Friday, July 01, 2011
Been sky watching.
I remember how desperately I missed the trees, birds, and squirrels when I moved here.
But, I do believe, that over the last six years...
...I have turned into a regular sky worshipper--LOL!
Now I'd probably miss the horizon. Must be how the pioneers felt who loved the prairieland. This is the edge of the west. Minnesota has the prairie, lakes, hills, woodlands, and the pine forest. Since the love of variety is in my bones, no better place to be born than Minnesota, eh? Frigid winters to sweltering summers--Minnesota is a part of me. True, I have lived in Wisconsin and now in North Dakota...but I will always be a Minnesotan no matter where life takes me. (And I am right across the Red River from my rightful homeland--ROFL!)
Look at that sunrise. Heat in motion.
When it stopped raining--well, it has been sticky, sticky, I-may-as-well-be-standing-in-an-oven hot! Almost 100 degrees for us up here yesterday...and about as humid. Like being hit with a wet, dense, heavy wall when I open the door--porch or hallway. (Dumb folks leave all the windows open in the building.)
I know many of you have been suffering with this terrible heat for a long time now and have no pity for those of us up in the North who just get a taste of it during our brief summer, but I am acquainted with it well enough that I could relate to your suffering all along. I just joined you again the past few days. ;)
I am inside with the AC, thank goodness.
Miss Karma? She loves the heat and has been spending hours upon hours snoozing out there where I can hardly breathe. We are soooo obviously not related. ;)
Meanwhile...besides all the usual day to day stuff, I ordered a few paper samples from Neenah Paper. Cut them in half, penciled the identification on the back, and played around with all my fountain pens with all their delightful colors on each of the four types of paper.
Yes. I have endless patience for tedious things like this. Here's the first two...
...and the backsides. These were the best two: a Crane 24 lb. and a vellum by Eames.
Don't ask me why these other two showed up with a greenish tint? Probably because they were more under the light in the middle of the night when I took the pictures?
And here's the backsides.
Why have I done all that you may ask? You can click on the photos of the backs to see the bleed-through and shadowing. Some paper is better than other paper. I am on a quest to find some really good quality paper to use for my bookcards.
All the paper I bought up, must be about three years ago now, is finally dwindling down. Since I am due to buy more, I want to find a more suitable fountain pen paper. Face it. I want to find some truly awesome fountain pen paper. Some that won't bleed even when I use the parallel pens! That you can read more clearly without seeing the shadows of the writing on the other side and other page beneath it. And yet, picky-picky me, I want to be able to see my writing guide (made with black sharpie markers) through the paper, too. Wish me luck!
I had heard of Neenah Paper before and of the Crane brand. (I'm not sure, but they might be the paper company that makes the paper for our currency bills?) Anyways, I am on the trail--had already done some research--now I need to order some more samples (can only order four at a time) and I think I may have a winner. TaDa!! Paper is an investment. Quality paper is not cheap. I'm on the scent.
I haven't posted for so long. I just get so thrown off my game when my days and nights are flipped, as you know. All is well, tho. I'm going to be checking on Sammy and Annie and the deck plants this weekend for Dagan and Leah as they will be out of town for the holiday. (This sky lover can get her tree fix--LOL!) Oh, and you can feel more sorry for me then, okay--because the 1992 Paseo has no AC--ROFL!
I am going to hopefully connect with a guy from freecycle who wants to take the old HP G55 printer this weekend. *sniff-sniff* Am I ridiculously sentimental or what? It has taken me all this time to finally post her on freecycle. Truth! So, if all works out, she will have a new home for her final days.
Karma watched the Goulets weekly stream video with me. (Recorded--as I slept thru it, of course, with my goofy hours.) Karma likes them because they talk with their hands and put things up close to the camera...like pens and ink bottles...ROFL!
Still working my way around the clock. Going to bed early afternoon and sleeping till late evening. Hard to keep track of what day it is--hehe! But we're doing fine. Staying cool inside. Well, I am. Sillyhead can roast herself all she wants.
Have a nice weekend! In the US--have a great 4th of July weekend! :):)
"When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not."