It Is My Job To Exist As...

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By: Juli Eklund

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Thursday, 20-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Memorial to a Clump River Birch

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Regular visitors here will remember my series about the birch tree I lost to the ice storm back in February. I loved that tree so. I've created a little memorial to hang on the wall near my desk. I saved a piece of the beautiful bark from this tree and mounted it in a shadow box.

I so proud that I was able to do this very inexpensively. I would have had to pay anywhere from 10 to 25 dollars for a shadow box at the craft store, something I would have done, but what I ended up doing seems so much more ecological considering it is a tribute to nature I am making. I took my mother to an auction while she was visiting from California (her visit is why I have been absent these past weeks) and it was an auction of this and that from a woman's estate. The things for sale were the things her children didn't want. Old furniture, old dishware, collectibles that perhaps just aren't the type of things her children collect. Nothing of any great value to them, but perhaps to someone else, hence the auction. Things were going very cheaply, a dollar here two dollars there. There was a clock that probably just did not fit with the home decor of any of her children. It was not an expensive clock to begin with, but I saw that it would be perfect for my shadow box. All I would have to do is remove the back, remove the clock mechanism, create my own background, attach the piece of bark and remount the back to the frame.

Materials were the piece of bark, the recycled clock which cost me two dollars, two complimentary coloured pieces of card stock and a yellow piece of paper on which I printed line drawings of birch leaves which I then cut out to accent the corners and cover the overlaps of the card stock background.

I had fun doing this and think I will have to do some more craft-type projects as I enjoyed working with my hands. I especially enjoyed doing it so inexpensivel

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Site owner edit: For those who are new to my pictures, here are entries that show what happened to the tree during/after the ice storm:

8-Feb-04 The tree that's eating my house

27-Feb-04 Funeral for a friend

Monday, 3-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Riot of Red Azaleas

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The flaming Azaleas are at it again, erupting in a riot of red that has everyone seething green with envy...

Sunday, 2-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
My house is a wildlife hazard

The killer windows
The stunned victim
It's pretty out of it
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My home is all windows. It's beautiful because in every room, you get to look out at the woods. On the downside, when viewed from outside, these windows are more like mirrors and birds have a tendency to think the illusory woods are real. This leads to many stunned birds and a few outright kills. I didn't think this particular bird was going to make it. It was far too lethargic for far too long and then Maverick, the mighty hunter, decided it was time to end the creatures misery. I was not pleased with her actions as I preferred to let nature run it's course, but then again maybe this was nature running it's course.

The last picture is for FnZ. My shark can beat your shark....

Saturday, 1-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Spotlight On: Night Visitors

That's him, top left, flying away from crazy lady with camera
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We are having the beautiful Kansas Spring rains now. The ones that make everything so green. I love to go outside and listen to it fall on the roof, the trees, the pond. It's music to my ears. I was startled by this visiting owl. When I first saw it, it was hopping along the ground gobbling up the fat earthworms that the rain forced to the surface. Later perhaps he saw the rabbit and had a more substantial meal...

Maybe if I take the time to learn a photo enhancing program I can make these pictures look better, for now, it's the best I can do.

Friday, 30-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Budding Rhodies

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The rhododendrons are getting ready to erupt in a swirl of pink!

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