Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WOYWW 281 CATCHING UP

HELLO EVERYONE. I found time to follow u but not to post. Between kittens, yes 2 now, and my adjusted gym program I have been totally wiped out.
I have to do this post kin two installments and get the desk images from iPad. The great big digital geek guru in the sky seems to choose when and what to sync. Obviously this guru is male and a control freak!

I am now here on iPad an cannot ost images to where iwant them. Oh well!
I have managed to keep up with my journal and decided I needed to make the No Excuses more visual. The two other journal are more writing. Two weeks ago at the gym the frivolous instructor quit and since then the program at my gym has picked up and I am tired. Three weeks ago I had added a Yoga class that turns out to be far too advanced for my body. As a result I have been a wreck and add to this a bouts of not sleeping nights resulted in my rapidly becoming a zombie. So this afternoon I head to the gym for a gentle Yoga.

Meet Xochtil, the new kitten added Oct 1

"Yes, we are friends"

She came from the shelter. One day one of the new mother cats went crazy clawing at the door. So eventually they let her out and she returned shortly with a tiny kitten that was added to her brood. We named her Xpchitl, aztec for flower/art, pronounced so chee (Chris calls her sushi). She has all the characteristics of a Maine Coon cat, little lynx ears, fuzzy feet, an enormous fuffy tail and the little white mask. She is very long and two months older than Ms kitty. She has a very sweet nature and tiney meow. She is very loving and never sleeps. Together they charge through the house in a never ending round of kitten play. She went beserk when we tried a collar on her. Ms Kitty did not mind and we will try a harness as she longs to go outside and they move faster than us!

Well that's it for this week tomorrow I can visit.

On Facebook people always want to show their desks, i tll them to look up Ms Julie and WOYWW the place to locate like and unlike deskers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WOYWW 278 A LITTLE HAPPINESS MACHINE

Wow I just realized it was Tuesday,and it's 3.42 and today I have done very little due to Miss Kitty.  We chose her Friday at the shelter and here she is checking out my desk and computer.


 I knew journals had a real function


Am i cute!
 The royal command PLAY WITH ME.




So there you have it.  She instinctively knows I am at the desk walks over computer keys and then lays down on it.  Something for which no computer has an answer, not even Google.

Her left eye is partially closed with an upper respiratory infection that we are treating and hope she can conquer it.  She also has a redhead's temper and showed off a fine tantrum in the vets office.  

So now I shall try to add some calendar pages.  
 Hope to see the rest of you woywwers have been productive and less distracted by new assistants.

Oh we are getting her friend on Friday so next week i should have help.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WOYWW 277 HERE WE ARE AGAIN.

It is 4 weeks since my last post and I am happy to be back. My desk has recovered from a mild case of "tidy up" and is now comfortable and happily "creatively chaotic". 
In January i signed up for Strathmore series of free classes and in September the artist was Gay Kreiger on Watercolor Sketching and Journaling.  Its free and the 4 classes were introductory.  They were excellent.  Now I want to practice the classes and improve my journaling. 

 here is my work desk by the window as I stand wobbling on the window seat so that I can get the light behind me!.




This is my work table complete with piles.  pies of art paper, piles of instructions and piles of I do not know what to do with this stuff, a common category.


This is a practice page in my No Excuses Journal.  Gina has weekly sprouts and I sprouted apples, an oak leaf and an acorn.  All part of the practice.  


I have a lot of practice ahead on Gay's class as I have a real problem with perspective and plein air!

Now I wonder when julie will have her faithful robot post her bog so that I can look up.  Julie is the Mother Goddess of WOYWW   SO FOR A FUN TIME FINDING OUT THAT YOU ARE NOT SO CRAZY JOIN IN.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WOYWW 273 on the road again......

