Things That Come Out of an Addled Brain

It’s really a lovely morning. Sunny, blue skies, quiet surroundings in which to enjoy my morning coffee. I sometimes worry that perhaps I shouldn’t drink as much as I do, although I rarely go over three cups in the morning, and don’t drink coffee the rest of the day. However, yesterday I read that we should not exceed 400 whatevers a day, and that one cup is about 100 of those whatever measurement they were using. So turns out I’m doing just fine and not overdoing it. Deep sigh of relief.

This morning I tried to take a video of my Nong cat’s behavior when “her” puppy, Shasta, comes to the door to come in. I obviously was not paying proper attention, because what I captured was not the cat alerting me to Shasta’s need. It was mostly the little table top that sits next to my chair. Another time, I’ll try again.

I have often asked those who support the current resident of the White House what it is about him that they like – specifically, do they admire him, and what actions has he taken make them think he is doing a good job. No one ever answers those questions. Which raises the question – why is that? The best I have gotten is “he’s doing what he said he’d do” – well, he said a lot of things, most of which change from moment to moment, so can you give me specifics? Guess not.

I’ll be right back. Going to get that third cup of coffee.

A friend has asked me to do the illustrations for a children’s book she is writing. Challenge, that one – drawing does not come naturally to me. Nor does using watercolors, but that’s what I’ve opted to do, so it’s practice time. Learn as you go time. I can tell this is going to be a slow process. Hopefully I will do well enough that it’s also a rewarding process. Here’s my practice run for the first illustration:

I see things to change – but that’s what practice runs are for, isn’t it? I’ve realized that, among other things, I need to get some masking fluid – what I have is old and dried up. That’s a today project, a trip to town for that and a few other items to keep me stocked up until I make another trip to town in a couple of weeks. Sometimes Amazon is not the answer. Rarely.

We’re heading into the end of summer, although the hottest days we’ve had this year are due to arrive this week. Perhaps they will be the last hurrah. I’m always ready for fall, but never ready for winter. In my next life, I’m going to be wiser with money so I can travel to warm places for winters. Or at least a warmer place, one that is more readily accessible during snow time. We have mountains surrounding us which make it a challenge. At least for me. I’m a wimp.

Are you just so impressed by all my deep thoughts?  The best of them is knowing that I sit here, having enough, satisfied with life. For the most part. Are we ever completely satisfied?

Wishing you enough – today, tomorrow, and always.


About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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11 Responses to Things That Come Out of an Addled Brain

  1. Sadje says:

    Love your practice run. I can’t do anything half, or quarter as good. About the supporters of potus, they don’t have an answer which doesn’t embarrassed them that they still support him!

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  2. loisajay says:

    I do love the things that come out of your brain, Carol. I, too, have wondered about the response: “he’s doing what he said he’d do” That isn’t a response at all. So I don’t get it. And I let that thought drift away lest I spend any more time thinking about him…which should never happen.
    Illustrate a children’s book–how wonderful! I think the first painting is lovely. I should paint half as good. I keep saying, ‘when I retire’ I will do more. Is that an excuse or a promise? Anyway, I think you work is very pretty and I am definitely excited that you illustrations will be in print.

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  3. leendadll says:

    I’m impressed with your painting. I haven’t had the guts to try watercolor because I’m pretty sure I’ll get too frustrated.
    I’m happy you posted. I’ve been wondering where everyone went!! Good luck with the illustrations!

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  4. I think your ‘practice run’ is wonderful and appropriate for what I know of children’s books illustrations. I do an acrylic painting class once a month through the local senior’s center, and this past week at that class, we were discussing how we’re each our own worst critic. My pieces (four so far) turn out so/so (IMHO) and i always ALWAYS see flaws. Sometimes we just have to let it go and be satisfied. Your drawing/painting is lovely.

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  5. I love your first attempt at illustrating a children’s story! It just shows it is never too late to try something new. And those questions you pose to supporters seem very rational and objective to me. So why can’t they answer them likewise. At least you are trying to understand the other viewpoint and not fall into red and blue divisions. We need more people who are willing to do that. Keep up the good work!

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  6. Exciting news about the painting project – hope you have fun. ALSO exciting to learn that part about the coffee intake. High five!

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    No one ever answers those questions.

    Same here. It’s baffling to me how you can be for someone/something, yet have no concrete reason for it. Or maybe there is a reason, and sharing it reveals who you really are, eh? 🤨


  8. Lisa says:

    Illustrations for a children’s book?! How exciting! And now that we’re going into “gratitude season,” I hope the discontent of my attitude changes. xoxo

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