Taxes, Losing Your Grounding

I started my taxes two days before the Full Moon.

It took waaaaaay longer than I thought,
because I was determined to find every last little deduction.
I am so tired of being screwed by the feds.

On the Full moon I woke to the big ball in the sky that exerts her energies on me,
I wished I could have a way of being that did not include all this crap.
Especially when all this crap doesn’t get me much.
the more I ploughed into every little receipt, the more depressed I got because
it really did not make a huge difference for five days work.

Middle of the night one night I made the ink backgrounds for my journal.

This is where the rant starts…
I don’t mind paying taxes, BUT  BUT BUT
really, as small business people we pay more than our share and get little back for it.
We cannot deduct many things that corporations deduct…
Our percentage rate is HIGH…
and if something happens to us, though we pay in,
we cannot collect on disability unless we are out of work for years…

As a young person I paid little in taxes, really,
and they just keep raising them higher and higher, and the cost of living is
much more than most of us can afford and small business owners have
a smaller profit margin than the big stores chains.
On top of that the rich do not pay what we pay.

If we had Medicare for all it would help.
I have friends all over the world who are shocked at what we walk through here.
They are not commies and they have socialized medicine…
Gads when are we going to get smart?

I resent the hell out of all of what is going on, and blame the Dems too,
because they can’t form a cohesive sentence to save their lives in this argument
and don’t counter the stupidity.

I say to young people, “GET OUT OF THE USA WHILE YOU CAN!”

So every time you encounter a small business owner be kind during tax season,
because they are reminded how much they are on their own, always…

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Cat Squares, 8 Frisbee


Every day they find more things with which to play.
Many of these do not make me happy.
Especially if they steal them from my desk!

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Al Noor Mosque

Artists around the world are showing solidarity with the New Zealand Mosques.
I see this as a prayer that the USA will choose sanity.
Understand I grew up with guns, have nothing against them…
But this is plain stupid… the killings won’t stop until we make it difficult.

Ink painting, Robert Oster (Melon Tea, Fire Engine Red) and
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges

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SoCS: Hahnemühle ZigZag Journal

I  journal and do morning stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday
I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!
You can do it too!
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the last piece of mail you received.” Talk about the subject of the last piece of physical mail you received, i.e. a gas bill–talk about gas, not the bill itself. Have fun!

My older hand-made journals, above, and the new package below.


I never get to yak on about something this exciting except with Mitchell,
and especially before I’ve even tried it out… so, wow!
Normally I’d have to wait to watercolor and in this case it’d have to be finishing
the whole journal and so this is an excellent prompt!

Yesterday despite the notices that it was going to be late the mailman brought the Hahnemühle ZigZag Watercolor Journal!  This is an accordion journal, so it folds out
and can tell a long story all at once… I’ve made them, and they are not hard to make,
costly if you want a nice-sized long one — you have to have large sheets of paper or
there is an unsightly glue seam, which being a purist, I won’t do.
I like to work with the materials I have without fussing them into shapes they don’t want to go, and so my folded journals have not been longer than 36-inches.

But the Hahnemühle is large!  It comes in several sizes, and my favorite favorite most exciting thing is it comes in a SQUARE format (be still my architectural heart!)
It has a lovely grey fabric cover and RED ELASTIC strap to keep it closed
(architectural grey and red, omi!)  And this is 140 lb paper, good watercolor paper, and made by a company that has an amazing ecological track record.

I cannot contain myself… I want to paint today!!!!!

I’ve been hold off starting a project in hopes that I could do it in this journal and
am so happy this has arrived.  Otherwise I’d have to write about the mail I got before this, which is tax crap, instead of this happy happy surprise!

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

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Bright Ideas: Mom Stuff, Purple and Orange

I am stuck in tax hell, and so need a bit of brightening….
the colors of Johnny Jump-ups!
And below, a video on making heart-shaped lollipops.

Yes you could say I am losing it.  Hate. Taxes.

Love this little heart box… but probably won’t keep it!
I don’t know the story behind it….

I need to find a good home for these…
Sweet amethyst dragonfly choker I made for her.
I also gave her this silly but pretty purple glass heart bracelet to “match.”

Anyone in love with purple?

Bright Ideas multi-color journal,
Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
White Uniball Signo pen, Fat white Pitt pen, and colored pencils.

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Full Moon Setting

Cropping the images was a bit like how it was to experience the moon setting.

I saw more and more through the window.

And then it was right there and so bright.

Ink painting, Robert Oster (Bronze, Thunderstorm, and Orange)
and KWZ Foggy Green.

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Canvas Project

Remember when I posted about my entry into the Canvas Project?

Hundreds of tiny canvas entries each painting their visual image of a word.

They covered the walls of the art gallery with the canvases in Brooklyn!
I wish I could have seen the walls of the Sketchbook Gallery
with the Canvas Project’s canvases covering them.
My canvas is in the top right corner…

I got Jodi Scaltreto’s fish “SMELT” and she got my image of
Yaman doing “BEDLAM” — how cool is that?
I found out she is a quilter… by the name of Jodibird!

However, I am disappointed in the book images.
They look a bit like someone did them on an old copier.
If the blues had been “off” that would not have bothered me,
but the colors are faded and grey, as if no one bothered to do a publication check.
As we pay for the books, can’t say I’d do that again…
And sorry, every one is not saying this, but they are all thinking it…
It is the worst art publication I’ve ever seen.

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