March marched on and April has been a bit of a fool….

I think March did a double-time march and I blinked twice and it was April! I really haven’t been fooling around much in April, just trying to get the rest of the backyard work done, stitch, get a few chunks of wood underway, and such.
Now I approach May and realize I am really getting older, year 72 of my life is about to start! Only one joint is reminding me daily of age and I have hopefully trained my brain to listen to my body about my age. (far too often the brain wants to be back at 40 or 50 and do stuff the body no longer can do.) On the flip side, I am enjoying “retirement” such as it is. No time clock for meals or naps or such.
So that is life in a nutshell for today.

Garden progress Feb 2022

I have been busy building trellis, starting seeds and filling planters for this year’s garden. Yep, here in Arizona, I am actually late on the carrots, lettuces, and beets. I really like container gardens for most stuff here… the ground is really hard. I do have one ‘raised’ bed but it is a battle keeping neighborhood cats out of it!

In the first photo there is a small Mexican (Key) lime tree on the left side and the raised bed is behind the tree. I have tucked in a small greenhouse on the back of the house and it is full of plant starts now. I have fingers crossed that the garden grows well.

Plants planned, started, growing: bush beans, pole beans, Salsa garden tower, tomatoes, ground cherrys, lettuce, carrots, boc choi, beets (several colors) squash (three types one of each) lots of herbs, okra and sunflowers. Will post updates once a month on this project.

Dust drops in the house

Dust mote snow storm 

I was laying on the couch one morning mostly watching birds outside when I noticed the sun causing little bits of glitter in the air.  Aha, dust!  From the Afghan on the back of the couch perhaps…. Yep.  Smack the top of the couch and what a storm of little gray bits glinting in the sun.  I tried blowing on them,,, they floated in crazy circles.  Ok, must get photos.  Not as easy as I thought but did get a few good ones and one that was definitely a ‘snow storm’.  I did take the Afghan out and shake it but it probably should go thru the wash… don’t even remember who crocheted it for me.

So goes my very wild life in Arizona…

sunlight coming thru glass door

At war with WordPress pages

today like at 2:25 am, I attempted to post a bit of my poetry.

If you want to view it… since it did NOT show up on this main page…

click on ::: Short Stories by Nancy and that should take you to the correct page.

|From now on I will just put on this main page my meanderings of mind 🙂

Sunrise Glory

Out my window this early January morning.

Fri  Jan 14, 2022, blog  

Oh, what a glorious day to see with the sun peaking around my tree!

Two Hummingbirds, probably Costas, are zipping from spot to spot to grab a bit of breakfast… A very silly (yes, they are silly) Curved beak Thrasher hit the green top feeder before the sun was even up.  He was insistent on an early breakfast. Due to the overcast sky, the bees are not out yet, but the temp is in low 50 (F).

Positives for today:      SMILE, ignore any little irritations… and boy, are there a lot of them out in the world.  

{{{{{   for those of you new to reading my blips… I love ellipsis…  and hate to try to spell (Thanks to Grammarly my writing is not as bad as it could be)  I also don’t give a flip about runnnnnnn on sentancesssssss…   THIS IS NOT AN ENGLISH PAPER…….. DO NOT PLAY “TEACHER” AND TRY TO CORRECT MY WORK ( I will block you if you bug me)

Sanity Plan for 2022

Well, 2022 is off to a screaming start… Really good for me but then too… I have been on Prednisone for a few days… to total out at 2 weeks’ worth so I am getting stuff done, feeling no pain, and driving everyone else nuts… don’t sleep much either.I have made the wise decision not to go back to college… I prefer to do my own thing at this point and the driving, studies, trying to get what I want to do done around the schedules of others is way too much of a pain in the ass. Life is too short to waste it on such stuff.   And I have learned many skills, especially in the woodworking that I want to pursue… and no way am I training to go out and get a JOB !   Don’t need the money anyway… (Thank you Chuck for providing so well for me, never thought life would be like this.. am in lap of luxury but I do miss him very much ☹ )

So here is the plan for the new year…

NO complaining about shit I can’t do anything about anyway…

Wake up happy that I wake up at all and thank God for every minute.

Watch the birds out my window or from my patio

Plant plants for the joy of good food, great colors, and knowing I am able to do it.

Read at least, or listen to, 3 books a week.

Play in my little wood shop… I am really having fun making bandsaw boxes.

Write in this journal at least 4 times a week,,, and pop some stuff into the blog.

Keep blog (WordPress) updated weekly or so with sculpture, notes etc

            Life in Arizona, wood, ideas etc… all positive stuff

KEEP NEGATIVE SHIT OUT OF MY LIFE

 Get stuff organized:  Stitch books, pantries, yard, kitchen, stitch room, art area, woodshop, eBay, MY LIFE!

Get eBay store up running better and sort all the crap in it…

Keep filling the Mall of Peddlers booth and cabinet with the stitch and the tiny stuff I need to clear out of the house.

