Akiane, her life, her art, her poetry

A friend has loaned me a book about a child that is especially gifted by God. Born into an atheistic family at 4yrs old she told her mother she had met God. Since that time she has been able to paint and write poetry. She says God teaches her to paint. She is considered the only known child binary genius in both realist painting and poetry.

She is 12 years old now and is an internationally renowned artist and poet. She speaks four languages and wants to use her God-given talen to raise money to help needy children. Her work has to be seen to be believed and video’s have been taken while she works, so that it is undoubtedly her doing the painting. The artwork is amazing.

“Akiane’s use of color, balance and execution are usually reserved for masters three to four times her senior. Her genius is her ability to absorb the world around her and translate exactly what she sees in perfect form.” Rick Hancock, Art Dealer and Publisher.

To see some of her work visit www.artakiane.com

The difference between e.g. and i.e.

I think I have often confused these so if you didn’t know, now you do!

The Latin abbreviations e.g. and i.e. are used extensively in English. Not everyone, however, is aware of the difference in their usage. Some people use them interchangeably. Others even invert their meaning. If you are not completely sure when to use each of those abbreviations, keep reading!


e.g. stands for the Latin phrase “exempli gratia,” which means “for the sake of example.” You should use it when presenting examples or more possibilities for the term in question. An easy way to remember this is to associate e.g. with “example given.”


I like citrus fruits (e.g., oranges and lemons)


i.e. Stands for the Latin phrase “id est,” which means “that is.” You should use it when explaining or rephrasing a sentence. Usually it has the same meaning as “in other words.”


I like all fruits (i.e., I eat pretty much anything)

Always so busy at this time of year

I have been so busy since last Thursday. I had to start a blog for my church, basically I am to be the centre for administration through the blog. A cyber-administrator. I had to collect all the information that has been floating around and put it in one place and then advise everyone etc. I had to give a demo on Sunday morning as many were not familiar with blogs. Everyone seems really pleased with it and I hope they now use it.

I have canned 35 jars of peaches, I have 20 lbs or plums I am doing between visits to the computer. I am smoking some salmon, and will be canning some of that probably tomorrow. The men are out catching more while I am writing this. You are allowed two fish per fisherman, so they usually go out about three days a week, they had a hard time catching any at first but now they are coming home with about 40lbs of sockeye each time. I am canning and smoking for my husband’s friend also, and he sends some down to his kids in southern BC. My husband hopes to catch some to give to friends also.

We seem to be finally having some decent weather, plus the bugs are mostly gone so it is quite pleasant outside. Our solarium is at lock up stage. There is still lots to do to finish it but it is usable and it is delightful sitting in there in the evening when it is still warm from the afternoon sun. I think we will especially enjoy it in spring and fall, but even in winter we have lovely days at -10C with lots of sun, which will mean the temperature in the solarium will be quite warm. Below -10C I doubt we will use the solarium but it will be interesting to see how warm it does get. It is an experiment with solar heating. Already I find I can open the door to the solarium that is off the living room and the warmth in there brings up the temperature in our home. Of course in summer when it is very hot we will probably shade it. We think we will grow a grape or kiwi inside for shade. However if we have a summer like this year’s we will not have to worry about it getting too hot.

Got to rush.

Heads or Tails # 3 – Hobby

Skittles has started a new meme for every Tuesday called visit her blog for instructions. Basically she gives us a word and we can do whatever we like with it. That can’t be too hard, can it? This week the subject is Hobby.

The word Hobby is believed to be a by-name of Robin, Robbie or Dobbin and means a small horse used for ambling. By the 1700’s the word became to mean a favourite occupation or topic pursued for amusement which was compared to the riding of a toy horse. An occupation that could amuse for hours.

The Hobby-horse was also part of traditional English Morris dancing and was made of wickerwork and fastened around the waist of the performer who was probably the forerunner of today’s circus clown. Thus the word Hobby came to mean a foolish person, a jester or buffoon. It also could be used in relation to a prostitute or lustful person.

In the Regency period of English history one would use the term Hobby-horsical to describe someone who was devoted to a pastime. Even in my time, in the UK, I have heard it used derisively when telling someone who was going on about something, “Get off your hobby-horse”.

