Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Whatcha Doin?


Himself and I are working on a joint project. He purchased some terra cotta pots and cleaned them so we could go from here.

To here

to here.

Whatcha doin?

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

T Stands for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

 Like last year, the English Heritage Site, the group that looks after historical properties in England, was going to broadcast a live feed of the Solstice Eve sunset and the Solstice Sunrise from Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.

Sunset was at 8:27 PM (4:27 PM EDT, my tine zone). I settled in to watch the live feed with my afternoon cup of tea. Just like last year, it was cloudy and overcast. There was meditative music playing as the soundtrack of the live feed. People were commenting in the chat box sending solstice blessings from all over the world. Still cool to see the monument and to know that even though it was cloudy the sun still set. This year there were no birds flying around and perching on the stones. I thought that was odd.

Sunset from my front yard.

A picture of the waxing gibbous moon before I returned to the computer for the Solstice Sunrise live feed.

There were technical difficulties. The host did an interview with an archeologist/historian who gave some interesting facts about Stonehenge. At the Solstice, the sun rises to the left of the heel stone. She said, when the monument was first built there were two heel stones and the sun rose between them. 

When they got the feed up and running, it was raining and the camera was positioned so you couldn't see anything except the tops of the trilithons instead of looking between the columns out across the plain to the heel stone.  Sunrise would have been at 11:31 PM EDT.  The live feed program would run for 90 minutes, but I was too tired to wait up to see if the skies would clear.

This is what the Solstice sunrise would look like from Stonehenge. This was a screen capture from a YouTube video from 2015

I didn't get up at sunrise to take a picture, but this was sunrise from my front yard around 6:30 AM when I went to put the trash out for trash day.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Workshop Week: How to Draw Any Flower


This workshop taught by Shayda Campbell was a lot of fun. She broke down  drawing flowers (daisy, marigold, and lily of the valley) into steps which were very easy to follow. She used simple materials: a pencil for drawing a rough and a thin and thick line permanent marker such as the Micron Pigma pen. The larger or thicker to outline and the thinner or smaller to add detail. I completed this workshop in my Canson Mixed Media journal which is on a 90 lb. paper. She used a size .04 and a .02 Micron. I didn't have a .04 (or couldn't find it) so I used a .03 and a .01.

Shayda also had a larger project to complete illustrating all 12 birth month flowers to be used as the illustration for a wall calendar. She provided free calendar sheets to download. I wasn't interested in this part of the project.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?


The bucket brigade is doing well

A blossom on the tomato plant

This tomato plant and the pepper plant aren't looking so good.

The flowers in the mailbox planter love their location

The morning glories at the post lantern have started to climb their trellis

The little flowers in this rail box are probably not getting enough sun

The flowers on the opposite side like their location

Himself swapped the morning glories so the smaller ones would have the sunnier location.

The morning glories in the hanging baskets are doing well

I found a tiny morning glory bud in a pot. I thought the bud was too small to transplant so I just put the pot next to the trellis.

Ink's garden finally got weeded. 

Happy Solstice!

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Saturday Morning at the Library


When I was 5 years old, I was forced to take dancing lessons while the Brother was forced to take accordion lessons. I hated dancing class. The Knights of Columbus Hall where the classes were given had no heat or it wasn't turned on. I hated wearing the pink beginner tights. I liked clacking around in the tap shoes, but Ma wouldn't let me practice inside the house on the wood floors. I spent most of my time in class being miserable and crying. Eventually, I was taken out of class.

While the Brother still had to endure accordion lessons, Dad took me to the library. He would leave me upstairs in the children's library where I could look at the books and choose to take some books home with my own library card. As I got older, I would go downstairs to the adult library and wander among the stacks enjoying the scent of the books before going to find Dad in the reference area consulting the law books and catching up on his work.

So for the next several weeks, a list of my favorite books, some I have read as a child, others as an adult and some  I have read more than once.

This week, The Dragon Riders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. There are 16 books to the series that McCaffrey wrote. She also collaborated with her son, Todd, but I didn't care for his writing style so didn't continue with the series. Below is the suggested order to read the books

The White Dragon
Moreta: The Dragonlady of Pern
Nerilka's Story
The Renegades of Pern
All the Weyrs of Pern
The Chronicals of Pern: First Fall
The Dolphins of Pern
Red Star Rising (Dragonseye)
The Master Harper of Pern
The Skies of Pern

You can find a preview of the books here.  If you haven't read these books, you can find them at your public library or favorite bookstore.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Friday Five Good Things


Five good things that happened this week.

