Musing on Miscellany

Here is the latest update on Gypsy Man. I am working on him when I can, but it seems that when I get to thinking of getting in there and slinging some paint, something comes up. I need to scrape my palette and mix some more paint. My piles of paint have dried out. That is a downside to not getting in there often enough.

He is looking more gypsy-like, I think.

I have finished my Goodreads 2022 Reading Challenge. This was my first one. I didn’t have any idea how many books I could read in a year, so I chose to commit to reading 50 books. Well, I have read 51 so far and am working on two more. If any of you are on Goodreads, please look me up:

Looking back on my list of books that I have read, it is quite funny how varied they are: The beloved Mitford books; Louis L’amour; art books; diet books; L. M. Montgomery; Peter Mayle; Willa Cather; and even Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Right now, I am in the process of reading a book called I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel and The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life by Sarah L. Kaufman. What are you reading right now?

Last night, we had a boomer of a thunder storm. After it was over, there was a beautiful light slanting across the kitchen. Mr. Beloved investigated and called me to look. What a lovely sight! I rushed for my camera and got a very unsatisfactory photo, but it was the best I could do:

I accidentally broke off a leaf from one of my African Violets a few weeks back. I stuck it in a glass of water just until I could pot it up properly so that I could propagate some new violets. I never got around to it, but I did keep it topped off with water. Well, after a little while, I noticed it was making roots. Very nice. After a little while more, I noticed a little leaf starting. I figured that if I didn’t get it out of there, soon, the leaf would just rot away. It has been about two weeks since I noticed the first little green leaf and this morning I noticed that it is a whole plant starting. Under water! It shows no sign of rotting. It has never been exposed to air. I think that is very nifty. I have GOT to get that thing properly planted! LOL!

Good news: Mr. Beloved has found a programming job. It is a contract to hire job, which is a new experience. But, after a year and a half, it is good to have the job. Publix has been good to him, but it is getting difficult doing so much of the physical labor of cleaning bathrooms, sweeping and mopping the entire store, collecting carts in the parking lot, etc. His new job is totally remote, from home, and he starts on the May 30. He is looking forward to the rest.

You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. — Hal Borland

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