Sunday, January 28, 2018

Wherein We Survive The Plague: Flu Diaries

Several days have passed since the last post. Days filled with the sounds of coughing and sneezing and moaning. The Husband continues his battle with the flu.

I last wrote that he was feeling better. False alarm. This is a nasty persistent bug that has exhausted him. And so life continues on a quiet path for now.

Just as well, considering the weather. Yes.

Overnight accumulation on the tonneau.

There is a 1780 m mountain behind that curtain of snowfall.

And I am in the last throes of a sinus cold. In view of my constant exposure to Mr. Hack-and-Spray, I consider myself lucky to get off so lightly.

It has, however, impeded my efforts to write coherently - not a good situation for paid work - and my comprehension of time. Can you imagine my surprise and dismay at realizing today is the 28th of January? Somehow I lost a week and am now staring down the barrel at several deadlines. Yikes.

On the days when writing was simply beyond the abilities of my tired brain, I turned to the spinning wheel for solace. A large amount of silk arrived in the mail and I succumbed to temptation. It was so newly-dyed by the lovely Diane at The Silk Weaving Studio in Vancouver that it was still slightly damp. I spread it out in the sunshine to fully dry and admire the sheen.

At the time, I was working on some silk yardage I completed last winter, having found a pattern that worked with the amount of yarn I had available.

Loving this shawl. Light as a feather, soft as a baby's cheek, yet oh so warm.

I already have a plan for this yarn, spent hours online looking for the pattern.

Just so you know that my whole life isn't tied up with writing, yarn and snow, I thought I'd share something else. I work part time as a life drawing model, and have a regular gig with a college animation program in Kelowna. Much different work than what I do with other life drawing classes. Lots of motion, short poses, physicality. I particularly liked this set of sketches based on 1 minute poses:

This is why I started going to Tai Chi classes!

"While you have a future do not live too much in contemplation of your past: unless you are content to walk backward the mirror is a poor guide." Ambrose Bierce (my new fav)


  1. Sorry to hear you are fighting the bug. That silk is gorgeous!

  2. I love Ambrose Bierce's 'Devil's Dictionary'.

    Those are nice drawings. They take me back to my own life drawing days, we produced mountains of similar pages.