Hello everyone: I had to take a little break from some social media. And I'm back, with a few good things as of late:
Denise and I went to see Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the Cleveland Museum of Art two Sundays ago. It was absolutely fantastic. I never got to see his work in person back in the '80s. Gosh he was (we were) so young then!
I stopped by the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse on the way - what a serene and sweet place:
A few years ago, I promised myself that I would either use up a bunch of fabric I have sitting around, or donate it. So I started my first scrap quilt. I am going to make a few minor changes to the layout, and I am a bit nervous about sewing it - I am not at all precise so we'll see how it turns out. I also promised myself that I wouldn't buy any new fabric, and I did keep that promise. All I bought was spray basting and batting. Once it's done, I'll post the finished quilt. It's quite small - only 9 - 5" blocks by 10 - 5" blocks - it (will hopefully) fit on a piece of fabric I have had for years that I'm using as backing:
Another thing I have wanted to learn for a long time was fair isle/color work/stranded knitting. So I am knitting this hat - the pattern is here and yarn by Candice at The Farmers Daughter Fibers who I happen to follow on Instagram. It's quite fun and I'm happy how it's turning out! Since it's my first time, I am really twisting my yarn a lot so I'm knitting very slow. Between the quilt and the knitting, I am checking the news less often, which is good for my mental health. (I'm still making phone calls, writing letter, etc, though)
And last but not least!! Happy Valentine's Day (early) to us!! A darling new flock of chicks!!! It's so good to have chicks again - been too long (I think it's been over two years since we have had chickens Robert reminded me that it has been three and a half years since we have had chickens! Wow). We named them (and this is not in the order of the photo) Bettie, Hettie, Lettie, Nettie - and Myrtle! (I cannot stop laughing when I say "...and Myrtle!"). Beware that I'll be boring the pants off of you all by posting lots of photos of them in upcoming blog entries :)
EDIT: If you have never seen a baby chick fall over falling asleep - well, you have to!! When we first had chickens, and saw that happening, I thought the chick had died. Now I am laughing all the time when I see them do it. Ahhh good things :)
Hillary R. Clinton won the majority of popular votes. And if you include the people who voted third party, even more of the people who voted voted against him.I am completely outraged and disgusted. But because of the Electoral College, she didn't win the election. I don't have final numbers, but here were some from yesterday:
231,556,622 eligible voters / 46.9% didn't vote / 25.6% voted for Clinton /25.5% voted for DT /1.7% voted for Johnson
My Tuesday evening Twitter post: "They didn't "drain the swamp."They voted their racism, hate, misogyny, exclusion and fear."
I finally got to sleep at 5:30 a.m. and when I woke up four hours later and realized what had happened, I nearly threw up.
I went to work at the non-profit for a little while, and I cried. Our non-profit helps people who are middle to low-income. And many of our community that we help are minorities. I will be asking for support in a following blog post.
My Wednesday evening Facebook post: "I am unable to be gracious at the moment: I am furious, heartbroken, disgusted, ashamed, and mostly so very very scared for so many of our citizens who are living in fear. Maybe some day soon, but not now."
Protests against him are happening all over the country. Many many people scared. Incidents of hate crime on the rise. I read that after Brexit, hate crimes increased 400%.
Thursday morning Facebook post: "FWIW: My outrage and disgust is not about being pissed that my candidate didn't win. I have been upset when others were elected but never before was I struggling so much with having hope for the best for ALL the citizens of our country (along with the treatment of immigrants, global warming, and many other issues) Politics are about compromise. I know that. My disgust and outrage is mostly about the person and his heinous words/actions/proposals. I hope I'm proved wrong but at this moment, I'm not feeling it"
It has been hot! And we need more rain. We may have a thunderstorm soon - I sure hope so.
And I have been distracted. Mostly by politics and negativity and hate - oh, a shout out to Cleveland for shining during last week's RNC - but also by other things.
I am also incredibly lazy these past two or three days. Haven't had much energy to do anything but read books (The Miss Peregrine series) with the A/C blasting, and watch You Tube videos of people talking about tarot.