View more participants in the “Heads or Tails” meme.

Look what happens when I come out of my cave

Some of you read Wednesday’s post about “Having to be social again”, in that I told you we were going to a potluck supper. It was at our church which is over 60miles away, about 132km. It was an end of summer get together, just seeing where people were after being away and busy during the summer.

In the course of the evening the pastor said he had a real need for someone to coordinate information because he is out of town so often on ministry trips, and the small congregation is so wide spread that often people can’t make it to church, especially in winter and some felt they didn’t know what was going on anymore. He wondered if a website would do the trick.

I sat there most of the evening thinking that a blog would work much better, and as I looked around I realized everyone else had jobs and families and didn’t have the knowledge anyway, so guess what, I am the new Cyber Secretary. The nice thing is I can do it all from 60 miles away, I can stay in my cave and look after the church administration. I always see myself as Yoda from Star Wars, big ears and all, I hope I can be as wise.

So I have been really busy the last couple of days, setting everything up, and I am actually enjoying myself. So if I don’t return your comment right away you’ll understand

I have been tagged for the Middle Name meme

I was tagged by Anna for the Middle Name meme. She lives in Wisconsin, why not visit her. I don’t really like doing these things, but I usually do follow through if tagged as I don’t like to let people down.

The Rules:

  1. You have to post the rules before you give the facts.
  2. You must list one fact that is relevant to your life for each letter in your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name than use a name that you like.
  3. When you are tagged you must write a post containing your own middle name game facts.
  4. At the end of your post you must tag one person for each letter in your middle name.. Don’t forget to comment them telling that they are tagged and to read your post to get the rules.

My middle name, Ann:

  • A – Addicted to blogging
  • N – Name Anne means Grace so that is why I use it on my blog, first name means Victory
  • N – Nearly always have three of four books on the go at once

So, since there are 3 letters in my middle name, I’m supposed to tag 3 people. Thank goodness I have a short name. When I was a kid I always had to correct people about the spelling of my name and tell them I was “Ann without an e”.

  1. David at Author blog
  2. Gene at Turning the Pages of Life
  3. JMB at Nobody Important

Sorry guys and gals but you have been tagged!

Having to be social again

I am having to be social again this evening as we are going to a pot luck supper. I am taking smoked trout. I figure no one else will have it and it won’t go bad sitting around. It’s nice casual so I tidied up a bit and am waiting now for hubby to get home, get showered so we can go.

I spend so much time alone, and the more I am alone, the more alone I want to be. I get up about 6:15am and my husband about 7am, we spend time just talking and drinking coffee until he has to leave at 8:30 am. He gets back about 5pm and we sit down together for a while and then have supper and watch the news, though why we do I don’t know, it only gets him upset, and the weather forecast is rarely correct. After we have supper cleaned up I usually get on the computer and he reads until bedtime. Sometimes I share something I have found on the internet that would appeal to him but mostly we just do our own thing, and go to bed around 11:30pm.

I don’t have to be alone, there are people I could visit, and things to do, especially in winter, like carpet bowling, darts, red hat club, curling, etc., but I find I can’t be bothered. I enjoy being by myself, pottering around the garden, walking, messing around in the kitchen, reading. I rarely get bored. Sometimes, though I feel a little guilty that I don’t get out and interact with village people more, but I usually supress that and find something I’d rather do. I groan when any one pops by, I wish I had a butler to say that “Madam, isn’t home today”, but I am gracious when I answer the door, but I have been known to check who it is first and pretend I am not at home. Have you ever done that?

So I will have to fix on my attentive face, make sure I listen to what is being said, and not venture down my own avenue of thoughts, and generally be sociable. One would think I am shy and retiring wouldn’t you, but I am not. If I have something to say, I usually say it. My husband says I tend to be a little blunt, but he likes it as he says he doesn’t have to play guessing games with me. If it wasn’t for my husband needing a little bit of a social life I probably wouldn’t bother to go this evening, especially as we have to drive for an hour and half to get there, but it would be mean of me to not make the extra effort for him. He does so much for me that I get out of my comfort zone for his sake.

Do you like social occasions, or would you rather stay at home?