100 degrees too hot for me at farmers market

And I bet it was too hot for many. I’d planned to go on Saturday but wasn’t feeling well on Friday and I knew the temperature was expected to be 97 on Saturday so didn’t think it was a good idea to go sit in the sun for a couple hours even though am’s are usually cool until about 10.

So I stayed home and tried to do some painting in my studio and with two air-conditioners going and two fans on high we lasted until 2pm and gave up. Even Charley was glad to leave for the air conditioned RV

I like my RV for cooking and sleeping otherwise I like being outside in my garden messing about my patio checking the status of the tomatoes and peppers which are the only survivors in this heat and reorganizing the studio. i have a black bell peppet didn’t know they came in black! Also green and yellow. I read that the yellow bell pepper has more vitamins c than an orange.who knew, is that why they are so expensive?

Tomorrow I’m taking every piece of fabric in here to the laundromat.curtains everything washable will be washed I have plenty of quarters and time to get this done. Too much dust floating around and Charley shreds unbelievable amounts of hair daily? I even took down the fabric on the ceiling. Maybe I’ll sleep better once all this is cleaned and fresh. I haven’t been on the roof lately because we’ve had no rain and don’t expect any soon.i know the plastic shower liner I have up there is cooking as we find bits of plastic floating about coming from there. I don’t want to change it until we expect rain because the plastic has a limited lifetime up there.

I’m still writing here and should be sleeping but my restless legs keep me moving so I can’t sleep woke up at 4:30 this morning and got up to see what I could do in the studio, Charley came with me for a while but he likes to sleep in so I sent him back to bed. I stayed out until about 11 and would liked to go back to sleep but nope no sleep. Seems us old folks that need the sleep to stay healthy often are sleeplessokay enough chstterbuenos noches mi gente.

Post ‘Makers Market’Review

It went pretty much as I thought it would, it was very hot and the hoped for crowds were not crowds but just a few after church groups. I had my umbrella so I had shade most of the time and did manage to sell $150 worth of my “stuff”. But I only sold one oval canvas to a young girl who bought it for her big sister. That is what I expected, my enthusiasm for the ovals has never been great but I have a new idea for them.

The friend that made the blocks to show the ovals has a business selliing religious note cards and other similar items. I’m thinking to add some words to these ovals and he may be able to add it to his inventory. It’s a thought. I need to find a nice font, people like words on stuff.

By the way, all my abstract paintings sold but I’d only brought 3 with me thinking there would be no interest, I should have brought everything I had, even those I pounded onto my studio door!

About my internet, I’ve decided to almost always use my hot spot on my Ipad, right now I’m on my computer and can use wifi but I can’t on my ipad, almost never.

I tend to use my ipad more than my computer, last night I was listening to a Wondrium class ‘Religions of the World’ and fell asleep.(it was not the classes fault I fell asleep)So I used up all my data but that’s unusual and I was tired. I’m going back to see what I missed. I’m enjoying Wondrium, there are so many different topics, and I can download some to watch without internet connection. I don’t miss TV at all, except it would be nice to watch them on a larger screen. I haven’t watch Netflexs since I broke my TV, I should cancel it and just learn new stuff.

The other day I took about 100 selfies trying to find a new one for my Kate Othon website. It’s not so easy anymore to find a pic I want to share. I’ve lost a bit of weight(all good) so my face is thinner and I’ve not tried to avoid the sun so I’m wrinkled and dry. Such is the vanity of an old woman! Most of my friends and family have grown older along with me but they haven’t lived in the desert for the past 3 years and it makes a difference. Here is one that looks like me now at 78 years old. I like this one, the color looks good, I have red curtains so that made the skin tones pinker but the background is not great to use on my site but when it’s small like this I can use it, I look a little pensive, these glasses are those that block the blue light cheap progressives I love!

That website is a mess but my daughter Marissa is going to help me fix it. I can do it but i don’t know how to make it look like I want it to look.Sorry this post is rambling on without much content. I will try harder to share more interesting posts in the future. Wondrium has classes on writing I could try, I’m taking a class on the media and all the different ways to use socal networking but I’m not too interested in joining all those options any more.Too much trouble at this point to try to keep up.

ciao!

