20 Sept 2017 Ants in our pants (Diatomaceous earth for pest control) and Hope in Front of Me (Danny Gokey)

Hello to you.  It’s 6:40 pm on this Wednesday evening.  We had a rough start to our morning – another fire ant siege in the house.  They were in our laundry basket!  After talking to a neighbor who also had a garden tub, which is where we used to keep our laundry basket (not keeping it there anymore!) they had the same thing happen to them when it gets dry like it is here lately.  They go for the water sources they can get to.  We are trying some Diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of the house to see if we can’t get them to move.  For those who have dealt with ants, you know that’s all you are doing with anything you do to them!  This is what we bought:  http://www.homedepot.com/p/Safer-Brand-4-lb-Diatomaceous-Earth-Bed-Bug-Flea-Ant-Crawling-Insect-Killer-51703/206857782.  Since we have two dogs, we decided to try it in lieu of the more toxic sprays and other traditional ant killers on the market.

Funny meme I found on the internet this morning about our predicament lol.

http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/degen.html – if you are interested to learn more, please use this link.  Lots of good info.

What is diatomaceous earth?

Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. Over a long period of time, diatoms accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. Today, silica deposits are mined from these areas.

photo credit: Wipeter

Silica is very common in nature and makes up 26% of the earth’s crust by weight. Various forms of silica include sand, emerald, quartz, feldspar, mica, clay, asbestos, and glass. Silicon, a component of silica, does not exist naturally in its pure form. It usually reacts with oxygen and water to form silicon dioxide. Silicon dioxide has two naturally occurring forms: crystalline and amorphous. Most diatomaceous earth is made of amorphous silicon dioxide. However, it can contain very low levels of crystalline silicon dioxide. The first pesticide products containing silicon dioxide (diatomaceous earth) were registered in 1960 to kill insects and mites.

What are some products that contain diatomaceous earth?

Products containing diatomaceous earth are most commonly dusts. Other formulations include wettable powders and pressurized liquids. Currently, there are over 150 products registered for use inside and outside of buildings, farms, gardens, and pet kennels. Some products can also be used directly on dogs and cats. Diatomaceous earth products are registered for use against bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, spiders, and many other pests.

There are thousands of non-pesticide products that contain diatomaceous earth. These include skin care products, toothpastes, foods, beverages, medicines, rubbers, paints, and water filters. The Food & Drug Administration lists diatomaceous earth as “Generally Recognized as Safe”. “Food grade” diatomaceous earth products are purified. They may be used as anticaking materials in feed, or as clarifiers for wine and beer.

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Today’s news, like most days, was full of heartbreak all over the world and both Kyle and I have just been feeling so beat down by it all.  It’s in these times you truly feel powerless and can lose hope.  You feel it especially if you are the types of people, like Kyle and I,  that care about everybody but can’t really be of much help to  anybody…..just a lot of prayers to give but not much else!  Well I was looking for inspirational videos and music and found Danny Gokey’s message of Hope.  I hope something in his message resonates with you today.  Even if it seems like nobody cares…..a lot of people you’ve never met are praying for you right now.

Hope in Front of Me

I’ve been running through rain
That I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith
In a struggle against the wind
I’ve seen the dark and the broken places
But I know in my soul
No matter how bad it gets
I’ll be alright

There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me

There’s a place at the end of the storm
You finally find
Where the hurt and the tears and the pain
All fall behind

You open up your eyes and up ahead
There’s a big sun shining
Right then and there you realize
You’ll be alright

There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me

There’s a hope still burning
I can feel it rising through the night
And my world’s still turning
I can feel your love here by my side

You’re my hope
You’re the light, I still see it
Your hands are holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I’ve got to believe
I still have hope
You are my hope

Songwriters: BRETT JAMES, DANNY GOKEY, BERNIE HERMS
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
For non-commercial use only.
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19 Sept 2017 Moth and Psalm of Life (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem)

Hello to you wherever and whenever you are today.  It’s 10:03 am here as I write.  I am having trouble today – my spirit is sticking out too far and it hurts.  No worries….just part of being me and I’m used to it as is Kyle and the rest of my household!  I have to “unfuck myself” inside and I will find a way to do that today!  So I will just say I hope you have a day of loving and being loved.  I hope someone besides me will tell you how important you are to them and that their world is a better place for your being there.  I hope you will take the time, MAKE the time, to look someone you care about in the eyes and tell them these things.

