We have a guy that is our beloved pal, and he is getting old. He is driving us nuts, because he somehow thinks that he has earned the right to boss us, and have everything the way he wants it. He wails when we leave, and at night, he demands his center of the bed. This is all fine, except that in his new demando stage he also thinks he can be completely impolite in the night. He woke me this blood moon night at 2am, schlurping his you-know-what so loudly, and batting my hand when I tried to stop him! Since I am an insomniac, I keep Cocoiro pens and Neocolor II next to the bed in order to sketch (Mitchell sleeps through everything.) After getting me up, he curled down to look like the sweetest-cuddly-kitty-so-cute, NOT!
My lack of sleep would not have been terrible except the next day at 6am we were driving five hours south to Southern Oregon to deliver the original lampshade and the new reproduction to the Oregon Caves National Monument.
That night I also drew my own imaginary version of the blood moon . . .
Oregon in April is amazing. I’ve not been to Ireland, but our April colors rival the greens I’ve seen in pictures. My new brilliant watercolors had arrived: Phthalo Light Green, Amethyst, Green Gold, Opera Pink, New Gamboge, Quinophthalo Yellow! I was able to capture amazing fields of green, patches of wild grape hyacinth, fields of mustard, chinkapins in bud, and the very beginning of the dogwoods. In Portland, the Hawthorns were also in bloom on the streets in NW.When I was a kid in lalaland we had Hawthorn Boulevard. I always assumed it was a man, because if we had hawthorns, I never saw them in bloom in San Fernando Valley. Then I moved to Oregon, and the deep red of the hawthorn blossoms, which look a bit like a wild rose, made me fall in love with the tree. I wait every year for the trees to burst forth with their lovely pink-red blossoms.
ORIGIN Old English hagathorn, probably meaning literally ‘hedge thorn’; related to Dutch haagdoorn, German Hagedorn .
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