Let’s talk about Pot

I’ve reduced medication I take for IC and have done very well but my problem is that my body doesn’t know how to go to sleep on it’s own, it’s used to having help and now isn’t getting enough help because of the much decreased amount of medication taken. So I thought I’d try medical marijuana to help me sleep.

Some people do not respond as expected. I am one of those people. I’ve only had a few experiences, none of them good. Generally I feel nothing at all and wonder if I’m doing it right but everyone takes a deep breath the same so what could I do wrong?

I had One very uncomfortable episode where I could not stop shaking fortunately it only lasted about 30 minutes, but I’d been encouraged to take a third puff and all of a sudden this violent shaking no control, very frightening.

But lately I’ve tried medicated chocolate bar one square with seemingly no effect but later I had bad dreams and heard voices and that’s unusual for me. I’ve tried vaping and drops no effect, I’ve suspected it increases restless leg episodes.

So that’s it for experimenting pot for me, I gave it a good try, besides I’m doing so well, even weight loss and general well being why risk unknown reactions to pot? Want my medicated chocolate?

Hot Spot or a Contract?

High-speed internet is now available in Caballo

I added this notice in my birthday card to the park owner, CJ. Not sure it was appreciated.

Lots of my neighbors use their hot spot when the wifi is out, or do their internet ting late at night using available wifi. I’m wondering if it’s safer to use your hot spot than local wifi. I’m using Verizon prepay plan and am not sure how much data I’m allowed but I suppose when I run out I just start over. Suppose I should find out but sometimes it’s better to avoid going into the Verizon store ( in t or c) although last time I did I was pleasantly surprised and found a better plan than I was on and added the hot spot. Afraid they’ll take it away or say that program isn’t available now. Maybe I’ll use the hot spot this month instead of the faulty wifi and see what it costs me.

Or get my own contract for HighSpeed Internet like most regular people do? What do you think?

Remember the reason I get poor wifi is because of larger RVs parked in front of me blocking the signal.

The equipment I bought to improve my wifi was a waste of money and time and now I can’t even find the needed item. I must have put it in the trash because it is nowhere in the RV, not on purpose, amazing how things get lost in this small space probably because there are so many small hidden spaces.

Busy days. I threw down everything that was in the loft except my bed. It was like a hurricane of clothes and blankets and “stuff I meant to send to my girls or take with me the next time I travelled Since I moved up there to sleep I’m sharing space with all my winter clothes and blankets, linens and more. I found a new place to keep my sewing machine under the bench plus space for papers and books and so now my sleep space feels free of so much “stuff”. Really who needs 5 pairs of sweat pants? I have music up here now too. Woohoo, living the good life!

I’ll be so happy when this makers market is over. I’m certain I’ll be left with a dozen oval pours unsold and what to do with them. I spent so much time and $ on them and I really don’t like many of them. Gallery lady thinks she can sell them for $60, I doubt those without resin will sell for $20. I just finished the last five ovals and done.that’s it, back to painting,

I have this image everywhere, my bus cards,my phone,my website, time to paint something new

WIFI Hell

What am incredibly frustrating day. from 2 bars to no bars and back to hot spot to wifi to 0 bars and on and on. and on.

Why do I bother?

I just want to make a simple website for my art. A place I can put on a business card that isn’t my blog. Not everything I write on here is what I want to share with someone I want to do business with.

But during this frustrating day I found an old blog from 2016 called tears and laughter. Reading it turned out to be of mostly tears, not much laughter but it was a good thing to read and to realize that I’m past that person and on to being happier healthier and certainly saner. But nervertheless I thought I’d pass the blog on because what I wrote wasn’t bad, it had feeling and I added some of the posts I hadn’t finished or published because they have truth. Not sure why I need to share these thoughts, I guess just because they were part of me then.

Sunday is the Makers Market. I think I have everything ready. It’s like starting over again, taking my stuff to market, it’s a hassle I’m not sure I want to pursue but I’ll do it this time to see about all these oval pours I’ve made. I put resin on them, for my last time using resin though I did get a pretty impressive respirator to use but I don’t think it’s worth my health to get that mirror shine………..which I had not been getting here.

