Wednesday, July 13, 2011
You can fall asleep basking in the middle of a huge patch of sun on the carpet and wake up to find the only warm sun left is leaving your toes. ;)
These are from a couple days ago. I snapped a picture of the connecting road. The equipment has just been sitting there like that on all these nice days? Still are just sitting there.
I took these pictures just for me, but then decided to share them.
Took a few shots of the fields beyond the garages.
It's been too wet for them to come and plow it all under like they have been doing a couple times every summer.
I was just tickled thinking of all the rabbits, birds, salamanders, frogs, and all the other small critters that were able to avoid being chopped up this spring. :):) Just makes me happy.
And I did a check on the garage roof. Nothing has been done. I'd be very upset if my garage started leaking and ruining all the things I have in storage out there.
And while I was taking pictures I was also thinking about what an international population we have here in low income housing up in Fargo...
...and how HOT it must be for these women being covered head to toe.
We have also had some women who wear the floral dresses to their ankles that look like Mormons with their classic long hair--poofed up on the top. All their little girls wore long dresses, too. I haven't seen them this summer. We've also had Africans dressed in beautifully colored wraps and turbans--but not this summer. There's a big turnover here. Several people confined to wheelchairs...wide variety of families...groups of college students who live together. There have been times I would walk down the hallway and hear voices in 2-3 different languages through the apartment doors...and the smells of different foods... Bet you never expected Fargo to be quite the international mixing pot--LOL! I find it fascinating!
Anyways, I did putter yesterday and little by little I did get some more paper testing done.
The one on the left is the Clairefontaine Writing tablet and on the right is their journal paper. I was amazed!! As you can see--nothing bled thru at all! And this paper isn't very thick, either. I am sooo impressed.
The only one that almost caused trouble was, of course, Noodler's Bernanke Blue. I had no idea when I bought that how it would act on paper.
Anyways, I am hit-and-miss learning that heavier, thicker paper doesn't mean better when it comes to fountain pens. The biggest factors seem to be what it is made out of and also how finely it is milled. Don't ask me what the answers are...but I can say Clairefontaine has good paper for fountain pens. ;)
I noticed Karma jump up on the porch and stare at the carpeting.
She parked herself and just listened and stared at the porch floor.
The people below us must have been out on their balcony. Other people don't spend a lot of time outside because their recessed balconies are not actually like my made-over "porch"--hehe! They are open and have the normal wood slatted floors and lots of bugs. Leah and Dagan helped me put up the mesh screen with indoor-outdoor velcro and the next year tacking down the outdoor carpeting. I have the luxury accommodations up here, I tell you! ;)
Late last night I got out a dip pen and tried out my new sample inks on those two Clairefontaine papers.
No bleeding even with dip pens!
I finished up my letter to Bonnie using the dip pen with all the sample colors. And, as you can see on the backside here, nothing!! tada!
So, I spent a lot of time searching around online yesterday. I found out the Levenger still carries the single-sheet cutters, but that Amazon has a cheaper version. I snooped around for Clairefontaine paper--found some interesting colored sheets I want to try...along with tons of things for my perpetual wish list, of course--ROFL!! ;) Was a good day.
Dagan and Leah won't be coming till next week. They forgot they had made plans with some friends weeks ago before we switched to Wednesdays. :)
Speaking of...I'll leave you with some international music today.