Saturday, August 30, 2008
I spent the day doing yard work. It was hot and I got all sweatified and allergic, but in spite of that, I felt better and happier than I've felt in a long time. Although it doesn't look like much, I cleaned out some noxious invasive vines from the lilacs and also cleaned vines off the back door and the back steps! They were so deeply covered in vines that I didn't even know there were steps there! Honest! WOW was I surprised when I found them! I was cleaning the door and steps off so BB could scrape, prime and paint them. He spent the day scarping and painting and now has gone off to work and has to work until 1 AM. After I cleared the lilac, door and steps, I yanked out a lot of invasive plants: purple loosestrife (no, I did not plant them), anemones, vinca, etc. Lots more to go, though.
My second husband and his artist friend used to do man-well Lay-bore until they both got real jobs, and they joked about it. But there is something to be said about good clean manual labor!
Friday, August 29, 2008
nightmares about snakes.
The two posted variations are similar, but different in subtle ways
Click image to view it larger.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
crazy about those "Paintastics!" They were basically markers with a
brush and didn't seem to work well on the yellow slick Moleskine
paper, guess I'll try them on water color paper and see if they work
2)"Power to the People." Ink and colored pencil. Used metallic pencils
but they don't scan well. :-( (I seem to be good at discovering
things that do NOT work well.)(Wahn!)
I really enjoy looking over all the wonderful art--each Mole that
comes has more to see. So fun! (But feeling a little inadequte).
Clicking on these makes them a little bigger for viewing details.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
a surprisingly cool morning after all the heat we've had, so I sat
next to the garbage can because and there was spot of sunlight there
and only there. A squirrel came up to the garbage can, probably to
get into that hole they've been chewing. It came within about six
inches if my foot before it realized I was there and then quickly
backed off. I went in and got those peanuts that PB threw away, and
put some on the opposite side of the driveway from the garbage cans to
distract the squirrel from chewing the hole bigger and/or dragging out
the garbage. Within about three minutes, three squirrels were having
a tremendous battle in our driveway. Fur and peanuts were flying
everywhere--too bad I didn't have my camera for that!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
behind the garage between our garage and the neighbors where is
doesn't get much sunshine, And I never think to take pictures before
I harvest, so these were taken after I'd already harvested the ripe
tomatoes etc. The grape tomatoes are really tall and rangy, but the
fruit are candy-sweet. We have five varieties of tomatoes and three
of summer squash. We've already eaten lots of zucchinis and more are
ready. (Luckily, we love zucchini!)
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
If you click on these, you can view them much larger, and, unfortunately, see the "staining" where the water-color pencil ran when it got wet. I tried to clean it up. So sorry, Alan!! :-(
I tripped--klutz-like--with my little container for "painting" over the water color pencils. Aiee!
I've been on the road traveling almost the entire month and have been having trouble finding time to sketch. See another from this series here.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Meanwhile, we will be away Aug 2-10. I may or may not be able to post while I'm away.My Detroit Daily post for the day is on the African American Museum and is posted here.
I had this problem before.
I went to PT and that really helped. That was in Syracuse. Before I moved.
They stretched my neck on a machine and taught Keith how to do it manually and gave me a bunch of exercises which I was doing religiously ever day, but while we were on vacation, I didn't do them and it's come back with a vengeance and is worse than ever. So I am back to doing my exercises. Keith has stretched my neck a few times, but mostly, he's been lying under the car in panic working on it because we're supposed to be leaving tomorrow but the car is undrivable. He's at work. When he gets home, he lies under the car. :-( Poor fellow. :-(
Computering, driving, WALKING and washing dishes and reaching for anything and other daily activities all hurt MY ARMS and CHEST as well as my neck--a lot. I think it's a LITTLE bit better than it was when I got home from vacation, but not much. I can't cuddle with BB, either. WAHN!
I have not been to see the doctor yet. And unless it's unbearable, will not be going until a return from NY. I will be away for just over a week from August 2 to August 9 or 10.