Yes, I'm seriously studying the tarot these days, and I am fascinated! In 1990 I bought a tarot deck but didn't do much with it until recently, being spurred on by an on-line friend of mine that I have known from the old ATC (artist trading cards) and mail art days. She has a YouTube channel, and that's how I (gladly) fell down the rabbit hole!
Had coffee with Evelyn, then visited her pet rescue pig.
Oliver is a movie star - but I keep forgetting the name of the movie he was in!
Then later in the week she let us borrow her truck so we could get some fencing home. Free fencing! Yes! We have plans for the back yard. We had to cut the fence pieces in half because they were too long for the truck.
At the community garden. As you can see, Robert is doing very well after his surgery in February!
I am not teaching pottery for a few weeks, so I have time to do some pottery things for myself. Though my majolica glaze experiment was a flop - but I'll try try try again.
Top photo of glazed test piece before firing. Bottom is of after firing - the glaze was either mixed wrong or not fired to the optimal temperature
Another fail - tried using rubber cement as a resist for my watercolor greeting cards but while taking the glue off, the paper ripped. In the past, I used masking tape. Will try try try again.
Here's me off to buy that darned rubber cement. See how hopeful I was:
Empty chicken coop in the background - we need a new flock
Still working on videos - here is one of a bit of my bike ride downtown to the square earlier today - trying to figure out how to get it less blurry and learn editing, too. I was holding the camera in my hand, so hopefully watching this won't cause motion sickness!
As you may remember, I live in a small college town about 30 minutes southwest of Cleveland. In this video, I started filming when I went into a inner area of the college and then through to the square and downtown.
We had a huge thunderstorm last night so you can see lots of leaves and branches on the ground. Thank goodness for rain - we really really needed it.
This morning Robert and I went to the square to hear FLOTUS (First Lady of The United States, Michelle Obama) speak at the college's 2015 commencement ceremony. And it was 50 years ago that Martin Luther King was the commencement speaker here (I cannot post of photo of that because of copyright laws as I didn't ask in advance...sorry.. but you can see photos here) A down-to-earth inspiring speech, and I really liked the emphasis on getting involved in your community organizations - city council, the school board, etc. And this (this town is quite liberal, which I love of course, yet we live in a bubble) : "Here at Oberlin, most of the time you’re probably surrounded by folks who share your beliefs. But out in the real world, there are plenty of people who think very differently than you do, and they hold their opinions just as passionately. So if you want to change their minds, if you want to work with them to move this country forward, you can’t just shut them out. You have to persuade them, and you have to compromise with them" (quote from The Huffington Post as I cannot find a copy of her speech on line yet)
We are both extremely glad that we had this opportunity to hear and see her.
music monday: "anyone who knows what love is (will understand)"
Published: January 05,
2015 | 17:25
Robert and I recently binge-watched Black Mirror(highly recommended and available on Netflix - though for some folks this show may not be their cup of tea). This song was sung by Jessica Brown-Findlay (Sybil from Downton Abbey) in the second episode.
Here's the original version, sung by Irma Thomas (I believe this record was released in 1964). Enjoy!
This morning, the dog woke me up thankfully because I had turned off my alarm and fell back to sleep. She does this thing Robert calls 'clunking' where she'll knock on her crate to get our attention. Usually she doesn't get my attention (I sleep through it, especially since I use earplugs. Or I'll sleep in the office/spare room.) But fortunately this morning my earplugs had fallen out and I heard her so I wasn't late for work.
In fact, I had time to water my garden, and stop by the Farmers Market to say quick hellos to everyone and pick up a scone for breakfast.
The road is being resurfaced, so it was one lane for awhile, and I had to try to keep up with the cars and trucks as I was afraid the road crew guys with the STOP/GO signs wouldn't see me and would send vehicles in the other direction and I would be roadkill.
There wasn't nice smells or sounds today because of the road crews and their machines, and I got a headache from the asphalt.
Here they are, right in front of the shop. The guy parking in the lot did ask if he could park there.
But it was a nice day because it was just touching 80 degrees and sunny, and I had some fun conversations with the customers who came into the shop.
I'm watching little clips on YouTube from that show River Cottage. R sent me some money so I treated myself and ordered Homemade Jams and Chutneys: Women's Institute. The British seem to be much more relaxed in their preserving techniques than we are, and I cannot wait to get this book in the mail to see how the recipes are written.