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-psalm-of-life/this page is neat because you can listen to the poem also

A Psalm Of Life

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

9 Sept 2017 Nothing Gold Can Stay – Robert Frost

20 July 2017 Link Wygant Alvarado TX

Good morning to you.  It’s 10:09 am on this Saturday as I write to you.  Last night was rough.  Link decided he wanted to eat the apple skins I had put out for the insects and has been having a lot of bowel troubles!  I was up with him most of the night trying to help him get through it.  He seems better this morning!  He is such a little foodie lol!  Learning curve for me and probably not for him lol.  As is the case with most dogs, he won’t remember why he wasn’t feeling well.  I did have some dreams.  Had yet another one with David Bowie in it!  Guess my conscious and subconscious are still trying to reconcile his passing.

I saw this silly video the other day, didn’t know it existed!  I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the stars is from one of my all-time favorite vampire movie comedies What We Do In the Shadows, Jemaine Clement!

Source Internet – Jemaine Clement stars in this goofy film! One of our absolute favorites.

I was craving poetry this morning and found this gem from Robert Frost.  A beautiful way to say that nothing lasts forever.  As I am witnessing and experiencing such dramatic history as these times, this little poem gives me hope.  Just as beauty and “good things” fade away, so do the ugly and the negative.  Time becomes the ditch digger to all unpleasantries!   At some point down the road of time, we will stand together and look back in amazement at these shared snippets of history and exclaim “how did we get through all that?!”  Much love and hugs to you today!

8 Sept 2012 Jackie Drawing – Hope emerges (I used adobe paint to add light in her chest)

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

*PS – Happy Birthday to Phenny and Happy 50th Anniversary to Sally and her husband!

4 Sept 2017 Johnson County Soapbox Classic 2017 Alvarado TX and Remembering Why We Have A Labor Day Holiday in the United States

Hello to you!  How are you today?!  It’s Labor day Monday here in the United States.  For most of us in these modern times, it’s just another day off of work.  It’s important to remember that there is much more to it than that.  Like many holidays here in America….people sacrificed everything, to include their lives, so we can enjoy what we do.

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.
History of Labor Day
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Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay. Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed. Others gave rise to longstanding traditions: On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when a watershed moment in American labor history brought workers’ rights squarely into the public’s view. On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives.

On June 26, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers. In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified.

Many credit Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, while others have suggested that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday. Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.

Changing gears……

Yesterday Kyle and I spent most of our day helping with and watching the Johnson County Soapbox Classic that was held in our Old Town Square here in Alvarado TX.  We had so much fun!  We went to watch the trial races and found out Kyle’s welding instructor and a couple of students from Hill College’s welding department (https://www.hillcollege.edu/academics/Technical/welding/index.html) had two cars they were racing.  Well we ended up just hanging out with them most of the day – helping out and taking pictures.  We were just the extra couple of people they needed to have a better day!  We think the world of Mr. Brian Bennett and the Hill College Welding Department and this was a great opportunity to give back in a small way!

The race lasted longer than we were able to stay without donating all of our blood to the hungry mosquitos but they ended up 4th overall.  Better than last year!  This is the 5th year for the event and I can see it growing even bigger.  You know what was the best thing for me?  Seeing so many grown men get to be kids for a day!  The smiles on their faces and just pure joy was a delight to see!  I especially loved seeing our local and area police, fire and first responders getting to have some fun for a change!  They spend so much of their time under their own and other people’s duress that it’s nice that they could play for a bit!  We got to see that those speed scanner’s our police use can scan over a mile btw!  One of the cars clocked in at a whopping 18 miles per hour!

These are just a fraction of the photos I took yesterday.  Since I have limited photo space here I couldn’t share them all.

https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonCountySoapboxClassic/ – Facebook Page for more information if your curious

27 Aug 2017 Put on a Happy Face and Zoolander 2

drawn on 8 March 2017 – my chalk drawing thinking about the people of this country and the world. A lot of prayers needed!

