Saturday, December 10, 2016

Day 1598: Definitely TMI, but it happened.

Girl 5,  ink, watercolor & junk mail collage postcard for MaryAnn

A garage update, in case you're wondering? Or even if you're not?
November 18th I stepped into standing water in my garage.
November 21 a plumber finally arrived.
In the meantime I threw out lots of water-soaked frames etc.
In fairness, some needed to go!
November 22 they located the leak (a neighbor, not mine)
& cut off that water line, re-routing through the ceiling.

This meant cutting drywall, plus removing all my wet drywall.
Same day, Flood Pro came in with 5 industrial size fans ...

which ran 24/7 for six days, turning the garage into a noisy sauna.
November 28 they came and removed the fans.
December 9 the drywall repair men arrived to replace drywall.
In order to do this, they needed to move my industrial steel desk, 
which I had added pegboard behind for tools.
Seems that in 20 years, the pegboard & weight of the tools 
have attached themselves to the desk?
Leverage, gravity, sagging ... whatever. 
My cousin Bob & our family engineers could explain.
Two strong men couldn't move the desk!
Luckily they found a way around it, and I now have walls.
Then there's the garage door, also steel, 
which was left open 2" to allow for hoses during all this, 
but now think that's the default position. 
So, seems like it should be an easy adjustment? It was.
Now they're finished & gone. I will move in & try to reorganize.
Trashing some, taking some to thrift store & storing the rest.
The goal is to get my car in tonight! 
If I sound self-pitying, I do realize it could have been worse.
It could have been inside the house! I don't have an illness.
So actually, I am blessed.
And, writing this helped a lot. Thank you for your patience.
Definitely TMI, but it happened.

A smile for Saturday ...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Day 1597: A daily ritual.

"start & maybe finish" , ink & junk mail collage

Some of you asked, and yes sometimes I do get stuck!
1597 days of silly blogs in a row can be daunting.
Usually something happens daily & I go with that. 
But I have a short list of emergency/possible blog topics.
Today, I am going to that list, using Dad's date cube.

Besides being a driver for the movie studios, 
Dad also sold Mason Shoes from a catalog.
He won this little date cube over 60 years ago.
Not much of a prize, just wood & plastic ...
but it was his daily ritual.
I remember him turning the cubes every day.
It's mine now, and I too turn the cubes daily.
And, almost daily, I think I should clean it up.
60+ years of ritual can add up.
It would probably clean easily ...
& be more presentable ... but I haven't.
Am I crazy?

A smile for Friday ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day 1596: Mani, pedi & cortisone, oh my!

"Clara", step by step, ink, watercolor & junk mail collage postcard

Woke up with a call from WonderWoman ...

suggesting we go for a mani/pedi together?

Definitely! If it had been a trip to the landfill, 
it would also have been a resounding, yes please.
Time with WW is a gift.
A scheduled appointment with Dr. Dang at 3PM.

A cortisone shot in both shoulders, and
yes, the needle was that long, but it didn't hurt. 
So after 5 days rest, expect me to be bionic! Again!

What's going on in your neck of the woods
I'd love to hear?

For FB Throwback Thursday ...

December 1985

A smile for Thursday ...

duck tape

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day 1595: A gift from Beatriz!

We planned a lunch, 
half way in between our homes. 
We picked ...


 Time with Beatriz is a gift in itself.

Beatriz, December 6, 2016

Look at that face!
I knew I liked Beatriz when we first met.
A sweet quiet lady who exudes love.
Look at that smile!
Beatriz is a wonderful artist, 

by Beatriz Helton
featured earlier,  here.

Beatriz & husband, Dave, September 1, 2016

And a follow up post about their dog Jack, here.

With surely one of the worlds best faces, 
I came home today and played with the original.

I did about 40 variations,

narrowed to 24 and ...

and even then, I had major trauma

trying to decide which got enlarged &

 which would go in the ice cube tray.
Do they still have ice cube trays?

I texted Beatriz for permission

& she trusted me! 

Beatriz made & gave me this beautiful 2 x 3-1/4" journal,
 what a treasure & friend, & oh that face!
Thank you Beatriz!

A smile for Wednesday ...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Day 1594: ...the older you get, the faster time goes by?

Chris, ink, watercolor & junk mail collage postcard  (final, step 4)

steps 1, 2 & 3 ... Chris, ink, watercolor & junk mail collage postcard

Quick short story: 
WonderWoman tells me she remembers me saying
"... the older you get, the faster time goes by."
My reply now: Oh, wait! At my age, it's dizzying!
Case in point.
She recently came across some old photos ...


and I countered with one I took this Thanksgiving ...


and she sent one of the three young Grandhunks ...


        and I countered with one I took of all three on Thanksgiving ...


I rest my case!

 66 degrees, Santa Ana, CA

A smile for Tuesday ...