Monday, January 11, 2021
January 11, 2021 Monday--2:45pm
What a week! Honestly, I fell down the news rabbit hole and was pretty much immobilized for several days. I will be watching anxiously until the 20th, for sure. I am still processing and upset--and we'll leave it at that.
The critters are happy to chow down and find shelter against the wind.
Leah brought a Costco order on Wednesday. So, if all goes well with our quarantining, in two weeks we can have a Craft Night! I'm looking forward to that so much. And then I can go over for a visit at McFamily's that weekend! Fingers crossed. :)
My letter rack and hooks by the door was getting pretty crowded.
Leah said she had some hooks I could use on the wall. The only thing that would fit on the tiniest hook is the mask holder she made for me.
Leah used some elastic and a couple of teeny sewing clips. Works great for when I go to the garage and don't need the mask on when I am alone out there. I can just take the mask off and it will hang in front of me--ready to be put back on when I head for the apartments. They do sell various versions of these mask clips on Amazon. I was telling Leah about them and she said--I can make you one. She's the best! :)
The other thing that happens to me is my glasses frost up. They will sometimes do that with or without a mask when it's so cold outside...but wearing a mask makes it rather inevitable. Since my cataract surgery I can see far away but I can't see close up to read (or see the computer--so I still need trifocals). If I am getting items from the freezer out there I need to be able to read packages so I can't just leave my glasses at home...and can't see to read when they are frosted. And when it is below freezing we are talking frosted and not fogged up. Less likely to frost up without the mask on.
Many, many years ago when I used to wear contacts and really needed bifocals...I had reading glasses from the drug store that I wore around my neck. We're talking maybe 25-30 years ago--but I found these the first place I looked.
Now, how can I lose something I was just using in the studio and yet walk straight to these glasses holders in the back of a drawer I haven't seen since I moved here 5 1/2 years ago and haven't used for almost 30 years? ROFL! Anyways, now--instead of carrying my frosty glasses around when I can't see through them anymore to find my way back to the apartment, they can just hang on my chest. So what a sight I will be with double strings and things hanging around my neck most of the winter. I don't care. It's practical.
And those of you who have been around a while and know how I love color will not be surprised as to why I probably hung onto these glasses holders for all these years--LOL! I always thought I might be able to use the thick bands for an art project one day, if nothing else. Good thing I didn't. ;)
Anyways, Leah also brought me a couple of types of masks. I didn't like the smooth one because it sucked in and out when I breathed. But the pleated one is perfect!
These have adjustable straps...
...and are made to hold a filter, too.
We've been using paper masks. I still have half a dozen of those left. Leah has all the sewing supplies at her house and she decided to just order some--ROFL! So, she's ordering me a couple extras, too. I picked navy and carribean blue. (They were out of red--lol!) Washable ones! Cloth. Feels so nice and much warmer, as a matter of fact. But they still fog up your glasses--lol! I'll save the paper ones from this summer when it is hot and humid, I think. ;)
Anyways, she sent over some hooks I can put on the empty little side wall to hold my growing paraphernalia for going outside the apartment.
But--these looked bigger in the pictures she sent me--LOL!
The larger size will work better and hold the string holders okay, but I am not sure about the masks. Might get bumped off pretty easily. We'll see. We love the 3M hooks because you can remove them so easily.
Sadly, as preoccupied with the state of affairs in the country as I was, I didn't get in to play in the studio very much this week. I haven't done either one of the first Wanderlust classes yet. But I did get back to scribble what I could remember about the Dick and Jane book one day.
Another day I smeared gesso all over it. (This all feels so unnatural to me, folks.) And another day I printed Dick and Jane on the page and edged it with a thin line of black marker around the edges.
It needs something (like somebody who knows what they are doing) but I really don't care. I need to move on and these are supposed to be pages to work fast and be unconcerned with what it looks like...so, okay. Done.
I did go back and use a graphite pencil around Self Care on the first page to make it pop out a little...and just because I have never done this before...scribbled and then used a small paintbrush to smear it.