Hi there! It’s 10:13 am on this overcast Sunday morning here in North Texas. How are you doing? For our friends further south of us, our prayers are with you. Houston and other coastal cities are wrecked and flooding out right now with this hurricane!

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-harvey-idUSKCN1B7083

“HOUSTON, Texas (Reuters) – Emergency crews raced to pull people from cars and homes as flood waters rose across southeast Texas on Sunday, rescuing more than 1,000 people in the Houston area as Tropical Storm Harvey pounded the region.

Harvey came ashore late Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years and has killed at least two people. The death toll is expected to rise as the storm lashes the U.S. state for days, triggering more floods, tidal surges and tornadoes.”

 I was walking Spot this morning and could just feel the heaviness everywhere and an old song suddenly popped into my head and it’s perfect, Put on a Happy Face. It’s hard during times like these to work those smile muscles in the our faces! I hope this blog today might help you lighten up if things are rough for you from where and when you are stopping by.

Put on a Happy Face

Tony Bennett – Topic

Put on a Happy Face

Dick Van Dyke, The Vantastix

(Adams/Strouse)

Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Wipe of the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face

Take of the gloomy mask of tragedy
It’s not your style
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad
That you decided to smile

Pick out a pleasant outlook
Stick out that nobel chin
Wipe off that full-of-doubt look
Snap on a happy grin

Spread sunshine all over the place
And just put on a happy
Put on a happy face

Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Wipe of the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face

Take of the gloomy mask of tragedy
It’s not your style
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad
That you decided to smile

Pick out a pleasant outlook
Stick out that noble chin
Wipe off that full-of-doubt look
Snap on a happy grin

Spread sunshine all over the place
And just put on a happy
Put on a happy face

Songwriters: LEE ADAMS, CHARLES STROUSE

© WILLIAMSON MUSIC CO OBO STRADA MUSIC

For non-commercial use only.

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Last night we were wanting to watch a movie but had no clue what. We’ve been tired and in a real “blahs” state of being, so I decided we needed to watch one of those over the top silly movies and Zoolander 2 fit the bill perfectly! Don’t get me wrong, it was a seriously stupid film, but seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in drag as “All” and so many other cameo’s was priceless! Any movie that can make us laugh out loud, totally worth it! This seemed like a movie you sign on for to blow off some steam from the pressures of Hollywood and just goof around. Thank you to all those involved with the film. This film was one of those “glitter bombs” (if you seen the film you know what I mean) the Universe sometimes throws my way when things get dark.

Zoolander 2 Trailer (2016) – Paramount Pictures

7 Aug 2017 Dream and the act of “Adulting” (Abandoning Adulthood My Official Letter of Resignation piece by Maureen)

4 Aug 2017 – we are so grateful for Spot. She is an active dog and because of that she helps keep us more active. She’s our family athletics coordinator! 🙂

Good morning, it’s 8:16 am as I start to write.  We had a storm come through last night and by the looks of things, we got a bit of rain.  Very grateful for that and grateful that the severe thunderstorm warning we got before bed ended up only being a warning!  It’s so funny with thunder.  I was almost asleep and then it was like, “We now interrupt your sleep for these 30 seconds of thunder.”  (Kyle’s words there). Sleep all through the night remains elusive for both Kyle and I.

I had some interesting dreams last night, I remember snippets of them.  I dreamt about being with some old men and one of them telling/saying to me, “Do you want me to tell you how old you are?” I said something like, “3,000” and the man said, “try 5,000.” Other dreams were of being in an old parlor or Victorian type of settings.  I remember men sitting on the deck of a ship.  My mind must be sorting through a bunch of stuff I’ve been looking at in my waking world like the Victorian Trading Company catalog, the Aspern Papers film set posts from Jonathan Rhys Meyers and other stuff.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers To Star In ‘The Aspern Papers’

I don’t believe the person I am is that old but what do we know of our souls?  The energy our flesh encapsulates?  The flesh is just a suite, a covering for the soul.  The soul can be as old as time itself because there is no such thing as time in the unseen realms….for any other beings but humans is there such a thing as time!  The dream realm in me obviously knows that.

Another conscious Key that may have unlocked last nights travels could have been this awesome post, Abandoning Adulthood, from my friend Ally.  I have been thinking about this topic a lot lately!

