Forest Influences

We are still here. All books finally mailed to Australia. Such an ordeal with deliveries being held up across the world and postal service under attack here in the US by its own government. It may take some time to get anything being sent via snail mail.

My studio is all cleaned up and a pattern for some pants all cut out. Maybe Monday I can get to the sewing machine. I had to order linen online as stores for apparel cloth are hard to come by. Quilting, yes, but clothing, no.

Here are the last four days of drawings and haiku.

A Japanese fern

propagated all over

the front of the house.


Today’s three feathers

tiny fluff of thrasher with

hawk and a titmouse.


Remember the large

leaf with juicy stem from

early July? Blooms!


A dried and curling

lotus leaf of gold and brown

moves with the currents.


And in the woods a wreath that a fairy left for us.

And this!

That inspired this!

He is just kicking up dust as he walks along with his bag of whatever his feet turn up. I still have not figured out what to put along the bottom of the pages, but I am working on it.

And new in the yard. Our first fawn of the season.

Sadie is like us, staying put.

The air conditioner man had to return today. The one with tattoos who has Trump stickers on his truck and works with a biker missionary. Lee and I hung out with him in the driveway as he added more parts where he could get to his tools. I told him that he was our days entertainment and we just needed to hear someone else’s voice. I asked lots of questions about tools and parts just to keep him chatting away.

A friend is now coming every Thursday to have lunch with us on the porch at safe distances with lots of fresh air. Another real live person who will stay longer than the repair man.

Not much else new.  I might try to find another artist to talk about.

Til later.






Having Some Very Good Days

We are all just hanging out in our four walls…and making the most of being by ourselves with one day rolling into the next. It was easy to adjust to this isolation. Even going to my six month dental appointment tomorrow morning seems like an inconvenience. The good thing is that tomorrow a friend comes to eat lunch with us out on the porch. I will change into clean clothes and maybe put in some earrings…maybe not the earrings…maybe comb my hair instead.

Walking the trail with Lee each morning is fun. He likes it if I am there and can show him where to place the rocks he collects along the way. We are slowly lining the edges with his stones. The deer try to stay in the path as well. I do put the corn in the grass to keep them from kicking our stones out of line. Lovely buck and his female come first thing to get more than the others that arrive a bit later. I think we will see some fawns soon.

Here are the last four days of drawings a day.

This here has to be

a turkey’s big wing feather

probably the left.


Lee found this little

treasure on our morning walk-

gift from mourning dove.


A feather from a crow

dropped by the wing or the tail

maybe an omen.


Rock and feather.

One of them found on the trail,

one a gift from Lee.


Lots of fun working in the fairy book the last few days.

Cute little cherub fairy and her bird on the head of a troll.

A flutter of fairies.

Another young girl fairy holding her broken wing as she flies around the moon.

I went to the post office this morning to pick up a handful of forms to ship the books to Australia. Only five of twenty five were asked for in this country. So this afternoon it is filling out forms with addresses to save time at the post office tomorrow morning.

That is it for now.

Til later.

Hot, Sultry, Dry and Doing Fine

Each morning after breakfast and before I do my drawing a day Lee and I walk the trail. I love this first peek into the deep woods we walk past. It feeds my imagination for the Fairies Book.

I think the Fairy Queen below could have walked down this path to collect her bird, nest and stick.

I try not to go too quickly with this book and often find more in the pages I thought were finished.

The trail maker returned today to spread two more palettes of mulch and spray weeds. He and his helper also took the time to pull some unwanted and uninvited plants from the front yard. We are desperate for rain. All the greens have collected dust and are drying up. Leaves are beginning to drop along the trail, some colored as if it was fall. The deer, turkeys, squirrels, birds, rabbits, all seem to want to stay on the path. I will have to be careful to only put their feed in the path or my mulch could be scattered everywhere.

The Stoat Story books are getting bound. Only four more to hang in their covers.

I should be able to finish them off on Friday when the caregiver comes to stay with Lee. Then I will take a serious look at the studio and decide what needs to go, what I am still interested in working on. What materials and tools need a different home. At one time I wanted to have workshops here but that seems a bit optimistic with present circumstances.

I also have discovered that with isolation and everyone keeping distances, there are probably things and people that are not as necessary to my life right now. And certainly that is the same for those who wanted us in their lives. It has brought out our differences, our priorities and what and who matters. I  simply do not have the time to be as social as before. Keeping Lee from sadness and despondency is important right now and can come on us at any time during the day.

But having someone to talk to in person is such a pleasure. This morning I kept one of the workers talking and listening for quite awhile. Looking someone in the eye at a safe distance and asking questions and getting not only answers but questions in return was a such a good feeling.

I am also grateful for those who keep in touch via social media, cards, emails and surprise gifts. Thank you.

Most of the books I have been finishing up are headed to Australia. Mail is taking forever to get anywhere, but eventually they will arrive. I will put in the name of the charity to donate to. And please, those of you who know me, would not make donations in my name just because I am sending you the books. Use your own names or be creative and make donations in the name of someone in power who is working against environmental issues. Much like I make donations to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name.

Here are four days of drawings and haiku. I must say I do like doing those turkey feathers.

I forget the name

of this twiggy late blooming

bush of pink and green.


Left by a turkey

is a fluffy small feather;

maybe from his back.


Another feather

from somewhere on a turkey,

maybe under wing.


Creeping rosemary

is now blooming and smelling

simply wonderful!


That is enough for today. I did not go near the Fairy Book today…but tomorrow maybe just one page.

Stay safe. Covid cases are rising here in our rural area. Friends needing surgery have been put off until this gets under control.

Wear your masks! Wash your hands!





Some Catching Up

We made zucchini bread the other day. Lee can grate and chop….just have to watch he does not pulverize those walnuts. It is delicious. But I noticed this for the first time ever on the bag:

How are we supposed to lick beaters? Fingers? Are they serious? Is this an issue? What about all those cookie dough ice creams?

Also let’s get the drawings a day over with now:

A delicate weed

full of trios of burrs supports

delicate grape vines.


Tiny white-flowered

weed that could easily fill

the vase of fairies.

Hydrangia bush leaves

are amazingly soft, large

and very fuzzy.


The final performance

of my single clematis

bloom of the summer.

All I have to draw

this morning is a dried up

rhododendron bloom.


Split morning glory

pulled from the overgrown grass

in forgotten patch.


And now a follow up on the Chub Ditch Tonic Drink. Here is the fish.

And Wikipedia write up.

Satromaculatus, known as the creek chub or the common creek chub, is a small minnow, a freshwater fish found in the eastern US and Canada. Differing in size and color depending on origin of development, the creek chub can usually be defined by a dark brown body with a black lateral line spanning horizontally across the body. It lives primarily within streams and rivers. Creek Chubs attain lengths of 2-6 inches with larger specimens of up to 12 inches possible. The genus name Semotilus derives from the Greek word sema (also known as dorsal fin), and atromaculatus comes from Semotilus the Latin word “black spots.

So you see, they do appear in ditches. And here is my drink with chubs in and out of the glass with a bit of ditch line foliage (mint).

Also see the green hose straw. It was quite tasty. It is actually a Turbo Tonic (because it looks the most like the ditch water of my youth) with added accouterments….that is how spell check spells it. Not sure…

And my new passion for diversion is the wonderful gift from down under, another Eucalyptus contact printed concertina book from Lorraine. I love it!

I am doing nothing but fairies hidden in and among the leaves….fairies and their friends.

I have drawn into these pages more since I photographed them.

More later.