1. Mailed some packages and chatted with the new postal clerk about stamps. New postage stamps to be issued: Western wear with cowboy boots, a mystery message, Day of the Dead, and Message monsters. Just to name a few.

2.  Enjoyed the movie Oz, the Great and Powerful

3.Sipped my morning cup of tea in the sun room while listening to the rain beat against the roof

4. Watched a really bad sci-fi movie starring Robby the Robot called The Invisible Boy.  Poor dialogue, poor cinematography, so bad but so good.

5. Caught up with friends at the Wellness Fair on the Natick Town Common. 

How was your week?

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Throwback Thursday - Mother Goose


Once upon a time, Mother Goose, a grandmother clocked lived in the corner of the living room.  She came from a second hand store and her workings were taken to a clockmaker friend of Himself. After a tune-up, Mother goose faithfully kept time chiming the hours and half hours until one day, Mother Goose stopped keeping time. Well, not quite true. She kept accurate time twice a day though she no longer chimed on the hours or half hour.

With the living room going through a redecoration, Mother Goose was moved to a corner of the sun room. The idea was for her to keep perfect time twice per day and wait for the weather to warm up when she would be taken to stand out front at the curb where someone would come and take Mother Goose away as a real bargain.

While I was cleaning the sun room to open it up for the season, just for old time's sake, I moved the hands to the clock to the correct time. Then to complete the ritual, I took Mother Goose's key and gently wound the mechanisms. I was looking for a clock for the sun room. Something with a luminous dial so we could see the clock at night. Mother Goose didn't fit that description.

 And then, I heard it! A faint ticking! She chimed the hour though she was in a different time zone 4 hours behind. No matter. The old girl was old, but she was keeping time. Mother Goose now has a new home in the sun room. I guess she just wanted a change of scenery.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Whatcha Doin?


I made a list of all the workshops from Workshop Week, the Society of Scribes Springfest 2021, and Intro to Procreate 5X. The list will help me keep track of the workshops I've done or just watched. 

Whatcha doin?

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

T Stands For Color Me Giddy


Workshop week offered a fun Procreate workshop Doodling Faces on Every Day Items by Donna Adi. I took a photo of a white coffee mug and imported it into Procreate.  I wasn't sure what I was doing and just piddledinked along, but managed this happy, little camper, and I was insufferably pleased with myself.

Not knowing where the tools are located in Procreate or how to use them properly was the impetus for me to take the Procreate workshop that I talked about a few weeks ago. After working through the first exercises, I was able to  make this guy.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Lettering Composition from Workshop Week


This workshop was called Black and White Lettering Composition with Lisa Chang. For the exercise, she used "Coffee makes everything okayer." I don't drink coffee and the English major in me cringed at "okayer" 

I decided on something that does speak to me. Chocolate. "Will work for chocolate" was what I decided to letter using chocolate brown instead of black. I worked in a Canson Mixed Media journal and used Tombow dual brush markers.  

The idea was to use different lettering hands or scripts (font is used for typography and not hand lettering) Certain words would be emphasized, colored in or left plain.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Did some bunny eat one of the morning glory plants?

Queen Anne's Lace

The morning glories are doing well

Some bunny didn't eat the morning glory. Some dirt buried it when it was watered.

Grounding wire for the greenhouse

Spinach and lettuce or lettuce and spinach.

The bucket brigade

Lots of blossoms on the milkweed

Assorted green things

Sugar snap pea blossoms and a bean

Snowball bushes done for the season

Mountain Laurel


Sluggo came to visit. Himself put a layer of vaseline on all of the pots and planters so Sluggo wouldn't be able to climb them to snack on the growing things.

Day 5 of a heatwave. Perfect weather!

Holes in the hillside like and apartment complex

Some clover planted itself in a pot

Himself had visited a garden center and said I saw something there you would really like. We went back to the garden center. Himself was right. The birdbath has a larger and deeper bowl and is perfect for the solar fountain.

How does your garden grow?