Friday, February 27, 2015

An interesting week

It has been interesting this week. First we were promised 6"-8" of snow that did not fall. A few flakes, a scattering, stuff that you could see but that then melted only to be r placed by more of the same which also melted. Then on Wednesday night we were told that we would have less than an inch and awoke Thursday morning to 5" or more. This is the best illustration I know of for climate change - no one seems to know what is going on weather-wise.

Today is lovely and sunny and the white stuff is melting. It might take a while for the ice clumps on the from steps, though. I swept a path for the postman to get up to the porch, but didn't get the whole width and the remainder is all ice.

While I have been inside waiting for warm weather, I have been painting. Here are the latest ones.
This looks springy to me

For that matter, so does this. 

I will next attempt an extreme close-up of a rose and if that works I will do several more of different roses or views, but always very close-up. 

All is Well
XOXOXO
Caroline

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the middle of the night

Sometimes  From time to time Often I get my days and night mixed up. This is one of those times. Last night I couldn't sleep but I had to get up this morning soon after seven so that this afternoon I was nearly dead when I stretched out on the bed for a few minutes and ended up sleeping for two and a half hours. Now I can't sleep tonight. Oh, well, I should be accustomed to this schedule by now.  

During dinner at Vicki's house tonight, Sara called. Now, Sara is doing her clinical at the hospital and she was on her way home with a story to tell. I excused myself from the table because I know that hospital stories all concern either blood, pee or poop.  It is just a given. All this is new to Sara because it is not all injuries on a playing field;  I believe that she is going to be a very good nurse.  She has a good heart without being soft about things. I won't share the story - it was about one of the major three, though. 

Here is the painting I am working on now. This was taken a few minutes ago in the dark kitchen so it looks a little dark but you get the idea. I am not sure how I will resolve it but it has been interesting to work on so far. Maybe some pink? Maybe not. I do think that the green needs to be smoothed out a little but I am not sure about how I can do that. I am not even sure which way is up. That is the way it is with beginning paintings when you don't have a "picture". Lots of questions. I have to make up the answers as I go. 

All is well, 
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oh, Dear

When I went to the audiologist two weeks ago I made an appointment for a follow-up, as one does of course. The appointment is for tomorrow. At eight in the morning. The forecast temperature is 3 degrees F.  Three. No zeros. The windchill will make it feel like -11. That is minus 11. Fahrenheit. Cold. What was I thinking?

DH bought flowers at the end of lat week. Isn't this rose just beautiful? In the background are some Alstroemerias and there are also two large Hydrangeas. I would like to paint this rose. Maybe. Someday. 

Here is what I really am painting. The upper right hasn't been started yet and I don't know whether to just continue with the color blocking or add an image. (not the rose). 
This is the image I might go for if I decide to add an image. Just the flower. Not the chair, blanket, neighbor's house, etc. 

This is the latest painting. I wish that the colors were closer to the real thing because I really like this in person. 

We had snow to day several times with melting in between. Snow again later in the week. I think our weather forecasters must have predicted the big storm in NYC because they said that we were to have five to eight inches and we had about that many flakes. 

All Is Well, 
XOXOXO.
Caroline

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Posting regularly?

Well, I meant to get back to a regular posting schedule in 2015 but so far that has eluded me. I am working on painting...
You can see the photo I took to work from on the table. It is of a River Birch in our back yard. 

This is just about finished, I think. 

and I have been working on adjusting to wearing hearing aids. I can hear everything. Sometimes I hear more than I want to. I will be working with the audiologist to fine tune for the next several weeks and these are just being tried out for a two week period. At the end of the time I can keep them or we can try something else. 
I think that I will let my hair get longer or cut it over my ears again. Right now the hair ends just hit the microphones. I have a haircut scheduled for Tuesday, so I will decide then. You can't see it in this picture but there is a little plastic tube that goes from above my ear around the front  and into the ear cavity. The little speaker is pushed way in and can't be seen unless you are really looking into my ear. 

