Monday, June 20, 2016
Been over a week!
Well, this time--gratefully--it was because I was busy! I've given up expected to stay well so I just decided to start getting as much done as possible as soon as I begin to feel halfways decent again. But before I show you what I've been doing I want to show you the art surprises I got in the mail!
The one with the cats on the left is a beautiful handmade multi-media postcard from Deb Terry (jinxxxygirl) over at Learning To Just Breathe. Came through the mail without being damaged at all! On the right...well, believe it or not, that was an envelope made out of watercolor paper that came from Desi over at Pieceful Art...which also made it through the perils of the post office in perfect condition. I carefully trimmed the rest of the square envelope away and have a stunning watercolor painting to keep.
Such artistic blogger friends I have, eh?
Thanks so very much, ladies!
Snail mail rules!!
Since I started feeling well enough to get something done Karma has had to struggle to sleep through my activities. I have been encroaching on her 16 hours of beauty sleep--LOL!
Okay, last Monday night Leah made it over for crafts and we decided to just play with paints! Such a fun relaxing night.
We were just slapping paint on stickers. I had more writing prompt stickers to color and also took some regular avery stickers of different sizes to paint that I can then use in my journals to write or draw on.
We also experimented with embellishments on the Christmas ornaments stamps.
We have decided which way to go with them and will be working on those now tonight. Sweet!
An old sheet works great on the floor to lay out all the sticker sheets to dry. Of course as soon as Leah left you-know-who had to go lay on them.
Luckily they were dry enough by that time that she didn't end up being Rainbow Karma--LOL!
The Midco Tech guy never did give me a call-back. The internet has been okay and then not okay...but over the weekend was just fine. I have hesitated to call back...kind of like when your car makes strange noises for you but not when you decide to bring it in. Since it has been better lately I'm waiting to see how it goes.
Frankly, I've just been busy all week trying to get things done while I felt better. Make hay while the sun shines, eh? :)
Karma has been busy keeping an eye on Little Buddy.
We've been closed up with the AC on--80s and 90s and even the couple of days it was a little cooler the humidity was like 80-90%--awk! Until today!!
Oh--and for the very first time since we moved here in August Miss Karma finally decided to use the other recliner. Not sure why she wouldn't before. Karma logic, as you know, is a complete mystery.
But--she's still usually in her favorite spot in the chair next to me at the kitchen table...
...where she is right this moment as I am typing away.
Well, since I felt halfways decent this past week I FINALLY attacked some projects that have been on my list since I moved! (So you know that when I AM well I am feeling better and have more energy!)
I didn't get a before picture, but you see that EMPTY letter tray on top of the wire drawers...well, paperwork was smashed in so tight between that and the shelf that I could barely get one more sheet in there. I had not filed any paperwork whatsoever since I moved!!
[An aside for those pen folks: In the bottom wire drawer you can see an old padded box cover that I lined with felt. That is where I keep all my currently filled fountain pens. Four more of them were out on the table when I took this picture.]
Anyways, not that you can actually see much of anything after my two days of work--but the desk files are all done--sorted, organized, old files out, new files made...ahhhh!
Then on Wednesday Leah and Ian came to spend the whole afternoon! Ian has a hard time concentrating to eat lunch over here because Gramma's place is just too exciting. (Or Gramma is maybe too animated--LOL!) We watched more episodes of Africa with David Attenborough on Netflix. Ian showed me how he has learned to jump with both feet now. And the afternoon was also too exciting for Gramma to remember to take pictures--LOL!!
I then worked on another project I had been waiting to feel well enough to accomplish...moving around and reorganizing some things in the kitchen. Got that done, too!! TaDa!
On Saturday McFamily was finally able to borrow a friend and his truck to help move the ValleyCon furniture over here to store in my garage. I haven't been out there yet but I do have a big project waiting for me in the garage, too.
I have been putting things out there for Freecycle all winter and have things I don't need here at the new place, too, that never came inside in the first place. Sorting through it all and writing down all of it to put in a whole series of ads in Freecycle has felt totally overwhelming.
But I just realized yesterday that it would be soooooo much easier to just donate it all at once to New Life. Duh!! I really have been foggy brained--good grief! I've donated to New Life several times over the years. They help homeless people get back on their feet and also have a little thrift store. Good people. So, that's what I am going to do. I'll need Dagan or Leah to come help me move things all in a bunch up by the door, but that's a LOT easier than putting up a dozen ads on Freecycle. TaDa!!
Anyways, Dagan and Ian came to the door after they had unloaded the ValleyCon furniture while Leah went with their friend to Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up a couple patio chairs for me. (Mesh--no cushions to get soaked so you can't sit in them for a week like my old padded chair.) And Leah already picked up the matching kids chair--it's in their garage. Cool! (And they were pretty cheap, too!)
I could hear Ian as Dagan was opening the door saying "Africa! Africa!" So we watched a little more about the Sahara Desert while we waited for Leah to arrive with the chairs. Ian and I do love our nature shows!! ;)
Oh, and I forgot to show you the goodies I bought this month for working on our sets of cards. I got some big Liquitex acrylic paint markers, a set of Wink of Stella markers, a few Wink of Stella brush pens...
...Souffle pens, and Japanese puffy pens.
Remember when I had the studio tables all cleared off and pretty empty just a little while ago?
I am not quite as compulsively neat in the studio, I guess. LOL!
Since I had completely spaced and not gotten pictures of Ian when he was here I asked Leah to send me some. When they were working on the deck the weekend before last goggles were necessary to keep the wood dust out of your eyes. Ian loved the goggles!
And yesterday Mr. Ian was over at the Red River Zoo!
That's actually a buffalo statue painted like a tiger--LOL!
[They had buffalos all over town several years ago all painted by different artists in all kinds of crazy ways. Was a hoot!]
Here's Ian in front of a rabbit cave--LOL!
He looks pretty sharp in those shades.
While they were (melting) at the zoo I was working on laundry and re-organizing my closet and dresser. Another project I finally checked off my list!! Also sent off half a dozen letters I owed this week, too. (So nice to have been busy since we last spoke and not sick--ROFL!) Needless to say I have been waiting to start watching Orange Is The New Black because I didn't want to get stopped in my tracks when I was on a roll!
Right now, I am off to clear the tables in the studio again. We will need surfaces to let things dry as we are playing with 3D Crystal Lacquer and Glossy accents tonight. They take way too long to dry to leave about on the floor. Karma would be sticky and shiny--probably with cardstock stuck to her fur. So we need surface areas I can keep out of reach from the feline roommate. Gosh! I love having a door to the studio!!
Oh, and it's 72 degrees and only 28% humidity today!! Open patio door! Sun is shining! Little Buddy and the birds have been here munching on sunflower seeds and oat nut bread. What a sweet break from the heat!!
Have a really great week!! :) :)
"To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle."