The latest from Sabbaticalville


(My latest masterpiece. Watercolors by Robin. 2007)

I just came back from a walk around the neighborhood. We’re having some crisp, brisk, invigorating weather today. My favorite kind! The wind is whipping, the temperature is on the chilly side, the sky is clear, and the sun is beaming.

Fantastic walking weather.

The mystery of the bad cable internet connection was solved on Wednesday. The Comcast tech who came by was extremely helpful. Long story made a little shorter than I’d normally make it, the large cable that runs into the building had only two splitters to serve fifteen customers. The tech did what he could to boost my signal a little and Comcast maintenance was supposed to come out yesterday to fix what the tech couldn’t fix. Whether or not they came out, I don’t know as it didn’t require me to sit around waiting for someone to show up. It was work they could do outside.

I bought some watercolor paints with the thought of using them as background for collages. After gesso’ing a sheet of paper I brushed it with a green watercolor, having a specific collage project in mind. Well, it didn’t dry out to be the color I envisioned. That prompted me to try my hand at painting something with the watercolors. And voila! The masterpiece you see above.

In a few more years my artwork ought to be just as good as my granddaughter’s.

You know what, though? It doesn’t matter how this stuff turns out. I’m enjoying being able to play and learn and, in some cases, express how I’m feeling. Art therapy was very helpful when I was in a lot of pain.

M, being the ever supportive and wonderful man he’s known to be, wants me to sign and date the painting, crop it, mat it, and frame it for him. It’s a step up from hanging it on the fridge with magnets.

We’re heading to New Jersey late this afternoon to visit with my family. We’ll be staying the night and coming back sometime tomorrow afternoon or evening. It’s another hoagie Saturday. Yum. Apparently tonight is pizza night at my sister’s. Lots of calories for a 24 hour period of time. It’s a good thing I’ve been going to the gym this week.

Currently reading: Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. I’m not very far into it just yet, but enjoying it so far. I suspect it’s going to be a fast read.

That’s about it from Sabbaticalville for now. I’d better start getting ready for our overnight trip. There are dishes to be washed, bagels to pick up from the local bagel shop (for breakfast tomorrow), and clothes to pack.

No Mormons involved. Heh.

P.S. to Alto2.  The Sisterhood of the Mormons are neither familial (that I know of) nor nuns.  For some reason unknown to me, they call each other “brother” and “sister.”  Perhaps one of my readers knows why.  Speak up if you do.  🙂