Monday, September 26, 2011

You thought I was relaxing?

No, I haven't been sitting by a lake watching the sunset. Instead I have been taking hundreds of photos while fighting gnats and hordes of mosquitoes.

I am finding shows where I can exhibit my work. Currently I have two photos and one fabric collage in a juried show in Willimantic that is sponsored by ARTS Fiesta. The camera club show opens at ART SPACE on Main Street in October. And I am making arrangements for my own show at the hospital gallery in January. Heady stuff, all this. Also expensive to frame or mount everything. It would be a dream come true to win one of the three prizes at the Fiesta show. A girl can dream, can't she?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

No email - no blogging -- no internet!

As you can see by the photo, our cat, Big Guy, stayed dry during the hurricane. Schedules were disrupted Sunday morning as the wind was blowing too hard to let the cats outside. You know how disgruntled a cat can get when he wants to go outside and can't? Pretty grumpy.

We were fortunate and suffered no damage from "Irene." Lots of limbs down as this picture of the front yard shows and a major cleanup to be done. The bottom picture of the pines show how large they are and how close to the house. I was very worried about them falling, but when the other trees were thrashing wildly the pines were not moving that much.

A tree came down on the wires in the neighborhood and some people lost power. Luckily we didn't so we could have a hot breakfast as we watched the storm from the many large windows in the house. But no cable and no internet!! We had no idea what was going on in the world. My weather radio was equipped with batteries just in case. It goes off frequently to warn us of thunderstorms and severe weather. But strangely, during the hurricane it didn't go off a single time. The day after the storm it went off with a warning of floods.

We were suffering withdrawal from lack of news. Monday we didn't try to venture out until late in the day and all the newspapers were sold out. Tuesday Mr. B went out early and bought three newspapers! News at last. Reading that 80% of homes in Eastern Connecticut were without power made me realize how lucky we had been. Many traffic lights were out on one side of town and it was chaos.

Cleanup is underway and the front yard is clear. Now the back will get our attention. As much as I hate leaf blowers, I have to say using one is much faster and easier then raking. A neighbor who has a yard service is going to chip all our limbs and leave me the chips.

I hope everyone came through the storm with no damage!

Join me for Mosaic Monday with Mary at the Little Red House.