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Powering Up

I want to get back to a normal mode of life, but today was not quite there. We didn’t go to church because we needed to take Lisa to the airport. First, we washed a lot of dishes which we could not face last night. Mr C washed; I dried and put away.

Then, with a sun break beckoning, we went for our first 40 minute walk in over a week.

We got back just in time to scarf down some leftovers and hop in the car to head to the airport with Lili and Willfredo ensconced in his little carry on bag.

We left the airport on the north side of Portland and headed south toward Tualatin to exchange my new rain jacket for a more Gericon color. I wanted the rusty brown, but alas it was gone so I settled for blue. I hear that blue iris is the Pantone selection for the color of 2008. My jacket is sort of a lighter shade.

While we were driving around, the skies opened up and it started pouring. At the airport, lightening struck the plane Lisa was to take, while it was sitting at the gate. She hastily made her way to the desk and got a flight to Oakland and stayed on schedule.

Back at home, I spent some time catching up on my blogging community and e-mails. I looked for recipes on line for use with my gift from Steph and Jack:


I found recipes for lamb and sweet potatoes and chicken and veggies and chickpeas. I can’t wait to cook up something Moroccan.

Tomorrow, I need to send Indigo Moons to the Carnegie Art Center in Indiana for the Form Not Function show so I used my new power tools to make a slat for hanging.


That little power saw was on my Christmas wish list and Mr C came through. It came with a screwdriver/drill and a flashlight. I feel so independent, now. I can never find his tools, and I hate asking and waiting. Tonight, I sewed the sleeve and it will be off to the show tomorrow. I just have to e-mail an artist’s statement.

I also started thinking about what I will do with this piece of fabric.


I received this from Jane Dunnewold for the Art Cloth Challenge II. I get to add some additional surface design to this and send it back mid-February. I am not allowed to show you what I do with it, but I will blog about it, and you will have to use your imaginations!! It is silk that has been dyed with mixing blue. It was tied with some rubber bands and scrunched in a stocking. Everyone got the exact same fabric so it will be fun to see the final results. Before I do any other surface design, I want to overdye it, possibly with orange. Does anyone know what color I will get? Or maybe yellow.

Tonight, we had more leftovers. They were even better today. Tomorrow, I am going to put the leftover sweets in small baggies for the homeless lunch program. They need the calories more than I do.

7 Responses to “Powering Up”

  1. Kristin L says:

    Cool challenge. Because of the warmness of the orange, you’re more likely to get a muddy brown than a true grey. The key though, is that complementary colors neutralize each other, so the closer you get to a 50/50 mix the more “neutral” you get. In reality, it tends to be muddy. Mixing the blue with yellow will lean towards green; since the blue is pretty strong, you’ll get more leafy greens than limey ones.

  2. Sherrie says:

    I believe that mixing blue & orange (complentary colors) will produce gray. Since the blue looks more like a turquoise, and depending on the ratio of colors (50/50 or 60/40, etc.), it may turn out to be a bluer gray. Good luck!

  3. DebR says:

    Happy New Year, Gerrie! I hope 2008 is wonderful for you and everyone you love.

  4. Judy says:

    I’m so envious of your power tools, as I have the same problem with C and his toys! Wish I’d thought of asking for my own!!


  5. Kathie says:

    Oh, I would like one of those tajines. Have fun with it. I may just have to gift myself with one of those.

  6. PaMdora says:

    Wow you got some cool looking christmas stuff. I love that dish that looks like tin man goes enamel. And if I knew they made power tools like that, I’d have asked for some. They look like koi or lucky cat colors. Happy new year’s eve!

  7. dee says:

    Busy day! That fabric is yummy. Happy, healthy, New Year to you. Thanks for the gift of your friendship.