This stuffed raven looks a bit like he might start to tip over.
The model comes with a wire stand which I did not include.
This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
Things are winding down now at the lake house. Two days and counting and we had frost this morning…30 degrees. BRRRR.
We are past peak now with color and the leaves are coming down fast…there is a smell of winter and wood smoke in the air.
Greg is busy putting his old truck "to bed" and I am busy doing the last laundry before he winterizes the appliances. The cupboards are just about bare and we'll pack the car tomorrow.
We are gearing up for the Packers Game tonight at 6 (CST) with pizza and a blazing fire in the fireplace. Very cozy.
Tuesday we'll head toward DeForest to visit family there for a few days in the Madison, WI area. Then down to South Beloit, IL for a night and to Warrenville, IL for more family. Then heading east toward Cincinnati and WV and then to SC to visit family there. Should walk in the FL door Oct 23. God willing and the creek don't rise.
Word has it that the hurricane slipped past our home neighborhood in central FL with minimal impact. We are so grateful.
The word prompt "lost" immediately sent my thoughts to my GPS which is my life saver. I have been "map challenged" all my life! And when I started to do the map on this page I misplace Disney! They would not be pleased. So I corrected it, it is directly south of us about an hour.
So it is that our little home in Leesburg (and Disney nearby) is hunkering down in preparation for getting hit with Hurricane Matthew tonight and tomorrow. They expect 60 mph winds and 5" of rain even 150 miles inland! It's a huge storm! Very worrisome. Friends say they have not been evacuated yet but gas stations are running out of gas and the lines are long at the grocery and they are out of generators and flashlights. I have everyone in my prayers that there will be no loss of life and limited loss of property. And of course we worry about our little house sitting there. But we are glad we are NOT there!
The word "sad" required some thought. We all have some sadness in our lives. I decided to interpret it more as melancholy rather than sad…a time of thoughtfulness and remembering as the change of seasons can bring on. Also as we make our annual transition from one climate and one home to another we take stock of what is important to us and reflect on the things we love. I did this ink sketch sitting out on the far side of Tippecanoe Road and looking at the entry (and exit) to the cabin that you cannot see in the woods beyond. Sort of a time to think of "comings" and "goings". We are at peak color this weekend up here which I think is a little late for us but we have frost predicted in the next few days. Leaves will come down even faster then. Here's to the good summer and the hope for returning in good health and happiness.
|The anonymous calendar project (it is actually July 2017) but could be any month of 31 days starting on a Saturday, of course. I loved using some new tangles on this one…"Slab" is a great tangle on the left on days 9 and 10. Love that tangle but the name is weird. And "actinar" on days 27 and 28 is a fun one too.|
|And these are tiny Bijou tiles where I am having fun with some brand new tangles…just to try them out. Top left is "Taaj" and top right is "Embrace Joy". Middle row left to right is: "Specto", "Mystery," and "Mosaic". Bottom row: is "Jiami" and the last one I have lost the name of. Anyone know what it is called? |
I will pack up my north woods studio over the next two days as it is THAT time of year again. My studio is where we put all the games and puzzles, and many pieces of porch furniture for the winter to keep them safe and snug. Once the studio door is shut, hubby piles a lot of stuff against it and there is NO getting back for anything! So I have to pack up carefully. So my art work become quite limited now for the rest of October. Sigh.
But travel is fun too and we have some new and interesting spots set up this year to visit. I keep sketch books out as I travel. AND we don't want to get to FL too soon as they are dealing with Hurricane Matthew right now. Yikes. 140 mph winds? OMGosh.
I got such a kick out of my mistake in the spelling of "hungry" which I posted at first as "Hungary"-- the country. I guess I thought was going to have to draw a map or some building in Budapest?
Luckily I discovered it before I planned the sketch!
Hubby was willing to do about a 10 minute pose for me at breakfast this morning (after he actually ate of course).
Hungry being one of his favorite words!
This is harder for me…figure poses. And I discovered that trying to inform the viewer that something is white when you are drawing in black is not so easy. Greg's beard is almost all white now but it sure looks black in the sketch! (He thinks it makes him look young! So he's not complaining.)
I am also not sure about the length of his arm…if I got that correct. He thinks it reads okay but I think it looks a little short.
Anyway, it shows that much practice is needed!
Speaking of "hungry" we are planning out the last meals now so as to get the fridge and the cupboards as bare as possible before we leave for FL. We know it will be 28 below 0 in the cabin in a few months so we have to say to ourselves…what cannot stay here? Obviously anything in a can or a jar has to go. And not to FL as we have our car packed to the brim when we leave!
One week from tomorrow. So 8 days and counting now.
We are getting a few days of nice sunshine and about 60 degrees so we are headed outside for closing chores in the yard. Much colder weather expected by the weekend. We may get frost. We are late on that actually and usually have had frost by now. Sometimes even a dusting of snow!
The word prompt for today is "Collect" and I chose to use my hubby's favorite collection of model trains. This one is a toy train that has a music box attached in the little box behind it that plays I've been working on the Railroad!
|Journal with slightly yellow pages|
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