Tuesday, May 23, 2017


 (only 24 days left until Providence, RI for CZT #28.  Can't wait !!     :-)

This is today's Diva Challenge #317, using a cut-out picture of something as the string and drawing around it.  In mine I chose to reveal my other passion...that of building scale models of ships.  Here is my scaled down version of USS Crockett (PG-88)  This was a Gun Boat used in the Viet Nam War of which I am a veteran of.  I saw this ship in and around the harbors on the rivers.  I served in an LST (USS Hickman County LST-825) and we hauled cargo up and down the rivers of Viet Nam supplying the Army troops with needed supplies.  I found this copy of the Crockett online at a Radio Control ship building hobby store.  I ordered it and built it over a period of about 1 1/2 years.  I have all the necessary details and people aboard.  I belong to a boating club here in Tualatin, Oregon and am a pretty avid radio control (RC) hobbist.  I have several other ships I have built, as well.  I will include a better picture of this ship under this one.  I realize this can't be seen very well.
Tangles used here are Angelfish, Andante, CO2, and Agua.
This was taken by me of my "baby" at the lake with our boat club at a get-together a few days ago.  One of our guys in the Club has a replica of the USS Missouri (BB-63) and it was here that day, just not in this picture.

Monday, May 15, 2017


 (only 32 days left until Providence, RI for CZT #28.  Can't wait !!     :-)

Ok, here we go for another week.  This one is not going to be so CRAZY, I just know it.  (I hope).  My wife is improving...still in a cast and arm sling but she is now doing many things for herself instead of calling me for every little thing.  I even get full nights sleep now.  Tomorrow we go to her surgeon for her first after- operation check up.  At that meeting we will see what more is going on, if anything.

Now, down to the week's #316 Diva Challenge.  It's a "Stripe Thing"  this week.  Anything goes stripes.

I consider all of these tangles to be stripes.

The Tangles used here are:  Hurry, Hollibaugh, Bunzo, Lightning Bolt, Maryhill, and the boarder is done in Emingle.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


 (only 37 days left until Providence, RI for CZT #28.  Can't wait !!     :-)

I have not been able to get this week's Diva Challenge done because I am too busy playing nurse for my wife.  About the time that my ankle started getting better, she took a fall at home and fell against the wall while trying to walk and broke her elbow.  She actually broke a bone in her elbow....most painful !!!  I had to take her to the hospital where they X-rayed and found the round bone on her joint had shattered and they had to operate to put the pieces back in place and put in two titanium screws to hold everything together.  True, this is her elbow and not her leg or something but she still has a hard time getting around and not able to do anything really.  Her arm from shoulder to hand is in a splint and cast and all that is in a sling.  She is rather immobile from the pain and discomfort.  Doctor has her on medicine for the pain but still there is some.  I have to keep her on track for pain meds every four hours (and I mean EVERY), so, I don't get a lot of sleep....mostly when she sleeps I get to sleep and then up with the alarm to give her medicine and help her move around the house.  I am learning a little bit what a mother goes through to keep her children healthy.  I know it isn't the same and I am not being exposed to it all but I am learning a small portion of it.

See you all next week.

Monday, May 1, 2017


 (only 46 days left until Providence, RI for CZT #28.  Can't wait !!     :-)

Today is the Diva Challenge #314 and it is a UMT day.  We are using Sarah Uram's tangle called "Scallamps" as our focus tangle.  This is my version of her tangle:

There are only two tangles here, Scallamps and the background is Blocked.

By the way:  as an update on my sprained ankle....I am out of the walking boot, brace they gave me and I am walking around a bit more but the ankle is still way sore and quite weak but I manage with my cane...I will be ready for Providence next month (that sounds really cool...now I can say next month since it is May 1st.)

Monday, April 24, 2017


 (only 53 days left until Providence, RI for CZT #28.  Can't wait !!     :-)

Hey, everybody.  How's life treating you on this Monday, beginning of a new week?  This being the Monday following Earth....er, or rather, Amanda Day (according to Chewie)...I do kinda like that.  Anyway, Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #313 is related to Amanda Day in that we are to tangle on a recyclable material.  I chose the back of a protein bar box that was headed to the recycle bin.  I live in Oregon and this state is very proactive when it comes to recycling.  The trash company even gives us a large trash bin just for recycling and they collect that bin once every two weeks (gives us plenty of time to fill it up).  So here is my tile for this week.....I carved it out of the protein bar box and even rounded the corners to simulate a regular Zentangle tile.  (I copied Laura's idea of the protein bar box).

Tangles used here are the border is Noom; lower left half is D'rua, Jetties, and Flower Vine.  Upper right half is done in Fussion with some infinity signs thrown in for good measure.

This is the back of my "tile" that I made.

I did kind of an extra tile for Earth Day and the tangles used are:  Icanthus, Box Spiral, Agua, Blips, and A-Dalpha.  I hope everyone likes it.

Monday, April 17, 2017


 (only 60 days left until Providence, RI for CZT #28.  Can't wait !!     :-)

Hello and welcome everyone on this day after Easter.  I am a little tardy getting this online for the Diva #312 Weekly Challenge.  I had to learn how to stain my tile with a few practice ones and letting each one dry a while before I could draw anything.  Well, this week I didn't break any rules (or guidelines) while drawing up my tile.  Except to say....I really don't like this method of making strings.  I would just rather draw my tangles without it.  Also:  look below this pic for my added bonus I received Friday at the Dr's office.

Tangles I used here are:  Kuke, Noom, Antique, and Antz.  Noom is my "Mac N Cheese" tangle now.
This is called a "Boot"...walking (haha) Boot.  I fell on Thurs night in my dark bedroom and took down a small bedside table when I went down to the floor.  I don't really walk so good due to a full knee replacement that was done about a year ago or so.  Yes, I crushed the table as I went down while I tried to steady myself on the table, no such luck, myself and the table went to the floor.  I went to the Emergent Care the next day and they put me in my "boot".  They call it a walking boot...hahaha, Dr said not to walk around but to stay down and keep my foot elevated.  Not likely to happen when you have a life to live in this day and age.  Happy Easter to me.

Monday, April 10, 2017


 (only 67 days left until Providence, RI for CZT #28.  Can't wait !!     :-)
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Hello, everyone.  Time for the Diva Challenge week #311.  She said to do something with squares and circles in the string.  So, here's what I came up with.  Some of my circles look like eggs, I will freely admit, but just look at them as circles (pretend).  In making this one, I broke about every rule there is concerning Zentangle and how you make them.  Like the one that says to not have a preconception of what it will look like when I get done with it; or the one that says not to plan what you draw on your tile;  I even got out my ruler to measure to be sure my squares were square.  I did draw freehand, though, hope I get points for that, anyway.  I pre-drew my ideas in my sketchbook before finally deciding on the lay-out, and I know that's against the rules.  I was very bad with rules today, but I don't do that on every tile I do, though.
I used Paradox and Onamato for this tile.