Larry.s Creative Zone
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
As I look out my side window in the downstairs room I see this dried up bloom of a hydrangea. I planted it against the house late in the summer and really didn’t go back to trim it back. It looks strange like that but I am betting it did survive. They are tough. It was dug from the old house where I had gotten a start of it from a house up the street. The root and stem was probably only a foot tall. I am so anxious to see what happens with this plant and all of the others that I brought to the new place. In two months, things should let me see how things are doing.
Our thoughts of putting shelves on walls to fill space in which can be used for display of things and art work. It does seem to be our next move. We are not rushing out to get anything and will live with blank walls until they bothers us too much.
We take my wife’s friend from the nursing home to her apartment today. She needed to have rehab to get back on her feet again. The flu was the problem and the hospital did get her back again. We got her apartment ready for her yesterday and today we transfer her to her place. She is not completely better so we will keep an eye on her. She is an independent soul so we won’t hover but we make sure we can get groceries and wha ever for her to get back to functioning on her own as best she can. I do hope she can get well enough to go do here own shopping but time will tell on that.
I hope everyone is good. I am praying for some to be better, health wise, and wish everyone to stay safe and warm. It is good to get this up today. Thanks for stopping by today.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
I do believe that this is Sunday morning's sunrise. Note that the sun now has moved in position and is not behind that house to the right. I have to go out on the back deck and look down towards the east around the house of mine and the neighbors. Our house looks great sitting off line with true north and south but it still drives me crazy. I had Barney out late this afternoon and I could actually see the sun starting to set, up and to my right. There are too many houses in the way to see the actual seeing.
I was able to get a shot of the moon, late Monday afternoon. When seeing others shots of it, I still don’t have the best shot, but this one seems pretty good to me. I have taken so many failed shots of the moon in my past.
A gift from our kids in Maine is this wind chime. It is made in glass that resembles sea glass found along the Atlantic shore line. It hangs above the oxalis next to the bird cages. Every night and morning when I move the curtains for the birds, I get to hear them chime. The birds are so happy in the morning when I push back the curtains to let them see the out of doors. The make danger signals to each other whenever they see something outside that looks dangerous. Other birds are out and about and they do see them.
We are busy doing things today but nothing too specific. We need to get my wife’s friend apartment ready for her when she goes home tomorrow. We have food to stock and a bed to make. The things we can do so she doesn’t have to worry about it when she gets back. She is a very independent person so she will figure out how she can make it on her own. She was getting to be dependent on her walker to go places but at home she can manage. Our weather is very cold today so we have to bundle up to go places. We have a few errands for ourselves to do also. Thanks for stopping in today. Have a good Tuesday.
Monday, January 29, 2018
I didn’t get called in today to serve on District Court jury duty. It is good to be freed from that for the week. We are very cold again today and a light snow is falling. I wish you all to have a good day today. Thanks for checking in on my blogging spot.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
My shop floor rug is clean again. I had made minor cuts of wood on my drop down saw and it left a fine powder of sawdust. I promised myself that I will get that saw outside when it warms up and try not to ever cut wood in the basement shop again. We don’t have a place to put that rug for now so it does make my shop look fancy.
I am having a blog slump today and really am forcing myself to do this. I did have a good thing happen a few days ago when the District Court told me that I didn’t have to come in for jury duty this whole week. I have to call in on a Friday to see if I am on duty for the next week. I did get the first week canceled. They did suggest that they do have a court case but it was postponed for next week. I have lots of things to do but I guess I will be occupied off an on for the entire month of February. It isn’t far to travel from where I live but the parking is a very difficult thing. Things will seem better tomorrow.
I took down my wreath yesterday from the garage gable and I have to put away my golden shiny deer for the season. Other wise all is done down concerning decorations. Tomorrow is a new day. Thank you for stopping by today
Friday, January 26, 2018
It is a nice way to start the day. The cloud formations were more impressive than the sun glow itself. When I was out in the open the wind was blowing hard.
I was at the old place this morning working on the downstairs bathroom. I had to tear out the vanity and will be replacing it. The marble like top of the unit can be reused but I needed to get and new clean white vanity type base in there. Tearing out the old was the hardest part but I see I may need to replace some floor tile too. It is a very small bathroom so don’t think I am going to work too hard.
The afternoon is a rest time now as it should be. The wind is so strong that I can’t really work outside. I though I was going to be blown way this morning while pumping gas. The canopy above really creaked and I don’t remember being shoved away from where I was standing ever before. You see weather people getting tossed around but this was really a strange feeling.
Thanks everyone for stopping by today.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
While putting things away on the basement storage shelves yesterday, I found an old child’s toy. I remember it as being bought for our oldest son who is over 40 years old now. They probably still sell these but it was very trendy in stores at that time of simply designed wooden toys. The simple shape of the body of the helicopter and the one drilled hole for a window is such a great symbolized shape. There was no need for a tail rudder as it is a representation of a helicopter and not the real thing. I remember that the boy’s grandparents had furniture that had Scandinavian influence on it back in the 1970s.
