ray walston (of “my favorite martian” fame) uttered this line, one i have toted along with me for many a year, and a few minutes ago i accessed just what movie it was. what i came up with was “convicts 4”, which didn’t sound exactly like what i had imagined it to be, but at 45+ years’ distance any view is bound to be a little maladjusted– just like me.

ANYHOW– back to the squirting pickle. living here in the mighty tropics can be sublime, but it can also be quite the pain in the ass. pickles, for instance– i like dill pickles, but they are hard to come by down here. the only good source is a store that handles the needs of some restaurants, but they sell them by the gallon jar, and it is a little expensive. SO– when i saw a different brand for perhaps half the cost i snapped it up– only the pickles themselves decidedly did NOT snap– nor crunch– nor squirt– properly. sigh. it has only increased my desire for good dill pickles……soon it will become uncontrollable.
but enough about ray walston, on with the show– even though i have been up to my butt in diving of late i have still had enough time in which to get some stuff done. i am back to painting away on my lily pads, and am closing in on the finish line. right now i am struggling to get the shadows that the lily flowers throw just right– i like the shade of green they give on the lily pads themselves, but when they shade the water instead the color is a little dark i think, it doesn’t quite integate with the rest. hmmm, must design a different color. the flowers are coming along just fine though, i am working through the progressions with enthusiasm.< and as you can see, i was also able to bring the new seahorse/sea star pendant to a sortuv finish. the pearls you see will be gone, and as a matter of fact, at the moment these ones ARE gone-- but it won't be til next week that the new pearls i have chosen will arrive in town, via a friend. also diamonds and settings for my first official version of this piece, the stock model having but two diamond eyes instead of the 16 you can see here. actually, seeing it with all those diamonds isn't a bad view at all. a couple more things here-- big thanks to my friends the sharkbaiters, who brought me down tons of brazil nuts. i have perfected my new recipe for a pesto, using the brazils in place of pine nuts, and hierbabuena (spearmint) in place of the sweet basil, and a matrix of mostly coconut cream and green thai curry in place of the oil-- damn tasty on toppa penne pasta!! i guess it has given me my dose of selenium for the next thousand or so years as well, i shine in the dark already. last but not least-- plans are once again afoot, watson, for a proposed trip to see the whale sharks from isla mujeres come july-- i'm collecting names now, and checking who has been naughty and nice to grant space to--if you wish to read about this, you can go waay back to my blog 11-- "awww, ratzzz!!!" and see some pix and watch me weep my bitter tears, just like david lindley sings

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