December 26, 2008

A Winter's Tale

To say it has been snowy would be a once in a decade understatement.

It has been an historical bout of snow, a legendary siege of snow.

Each new morning seemed to break the record from the day before. I have never seen so much snow in Seattle before.

The snow piled up and up, like a scene out of the novel 'Winter's Tale' by Mark Helprin... one of my favorite books.

What a Christmas! A time to remember...
It was fun to capture it all in pixels with my trusty Panasonic FZ18.

December 21, 2008

Cabin-fever for freelancers?

The world is surrendered to winter.

It would seem illogical that a freelancer should suffer from cabin-fever. We live and work at home, after all. We're not used to going out every day.

But I find that cabin-fever happens. It's not that we actually go anyplace really, since we work at home. It's just the freedom to do so is made more difficult.

I think it's because this blanket of snowfall has covered over everything. Skylights are muffled shut, the grass is buried, sounds are muffled. Almost no one even goes out.

Or something...

December 19, 2008

Snowed in for the holidays...

This global warming is really something. All it's lacking is the 'warming' part, as our town sets a new record in low temperatures. It's snowing all across the nation I understand. And it's not even winter yet!

Here's my new studio chair. My drafting chair broke. It needs to be welded, so I had to improvise. But in the meantime I have painting that needs to be done! This solution looks a little perilous... but actually it's just fine, as long as I move very carefully.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

A few cold weather facts:

* Wearing long johns underneath corduroys takes some getting used to. I keep feeling like I'm in a Shakespeare play or something.

* Reindeer have fur on their noses! Imagine that! I saw a reindeer at the xmas tree farm. They are magical looking animals.

* Masking tape attached to Polartec is almost impossible to remove.

December 15, 2008

Long-Johns & Corduroys

1 pair long-johns,
1 pair corduroy pants,
1 long sleeved turtleneck,
1 heavy wool shirt,
1 polartec sweater...
1 pair heavy wool socks
1 pair ancient slippers

but it's still too cold!

listening: 1944 radio dramas online... just right, but usually the plots are so predictable.

eating: Oatmeal, raisins, cinnamon sugar & bananas... avec coffee

drinking: Ovaltine

feeding: My hummingbirds lots of sugar... I'm their life support system.

painting: Page 15 of the new book... nothing like a deadline that is exactly due during xmas & new years.

noticed: the full moon... but it was too blinkity cold to mind if it was any bigger than usual or not!

In a moment of weakness I spent 10 minutes rummaging through the cupboards looking for a bag of chocolate chips, to satisfy my cravings for chocolate. I failed.
This is entirely due to the freezing weather, that makes me want to revert to my grizzly bear essence and basically just eat and sleep.

No doubt hibernation is all Nature really expects of me. But un-naturally, the responsibilities of professionalism demand that I wake in the dark of night and drag out to meet deadlines.

December 14, 2008



Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. That's all very nice, except for the cold, I think.

I suppose there's no real counterpart to the cold in thinking about the summer heat. But today it seems like a paradise lost . I find myself watching movies set in Australia, PBS shows about the pyramids... anything hot, sunny, sandy and dry.

Well at least the Holiday cards are printed and mailed. 

We saw two eagles by the lake today. I captured both of them in one photo.  What luck!

I don't know how the hummingbirds manage to survive this cold. But they do. I worry a lot about them, and take their feeders in late at night and get up at 5 am to put them back out. 

Meanwhile, the relentless Xmas deadline ticks away... tick, tock, tick, tock. I think it's hard to have a holiday deadline coincide with a picture-book deadline. Yuck. Thank GOSH for internet shopping!

December 6, 2008

Mysterious Skies

The skies seemed heavy with portent... as the light faded, the colors changed...

Strange clouds appeared above the mountains. What might it all mean? Are there UFOs hiding in those clouds?

December 3, 2008

Dreams & mice & the middle of the night...

It was the middle of the night.

I was in the middle of a very odd dream.

I dreamed I was on the rooftop somewhere in Italy. It was an ancient building made of stone with ornate ironwork and a cobbled sort of roof. I was successfully climbing down from the great height of the roof and had just managed to barely make it to the street by climbing down a lattice of ironwork... and finally stepping onto the hat of some character below.

Then suddenly (in real life) I hear a scurrying somewhere in the house. It must have been a mouse. It had to be a mouse. Maybe it was a roof rat! Gulp.

My brain changed gear... making the painful transition from the weird dream to the scurrying noise. My mind began clicking over all the possibilities. A whole new set of problems presented itself. Such is life... filled with problems. The transition from one mind to another is always a shock.

Eventually I fell back asleep. Dreaming is preferable to being half awake in the middle of the night and thinking about a mouse.

I do have the family mouse-catcher. But one can't count on my cat to catch any mouse.

Being deaf, she couldn't hear it. Being elderly, she's too bored to think about it. A mouse would have to run directly over her nose to get her attention.