Category Archives: Marriage

Discussing Politics

Hi there readers. I’m sort of wordless today. I did make friends with my rosebush today. Turns out she is a great listener.

I wanted to share a link to a post a read on The Coffee Party website. They focus on discussing politics with civility and dignity. Have a fabulous day.

Virtual Art Class

Abstract Landscape

Abstract Landscape

So on this ongoing knockdown I indulged myself in a one-on-one consultation with my beloved art teacher. Wish I had done this a lot sooner. Tons of food for thought. Quite literally had to go take a nap to mentally digest all the things we talked about.

I shared some of my fears, or perhaps negative self talk. 1) My paintings never seem to look “finished.” 2) My art work looks immature and amateurish.

The first thing she said was something to the effect of “I’m sorry to disappoint you, but we all have these fears. Doesn’t matter how many years or decades you’ve been an artist.”She pointed out that I am a fast artist. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As a result I tend to finish a painting way before class is over. Then I keep slapping paint on top of it because I think I should still be doing so.

Point 2) my work looks immature and amateurish. She pointed out that the particular class I’m in, most of the women are doing very tradition work. Landscapes, portraits of grandchildren, pets, etc. If I compare my work, which is pretty abstract, to the work of others in my class I see that it’s different. I’ve been making the mistake of thinking that different equals bad. She pointed out that my fears on this regard are pretty common also.

So this is a lot to contemplate while I remain in seclusion because of this Covid lock-down. I feel lucky that I have room to work at home. However, I need to get off my butt and take advantage of it.

So happy Saturday to all of you. I hope you’re staying sane and safe during this rather bizarre time in human history.

Writing is Painting With Words

Greetings all on this beautiful Tuesday. I woke up on the right side of the bed today and everything seems wonderful. It feels marvelous to be regaining my health.

So it occurred to me when answering a comment on a previous post that the act of writing is painting with words. Back before all the pandemic adventure I announced to my teacher in class on day, “when I’m painting a picture I’m telling a story. When I’m writing a story I’m painting a picture.” Just kind of blurted it out. Didn’t quite sink in at the time how important and personal the concept was.

Since my art teacher can’t hold classes, we’ve been corresponding via e-mail. I expressed that I felt that I was just being a silly old women with an expensive hobby. She pointed out that my art was part of who I am, whether I’m actively painting or not. Also that viewing my painting and writing as a “hobby” kept it separate from myself as a trivial activity that I could drop at anytime, instead of being an important part of myself.


So without further adieu, here is a painting I’ve been working on. It’s an unfinished work in progress. The title is Turbulence. It’s reflects my life recently which has indeed been rather turbulent. I won’t go into details at this time, just believe me it has.

UPDATE – I’m Not a Plague Carrier!


So just an update if you’re interested. I got the results of the Flu and Covid test. As of today I tested negative for both. Thank you, Lord! And pass the biscuits.

The Covid test does not show if I had the virus when I was so deathly ill 5 weeks ago. There is a test coming out that looks for Covid antibodies in the blood. I will definitely take that test as soon as it is available.

I’m kind of a quandary though. Since I don’t know if I had it…I could still be vulnerable to contracting it. Yeesh. But it’s good to know that I am virus free at the moment. It was kind of creepy and weird feeling like a plague carrier.

I know logically that it wasn’t my fault. I didn’t go to the airport and lick any doorknobs or french kiss someone who just got finished coughing up a lung. But still, I was terrified that my husband was going to get sick. He hasn’t yet. He’s exhausted and freaked out that his wife was so sick. But otherwise OK.

Well that’s it for now, dear readers. Thanks for listening. Talk to you soon.

Social Distancing VS a Mariachi Band

Mariachi BandHuman beings never cease to amaze me. We are the most fascinating creatures on earth. Since I’ve been so deathly sick I haven’t really had an issue with social distancing. It’s not really on the radar while I’m just trying not to pee my pants from coughing so hard.

So anyway, about a week ago, I staggered out to mailbox as my way of getting some fresh air and exercise and what do my wondering eyes behold? About 4 houses down they were throwing a huge party with a Mariachi band….in the front yard no less. I couldn’t believe my eyes. In this neighborhood nobody does anything in their front yard but check mail and grab the newspaper. All parties go on either in the house or the backyard. This is an old suburban housing track with huge back yards.

This was a major statement on their part. “Screw you world and screw social distancing. We’re having a party! Neener Neener! I struggled with whether or not to call the police, but ultimately didn’t. I have a hard time doing that unless there is a murder, assault, or theft going on.

Now that I think about, I wish I had. There could be a death as a result of this blatant disregard for exposing themselves or someone else to the Covid virus. At the very least its an inhumane and callous disregard for the welfare of others.  Yesterday my son informed me that one of his friends lost his wife to the virus. Yep, she straight up died. That’s just mind blowing and tragic.

I just don’t understand how some people can think that it’s OK to put someone’s life at risks just because you don’t feel like staying home. It kind of reminds me of the early days of AIDS when people would have unprotected sex knowing they were HIV positive. At least with aids you could pretty much avoid it by not have unprotected sex and avoiding blood products if at all possible.

With this Covid-19 Virus? Well it’s kind of difficult to not breath. And that’s pretty much the only way to avoid exposure if you are around other people.

I finally got tested yesterday for Covid. My doctor ordered it. It was a rather interesting experience and quite well organized. I was impressed. I was instructed to go to a particular hospital and park in an area cordoned off by traffic cones and call a phone number when I got there. A few minutes later an actual Doctor and Nurse came out dressed in full hazmat gear came out to my car.

I got a full medical workup in my car. The Doctor checked my blood oxygen, listened to my lungs, poked around on my abdomen and listened to my long tail of medical woe. Then he stuck a stick up my nose, both nostrils, all the way to my brain. Yea it hurt. Twice because they tested me for Covid and Flu. He went back inside for a few minutes and came back out to tell me that I was scheduled for a chest x-ray. I walked into the hospital got the x-ray and that was that. The whole process took a grand total of 30 minutes.

Just FYI, my x-ray was clear so I don’t have pneumonia. Yee Hah! That was a huge relief to me, the Hubman and everyone else I told.

I think I like getting a check up in my car. How convenient! I hope this ends up being part of the new normal.

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