Source: Internet/aka friend FB post: Abandoning Adulthood by Maureen

She was looking for something about adulthood, and found it.  Ironically, just yesterday morning Kyle and I were trying to figure out why we were so crabby and irritable and realized it was because we were having to be adults or what we call “Adulting.” We had made an appointment for Link to have his back left leg looked at and didn’t want to take him even though it was the right thing to do.  We had barely dropped him off and were getting groceries when the vet called to come back for him! Yay!  We dodged the almost $200 x-ray expense that is conveniently not covered under the Wellness plan we have both the dogs on….sigh.  What the hell is insurance of any kind really good for?!  It never covers what you need it to even though you are paying enough for it to cover everything!  Anyhew…we didn’t get away without spending money on an anti-inflammatory and in a couple of weeks we’ll see what’s going on oh yeah, he’s “obese”….sounds like he’s a little old man not a dog right?!

6 Aug 2017 – Link relaxing before Vet visit. He doesn’t look obese to us but apparently he is.

On the way to the grocery store after we initially dropped him off, we were in the car bitching about EVERYTHING!  I realized we were doing the thing we try very hard to avoid doing and that’s focusing on what’s wrong and not what we want to be going on instead.  While President Trump it seems like  like he’d rather be golfing instead of dealing with world issues and appears to be throwing away every opportunity put in front of him to make the world a better place,  it’s not entirely his fault America is the mess it seems to be.  A secret part of me thinks, is hoping, his being President and what he’s been doing is just some sort of epic reverse psychology experiment!  I wouldn’t want to be President or any form of government official these days!  It’s so easy to solve the worlds problems from the seat of our cars, kitchen tables, video game chat and social media forums but quite another to actually be the ones who have to sort it all out!  Anyways, Kyle and I finally talked ourselves to where the source of the anger was and it came back to us.  We decided we would rather be doing anything else but what we had to do….goofing off!  This process we went through is something I learned to do in AA with the acronym HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) and doing a self examination before blaming others through the day and just before bed for things when your angry or upset….making amends.

Anyhew…..it’s Monday again….time to get on with it.  I hope that wherever and whenever this finds you, you have everything you need inside and out to be fulfilled.  I hope you know that even if it seems like nobody cares about you, there are people all over the world, myself included, that say a prayer of love and thanksgiving for you every day.    

 

25 May 2017 A New Design

Hello to you – it’s 1:41 pm as I write.  The pictures that I have to share with you will hopefully make sense in the sequence of the previous posts.  What has come to me is the only way through this design is through energy of creation…..creativity….originality….free-form thinking and subsequent design and manifestation.  What I made this afternoon I did with materials I already had – the only thing new was how I perceived what was before me, input from Kyle for how to start it and then just going with the flow.  We can’t change the past.  We can only live in the moment we are in and imagine the future while we are in the present.

19 May 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, movies purchased today, and Gateway to the Heavens (Karen L French book)

Hello to you – hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are – it’s Friday at 6:06 pm as I write to you. Kyle and I are home from having a pretty terrific day with his brother Drew. We went to the Olive Garden in Burleson, one of my all-time favorite places to eat, for lunch and as always the food and service was great and of course so was the company!

While we were waiting for the 2:15 showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 at the AMC theatre, we went to a couple of places. Drew took us to a retro game and video store called GameXChange off of Wilshire Blvd where we both found movies we had been wanting – The Incredibles, August Rush and Dr. Strange. I’m sure we could have found many more had we kept looking but we flagged ourselves! We’ve been looking for a used copy of The Incredibles for a really long time – one of Pixar’s best films in our opinions!  I’ve almost bought August Rush like 3 or 4 times because it’s one of my favorite films with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Robin Williams.  Of course we were going to get a copy of Dr. Strange! The reason I never really did a review of Dr. Strange is because when we saw it was around the time of my last hospital stay and around the time our cat Amber suddenly died. I was literally in the middle of an “episode” (an alternate state) and those who have seen the film know it was trippy subject matter to begin with!  It’s all about alternate states of consciousness and alternate dimensions!  Now that we have a copy and can watch it again at home, I think I will be better able to properly assess what I am watching and will share about it!  I just wasn’t ready for it before.

