Saturday, December 15, 2012

Lovely Winter in Phoenix!

Lovely winter has arrived in Phoenix.  Heavy grey skies, cold wind and rain bless us today. But best news yet is that I have taken full possession of the rest of my property.  The workshop is MINE!  

If you remember from this post, the place was a giant mess.  Since then, the Ex has worked hard and has done a huge amount of cleaning and taken his chosen pottery pieces. The alley bin is crammed full to the rim with his final efforts from yesterday.  I assured him that I could handle the rest.

This is going to take longer than I thought, but every little bit I do brings me closer to having my very own art space.

The waiting trash pile so far.
Inside looking outside. (Shelves removed for cleaning.)
Those are the sunflowers (on the left) that were
peaking through the soil in the "Spring" post.
Immediately to the right when you walk in.

Stuff to keep but needs more sorting.
The floor is covered with a deep pile of clay dust.  I have to be careful to not stir it up too much.  Breathing that in can cause silicosis - a nasty lung disease.

Anyway, I'll post more pictures as the cleanup/conversion continues.

Peace & rain out!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I Can't Wait! My Truck Comes Home Tomorrow.

Towards the end of September I had an accident with my pickup truck.
This was a BIG DEAL in my family because the truck originally belonged to my late father.  He asked me if I wanted it the day before he died.  It wasn't until we were gathered in the lobby of the hospital waiting for the chaplain to help with arrangements that it occurred to me that it was Dad's way of telling me that he was dying.  

So, through his tears, my brother admonished me to take care of it and to never sell it.  I promised.  

BAM! I got rear-ended by a distracted driver.  (Let's all hang up those cell phones and focus on the road.  Okay, people?)  I was lucky that the guy had insurance.
Damaged area of my truck
So, I took the truck to the body shop and picked up the rental car.  A 2012 VW Jetta was assigned to me.  Now, keep in mind that my truck is a '96.  That's 16 years of technological advances that I sat in when I drove it out of the shop yard.  First I had to stop at the guard's shack and have him help me figure out how to adjust the driver's side mirror and a few other things.

The plus of this rental is the stereo system.  It ROCKS!  I've never heard Ozzy sound so wonderful.  **sighs**

The minus?  I hate this car.  If it didn't have such a great stereo and was only a rental, I would have never stuck my butt in that seat.

My back hurts because I have to twist my body to get in and out of the curve-backed seat and then my right knee has a permanent bruise from hitting the steering column every time I step on the brake.  (I'm short, so I can't move the seat back anymore.)

AND THEN there is the key:
The rental car key
To turn it on, you have to decide if you are going to pop the trunk or set off the panic alarm in the process.  I've woken the neighbors twice and had several more wave frantically at me and my car as I drove by.  Either way, you are embarrassed just to start the frickin' thing.

I pick up my truck tomorrow and I cannot wait!  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012



Or just visit and look around.  I've been following Effy Wild for the Book of Days project that I've been posting on here at Daydreamers Welcome.  So worth while!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Spring" is coming to Phoenix, Arizona!

The calendar says that Autumn is on its way but it means Spring for me here in Phoenix, Arizona.  The monsoon dries up and goes away.  The humidity drops.  Temperatures drop.  Nights are blissful.  And the 2nd planting season of the year is just beginning.  We only have (roughly) 3 or 4 killing frost nights over winter so this is a perfect place for home gardeners!

The tomatoes were a rip-roaring success.  I had 6 plants and I kept myself, my neighbors and my co-workers buried in delicious red fruit most of the summer.  I even made homemade marinara sauce.  (I'll never do that again.  The WORK involved was unreal.)

I planted my sunflower seeds last Sunday and they peeked through the soil on Tuesday.  The veggie garden gets planted this weekend.  I have 4 varieties of green beans (don't ask), kohlrabi, Swiss chard, collard greens, radishes, and something else that escapes me right now.  
The sunflowers are sprouting!
It also means that I am closer to the total end of my "contract" with my ex-husband.  I agreed to give him one calendar year to claim all his possessions and that deadline is up on December 31st.  He's planning on renting a U-haul truck Thanksgiving weekend to finish getting his stuff out of the workshop.  

The Ex created lots of ceramic pieces while we were married.  Some were spectacular and a good share are "meh" - until they get glazed.  But the photos below show how he liked to work.  Yeah.  I had a hard time living with this. The house was generally like this, too.  

The black cat is Zuko.  He's my love cat.

So yeah, there's going to be quite a bit of stuff put out in the alley for the next bulk trash pickup.  

When the workshop is emptied & cleaned up, I'm going to make it into my "Hidey-Hole".  With 3 college kids* in the house, I am looking forward to having a space of my own.  I think, at least during our winter months, I'll do my art out here.

I'm still battling depression, but I have hope.  Things like getting my house cleaned and repaired are keeping me going.  
*There's my daughter, her best friend, and best friend's brother.  Their mom had to move to Tucson and they had nowhere else to go.  It was the BEST decision I've ever made! I haven't laughed this much in years.  The MUSIC and great conversations - Whoot!
Peace out to y'all!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Sorting Hat says that I belong in Hufflepuff!
Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot, and treat them just the same."
Hufflepuff students are friendly, fair-minded, modest, and hard-working. A well-known member was Cedric Digory, who represented Hogwarts in the most recent Triwizard Tournament.

Take the most scientific Harry Potter Quiz ever created.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Book of Days - July 2 through Aug 26

The tip-in on the right is full of personal writing.

With a nod to Effy Wild....

I still feel the pull of the mountains & trees.

I learned not to start a mandala on the
outside and work in to the center.

Intensive journaling session at the White Tanks Regional Library.  
It was WAY too noisy for my needs.  I'm discovering that there 
are no quiet libraries anymore.  At least not around here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Miscellaneous Art Journal Pictures

Prismacolor markers in Webbie
with Grandma's cookie cutters.

Grandma's cookie cutters and
cheap watercolors.

Acrylic paint, water soluble pastels,
metallic Sakura gel pens.

Acrylic paint, water soluble pastels,
metallic Sakura gel pens.

This question continues to haunt me.
Misc. materials used.

Watercolor wash over the Tangles.
Prismacolor markers in Webbie.

Acrylic paint and Prismacolor markers.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Book of Days - May 28 through July 1

There's a tip-in for this but the writing is
rather personal/dull.
This is the tip-in for the following page.
The writing on the back is way too personal to share.

So you can see that I'm all over the map as far as emotions.  I'm trying hard to work through the divorce and all the associated shit that it digs up.  However, I have to take it slow - one day at a time, so to speak.  

Looking over these from a bit of distance, I can see how it looks overly dramatic, but trust me, this is a wonderful way to get that crap out of my head and anchored somewhere so I can have a bit of relief from it.  In addition to this art journal, I write in my regular journal every day.  I think I'd be in the "loony bin" by now if I didn't have a way to express myself!