30 July 2015

trip to the dentist


Yesterday I had a tooth extracted in preparation for a new bridge --- the dentist was correct when he said it would come out easily because it was loose; he failed to mention how deep those roots reached into my upper cheek!

Anyway, I drew this lead apron hanging within my view as a means to stay calm. It worked.

29 July 2015

a few random little books


Before beginning a new journal, I remembered that this small accordion-fold sketchbook was never finished. The first side was filled in last December, mostly documenting my eye surgeries. But the back side was not used so I might as well do some random sketches in it this week.

Before moving last year, I gave away at least half of our books. Yet I still seem to have stacks of them in every room . . . and that doesn't even count the hundreds of e-books on Kindle and iPad. Since this sketchbook is only 3" square, I chose to draw some books of similar size. 

28 July 2015

from a morning walk & choosing a new sketchbook


A new family recently moved in to our small community in the woods. They soon replaced their plain mailbox with this transformer-box-turned-mailbox. (The father is a lineman.) when the grandkids, dogs, and I took a walk, the boys said this was R2D2. Their father and Scottie dog, Maxwell, have been staying here a few extra days because the electric service at their home is temporarily broken.


This is the final sketch in my current sketchbook. I have not yet purchased paper to bind new ones so I tested the paper on the back page of a Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook in my stash --- Though it takes light applications of watercolor, it is not meant to handle juicy washes. So I think I'll save it for pencil & ink drawing, and use this leather-bound book I bound last year. I originally thought to save it for a special time. It is filled with the last of the Kilimanjaro 140# paper purchased before we moved to Texas.

27 July 2015

met on our walk


Ceilidh and I were walking one morning when we found this Basset had escaped the fenced-in yard he shares with a gorgeous German Shepherd. They had a wee romp, then I opened the gate to let him back in his yard.

24 July 2015

invasion of minions


Along with three grandchildren, our wee cabin has been invaded by big plushy minions. Minions who talk silly when their feet are pressed. They do __not__ inspire sleep at bedtime. But LOTS of giggles!


Jayna also drew two of the creatures with watercolor pencils. 

23 July 2015

painted bunting found!


I knew that there are painted buntings in central Texas but we had never seen one. Until yesterday. I was standing at my kitchen sink when I looked up and there he was at one of our bird feeders. His colors are amazing! I couldn't see him close enough for details so I did the larger sketch from a field guide photo.

21 July 2015

Monday's tea



Three of our grandchildren are visiting this week. Yesterday we had a bit of a tea party, trying out one of the blooming tea buds that came with my glass tea pot. This sketch shows the flower it formed as it brewed.


Today is a painting day. All three chairs are taken so I snuck a photo of them instead of painting with them. Earlier, we had a chocolate breakfast: sourdough toast with chocolate hazelnut butter, strawberries topped with the same, and chocolate milk.

19 July 2015

birthday sketches


There have been a lot of distractions lately so I've been slow at getting this finished and posted. Our daughter gave me this glass teapot with it's own infuser for loose-leaf teas. Giving the tea leaves room to expand makes such a better cup of tea! The pot makes two full mugs (about 4 cups), so I'm now enjoying twice as much tea in the morning. Usually Earl Grey Green but sometimes that varies. The pot came with "blooming flowers" of jasmine green tea that will be fun to try.

We went out to eat with good friends for my birthday -- I love Chinese and Thai food but hadn't found any place near us that serves it. They took us to Pei Wei in College Station and the food was excellent! Actually, I determine if this kind of restaurant is good or not by the hot & sour soup . . . and it was fabulous!

Afterwards, shaved ice dessert at Bahama Buck's --- and a great time was had by all!

16 July 2015

a few more rocks


The rocks scattered over our dirt road make for uneven steps when I walk. They can also be a hazard! Last December the local school bus drove by (very slowly) and threw a random rock --- My head just happened to be in the way. Thankfully I was not hurt. Now we joke that I need to take cover when the bus appears.

Twice in the past 6 months, a random rock that was thrown into grassy areas by vehicles has been picked up and thrown by a weed eater . . . shattering our car's side window. The same window each time. Once by Bill, once by a neighbor across the road. 

I now park in a different spot. And I still like sketching the rocks found on my walks.

15 July 2015

on the road to Somerville


Though our address is a Brenham address, we actually live closer to Somerville, a tiny town on the edge of Lake Somerville. This is where our church family meets, where Bill is hard at work on a church remodel project, and where we run to pick up a grocery item we may have forgotten to buy in Brenham. The drive is lovely with lush greens, curvy roads, and random wild flowers scattered on the side of the road.

At the moment, the lower parts of both areas of greenery in this sketch are covered with water (much below road-level). They are still releasing as much water as possible from the dam but the lake is still in flood stage and closed.
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