Fungi, Greensboro North Carolina, hiking

Making brushes and a walk in the woods


I had a good weekend. On Saturday morning I drove to Chapel Hill and played with the Triangle Book Arts group. We spent the first few hours making brushes with bamboo and driftwood and deer tail and horsehair and feathers and various plant materials, then the last two we spent making marks with things such as small pieces of wood and bleach on black paper, and using salt on wet pigments and spraying through made stencils and such. When I got home Sandy and I went to the Deep Roots Grand Reopening. A fun day.


It seems to be a good time for fungi, even though we haven’t had any rain since we got back from Colorado. The temps are still in the mid-high 80s and it’s muggy. You’d think that we would have gotten some of this hurricane action on the edges, but no.

The Sierra Club sponsored a short hike on the West House Trail and I made myself get out in nature. A good group and a nice walk in the woods. I took a few more fungi shots. The hands are not mine – my nails have never looked that good!



On Sunday I was a domestic goddess and my house still looks terrible but it looks less terrible, and sometimes you just have to go with what you got. I am told all the time that my house looks “lived in” which is meant well and I take it as a compliment. People don’t worry about putting their feet on the furniture at my house. I’m always more at ease in a friend’s messy house.

The main focus was dealing with the fleas again before they reproduced a lot so I did a lot of washing bed linens and the rugs in my bedroom. The diatomaceous earth did work well on the carpets and I’ll continue to use it, but I think that I’m going to have a problem with fleas as long as the boys hang out on the front porch. Putting the d.e. on Pablocito was an experiment and it did help a lot for a couple of weeks. Diego got the dose of CatMD during the same time, which is a cheaper version of Advantage. When the fleas came back on Pablocito, I decided to dose him with the CatMD stuff too, and boy, was it strong. My poor boy blinked his eyes rapidly and squinted all night from the fumes and my throat tightened up and got sore just from being in the same room with him. We were both fine the next day but it makes me hesitant about these other five doses. They were still expensive. Maybe I’ll try the pill route.

Dried more peaches and tomatoes in the dehydrator too. I joined a dehydrator group on Facebook and now my head is swimming with other ideas.

Greensboro North Carolina

Eclipse Day in Greensboro, North Carolina

I’m late to the party, as usual, but here are my photos from the Great Eclipse Day, where we had 93% totality in Greensboro, NC.

I was ready with my hi-tech eclipse viewer, similar to the one I used in 1970.

Unfortunately, this happened, which kind of confirms my suspicion that God is mad.

So, since I couldn’t really look up for long with my neck issues anyway, I watched the crows and then I found my own eclipse photos.

I have to admit that I enjoyed this eclipse even more that I thought that I would.

Greensboro North Carolina, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, National Parks and Monuments

New studio space and a walk

There is a good possibility that I will be renting a small studio space around the corner at the Church of the Covenant, which hosts quite a few artists in their large building! I’m very excited about the idea of being able to have a cat-free space to work and play. I’ll post photos if it happens. Elizabeth went with me to check out some rooms and prices for rental for guild events. It’s all her fault if it happens. Blame her, not me. Then we went to Boba House for lunch, where I snapped this nice shadow:

Work is fine so far. Hitting the RESET button has been helpful. My friend Anne walked with me through the Special Collections and Archives part of the library and introduced me to a few people. My class begins Monday night.

Sandy and I took a walk at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park here in Greensboro on Sunday. It has a lot of trails, paved and unpaved, and adjoins a city park with a small lake. I love the texture and color at the bottom of this monument to Peter Francisco, a Revolutionary War hero.


Winter is here at last.