All Lives Matter Skin tones all Beautiful.

It’s been pretty hot this week so my AC is on more than usual but I went out at about 8pm to walk with Charley. The sky, the light and the air seemed to have a special tint of rose. the mountains were beautiful and the lake is high and blue against the contrast of the mountains. I didn’t have my phone with me and it changes so fast I wouldn’t be able to capture the feeling and the beauty of the night.

It made me feel just slightly better after a day spent painting something trying to put in a painting feelings about what is going on in the USA. My painting has only skin tones paint, I’m hoping to see if I find the curator at the gallery (which is closed) to put it in the window tomorrow, the day of the funeral for Mr. George Floyd. There are very few African Americans in the area of New Mexico where I live, what is the word I’m looking for, the area is homogenous in that everyone looks about the same, I haven’t noticed a single Indian or Asian in the time I’ve lived here, and only a few of any color but white and some brown. Maybe i just don’t get out much, that could be true but I think we lose a flavor of life when our interaction is limited to people that look and often times think the same as we do.

There’s trouble in our land.

All lives matter

Home Sweet Home & Charley

I painted on my door and am looking at painting a few more areas on this side of the RV. See how fat Charley has gotten!

growing my victory garden, isn’t that what they were called during and after the war? Wish I’d been a little more careful as to where I put what seed but it looks good and soon I’ll find out.

acrylic ink on panel

I had not painted with the inks yet, didn’t really know how to use them so I’m trying it on different surfaces, I think most often they are used on tiles or on a shiny slippery surface so they run together making fantastic colors. I have been painting on a brown 8 x10 panel and I love how colors mix, how vibrant they are and how they are flat on the surface like they belong there. I’m going to try covering with resin because I don’t know how stable the colors are or if they’ll fade. Nice size painting for the walls of an rv. I’ve painted on both sides of the panel which was dumb because I’ll only resin one side, or maybe not, I like both sides. I ordered more panels, inks and resin and look forward to playing with them.

I bought a Primo water system a small fridge and a small room AC for my studio and was given this great leather chair so my place is full. Because of the loft the ceiling is very high so the AC doesn’t really cool the room much so I’ve covered the lowest part of ceiling with a large plastic drop cloth trying to keep the cool air down here, looks silly but it seems to help.

Stay Safe

I’m building a garden right here in the Park

Well, Amos built it for me following an article in a magazine given to me by a neighbor who knew I wanted a garden.

Thanks Gale!

It’s a simple 4×8 garden bed taken from the measurements and instructions found in the Sunset magazine so now I need to get soil to fill it. 16 cubic feet soil and 16 cf compost. We decided not to do it raised as I’ll probably need to sit while gardening. Dirt is not cheap! I’m going to plant seeds soon, some in those cute little cups of stuff until seedlings appear and some in pots. I want flowers too, plenty of flowers. Becky says she’ll water my plants while I’m gone. I’ll share produce. Amos is going to build one for himself too, they plan to stay here for at least a year. Becky should start one too but I don’t think they have space for one. I’m fortunate that my RV is small and my car is small so I have room for both my studio and a garden and am not crowded at all. CJ came over the other day (owner)o see what I was up to over here. I promised it would be neat and not a visual problem for her, it will be beautiful and soon we’d have veggies and flowers. (ojala)

I’m going to Virginia around the end of the month, GG, Charley and me leaving YOUCANDOIT home because I don’t want to deal with towing, that will be much unneeded stress. I look forward to seeing my Gente!

Went to the Grape gallery yesterday with another bunch of paintings but took them back home and hung them in the studio because she doesn’t have enough space to hang them. My other paintings were not hanging either. Tomorrow there is a ART WALK from 6 to 9 and they have a ART HOP the next Saturday. They have them monthly, the first and second Saturdays that galleries are open to the public from 6 tp 9 every month. I think there must be 6 art galleries in town. I wonder how that can survive in this small town but new galleries are opening, two in the past two weeks. I think I’ll go for a couple hours to see what it’s all about but not stay til 9pm as I don’t like driving at night if I can help it.