The other place we went while we were waiting was one of my favorite places in Burleson, the Half-Price bookstore. I found a very interesting old book very old book called The Ethereal Aether by Loyd S. Swenson Jr. It was $30 and I could tell even though I would comprehend some of it, there would be much that would probably go over my head. Mathematics were never my strong suite in school! They had some Edgar Cayce books I looked at but the book that resonated the most and met me in the middle of the other two books was Gateway to the Heavens by Karen L. French. I’m looking forward to exploring it tonight!

https://www.amazon.com/Ethereal-Aether-Michelson-Morley-Miller-Aether-drift-Experiments/dp/029274188X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495236873&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Ethereal+Aether+by+Loyd+S.+Swenson+Jr. – the copy Half Price had was hard cover and in fantastic condition!

https://www.amazon.com/Gateway-Heavens-Karen-L-French-ebook/dp/B00K27UZ4C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495236970&sr=8-1&keywords=Gateway+to+the+Heavens

I will not ruin the movie for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say that the things I’ve been exploring and sharing, especially earlier today, tie in almost perfectly to what I saw on the big screen today…”Shadow on the Son!” This movie made me laugh out loud several times and made me cry too. The themes and story resonated with me very much. The colors and images in this movie were so vibrant – rainbows colors and fireworks! This movie is the first movie of this genre we’ve seen since the first Avengers film in 2012, where Kyle and I left the theatre feeling good! The humor, action and drama struck just the right balance in me. We will definitely add this one to our collection! Great job to all involved!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Official Trailer 1 (2017) – Chris Pratt Movie

16 May 2017 The Princess Bride (Fezzik – Andre the Giant) and Drawings today (George Washington?)

Good afternoon to you – just popping in to share a couple of drawings from this morning and around lunchtime.  Before I drew the first one I was starting to think too hard and my inner voice was like, “just draw!”  So that’s what happened.  I felt happy drawing it and with how it came out.  The second one was later and I have no idea who this guy is other than he kind of looks like George Washington.  As I’ve mentioned before, when I do these faces I just let them come without “reference material” and don’t usually have someone in mind….at least consciously!  For some reason I heard the word “ships” when I finished it so I wrote it down.  I don’t question the “flow” lol.

This morning we finished watching The Princess Bride – what a fun movie!  I really enjoyed seeing it again and felt very sentimental watching Andre the Giant!  He looked so happy in this film and turns out in going to his official page, it was his favorite movie role!  When I was a little girl, my dad used to love to watch wrestling and sometimes I would watch it with him and of course that included watching Andre!  Andre, if he were still with us,  would be celebrating his 71st birthday on the 19 May!  Happy birthday to Andrew wherever your heaven!

http://www.andrethegiant.com/

Biography

At 7’4″ and 500 pounds, Andre the Giant could have been famous for his size alone. His drive, talent and ambition, however, proved to be as big as Andre himself, and the wrestler became legendary for his achievements in and out of the ring.

Andre was born Andre Rene Roussimoff in Grenoble, France on May 19, 1946. His parents, Boris and Marian Roussimoff, and four siblings were of average size. Andre, however, suffered from acromegaly, a disease that results in an over abundance of growth hormones. Also known as Giantism, this disease caused Andre’s body to continue growing his whole life, and by the time he was 17 he stood 6’7″.

Due to his immense stature it seemed inevitable that Andre would excel in the wrestling world. He had just started to make a name for himself in the ring as “Monster Eiffel Tower” or “Monster Roussimoff” when French-Canadian wrestler Edouard Carpentier first laid eyes on him. Carpentier was impressed with Andre’s raw talent and decided to bring him to North America. Andre began wrestling under the name Jean Ferre in Canada for Grand Prix Promotions. In a short time Andre went from the undercard to being a headlining name. Inspired by the movie King Kong he acquired the nickname, “The 8th Wonder of the World,” which stayed with him for the rest of his career.

