Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One hundred seventy-six

That is how many times I have posted to this blog. The number of comments would come closer to 40, but who is counting. I just can't make it work. 

Today I did a little demolition. Someone had added cornice boards to our bedroom windows. The problem was that they were attached at heights different enough to be obvious - especially to me. so today I took the hammer to them and knocked them down. There will have to be a little patching, but I like it better already. I think I might make Roman shades for the windows and not having to work around those uneven cornices will make it easier. 

 A little patching and painting and it will be great. As you can see, the trim in this room was once pink. It was also once blue and once robin's egg blue. Now it is white. 
I think that Roman shades on this window will be a big help. This is all there is now and the neighbors have a yellow light which is always on during the night. If I get ambitious I could try to make shades that raise from the bottom and lower from the top, but I am not sure that I want to do that much work. What do you think? 
Jenny came last weekend and brought this top which she had pieced for me (I hired her because I was way behind). We set up my machine quilt frame, loaded the quilt and she quilted it in about three hours which included time for multiple new bobbin insertions and fixing a few broken needles. It is not perfect, but it is great and for a quilt that the dogs will get on perfection would be such a waste. I still have to cut the binding and attach it which I will do on the sewing machine. At 100' X100" that is a lot of binding to cut. 
We also got the puzzle finished except for the two missing pieces. Jenny marked the box picture to indicate where they go and we scratched out 1000 and wrote in 998 for the number of pieces. Carl Larsson is one of my favorite painters so I enjoyed the puzzle although it was not easy at all, at all. 
I have been painting and drawing on book pages for the show that is literature based. Loosely based. The other sketch is a painting I might want to do for something else. These little pages will be mounted on paper and then wrapped (cellophane with a cardboard backing) and put in a bin for a cheap piece of original art. About $10 or $12, I think. 

Tomorrow I have to go with Vicki to clean an oven in one of the rental houses. She asked if I had some EZ-Off. Ha! Hahahahaha. No, I don't. 

All is well, 
XOXOXO
Caroline

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Show and Tell

So much to tell you. First of all, the baby robins flew last Saturday. I happened to look up and see one standing on the edge of the nest and saw no other heads. Mom and Dad came by and left. The fledgling teetered on the edge a second then decided to move a little. He inspected the new place, rather like someone daring herself to jump off the high board. After another adjustment and another teeter he took a deep breath and flew away! I saw him leave. I was so glad to be able to say goodbye instead of just noticing that they were all gone!. What a wonder it was.

Today I went to Chattanooga with Vicki, Kay and our new friend Lorraine P today and went to the gallery and saw my paintings.
The one on the left and the bottom one are mine. Above mine is one by my classmate Kathleen. The one on the bottom has broken eggshell (encased in acrylic) on it. See that little line along the bottom of the large egg-shaped form? There are also some on the top right. There was no way to get a glare-free photo. On the green one you can see me in a light top and dark skirt. Haha. 

These are all on canvas. The long one is 36" long, I think, to give you a sense of the sizes. The one on the top is 22" square. The one on the right is a puzzle to me. Not sure what it is but I like it. It seems to be some kind of machine or the door to Hades or something. 



You might remember this one from when it was pink and purple. I am going to try to finish it and submit it for consideration for their next exhibit. 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch... I am still working on this 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes I think that I will never finish it. If I get 10 or 15 pieces placed in a day I feel like I have done a lot!. This one is a challenge! 

So, to take a break, DH and I moved the freezer to here from 

here where it was in the way of access to the shelves and the cabinets. Now I am looking for a little bench or table to put on the wall adjacent to the freezer. Just a little at a time and I hope to have this all done before... well, I hope to have this all done one day. 

I brought in these little pieces today from my studio. On the right are my father's grand parents, Richard Manson Tewell and  Marie BarrĂ© Tewell. In the center an unknown woman whose photo I drew over and on the left some old statues that might be Thai. They are all mounted on pieces of 2"x4" that were scraps.  


I think that they are kinda cool.  

I talked to several gallery people today and got some hints and some new places to try. Tomorrow has to be a studio day in the morning and then Jenny and Sarie are coming. J and I are going to set up the quilt frame and, after a practice quilt, I will quilt the top she has pieced for me for our bedroom. The one I made ten years ago is falling apart. 

