Friday, November 21, 2014


Good Morning!
We've seen blue sky a little more often since Tuesday. 
This morning it says "18 degrees--feels like 2 degrees".  Must be windy out there. 
 I actually got behind and worked on two weeks of the Paper Project at once.  (Yes, I have gotten in every week for four weeks--whoohoo!)  The third week was--left to right: Rhodia webnotepad, ivory, grey lined, 90g; Classic Rhodia, white, violet lined, 80g; R by Rhodia, ivory, grey lined, 90g. 
My favorite was the R by Rhodia, but they were all excellent.  The webnotepad and the "R" were so smooth!  (I already use the "R" writing pads regularly.)  The Classic Rhodia has just a touch of tooth to it.  Fantastic papers for fountain pens.  I would personally prefer blank sheets because all the lines are a bit wide for my taste.  The Rhodia webnotepad was even wider than the other two.  I prefer to buy blank pads or journals and then use my own writing guide behind the blank sheets. 
They all had some bleed through with the regular ultrafine Sharpie I threw in this time.  Certainly not unexpected.  Regular Sharpies bleed through just about everything... 
...except for the index cards that came in week four--which was why I decided to test a regular Sharpie.  The big pink graph paper is from a Clairfontaine Multiple Subjects notebook, pastel (pink), violet grid, 90g.  Then there were two Exacompta Index Cards, pastel (yellow and blue), grid, 205g. 
As I said previously, I'm not used to writing on grid paper and have not been won over yet...although I do prefer the narrower line spacing--LOL!  The papers performed excellently with fountain pens, of course, but discovered I'm not a fan of writing on pink or blue paper.  The yellow was okay, though.
The blacks look okay on any color.  The red shades and purples look even brighter on the pink paper--as well as the blues looking deeper on the blue paper--so it depends on what color ink you're using, I guess.  Maybe my old eyes just preferred the contrast that made it easier to read on the yellow--LOL!  Anyways, that was the last two paper tests from Exaclair USA.  :)
I caught Karma with the flash a couple evenings...snoozing under the table on a chair... 
...and in the red TV cabinet, 
When I remember, I've been opening the doors overnight to air out the cabinet because Leah is sensitive to odors and scents.  Karma thinks this new cabinet is hers.  Afraid not!  But she can enjoy snoozing in there for now.  ;) 
This afternoon I am heading over to McFamily's.  Leah and I have Christmas projects to work on.  :)  The sun is shining and there is pale blue sky visible today.  Karma just settled into her deep brown bed on her chair.  Cozy sounds really good, but I am off to brave the elements today.  Have a good one!!  :):)
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray."


Anonymous said...

Karma is like my husband--she can sleep ANYWHERE!!

TexWisGirl said...

karma is cute!

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Rita! Here in Central Florida the temperature is rebounding from a low in the upper 30s a few nights ago. This weekend the daytime high will reach 80 or above.

I love to see pictures of Karma. She seems to find all sorts of interesting spots to engage in her favorite hobby - snoozing. She looks mighty comfy on that chair cushion under the table.

Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Rita!

Intense Guy said...

Laffs. Bunk beds for Karma! I bet she always wanted one!!

:) Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere over at the McFamily's place!!

Janie Junebug said...

What do you mean that's not Karma's cabinet? Of course it is. Don't be selfish.


Anonymous said...

They should come up with a Sharpie that doesn't bleed.

DJan said...

I hope you remember to keep the visit short so you won't have to spend days recovering. Karma is such a doll, and she knows she owns the place, especially YOU. :-)

Feral Turtle said...

Karma owns that place and don't you forget

Victoria Zigler said...

What do you mean it's not for Karma? It's in her apartment, isn't it? LOL!

I think that's great that you're getting to try out all these different paper samples. Both because it's obvious you're having fun doing so, and because it's a great way for you to know what you like for future reference.

Hope you enjoyed your visit with Ian, Dagan and Leah.

Anonymous said...

I like your red TV cabinet.
Haven't been around for a while. Haven't been doing well...sorry.
Wanted to check in on you and MacFamily, and Karma of course. Looks like you are doing pretty good.

Hope so, think of you often.
Woooo. there's a captia thing on your comments...strange. hope can read it. :-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Had to laugh when I saw you say it's not Karma's cabinet. Just remember that dogs have masters and cats have staff. You and I are mere staff! Hope your weekend continues well. It warmed here today, but soon we'll be back in the deep freeze again.

Vicki Miller said...

These explorations will form a great resource! Cats are amazing, aren't they?

AliceKay said...

Loved the pics of Karma. She seems right at home in that red cabinet. lol

Hope the McFamily are doing well. :)

Deb said...

Hi Rita - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am starting my Christmas cards and you are still on my list so look for a card from me within the next week or two. Regards to Karma.

Jenny Woolf said...

Hope you enjoyed your Christmas preparations. Poor Karma- just found a nice new place that won't be hers for long!