Holiday & Hybernation

wpid-IMG_20140104_085441.jpgI have provisions:  milk, bread, beads, coffee, cigs, pencils, cereal, etc.   It is January.  And it is frigid  COLD here in Ohio.  The sunlight pouring through my windows is deceptive.   As I write, it is only 10 degrees Fahrenheit out there, but it feels like minus 4.  The day will warm up, but the bitter is coming.  Bing weather predicts Tuesday as the worst with a minus 14 at 8AM, then warming up to flat zero by 6PM.  Of course, that is subject to change.  Every time I glance at the weather predictions, the numbers seem to have shifted slightly.  I don’t think they really know enough to accurately predict by hour so many days ahead.

Anyway, I don’t do bitter cold well.  My bones lock up and nerves complain, so I am just going to hibernate until the weather breaks.   I will leave my apartment, but I am not leaving this building unless it becomes absolutely necessary.

So, how was your holidays?  Happy New Years, and all that jazz.

I had a good holiday.

We had a little Christmas Eve gathering with the grandchildren at my place, then I went down to Salem with the Xman.   We hung out at his new house for awhile.   It is not exactly new anymore, just new to me as I hadn’t seen it before.  He moved there after his house burned down in 2012.  With his permission, I snapped a photo of this old photo to post on Facebook with an “anyone remember these boys” just for grins, as children of two of the young men in the old photograph have children on my friend’s list.  

Left to right, the late Buck Brown, the Xman, and Billy Joe Van Cooney.

Left to right, the late Buck Brown, the Xman, and Billy Joe Van Cooney.

It’s a bad photo, but considering it is a photo of a photo that survived a fire… not bad at all.

I like this photo because it shows all three of them together. I don’t know what year this photo was taken, might have been a year or so before or even that same summer; it is hard to tell trying to base time by the Xman’s balding pattern. Bill moved to Holmes County years ago and Buck died two… no, it’s been three years now.

One of the reasons I posted it was because I wanted my daughter to see her dad as he was when I met him. Kids should get a glimpse of time before them, to see their father as just a boy hanging out with his friends.

I stayed a couple nights at my sister’s house, spent Christmas day visiting with family who lives in and around Salem, and celebrated New Year’s Eve at First Night Youngstown.  (I gave the spare badge to a neighbor who was planning on going and had yet to buy his ticket.)   At midnight, I was already home snuggled in my bed so if what you do at midnight influences the coming year, I should get plenty of rest in 2014.

If I have any resolutions for this year, it will be to make smaller art again…  here is a cell phone photo of the drawing I chopped down to 5×7 and finished on New Year’s Day.  There is a story behind the Two Faced woman, but I shall tell you that another day… a case of life infiltrating art.

Two Faced

Two Faced

Thirteen for 2013

I have been mulling this over for awhile. This year, 2013, feels like an in-between year. It is a year to prepare for something to come, even though what is coming is not yet revealed. That is just a vibe and I don’t know why… maybe it has something to do with the number 13 and the way some tall buildings will omit that floor.

I’m not one for making (breaking) New Year’s Resolutions, so this list of things that I need to work on in 2013 so as not to waste this in-between year by just hanging out in limbo until next year arrives.

My list consists of more projects than resolutions for self-improvements. Here it is:

#1. This one is kind of personal & I’m not ready to write about it here, not yet… but abstaining from a self destructive activity has to be my #1 priority so that is my #1.

#2. Blog again! Words here & art over there at BeesATC.

#3. To be more open & friendly towards other people.

#4. Finish mosaic guitar.

#5. Finish second/final draft of first book.

#6. Start first draft of second book.

#7. Make myself another 3-string slide cbg.

#8. Dollhouse Project (assemble/remodel kit).

#9. Finish macrame projects that were started so many years ago that it is a wonder the jute hasn’t rotted.

#10. Take better care of me.

#11. Write &/or make art every day.

#12. Reserved.

#13. Downsize again. I don’t know why yet, but I think I should go into 2014 with less stuff.

Okay, that is my list. Do you have a 13 for 2013 list? If so, best of luck to ya & thank you for reading my rambles!