Monday, January 16, 2017

the bits

We went and installed Grandma's Christmas faucet today - and it went pretty smoothly except for getting the old one off.  We used a plethora of tools, and finally between Mark and I we got the old one loose.  The new one went on easily and I hope it lasts a good long time.

Esme got straight A's on her report card - all 97s and above.. pretty amazing.  She said she thought it had been a 'bumpy' week last week because she got a B on something and she didn't think that was possible to have an A then. 

Our old Maytag washing machine is down for a bit.. we're trying to fix it or take it somewhere to get it looked at.  That is on the agenda for tomorrow.  I've also got to make my Sweetie dog a dog bed in the next few days of vacation... and that is almost everything checked off the list.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Painting of our road

A color sketch using my acrylics as watercolors.  I was going after t he road and trees up by our bus stop.  Esme says it does look like that place.  She also said it had some of the 'same idea or same feel' as a Van Gogh painting I've had up on my computer for inspiration.  I've ironed it out after it dried and put it in my portfolio.  I might make another one from the same photograph and then compare them.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

glasses, photos and sketch

Mark and Esme (and Spud) posing at the bus stop yesterday.
Very sweet.  Mark has a great smile and Spud is doing his best to pose for the photo, too.

I had just taken these others of Mark and Spud before the bus came.
We had been up there the day before laying out paver bricks to make the school bus stop less muddy.

"Look at the camera, Spud", he said.  'I have no idea what you mean by that.', said the dog.
But then he did pose later ;)

A sketch I'm working on towards a painting later.

I went to get my glasses redone today.  I thought it had only been four or five years, but it had been seven.  I took some time choosing the frames, and think I picked something I will like for more than one reason.  

I also found Esme some miso soup and have read a little in a new book today.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

anniversary and kites

Mark and I had our ten year anniversary yesterday.  We had a nice morning at home.  We both just sit and revel in the idea it has been ten years... we were both in a very bad place that day and it was made better by joining together and saying 'We're gonna do this.'  Ten years later we're all the better for going through everything we've been through together.  And Esme is nine now!  In a few more years she'll be a teenager and then things might get really 'interesting' as they say... Not sure if she'll be more like Mark was as a teen or myself... Time will be the only one to tell.

It was so windy all day yesterday.  When Esme got home from school she wanted to fly kites.  We took her dragonfly kite out and she actually got her up for a while.  I used to fly kites with my dad and have good memories of that.   She claimed she sprained her leg muscle running around.  We really need to get out and get more exercise now that it has started to get warmer again.

I am planning a painting I glimpsed while driving.  Not sure if I can really capture the idea - one of those time / math / shape ideas formed by birds and a tree and a field.  I know what caught me about it but not sure if that is going to come across in the visual work to others.  The colors and the pattern and the presence of the shapes still captures me nearly a week later, though... so this is probably something I need to pursue.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

a bit

Esme is back at school - she said yesterday was good and she did well on her assessments before Christmas - will bring those home after they go over them in class.  I'm preparing for a week off at work - some things I need to leave notes on etc.  Mark and I have our anniversary next week and Grandma has her birthday coming up, too.

Into the third book of the Phoenix Decree.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Esme and her friend had their sleepover the other night - and it went fairly well.  There was a lot of screaming and betrayal over Minecraft maps.  Esme and I have been playing a Minecraft map of mine and building our own houses, cooperating and sharing.  Mark has her learning Unreal Tournament as well - and she is getting the hang of it.

Olive Spinach Mayonnaise:
About 10 green olives, handful of spinach leaves, 2 tbsp of mayonnaise, a little water and about a teaspoon of olive oil.  Mix it all up together until it blends (water) and put it back in the fridge to congeal.  This is like a salad dressing consistency and I have spread it on bread, over green beans and in a tortilla underneath some meat.

I'm reading the Phoenix Decree series, and liking it.  It reminds me a bit of 10th Kingdom with the way they are going back and forth in time and discovering family secrets etc... with daemons and other creatures chasing them and magic.  10th Kingdom didn't have cars and helicopters or English estates.

I have another vacation starting on the 8th.  It's a bit tough at work right now because our manager has his arm in a sling from a surgery and cannot use it.  I close all this week up until the vacation starts.  Esme starts back to school tomorrow.