Sneek a Peek into my sketchy life – Heads UP!

The last class for this semester –  I continued to play with water-color pencil.  



I tend to draw the heads too small . . . or . . . another way of “looking at it” . . . I make the bodies too big.  Then again, he is a big guy.


The uneven jaw line is reflective of his beard and mustache.dscn6801

Bob Blobfish sez: ". . . I p"

Bob Blobfish sez: ” Until art classes start again she can practice drawing larger heads by drawing me in the  nude”

“B” is for Blobfish, Better-known as Bob

Bob the Blobfish has been a regular on this blog for years.  His commentary is broadly heralded by readers as being bold, beautifully brash and brilliantly blunt

“In 2013 The blobfish was voted the “World’s Ugliest Animal”, based on photographs of decompressed specimens, and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, in an initiative “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children”‘

". . .  Now she's really got something to be scared about . . . "
“No BUTS about it, I tell it like I see it  . . . “

Behold Bob the Blobfish

I’m a blob and I know it

No need to show it

That’s why I live

3,000 feet underwater in the sea

so be a buddy and let me B!


Click here to see previous posts: “A” and “B” down, “C” to go!

Zuvys, KĘSTUTIS and Me

Time to crank up the blog searches!  Yes!  It’s time for a fish post!

If you’ve not been following CreativitytotheMAX for awhile you aren’t aware that the single largest word searches on this blog is for “fish”.  So periodically I delight in sharing my fish research with you to keep the fishy hits hitting.

Zuvys appeared in the word search count.  ZUVYS?  I was apprehensive it was X-rated, or worse.  Sounded like slang for a part of the anatomy that we can’t explore in public, or a new form of bacteria that eats the flesh eating bacteria after the flesh eating bacteria eats us. Zuvys?

Turns out it’s neither X-rated nor life-threatening.  It’s Lithuanian!

Lithuanian!!!!!  Who knew?  The Republic of Lithuania is a nation in Northern Europe. The country spans a total area of 25,174 sq miles. The population of Lithuania is over 3 million, which makes it the 133rd most populated country in the world. The per capita nominal GDP of Lithuania is $10,605. The official language is Lithuanian and the word for fish is ZUVYS.

Jurgis Zuvy

Want to see what you’d be called if you lived in Lithuania? You can call me KĘSTUTIS

Lithuanian names

ADOMAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ADAM
AGNÉ   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of AGNES
ALDONA   f   LithuanianPolish
Meaning unknown…
ALEKSANDRAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ALEXANDER
AMALIJA   f   LithuanianSloveneCroatian
Lithuanian, Slovene and Croatian form of AMALIA
ANDRIUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ANDREW
ANTANAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Antonius
ARAS   m   Lithuanian
Means “eagle” in Lithuanian.
ARTŪRAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ARTHUR
AUDRA (1)   f   Lithuanian
Means “storm” in Lithuanian.
AUGUSTAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of AUGUSTUS
AUGUSTINAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Augustinus
AUŠRA   f   Lithuanian
Means “dawn”
AUSTĖJA   f   LithuanianBaltic Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the Lithuanian goddess of bees.
ĄŽUOLAS   m   Lithuanian
Means “oak”

BRONISLOVAS   m   Lithuanian

Danute Zuvy

Lithuanian form of BRONISŁAW

DAINA   f   LithuanianLatvian
Means “song” in Lithuanian and Latvian.
DAIVA   f   Lithuanian
Created by the Lithuanian writer Vydūnas, who possibly derived it from a Sanskrit word meaning “destiny“.
DALIA (2)   f   LithuanianBaltic Mythology
Means “fate, luck” 
DANIELIUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of DANIEL
DANUTĖ   f   Lithuanian
Meaning uncertain… [more]
DARIJUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian variant of DARIUS
DARIUS   m   EnglishLithuanianBiblicalBiblical Latin
Roman form of Δαρειος (Dareios), which was the Greek form of the Persian name Dārayavahush, which was composed of the elements dârayato possess” and vahu “good”
DIANA   f   Mythology
Probably derived from an old Indo-European root meaning “heavenly, divine”
DOMINYKAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of DOMINIC
DOROTĖJA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of DOROTHEA
DOVYDAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of DAVID
Cognate of EDITH
EGLĖ   f   Lithuanian
Means “fir tree” in Lithuanian… [more]
Cognate of HELEN, and a variant Russian transcription of YELENA.
ELŽBIETA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ELIZABETH
ELZĖ   f   Lithuanian
Short form of ELŽBIETA
Feminine form of Aemilius
ESTERA   f   PolishSlovakLithuanian
Polish, Slovak and Lithuanian form of ESTHER
GABIJA   f   LithuanianBaltic Mythology
Probably from Lithuanian gaubti meaning “to cover”
GABRIELĖ   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian feminine form of GABRIEL
GABRIELIUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of GABRIEL
GIEDRĖ   f   Lithuanian
Feminine form of GIEDRIUS
GIEDRIUS   m   Lithuanian
Derived from Lithuanian giedras meaning “serene, clear”.
GINTARAS   m   Lithuanian
Means “amber” in Lithuanian.
GINTARĖ   f   Lithuanian
Feminine form of GINTARAS
GVIDAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of GUIDO
HENRIKAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of HENRY
HERKUS   m   Lithuanian
Short form of HENRIKAS

