Monthly Archives: October 2021
Be safe – but have a spooky good time tonight!!!
I’m enjoying the third book in the Chesapeake Bay Saga trilogy – plus one written later, probably due to reader demand – by Nora Roberts.
As usual, I’m in the middle of the world she has created there, feeling as if I would know all the characters if I saw them on the street, wanting to stay in their world.
The daughter of one of our Lunch Bunch friends asked my husband and me for a favor yesterday. She is a very calm, kind lady. She is afraid our freedom is under siege.
She asked us to make a sign for her that said, “DON’T WANT $ – WANT FREEDOM.” (The only people waving signs in our part of the world are people asking for money and she wanted to be clear.)
We’ve never done this before, but we got a stiff sign board and spent much of the afternoon creating the sign plus cut a stick and a brace for the sign. My husband used some good nails with washers to nail the sign to the brace and stick.
We called them when the sign was ready and they came over to the house to pick it up. We showed them our shop, since they have shown an interest in the mailbox decorations and our efforts to refurbish our yard critters. Our friend seemed pleased with the sign.
I will check with her today to see how her one woman protest went.
Ahhhhh. My heart is full now. I hope you’ve had a good break, too. :0)
It’s drizzle-y, windy, and too cool this morning. The high today is supposed to be 57. Right now it’s overcast and 47 degrees F. I was ready for cooler weather, but this is ‘too much of a good thing.’
We will join our friends for Lunch Bunch in about half an hour. It’ll be good to catch up with what has been going on for each of them. We have been having lunch together every Friday for about 20 years now. How many changes! We have shared good and bad things, laughter, hugs, and tears. Some of the faces have changed. We’re never sure how many will be there, but the core group is three of us: Linda, Kay and myself. My husband was accepted as an honorary member of the group several years ago. He sits at one end of the table looking at his “harem” he says. We have told him that he is welcome as long as he behaves…
Unless it’s pouring after Lunch Bunch, we will scoot to Walmart afterwards to replenish some supplies. We plan to stay in the rest of the day, warm and dry. I’m putting the electric blanket on our bed today when I put fresh sheets on.
I’ve been adding new products to my Etsy site – Handmade Haven by Linda. Please take a look if you have the time. :0)
To those of you who have been following the blog, I FOUND the gallon container of mold/mildew/algae/elephant remover! As soon as the weather is dry and sunny, I’ll put some in a spray container and hose down the greeter robot yard art at the bottom of the driveway that I’m trying to refurbish. When I get the green and other dirt off of him, I can prepare to freshen his paint.
Indian Hills Colorado Signs – Vince Rozmiarek
It’s very overcast outside as I type. the forecast is for a possibly severe storm this afternoon, and we’re supposed to get around 3 inches of rain by the end of the day tomorrow. Despite this sweet puppy’s love of romping in the rain, I think it’s a great day to stay inside.
I’ve been busy the last few days adding more stuff to my Etsy site. Getting things out, taking pictures, describing products, etc. makes for really fast-moving days.
I had a nice chat with our son this morning. Some times of the year there is 12 hours difference, and other times 13 hours difference, but we can usually text chat briefly right before he heads to bed and I’ve drinking coffee in the morning. There are few things that make me happier than knowing our son is where he wants to be, living as he wants to live, doing what he wants to do. I’m so grateful we are close – if not geographically – and that we talk several times a week.
I’ve done two impasto paintings so far. They are both awful, but I’m starting to get a better feel for what I’m trying to do. I keep watching more demonstration videos on YouTube and then trying again. I probably look like an idiot, playing my music and grinning like an idiot while I play, but that’s a quality of life thing for me and I love it. :0)
I finished re-reading a Nora Roberts trilogy – The Guardians – yesterday and have begun another, called, The Chesapeake Bay Saga.
Zhki’s Gallery – Zhkis.com
I’m watching the news less and less as the days pass. It seems it can’t get any worse, and then it does. I find myself angry, frustrated, and depressed. Another of life’s character-building exercises, I guess. I can’t DO anything about it, so I’m now trying to keep up with what is actually happening and then shut it off and live elsewhere, at least in my own mind.
Happily, I have a wealth of coping mechanisms and they are getting a good amount of use now. I thought I would mention a few of them, in case YOU are having some trouble coping, too –
- I’ve been using Pinterest lately for two reasons: 1) to listen to music from people I haven’t heard before. It’s inspiring to find so many talented singers. When I hear them, it seems as if their voices fill me up. 2) I’ve also clicked on interesting things and have discovered some really talented artists using various media who take my breath away. (Since I don’t mind others knowing what I’ve clicked on, I find it great that once you click on something, the program gives you more of that.)
- I’ve been reading a lot. Instead of relegating things I enjoy to the “end of the line” when I’ve finished ALL the ‘have-to’s’ and ‘shoulds’ on my to-do list, I’m consciously taking time to dive into a great book. Right now I’m finishing a re-read of one of Nora Roberts’ trilogies, The Guardians.
- I’m also making time to play in my art room. Right now I’m experimenting with the impasto technique – lots of texture laid on with a palette knife. So far, I’m awful, but who cares? :0)
- I’m getting better at looking at exercise as a stress-reliever. I’m doing 35 minutes on my elliptical trainer in the garage on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, plus doing yoga stretches every afternoon. I’m trying to put this in the category of ‘my time,’ although basically I’m a slug and have to push myself to get up and get at it.
If you have something that helps you cope with stressful things, I would be very interested in hearing about It. We’re all in this together, and it’s good when we can help each other.