Saturday, February 24, 2018

catching up a bit

Well. The laptop is back and, after a couple of initial hiccoughs, is being put through it's paces, bit by bit. Photographs have been uploaded. The optical drive has been tested with an audiobook on CD and soon - since a trip to the library this morning - a movie on DVD. So far, so good. Time for a little blog post.

Let's see. What's been happening? Well, there's been weather.


 Snow. And more snow.

Also sleet, hail, freezing rain, and warm sun.
It's February. Anything can happen.

I've been trying to get things done, indoors and out.
Little by little.
Emptied and washed the kitchen cupboards, then reorganized.
Rearranged the stilt barn, so there is room to sneak just one goat out into a little private dining area for a special bucket of grub.
Got some of the construction disorder under control.
Made two long trips to pick up goat supplies.
Started my first seed list for the 2018 gardens.
Took hundreds of photographs.

Della - a rare portrait!

Wednesday was in the high 60s (it snowed on Thursday, hailed on Friday) and my Occasional Helper was here for three hours. We got a few things done, which is good because he is taking the month of March off. I sometimes don't see him for a couple of weeks, but a whole month in Spring will be quite a difference. I may have to pull my socks up and work harder. Or look for a Very Occasional Helper?
No, probably that first thing.

I've continued with the Daily Markmaking; last night was #54. It's a watercolor based on a photograph of Sambucus in a recent snowstorm.

Some nights I suddenly realize I am dozing off and haven't done any markmaking. So I grab a pen or brush and look for something I can work on without getting out of bed. Like the knitting basket on the porch table, or the last winter squash on the windowsill.

Here, Moxie is closely observing the start of a watercolor sketch:

Hope your weekend is going well!


  1. Hey! Nice to see you again.

    Love to see that round snowy goat. The watercolor goat is pretty cool, too. I hope your laptop stays up and running. :-)

    1. That round pillow of a goat is Tsuga - when she is up on a bench I can never resist giving her a hug, and she is a rare goat who doesn't seem to mind!

  2. Della looks great, like posing for a cat show. It isn't easy to capture a cat posing so well.
    Connection issues here, phone connects to wifi, but laptop doesn't, all if a sudden. I think problems aren't always the user's system, but rather how companies manage their signal.

    1. Della is a real challenge to photograph, partly because of the way my camera defeats all my attempts to trick it into photographing a mostly-white cat the way I want it to. This image was from the best series I've managed - ever!

  3. I love that photo of Della - she's a beauty! I'm so impressed with how you're painting and drawing every day. Your work is wonderful. I love the one of Sambucus.

    1. Thank you, KB! Posting some of the (slightly better) markmaking efforts on the blog is helping me keep up the momentum :)

  4. Glad your computer woes seem to be righting themselves. Amazing how cut off from the world we feel when they're not working. Weather here is quite spring-like and the snow is disappearing fast - too fast in some areas because there's a lot of flooding. It's a good teaser for what's to come.

    1. Yes, we are having a little preview of mud season this week, but more snow will likely arrive before too long I suppose!


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