Zuvy Zuvy

IEVA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of EVE
IGNAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of IGNATIUS
ILONA   f   HungarianGermanFinnishLatvianLithuanianPolishCzech
Possibly a Hungarian form of HELEN
IRENA   f   PolishCzechSloveneCroatianSerbianDutchLithuanian
Latinate form of IRENE
JADVYGA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of HEDWIG
JANINA   f   PolishFinnishGermanSwedishLithuanian
Latinate form of JEANNINE
JOKŪBAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of JACOB (or JAMES).
JONAS (1)   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of JOHN
JULIJA   f   SloveneCroatianLithuanian
Slovene, Croatian and Lithuanian form of JULIA
JUOZAPAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of JOSEPH
JUOZAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian short form of JOSEPH
JURGIS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of GEORGE
JUSTINA   f   EnglishSloveneCzechLithuanianLate Roman
Feminine form of Iustinus (see JUSTIN).
JUSTINAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of JUSTIN
KAMILĖ   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of CAMILLA
Feminine form of CAROLUS
KAROLIS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of CAROLUS
KATRĖ   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian diminutive of KOTRYNA

Roly Poly Zuvy

KAZIMERAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of CASIMIR
KĘSTUTIS   m   Lithuanian
Means “to cope” 
KOTRYNA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of KATHERINE
Cognate of CHRISTINA, and a Bulgarian variant of HRISTINA.
LAIMA   f   LithuanianLatvianBaltic Mythology
Means “luck” in Latvian and Lithuanian… [more]
LEONAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of LEON
LINA (2)   f
Short form of names ending in lina.
LINAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of LINUS
LIUDVIKA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian feminine form of LUDWIG
LIUDVIKAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of LUDWIG
German, Scandinavian and Lithuanian form of LUKE
Latinate form of MARGARET… [more]
Form of MARIA
MARIJONA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian feminine form of MARIANUS
MARIJUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of MARIUS
MARTYNAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MATAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of MATTHEW
MIGLĖ   f   Lithuanian
Derived from Lithuanian migla meaning “mist”.
MILDA   f   LithuanianBaltic Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the Lithuanian goddess of love.
MINDAUGAS   m   Lithuanian
Probably means either “much wisdom” or “much fame” 
MODESTAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of MODESTUS
Form of MONICA
MORTA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of MARTHA

Butterfly Zuvy

MYKOLAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of MICHAEL
NOJUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of NOAH (1)
ONA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of ANNA
PAULIUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of PAUL
PETRAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of PETER
PRANCIŠKUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of FRANCIS
RAIMONDAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of RAYMOND
RAMŪNAS   m   Lithuanian
Derived from Lithuanian ramus meaning “calm”.
RASA   f   Lithuanian
Means “dew” in Lithuanian.
Late Latin name meaning “queen”
ROŽĖ   f   Lith
Means “rose”
RŪTA   f   Lithuanian
Means “rue” in Lithuanian, the rue plant being a bitter medicinal herb which is a national symbol of Lithuania...
SANDRA   f  CroatianMacedonian
Short form of ALESSANDRA… [more]
SAULĖ   f   LithuanianBaltic Mythology
Means “sun” in Lithuanian. This was the name of the Lithuanian sun goddess.
SAULIUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of SAUL
SMILTĖ   f   Lithuanian
Means “sandwort” in Lithuanian, referring to flowering plants
STEPONAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of STEPHEN
SVAJONĖ   f   Lithuanian
Means “dream” in Lithuanian.
TOMAS   m   SwedishNorwegianLithuanian
Swedish, Norwegian and Lithuanian form of THOMAS
UGNĖ   f   Lithuanian
Means “fire” in Lithuanian.
URTĖ   f   Lithuanian
Possibly a Lithuanian diminutive of DOROTHY
VALDAS   m   Lithuanian
Short form of VALDEMARAS and other Lithuanian names containing the Germanic/Baltic element wald “rule”.
VALDEMARAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian cognate of WALDEMAR
VALERIJA   f   SerbianCroatianSloveneLithuanian
VERONIKA   f    LithuanianLatvian
Cognate of VERONICA
VIKTORAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of VICTOR
VIKTORIJA   f   LithuanianSloveneCroatian
Lithuanian, Slovene and Croatian form of VICTORIA (1)
VILHELMAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of WILLIAM
VILHELMINA   f   SwedishFinnishLithuanian
Swedish, Finnish and Lithuanian feminine form of WILLIAM
VILTAUTAS   m   Lithuanian
From the Baltic elements vil- “hope” and tauta “people, nation”.
VILTAUTĖ   f   Lithuanian
Feminine form of VILTAUTAS

Bob BlobZuvy

VILTĖ   f   Lithuanian
Short form of VILTAUTĖ
VINCENTAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of VINCENT
VIRGILIJUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of VIRGIL
VISVALDAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of VISVALDIS
VITALIJA   f   Lithuanian
Lithuanian feminine form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VITALIJUS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VOLDEMARAS   m   Lithuanian
Lithuanian cognate of WALDEMAR
VYTAUTAS   m   Lithuanian
From the Baltic elements vyti- “chase, drive away” or vyd- “see” combined with tauta “people, nation”
ŽYDRŪNAS   m   Lithuanian
Possibly from Lithuanian žydras “blue”.

