Sunday, April 27, 2008

a field trip down near Mississippi...

Thank you to my dear friends who sent me good wishes. I am feeling quite cheerful, but this dang cough means I am still sick, able to do about a half day work before being so tired that I need to rest and sleep. Today I almost fell asleep while riding the Max, (not a good idea).

Yesterday I acquired two painted porcelain wasabi dishes from a local artist (at the ceramics shindig) , both with waterlily leaves, one with a black catfish and one with a spotted jumping frog. They are now hanging on the bathroom wall, alongside the Japanese postcard of the woman bathing, which is now in a better frame from Goodwill. Eventually Acorn Cottage will be closer to the house in my head, and as it is now warm enough to open windows and paint, that will begin happening soonish.

As we are having a non-rainy day, I decided to get a closer look at the house where I saw the interesting rain-chain… There are a group of tiny houses near the ReBuilding center, with lots of handmade and re-purposed details. Interesting rafter ends, an underwindow flowerbox made from a bracket-hung upturned range hood, a chunk of wall pattern-sided with tincan parts…


but the thing I am most interested in is the crafty rain chain. Which seems to be made from parts of olive oil cans, and electrical wire.


This might be good for adding to the Acorn Cottage waterbarrel project, as rain-chains do not get clogged like downspouts. Hmmm…anybody out there have some empty olive oil tins?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

on the mend??

Today I rode my bicycle to the Post Office. Sadly, the Rio order which should have arrived Thursday still hasn't. I am eager to start on the dragonclaw coronet.

I am still unwell, sat down to rest at work yesterday and FELL ASLEEP for several hours. And woke myself up last night coughing so hard that I threw up. Ugh!

Monday, April 21, 2008

which side are I on ?...

On the positive side: My taxes are done for the year, had enough money saved to pay them, and have an idea of how to make doing next years taxes not such a horrible long-drawn-out process; both baby apple trees are putting out leaves, and flowers!; have started moving forward on four projects put on hold for tax hooha, including the big dragonclaw coronet project. I've also a few ideas of how to do some minor rearranging of furniture at Acorn Cottage to make the spaces work better, and some longer term ideas for future improvements, like a bench for removing shoes near the front door. did some measuring, and only 4 1/2 sheets of masonite are needed to replace the carpeting in my bedroom

On the negative side: I have the worst sore throat I've had in years. Not a cold, and according to the two minute doctor at urgent care,"it doesn't look like strep". Which is good, since having someone medical look at my throat is alarmingly expensive, given that they didn't do a throat culture. I want affordable health care. Really. and I want my throat to stop hurting. And I'm glad I went and looked up the medicine that the doctor perscribed before I filled it, since I actually have a condition that is listed under "do not take this medicine". Sigh. At least the meds were only to make me feel more comfortable whilst whatever virus is living above my soft palate completes its life cycle, and not something that would actually speed the recovery.

Anyhow I'm off home to go back to sleep

Friday, April 4, 2008

arithmetic is not my favorite subject

I am an artist, not an accountant... I am still alive. I am just trapped at my desk at home, surrounded by little pieces of paper. Every year I swear to come up with some kind of easy way to do all this arithmetic during the year, and every year I don't. Look for my return after April 15th