So, this was replaced a few days ago, but I hadn't gotten down into our muddy basement to take a photo of it yet. We have a... **drumroll**... NEW WATER HEATER! I love it, and I took a 45 minute shower before the water started to cool to something less than the surface of the … Continue reading Hot Water at Last
I've been watching a lot of watercolor Youtube videos, especially ones by Shayda Campbell found here. She does a LOT of leaves and florals, and really liked this video one a fall floral wreath. I decided to give it a go. This is the result: I was really liking it until I tried to use … Continue reading Practicing at Watercolor Painting – Florals
I've been laying out what I want for a cover to my current novel, and I finally sat down last week and tried to paint it for the first time. I expected to have to retry multiple times. It turned out wonderfully the first time. This is watercolor and colored pencil: I had to color … Continue reading First Peek at My Cover Illustration
I hadn't been posting a lot about my garden because I've just been exhausted balancing life and work and kind of let it go. The tomatoes went crazy with a bumper crop, but our flooding covered them so I didn't feel it was wise to eat them. Septics overflowed, water filled the sewers... the works. … Continue reading Last of the Garden
This year, NONE of our fruit trees flowered. We have apricot, cherry, and apple trees. Last year, the apples flowered and we had a few fruit. The apricots haven't yet, and neither have the cherries. It's kind of insulting though that NONE of them flowered. I mean, come on. Was it that bad of a … Continue reading If Only We Had Apples
Tundra was born in the fall of 2010, so we got to pick a birthday for him. We chose 10/10/2010 because we thought it was neat, and it's been a tradition to always bring him to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve for a hike for his birthday. It was cold and drizzly Sunday, but off we … Continue reading Happy Birthday Tundra!
Cleaning the kitchen most recently, I picked up one of those trays under the burner, and my finger punched through it. It was just a tad rusty. A tad. So, I went to the trusty I-don't-want-to-drive-anywhere shopping resource... Amazon. I was not only able to find the generic product, BUT I was able to find, … Continue reading Welp, Guess We’re Replacing Those – Am I an Adult Now?
My family on my mom's side has a history of aggressive colon cancer, striking some relatives very young. Yet I'd managed to avoid the dreaded colonoscopy until this year. I'm 35, which is early for a colonoscopy but late considering the risk in my family. I didn't find the drink to taste really bad - … Continue reading My Colon Appears Cancer-Free
Today, my mom's service dog, who had been declining in health, was unable to get up at all, even with help. They had been assisting her with a sling we used to use to carry wood, but today she couldn't do it. Every time Mom left the room she was in she whined and chuffed … Continue reading Goodbye, Mariah. You are loved.
Those moments when your paranoid end-of-the-world purchases do you good. We have successfully fixed our shower - the part was small, we ordered it off amazon, ten bucks. We borrowed the allen wrenches to get to it, got it fixed, success! All well and fine until my husband checked on the water in our basement … Continue reading When Paranoid End-of-the-World Purchases Do You Good