Sunday, July 23, 2017

7/23/17

Tres Fleurs
Well, here we are in Week 5 of camp. That is how we measure our summers. Camp is 8 weeks long and we are now in Week 5.  It means that summer is half over. July has been a mixed bag weather wise. It has been really hot and then the next day the temps plummet. Today we are in the 60's again after being in the upper 80's all week. New England is like that. We have a saying that there are two seasons here. Winter and the 4th of July.

My grandson is heading into his senior year. I am not sure what to expect really. Especially since he  has no plans that I can tell for his post high school days. It is worrisome but there is only so much that we can do. He has to motivate himself. We cannot do it for him. Hopefully once he sees all his friends making their plans he will step up to the plate. I won't lie. It is concerning.

In a few weeks we will head out to Arizona for 17 days. My grandson does not want to come with us and so we are leaving him here where he will take care of the cat as well as himself. We have plenty of places to walk to to get food and takeout so I know he won't starve. I have been walking around all week picking up menus. Chinese, Vietnamese, sushi, pizza, deli, Mexican, Indian, etc. Many more. In fact, that is all we have here. There are no stores to speak of. Just eateries. That is what city life is like these days. Also, Trader Joe's is less than a block away. So he should be fine. I will leave an extra set of keys with my son who has also agreed to check in from time to time. My grandson will be 18 in just a few months and we feel this will be good practice for him when he finally, hopefully fledges.

I am looking forward to going out there, however, the trips back and forth are truly getting old. I will be glad not to have to do too many more of these. They are wearing me out both physically and financially. I am not a big traveler. We have August, December and then we are not sure about February and April. We will be getting the condo here ready to sell and may not be able to get out there. We will have to see.

I am still trying to paint every day. Lately trying my hand at a variety of under painting techniques. I seem to like the reds or rusts under the greens the best. I think that is because they are complimentary colors and the red makes the greens really richer. I am going to go to the art store in Tucson and buy some supplies so I can paint out there. I haven't really done that since I am usually only out there for short periods. But 17 days is too long to be without some paint. I wish I could bring them on the plane but paints are just not allowed.

That is it for today. Have a good week!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

7/16/17

Desert Plant
It has just occurred to me that I have been blogging on this site now since 2008. That is nine years. Lately I have been feeling like I am running out of things to talk about. The art, Tucson, the classes, my grandson etc. I am thinking about taking a break from all the talking. I am still on instagram. I like that venue  because I don't have to talk. I just post the art.

Social media can get somewhat exhausting. Does anyone else feel this way? I know I follow many blogs and some have been active for as long or longer than mine. I also know how disappointed I get when a fellow blogger stops posting. I wouldn't want to disappoint people.

Anyway. Just thinking out loud. I'll see. We are going out to Tucson in August. Maybe I will refresh my blogging ideas out there!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7/12/17


My Starry Night
Today was an exciting day for me. I rode my bike for the first time in 5 years. Yes, that's right. Since August 2012 when I had my back surgery. Actually it was  before that since the reason for the back surgery was that my left leg was not working properly and so I couldn't ride at all.

I finally decided to give it a go and take it slowly. Today I visited one of my old haunts, The Muddy River. It was quite hot and humid but I did manage to give it a few go rounds. It felt so great to be riding again. I have always been an avid bike rider since the early 1970's.  In fact in Florida I didn't even have a car. Just a bike with a basket for kids and groceries.

Now of course the bike is strictly for pleasure! I look forward to going a little further each day and building up slowly. What a pleasure.

Of course I will still swim. That is better for the upper body really.

Still getting in some painting as well. But the outdoors beckons and I must obey! After all summer is short. This is my last summer here in Boston by the way. Next year at this time I will be living in Tucson and roasting with my friends out there! It feels good to say that. Next year at this time.....yes.