Personal

Tara sighs

I’m not sure what it is about short weeks that makes them feel so intense, but work this week was “petal to the metal.” When I hit the weekend, I had a little list of chores to do. Doing stupid things like slicing open a finger (twice) and accidently getting garlic/onion/pepper on my hands and blinding myself really wasn’t part…

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Goals

Cows!

Author’s Note: To get the full effect of the title, say “Cows” like Dug says “Squirrel”. It may be a while before I live down shaving my head. I had a therapy appointment on Thursday and my therapist gave me “the look.” Co-workers are just now starting to mention it. “Ah, Tara… Are you okay? That’s a pretty… drastic… haircut.…

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Painting

Standard vs. study

This was a big week for art show notifications; I received two acceptances, both of which pleased me to no end. The first was for the Watercolor Society of Oregon fall show. Even though the in-person convention has been cancelled (some digital classes will be available, but it’s not the same), the show will still hang in the Elsinore Gallery…

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Goals

Museum Meditations

It was a one of those weeks and I was glad to make it to the end. Friday was my day off, so I took the dog for a hike, dropped off the paintings for the ODFW Stamp Contest, and then crossed of a New Year’s Resolution (we won’t talk about that this has been my resolution for the last…

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Birding, Painting

Well, there goes that plan

This week I was talking to a friend about COVID-19. And I admitted to her that I am finding this “stage” of this–group project?– to be the hardest yet. She agreed and admitted she was struggling, too. As if the gods were listening, the next day the WSO convention–the first in-person convention in two years–was changed to virtual. I’m going…

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Horses, Personal

Locks, docs, and barrels

I had GRAND plans for this weekend. They were awesome. However, my supervisor(s) was not up to the challenge of getting me to DO the plans. I’m not sure getting more supervisors is the answer, so maybe someone else will have a suggestion. Docs While I am getting better (or at least stabilizing), I am still taking quite a few…

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Health, Painting, Pets

Captive Ball

captive ball A pinball trapped within a small area of the playfield. The captive ball never leaves this area, and the free ball can never enter it. However, the free ball can knock into the captive ball, which in turn can knock into targets in its area. I was searching for a term to describe the last week, and nothing…

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Painting

Desideratum

Desideratum:¬†noun –¬† something wanted or needed I am still working toward being (consistently) on the mend, but it is a goal that I have found elusive. One day I feel pretty good. I eat well, get in my steps, and feel pretty perky. The next, for no apparent reason, I’m tired and wheezy. Everything is a struggle. I’m not noticing…

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Painting

Four feet by 1293 miles

This weekend I drove down to the Lincoln City Cultural Center to see the Seventh Generation panomural as presented by the Elizabeth Jones Gallery. Hundreds of artists are joining to create For the Seventh Generation: a free-standing, two-foot by mile-long painting dedicated to ocean protection. When the mural is complete, every mile of the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline will…

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Health, Personal

Wipeout

For this post to have the proper effect, you really need to imagine it with the song “Wipeout” by the Surfaris. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a bit of a “vacation.” A rest. Alright, more like a sudden layoff without any kind of severance pay. A wipeout. The Past Thing Over the years, I’ve written several…

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