Pictures from life and imagination

Fresh Squeezed


Since the beginning of summer I’ve been experimenting with juicing. I’ll start off the day with a fruit and soy milk smoothie for breakfast. Then for lunch I’ll usually blend up spinach and pear with a pinch of nuts or seeds. Maybe it sounds unappetizing but it makes me feel more energetic and healthy!

Lately I’ve been coming across vintage juicers at thrift stores and garage sales, so I now have a small collection. Here are a few classics in pen, ink and colored pencil.

Try this yummy smoothie recipe:

1 C almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 medium sized banana
2 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy! 🙂

Jungle Do


It was Sylvia and Bernice’s most cherished moment of the morning. The kids had just been sent off to school with their lunch pails, diorama creations and book reports. The husbands were sent on their way with a peck on the cheek before squeezing into the neighborhood carpool. Ah yes, it was time to savor a little peace and quiet with a freshly brewed cup of hot java, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Sometimes it wasn’t an easy task, taking care of a family, but they supported one another, and that was a comfort to them both. So as they sipped their coffee, they’d talk about all the things in common that they shared; their ups and downs, their challenges and rewards and… their ecosystems.

Don’t ask.

Bully Bot


Here is a very territorial One-Eyed-Bot. He’s intent on zapping a Wee-Bot that has strayed into his personal space. Luckily for the little guy he’s pursuing, he moves very slowly with those cumbersome tri-pod legs, and his tiny T-Rex hands are practically useless. All the Wee-Bots know to steer clear of it’s extended whipping tail with it’s electrically charged tip. Sadly, One-Eyed-Bot-taunting has become a popular sport among Wee-Bots, and a singed butt simply a badge of honor. Hmmm…so who’s the bully?

I love making junk-bots. Call me crazy, but old junk inspires me. I tried joining in on Alpha Bots! and was keeping up with making a robot for each letter of the alphabet. Then I had made a “kaboom bot” with an explosion coming out of it’s head for the letter K and was ready to post it when the bombings happened in Boston. My timing stunk. Luckily I didn’t post it but I lost my momentum and stopped making them. Junk-bots A-I can be seen on my earlier posts.

It’s been ages since I participated on IF. When I saw this week’s topic, I had to join in on the fun. I love ALL of your illustrated robots!!



Also known as Insectoboticus maximus, this lace-winged robot insect can be found flying around the junk yard searching for prey. They have extremely large eyes and a long slender abdomen. With their large mandibles they can chew quickly, easily, and while on the move. Their favorite food consists of rusty pieces of scrap metal, old batteries and junk car parts. Their role in the ecosystem is an important one, for they are efficient recyclers of our discarded old junk. And, their detritus can be a healthful tasty snack when a good recipe is followed. *See recipe below.

*You really think there’s a recipe for bug poop? Yuck!

Go on over to Alphabots! a sure fire recipe for fun.

(Click for XLG pic.)

H is for Horseshoe Crab Bot

“I’ve never seen a horseshoe crab that looks like that before…must be from your side of the family.”

“I don’t know, I heard New Jersey has a lot of iron in the water. I’m gonna start to get bottled from now on.”

Visit Alphabots! where you might see something you’ve never seen before.

G is for Gigundo Bot

Calling Gigundo Bot very large would be an understatement. He is a walloping, tremendous, super-colossal monster robot. Just the sight of his massive figure causes panic in the streets. In the right hands, he can be an invaluable asset to heads of governments and superpowers. When things get out of control they call on Gigundo Bot. He solves the really big problems. If a dictator in a foreign land mistreats his own people and threatens neighboring countries, the people call on Gigundo Bot. If an oil spill is spreading out of control putting delicate ecosystems at risk, they call on Gigundo Bot. If elected officials protect the super rich and hold the country hostage instead of doing the right thing for average citizens, Gigundo Bot is the one they call on.

You go Gigundo Bot!

So if you find you need help with a larger than life problem, you can call on Gigundo Bot. Or you can visit Alphabots! where you’ll find robots big and small ready to assist you.

F is for Flying Drone-Bot


You are walking down the street minding your own business. You have an uncanny feeling of being watched. You look around but there is no one. You pick up your pace but now you have a small spot on your back that feels like it’s burning. You try to rub it off but instead it gets worse. Then as the sun shines through the clouds you see a large bird-like shadow being cast on the sidewalk. You tilt your head upwards, having to shield your eyes from the brightness of the sun, and then you see it. You stop dead in your tracks, for hovering above you with a laser pinpointed right between your eyes, is the silent Flying Drone-Bot. It takes your breath away for a moment then you remember hearing that if you ever looked up and saw one, it would be the last thing you ever saw.


Visit Alphabots! There you can see all kinds of robots—friend, foe or otherwise. But do so at your own risk!