Who is Kate Othón?

I should probably explain. I am Kate Othon in New Mexico, Kathy Othon everywhere else, silly I suppose but I’ve gotten used to being called Kate here in the park it just grew to the post office and beyond! So now on my business cards I’m Kate Othón. I like it. Officially I’m Kathleen and my sig is just kothon

I painted a colorful painting that I thought would look really nice in the little cafe near here but the owner wasn’t interested, she had just painted her walls and she didn’t want anything on them. Her loss. We talked about a mural on the store wall but now one of the friends that would help do the painting is leaving and now I have less enthusiasm plus it’s very hot still, maybe when she comes back we can do it.

I’ve been busy getting ready for a “Makers Market” next weekend. It will be the first one in T or C, hopefully there will be a good turnout but a storm is in the forecast. I’ll take all these oval pour paintings that I covered with resin but don’t like much. Not doing any more resin work, it seems to trigger my IC, and now even spray varnish does the same. I’ve ordered a better respirator but probably shouldn’t use these chemicals any more, I’ve hypersensitive to them now.

I’m wondering about a web site for Kate. I want to be able to direct people to the art and not this more personal blog. Something to put on my cards to show work that I’ve done and where prints can be bought.I don’t want to spend much, keep it simple and stylish. Maybe my daughter will help me get it set up though I do like to do things for myself it takes me so long and I forget what I’ve done and what needs to be done. yeah, the forgetting thing, always a problem. that and procrastination, my major faults these days.

We’ve had some noisy weather here in Caballo, wind, thunder and lightening but not a lot of rain, the other night it got so loud poor Charley was scared and wanted to come sleep with me. As I now sleep in my chamber above the cab he hasn’t been interested in sleeping up there but now he was scared and wanted up. His sad little face I saw when I looked over the edge made me smile and I grabbed for him but it was a hit or miss situation , could I just lean over and lift him up or would I drop him? If he’d weighed another pound he would have been dropped but he made it up, we were both relieved and although he was closer to the noise now he fell asleep.

The next morning I went up to check my roof to see if my shower liner was still intact. It need some fixing but was in good shape. I felt so powerful being able to do this myself. You’ll note that I am wearing a skinny little top that no 78 year old woman should be seen in but it was hot and no one here cares but I won’t wear it again, unless I do. I’ve been working on strengthening, see those arms!

This morning I woke up too early but thought I should do laundry now and so I got it together and drove 15 miles to a modern laundromat in Hatch, the chili capital of the world, they also have a nice hardware store I’d rather go to than Walmart and I needed some stakes to hold done the tent I was borrowing for the market so I got to do laundry and get the stakes and was home again before 9. Sometimes I use my little washing machine but sometimes I need to do sheets and towels and then I go to a laundromat.

My glasses disappeared which was no great loss and made me stop procrastinating about getting glasses. Since loosing them I’d been wearing Walmart readers 3+ which I could walk around in but not read, they were just not powerful enough to read. A friend told me she ordered some readers on amazon and I should check there for stronger readers.I did and ordered two pairs of 4+ and they sent me 5+ which is okay because now I can REALLY read well with them.

But I saw where you could get progressives to wear all the time for $30 and thought wow if they work I’d save a bunch instead of getting new rx glasses. So I ordered them and I love them and will not bother to spend $300+ on new glasses again. they are perfect and came with a blue light tester and repair kit. I’m happy with them even though I look a little silly in these big glasses.

Cheers!

Catching Up

Haven’t written for awhile, don’t know why, just busy living I suppose.

I have a leak in my RV roof, haven’t been able to find anyone to help me fix it so I did the next best thing and did it myself.

I didn’t think I could get up to the roof but found I could climb that ladder and it wasn’t as hard as I thought, or scary. Wish I’d gotten a picture to scare my kids with but no-one was around. I used a shower liner and some special tape to hold it down, so far so good, no leak. More permanent fix is needed and the ceiling inside the rv one area should be replaced but now is covered with fabric I am a make-do champion.