It is day 2 of our journey to Chigao last night we stated at a roadside RV Park just across the texas state line, Mandeville Ar. A roadside Rv Park a field away from the Flying J. The ac ran all night burying the noise of traffic and trains. It was close to qoo F when we arrived so we went for a swim leaving the AC to cool the nest dowm. Today we are in West Memphis across the river from the Memphis of blues, Elvis and barBQ. This is an exotic park as it is right on the Mississippi River and I look out of the w.indow ans see the barges sliding down the river again the AC drowns any noise. Ot is sultry and I keep recalling bits of music about ole man river ans scenes from Show boat and expecting to see Proud Mary " rollin', rollin' rolling down the river"!

My journals accommpany me but suffer from the bumpy roads, although far smoother than California. The park has benches along the bank of the river, perfect to sit and draw except it is 92F and so humid the sweat makes the need for a water brush redundant.

Tomorrow when I link this to Miss Julia i will read all the sites and where possible comment. not too easy as the signal comes and goes. May be hard as it is supposed to be stormy in Illinois and the iCloud's weeping.

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WOYWW 272

Need to do a happy dance to the rain goddess she visited us today>

It is becoming obvious that i only write my blog for our Wednesday gathering. that is because life online seems to be taking over.  Last week was a hectic week of "Life Intrudes";  meaning there were so many things that had to be done beyond my work area/studio that I felt  overwhelmed.  It was of no help that i had friends over for wine and cheese Saturday and that meant shopping and of course i over did the food.  As a result this week is leftovers.  The cheese was the instigator of this happening as it was cheese from Penny royal the dairy in Boonville CA we visited.  I suddenly had a horrible thought that since this was artisan cheese it would not keep.  It was a good decision.  Then I added other finger food to avoid anyone dying of hunger.  Went crazy over fruit, breads crackers and simply fabulous dried french sausages and jams and relishes and.....I even made chocolate mousse.  As a result I spent Sunday and through today, Tuesday, catching up on my journals.  That done I now have cleanup of my mess.  This brings me to this post I have to reveal my mess because today is "What's On Your Workspace Wednesday".  This is like a weekly visit to a strip club where rather than our bodies(aren't you lucky)we lay bare are work areas.  Here is mine today;that is provided drop box and the other floating menace icloud have synced them to my PC.    

It worked a modern miracle.  Not quite a simple as in the olden days when a laying of hands had the blind seeing and the legless walking, this required a fiddling round with files. The "Where did they go?" daily mystery. 



This is my "art desk" ideal for drawing, painting as the light is perfect, not so for photos.  The trees out of the  window are Ashe Junipers, a junk tree, but for me I am just happy to have anything that grows on the limestone. 
The three images to the right are for journal 52.


This is the work space in the middle of the room, a sort earthly "dropbox".  tomorrow I will have to clean up as essential tools are missing.  I also want to visit as many desks as possible to see some of the great works being created around the world and to check out all those gorgeous British cats. 

   







Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WOYWW 271

Just home briefly as we recover from our California trip and prepare for the next. we never had connections for me to post. It was a great trip. Writing and drawing on the road results it lots of shaky lines as the roads all seem to need resurfacing.

This is me preparing for the Navarro Winery barrel tasting. Lovely day and then off to the Pennyroyal Farmstead where they make artisan cheese. Wonderful cheese from sheep and goats. All 136 of them have names.

My desk was my knee and here is


I managed to keep up my Journals but not Journal 52. It was quite fun. Writing is awful due to road .

So tomorrow wednesday I hope to visit everyone. I visited while travling though the signal always went when I tried to post. Timing is everything and in the Arizon wilds and the desert of the sout west the signal comes and goes always when it is desired.

Have a great week.

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WOYWW 268

Today finds me totally unfocused and lacking  a sense of purpose.  Just one of those days but annoying as we have to start organizing our trip as we leave Sunday.  At least my hair appointment is booked.
This week i started a little class at the Derwent Academy online;  just simple drawing of principles and things I know little about.  No that is not a croissant at the top, it is a shell!


have to show this desk as it is almost tidy.  If anyone wants to send me some OC or anal traits I need them.  I just end up shuffling bits and bobs around the table.  My new water bottle is always there.  I just sorted out my business card index and trew out my past!


Desk below I have doodled around adding to my No Excuses journal and practicing Whimsical Lettering.  On the left is this weeks Prompt for Journal 52.  Really like this project as it is an opportunity to use whatever medium speaks to me.  