What Stuff do you Need? What Stuff do you Want?

Needs and wants are perhaps even more significant a topic at this time of year.  Every year I am faced with getting my husband both birthday and Christmas presents.  This strains my brain to figure out what he “wants” or “needs”.

Gifts of need or want?

never knowing what to buy

A strain on my brain

Then yesterday I received this comment from a “linkedin” friend:

“You seem like a lady who has everything?  

I wonder…what do you want for

At first, I wondered what I had said in a post or comment to give the impression that I had everything?

Humph, All I want is water

Then I wondered if I really take the time to think about the distinction between what I need and what I want.

Then I thought about Ida who has to weigh this question daily since she  is, out of necessity,  forced to survive on the bare minimum.

Susan Gammage wrote an excellent post on the topic.  It’s too long to repost but here’s how it starts:

“Recently I was listening to a podcast on our relationship to money by my favorite minister, Jeremy McClung of the Muskoka Community Church, which left me asking the question:  When is enough, enough?  This is an important question to ask especially at this season of excess we call Christmas.”
“In his talk, Jeremy handed out index cards and asked us to write “stuff I have” on one side and to write “stuff I want” on the other.  We were to make a detailed list of everything we own (land, cars, houses, clothes, electronics, appliances, toys etc)”.
“What surprised me was how much was on my “want” side!  Even though I have everything I need, and more, the list of what I wanted was longer than the list of what I owned.  This was profound!  I urge you to take out a sheet of paper right now and do this exercise for yourself.”
“My income comes from a small disability pension, supplemented by some paid work, and I live in a small one bedroom apartment in a “geared to income” building.  Some people look at my lifestyle and long for me to be better off financially, and sometimes I wonder if they’re right.  
My well-wishers see the transformative path I’ve been on for the past couple of decades, and how far I’ve come in ridding myself of the anxiety and depression that robbed me of my life, and they think it’s time for me to get back into the “real world” and get paid for all the work I do.

Susan citing the following REALLY got my attention:

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village would consist of:

  • 57 Asians
    21 Europeans
    14 Americans (North, Central and South)
    8 Africans
  • There would be:
    52 women and 48 men
    30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians
    30 Christians and 70 non-Christians
  • Humph, Zero fish?

  • In addition:
    6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA
    80 would live in poverty
    70 would be illiterate
    50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition
    1 would be dying
    1 would be being born
    1 would own a computer
    1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree

    Humph, One Blobfish left high and dry

      If we looked at the world in this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.     But, consider again the following…

  • If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people
  • If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.
  • If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.
  • If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.
  • If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.
  • If you’re reading this message, you’re extremely lucky, because you don’t comprise one of those 2 billion people who still can’t read.    (source unknown:

Dear Linkedin Friend,  Thank you for asking.

My greedy little ego will probably never be satisfied.

My soul tells me I have everything I need.

Humph, All I need is water.

A Shaggy Frogfish Tale (parenthetically speaking)

Time to pump up the word search hits on the blog!

For those of you new to C2Max I get MORE word searches on “fish” than anything else in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD WEB.

It all started with the post Butterfly fish and the Single Scene. Don’t ask me why I wrote that post in the first place. My motivation is lost somewhere in the murky recesses of my mind.

To my knowledge the fishy people who google “fish” and land on this blog have never commented nor subscribed. They probably have posted warning signs somewhere not to come here.

However, I have now become fascinated with the denizens of the sea and I periodically share with you what I discover.  (And it amuses me to get all those word search hits for “fish” – I amuse easily, ask my friends).

So with that, I introduce you to Shaggy FROGFISH!!!!!!!!

Instead of chasing their prey, frogfish have become the masters of the ambush. Most are patterned to blend with their surroundings,(I wonder what they would look like if they came ashore in Hawaii – leis around their neck and sunglasses?)

Frogfish lay quietly in waiting, enticing their prey with a “fishing pole” tipped with a piece of “bait” derived from the first dorsal fin spine. (That’s because they have no cleavage).

Without any teeth, they must use the “gape and suck” method to swallow their prey whole—dropping open their jaw to create a void of negative pressure. (At least it’s nice to know that when I lose my teeth I will be able to “gape & suck”.  Now, the only way I know to create a negative void is to suck) In this manner, frogfish consume their prey faster than any other vertebrates, inhaling their food in 6 milliseconds.

Shaggy Frogfish photography courtesy of NGC

Hmph, She's undoubtedly genetically linked to Frogfish . . .

Hooked on Haiku

It’s Haiku Wednesday!

        Oh no! Here she goes again!!!!!!!!!

A BLOBfish is rare

lives deep at bottom of sea

Ashamed of it’s look?

BLOGfish are rarer

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