Sunday, February 25, 2018

get a grip, and other Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine notices signs of spring...

Friday night a weather front came through, with howling winds and rain drumming on the roof and whirling the attic ventilator fans around and around. Sleep was interrupted. The snow and ice are melting away.

Today, Sunday the weather is a lot warmer, maybe in the 40's, though last night the wind was so strong that it again kept me from sleep, as the buffets of moving air, and intense spinning of the ventilators seemed to shake the house at intervals. Living on the Pacific Rim, keeping aware of shaking is never far from awareness, as it might not be just the wind...

Today, whilst out doing a few errands, there was birdsong. A whole flock of little brown birds decorated the trees and lawn of the neighbors house, and my ornamental plum trees were spangled with robins... further down the street a large group of corbies were foraging in some recently turned earth.

I am quite chuffed, as several emails from the neighborhood association have seemingly confirmed that I am on the list of those to be given a free fruit tree. It was a memorial donation to the neighborhood, and there were over 40 people who signed up. If all goes well, there will be a wee baby quince tree come to live here, as that was my first choice. I asked if the trees would be small enough to carry home on my bicycle, and was told that if not, they may be able to arrange transportation (for the tree) The trees are bare root, which are ususally smaller than potted trees, and we will be given a lecture about tree care and planting prior to the adoption, all in early March

Have been working on a second charter painting, this one an AoA in the style of a medieval psalter. I often wish that the person who does the original charter artwork would also include in the credits which manuscripts they were looking at for inspiration, as that would really make it easier to choose suitable decorative details. For this one I looked at a number of pages in the Luttrell Psalter, for ideas about patterns and shading, and also a French medieval manuscript of the same era
actual size of the geometric diapering pattern is about 5/8" x 1½"...

I decided to attempt the decorative scrollwork around the capital initials, although the calligraphy was not exactly set up for it, because the other thing I find useful and pleasant about scroll painting is the opportunity to try new designs and techniques. I have not yet been able to get a clear enough image of the originals, though I am sure that the scrollwork was done with a Very Small Pen and Ink. In my case, I decided that using some very small Pigma Micron pens would be a good substitute!

Some tidying yesterday turned up the mending basket, which has the gripper sole fabric left over from the slippers for my Dad. This means that I can now add the same to the wool house boots that I started at least fifteen years ago and never finished. They will be a good thing in the winter, being made of melton cloth, and with thick felted wool soles. I made them long enough ago that it was prior to my developing a hatred of purple clothing. They are blue, with purple applique stitched in bright green, much more gaudy than my current wardrobe.

February SMART goals (x=extra)
1 Slavic scroll blank deck broken downcracked water barrel
2 another A/C sleeve dwarf pine plantedbag to Goodwill
3 grapefruit marmaladebathrobe patched landscape cloth
4 Seville marmalade croquis revamp yard waste bin
5 new garden bed7 jars applesauce recycle glass
6 blood orange marmalade x x
7 17 dishcloths x x
8 finished A/C cardigan x x
9 red deer enamel
x x
10 Romanesque charter x x
11 AoA charter x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

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