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Sep 18, 2018

Step !: Collage workshop

Dear Friends,
At 7:15 this morning Zing! went to Tony’s, and I went to a collage workshop led by Elizabeth St. Hilaire. She lives in Orlando and I learned about her when I lived in Florida. Her collages are bright and happy. So I was surprised that she’s leading a workshop in northern California. 


We painted an apple ahead of class time. In the workshop we are going to paint paper, then tear it, then glue it onto a canvas-covered board to make a collage of that apple. Today I learned various ways to use print and stencil and paint. By 4 p.m. I was tired. I guess that means I’m learning something. Here is my first step: the painted apple.

Love,
k



Sep 16, 2018

Sacramento Deco

Dear Friends,
I  love this building in the 2500 block of J Street. It reminds me of the Art Deco buildings on Miami Beach. It is a boutique of new and “vintage” clothing named ShopCuffs. When I drew it on a Sunday it was closed, but soon I’m going there to shop.
Love,
k

Sep 14, 2018

Zing!sense

Dear Friends,
In Tallahassee Zing! had his own bed in the hall outside our room, but when we moved here he slept on the bed beside me. It was as if he knew I needed him. After about a year, when things had settled down, he began sleeping under the bed — still close. It seems that now he thinks I’m getting a little calmer. I usually get up at 6 with no alarm, but at 5:55 a.m. yesterday I heard Zing! padding into the bedroom — he must have been sleeping on his favorite living room pillow. He crept quietly into his place under my bed. It was as if he wanted me to think he’d been there all night long. When I got up five minutes later, he peeked out, did his morning stretch, and our day began. Zing! seems to have a sixth sense about when he can ease me into new routines.

Love,
k




Aug 31, 2018

Words + Music = Poetry Plus

Written last night:
Dear Friends,

This evening ended with art — or ukulele class, which is an art to me. I’m lousy, but coming to love it. (I hear Clark chuckling.)
After that — give me more art — I went to a poetry reading at the Crocker Museum. Each poet had musical accompaniment — piano, guitar, flute...  It was great to end the day this way.
Love,
k

Poetry emcee Rhony Bhopla


Aug 29, 2018

I flew above the sidewalk

Written last night:

Dear Friends,
Less than an hour ago I was flying low above the night sidewalk, screaming “Oh! Oh! Oh!” and Zing was stretching his leash in the opposite direction, while a man on a bike was entangled on Zing's leash between us. You know how you feel when you’re flying and think to yourself, “I wonder what I’m going to break when I land”? Well, luckily, nothing but a skinned elbow. I checked each of Zing’s legs, and he didn’t squeal in pain. The man on the bike was also fine. He  was going fast, didn’t ring his warning bell (that’s rarely done) when he saw me but not Zing. I think that in Sacramento it's not exactly illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk.

I should walk with Zing close by my ankle but I don’t. I let him on a loose leash so he can wander in the grass. Patrice gave Zing! a blinking night-time leash for Christmas, but I wasn’t using it. After we got home, a little shaken, Zing! made me take him for another walk with the flashing leash. “There,” he said. “That’s better.” (Thanks, Patrice!)

Also today, I had fun drawing this back-to-school owl on a little notebook for Juliana. I love this bird. I actually drew it in Tallahassee, and copied it for her today.

Love,
k



Aug 26, 2018

Three cheeses and some celery sticks

Written last night:

Dear Friends,
Again, a busy day: Farmers Market, where I got a baguette and some dark figs (I really miss our Tallahassee fig tree!), then I  went to Freeport Bakery, which everyone says is the best in town, to pick up a lemon birthday cake for Darrius. She is a friend who lives here, and this afternoon Tony had a party for her. He asked me to bring a cheese plate with veggies, etc., too. Well, three cheeses and some celery sticks just didn’t sound festive, so I found online inspiration  I love how it turned out, beautiful and delicious. Not to get all cookbook-y, but you could make it anytime, with almost anything — for a party or an easy dinner. That’s pimento cheese,* like they make in North Florida, with the spoon in it. It’s a southern staple, good with Ritz crackers.  The other things not immediately identifiable are candied pecans, beet slices, tomato jam, and dried pears. 
Love,
k
*Mix lightly in food processor: 8 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar, 4 oz. pimentos, drained, 1/3 C. mayo, 1 tsp. white vinegar, and salt to taste. Mustard too, if you like it. (Anything else, Southerners?)



Aug 23, 2018

Sweet, cool, casual

Written last night: 
Dear Friends,
It was so cool that you needed a sweater this evening. Everyone is saying this is not normal, but nobody’s complaining.
My mind is jumping around. (I’m watching the news.) 
It was an uneventful day — for me. I loved having an impromptu dinner with family in the courtyard restaurant around the corner, and talking on the phone with friends. Small pleasures are big. 
Love,
k
12" x 12"

Pecans with brown sugar
I was making these for a friend, but ... 

I burned a few. (They're still good.)




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