Showing posts from February, 2018

Town living..

We do have a lot of records of this town everything from  blueprints to photos.  The town had stores and places to swim and even a theater. Some of the town is still around  i have been in the old police barracks that was the main building in the town.
 A bus station that was built there played a big part in the race track part of the story  a train would come and deliver people to the race and they would sell food and snacks for the people. I remember in the 60's the woman who was around for this part of history was  still running the place.
 Of course it had a bar a pretty amazing wooden one back then kids could go into bars i remember my grandfather visiting and i would sit and eat ice cream and look out the big picture window  and my grandfather would drink his  shots of whisky.

  Amber and her sister got of the train slowly as they stopped in front of the  bus station that would not happen for a while but it was a restaurant . The train stopped behind the place and they had …

Amatol beginnings......

The beginning started out strange enough, the old woman remembered the day she move from New York city with her family to a strange town called Amatol? She had settled with her family in New York city after they came from the homeland.

 They had seen the great lady that guarded the harbor she had not been there from many years , when they came through Ellis Island both sisters were in awe when she came into sight.

The old woman was jolted awake when the mail was delivered, to her, she did love to get the local paper from Atlantic county New Jersey. To her surprise, the old homestead was on the front page . She l sold it long ago to cover her expenses here in the her retirement home. She wondered one day what would become of it ?

 The town of  Atlantic city was in the middle of a renewal casinos of all things were being built and she wondered if it would help the town. She had a lot of memories of that place and was so happy in 1928 when she could use her funds to build her Bahia Vist…

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Hi Humans,

 My human is late today sorry she has been busy baking .. I better get some of that cheesecake she made i love cheese....  but we want to share my picks on the humans zazzle's stores.. HMMM still know SweetPea items yet.

 Here are some of my new favorites. enjoy Humans ,  Love SweetPea. You can even save 25 %..

               This  looks comfortable for me ..  i guess it is good for humans too...

 ok this is my brother Pine cat he is a puzzle i have to buy one of these for the humans.. I think i would look good as a puzzle too.

 Humans  have to wear something called clothes so i guess this is cool...  We cats can go naked and nobody cares... sometimes people put us in clothes  if we need them.. I do like this because it looks like a  SweetPea flower.. 

                                 I would like this tray to eat my cat food off of..

New story Coming soon....

I grew up playing in the remains of a South Jersey ghost town and forgotten wooden race track of the early 19th century. We rode our bikes for miles exploring a forgotten track and fire roads deep in the pinelands . Never knowing the what was under our feet  and not understanding the danger of living in ruins of a place called amatol. 
It was late in the first World war when  a town called Amatol would spring up in  Mullica township . Amatol was a new type of omission  that was evented by the British and they decide in the rural areas of New Jersey it would be safe to put a plant.
 It only lasted about 11 months because the war did end and locals came and recycled many of the town's metal etc. 8 years later one of the countries most popular wooden racetrack would spring up in the ruins of the town.

Always seemed strange to me because as a kid my brothers would find many shells in the  ruins of racetrack  which meant that the wooden track was build over it. I remember the state po…

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 enjoy the saving have a great day we will be back on Sunday, Nora

SweetPea talks about how she lives life among the Humans..

Hi Humans.

 Here i am looking at my water bowl .. I do not like drinking from there i will only drink from the faucets in the house i get in the bathroom sink and let the water bounce of my  head. The cheap humans should buy me a fountain right? They think i am odd for doing this but a girl  got be creative right?

 Here i am on my scratching post the man human built for me . I have another in the livingroom.  I do make these humans work for me.. lolol... they better because i am a god after all ..
  Have a great day love Sweet Pea...

save 15% Did you know we carrry wrapping Paper?

We have flowers and even Pinecat on Wrapping Paper . It is a nice day here in Jersey in the 70's . Lots of new items coming to the stores in the future .  But we do have cards and wrapping paper and tissue and bags for your gift giving needs.

 Have a great day , Nora

Moses Williams profile artist..


 I  saw some information about this artist in a article about Charles Wilson Peale. Moses was born a slave and live in the Peale household. He never taught this talented young man to paint but he did learn to cut Paper profiles. 
 What really amazed me is this gentleman went from a slave {a law in   Pennsylvania freed him at the age of 28} to selling his work as  souvenir  people bought at the Peale Museum.  His work sold for 8 cents but he did make enough to start a family and even buy a home.

 The Peale museum was Charles Wilson Peale's studio he collected many things from nature bones etc and it became a natural history museum and was the first museum in the country.  After his death his sons did keep it going  till it moved to Maryland where it closed in 1997.

 Moses did use something called a Physiognotrace  which his former owner helped perfect  He still had to cut the paper to make corrections but i thought this was a interesting bit of information for people who love m…

Skicgraphia . What is it and why should I care?

