Monday, October 16, 2017
Big old tumbleweed was sitting across in the parking lot this morning. I've seen a few of these wandering about since I moved here. It's gone now. Wonder where the tumbleweeds go?
I hadn't seen any since I was a kid until I moved here. Well, thirteen striped ground squirrels, either. Bit of the prairie. :)
There's been a wild bird party going on here ever since I put out the feeder.
They went through one and a half fillings in a week! Nothing like last year.
Makes me wonder if they know something we don't. The ground squirrels have taken to burrows--have been rarely seen for weeks. The birds are frantically fattening up--and bathing like crazy? We've already had temps below freezing at night. Hope that doesn't mean we are in for a long cold winter. ??
I tried to catch snoozing Annie on the footrest. Hard to get good pics of black cats, I guess, but doesn't she look relaxed? She snores as well as farts--LOL!
Today I swept off all the shell remnants but didn't refill the feeder...yet. Just put out the usual cup of seed on the cement and gave them fresh water. It looks much quieter and cleaner than this today--hehe!
They still come flying in, of course. Supposed to be in the 60s this week so the patio door will be open and Annie will be glued to the screen.
I finally worked on the headers in my bullet for November...
My hands and my eyes don't always work like they used to, but it doesn't look bad from farther away--LOL!
I printed off the back worksheet pages in the new Brush Lettering book (108-222). Too bad her book is not the size of a sheet of paper.
So, I decided to trim down all the sheets.
They ended up an odd size--about 7 by 9 1/4 inches.
I had printed them on regular computer paper (which isn't very good for calligraphy--feathers and bleeds)...
...so I printed another set onto laser paper.
It's sturdier (32 lb.) and a little plastic-y.
Anyways, then I wanted to try the tracing paper method I had seen online. With some digging I unearthed some old vellum tracing paper ...
...and Parchment tracing paper (we're talking decades here, folks).
With some washi tape, you tape down the tracing paper or parchment paper over the drill page so it doesn't move around and then you can supposedly use the drill sheets endlessly.
So, I tried the vellum tracing paper.
(I have improved with practice, BTW--whoohoo!)
Perfect! Didn't bleed through at all!
Then I tried the thinner parchment paper.
Also a win!
On the right here you can see how much thinner that parchment paper is there on the bottom.
I've seen people use marker paper, too. I guess anything that is that plastic-y type paper that you can still see through would work. So now I can use the same drill sheets over and over again! Just will eventually need some more tracing paper of some kind. Nice!
BUT--I haven't tried it on the large brush pen or the dip pen yet. That will be next, of course. I kind of ran out of steam--LOL!
McFamily came for a visit on Saturday. Leah was working on a project in the garage (cutting holes in something) for ValleyCon this coming weekend. (You may recall I have their Stargate suite furniture and decorations stored in my garage.)
Dagan and I had Ian and Liam inside. Liam slept the entire time in the car seat--LOL! (He makes a lot of sounds while he sleeps like Ian did.) I had been checking out my latest enrollment--Curiosity Stream for $2.99 a month--before they arrived. So we watched a nature program with David Attenborough called Light On Earth about all the various plants, insects, fish, and other critters that can glow in the dark. Just love these kind of programs!! Been quite a while since I had Ian in my lap watching a nature show. :)
They had brought with frozen vegetarian pizzas for lunch--whoohoo! Leah didn't finish her hole cutting project so she will be back some time this week. Supposed to be perfect weather, too--60s in the daytime and chilly at night--ahhh!!
Well, that's what's been happening in my corner of the world. Been grateful for my pleasant, peaceful days with Annie. Oh, and Dagan picked me up three 40# bags of wild bird seed on sale at Fleet Farm that are tucked out in the garage. Am hoping that might last me all or at least most of the winter. The way the birds act like they are starving, though, who knows? Even the girls are here sometimes 3-4 times a day. Maybe with the warmer weather this week they will slow down a bit--LOL! I am glad to help them out. :)
Please, everyone have a safe week.
Hugs!! :) :)
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."