Saturday, March 24, 2018

I Love Paris in the Springtime

I'm once again joining Rosie at Rosie's Kleine Bastelwelt (Rosie's Small Craft World) this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme Spring.

I would love to visit Paris, and I believe visiting in spring would be the perfect time to do so.

Nothing says Paris more than the Eiffel Tower.

Yes, I truly DO love Paris in the springtime, at least in my dreams.

For this entry, I started in my Challenges altered book.  I laid down the beautiful wrapping paper I saved when I won Gaby's giveaway a few months ago.  The washi tape also came from some of the gifts she wrapped so carefully.  I cut a piece of colorful cardstock sent to me by Erika on which I stamped the Eiffel Tower.   I colored a computer generated sentiment and added it to the page.

Thanks for joining me today and thank you for your visit.  I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey, too.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Smiles 264: More Kansas Oil and Gas Museum

Once again, I'm starting with a few jokes, quotes, and laughs I found while cleaning my office a few months ago.  I'm sure you are aware I'm here for Annie's Friday Smiles.

At Duke University, there were four sophomores taking Organic Chemistry. They were doing so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc., that each had an "A" so far for the semester.

These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go up to the University of Virginia and party with some friends there. They had a great time, but after all the hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Duke until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it. They explained that they had gone to UVA for the weekend with the plan to come back in time to study, but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final.

The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet, and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, worth five points. It was something simple about free radical formation. "Cool," they thought at the same time, each one in his separate room, "this is going to be easy." Each finished the problem and then turned the page.

On the second page was written: (For 95 points): Which tire?

Tech Support: "Do you have any windows open right now?"

Customer: "Are you crazy woman, it's twenty below outside!"

A pilot is flying a small, single-engine, charter plane with a couple of really important executives on board into Seattle airport. There is fog so thick that visibility is 40 feet, and his instruments are out. He circles looking for a landmark and after an hour, he is low on fuel and his passengers are very nervous.

At last, through a small opening in the fog he sees a tall building with one guy working alone on the fifth floor. Circling, the pilot banks and shouts through his open window: "Hey, where am I?" The solitary office worker replies: "You're in an airplane."  The pilot immediately executes a swift 275 degree turn and executes a perfect blind landing on the airport's runway five miles away. Just as the plane stops, the engines cough and die from lack of fuel. The stunned passengers ask the pilot how he did it.

"Elementary," replies the pilot, "I asked the guy in that building a simple question. The answer he gave me was 100% correct but absolutely useless; therefore, I knew that must be Microsoft's Support Office and from there the airport is three minutes away on a course of 87 degrees."

My son is so lazy he won’t empty the trash in the computer recycle bin!

A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his beautiful, blond, female neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox.

She opened it, looked inside, slammed it shut, and stormed back into her house.

A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox, again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, here she came again. She marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions, the man asked her, "Is something wrong?"

To which she replied, "There certainly is! My stupid computer keeps telling me I've got mail!"

A lawyer was on his deathbed in his bedroom, and he called to his wife.

She rushed in and said, "What is it, honey?"

He told her to run and get the bible as soon as possible. Being a religious woman, she thought this was a good idea. She ran and got it, prepared to read him his favorite verse or something of the sort.

He snatched it from her and began quickly scanning pages, his eyes darting right and left.

The wife was curious, so she asked, "What are you doing, honey?"

"I'm looking for loopholes!" he shouted.

I hope you found some of these funny.  I did!  Now let's return to

the Kansas Oil Museum.  I was surprised there was so much interest in this museum, so will finish sharing it.

There was a little something for everyone, including history.

Several of my European friends told me they were only familiar with offshore drilling, so I thought this was a good way to show how oil is captured here in Kansas.

I'm always in awe of models.

I'm rather fond of neon, too.

I was really impressed with the ship, but failed to get a close photo of it.

What a typical oil field would look like back in the day.  These rigs no longer pump much oil, because they are mostly dried up.

The El Dorado oil refinery.   It is pronounce El DOUGH RAY' DOUGH.

Tools of the trade.

Cable tools and bits.

Pipe to fit into the holes.

I hope you have enjoyed this look at some of this really unique museum. 

Next time we will head outside and see a real sized well and other goodies at this huge museum.

Thanks for joining me today and thanks for your continued visits.  Now let's visit Annie's Friday Smiles, where it never hurts to begin the weekend with a big smile, just like Annie's.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

April Showers

I suspect you can tell I'm once again joining Rosie at Rosie's Kleine Bastelwelt (Rosie's Small Craft World) this month's host at Art Journal Journey.  Since her theme is Spring,

I couldn't let this month go by without sharing a bit of rain, something I seriously wish would fall where I live.

Here are a few step-out photos.

The sentiment reads "April showers bring spring flowers."

I created this in my Challenges altered book.  I began by laying down a sheet of card stock I found in my stash.  I edged it with some brown dye ink.  I used some of the card stock to cover a slide mount, but couldn't find the image I wanted to place in it.  Instead, I found some "splashes" of rain and used them instead.  I tried to color the page using crayons for the focal images and used colored pencils (not watercolor pencils) and a ruler for the rain.  The image came from a book I purchased last year at the Art Museum book sale.  It was black and white and I tried to add a bit of color.

I am simply thrilled you took time to join me today.    Thank you beyond belief for your continued support of my art.  Today, you will find me at Art Journal JourneyHope to see you there, too.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday wonders: Mood boards

Today couldn't have come at a better time.  Some of you saw yesterday that I can’t stop coughing, my internet keeps going offline, and my keyboard works about half the time.  Thankfully, my mouse still works fine and I can copy and paste with ease!  Today I was inspired by Valerie's mood board she created denoting spring.  So these are the mood boards Pexels found today.  These may not be YOUR or MY definition of Mood Boards, but Pexels chose these.

Personally, I think Pexels concentrated more on board than mood, but I have to admit, I was affected in some way by each of these images I chose.  It's the most diverse Wednesday wonders I have ever created.

Thank you for joining me today.  Please remember, your blog might be the inspiration for my next Wednesday wonders.

I would also like to remind you about Earth Hour, which is this Saturday at 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm in your time zone.