Monday, November 2, 2020

Monday miscellany

in which our plucky heroine grasps for equanimity...

I've been spending today trying not to think about tomorrow. Managed to get about half of what I'd hoped to accomplish today completed. A bit of yardwork, a bit of housework, and a bit of artwork... well begun anyway, though nothing is completed

I remain pleased with the new tools from Lee Valley, the folding pruning saw has already made a difference, and the dripless oil dispenser is, in fact, exactly as described, so much so that I am rather tempted to get a second one for tamari)
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~ 100 day creativity challenge - day 68 ~
Nandina watches while I transfer my design to the lino block, before starting a new "Making Art For A Change" blockprint. This one is based on the various Black Hours manuscripts, with "Black Lives Matter" in Gothic style letters and a floral/foliated border. This is also the first time I have used Saral transfer paper, and it works superbly on a dark background.

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Over the weekend I did find a piece of albeit rather thin linen twill in the fabric zone, too small to become a garment, and cut it up into five dishtowels. Since all the dishes get washed by hand here, and I also use them for any kitchen cleanup that isn't gross, I go through kitchen towels at a rather remarkable clip...
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beauty in the time of isolation - day 234:
My new paintbox tin, with all the gouache colors, and metallic/mica gold*, and space for my two travel paintbrushes...

This winter I intend to focus on improving my scribal skills (calligraphy and illumination), and giving myself the small treat of a nifty paintbox was by way of a promise. The little half-pans are held in with magnets, and I stuck some to the back of the golden paint pan as well.
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Three elaborate beads came from Ariadne, courtesy of Heather's previous trip down here in October, and I decided to restring the necklace she had made for me a number of years earlier. A has impressive lampwork skills, and, as I mentioned to her, now when I wear the necklace, it is like the hugs we cannot give one another are still around my neck warming my heart...

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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 five new dishtowels
restring beads
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2 xx-
3 xx -
4 x x x
5 xx x
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - the love and generosity of my friends surrounds me. Three different specific occasions in the last three days really called that to the forefront of my awareness, so when I wear my bead necklace, or cook in my new saucepan, or turn the heat up a bit to feel warmth, I remember the precious gifts and thoughtfulness that make that possible, even in this hard time when our hands cannot touch...

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