstract? not so much!
so....i dragged out my drawer of ephemera.....and my drawer of inspiring images....and...
'Music to my Fears' has been born!
sometimes it is the title of the piece that puts the art into words for me...this was so much fun to play with!  the organist, the picture of 'Mother on the organ' and the beautiful girl with the protective helmet on her head with one antler and one rose, and her wings of transition...yep...it speaks to me...and it was fun!
bye bye abstract....for now!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

last blog from cambodia.....i promise...

this is an example of some of the stairs that we got to climb to see the magnificent temples...glad i was doing my 'boot camp workout' so my legs did not fail me!
and this is what the local garbage cans look like....pretty fun, i think....and a great way to repurpose old tires!
i have had my second shower for the day....and ready for the driver to pick us up for the airport....

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

leaving cambodia today.....passing on what i have learned....

it is beyond wonderful to experience another culture....their way of life...their history!  we have had a driver here in Siem Reap...what a blessing!
this is the 'lotus flower' step that is found throughout this temple.  it is said that when Buddha was born...he could walk on the lotus flowers.
many of the sculptures have been vandalized...i still find them intriguing...see the holes in the back of this platform?  they held up a wooden structure but of course have disintegrated with time...leaving behind the memory.
this is a sculpture called 'linga'...it represents the male...that one is obvious....and the female...water is poured over the male and when the water pours off the statue it is considered holy water.
these large blocks were floated down the river on bamboo rafts... larger block shows the holes that ropes were put through so that the elephants could drag the blocks to the building site....i cannot even imagine how heavy each block is...
this temple was created with a cheaper rock/stone...they are smaller and they have eroded faster than the above sandstone...
very hard to see....and my finger is in the way...sorry....but this is a temple where the king received his 'treatments'...the english translation is 'hospital'....the kind went here for his sauna treatments....hardly a hospital in my world!
and this is nature reclaiming its ground....just beautiful!
and...last but NOT least....how about 3 frogs for $1....a great addition to our 'local food' picnic!
we have had an amazing time....we will visit more sites today and then start our long journey home...
thanks for coming along....it has been wonderful to be able to share my experiences with you! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

i have my own private waterfall! the sweat just drips off rob's arms as he is taking photos....crazy hot and humid!

so.....we spent the day at Ankor Wot yesterday....we were up at 4...ready and willing to catch the sunrise over the temple...amazing!
this is just an example of the many....many...many stairs we got to climb...sooooo worth the climb!
some of the gorgeous carvings..
                                            rob being blessed by a young monk....
this is nature reclaiming one of the temples....look at those roots....wowza!!!

and this is how i spent most of my time...gazing at the gorgeous surroundings and enjoying handsome hubby taking photos....so peaceful!


we are off on another temple adventure today after breakfast....and away we go....cuz we start heading for home tomorrow night!  

woke up in saigon and going to bed in cambodia....this is getting crazy!

we arrived in Cambodia yesterday.....just too tired to post....a much slower pace here....no horns honking....no scooters zooming by....a little piece of heaven waiting for us in Siem Reap....
 these stairs lead up to the balcony that leads into the apartment that we will be living in for the next few days....ahhhhhhhh.......
off we go to the street market for some dinner after a peaceful afternoon.
oh except for the construction right next door which turns out to be a family affair....
...rob just had to have crocodile for dinner.....he won't be doing that again....
 this is a picture of the tuk tuk driver that did not give us a ride for $4....we chose another one that gave us a ride for $2....do we look like tourists or something?  geez!
we got up before the sun today to go to Angkor Wot....a huge temple...and i mean HUGE!!!
i will post those pictures a little later....
thanks for hanging in there...we only have a couple of days left....this has been quite an experience!  loved every minute of it!!!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

we woke up in Da Lat and we are going to sleep in Saigon....what?

we had a room in a da lat hotel....right over the karaoke bar....then we moved to another room...with no air....but we still got a great night's sleep......ahhhhhh.....good bye da lat....we are ready for the next adventure!
our first cup of coffee in saigon and you can tell what is important to handsome hubby....'gotta love the interweb!'  have i mentioned how great the coffee is here.....yummmmmmmy!
lots to see in this big city, but not as fun as the country side....by far....bright lights...lotsa bling....and oh my goodness....the traffic!  yep....we held our breath and crossed the street! the picture is blurry because that is how fast the traffic was moving....yikes!
then we  found an alley that served 'local food'...hmmmm.....i wonder what i ordered!  oh well....she is going to fix something delicious for me....i am sure!
oh....and there was free parking at this alley restaurant..
and that is the end of our one day in saigon...well spent!  
we are catching a ride to the airport very early tomorrow morning to head to cambodia...see you there!