I stated we would be talking about ancient artists that have been remembered down through the ages. Today we would like to talk about Apollodoros the shadow Painter. He was a Athenian painter who was known to have worked around 480 B.C.E.
Some artists friends might recognize that he is the one who invented a shading and technique that artists still use today. His work  did not survive the ages but through writings  of others who gave him credit for the technique that we all use to this day. It certainly is fun to know the beginnings of art making.

 Please feel free to share our page and like our blog we welcome new friends always and glad to have you all reading what we post. Feel free to comment and we are thinking  about starting a google hang-out where we can  talk about art.

 Have a great day where ever you are in the world, Nora

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 We will be  back on Monday and the start of a new series ancient artists who are know ...  Some have their work surviving the march of time some not ..But for the artists out there the Greeks certainly gave us a lot to think about when it comes to creating art and how we see objects around us.
 Have a great Sunday friends, Nora

SweetPea wants her face on zazzle...

Hi Humans,

  Hope you are having a great day.. My human thought she would post some pictures of me and she is busy working on new ideas and things she wants to share with you all... Coming, hopefully better pictures of me 

 I think i need my own shirt don't you?  My brother pinecat has one . Why not me?  Even though i do not like picture taking i told human paint a picture of me and use that . She just bought a piece of canvas..
 Have a great day friends love Sweet Pea

The end of a story ? Maybe i should write more adventures?

The ash storm last for a few days and our group was safe in the hotel . Ramose did help with the different things the hotel owner did like feed livestock and get food out of storage. They wore  cloths over there faces and still could not stay out long.  They put thin pieces of linden over their eyes they could see but it helped keep the ash out.

 Finely one morning they woke up and the skies were clear all that could be seen was a strange clouds in the direction of  Crete.  Ramose knew they had to get moving and get on the boat they had to get to some of the lands north of the  Tigris and the Euphrates.

 Isis was glad to be on her way again and she and Lotus were ready quick to board the boat along with her friend and her children. They knew they could not go back and this new area could bring them peace and they could settle down.

The group did make it to what is now know as Syria they settled down there and Isis and Ramose had 5 sons and 2 daughters and were happy. Ramose had his …

Happy Valentine's Day Humans...

Happy Valentine's day humans .... You get another post from me ...  I do hate late night pictures but my human is a the ..... Yikes i am not allow to say bad words but you can the idea.

 I do not like this dog .. I hate dogs HUman!!!! Have a fun day  Humans, Love Sweet Pea..

The disaster That happened to Crete..

The morning was cool and rainy when our group  boarded the boat Ramose had helped load his  pottery and other  items on the ship the night before . He was up early loading their processions into the boat  he had several friends helping him and Isis was busy saying good -by to friends for awhile.

 Many told her they would check up on their home and  Isis almost told them to come with them  and get away from this place but she promised Ramose she would not say  anything/ What if she was wrong then what?

 Isis found herself staring at the volcano looking for any signs of  danger she did get Lotus on her lead and get through the narrow streets to the harbor as she did that she thought she felt the ground move  a bit. Many people just smiled and laughed at the look of fear on her face and told her the gods are angry today.

Ramose was glad to see her and Lotus and helped them into the boat it was time to leave and everyone was ready. Europa  and her children and many other wives that were…

Spring is coming along with Easter update and save at pinecat15 and catfish 15 stores

All cards are 50% off.. Great for spring birthdays and of course Easter.  Thought i would also show you some items to update your home for Spring.

                We love this puzzle of  Pinecat and have to get one.. I miss him everyday...

             We have a whole collection of Rose items including shower curtains and cards.

 Have a great day and follow us on google + and share our blog . The story will be back on WED. Nora

Isis and her warnings from the Gods?

Ramose was doing well in the workshops he especially liked making the pottery that the Minoans  would be known for eternity. He like the natural  shapes and drawing of fish and wild life that he could put on he pieces.
He was starting to get popular and was even ask to go on  trip to help deliver  the piece to  the many trade spots through out the Aegean  and beyond. He knew he did not want to stop in Egypt because of Isis  she would be going with him. He would not dare live her alone here. 

 She seemed so nervous with the volcano did she know something he didn't?  He had always heard that the temple priests in Egypt  had a six sense from the Gods..  Could she know something other worldly?
 Ramose entered his home early one night and  Isis was sitting in a corner with Lotus on her lap and  seemed to be in some kind of trance. When he moved toward her she awoke a bit unnerved to see him and even the cat  let out a almost shriek  of surprise.

 " Isis i have a surprise we are …

Thera the volcano and the first few weeks of a new Life..