Walk

Lose a few more pounds… see walk above 😊

Watch clouds go by

Draw

Paint

Stitch.. finish a few projects

Sew… learn to use the big machine and get some clothes made!

Start transferring writing from journals into the computer by both scan and retype (stories for retype revisions)

Sort photos on the computer and put them into correct files and names so I can find shit

!!!!!!!!!! well, bumped the computer table, turned everything off! And yea… autosave kept it for me… got to love technology..

I have found,,, this am sitting here typing… I have a very very good spot now to type in… quite comfortable, good posture etc   I have not had this good a setup in eons!   (Thank you Torrie for the enablement at Staples to get a good computer desk, and chair… and to keep Black Cat (my desktop computer) flying along.  Gaming equipment really is worth the money even if you don’t ‘game’!

I do feel like I have turned a corner in life and thanks to Torrie and my VA counselor, I am going to try to stay this new course… I am a stubborn cuss so If I let myself settle then all will be well.

So to all who waded thru this bit of chatter, thank you and I hope you have a wonderful start to your new year also… It has been a wild ride the last few years but we can each make it better by focusing on our own priorities, not everyone else’s (since we can’t do anything about them anyway even if we think we can) and SMILE at the world and sun shining down… YOU COULD BE DEAD after all 🙂

                                                                                              

Dog days of summer 2021

Lady wants us all to remember the important things in life… food, pets, tummy rubs, and showers. My dear GrandDog loves water, at least when it is in a dish, from a sprinkler or better yet… in the shower. She will lay in the tub for what seems like hours, waiting for someone to turn on the shower. BUT rain outside… no way. And we finally have rain here in Arizona! Lots of rain and lots of very happy desert plants. Also lots of flooding so let us not forget that people are losing lives in floods and loosing property.

Classes start Thursday for me: Sculpture II (metal work), Wood I, Encounters with Art and Intro to Digital Media (proff already sent assignments as of today, Monday am!) So most posts will be about class stuff for the rest of the year.

Enjoy life, many don’t have the privileges’ that we have!

PS she is an elderly mostly English Mastiff weighing in around 140 lbs! oops trip to the vet and her weight is 154 Lbs!!!

Summer of fun projects 2021

Summer fun with fibers done with perle cotton overdye threads

Pounding clay, trying out release agents with plaster, learning to carve with Dremel, cutting wood with new bandsaw and I did some regular stitching also. But I am priming up for classes in the fall and watching YouTube videos on carving and welding and sculpture too!

3 D Design The Chicken

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3 D Design         Unit 5               Nancy Munier                                        23 April 2021

Going from a drawing on 8 by 10 inch paper to 5 foot high and about 4 foot wide sculpture was a challenge.   The original idea of using chicken wire, 16 g rebar tie wire and plywood quickly morphed to using drip irrigation tubing, fabric strapping, table cloths, fabric, foam insulation board and a camera tripod. 

Challenges were to construct a moveable sculpture that was larger than my 5’2” frame.  The ability to transport the artwork turned out to be the hardest challenge.

Process:

 1. Scale up the drawing and find materials. I used my logo chicken that Torrie created for my model.

 2. Assemble the tubing into circles of graduated sizes. I had a bunch of drip line tubing so I used that and used wooden clothes pins to connect the ends of the tubes.

 3. Figure out, and cut fabric strapping to support hoops. I took a page from old time crinolines and how they were assembled and able to squinch up on one side to pass thru doors.

 4. Sew hoops together while maintain about a 12 inch spacing between hoops and keeping the strapping equally tensioned around the row of hoop. This was probably the most time consuming step in the assembly.

 5. Using the tripod to support the hoops I then had to figure out how to shape the top 24 inches of the head.  This was done using the foam board and cutting it into graduating shapes, then gluing them together.  I did discover that the purple foam insulation board is hard to cut with a hand saw and it was too tall to use with the band saw.

6.  Cut and sew fabric for “skirt” and head.  Discovered that the yellow fabric let too much light thru so I added black table cloths as a liner. This added to the weight but helped hold her shape. (Thanks Joanne Rice for the yellow fabric.)

 7. Using a length of board – 8 foot 1 by 2 cut in half- I set the wood on cardboard and sprayed “crack filler foam insulation” on for legs.  This required a 48 hour cure and painting with spray paint. I also used the spray paint on three shorter boards to make a tail.  All boards were hinged with bolts and wing nuts at untreated end to allow for transport and adjustment. 

8. The arms/wings were created using pvc pipe (1/5 inch) and covered with fabric.  The hand parts were spray foam.

 9. Her top knot was made from twisted 16 g. wire and felt, hot glued onto the wire. 

Transporting from my house in my Subaru was done by collapsing the tripod, folding up hoops and shoving her in.  I had to finish the feet (added plastic straw toes) and attach her skirt in the lab.  Then we moved her to the photo site in the back of a small pickup truck which was quite funny.