Monday, May 17, 2010

Painting, Gulf Oil, Autism,

I had a miserable day yesterday, I woke up with allergy symptoms and could not get rid of them so spent the day sniffing and blowing. Saturday I spent most of the day loading Windows 7 and then re-loading all the programmes I had on my laptop. Gynie of Once Upon a Time in France has now started a new blog about her painting called Daily Way of Painting. I will check in on her, but it is not totally my scene. I can appreciate the end result and I enjoy most of her pictures, but the way of getting there is not a thing of major interest to me I'm afraid. Sorry Mike and Gynie. It seems that the latest method of plugging the oil leak has been partially successful but is not apparently the final solution. There is an article here which is interesting to read and also says that the oil may have, already, reached the loop current in the gulf which could eventually take the oil into the Atlantic and on up the coasts of eastern America. This would really mess with the fishing industry not to mention all the wetlands and aquatic animals which would be affected. BP are reiterating that they will pay for everything, as I understand their costs so far are equivalent to something like 6 day's profits, I guess they aren't going to run out of money any time soon despite the millions of dollars this is costing. The picture of the oil gushing out of the broken pipe is a really scary one in my book. I have just seen a headline saying Offshore spill won't happen to Canada, huh!!! Our prime minister says it couldn't happen because of the federal government's strong offshore drilling rules. I just hope he is right, but sounds a tad cocksure to me. GMA has a good picture of the pipe insertion too by the way. Talking of GMA they are doing segments on who inspired them (the hosts that is) and this morning, Sam Champion talked about his sister who has an autistic son and has been working hard all his life to raise money to assist with autistic children. However, the main problem there seems to be that at a certain age, all the programmes cease and older people with autism are not looked after - there are no programmes in place for them. Apparently autism is on the rise, a lot because of improvements in detection, they are not yet sure if there is an actual rise in the disease. There is some talk of heavy metals, pesticides and childhood vaccines, but at the moment there is no definite answer as to why autism occurs. Such discussion reminds me of a lovely book by Elizabeth Moon called The Speed of Dark which is about people with autism. She knows, as she has an autistic son. There was also the wonderful movie Rainman with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. I have to go to Barrie Bros. Farm today as I am out of asparagus. That will never do. Here is yet another recipe I have found. But as usual from this source, no pictures. Asparagus Almandine Asparagus Recipes 2 lb of fresh asparagus. ¼ cup of slivered almonds. ¼ cup of butter. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. ½ teaspoon of salt. Cook the asparagus; then drain. Melt the butter in a skillet. Cook the almonds over a low heat, stirring frequently, until they turn golden brown (takes about five mins). Remove from heat. Add the lemon juice and the salt.P our over hot asparagus. Serve. Have a great day


  1. nevermind Jo ^^ But you know it's an introduction, as i noticed many people don't know a thing about what's happening before the result of a painting. The main thing is to show my paintings and drawings and to share it ^^

    pretty freaky this oil, but hopefully it's only about benefits, it's used also in paintings. Tough i'm not sure submarine creatures will appreciate.

  2. They sure don't like it Gynie.