It's 4 o'clock in the morning. I've been awake since 1:30 when Murray Cat decided it was high time I got my hide out of that bed and fed her. Course, it WAS high time to get out of that bed, I fell asleep yesterday evening around 6.
So here I sit in the wee hours taking stock of what the heck I've done all month.
Better get a cuppa something and settle down for a spell. I've been busy, as usual.
The kids came for an overnight visit this past Friday into Saturday. RJ and Terah went to Hays for the night to celebrate their anniversary. (Hays is about 40 miles south) Annie spent the night with me and we played with paper and glue on the coffee table in the livingroom. I have no pictures of this endeavor unfortunately. It was a gluing good time! I added pages and pages to my glue book and did away with six or seven magazines in the process. Annie glued something on every page in the 20 page notebook I gave her to use as a glue book. We played with stickers as well. Her daddy gave me the 'eye' when he realized I had given the girl a big ziplock baggie full to the brim with stickers! (And didn't put a dent in my sticker stash...) We had bacon and eggs with toast for supper on Friday and then again for breakfast on Saturday. That little girl would live on eggs if you let her. Eggs are easy! She likes hers 'runny'--or as the rest of us would say--over easy.
This was the first time in her six years that she has ever spent the night alone with me. It went very well. I only wish she hadn't woke up when I came back from the bathroom at 6 on Saturday morning. It was almost 11 when she finally went to sleep. She wore me out while she was here! It was a great wearing out though! They went home early Saturday afternoon.
I've seen my other boy a couple times this month also. He's gone back to work in the oil patch so he's a happy camper. RW is a flighty man. He pops in and out at all hours of the day and night. I never know when he's going to show up, but I'm always glad to see the boy. He'll be getting off work here in a couple hours. I may yet see him today.
Eric the rooster is gone. He was tasty. Henrietta is a bit confused with him gone. She doesn't seem to know who to follow. Daisy the duck and Henrietta the hen stick close like they always have but Eric was the leader of that pack. Now Daisy and Henrietta are hanging out with a bunch of young white ducks that look like Daisy. The flock now containing Daisy, Henrietta and five nameless ducks. I suspect they will in time get names. They were just fluffy yellow ducklings a few short weeks ago.
Soon there will be a great flock of fowl fettering around the yard in search of grasshoppers and other bugs. Brother Sammy has four or five more ducklings that are growing and 11 more chickens that aren't quite big enough to give run of the yard just yet. I have no pictures of the little birds. Or the ones running the yard with Henrietta and Daisy. Sooner or later they will all figure out who is the boss and life will continue on. I'm looking forward to the days when the little hens start laying. I will get fresh eggs frequently.
RW, my youngest son, had 11 laying hens. They layed all through the winter. Most hens slow down on laying when winter rolls around. RW was doing something right. The boy had more eggs than he knew what to do with! He brought me fresh eggs almost every week. He's down to three hens that are laying now. He lost all his layers to a hunting dog that showed up and decided killing chickens would be great fun! RW was fit to be tied! The fella came and got his dog and paid RW for those dead chickens. RW bought himself some baby chicks and a few ducklings to replace the dead ones. The boy cracks me up! I don't know what he traded my brother for, but Sammy ended up with 3 little black ducklings from RW. He needed something or other and Sammy had it.
It has been quite rainy for the past few days. My old body has been in rebel mode and I've totally screwed up the sleep patterns again. That means art happens mostly while the rest of the world is asleep.
It has been about 20 days or so since I was here last so there is a lot that has been accomplished. Let's get on with it!
I made another zine. I've yet to do a first printing. It's on some odd sized paper, not even sure I can print it and get it to come out right. I wrote all the haiku. I have written hundreds of haiku over the years.
I really like painting on the box books. Ready made book covers from boxes! I love simplicity!
I've worked on the Kitty Book a bit. No progress to show you though.
I've made four envelopes to send things in. I'll show you all those next time.
I drew three tiny chickens on drawing paper with markers. I forgot to take a picture of those.
I did two marker drawings on 5x7 inch paper. I forgot to take a picture.
I have not finished the crochet project I showed you all last post. Haven't even picked it up since then.
I have cut seven fabric yarn balls out of garments.
I made a pan of peanut butter cookie bars. They were very very yummy! I will be making those again!
I guess that's all I got today! Thanks for hanging on till the end!
Be kind to one another!
02 April 2016
Hasn't been too many days since I was here so there isn't a lot of art going on but I'll show you some anyway.
It's been a busy critter day at my house so you'll get to hear some tales and see some pictures of some critters too.
We'll start off with the critters. If you are here for the art, just skip over all my critter ramblings!
This Murray cat has been a mess for the last three days. In that time I have received gifts. Gifts I don't really want, but thanks anyway Murray. She brought a lizard in the house about ten days ago and it got away from her. I suspect it is dead under the china hutch where it fled. I haven't seen it since!
No gifts for a few days, thankfully. Then she shows up three days ago with another lizard that got away from her. I found one dead on the kitchen floor. I'm uncertain if that is the one that got away from her or if that was another lizard all together.
