Exciting Friday!

The excitement I thought I’d be ending Friday with:

The real excitement du jour – two new itty-bitty-kitties!

So thanks to the fine folks at Goulet Pens for a mailbox full of pens and my first gold-nib beauty! and to Dino and his friends for two adorable kittens. I don’t suppose any of us will be sleeping tonight…

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Made It, Another Year

Had a pleasant dinner with Mom at the Olde English Pub in Albany and today I’m at work. It’s nice to reflect on the years past and think about times to come and to enjoy all the wishes coming towards me today. Thanks everyone!

Yesterday a little painting and more of that to come and then some adventuring. Stay tuned!

Weird Memories Found

I have a weird childhood memory of going on a picnic with the Frezon grandparents and, no doubt, Aunt Marie and that we were in dark woods and at, not a stream, but a spillway. And over the years I’ve told myself that it was along the Black River which is up in Rensselaer County.

Today I didn’t explore all of Black River Road (although I did later go down, and by down I mean steeply down and often at right angle turns a road called Toad Point Road (aka County 88) which magically dumped me onto rte 22) but I did drive up to Cherry Plains State Park and voila, there was a spillway. It wasn’t so dark although if we walked into a bit of woods I think it would have been dark enough to remember.

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Monday, July 3

Had some good times today – Started off by going to the post office to send out a package. Mom and I poked at her iPad which is still not acting right although thankfully in very limited ways, and we discussed options. Then we went to lunch. Then I poked around some, and I took a couple back roads home, like I knew where I was going – must have had some idea since I did make it home.

Mom gave me a solar lantern that looks like it’s filled with fireflies. I hung it on the back arm of the mailbox – maybe tomorrow I’ll get a hook or something to make it a little nicer but I keep looking out and it’s still lit up! (I gave Mom a hat which looked super cute on her because everyone needs a nice hat when you’re outside these days.

Did some painting and did some drawing, did some reading. Did some playing. Did some wash. Got all excited about signing up for August Poetry Postcard Festival and realized it’s a 12 AM Pacific Time opening…

This was from yesterday’s trip to the Clark (where you simply must go to see the Frankenthaler Wood Cut Prints and Paintings!). It was about 80F and windy so watercolors were more like an insta-dry medium.

These were done today. It was worth sitting outside sketching the hostas and birch tree just to be outside hearing the birdies sing.

Ladies Day Out

Took Mom up to Faddegon’s today to look around and enjoy the new plants for the season. Here it’s a little early to plant anything other than perennials. Memorial Day wasn’t holding anybody back though at the garden center. Wagons full of plants and bushes were everywhere.

Mom got a beautiful clematis and some butterfly plants and I came home with a pretty hanging basket and a pot of a deep red/black geranium that I just couldn’t resist. Must have been the color that did me in, there’s a similar color petunia in the basket.
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Two good painting days and a fun day with Mom. Great days off.

NaPoWriMo, Day 3

For Day 3, NaPoWriMo wrote: “Today I’d like to challenge you to write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honors someone dead or something gone by. And I’d like to ask you to center the elegy on an unusual fact about the person or thing being mourned.” I had a few other ideas but went with this, a first draft for Dad.

Mostly gentle,
hard-working,
devoted to family
and to his work.
Soft-singer by campfires
his voice deep as
we listened to his
unexpected songs in the dark. Continue reading

Snow Day

Today is my regular day off but turns out the world is pretty much closed today too. Colonie Center closed early and after letting people show up for work, Crossgates closed too. Must seriously be coming into the end times for that to happen.

Anyway, I’d gone and done regular grocery shopping yesterday. The shelves of Hannaford were pretty well stocked on a Monday morning but the aisles were filled with people I don’t normally encounter. Some were snow-panic buying but most were just a little… odd. Met two quilting friends along the aisles paid for my stuff and got out in time to have lunch with mom. Definitely able to stay the course and eat well at home. The liquor store was closed though due to water damage so there’s a wine shortage. oh no! No, it’s ok. Really.

Stopped at Staples who had no pink index cards but I got the nice young woman in the printing section to cut up a half-ream of card stock so I could send out pink postcards tomorrow. (the mail will be running right? neither rain nor snow nor dark of night???)

So far today I’ve shoveled once, trying to keep up with the plowed pile at the end of the driveway. Grateful for my OR gaiters that I’d gotten for my trip to Wales – keep the snow out and my legs warm!

Now I’m in for awhile, drinking hot tea and thinking about what to do next.