My garden has had a really rough time this year, too much heat and wind, I lost everything I had in pots but the garden may recover if we stop having 100 +degree days. I have them shaded with a plastic tablecloth in hopes of survival. last year my flowers did better but the garden worse harvesting only a couple small vegetable………….things, Tomorrow it will be 100.

I’ve been painting using the pour style, what a mess.

I thought I’d quit doing it because you waste so much paint. You must make multiple cups of paint that must be about the same viscosity, then dump them into another cup layering the paint and then use one of several different methods of adding it to a canvas or your choice of substrates and spin it until you like the effect, while the paint splashes everywhere.

I thought to quit making this mess but I had lunch with some friends at a small cafe near here and noticed a large empty wall. I thought that maybe they would like some art for their walls This is a very small community cafe that did well during the pandemic with take out and has been able to freshen up their cafe. I went to find out and found it closed for a short vacation but the store next door, which I though was owned by the same family was open and I asked the owner about it. He is not the owner of the cafe but said I could paint a mural on his outside wall. Hmmm why not? Maybe when it cools down a bit might be fun.

Anyway I had these paintings in my car and was headed into town for groceries and thought I’d stop at the gallery to see what she thought of these poured paintings, though I said I didn’t think they were gallery material.

She loved them! She wanted to buy one of them immediately ! So I left her with 7 oval paintings. Personally I don’t like them so much but other people seem to so I guess I’ll make some more. They don’t photograph well to add here, they are actually pretty cool, you can see what you want to see, the earth, the seas, creation, if you don’t like it one way you can just turn it. I could only find photos of these ,I made 8 and today made 4 more, she wants to sell them for $70, I said okay because they are sold in a gallery, but I would ask for just 35 myself! They are a lot of work, messy messy work!

End of story now I don’t have anything to offer the cafe……yet.

My voice mail was full,

I didn’t know how to empty it until a friend said she called herself to empty it and so I called myself

40 messages waiting to be heard.

I listened to messages sent a year ago. Sorry!

What does one do to apologize after all this time?

There were no junk messages just family and friends trying to say Hello.

and I wonder why no one calls me!

My voice mail is squeaky clean now

call me.

Second shot is a doozy and my new Life Plan

Got it yesterday at walmart my arm was a bit more sore than the first covid shot but today! I ache all over and can’t get warm enough chills and now bladder pain which had been under good control. Not complaining, just a comment, happy. to be among those lucky. to get the immunization we all need at some point. Glad I have the soft comfy bathrobe my daughter sent me and my afgan my other daughter made for me. I am a lucky woman, all the same I feel like &^%$ today.

I’m making some changes in my life and it’s about time! I’ve been a news-oholic forever and now I have the apple app that for $10 a month you get dozens of news sources and I was watching all of them especially of late, instead of reading something worth my time. You also get magazines. I’m going to delete all the news and just keep some magazines. I’m also quitting all social media. I’ll keep this blog for now.

Why do I think I should do this? I’m wasting too much time and time is getting shorter. I want to use my time better and rid myself of stressful. and nonsensical information that has little or no value to me.

I want to think deeper.I want to paint better, I want to read better literature.

I’ll keep the TV for movies that are uplifting rather than rude violent or just plain stupid and watch my Great Courses that I’ve subscribed to and haven’t finished watching.

I want to be a better friend, a better mother, a better sister, A better granma, I want to feel better, I want to be my best self

Of course I could do all that without making these changes, but would I? could I ? I’m hoping that by writing this down here now I will expect my self to honor my plan, to be frugal and watch my diet, decrease sugar…..except for chocolate and wine and drink more water!

Is it the fever talking?

SOLD

It’s a Dilemma I’m having

A new website or just add my art pages here?

After much frustration and deep thought I wonder what the purpose of my efforts are!

To remind myself, I’ll write my thoughts right here.

1 To promote my art.

2.To have a place to introduce my art to new readers (get new readers!)

3.To remind my readers that my art is available and can be purchased right here (prints)

4.Soon I will offer available original art here.

5 Besides flowers and trees I really like to paint abstract images, see Kate’s portfolio here.