Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday Art Date: Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes



Hello Friends! 😊😊

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. This is a favourite theme of mine. There is a fine line between what people consider a nursery rhyme vs. a folk song, I decided to go with a folk song for my first piece. Bugs is acting out the folk song "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean."

This was originally a song written by the Scots who supported Bonnie Prince Charlie. He'd fled to France to escape the English and the song was written in the wish that he would return to restore the Stuart (or Stewart) line to the Throne. Later it was changed to a folk song of a man longing for his girl to return from over the sea.


Here is a beautiful and fun version of the folk song; sung by Dean Reed and I believe it's the Everly Brothers. (Here is the link if the video doesn't load.)


For my nursery rhyme, I decided on a pen and ink drawing of Hey Diddle Diddle.

"Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon.
The little Dog laughed, to see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon."


For my fairy tale piece, of course, I did a Red Riding Hood abstract in watercolour and acrylic paint - this is my favourite fairy tale and I've done artsy variations of it about a dozen times.



Alex and I have had no running water going on five days now. If anyone read my last post, I mentioned that we were going to install a more powerful pump inside the well. We did...but it didn't work, the well was DRY. Alex and I were devastated...but we got some financing (barely) and had a new well dug. This happened yesterday, I'll write more about this on Sunday. We won't have our new pump hooked up to the house for a few more days though, I see a hot shower in my future...maybe on Monday! I took a video at the point where we reached water...300 feet down. It was the most welcome sight I've seen in a long time!

It's been a rough week for us. I really hope our luck changes soon! That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes artwork!

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Abstract Blue and White Watercolour 2018

July 16th: Next Thursday's theme is Two Colours. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Home Happenings...Water Well Solution?



Happy Belated Canada Day and Happy Belated Independence Day Friends!!

Alex and I finally had our Canada Day dinner! Watermelon and Feta skewers with strawberry-Goat cheese toasts on a layer of peach jam. Very delicious! I had a strawberry shortcake planned but we were so full, we're going to have that for dessert tonight. The strawberries are local and SO GOOD. I hope you all have a chance to get some local berries this time of year!


Fun news, I finally got my New Brunswick plates and license! I feel really at home now. I think Alex and I are going to toss the old Quebec plates into our burn barrel lol...


On my way to get my plates, there was some excitement. A young bull was loose on the road. There were many cars stopped, trying to help the wayward cow get into the pasture but it was really resisting. I was just about to get out and help when the bull ran my way, sideswiped the car and pushed in my driver's side mirror. Honestly, I was a little frozen with fear! Cows are BIG critters!! I decided at that point, best to leave this to people who know what they're doing! (No damage to the car, the mirror bounced back!)


So...here's the deal with the well. Firstly I had a MAJOR pity party because a few days ago, we totally ran out of water for 6 hours. I ended up calling 4 well-drilling companies and one referred me to a farm supply store because I'd mentioned I couldn't afford to drill a well, and was thinking of water storage as an option. I spoke with a really nice man named Dave who is a plumber and finds water solutions for the local dairy farms.

Dave dropped by the other day for an inspection, which he didn't even charge us for. He told us that our jet pump only has the capacity to pull water from a well that has water at a depth of 25 feet (maybe even less because the pump is so old). When the water table falls below 25 feet, our damn jet pump can't reach it. It takes 2-4 hours on a good day for the water table to rise back up to the 25 foot mark so the pump can bring us water. And trust me, it's not a lot of water when the water table comes back. Dave definitely suggested a submersible pump, which sits at the bottom of the well and works much more efficiently than a jet pump.

