Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Nice day!

I hope you're all having as nice a weekend as I am!
The weather is very summer-like, hovering around 80*.
Our little town was flooded with folks dressed in tight, neon, biking outfits. The Heartland Trail cuts right through the middle of town, so we're the refueling spot for all hungry or thirsty bikers and hikers, plus the occasional horseback rider. It's much easier to enjoy this when I don't have to work. :)

I found this on the internet, but it's sort of what it looked like today, only fancier bikers. ;)

My piano has been adopted by a friend of the family. He and his son picked it up today and were going to take it home where the whole family will use it. I'm glad to know it has found a good home. This is the same guy who has the Jasper Theater that I mentioned and I wasn't sure where he was going to use the piano. I'm blessed to have it moved!

I've noticed that some of the older, more established residents of this apartment building are doing some gardening in the back yard. It's supposedly a communal area, but I don't really feel the urge to act like it's really my yard, lol. My little balcony garden is enough for me to keep up with. They're mostly just cleaning up the flower beds and putting up some hanging baskets. I'm glad to see they are enjoying making a home of this place. I'm not sure how long I'll be here. It may be a few years, but I'm sure I'll begin to fit in as time passes.

Besides going over to supervise the piano moving, I also dropped in on Micah and the girls for a visit. Adam had to work for a few hours, so we caught up on our chattering. Being around those girls just makes me happy!

Otherwise, I've been hanging around home. Napping, reading and making some art. I finished up my ATCs for the Mid-May Pick a Theme swap. Here are the last three cards...

No sooner did I finish this swap than one of my swap buddies hooked me into another one! She calls it the Exquisite Corpse swap. The name sounds kind of gruesome, but I know she's a nice Christian gal, so I checked it out. Not as bad as it sounds, lol. The rules were confusing, but basically you draw one person on three cards, like this...

When she gets everyone's cards she'll mix them up so we each get a mixed up picture with mismatched parts. I know, it's weird, but it keeps us out of trouble. By the way, she drew this picture as far as I know. Please do not know the speech. I've already done my pencil sketch. I drew a fox, standing on his hind legs, playing a concertina. We'll see how it turns out.

I just wanted to capture the morning sun flooding into my living room.

The hummingbirds have been busy at my feeder. The DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources) has been asking people to take down their feeders. A lady was attacked by a black bear a few days ago. She's a neighbor of one of my fellow deli workers. The bears are coming into people's yards to eat the bird feed and usually it only causes damage to the feeders. This lady went out at night when she heard a noise. She had no yard light and couldn't see that it was a mama bear with cubs. She was mauled by the bear, but managed to get back inside after the bear left. That's life in the wild woods, folks. I'm glad that even the most talented bear can't get to my feeders. Micah and Adam have taken theirs down and I hope they'll be careful about going out after dark.

It's getting dark out, there's a cool breeze coming in my balcony doors, and I can hear dishes clanking through the back door of the little cafe half a block away. Almost bedtime in the city of Nevis. After a little more loafing around.

Thanks for stopping by. God bless and shalom, all.


  1. A bear mauled my daughter's feeder that was hanging right outside the kitchen window. My daughter and her husband were in bed and heard the noise, but didn't investigate :-)

    I'm glad you don't have to take down your hummingbird feeder!

  2. oh, gosh! that sounds dangerous! we only have opossums and skunks to worry about here!

  3. I hope that poor woman that got mauled by the bear will be okay. What a terrifying experience. Yes, I think your feeder is pretty inaccessible to bears.
    I like the barn owl ATC with the spider's web in the corner.

  4. A good journey of your piano! Nice art-cards! Friendly sun in your rooms and in your heart! The bear will not come to your place, maybe just as some nice picture in your drawing cards! :)

    Good night, dear Lisa, be sheltered and blessed!

  5. Your small but rich garden-balcon is enough to praise the Lord and invite friends and birds :)


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