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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 20): 05/20/19
My daughter's school was doing standardized testing all week and running on a block schedule. That meant that every day she was getting out early. We took advantage of the no homework and early release to do more geocaching (weather permitting). I let her do most of the searching and I had fun taking photographs of the area. Lots of caches are in our many regional parks.
My other big project was installing the hardware to make my shadow box gallery ready. I bought some drawer knobs which I screwed into the box. These provide a solid base for the rectangles I've built to hold my canvases in place but still allow me to swap them out as needed. I also installed the wire hanger on the back.
Late in the week I started on Mini Nature 5. This one is a ladybug on pickle weed. It's from a photo I took a few years back a the Hayward Regional Shoreline.
What I read:
I finished four books. My favorite book last week was Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali. It's delightful from start to finish.
What I'm reading:
I wanted to also finish Opposite of Always by Justin A Reynolds but I've only made it to the halfway point. It's a longer than usually for me book and it's one of those books where I don't want to skim. I'll finish it this week.
Posts and reviews:
Comment #1: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 23:29:42
I love the photo and your shadow box. I think we have woodpeckers like that but I haven't been able to get a close picture.
Comment #2: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:21:00
The acorn woodpecker's range is in strips in Mexico, a small area in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, and the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. That said, I've only seen them since moving to my current home. Down the hill a little ways at the condo, we had Nuttall's woodpeckers instead. Earlier in the year I treated myself to a 300mm lens and it is making photographing birds easier.
Comment #3: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 00:16:00
I love the art work. The cozy mysteries look good, too. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.
Comment #4: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:29:00
I'm working more cozy mysteries into my reading. They're fun and a nice break from longer books I'm reading. I'm glad you like the artwork.
Comment #5: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 00:43:29
My kids and I enjoy geocaching, too!
Comment #6: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:39:00
Weather permitting, we might go tomorrow.
Comment #7: Monday, May, 20, 2019 at 00:59:17
I’ve long wanted to read Laura Child’s Cackleberry Club series. I hope you are enjoying it.
Have a great reading week
Comment #8: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:41:00
I'm still on the fence in regards to the Cackleberry Club series. It's not instantly winning me over like other series have.
Comment #9: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 02:04:17
>Love the colors on your shadow box. What a bright and beautiful project!
Comment #10: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:44:00
Thank you. I had fun working on it.
Comment #11: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 03:03:42
>We don't have woodpeckers, such interesting birds. The shadow box looks great all finished. Happy reading, I see another Babymouse book, I enjoyed reading a few about her.
Comment #12: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:49:00
Miss Communication is from the middle grade series. It's mostly a novel with some graphic novel elements. The third in that series comes out later this year.
Comment #13: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 07:06:52
What great times you have been spending with your daughter! What fun it must be to geocache together.
Your art is lovely. The shadow boxes are fascinating. Beautiful.
I read and loved Margaret Laurence's book The Stone Angel some time ago. I think I will add Jest of God to my list of possibilities for future reading.
Have a great week!
Comment #14: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:52:00
The shadow box was a means to an end. I needed a way to make those little paintings gallery ready but they are too small for a standard wire. Frames don't come that small either so I'd have to make a custom one. A shadow box was easier and can hold four at once.
I read and reviewed The Stone Angel last month.
Comment #15: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 08:56:09
Love the bird photo. I really liked Wild Blues & almost started Love from A to Z last week.
Comment #16: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:57:00
I loved both Wild Blues and Love from A to Z. I hope you can read Love... soon.
Comment #17: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 09:06:54
The shadow box is so clever! Love your canvases... so pretty. Have a good week.
Comment #18: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:59:00
Thank you. The shadow box was an affordable solution for getting the canvases into something that could hang properly in the gallery.
Comment #19: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 09:15:15
I love your shadow box and that you can swap them in and out. We're thinking about installing a picture rail in our living room so that we can hang paintings, etc. off of it and swap them out instead of having a million nail holes in the wall.
Comment #20: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 21:59:00
I had to make the box swappable because I'm planning on selling those canvases individually. I already have a buyer for the bee on the cornflower. The box though can be used for future small canvases. I have another seven to paint beyond the ladybug I've recently started.
Comment #21: Monday, May, 20, 2019 at 12:04:27
>Geocaching sounds like fun. Love the woodpecker photo. Can't wait to see what your new project looks like once it is completed.
Lots of great books on your list. I enjoy cozy mysteries. They have always been one of my favorite genres.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Comment #22: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 22:05:00
My goal is to paint a total of at least twelve of these mini canvases to sell at the November holiday boutique. Actually one of them has already been sold — the bee on the cornflower. If I have time, I'll start on another twelve canvases.
Comment #23: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 14:04:41
That photo of the bird is beautiful! I love your art work, I'm not very crafty.
I see a few books that interest me.
Comment #24: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 22:10:00
Compared to other artists who show at the same gallery, I often don't feel as crafty. But the paintings are still fun to do.
Comment #25: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 14:11:00
Great assortment of books. I want to read more Rachel Hawkins and Laura Childs. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Comment #26: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 22:12:00
It's been ages since I've read a Rachel Hawkins book. It's nice to be revisiting her books.
Comment #27: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 22:15:06
Love the bees!
Comment #28: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 22:13:00
Comment #29: Monday, May, 20, 2019 at 22:25:53
Beautiful pic of the woodpecker. I hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!
Comment #30: Monday, May 20, 2019 at 22:14:00
Thank you. There are plenty of less successful shots to go with that one good one.
Comment #31: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 12:45:03
I love going out to geochache. Glad you got to go out and explore with your daughter.
I keep seeing Woman 99 pop up places, I feel like it means I should give it a try.
Comment #32: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 21:45:00
We haven't done any in the last week. Schedule and weather got in the way. But summer vacation is almost here. That will free up some time. Woman 99 is good, although a bit wordy at times. It's set in Napa and San Francisco which is making this historical fiction extra interesting for me.
Comment #33: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 13:28:20
Erin @ Cracker Crumbs
I really enjoyed Truly Devious. Maybe because I would have really liked going to that school when I was a kid. :)
I attempted some small painting myself this week! I made a peg doll with a bee on it for my son - I am not particularly gifted at drawing/painting so it is not the greatest, but I tried. :) He likes it, I guess that is what is important.
Have a great week!
Comment #34: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 21:49:00
I liked the book too. I have the sequel out from the library right now. Keep up crafting and painting. Get your son involved too. He'll appreciate it. No project has to be perfect.
Comment #35: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 21:34:18
Looks like you had a great week! I'm always excited to see woodpeckers! We have a red bellied pair that will bang on the house when the feeders empty. Lol
Comment #36: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 21:51:00
I love watching woodpeckers. These are so different from the fluffy little Nuttall's woodpeckers that would visit at the condo. These ones are cheekier.
Comment #37: Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 09:30:15
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
I love your artwork and that's an inspired way to display the paintings together!
Comment #38: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 21:53:00
Thanks. I'll be dropping off the shadow box next weekend. We'll see how it looks in the show with all the other art.