Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Night Steam

Something totally different for a FNS - but fun to watch!!!

How 'bout a Steampunk steam train race???


Today's funny :o)

Can you raed this? Olny 55 people out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg.  

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae.  

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm.  This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. 

 Azanmig huh?  Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!


Around the yard.....

... just enjoying the plants grow!

The first lily:


The new bird bath:

Hubby taking a well deserved break:

The first strawberry!

These are grown from grocery store cuttings:

Another beautiful sunrise:

A pepper!!!!

Hubby fixing the old cement mixer:

The gang:

Couldn't resist bringing this little feller home!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sugar painting!

 Found this while wandering around the webz. I had never seen of this type of art before!

Sugar painting

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A dragon figure being prepared
Sugar painting (糖画) is a traditional Chinese form of folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create two dimensional figures. This snack is popular among children. Selecting a figure is normally determined by spinning the arrow on a wheel.


Sugar painting may have originated during the Ming dynasty when small animals made of sugar were created in molds for religious rituals. This art form then became more popular during the Qing dynasty. After that period techniques improved, and a more diverse range of patterns emerged. In Sichuan, further developments were made in production, seeing the replacement of the molds with the now-common small ladle, often bronze or copper.


File:Chinese sugar painting - 01.ogv 

An artisan finishes a goldfish figure, attaches the stick, and removes it from the working surface to present it to the customer.
Although techniques vary, normally the hot sugar is drizzled from a small ladle onto a flat surface, usually white marble or metal. The outline is produced with a relatively thick stream of sugar. Then, supporting strands of thinner sugar are placed to attach to the outline, and fill in the body of the figure. These supporting strands may be produced with swirls, zig-zags, or other patterns. Finally, when completed, a thin wooden stick, used to hold the figure, is attached in two or more places with more sugar. Then, while still warm and pliable, figure is removed from the surface using a spatula-like tool, and is sold to the waiting customer, or placed on display.



Customers (especially children) usually select a figure by spinning the arrow on a wheel which will randomly land on such popular figures as a dragon, fish, monkey, dog, bird, or flower basket.




Today's funny :o)

H/T to Donna!!!


Just stuff...

An interesting bug:  It had the wings of a fly,  red eyes and a white stripe on it's butt!

Our deck lights at night:

Had rain Monday night and this was the sky Tuesday morning:

I let the gang out in the yard for about an hour. That's how long it took to clean out the coop, the run and the pen. All fresh shavings, hay and straw was put down. It smelled sooooo good!

Wilma pecking at Charlie's neck.
(He got even with her later on)!

It was hot again but today should be a wee bit cooler!

Monday, June 18, 2018