Okay--yes, you heard that...I used a graphite pencil. That means the Dick Blick order arrived!! And an OXO rotating kitchen utensil holder from Amazon arrived, too. I wanted something to keep the mixed media brushes and tools in on the table top...and I love it! Some of the brushes in there I already had. The mini catalyst tools are new and the cheap sets of brushes--which is most of them. Now I can keep the mixed media brushes apart from my good watercolor brushes--tada!
On the spinning bamboo lazy susan (already had) inside plastic drawer storage containers (already had) are pens and graphite pencils & crayons and watercolor pencils & sticks. The watercolor supplies and the pens I already had.
Got all that organized, at least. So I have been in there a little bit most days--just not long sessions. Anything I do in there is good for my soul.
Speaking of good for my soul...I watched a beautiful movie called Gifted (DVD from Netflix) that brought a tear to my eye--heartwarming. The young girl (missing her two front teeth young) was an amazing actress! We will see more of this young lady in the future. Has anyone else seen it?
I spent a good portion of my $600 stocking up on necessities again. I am soooo thankful for that!! Seems like prices have gone up...food, too, of course. I know it doesn't go far, but the check helps, absolutely.
I ordered a pedaler from Amazon. Just got that out of the box this morning. (Quarantine packages and mail.)
So this is one of my gentle exercise ideas. Can sit in a chair and pedal--tada!
I finally located my old resist bands! Went to stretch one from under my foot and SNAP!! Scared the bejeezus out of me! So, guess I need new ones. Aren't they supposed to hold up unused for more than a few years? Good grief!
Another thing I ordered...now this was a splurge item...not a necessity or something good for me like the pedaler. I had gotten this pretty card from my friend John in Canada. His expressive Chinese ink landscape painting is tucked inside of the card's frame on the front.
Well, I have had a box of these Photo Frame cards and envelopes in my saved cart on Amazon for maybe a year. I decided to go for it and ordered them. They're made for photos but you can slip original artwork inside just as easily.
And since I showed John's artwork...
This beautiful landscape watercolor painting was a surprise from another pen pal, Doug. Isn't it beautiful! I will get it framed one day.
But right now--these are both small--have them on my frig where I can see them every morning as I do my journaling. I have such talented friends in cyberspace! I really have to apologize. I get little pieces of art or handmade cards quite a bit and forget to ever take pictures of anything. They are so personal to me. Little treasures, you know?
Speaking of forgetting to show you things...
I did get Christmas pictures from McFamily, too, that are on the frig to see every day, too.
The whole family...
...and the boys.
Most of what I got were boring things you have to buy, you know. But I did get an inexpensive little container of blunt embroidery needles to work on those Christmas cards where I will be sewing on paper.
Even if I wasn't doing anything creative I tried to spend some time almost every day in the studio. It is so quiet and peaceful in there. Sounds silly since it is just myself and Annie here and my place is so small...but there's a different atmosphere in that tiny room. It just "feels" different in there. Calming.
This is my view.
I even spent time cutting up parchment paper into different sizes.
You use them under the pages you're working on to protect the rest of the journal from paint, ink, or whatever you are slopping about--LOL! Now I have three sizes precut.
I just appreciated the time away from the laptop and the news. Eventually I do plan to listen to books in there and I do usually bring the laptop in so I can watch the class videos...but this week I just wanted the silence.
Since I am showing other things I have forgotten to post...here's Annie...
...who's been waiting patiently for over two and a half hours for me to get done at the kitchen table so she can come sit with me in my chair while I rest my back--LOL! She also has to change her position often--and had to get up to pee--LOL!
So that's it from this week. Seemed a lot longer than just a week to me. Still trying to focus on self-care...and staying positive, despite all the things going on outside of my little corner of the world here. Does it really matter? YES.
This newly restored night owl is still doing okay. Wishing we all will have a boring, quiet week. ;) Love and hugs! Till next time...stay safe and well. :) :)
"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
Ralph Waldo Emerson