SQUIRREL!

On my walk today I distubed a family of squirrels (honestly, it doesn’t take much to get them worked up) and I spent several minutes trying to get some photos of them running around the tree tops, jumping from branch to branch, and making one hell of a racket. At some point I gave up and leaned against a nearby tree to just watch them. After a few minutes something bounced off my head… I looked up and saw…

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I’m pretty sure he was threatening to drop something heavier on me if I didn’t move on.

Getting Outside

I can’t explain how good it felt to get outside for a decent woodswalk today. First I tried to  walk in the field across the road, I hadn’t really attempted it since it flooded and froze. It was not fun, and I turned around after investigating the ice shelf where the field seemed to “buckle” — and while I wouldn’t have fallen in a raging river — a twisted ankle or a sliced leg seemed a possibility so I carefully made my way back. A deer and I spotted each other and stared for a while. I whispered it was okay, I was heading home, and she settled down. I think walking on this ice has been pretty exhausting for the local herd.

Then I headed into the woods, following the stream. My camera and I disagreed about what settings to use for shooting ice and snow against a dark stream, so I didn’t get as many photos as I hoped. But it was so nice being out there, and just BEING. Many deep breathes later I wandered along home. I did try and creep out into the middle of the stream to take some photos, but decided my Mom would kill me if I fell in stream and drowned so I moved back to the bank.

One cool bit of nature, a self-made snow roll. It reminded me of a hag stone. I looked through it and nothing looked any different, so I assume that means I already have fairy sight 🙂

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Winter Work

My work load increases substantially during the winter months. I juggle a few jobs – like a lot of people – a little design, a little page comp, and now a lot of time each day is spent doing database work… which on a good day is pretty interesting, and on a bad day is several hours of clicking the same boxes over and over again. In my head though, I picture my character from a game called Neverwinter Nights, which I binged on (zero regrets) several years ago… and hack and slash my way through the work day  🙂

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New and Shiny!

A friend of mine has been raving about an app called “Procreate” (nothing to do with having children, although it has spawned several jokes along those lines)… $9.99 and would work on my older ipad… It’s a drawing app, and I watched a few videos (it takes time lapse photos while you are working!) and decided I needed something bright and shiny to play with.

I have an old chunky stylus and several middle-aged fingers (plus my ipad is too old to use the fancy Apple Pencil with, even if I felt like splurging) so I jumped right in… and oh, yes, this is chasing away the winter blahs!

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I’ve also been watching videos about character development for childrens books, and learning to draw environments… one of the suggestions is to work with 3 adjectives that describe yourself and work up a character comp which is based on that… So, yeah, you might be seeing a lot of ME on here the next month or so!

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