Saturday, September 22, 2018

Already Saturday? And a Mermaid Journal freebie

Finally spoke with my friend, Joyce, who lives in Jacksonville N.C. I've been worried because I hadn't been able to reach her and knew Jacksonville got hit hard by hurricane Florence. Her grand-daughter and great-granddaughter had left early on to go stay with family in Tennesee. Joyce had planned to ride the storm out but a few days before it hit, she began to be concerned with developments and she packed up and headed to her daughter's in TN. She knows there are a lot of power outages in Jacksonville but isn't aware of how their homes fared. At least for now, she is safe and dry.

I think you will like today's Mermaid Journal. I created this mermaid myself using a number of drawings and Poser figurs as reference. It's humorous and something many of us can identify with.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4rbt23ia4zapbts/ws_MermaidJournal_15.zip?dl=0

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Happy Birthday Tuesday and a freebie

Today is my husband's birthday. I've got a cheesecake baking in the oven for him. Not doing much. We both had doctor appointments earlier in the day. Will meet with Sissy & John for dinner tonight.

Do you know the difference between Poseidon, Neptune and Triton? The first two are names for the sea god, the first is Greek and the second Roman. They were god of the Sea and other waters; of earthquakes; and of horses. As Olympians they had legs. Triton was the son of Poseidon but instead of legs he had the lower body of a fish. Triton was Poseidon's heralder. Like his father, he carried a trident but he also carried a twisted conch shell which he blew to raise or lower the waves.

Today's zip has a Triton theme.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/24gemwna8vtbefu/ws_MermaidJournal_13.zip?dl=0

You might enjoy this:
https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2013/06/why-do-mermen-get-the-short-end-of-the-trident-in-the-public-eye/

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A late Saturday freebie

Hmm, don't know what happened but here I was thinking Saturday had posted and nothing is there. Sorry! If you are interested in more Mermaid lore check this out:
http://alternatewars.com/Mythology/Reliquary/Reliquary_Mermaid_Symbolism.htm
Isn't it interesting how persistent the mermaid myth is over time and culture? I read somewhere that scientists (?) think that what sailors in ancient times thought were mermaids were actually manatees. If you've seen a manatee, don't you wonder how that could be mistaken for a woman with a fish tail? The notion of aquatic humans makes for an interesting "what if" topic of conversation. For example, if mermaids are half human and half fish, do they have live births or do offspring arrive in eggs like fish do? Why have breasts unless to suckle their young from live births like humans and other mammals like dolphins and whales? Why have human type ears which can't work underwater? Why not something like dolphins use? How do they breathe underwater? Where are the gills and why have a nose? Think of what a long bath does to human skin. If any aquatic humans are found to exist, wouldn't they necessarily look much different than our depictions? What do you think they would be like?

This zip has a piece of wordart, one plain paper and a variety of little elements.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ok6uclp4dnmcb43/ws_MermaidJournal_12.zip?dl=0

We have been very lucky hurricane wise. Getting some rain, some thunder storms off and on but nothing like it could have been. Of course, it isn't over yet and. as my God-daughter and neice, Rachel, reminded today, it's still hurricane season with more expected. I thought I'd be going down to Jacksonville, NC to see my friend, Joyce in the next week or so but Jacksonville has been devastated by flood waters. I haven't been able to reach Joyce by cell phone and can only hope that she, her pregnant grand-daughter Sammi, Sammi's toddler daughter and their dogs all packed up prior to the storm and headed somewhere safe. Grandson-in-law, Tony is a Marine so I'm sure he had to remain at the base to help out. Our grandson, Tyler, who goes to college at University of South Carolina in Columbia had planned to come home for the weekend so my husband called him and advised he stay put since his apartment at the college is on the 3rd floor. But when the college canceled classes, Tyler and his roommate decided to drive home. It was good to see him but now we are worried because he is driving back today and there are so many areas where interstate and other major highways are closed due to flooding. Dear readers, I hope you are safe and dry wherever you are.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mermaid Journal freebie zip 11

The little merbaby in today's zip came from a black and white line drawing in an old book. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and hope you like it too.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gujag596hcwyyzn/ws_MermaidJournal_11.zip?dl=0

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Zip 10 of Mermaid Journal freebie

I noticed some comments about reading and wondered if all of you who use e-readers (I use Kindle Fire) know about the many sites where you can get cheap or free e-books? Amazon has lots of free ebooks for it's readers but there are also sites like bookbub.com, bookriot.com and earlybirdbooks@openroadmedia.com where you can find bargains on anything from classics to new and self-published fiction and non-fiction.

Hurricane Florence is on it's way and all sorts of things are being cancelled, places shut down through 9/16! Storm not expected to make landfall until Thursday but it's a level 4 and might become level 5. Some local areas are evacuating already. Zone A here in Norfolk to evacuate tomorrow morning. I'm in Zone C and planning on going to lunch with friends in Vriginia Beach tomorrow. Of course could wake up to strong winds and rain and then will reevaluate.

Anyway, did you know that mermaid legends extend back to 8th century? If you are interested in the folklore you might enjoy this:
https://mermaid.galactic.to/documents/Mermaids_in_different_Cultures.pdf
Not so much about mermen but what I read about the Irish merman makes them sound like something I wouldn't want to meet - ugly with green seaweed like hair and green scales and a red nose! Nothing like the handsome Poser type mermen you might see if you google merman images. I've also noticed that many modern depictions of mermen suggest they are homsexual. Really? Where do all the merbabies come from? Got to thinking about how we might find juvenile looking mermaids but rarely merbabies. So I created a couple myself and you will find them in today's zip.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/42jsdodq03i24o3/ws_MermaidJournal_10.zip?dl=0

Since I don't know what Thursday will bring, I'm going ahead and advance scheduling zip 11.
Stay safe!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

More Mermaid Journal freebie

Running late because I seem to be developing a respiratory infection of some type and I'm exhausted. Talk about bad timing as we are expecting company from New York tomorrow. Won't be posting on Saturday. Thank you all for the kind comments you've posted about this set. Today I have another premade journal page and various elements to make pages your way.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bsd0wkbvwitkydf/ws_MermaidJournal_9.zip?dl=0