All is well, Life is good, 
XOXOXO
Caroline



Thursday, July 10, 2014

The WEEK

This has been a week. My seven-year-old granddaughter has been here for "Chief Camp" and we have been busy. Not that I did so many wonderful things with her - we have just been busy. And Dean has made several trips to Nashville, the latest two(2) today so I had to take Jackson, who can't get the the car without help, to be x-rayed. The x-ray trip was complicated by the fact that J had to be sedated and although I got him out of the car he collapsed in a heap and I couldn't move him any farther. I had to call my brother to help me get him in the house. Living near your sibs is a good thing.

Jackson had surgery on his knee this evening; the traveling vet came by the house to pick him up because I knew that I couldn't get him back in the car. Jackson will be there until he is feeling better and getting around okay. (Here's something funny - the vet had looked at this house and considered buying it about 10 years ago.)

Jenny was coming tonight to take Sarie back home tomorrow but her car is in the shop and the repairs aren't finished yet so unless things change I will get my hair cut in the morning then hit the road to take the girl child home then hurry back to go to a deb party tomorrow evening. My nephew's long time girlfriend is one of this year's debutantes.

I promise pictures a in the next post but tonight I am just too tired. Well, I do have one. When this little bird had held his heavy head up as long as he could he dropped it down and rested it on the edge of the nest. It was just so cute. They NEVER closed their mouths.
My little fledglings are about ready to leave the nest. I will miss them. Thy have feathers now, and they flap their wings and the parents have to take stuff out of the nest to make room for them. Having them just outside the window has been such a treat. 

All is well, 
XOXOXO
Caroline

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth!

Happy Independence day to you and yours! It is hard to even imagine what our life would be like as a colony of Great Britian.  I guess by now that would have changed even if it didn't way back in the beginning. I certainly hope that this country can get back on track. The world is changing so much and we need to find the way. 

DH and I  continue to be fascinated by the robins outside the window and spend many minutes several times each day with binoculars, camera and just plain eyes focused on them. We see baby heads stretched out on long necks and with open mouths when mom or dad arrive with food. In fact, they stretch up so high that I am afraid that they will fall out of the nest. The chicks now have fuzzy little beginner feathers on them so mom doesn't have to work so hard to keep them warm.
 Walking in the neighborhood a few days ago I came across a robin's eggshell on the ground. I think that the bird had hatched.  I have come to the conclusion that they must eat the shells most of the time. The shells are very thin and I am sure that the mother birds need the calcium. In fact, we put out other egg  (crushed) at this time of year for birds to eat. But this little shell was just so sweet that I had to bring it home to show you. 
Here is the little shell piece. Robin's egg blue. 

Last night it was cool. Strangely enough it has been cool on many July 4s in my memory. But last night we turned off the a/c and opened the windows that we have been able to get open and turned on that huge attic fan that came with the house. It curtains blew in so far that I thought things in the room might start floating away. This morning (noon, actually) they are blowing again but with just the breeze of the day. That is just what I like about these little linen panels  - watching them be lifted by the breeze. Something about that just calms my spirit. 

I managed, finally, to get my work table in the living room somewhat organized. I like to sit here to work on the computer and to draw, but I have a terrible time keeping it neat. One the other hand, this is my house and my mess and I just have to try to keep it under control. On the other, people have expectations about a living room and this is not one of them. House Beautiful we are not, but that is just what it is. My circus, my monkeys. 

Having said all that, I am thinking of reupholstering or slipcovering. 

Which do you like? 

Can I do both? 

Awaiting your answers, which you will probably have to email me since I can't make the comments work for anyone other than spammers. 

All is well, 
XOXOXO
Caroline

Friday, June 27, 2014

When the red, red robin...

Right outside my bedroom window, where I can see it from my bed, a mama Turdus migratorious (otherwise known as an American robin) has built a nest. She is still finishing it - moving the furniture around, hanging pictures, etc. so she get up every once in a while and adjusts things. Of course she might just be rolling her eggs, I can't see in the nest. Robins can have 3 or 4 hatches a year in this part of the country; no wonder I see so many in the winter.
The white material is from Jackson's last clipping  - so glad that he could help. 

Dean is replacing the front porch floor. The supports had been attacked by termites at some prior time and the middle and ends were lower than the remainder of the porch. He has the flooring torn out up to the front door right now. Don't guess we will have anyone coming door to door for a while. 

