Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday musings

in which our plucky heroine tries not to have a sucky week, aka starting over...

I am hoping and doing what I can to have this week be an improvement. There is a lot that needs to get done, including all the carryover from last week that of necessity got put on hold, and also quite an additional bit that I want to get done.

Today, in the USA, it is Labor Day, a holiday now associated with picnics and barbecues, but in fact commemorating the efforts of the labor unions, which in the past century did much to improve the lives of ordinary working folks...

And here are a few of my favorite union type songs...

I first heard this man sing back when I was 17;
he is one of my heros...

hunting down some U Utah Phillips,
I ran across this Leonard Cohen gem I'd not heard before...


I keep looking outside and thinking... the light is wrong. That kind of golden sunset light should not be coming from the east and not at this hour of the morning... Then I cough, and remember how much of the PNW is burning. From my time in Idaho when we were on evacuation alert, I can extrapolate how eversomuch worse it must be, closer to the fires. Here in the city, we are not in physical danger of burning, though like all who breathe the smoke, the insidious damage of particulates spreads widely and with effects both immediate and long term. My ongoing inhale and exhale must continue however, and cannot be postponed until clearer skies...

On Saturday night I finished the enamel for my current custom regalia commission. Just needed to make the setting and mail it out. On Sunday morning, my student picked it up to admire it, and accidentally dropped it on the concrete studio floor. Not really repairable, as re-firing didn't work out well, so am back to the start again. I am trying to not be upset. A two day delay at this point is not a big deal, but two days in front of the hot kiln... and, of course, I had already written to my client sending him a progress photo. Ah well, can't be cured, can't make it didn't happen, and can't run the movie backwards. Accidents happen... not upset with my student, but not looking forward to more time in front of the 1500F kiln for the next day or days... hopefully I will get the third enamel done before the temperatures hit triple digits later this afternoon...

One and done! Third time is the charm... worked almost round the clock to get this third iteration of this enamel completed. I actually like the bird eyes on this one better than the one that was broken. now to make a setting for it, probably tomorrow when I am a little less exhausted. Color on the photo is a little bit off, due to sky being the wrong color today


Well dang! I spaced out about signing up for the digital design for laser engraving workshop at the library later this autumn... meant to stay up till midnight last Friday night so I could get my name on the list. Now I am on the wait list, anyway... sigh... I was excited about learning some new technical things, in a format intended for beginners, hopefully they will offer the series for adults again another time, maybe next year. The class is about learning to use the equipment in the Makerspace at Rockwood Library... It is mostly only available to teens, which is why I was so excited that they were offering a class for adults. They have all kinds of cool tools there, and I would like to learn to use the laser cutter to create stencils or possibly to carve blocks for block printing
September SMART goals (x=extra)
1 dark pelican enamel øø
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