Since summer has icumen, it has been heating up outdoors, and this morning there was enough temperature differential that it was time to start running the window fans for the first time this year. Monday was a scorcher, heating up even before 8AM, and I think it reached over 90F.
This is the season when weeds go berserk in the backyard. I miss my monthly garden helpers, currently laid low with COVID, and even were they not ill, visiting from faraway is not a good idea, not now, not for a long time. I keep chipping away at the weed pulling, and have made a start at putting together some planting places for the zucchini. If I had more tolerance for hot and sunny, I could do more. It is getting close to the end of peapod season, but I went out this morning and managed to pick another half pound, yum yum!
Probably the strangest thing seen in the last year or two, this morning I saw a crow playing with large drink cup with lid attached. Not sure if it was trying to open it, or just enjoying the sound of it, but it kept repeatedly grabbing the cup, flying up in the air with it, and dropping it to the street. I could see it for probably five lift-and-drop attempts before it was too far away to see
Since I (with too many risk factors), cannot march or protest publicly for social justice and change, this is my way to do what I can as an artist in isolation: blockprinted cards of HOPE...
I want this artwork to be accessible to most, so my thought was to ask for $5 as a minimum, and for those who want to/can pay more, that would be great. The prints are on 4 x 5 postcards, and are available with either a solid red, or a rainbow background. I will be sending the proceeds from this fundraising project to Don't Shoot Portland.
For one (or more) please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since block printing can be messy, with ink and all that, I figured it was time to refurbish my old kitchen apron. I cut down the edges and removed the old straps, which were always annoying, and will be making some new detachable cross-back strapping, but for the moment, just tied some twill tape to the new loops and called it good. Eventually a new apron entirely will be needed, but this one has a few more good years...
June SMART goals (x=extra)
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||5½ pints rhubarb sauce||apple tree pruned||rotten beams|
|2||20 masks for Tullia||apples thinned||frozen blueberries|
|3||2¾ pints blueberry sauce||aphids soaped||yard waste bin|
|4||3 half-pints bramble syrup||peas harvested||yard waste bin|
|5||turquoise linen pinafore||pea plants pulled||yard waste bin|
|6||2 more masks||moar peas picked ||-|
today's gratitude - Did I mention that I love the internet? I have already had two people want to buy one of my cards of HOPE... which is a great validation of my artwork.