Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The sky this morning is dark and cloudy...
...but the sun is valiantly making bright appearances between the cloud cracks. Looks like it could go either way today.
We've had a lot of grey and occasional light rain, but it has been very warm. We've broken heat records right and left--sometimes by 20 degrees! Last night was chillier so I closed the porch door part way. Karma was spying on me from the dark porch.
What crazy weather! Mid-March and sleeping with the bedroom window fan and the porch doors wide open! We seem to have gone from November to May in these last two months. Very, very odd.
Miss Spy is loving this. I don't know if it's spring fever or what that makes her full of the devil when those doors to the wilderness of the porch open--LOL! A couple days ago I caught her spying at me from the porch door glass...and waited...
...till her eyeballs popped over the bottom of the glass--LOL!
It has been windier than all get out! See the ripples on the big puddle in the parking lot. The wind was blasting our way so that for three days the dryer flap pounded against the side of the building...day and night.
Between the heat and the wind that snow pile was almost gone a couple days ago...nothing but a frosty shadow.
This morning...totally disappeared. Can't believe how warm it has been!
Yesterday I got a birthday package in the mail from England!! All kinds of goodies from Tori & Kelly and their dogs Kero & Willow! Handmade candles...treats for Karma...
...a handmade card...
...four CDs with various Victorian pictures on them...
...and a seal on a sled Christmas ornament made from pompoms and pipe cleaners that Karma begged to check out (she didn't hurt it--I think it may have smelled like dog or something else equally fascinating). Thanks so much, Tori!! You shouldn't have! That was so sweet! :):)
I finally felt un-sore enough yesterday to haul the sewing machine out. It works this time--TaDa!! I sewed all afternoon on repairs and alterations.
Karma wasn't happy with the noise of the sewing machine, hid under the desk...
...and fell asleep. If she thinks that's bad, wait till I start shredding that whole box of papers that are in the bedroom from when I cleaned my files. (I do eventually get around to things--LOL!)
Why alterations? I will never understand why because I am short and round that when I buy something big enough to get around my "round" the manufacturers seem to believe that my neck simply has to have grown to the size of a gorilla and I most certainly must have the long, long arms to match. I can't do much about the gigantic neck holes that barely cover my bra straps, but I took 4-5 inches off some sleeves that came to my fingertips. ;) I'm sure I have a few more tops where I could shorten the sleeves, but I was done in and packed it up. My next sewing project will be the custom journal covers...but that will take some sketching and planning. So glad the machine is in working order this time. It felt so good to be sewing again!
Meanwhile, the other black tetra died. :( I am down to the two tetras that I can't remember what kind they were when I bought them years ago. Weren't familiar to me from my pet shop days long ago and slipped out of my memory shortly after I bought them. I think the last black tetra was so lonesome and hated the barren tank so much it just gave up the ghost. Had been hanging miserably up in a corner most of the time trying to hide...either that or was cruising the tank like it was looking for its buddy. They are fairly old for tetras...5-7 years maybe...can't remember. Been so very long since I bought fish. These last two seem to be hanging in there and are less freaked out by the "new" tank. So hopefully they'll be okay. :)
Today...I am working on a couple of letters and I hope to get back to Cathy's class. Thought maybe I'd try to draw in the leaning church with ink first and see if I can maybe straighten it up a little before I paint it. Then I can erase the pencil drawing. And this time I'll get out my good table easel. I just kept remembering how my calligraphy teacher stressed using an easel to keep from over-slanting. Maybe it would help me with drawing, too? Does sound awkward, though. But then I thought calligraphy on an easel would be terribly awkward and difficult, too. I did get used to it at the time. Well, gunna give it a try. Obviously, if anything can help me..... ;)
Okay, I am off. Waves from Fargo. (Karma would wave, but she's sawing logs.) Happy Tuesday!! :):)
"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."