More Socializing

I see this Mockingbird guarding the gate to Riverwalk whenever I am walking back from coffee on the corner. Usually he is singing his heart out but as soon as I try to record him, he goes silent. He imitates all the bird sounds he hears and can do quite the musical. Someday I will catch him on a video.

I am continuing to sort the necessary bits for the studio. The other day it occurred to me to use the heavy iron rack I was using to dry prints as a paper holder for in the closet of the studio.

By placing it on its back side and putting its legs toward the back wall of the closet, I created six open spaces of 34″ by 2.5″ and 24″ high. It managed to organize six large portfolios packed with papers.

Now I can see what I have at a glance…and close the bifold doors when I don’t want to look at it. The two cartons of rolled papers fit perfectly beside it. In looking for the felts to my etching press I emptied eight more cartons from the garage this morning and put all their contents where they need to be.

I decided that the green bedspread set did not go as well with the newer rug moved to the bedroom, so dug out the grey one again. Then added some pillows lying around to pick up the natural wood tones. The felted throw from Bridgette in Tasmania was just what the cats needed….especially Sadie who has taken it over.

Today I took a walk on the dam…

Last Thursday I was taken to the college near here to see a student show…all graphics, which I find problematic to find the mark of the individual artist…

BUT it was so nice to meet the department head and printmaking instructor. And being around all that earnest energy of art majors was very inspiring. Our conversations will continue in the near future as I will be returning to visit classrooms and see more exhibitions.

Tomorrow it is back to movie night with a couple of the morning men, Wine, pizza and a movie in good company. A good way to take our minds off the election that closes voting about the same time. Fingers crossed that common sense prevails.

Til later…..

A Very Social Four Days

I went to the neighbors to meet more of those who live here on the circle. It was quite a nice gathering, Lots of food and wine and getting to know each other. I seem to be the one with the clever garden out back. They appreciated my ANZAC cookies and requested the recipe.

A bear was seen where I walk to the river. But I was not deterred.

Yesterday I had time to get back to the Meadow Book.

And last night I joined a few of the men to watch a movie where we meet for coffee each morning. We shared pizza and wine. What I liked the most was how they laugh out loud and cheer on the good guys. I have missed that sound….men being amused out loud. I will go again if asked. It was just three men and myself. The wine was superb (the one who brought it has impeccable taste). But the second glass poured for me from another bottle attracted a fly. I watched him swim around for about a half hour, decided I did not need to fish him out to sip from where he was enjoying his last breath. I thought he needed his privacy to drown himself in the second best wine of the evening. And I did not, in any way, want to call attention to his peril at the risk of interrupting the laughter and running commentary of the fellows around me.

I walked home in time to meet up with family on our Wednesday evening phone call. But did stop to take a few pictures on the way.

And today I was pleased to be asked to go with one of the men’s wives to an art exhibit at a nearby college where she used to teach. She wants me to meet the teachers there who might want to use me as a resource for printmaking/book arts/ journaling. So I just need to be ready by 6:45. I can do this.

Til later….