How I survived the Kavanaugh shit storm was by drinking a lot — LOT — of vodka. So much vodka, in fact, that I am getting concerned that I will come out of the Drumpf reign of terror with a serious drinking problem if I don’t do something about it soon, or eventually.
Along with vodka, of course, come potato chips. I went through a LOT of potato chips these past few weeks. So, along with a devastating decline in my mental health, my health-health took a hit as things went from disgusting to deplorable to disastrous to downright dangerous for democracy.
Meanwhile, back at the used book store at the local library, someone donated a Kate Spade blank book which will figure prominently in this week’s blog:
So, getting back to my misery, two days ago I thought, hey, why not make myself feel even worse?, so I got on the bathroom scale to see how much fat I had added to my woes (there are 3,830 calories in a Vivian-sized bottle of voddy, and 2,400 calories in a “pity party” sized bag of Lay’s potato chips).
And lo, I have lost five pounds in the past two weeks.
Talk about being conflicted.
Fuck you, Mitch McConnell, for slaughtering every American ideal that made us a light unto nations, but thanks for making my butt smaller?
Meanwhile, back at the used book store that I co-manage to raise money for our local library, someone donated a Kate Spade blank book. I had been hoping for a blank book because I want to book-art a Winter scene that will be all white, and I’d been keeping my eye out for a blank book.
This Kate Spade blank book came in with an inscription on the end flap:
For Mexico and Barcelona, pls. fill in
Every single page of this blank book was left blank.
I was so excited about my all-white scene that I did not start building the castle right away. I began by making my Winter forest:
That’s my “sketch” tree there, the crappy one I made to work out my idea for Winter trees, which I will now show you how to make:
What I’m doing is cutting out several different sizes of snowflake-thingies, and I’m varying the patterns of the cut-outs.
I am using a lollipop stick to use as my guide in rolling up small tubes to use as the tree trunks
This is a terrible photo of three different sizes of snowfall thingies, each one with a little tube glued into the center:
This is what it looks like when the trees are assembled:
I made another variety of tree by cutting out two large snowflake thingies:
I put glue onto the “spine” of the first snowflake thingie (the fold, that is):
I attach the second snowflake thingie onto the first to make a snowflake-ball thingie:
Then I attach a flat trunk onto the snowflake-ball thingie:
So here’s the “forest’ so far:
And that’s as far as I got.
The reason I could get back to creating book art is because I quelled some of my blinding rage against Susan Collins by donating $20.20 to her Democratic opponent when she runs for reelection in 2020. It made me feel a lot better (but not as good as a huge V&T, which is the problem).
I looked out my upstairs bathroom window and saw this, on the garage roof, and it was a huge V&T for the eyes:
Yes, that is Taffy above. And this is Taffy (below) under the Adirondack chair during a light rain on Monday and yes, that small gray pile in the grass is Bibs during a light rain and yes, that’s Lickety, on the den patio table wondering, “Is it raining?”:
Dennis from next door had to get in on the nap party in the rain:
The next day, it wasn’t raining so Bibs and Taffy, who are mortal enemies, did this:
While Cindy and Candy did this on the living room couch:
And then Candy found a spot on the foyer floor that she preferred. This is Candy on Monday:
This is Candy on Tuesday:
This is Candy on Wednesday:
I took a photos on Thursday and Friday but I can’t find my camera and I really have to get this out to you but trust me, Candy on Thursday and Friday looked a LOT like Candy on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cats. They are a mystery.
Thank you all, Dear Readers Marcella, Alex, Megan, angry cat, Casey, Barbara Marie, Kirra, Mary, John, Leslie, Patricia, Elizabeth, Marg-o, Becky,and Margot, for your Comments last week. You all make my despair tolerable.
Have a great weekend, Dear Ones. We need each other now, more than ever.