Friday, September 8, 2017

on the road again....the last day on the motor bike....

well.....rob and i are completely saddle sore...in a good way?  we took an all day bicycle tour in hoi an....then in da lat we took an all day motorbike tour....that is what convinced us that the way to see this country was on a bike....so then we were on the motorbike for 3 more days....wowza...i was getting VERY wiggly at the end....
but...we experienced the country in a dreamlike fashion....
yesterday was alot of traveling and not much stopping...we needed to get back to da lat and get a hotel....



this is how pepper grows....it is a vine that climbs up another tree...or a cement pillar...but mostly another tree...these turn black when dried.  i tasted one and yep...it is pepper all right!

and this is how they collect rubber from the rubber trees....they make a slice in the bark and let it drain into the bowl....move overModpodge...we have got a new adhesive....


these bananas were growing in amongst the rubber trees...not a very happy tree, but you can see how they grow.
and our last stop was this gorgeous....and powerful waterfall....
we made a couple stops for coffee....if i have not told you yet....the coffee here is the best coffee i have ever had in my life!  we order 'coffee white' which has a bit of condensed milk in the bottom of the glass...or cup....and you stir and sip....it is thick and sweet....i adore it!

we are headed to the airport soon....off to saigon...off to see angkor wat...of course...i will drag you along...if you like!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

first of all....thank you to everyone that is joining me on this trip!  it the adventure  of a lifetime for certain!
i started my day with a 'baguette'...they use alot of tapioca flour so the bread is very light.
then on the motorbikes for another day of amazing lessons and experiences!
this is how the locals dry their rice.....
yep.....right on the blacktop road!

and corn...
and coffee beans!
and then of course....everyone gets to see an elephant take a bath and walk through the water....and get ready for a days work...right?
when they harvest the bananas they just cut off the branch....these are treats for the elephant.
these are their fishing boats....carved out of ONE root!

we had to get off the motorbikes many times to cross muddy roads....of course i nearly lost one of my sandals....but i did not fall into the mud! 
 but who cares when you are going to visit a WATERFALL!!!!!!!  (and yes....i just went in my underwear.....)  this was the best experience ever!!!


this is handsome hubby....note the sweaty back....oh yes a gorgeous waterfall in the background!
oh.....and here is the 'lifeguard'...in case anyone goes over the falls and needs help....we opted to just take a swim...
on the LONG ride to the hotel where we spending the night...we were caught in a darned good rain storm....thank goodness for rain gear!!!

we have eaten nothing but local food....our favorite....and experienced more in 3 days than some people experience in a life time.....
we saw young boys selling iguanas, snakes and civet cats on the road side for people to cook....(and here i thought they were cool pets!)  we saw houses that were built on stilts so the animals could live under the house...
we saw ZERO homeless.....
thank you again for joining us on this truly divine adventure!   we are putting our sore bums back in the saddle again!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

not many photos today...but oh the stories i have to tell!

sooo...the surprise is....rob and i have decided to take a 3 day motorbike tour through vietnam...well some of vietnam anyway!
as you know we arrived in da lat yesterday...found our hotel...ha ha...how about a hostel where the description was so far off base that we thought we were in the wrong place!...anyway....no english speaking 'concierge'...hell...no 'concierge' at all!  after taking our lovely walk and deciding to take the motorbike tour....having the time of our lives...we decided to our 'easy riders' pick us up the next morning (today) at 8:30...
well....i told rob i felt like a rotisserie chicken...rolling from tummy to side...side to back...back to other side and repeat...the bed was as comfy as a thick piece of plywood...
well....8:30 arrived...we covered our bags in plastic and took off for the country! 
first stop was a lovely old train station and then to another gorgeous temple with meditation gardens and monks and chanting...oh my....

 and then....OMG!!!...coffee plantations that we stole into...admiring the unripened berries....picking rambutan fruit from a local farmer's tree...shhhhh....riding in the streets along side the water buffalo...pot belly pigs wandering in and out of our path along with the many chickens, dogs and yes....children!  
we stopped at a local cafe for a cup of white coffee....if you have not had 'vietnamese white coffee'...you have not lived!  we sipped our heavenly brew and relaxed in a hammock....
move over Starbuck's...you have met your match!
back on the motorbikes with so many new experiences under my belt...watching a family harvest their rice, peering over a bridge to be shocked an amazed at the floating village, being pelted by rain....more than once....and ending up at a family owned hotel for a hot shower....we are heading out to dinner....noodles....
best day ever....again!
thanks for coming along on this amazing adventure....i will try to do better with the photos tomorrow...but really?  no promises!