I have the front door open today to let the breeze in.....air out the house a bit. I was sitting here at my computer, reading, when I hear that cat coming down the hallway making noises I know mean, "Looky what I got!" That one got away from her too! It went under the bookshelf behind my desk. I went after it! It came out from under the shelf and I caught him and put him outside under the porch. Murray was still in the deskroom trying to locate the lizard under the shelf! That one wasn't too much the worse for wear other than he'd shed his tail on his flight from the cat. I'm pretty sure he'll live to see another day.
A couple hours later, here she comes again! I'm sitting here in front of my computer, minding my own business. Murry's hurrying down the hall yelling, "Looky what I got!" That one got away from her too! I coaxed him out from behind the shelf where he promptly ran right past the cat, down the hallway with the cat right on his tail, and into the cutting room. (Room of Many Abysses!) Murry got confused about where he'd gone. She was headed back down the hall from the way he came. I followed him into the cutting room where he promptly disappeared.
I thought he was gone forever. Then Murray was hollering that "Looky" noise and she's got him in her mouth. I made her give him to me. She didn't want to but she dropped him. He's pretty beat up. That's him in the picture above, sitting on the porch railing, out of reach of the cat. I don't think he will make it.
These little lizards are, apparently, quite abundant this year. They're pretty little things. I think they are skinks. They have blue patches on their undersides up by their front legs and along the side of their necks. The biggest of the three I've seen in the last few days was not much more than 4 inches and he got about half as long as he was once he gave up his tail for his life. That tail will grow back so no worry.
This is the little fella I found dead on the kitchen floor. I have a natural history collection going and this guy is sitting on the porch railing, in the corner where lots of air movement happens. He's mummifying.
In addition to all these lizards, Murray has gifted me two little mice also. She doesn't announce the arrival of mice like she does with the lizards. She's right proud of those lizards! I really wish she would keep the darn critters out doors where she finds them.
As I said, I had the door open to let the breeze in.
Eric brought his harem over this afternoon to see if there were any scraps to be had outside the front door.
Eric and his harem of 2.
There were no scraps outside the front door. The scraps were outside the back door where I threw them yesterday.
I do not trust Eric any farther than I can throw him. I cannot throw him at all cause he'd never let me get close enough to get ahold of him! He and Henrietta decided they were going to come up on the front porch. I didn't think chickens would climb steps but I have been schooled that they do indeed climb steps! I stomped my foot on the porch trying to get him to go back down the steps before he got all the way up them. That only made him come one step higher. Every step up he went, Henrietta went as well.
They were on the top step of the stairs when I took this picture. I shut the door behind as I went inside.
I don't want that rooster on my porch. And I sure as hell don't want him in the house. He's tried to attack me in the yard. I can only imagine the havoc he'd wreck in the house! I don't care if he roams the yard. He can have the yard. I'll give him all the space he needs, but the porch is mine!
I know he doesn't like the umbrella so I took it out of the umbrella stand by the front door, opened it up and went back on the porch to scare him off. Henrietta took off running like Wyle E. Coyote was hot on her tail. Daisy Duck took suit and followed after Henrietta. Eric stood his ground atop the stairs and just looked at me. I turned the umbrella upside down and sat it at the top of the steps. He flew down the four steps to the ground and crowed like he was just mortified I would dare not let him on the porch.
I don't like that rooster so much at close quarters! I left the umbrella at the top of the stairs and Eric joined his girls in the back yard.
And Miss Lola Cat could have cared less about all the animal drama happening around her. That cat needs to go on a diet.
Murray had laid down next to Lola and was telling her all about her finds of the day.
Never a dull moment at my house with all these critters to entertain me!
OK---on with what little I have to show in the art department:
This is the crochet project I talked about in the last post. It will still be a few days before it is finished. That is all crochet cotton thread. It has taken awhile to do all that crocheting! You'll get to see this again probably in the next post. Hopefully it will be done soon.
This is the elephant I showed you all last post. I said I didn't know what had happened to the book....well, the book wasn't actually a book yet when I said that. I'm getting senile in my old age apparently. It was in the bag with the rest of the little books that need to be sewn together.
It is made from a jello pudding box. I learned a new way to do a decorative stitched binding. I love how it turned out! I don't usually put that many holes in such a little book but I do like how it turned out. I probably should have used a different color of embroidery thread to do the binding. I didn't realize just how closely the thread matches the color of the spine. And the stitching along the ends of the spine? That was a total goof up! I tried to fix that goof up by putting a line of stitching across the top and bottom edge.
It didn't want to stay closed on its own so I sewed a button to the back cover and put a braided string on the front cover. Wrap the string around the button and it stays closed nicely. This book is roughly 3.5 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide. Somewhere around there.
That's about the extent of my arting endeavors since the last post. I did paint a couple of those book covers I showed you all last post but they are nowhere near ready to show off.
I leave you with a clear blue sky this second day of April, 2016!
I've no idea what will happen with the north field this year. It is the time of year when I should be paying attention to see what the farmer decides.
Be kind to one another!