I found the helicopter in the Tinker Toy box. There is a hidden monkey figure in this photo. You will have to see if you can find him.
I really don’t know where these came from but I believe the boy’s grandparents on their mom’s side had them in their basement. It says on one of them that it is the senior set but the one I had was much bigger than that. My wife tells that she did have a small set like the box on the right. Her mom bought them for her under protest as she didn’t want her girl playing with boy toys.
We are moving into a warm spell here and I can see sunshine already. I did hear a weather person on TV say that it will dip back down again in a few days. For now seeing the sun makes every one feel better. Thanks for stopping by the blogspot today. I wish you to have a great day.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
I am back at the office today having taken 25 photos. It is editing time and I think I ended up with 22 shots that I can use. I don’t know if you notice but I have bought a book to read. It is about the artist Monet and one of his rough times in his life. He starts painting again and generates the large, huge, paintings of waterlilies. I don’t read much as I am too project oriented but I am working on the retirement life and what I should do. Taking time to read is a good intention for sure.
Of those who have followed me for a while, this lineup looks familiar to you. I had them sitting in a row at the old house in the dining room.
They sit on this antique display case that I rescued from the back of an old furniture store. As I matured in my old age, I did discover that it is a box that held a clock. Some would say it was a Seth Thomas clock but I don’t have anyway to prove that. It was being used for holding antique furniture polishes and stains. It is now my junk drawer on display, down in my office area in the basement. It hangs on the opposite wall of the newest made shelving piece that I won’t talk about any more.
My wife’s dad use to love to pick up boxes of junk, buying it for one single item. The ceramic birds came from such a box. The jar holds agates from the beach as well as Native American pottery shards from Lake Pokegma, Minnesota. Their are decorations from corn pressed in the clay before it was fired. Depression glass jar from a Hoosier cupboard and an ink bottle with its tiny spout.
The little jar with a stopper was one of the things left inside of this cupboard. I see a pendent that my dad bought for my mom while he was stationed in Washington D C. Another from of an ink well that was place in the hole of a school desk sits there to the right. The lid had to be flipped open and a glass piece inside held the ink. I never noticed that there are two birds on this figurine.
While I am downstairs taking photos the dog really misses me. We have a gate at the top of the stairs just in case. We had a small dog fall down the stairs once and we are not going through that again with this guy. His eyesight is bad and he never could do indoor stairs in the old place.
We are out and about this afternoon. Good deeds are needed and we will be doing a few. My wife’s friend is better and rehab has helped her a lot. She had the flu and it really threatened her life. She is not walking normally but she is walking. She was reaching the age that a walker was a good thing for her to have.
We missed the storm by "this much" and that was good. We had a hard freeze last night but we should be up to the 35’s F. today. Thank you all for stopping by today.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
It all began back in early December. The obsession developed as the whole project kept being interrupted with things. Christmas was a big interruption but there were a lot of behind the scenes things that just didn’t make it happen. The biggest problem was that the maker really didn’t have a plan. Throw in a time when I wanted to just tear it apart and burn it did slow things down.
My original design started as four wide boards put into a box and every board had a twist in it making it appear to be a square wrinkled piece of pasta. I would never had put any shelves into the design and the weight would have been too much. Also it was so twisted that it would not of gone against the wall.
It is on the wall and has been loaded down. I do believe as time goes by the my dad’s two smaller trains will be combined and reduced in size so I can display more antique toys and things. The older engine on that train would never be pulling a car from Montgomery Wards.
Now that it is done, I need to move on to other things. Taking a jet to the south for some sun would be great but that isn’t going to happen, I am going to consolidate the children’s toys now and make room for a place to put the rest of the Christmas decorations. I am going to clear all the mess from the shelf project and get my workspace opened up for the next inspiration. As was said in one of the Star Trek movies, you all are now relieved from your duties of hearing about the past project. I am relieved too that it is done.
Light snow today as we missed the major storm by two counties. It was good to not have that storm but feel badly about those in northwest Iowa and Minnesota. We completely melted off our snow and I got to wash the car and garage floor. The just above freezing temps seem warm compared to what we have had the past month. Thank you for stopping by today.
Monday, January 22, 2018
No snow in sight as we missed a big storm. We are on the bottom edge of it and may see a snow fall into the night. The angel sits a waits for the next weather condition to hit it.
I did get my bridge put in today after having a temporary piece of plastic to fill the gap. The dentist had time to really get it all to fit so that when I closed my mouth, I could really close my mouth. A little grinding on the good teeth allowed the new fake teeth to blend together, so I have a new solid row of teeth. The procedure is like fitting in a puzzle piece but the snapping of the new piece meant pushing down on my jaw until we hit China. After the trial fit, the glue is applied and another procedure of pushing hard until it is all in place tightly is repeated. I am glad it is in, done, and I can now eat normally for the first time in many years.
We missed the storm and we are glad about that. North of us the weather is horrible. We still have a dark, overcast day but it is better than freezing rain and snow. I hope everyone is well today and thanks for stopping by today.