Sep 192014
 
Confusion Reigns

“Off to go get more medical advice!” 8 July 2001

I just returned from my latest medical excursion to the city. Still no answers. I’m supposed to go back next month. Why? I sometimes wonder. I guess because it beats trying to get any help from the local “specialists.” (Insert mental image of a duck. Quack! Quack!)

By coincidence, just before I left, I discovered this page in a sketchbook from July 2001. How some things never change!

And this photo might be the last you might see from me for a while. It’s not that I don’t want to blog. It’s that the last update of WordPress wrecked my ability to upload pictures to my blog. Judging by the help forums, I’m not alone. It turned out that I actually could still upload tiny photos (hence the low quality of this one that I uploaded a few days ago).

However, on the advice of some of those help forums, I contacted my web host, InMotion Hosting. They attempted to be helpful. And now that their IT folks have had a crack at it, I can’t upload any image to the blog. My reward for trying continues to be a server error. To be continued…

The last thing I wanted was to write another hand-wringing post featuring more IT woes. But there you have it. Wish me luck!

Aug 042014
 
Where Oh Where Has My Blog Gone…

[Update: Restoration of the blog has been underway. Things are not nearly as dire now as originally reported. If it still is missing things when you look at it, please try refreshing the page.] Some surprises are not very nice. If you are a regular reader, you might’ve noticed the blog is looking rather strange at the [...]

Jul 172014
 
And the Giveaway Winner is…

Everyone who left a comment on the last post! I couldn’t just pick one. I like all of you! The hard part now is picking out which big philatelic surprises to send… They’ll be mailed on Monday here in California. If I don’t know your address, I’ll be contacting you over the weekend.

Jul 092014
 
Filling Time Philatelically

Plus: A giveaway! Things have been getting “interesting” again, alas, in the dual-degenerative disease household realm. I’ll spare you the details. I haven’t been able to be in the studio much. It’s making me grumpy, and unfinished books are still sitting… unfinished. Along with other projects I @#$% want to get to. But what can one do. [...]

Jun 302014
 
Heartbreak

One day in January in 1999 I looked out the window and saw a black cat running across the yard toward the house. At that time, we had four cats, including a semi-feral stray who’d suddenly appeared a month before and had moved in with us. She was a black cat with a round and compact sort [...]

Jun 212014
 
Laminated Papers

Last month, Randi Parkhurst came to town and taught a paper embellishing class. One of her techniques involves using matte medium to laminate together two sheets of a type of translucent paper from the hardware store. We painted the papers before adhering them. Threads and other things were sandwiched in between the sheets. I’d long been [...]

May 162014
 
She's Alive!

Hmm… it seems if a gal mentions her physical maladies on her blog and then disappears for several months, some kind readers will begin to worry. Thank you to those who’ve contacted me, and apologies if I still haven’t gotten back to you! I haven’t forgotten. Yes, things caught up with me. Ours is a dual-degenerative-malady household [...]

Jan 202014
 
Sketchbooks and Playthings

Sketchbooks, visual journals, daybooks …. Different artists call that book they carry around different things. No matter what I’ve been — or not been able to be —  doing in the studio, I always keep a couple of different kinds on hand. It’s essential. Even if all I do in a day is scratch out [...]