So...knowing that, Dave said we had three options:

1. Dig a deeper well if our well was indeed only about 25 feet deep ($5000 - $12000). not an option

2. Install a submersible water pump as deep as the well goes so that we have a good amount of water all of the time EVEN WHEN the water tables are lower - but only if our well is at least 50 feet deep ($1500). ideal option

3. Install a submersible pump as deep as the well goes AND install a water holding tank for water storage IF our well is only say, 30 feet deep. We'd have to have water delivered a few times during the summer ($3000 - $5000). not such an ideal option

Yesterday we were weighing our options and budget when suddenly we ran out of water completely. We waited 8 hours, still no water. We called Dave and he came over this morning. He ran his 50-foot pipe down the well and it didn't hit bottom. I nearly cried with relief.

But...Dave thinks that it's deeper than 50 feet which is amazing news. The deeper the well, the more water is available; but he'll come back tomorrow with a new submersible pump and his "well snake" to find out just how deep our well has been drilled down. So it looks like we are going for our ideal solution #2. We should have water again tomorrow unless a dairy farm has an emergency. The farms are his priority and we are very okay with that. The animals need water too!


With a submersible pump we will already be doubling (or more) our water supply and we won't have to wait hours for the water table to return up to the level where our current LOUD jet pump can reach. Seriously folks, if you want to just play the above video for a few seconds, you'll hear what we hear about 10 times a day (the noise starts at 6 seconds into the video). Mind you, the pump is in the basement, but we can really hear it. A submersible pump...we won't hear it at all.

Dave is just like our realtor Bill. In fact, we said "he's a Bill"...so helpful, trying to find us workaround inexpensive solutions...he even brought us 15 gallons of drinking water today "no charge, just want to help you folks out". I feel blessed.

I had plans to go blog-hopping and create my art date pieces today, but instead, Alex and I have to dig a trench from the well to the house for the electrical wires for our new submersible pump.

Our next challenge is our new washing machine that seems to be broken, ugh...I'll keep that story for next Sunday! Chin up Rain...things are looking up! 😊😊😊😊😊

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thursday Art Date: Try A Different Medium


Hello Friends! 😊😊

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Try a Different Medium. Usually I ask Bugs Bunny to pose for me, but he wanted to try something different this week, so I posed for him!

"Night Vision"

Photo software (PhotoFunia) is a new medium for Bugs and he didn't know the program very well, but he wanted to try a few different effects. 

"Big Screen"

"Tiled"

"Cafe Latte"

I think he did a good job! πŸ˜‰ 


As usual, I stumped myself with my own theme lol! Lack of time, reluctance to try something new and no ideas gave me brain freeze. Then it came to me: pigment liner sketch pens. I bought these pens back in January when I was doing some art classes, but I never used them. 



It was fun to try something new, but I don't know that I'm really a fan of pen and ink...I may have to try it a few more times to really see if I like it or not!


Believe it or not, I haven't had a chance to do much grocery shopping...so our new fridge is still pretty empty. I'm spending some time this weekend to make a proper shopping list and meal plan. We're still finishing off my canned spaghetti sauces.


The other night we had cheese enchiladas with homemade salsa. Yum!


We stopped by a local salvage yard and picked up an old barrel for $20. Anything we can safely burn, that is not toxic to the environment, is going into the burn barrel instead of a landfill. 


Alex drilled about 20 holes in the sides and bottom of the barrel while I collected rocks. We also found these grates at the salvage yard. We pulled them off an old outdoor fireplace and paid 50 cents for them. We'll put these on top of the barrel when we burn, just to keep any sparks from flying out.


And here it is all set up! We cleared the ground of any plants and grass and placed the barrel on the cement blocks. Then we surrounded the burn barrel with rocks and stones for safety...I couldn't help using a little creative touch for the design! (Is this considered a different medium?? A sculpture perhaps?) 😊 

Any time we burn, we will have a bucket of water at the ready. We also have to call the "hotline" daily to see if there are fire bans in our county. We feel good about how we're reducing our contribution to the landfills and the recycling plants! (Note: It's nice to recycle, but that also uses up precious resources so we will burn all paper/cardboard products from now on).

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more Try A Different Medium artwork!

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July 9th: Next Thursday's theme is Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes. 

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! The link gadget expires Sunday at noon (EST).

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