Early Spring?!

It feels like it’s spring already here in the Columbia River Gorge, as well as much of Oregon. I really feel bad for those friends on the east coast.. but I guess that’s why I stay on the west coast!

I’ve been doing tons of gardening. Yesterday I banged out almost the whole western side of the house. I don’t know when the last time someone lived here was. The gardens were atrocious! Two or three layers of dead leaves from bulbs.. So tulips or daffodils. And the roses. Oh jesus, the roses. They haven’t seen a good pruning in a few years I’m sure. I didn’t do anything drastic, but I did trim them up to force them to grow the right way. Not a big cut back, just some thoughtful trimming.

All was going fine and well until I found a mystery bulb. It looks like grass with long thin green leaves.. and then I ripped some up and they had these white bulbs. So I’m like is this fucking wild garlic? Nope. Lemon grass? Nope! It had no smells!! I have no idea what it is so I left it alone. I figure once it starts blossoming I’ll have a better time identifying it.

I should’ve taken pictures, but you know that whole not having a camera thing.

And then I stuck my (gloved) hand in dog shit and I was done. It wasn’t old. We don’t own a dog. The neighbors fenced in their yard so their dog could be let out unattended.

Fuck people who let their dogs poop in other people’s yards. Backyards no less.

Yesterday I also swept and mopped the entire down stairs, dusted from top to bottom, everything was nice and clean. I’m not a big fan of cleaning, but I think spending 3 hours outside in the fresh air and sunshine gave me a spring-cleaning kick in the ass.

Except it’s February. It is not Spring! I don’t get it but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Lots of accordion playing! I recently took another trip down to the Willamette valley to see family and visit and my Aunt sent some more books my way to practice. So new videos of that will be coming soon to my YouTube channel.

I’m finishing up my pair of Jackalopes for my friends birthday in April. They’re watercolor and they’re turning out pretty all right! I’m happy about it.

What else? Well, I got a job offer from a local department store and I took it of course because I want a job. They sent me off Monday to take my UA and they sent me to the wrong place and I almost got lost but I didn’t and then I got hte drug test all taken care. Hahaha. I always worry that I’m going to fail even though I honestly don’t have a reason to worry. What if that one time I was standing next to someone smoking pot and I inhaled it shows up?! Yeah, dumb anxiety.

However, I also just got an email from a local PowerSport shop that I had applied to last month asking me to come in an interview. And I’d much rather work with dirt bikes and a shop than in the retail wasteland known as Big Box Retail. Guess we’ll see what happens.

Small Road Trips and Super Bowl

We made it to the super bowl!! Yayay. Yes, I’m a Seahawks fan.. and I’m stoked. M and I are going to be driving south tomorrow to my Mama’s house so that he can grab his pick-up. We’re going to do Super Bowl at a friends house in Salem and then M is heading home and I’m heading back to Eugene to work on business stuff with my Aunt.

Turns out, my Padre is also going to be coming up this weekend from California! That’s pretty rad and I’m happy about it.

I really need to finish up my Jackalope paintings because I’m going to give them to a friend for her birthday. So I guess that’s probably what I’m doing today. We’ll see!

Painting and more Painting

That’s what I’ve been doing lately. I’ve gotten my upstairs craft room pretty well set up for not having furniture. I just need throw pillows and it would be a regular Taj Mahal. Ha. Just kidding. The floor isn’t bad though. I can stretch out and move around as needed which is good…

But back to painting, that’s what I’m up to. I’ve put away the acrylics for now due to the sheer amount of frustration they’re causing me. I just can’t seem to get them to do what I want them to do. What happened? I don’t know.

I’ve moved back to my Gauche. Opaque water colors.. YAY. No, also incredibly frustrating. But at least I’m having fun with it and it takes the work out of washing out my brushes every single time I use them. I can just rinse them out and call it good. If I don’t do a good enough job the paint is water soluble so I don’t destroy my brushes.. or actually my flooring if I happen to make a mess.

I would love to upload pictures but alas, I am without a camera! I do have my phone, and you can check my instagram for random shit I’ve been working on.

Also I suck at doing yoga. More on that later.



Just to get it out of the way: This post is not nearly as exciting or important as the title leads on.

I finally (see use of the title word there?) got my PC all hooked up in our spare bedroom.. or as I like to call it, my craft room. It’s been so cold here lately I just kept putting it off. This morning once I climbed out of bed I ran into the freezing cold spare bedroom and kicked on the radiator heater. By lunch it was nice and warm and I got to work. I did a lot of sorting and set up my painting station as well as getting my PC hooked up.

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The Hair Tutorial

I promised myself I would take pictures and write out all the steps on how I got my hair the color it currently is.. a black, blue, green, purple mix and match. The camera I used was a digital video camera, so the photo’s are not the best quality unfortunately. Regardless! Onward!

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