I’m going to concentrate on my guitar these days and stop painting for a while……..I have too many canvases I don’t know what to do with, my walls are covered in the studio and there’s no wall space in my RV. I’d take them with me to my daughters but she has six I just sent her. Mostly I want to just sell them but it is not a good thing to take your art to several galleries the same town, so I’m at Grapes Gallery for at least 2 months, that’s how long they will keep them if they don’t sell.

OH OH I just opened my photos to add a photo here and it says it can’t be opened and I should try a different photo program, that’s scares me, have lost my photos?

I guess I’ll shut down the computer to see if it will fix it self.

Good night

6 paintings

I’m getting Excited about this Company

NORWEX

Have you used their products? Been to a party?

I’m having a party! Yes I know I already said that but bear with me please.

I would not be having a party but the person who gave us the party in the RV park was so enthusiastic about the products, the company. (and the rewards for having the party.) The products are pricey but seem to be worth as they are making an effort to reduce the toxins in our homes, without a cost to the environment which we all know is in trouble.

I’m having a party because of all the free stuff I’ll be getting for having the party.

And

In the hope that my great grandchildren and yours may live in a world we have known and slowly and selfishly destroyed through ignorance and the consumer life style. Will they have a life without the fears of climate endangerment ? Lack of consumable water will be a huge problem in the future as we continue to contaminate the earth. They won’t unless we become aware of the damage done and efforts to preserve what we must for the future of our families.

I’m telling my daughters that they should sign up, There is one product that the host raved about. that is for removing your makeup. She says it takes everything off with just this towel and water, even mascara. It’s a start, buy that and sign up to host, I bought the dog hair glove, don’t have it yet.

You can sign up to host party and get free stuff too!

The sale is on face book, a private site and I give the names of friends that may be interested in the products. My party is on March 1, a Sunday and goes on for 5 days. I need to add the names on Feb 29. you don’t have to be a Facebook friend, I just need your name for Heather Kirven (consultant) to note who gets credit for the sale. (that would be me)

For me the only possible down side might be giving the names of friends.

But on thinking about possible cons I realize that if you don’t buy anything all they have is your name, no other info, it’s just like ordering an item anywhere , like amazon. I’ve put no money into this except for my purchase for Charley, it is not a pyramid thingamathing.

You can see their product line brochure on line so you will know just what you need/want before the party. Buying these cleaning products will save you from ever going down the cleanings product aisle again.

Drop me a note or an email if you want to be included in the party. (kothon@me.com)

Norwex 2020 catalog link

Charley is Jealous of my Guitar

I thought I’d get an inexpensive learner guitar and hopefully learn a new brain saving technique.

Whenever I start messing around with the guitar Charley begs for attention, attention and a belly rub. He throws himself in my lap, really it’s like he does a back flip bottoms up.

He doesn’t like it when I’m busy on my computer or reading either.

He’s spoiled and has doubled his arrival wight from 12 pounds to 24 pounds! He’s beautiful and generally well behaved.

He is happy to stay home alone because he hates going in the car, he shakes from the time we go til the time we get back. So now I leave him home with a treat.

He knows when I get my keys and put on my shoes I’m going in the car. He does very well home alone now, I don’t need to use that supersonic noise thing to keep him from barking, neighbors report he has not been barking, it’s because he’s happy not to go with me in the car.

Charley and friend.

Learning the guitar is not so easy, not easy at all! It looks easy and cool just strumming and humming but so far I can’t even remember the g string. Memory, that is the challenge I’m working on, it’s a bitch!

It’s been cold in Caballo but the afternoons are briskly pleasant. I am now a resident of New Mexico. I like it here. I should get my new drivers license and plates soon. It’s only taken me 2 visits to the DMV so far needing birth certifcate, marriage license translated insurance info and more but it was in the nicest DMV I’ve ever been in, no waiting efficient and a clean organized process. A far cry from my experience in TX. Small towns are great and almost no traffic!

I planted a few perennials today, hopeful for a splendid ‘Spring. I lost a few plants to frost even though they were in my studio, very sad and sorry my beautiful succulents collection froze.

