There have been coyotes yipping in the orchard behind the house in the evenings. But they have stayed out of sight, until the other day. I was washing dishes from breakfast and looked up in time to see a lone coyote going past the house at a leisurely pace. It was amazing to see a coyote so close, which hasn’t happened to me more than a couple of times. Then I thought of the cat. She usually sits on the back steps, so I went out to check. Sure enough, there she was in her favorite spot, and she hadn’t noticed the coyote yet. So I stayed with her and continued to watch. The coyote glanced over at us and picked up his pace just a little as he headed on up the hill and away from the house. Our cat is pretty territorial and will chase off large dogs, so I hope she doesn’t meet the coyote in the future and try to chase it away.
This sweet potato has been sitting next to the kitchen sink for a few weeks, growing little leaves. I would love to plant it outside, but it is still too cold. I wonder if it will still want to grow by the time it is safe to plant it.
I inherited my mom’s pinking shears years ago. I have not had a reason to use them until recently. And when I attempted to cut fabric with them, they were very hard to open and close and the blades didn’t cut the fabric well. Wanting to avoid taking them to a professional scissor sharpener, I watched videos on how to sharpen scissors at home and saw suggestions such as cutting through aluminum foil. That sounded pretty risky to me. I did try the suggestion to cut through wax paper to lube the blades and that helped them work a little smoother. But they were still hard to open and close. So I decided to put a drop of oil in the screw hinge. I worked the blades open and closed for a while and started to feel a difference. After another drop of oil and more working of the blades, the scissors work great and have been cutting through fabric with ease. Thanks mom.
The audio book I have been listening to this week while sketching is Philip Gulley’s, Just Shy of Harmony, a story of a small midwestern town filled with quirky and eccentric residents with an extra helping of kindly spirit.
I hope you are finding ways to stay creative.