I have been trimming shrubbery and deciding what I want taken out and where I want it placed (some will go to the trash/compost). This afternoon, cleaning around a little juvenile dogwood, after checking to be sure it shook when I pulled the leaves of the intruder, I cut the dogwood. I was sick. But, you know, things happen. Life goes on and life is good. 

All is well
XOXOXO
Caroline

Monday, June 23, 2014

sum, sum, summertime

Someone always builds wonderful sand sculptures on our beach. I have never found out who it is, but they are always fun. This year the rain got to them before I did, but I think that you might be able to make out this mermaid with the curly hair 
and maybe the alligator/sea monster

Cool, don't you think?

We take two days to go to the beach and two days back. Last year on the way back we stopped in Warner-Robins GA and went to the Air Force Museum where they had several planes that DH flew while in the Air Force and one that he flew when he was first hired by Delta where it was known as "the Freighter". 
This year we stopped at Rainbow Springs State Park where there is a swimming place fed by the springs. The water temperature is 72 degrees F, year round. Let me tell you, it was chilly! After about 45 minutes in the water we were cool for the rest of the day. DH, who was not feeling particularly well, didn't swim and he was sweating while the rest of us were ready to do away with A/C. Cool to the core. I had to keep my eye on the little one, who took several breaks, because although she swims like a fish, she doesn't have much insulation. By the way, the depth of the swimming area was 6 - 15 feet, so there was no standing; you had to tread the whole time. One of the more unusual features of the park were the dressing rooms - two towels beside the car. It can be done. 

Today I moved things around in the kitchen and, getting smart, took some pictures of the highest cabinets so I could check on what I had put there. I have to get the ladder out to reach the doors, so I don't often check and had forgotten what was there. Now there are paper plates and crystal glasses that are seldom used. 



Tonight DH and I played Jenga



 and started a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Charter is raising our TV rates and we are thinking about just giving it up. We don't watch for days at a time anyway. 

The puzzle is a painting of a building and garden in Tuscany and it is not going to be easy. We will leave it up and eat at the other end of the table for a while. We did a little more after this image was made but we have a long way to go. 

I cut the grass this morning and am going to attack some of the branches that are hanging into the drive, or are dead or otherwise need removal in the morning and then I plan to go to the studio and rework that purple and pink painting as well as begin another. Big plans. I hope it works out. 

All is well
XOXOXO
Caroline


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sitting on the Porch

I am sitting on the porch of our timeshare condo at the beach. Above, in the bright blue sky, are puffy white clouds. By this afternoon the clouds will probably be grey and might or might not bring some rain. We don't get as much rain as you would expect when you see the clouds but when it rains, it is not by halves. It RAINS.

I have taken some pictures but they don't seem to want to transfer from my Camera Roll to my Photo Stream and thence to the computer and I don't know how to speed up the process. I think that when I get back home I might sign up for some computer/iPhone/iPad help because I know that I am not getting all I can out of my devices. For a yearly fee one can get personal classes in whatever one wants to know more about. That sounds like a good deal to me.

 A little back story. We have two units for each week we are here. DH and I always stay in the one we bought first; lower level, beachfront. It is where everyone come in from the pool and the beach and dumps their stuff. It is also where we eat all our meals.
Another back story. When my grandson, Drew, was little he liked to play that we were animals and at one time he was interested in rabbits and we lived in "burrows".

One day Drew walked into our unit at the end of a busy day, looked around and said, "our burrow is neater than your burrow". Because he was a small child and I love him dearly he survived. This year, however, our kids are doing the cooking (Jenny) and the cleaning(Alex). They are not leaving all their stuff here. It is lovely.
Alex and Drew with the vacuum!!
Our bedroom. I have made the bed each day but then go lie on it to take a nap. I put a sheet over it first. 

The view from the porch. That is the gulf in the distance. Lots of small shells, some large ones, and no rocks. This was taken through the screen which caused that pattern in the sky. 

My temporary studio is at the end of the porch. I brought colored pencils and water colors but really wish that I could work on some of my paintings that are at home. I have ideas I want to try. Don't we want whatever we don't have?  I have drawn some peppers and will do some more drawing, but I also plan to read as much as possible while I am here. 

All is well
XOXOXO
Caroline