Playing around with the settings on the Samsung smart phone.  It is a topic that intrigues me as some things have size restrictions on sending them to sites.  it seems skewed logic sites want low pixels and phone/cameras keeping upping pixels.  Great if you print, not for sending off into cyber space.  
last week there were several questions about my Menieres and the hearing aid.  Menieres army of persecution move in with me some 30 years ago .  Over the years I have controlled the vertigo with Serc a drug not easy to obtain in the USA, as it is not FDA approved.  It maybe produced by something they called a compounding pharmacy, at twice the price it costs in Canada or Mexico. It means getting an Rx and buying from Canada Pharmacy.  it  also seems to control nystagmus, eye movements, and nothing works on tinnitus.   The worst is vertigo (the dizzies) now controlled I am finally trying to hear better.  The hearing aid is a Phonak, I think its an Audeo Q.  I continue to use the loaner from the clinic as the audiologist wants to be sure i am comfortable with it before forking over an arm and a leg!.  So will continue for the next month to assess .  It is hard to believe that i can hear.  The tiny behind ear device controls background noise and tinnitus.   

The physical therapy for my balance or lack of balance is going along fine.  It leaves me tired;  hard to believe but is as if my sensory system is worn out.  The equivalent of running a mile for ears!!  

It is truly summer here in Texas 97F (36C) today, cloudy so the humidity makes it feel much hotter.  With the world in turmoil I feel ready to hide away in my hill top home and bury myself it art crafts and Pinterest.

have a fab week, plan to visit as many of you as possible tomorrow.  it is so incredible to meet everybody and share passions and lives.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

267 WOYWW

Last week crept up on me and before I knew it, it was late Wednesday before I realized I had missed posting to WOYWW  Today I am starting on Tuesday. Hectic week as i am getting physical therapy for my balance. It is really tiring, possibly because balance involves eyes, ears feet and brain! 

This week, I worked on all the journals and trying to learn to draw.


I made a quick sketch of the Disney castle in one Journal and in No Excuses journal i am keeping up with the daily writing. Behind the journals are two entries for Journal 52, on the left is "Under the Sea" and on the right "Nostalgia".  The latter is about my home town Warrington.  I Googled it and was unable to recognize it.  Talk about you "can never go back".  the revitalization removed almost every remnant of the place i remember. it was even in a different county!!!

I also changed the desk area around opening up the room.the true reason was to have light as i was drawing and coloring.
Here is the work space today.

As well as taking physical therapy I am trying out hearing aids.  This pair is quite amazing as they are digital and so background noise is controlled.  On Friday I return them and try out one that sends signals entering the left ear to the right ear.  In the right ear i have a 20 % hearing loss and around 40 to 50 in the left.

OK it is now Wednesday I will post have a great week and check Miss julie Dunnet  to find out what WOYWW is all about.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

265 Making Chamges

Hello everyone. Just a brief blog today to welcome our Wednesday get together. Head to Miss Julie's desk to see what it is all about. Writing this on PC and may have to switch to iPad for photos if they do not sync.

 


Above the desk somewhat tidier than last week and at the top my computer desk moved around so I can face the light when painting. Below first attempt using all watercolors and my new black Unibal Vision fine.



Thanks to everyone sending well wishes re hearing tests. I have Meniere's Disease. It is nothing new as it was diagnosed well over 30 years ago. Now it is better defined and I am trying out hearing devices to see if there is any improvement using them with my hearing.

Between keeping up with my journals last week was a few days of learning Dropbox and other mysteries of syncing. We golden oldies struggle with all this technology as we have had to learn when fingers are large and key boards minuscule. It was a much simpler life when clouds held rain and not photos!

Off to find that cloud, there are now at least 4 carrying my images(note photos are only truly photo's when images are printed)around the heavens. That is a nice image when in truth they are stored on a whirring machine in places unknown. Oh they have arrived but refuse to be posted!

Had to switch to iPad for posting photos on Blogsy.

Have a super week.