The sun  was rising and the ship was not far from Crete  land of many mountains and a volcano this was  something never seen before by our travelers from Egypt.  Isis was impressed along with Ramose  the beauty of this island that had a interesting round harbor. Even  the land masses were round in shape something our travelers knew nothing of.

Lotus loved to sit at the tip of the boat and feel the breezes and on more than one occasion she had to be fished out of the water after falling in so  she would wear and harness  with a lead so she didn't go to far and they could fish her out of the water easily.

 When they did land the boat  our small group did get several invites from crew to stay with them till they found a place to live and Ramose would get work. The one crew member did have family who worked at the queen's palace actually he was the head of the artisans of the whole country and knew he would fit in.
 Ramose was busy when they traveled here working on small pieces…

Sweetpea's tales of human photos ops...

Hi friends  it's me Sweet Pea...

 Thought you might like to see  some new pictures of me . Hum an is not well she has something called asthma..   She sounds like a frog when she talks and coughs a lot. She has this thing she breaths into that is weird ...

 But back to me i have been letting the human take some pictures a girl has got to get her beauty sleep and she is always bugging me taking pictures. Here i am looking like enough human it is past ten pm.

 Go paint something you have a lot of stuff to do...

                       I refused to look at her with that bright light i was asleep sort of.

Again i told her no close ups...

Well i will tell you some secrets though the story she has been writing takes a lot of research she really does try and get the correct information in her stories so it takes time to research stuff.

 She does love some weird stuff Minoan  culture?  Ancient Egypt? 
We do appreciate you reading our blog and hope you are enjoying what we write. Human is …

Crete bound..

The sea was calm during the journey to Crete the couple with the cat were busy helping the crew with chores they would help with the fishing and the general cleaning. Lotus was enjoying the fish scraps everyday as the fish was cleaned salted and then  stored for the rest of the time aboard.They did  have a stove type thing called a oven Brazier where coals were out in it and you  and cook on the top.

Isis had to learn to use this to help with the cooking she had a friend named  Europa who  was also on the ship coming back from Egypt she found Isis to be  quite delightful when she did talk she would talk about her trips to the  temples around the Sphinx  . One evening when they were  above deck she ask her "Isis you seem to know so much about the temples were you a priestess ?"  Isis was quite upset she thought she had said to much and looked upset. Europa calmed her fears and told he you are heading to a new land  we  will welcome you women are thought highly off in Crete&…

Lotus and family journey to Crete..

The  sun was rising and Lotus was busy eating scraps from the humans morning meal  they would be waiting for the caravan  to take them to the ocean where they will board a boat to Crete. It was a pretty short journey by sea but they would be going on Minoan  trade ship . They were happy to bring back a man such as Ramose who had such artistic skills to their homeland.
 Many who lived and worked in Amarna  had left  the city and went to other lands to live afraid of  being killed for believing in the god Aten.  Isis was a bit worried about Lotus and how she would do in a strange land . Would the people be afraid of her or worse would they want to kill her?
 They had traveled for many days in the caravan which was made up of Minoans she did find there stories of their land interesting but she did feel a bit sad that she would be leaving Egypt. They did have a strange way of dressing and she was surprised that she could wear what she wanted.

 They welcomed everyone and the land was fil…

Isis and Ramose husband and wife

The couple left late one night when the moon was high in the sky the cat following behind looking at every movement the night time desert made. Lotus was on the hunt at night and Isis knew she could ran off so she did put a  lead on her that she made from reeds.

 Lotus was not happy but Isis was she would have the family she always wanted with Ramose . In  Egyptian culture if a woman moves into a man's house she was his wife. It was that simple both of them knew that and were ok.  They had loved each other for a long time and did come together as one . With the gods help she would soon be with child but first she hoped she would get to  Crete before that happened.

 The Egyptians did use a form of birth control.. believe it or not they were quite good at it a mixture of Acacia berries and honey and ground dates helped kill sperm.   Isis did know of these secrets from the other priestesses  in the temple.

 Many were so young and never made it to womanhood before they were  placed …

The sculptor Ramose and the great queen..

Ramose went to his workshop and gathered his tools  spies have told him that the city of the Aten was no more. After the death of the Pharaoh  and the death of the great Queen people like him would not be safe here.
He took his bride and her cat and left late at night carrying all they had into the desert he knew of a place they could stay for awhile that had water and animals to hunt it was a day away but he knew they could make it with the water and food they had.
 They had to make it to the  Nile and then they could sail to meet his friend and they would go across the desert to a ship and go to the island of Crete. They would be safe there and he could work in the great workshops of the Minoans  using his sculpting skills to make likeness of their Gods.

Ramose had been very sad to have to bury a piece of art work that he had started of the great queen. He had been so honored to have visited the queen's palace in the great city of the sun.    Nefertiti  was a beautiful creatur…