Here they are. The little wire at the end is like a kick-stand. It just serves to hold them steady and is hidden in the "bowl" of my ear. It is not necessary but probably is a good thing. The little button you see sticking out on the left one is the volume control. Louder on the right and softer on the left. 

And that is what I have been doing. What about you? Anything interesting (or not) happening at your house? I would love to hear from you. 

All is well, 
XOXOXO
Caroline

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Clean Desk Is Worth It

Yesterday was Vicki's birthday and the dinner was planned to be at my house. All was well until we discovered that in the cleaning up of the wiring tangle (another story) in the basement, the oven was out and the problem was not not easily traced to the source. Texas white sheet cake mixed. No oven. Dean took it to church but the oven there left us with a thin black corner and three thicker slightly over-cooked corners. The beef noodle and crumble noodle casseroles went into the toaster oven and microwave. We had a lovely Sweet Kale (bag) salad, good conversation and a loving family. That's how it rolls at our house. 
Lights on the microwave - none on the oven

I did get some flowers arranged in the dining room.
and I got my desk cleaned off and it looks so good that I am going to try to keep it that way,getting out the things I am using, then putting them away. The "away" part needs a little work, but I am up to that thanks to reading The Magic of Tidying Up.

I should have one of those tables that have a top that lifts, revealing a storage place. Then again, that lamp is a little heavy to lift every time I need something!

All is well and all is well, 
XOXOXO
Caroline




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fun with color on a c-o-l-d day.

That cold that is so vicious in the midwest is making things cold here, too. At least to us it is cold.(27 right now) I am so sorry for anyone  who has no warm place to be and even for those who do.

Well, I can't send pictures of cold, not that anyone would need them, but here is a picture of my haircut for all of you who have been holding your breath to see how it looks!
I don't do selfies well!

And here is an update. I don't like the very bottom but it is too cold to go out in the studio to fix it. There is a little heat out there but I don't think it is enough. The paint tubes were very cold yesterday and the fluid paint just wouldn't come out of the bottle; yesterday was warmer than today. I decided that I wouldn't even try today. 
We started an interesting class at church last night about Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. It is only an hour each week and there is no homework (yea!). Father Joel is teaching and we are using a book by the previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. See what becoming Episcopal can get you into? 

Sara has worked miracles in the basement. MIRACLES. One no longer needs to show one's shot record and wear protective clothing to descend. It is not ready to be photographed yet but it can be walked through with impunity. Both of the girls have put in time there and we really do appreciate it. I will be in charge of making you-know-who clean up his mess and put things away from now on. I guess that I had best learn to nag. You might hear that I already know how, but don't believe it. 

I have put up the Christmas things and moved the furniture again to yet a new arrangement. My desk is by the window now and I can see up the street and across to where my neighbor feeds the birds and has lots of cardinals to provide a bright spot on a grey day. We on the other hand have robins who gather at the bird bath. I have to go clear the ice twice a day, but it is only on the back porch. 
The aqua thing is a disassembled fountain. 

Bella and

Lucy (Sara's dog)
know what to do on a day like today!

All is well, 
XOXOXO.
Caroline

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 - off to a good start!

Sara is here and today she and DH tackled the basement. That might not sound like much but it is near to being condemned by the health department, I think. Jenny did lots of work on it while she was here for Thanksgiving but there is so much more to do that it nearly takes your breath away. I will not be posting a picture because you might call the authorities - or the hoarder site!

These are the three canvases that I have been working on.
Estuary

Earth and all Stars

Seekers

I am not sure of the names of any of them and I am not sure whether or not they are finished. Sometimes you have to get away and then come back to see what is needed. If you have a critique, let me know. 

I am still working on the Lizard Ridge afghan that I promised Jenny last year. I have 8 and ½ blocks to go then it has to be blocked and put together. I am aiming for her birthday at the end of January as a finish date. 

As you can see, it is very colorful and I have a lot of it done (two mire than in the photo). When it is blocked it will be wavy instead of lumpy. 
I have an appointment for a haircut Monday morning. What should I do? I am ready for a change. 
Are you making changes for 2015? Has your year started well? Let me know. 

All Is Well, 
XOXOXO,
Caroline