Good Night and Good Morning

Candid Canon #Take15

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Photographs I took this AM
© Cynthia Martz 2014

Parakeet Haven

I have been cleaning all day. My place was full of dust bunnies, bird seed and feathers.

When you are sick with the flu it’s a miracle they all get fed everyday.

I also made some new toys for my birds and Hempy the Hamster.

Egg cartons cut in half filled with treats, paper towel cardboard cut in half for tunnels. Hempy is having a blast.

The birds love there seed and fruit and veggies in the ice cube trays. They all eat happily together.

I also made a bird bath from a old coconut shell.



Candid Canon~Take14

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The New Years  2014 started out with catching the worse “BUG” ever in my life. My ribs feel so bruised from coughing non stop for days. It is a nasty one.

Thought you might enjoy some photos until my energy levels come back and I am in writing mode once again.


China above the Cupboards


China almost Three


Minnie and Shy Guy


Maze, Haze, Itty Blu and Bitty Blu

A neighbor gave me two more so now I have six. I call the new ones CoCo and Chico.

Photos soon.


Turn On Your Light~Let IT Shine


My Starry Starfish


Betta Indigo (Almost 2)


Jack and KK

I also rescued a little Hamster that was left at the dumpster. I call him Hempy Hipster Hamster from the Dumpster.

Will post pictures soon.

All photographs

©2014 Cynthia Martz


Greetings From Elf Bubbles Sweet-Buns

Music “The Little Drummer Boy” to listen too while reading News from Key West.

It is my favorite rendition of it. I created the video several years ago.

The Little Drummer Boy

For the past month or so I have been busy creating unique gifts for loved ones. I always burn Music and create DVDs, but this year I have around 50 or so coffee coasters from flop burns that said they burned successfully.

Talk about OCD. Yea, I have it Smile

That crap I downloaded from Softonic  came with a few surprises.The codecs download  is full of ~IT~ literally. A pain in the ass to uninstall too. I just figured out how to shut the vprot app off and finally delete it.

It hijacked my browser and added another little malware called Softonic Search that hung out around my clock at the bottom of my screen.

I even made sure too uncheck things I DID NOT want, got them anyways.

The biggest headache was getting rid of the AVG Search Bar that installed even though I did not check the box.

I could not even rid myself of it by the register manually. I would delete the key by running regedit (Register) and back it would come. Just like a bad boyfriend.

I hate crap that takes over your computer without even so much as a Hey, I’m dropping by. They just show up and move right in.

Guess the powers that be have found a way to screw up  burning with all the cyphers and codecs changed. I have found a work around in the form of Freemake. Awesome.

I put special touches on my Xmas cards and they were all sent out the first of last week. I have 5-6 boxes ready too go to other destinations tomorrow.

The weather has been just right, lows in the 60’s highs in the 80’s. Not our usual cooler December temperature’s.

The Drummer Boy Creation


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Music sheet background with an overlay of a silhouette of the drummer boy.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. “

Henry David Thoreau

I have the “Rock Candy” making down too a science. Three never hardened and were trashed and I was on too the next batch.

I made yellow coconut, green  and red peppermint, Almond and Orange.


My Nut, Banana breads and Chocolate Chip cookie baking will begin on the 23rd.

Later this evening I am trying out the Bath Salts I made. I added dried rose petals, euphoria and lavender Aura Cacia essential oils too the  Coarse Sea Salt and Epsom Salt. Then I added  food coloring by mixing equal amounts of red and blue. Perfect shade of lavender.


“Look in the flowers and perfumes of nature for peace of mind and joy of life”

Last night I heard a ruckus in the kitchen, upon investigating I found that (ODDLY) the secure stopper on one of my bath salts had exploded. Smells good in the kitchen, but bath salts with oil are not my kind of fun to sweep up.

Then just now another crash. Same situation. I believe it is China Cat, she must like the smells of lavender and Euphoria, like cat nip too her. It was a worse mess this time. Now I have the entire bottle with stopper enclosed in a secure bag.

OK researched the Explosions and found that if you use Baking Soda to keep it fresh it causes a build-up of carbon oxide air escaping. If placed in a glass jar it MAY go BOOM. I had already packed and sealed Mary’s so I hope it doesn’t go Boom!

I had a lot of fun making these cute little snow babies.


But alas photos of snow will have to suffice for me.

Kudos to Jax


From my Hometown

Photo by Courtney Mabeus



Top of candle holder

and also the Jingle Balls


China wanted to help.



Beautiful Christmas quilt from my ladybug friend.

I watched “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” last night. It was such a cute animation. I remember back Xmas 94. I had worked a long 12 hour shift, was fighting a cold and went to my daughter’s. Before dinner I had already too much spiked Eggnog.

My take on the matter was I got into it with everybody and left. Next morning I woke, jumped out of bed and came to a very painful halt. My foot was so swollen. My shoes were still on. I took my shoe off and it really swelled. Off to the ER. It was broken in 3 places.

Last thing I remember was a car stopping and a little girl saying “What’s your name?” I told her “Cyndi” She said where do you live and I said “Cyndi” They finally figured out the address on Cindy Ave and dropped me off.

When I got out of the car she patted my head and said “You’ll be OK”. I think I was thrown from the back of a truck that I had tried to get a ride down town on. I probably pissed them off.

So glad those days are finished.


Photo by Butterfly


Photo Property of © Cynthia Martz 2013

Christmas isn’t JUST about receiving gifts

It’s in the Giving of our Time and Heart

A phone call to let someone know you’re thinking of them

The Spirit of the Holidays should be everyday

No one is guaranteed tomorrow

Seven out of Ten Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.

Be Thankful for each and every Blessing

Keep your stress levels low and evenly balanced by staying focused and positive

Shelter from the heat and cold

Food in our tummies

Music too sooth us

Animals (Especially Cats) to love and cherish

Love, Health and a Bit of Abundance
with Time to Enjoy

© Cynthia Martz 2013

from Elf Bubbles Sweet-Buns


Starfish – Saving One Makes All the Difference in the World

Today is my daughter’s 45 th Birthday.

As I mentioned in an prior blog   18 Wheels to Key West  she was my Starfish thrower and she saved me when she hypothetically threw me back in the ocean.

It reminds me of that song by Pink Floyd  “Wish You Were Here”

Excerpt from lyrics:

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.

I was that lost soul.

I have been clean since 1998. I arrived in Key West in 92.  Needlessness too say old habits die hard sometimes. I backslid on numerous occasions.

She was still in my corner.

We’re like Starfish…saving one makes all the difference in the world


The Starfish Story


adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”


The opal starfish is a replica of the starfish ring, that now resides on her finger that I also gifted her with.


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I designed this for her and put it in a beautiful frame.


© Cynthia Martz 2013

I also burned her our favorite songs from the Breaking Bad series.

Crystal Blue Persuasion

Jane’s Demise



Los Zafiros – He Venido

If I Had A Heart

Who’s Gonna Save My Soul

One By One

We Are Born When We Die



The Long Walk Alone

Line Of Fire

Baby Blue

Farewell Breaking Bad


The Planet Mars…

Mars gets too me in ways I feel overwhelmed at times. I can be so intense and that intensity when it comes to debates, sex, enthusiasm gets over charged at intervals. I really try to be less forceful, but my plutonium and Martian ways always seem too burst forth with little or no control. I mean well and have good intent, it just is taken the wrong way at times.

Sometimes I wonder if person’s really are listening…it seems if they were;  they would see what I was trying to say , not what they perceived me too say.