Cripps Pink, Pink Lady
Apple Tree with Three Types of Apples: Anna, Fuji, and Dorsett Golden
Bee Showing Interest in Pink Lady Flowers
This is what I found when I was about to pop this little plant in the garden…
…and found it was somewhat root bound. After I found the condition of the plant, I popped it back in the pot. Needed to dig a larger hole.
Hope it likes its new home.
Every year on April 11th, I do something to acknowledge my nephew’s date of birth. When my nephew was 17 he had a major surgery. He survived the surgery, but died later that day.
This year feeling a bit done in, perhaps it is partially to do with the past year and the daily COVID news. I recently was fortunate to receive my first Pfizer jab. It is a bit of a relief that I am in the system.
The piece evolved from a celebration to a memorial piece for the loss of nephew, dad, sister, and mother.
The code on the bowl has my nephew’s, dad’s, sister’s, and mom’s DOB and DOD.
Memorial Bowl Placed on Box Filled With Family Keepsakes
Wool, Safety Pins, Roofing Felt, Photos Printed on Paper, Fabric Stiffener (Corn Starch and Water)
Attempt at Seed Propagation April 9, 2021
Dampened Paper Towels
May 5, 2021
This morning I found several Amaryllis seeds have sprouted. What a nice gift!
I potted up 12 sprouted seeds then placed the pots in a slightly opened plastic bag to retain moisture and humidity.
Ran out of pots. Used some of my stash of applesauce containers. Popped holes in the bottom of the applesauce containers for drainage.
20210511 Amaryllis Seed
My mother’s name was Dolores, not exactly pronounced the same as Dolorous, but I like that the definition is great sorrow.
April 8th is 3 years since we found my mother after the first of her strokes. She died on May 15th. I have been having a difficult time with grief this year. Decided to try to work it out in the studio. I recently worked on a software project, needed images of watch/clock faces for time. When I went through my mother’s things I found two identical watches and one similar. She must have really liked that style of watch.
The first watch has code for my brother and his birthdate, the center for me, and the right one for my sister. The watch used for my brother and sister have a date function, they are set at 15. The sections of the band were bound with black waxed linen for birthdates. The knotted fobs have code for names.
The black code above the watches–Great Loss Stops Time. Doesn’t really, but it should.
The woven section has the code–Vertical strands are my mother’s date of birth, the horizontal her date of death.
The knotted piece on the right has the code for–grandson, husband, daughter. The great losses during her life.
I was relieved to complete the piece, forgot to document it. I have it hung in her room. Unfortunately not much light. I used museum wax to make sure it doesn’t move about making it difficult to remove from the wall to take photos.
It was challenging to make the piece. When Michaels was moving to a new location, I bought a bunch of birch panels and frames for cheap. I used stain, paint, vinegar steel wool/salt, oil sticks baking soda attempting to age the wood. I was very close to burying the frame in the garden. After sanding it the umpteenth time, I applied a matte black spray paint. Seems okay with the black linen cord and the silver of the watches.
The tacks should have been easy peasy to attach the parts. Loads of resistance. What was really cheap delayed completing the piece at least a week. The challenge was welcome and was distracting.
Solandra Buds and First Flower of the Season
Passiflora Buds and Flower
Amaryllis Opened Pod