A Soaking Tub in my Small RV?Is it Possible?

Probably should wait until I get it and test it out but…………..

Tomorrow it will arrive!!

A bath tub that I can put in my tiny shower space,

I am so excited!

It’s a Japanese bathing box (?) what to call it? Reviews on Amazon are great, people in RV’s love it as do people in small apartments without bathtubs. Being able to take a bath has been one hardship I thought I just had to live with and now even that concern may be resolved!

Life is good!

Info says water stays warm for about 40 minutes, I guess they call it a soaking tub. I can fill it with my shower hose, it’s not inflated……..

(if interested I found it on Amazon for less than $50.)

It folds up for storage but I expect to use it often so I’ll leave it ready for use. I was looking for bath tubs but none would fit in my space and then I found this, I’m wondering about getting in and out of it, may need to use a stool, I have one that should work if I need one. I’ll be able to use bubbles and salts and good smelling stuff and finally soak my feet! I’ll follow up after my first soak.

It’s chilly and raining today. We’ve stayed inside listening to the impeachment news, I don’t talk politics in the park, but I watch what’s going on every day, I believe history is being made right now and I wonder how it will be judged in years to come and whose names will be shamed or glorified. What will our descendants think when they read the names of the participants in this event, will it be shame or pride?

Charley is doing well after his brief ‘fixing’ and doesn’t seem to miss what is now missing.

Charley has put the blanket over his head, that means good night .

Good night.

Stuck on Pause?

Charley being Charley

About being stuck. I’m not really stuck. I just have periods of great activity that alternate with doing nothing.

I read a lot, I alternate my reading with something of value to my brain with thriller books in between. 2 thrillers to 1 bio or history . I’m reading The Kingdom of God is within you, by Tolstoy perhaps an odd choice for one with little or no interest in religion but I like to know stuff, to know why I have little or no interest.

I ‘m having trouble getting into Don Quijote in original Spanish. Really a tough read for me, but I’ll come back to it. This is what I do because I don’t have television. Really happy I can get plenty of library books on my ipad. If I didn’t I’d probably be more productive….but less informed.

I have (had) a nice 24 x 24 canvas that I didn’t like how it turned out so I sanded it down and put a coat of white house paint on it, lacking gesso. I’ve been curious to use a new set of inks and thought to give them a try on canvas though I doubt that is the usual use for them. I liked how they looked with just abstract forms and beautiful transparency but I wasn’t happy with the center of the painting and tried to cover it again with more white paint, then I spilled the blue paint…….and then I spilled the black. then trying to get it all together I messed up the whole canvas. What a waste! Maybe I can do a do over again. tomorrow.

We have seen some beautiful huge RV’s here lately but most just stay a short time, the snowbirds haven’t arrived yet, early for them still. CJ (owner) has regulars that come every winter. I’ve been here nearly a year, time flies.

It was chilly this morning Charley wore a sweater, so did I.

Miscellaneous Thoughts

Is Charley part horse?

Every time I say how well I’m managing my IC, I get smacked down. Or maybe I think I’m doing so well that I stop taking precautions. it is what it is.

My garden looks great! It has been raining and the winds have let up a bit, I’m thinking about making a raised bed garden behind my studio for mini veggies.

But I also want to upgrade my tiny bathroom with a tiny tub and replace the wall enclosure and that will cost a bit more than I can spend….oh yeah a new tiny sink too. And a new kitchen sink that I should have gotten when I changed the faucet.

Wants or Needs?

I have everything I need right here

human nature is to want more or better, i’m human.

I can’t remember if I told you that we went to Walmart, Charley wore his new emotional support animal ID thing and was super good walking around with me looking for the items I needed to unplug my stopped up shower drain, we didn’t do grocery shopping . A woman asked me what a emotional support dog does and all I could think of to say was that I’m old and live alone, he keeps me company.

I’m going to edit that remark and take a friends advise to simply say he gives me emotional support y mas nada! No more details.

Do you spend much time on the news? I do, too much time wasted it’s such a mess, we seem to have forgotten who we are, or maybe we are not who we thought we were.