Saturday, July 26, 2014
I didn't sleep long at all last night. Thought I'd at least post some pictures this morning while I can still see straight--LOL! I was over to visit McFamily on Wednesday and then again briefly yesterday after a run to the post office. Ian likes dozing in his swing now.
The patio was finally poured but they still have to come back to seal it.
Last week Dagan and Leah and several homes in their neighborhood suffered a brown out and then a huge power surge (construction--hit a power line). The surge killed their microwave, freezer in the garage, and three of their breakers. May have been more, I can't remember. They lost a freezer full of meat! What a hassle! The construction company has to pay everybody back for damages. Leah has had to get people out to see if the microwave and freezer can be repaired and to replace the breakers. Always something, eh? Actually a good thing Leah is home right now, I guess.
Dagan left last night for Bryan's bachelor party (his half-brother). He'll be gone all weekend so I plan to go see Leah and Ian today or tomorrow for a good long visit. :)
Say! Did everybody else know that they don't have bachelor (or even the new-to-me bachelorette parties) right before the wedding any more? Their wedding isn't until the beginning of September and that totally baffled me. But I guess it's not uncommon these days. No more bachelor parties the night before the wedding? Or at least within a week of the wedding? Seems strange to me. I'm sure some people still do it the traditional way, right? Or am I just really old? Anyways, makes more sense not to have a hungover wedding party--LOL! People should get married sober and alert.
I haven't been doing much of anything extra except read (because I believe my library lady is due to come pick up books on Monday). I did try another experiment, though. Forgot to take in-progress pictures--but I took this IKEA platter that I use as a paint palette and used it to soak a paper towel full of the acrylic sprays. Just one paper towel (on the right) and then I used another paper towel to soak up the leftover paint and then sprayed a little dylusions color on it, too. Was trying to go for a tie-dye effect.
I was afraid they might be too thin and tear while wet or after they dried when I peeled them off the cutting mats, but I was careful and they held together. They are Viva, BTW.
Funny--the leftovers one didn't leave as much residue to scrub off.
My camera doesn't show true color shades very well, but this close up is more the real colors.
Now I will either layer these with some more paper towels or just save them to use with mixed media projects. I loved how they turned out.
A couple days ago I was writing at my table when I saw this girl in her red dress hanging from the two lowest branches of the young tree under my window. She was jerking downward trying to break off the branches and went from one to the other. When she finally got this one branch to crack some she enlisted her brother to help her hang--even bracing her feet against the tree.
They finally broke it down but couldn't extract it from the tree...so she came up with the idea of wrapping it around the trunk to try to tear it off.
The mother just watched them.
She stood right there by that car waiting for somebody...not but a few footsteps away...and never said one word to them...not one single word. She just watched them. Expressionless. Broke my heart. It saddens me deeply to see children not being taught to cherish living things...to respect other people's property...to not be deliberately destructive...
The man they were waiting for arrived and they all drove away.
The mangled branch dangled loosely in the wind as the leaves slowly curled and paled.
I watched the maintenance man, Chris, the next day as he cut the dying branch off the young tree.
Meanwhile, Miss Karma has been keeping me company.
A girl needs her beauty sleep, eh?
Cats really do have the life, don't they?
Well, at least the loved pet cats sure do.
Have a great weekend filled with kindness!! :) :)
"It is not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells what kind of life you have lived."