By the time Andre had performed in front of 20,000 wrestling fans in Montreal, his legend had reached Vince McMahon, Sr. at the World Wide Wrestling Federation’s (WWWF) headquarters. McMahon would forever alter Andre’s life. In 1972, McMahon signed Andre to wrestle for the WWWF and changed his name to capitalize on his colossal size. “Andre the Giant” became one of the most recognizable names in wrestling. Andre performed under his new name at Madison Square Garden, where he easily defeated his opponent Buddy Wolfe without breaking a sweat. Before long, Andre’s venues were sold out and wrestlers lined up to perform in his shadow. As Andre’s fame grew to stardom, he was featured in Sports Illustrated in the largest feature they had ever published.

In 1987 Andre drew the biggest crowd in WWF (formerly WWWF) history thus far. A record 90,000 fans packed the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit, Michigan to watch Andre wrestle fellow legend Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania III. In all, Andre participated at six WrestleManias and faced some of the toughest opponents in the business, including Big John Studd and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. For many years he was known as the “Uncrowned Champion,” until he found his place in infamy and held the WWF title for the shortest reign in history. This wasn’t the only championship Andre captured – he also won titles in the (NWA), (IWA) and the WWF Tag Team Championship.

Andre’s fame also opened the door to Hollywood. He made his acting debut in 1975 as “Big Foot” in The Six Million Dollar Man. Andre enjoyed the experience and went on to appear in television shows including B.J. and the Bear, The Fall Guy and The Greatest American Hero, and movies such as Conan the Destroyer, Micki and Maude, and Trading Mom. His favorite role, and the one for which he is best remembered, was the lovable giant “Fezzik” in Rob Reiner’s classic The Princess Bride.

Andre’s last television appearance was on a celebration of 20 years of NWA/WCW wrestling on TBS. Sadly, over the years the effects of acromegaly had continued to wear down his body. Eventually his immense size was just too much for his heart, and Andre the Giant died in Paris, France in his hotel room on January 27, 1993. His ashes were later taken home and spread over his North Carolina ranch.

Though professionally Andre will always be remembered as The 8th Wonder of the World, he is known and loved by fans across the globe as The Gentle Giant.


We decided to start watching Season 1 of the CW Flash show – good stuff!

27 Feb 2017 Finding inspiration for art in catalogs (Signals) and Light in the Darkness quotes (Edward Teller and E.M Forster)

Good evening family.  I had a long rest this afternoon so I’m not ready for bed just yet so it’s a good time to write!  How was your day?  Mine was pretty uneventful but that’s fine with me!  It seems like whenever I start wishing for excitement in my life,  I get the kind nobody wants lol.  So no thank you to drama!  LOL.  There was a time, when I was young and youthful that I literally thrived on having drama in my life.  If it wasn’t there, I found a way to manifest it.  Well as I’ve gotten older I realize that drama just takes too much energy to keep going!  Yes, the one good thing about getting older is your often too pooped to pop off about stupid stuff anymore!  Just not worth it!

I did a couple of chalk drawings today.  One I had started yesterday.  I did it from memory and today I did some finishing touches on it.  It was an image of a Rainbow Prism Crystal Candleholder from a Signals catalog we got around Christmas time.  For some reason the image just stuck in my head ever since I saw it and yesterday I decided I wanted to try and draw it.! We will call it an “impressionistic rendering” LOL….my spirit was in it!  The other drawing is one of the circle patterns, “Flower of Lifeish.”  It’s just so soothing to sit and put them together.  Since I’m not using a compass but just a round plastic pot it’s not perfect but I’m ok with that!  It’s more “me” that way 🙂

The other catalog that inspires me artistically is the Victorian Trading Company catalog.  There are just so many pretty things in it that I will never own but just love to look at.  When we first moved here, one of the houses we could afford was an old house that the previous owner has completely decorated in a Victorian theme.  We didn’t buy the house because we didn’t feel we could do it the same justice of the current owner….it was amazing.  Like walking back in time.   Anyhew, catalogs can be more than just for looking at while your on the toilet!  LOL.

http://www.signals.com/ –  Signals website if your interested to see their stuff, it’s pretty cool!

http://www.victoriantradingco.com/ – Victorian Trading Company website.  I bought my beautiful Mood ring from them.  I wear it every day!  Just love it!

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/light – lots of great quotes about light in the darkness here if you are curious.

These are a couple I thought were especially beautiful:

“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” ― Edward Teller

“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.” ― E.M. Forster, A Room with a View