Monday, August 14, 2017

Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy for Reading Challenge 2017-August

Read an author with the same initials as you: Cherylann Marois - C.E. Murphy
Urban Shaman - eBook
This particular book has been on my to read list since the spring so I was glad that it worked for this months prompt.

The heroine, (yes, strong, female, my favorite type), is an odd mix of black Irish and native Indian. These both have strong mythologies and the heroines straddles both of them as does the story.

From page one I was engaged in the story, so much so that I read it in one day. I simply could not stop!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Moments

I feel all fidgity and tired at the same time and I don't think it is the fault of the gelato. I was babysitting this morning for a few hours then had to mail out some letters. I bought ice cream and the bus was taking too long to come so I walked home.

I feel like I should work on some of the swaps I have coming up but nothing is due for a week and it only takes a few hours to make something suitable. At the same time my bed is calling my name.

Think I will lay down for a bit even though it is nearly 4 pm. Maybe I'll feel better afterwards

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mental Struggles

Have you ever had a memory or a thought take up residence in your mind and refuse to go away?

I am having such a struggle with myself at the moment. The worst thing is that it is a matter of jealousy and anger.

I love my husband but he is a wuss where his brother is concerned, (sorry hon but it's true), and that has caused some friction between us on occasion. Since their mother came to live with them I have refused to spend my usual week a month at his place. It was only a few days ago that I figured out why.

When I moved to be closer to my job it appeared that I had left my husband but I hadn't not really we just took a small breather. When I came back I did not feel like I belonged there, not really, and it only got worse which is why I jumped at the chance to leave a second time.

I made a simple request a room where I could do my crafts. I need natural light and I put forward two options, the spare room or the day room. Both of these were vetoed by his brother and I ended up in a dark basement room surrounded by computer bits.

It hurt me really badly that he refused to fight for what I needed instead of bowing to his brother. Now that his mother is there she has all the things I needed. A room of her own to do with as she pleases and a bedroom. OK I didn't want a bedroom of my own but the other, I needed it.

It is kind of pathetic but I feel a little jealous because she is sure of her place in the house and in their lives, I have not been sure of anything for a long time. I also worry what she thinks of my arrangement with Rob, it is the opposite to what she had with her husband.

Anger and jealousy can make fools of us all I guess. I want to be brave but I am not sure I have it in me.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Let's Get Organized - Email Swap

Time to do something about the clutter that seems to accumulate! For this swap, you will commit to cleaning up and clearing out any one area of your home or office, inside or out.
Do you have a junk drawer, messy craft room, overstuffed closet, tool shed that's a hot mess?
You will take before and after pictures of the area you clean, and email the pictures to your partners. Please take at least 2 pictures before you clean up, and 2 pictures after. Include a short paragraph about the project.
I hope this motivates you to tackle a job you've been putting off....at least that's what I'm hoping for myself. Nothing like the accountability of having a deadline looming to make sure you get going on a project!
I chose to work on taming my collection of envelopes and stuff. My main goal is to make my in/out tray a productive tool instead of a catch all.

Before Photo
After Photo

The second part was a bag I'd been throwing stuff into instead of putting things away.

Before Photo
After Photo

The biggest chore of all is this milk crate that has become the dwelling place of everything I don't have space for.  My aim is to empty it as I had done the others so that it could be used for something else.

Before Photo
After Photo
Everything has now found a new home and my craft stuff is more organized though I still need to go through those other two boxes. My biggest headache, that crate is done.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Do More Art PROJECT ~(^.^~) *May*

Post 501 if it matters to anyone but me :). I am proud of that even if it has taken me six years to get here.

Welcome to my blog!

My goals for this month were: I need to design some labels for my label bags and I want to complete or at least get the backing for my first big weaving project done.

The labels were the easiest of course since that is computer work. I ended up with something very simple:
Address label with line-drawing Rose

The weaving took a lot longer but I expected it to as I had set the size of the frame to 9" x 12" and the background yarn was only a medium weight.

Half way done the backing

The back is now complete

The design elements
I chose the Autumn colour scheme because I was born in October and I love those colours. The design yarns are also in that colour scheme. Though the green has the most texture, orange and black and red and brown are also in there.

This is what it looks like today:

Design in Progress
I do not have an image in mind it is all done without forethought. I think it looks cool but others my feel differently. I am about half way through my tub of design elements so this is the design half done. :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My favourite picture of the month April

The Professor with two of our grandchildren
This was the first time they had ever sat on his knee. Up until now they were very wary of him as they saw him seldom. This and the paintings made this Easter extra special for me!

The first green I saw this year
This stump is outside my window and I was so happy to see green after so many months of grey and white.