Painting, Personal

Nubilous

nubilous [ noo-buh-luhs, nyoo- ] (adjective) – cloudy or foggy Today I had made arrangements with a friend to meet and take our dogs for a walk. It has been muggy for a few days, but generally dry (okay, dry-ish.) So, we met at the park… and it promptly started raining. Sounds about like our luck. We still had a…

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Redefine success

Sometimes I will meet with friends who have children. I’m always amazed that they can function. I think of all the things I do to show up in life, and then multiply it by two for each friend’s child (possibly the significant human, if they have one, as well.) So, a mom (effort x 1) with two children (effort x…

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Wobble

Today, for the first time in over two years (probably closer to (3.5), I went to a movie (Secrets of Dumbledore, if you are interested (C+ would be my rating).) In a theatre. With other people. And expensive popcorn. I felt a little like I was gambling my life away, but also felt a celebration that, surely, NOW the pandemic…

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Painting, Personal

Concept

For various reasons, I didn’t leave the house much this weekend. I had a variety of plans, but unexpected events tabled all that and I was left to my own devices here. While I did some chores, puzzles, dog walking, etc. I figured painting was a safe way to pass the time. So, I turned to a big sheet of…

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Pets

Three and thirteen

This weekend Key and I travelled down to Grants Pass to make our 13th attempt at our NW3 title. We headed south on Friday, and by the time we made the 4-hour drive plus a few birding stops, that was our entire day. Saturday morning we headed out to the NW3 trial. For those of you who haven’t memorized all…

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The Frozen Shore

In the 52 years the beach house has been standing, and the (insert less than 52 value…) I’ve been hanging around in this location, I’ve seen snow here a handful of times. But it never fails to elicit a sense of nervous wonder. It’s not supposed to snow at sea level in Oregon. We headed to the coast last Sunday,…

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Health, Painting

No (new) dancing animals

For those of you who were worried about my sanity because of the recent influx of dancing animals, you will be relieved to know that this post does not showcase any NEW dancing animals projects. Yellowstone Dancers – the pause before commitment I am still working through my ideas around Yellowstone Dancers. I think I’ve landed on a plan, but…

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Senseless

A week ago, one of my co-workers–Andrew Dutterer–was killed in an accident on I-5. To say that the death was senseless is an understatement. While all deaths are hard, the sheer randomness of this one hurts almost as much as any other factor. His obituary can be found here. I work at a very small state agency called the Oregon…

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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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