June 13th through the 15th

I’m playing a bit of catch-up after some busy work days.

Monday was perhaps a bit busier in the afternoon after I watched the January 6th hearing in the morning. I might lose followers over this, but it is very satisfying watching these hearings.

The word for Monday the 13th was “sign”…CNN’s banners worked out just fine for me.Knowing how busy the summer months are for me, I did some illumination on various pages. One such illumination straddled the 14th and 15th.

The phrase for the 14th was “salt and pepper” and there is a polar bear and a black dog…close enougb. The word for the 15th was “uneven.” The doodle has an uneven number of boxes on each page.

I like it when my work is done by way-back me.

June 11th

Saturday was the Four Seasons Garden Club field trip to Al’s Auto Body and Arboretum in Walworth, WI.

What a beautiful place, and Al gave us a tour! I was not expecting that at all, but his knowledge of all things hosta is encyclopedic.

And the members of the garden club meeting up before the tour for a short business meeting.

I took the first group shot.
Then our newest member traded places with me, so I could smile for my own camera. Not all of our members could attend, but we had a good group.

After the tour and meeting we all went our separate ways. My car (with three other club members) headed to Northwinds Perennial Farm. We saw Roy Diblic in action…well, saying hello to other tourists/customers. If you visit Northwinds, give yourself a couple of hours to explore everything properly. There are lovely garden paths with sweet surprises around corners, a barn and various outbuildings to explore, and of course, plants to shop for…lots of plants.

While touring and exploring, I sat with my sketchbook a couple of times and started a drawing. Couldn’t finish either, but I have ideas for these.

The word for the day was “mistake,” and we didn’t make any. Well, there were a few missed turns, but those were easily remedied by u-turns. Zero errors, just happiness and green things.

Weekends are my favorite part of life. Can we just arrange the calendar in all weekends? We could possibly keep Thursday and Friday in order to have time to prepare for Saturday and Sunday. Just tossing that out there….

June 8th

Yesterday was a very busy work day, so this moon came into being this morning (the 9th).

I had a first-ever in-person meeting with my Off The Pews clients. One of the organization’s partners, the Hyde Park Art Center, hosted our meeting (5 of us with masks).

It took me two hours to drive from Kenosha to Hyde Park due to traffic, construction, downpours, and the general mayhem off the world. I made it safe and sound, and we had a productive meeting full of brain storming for the future and a bit of short-term planning for things that have to happen now (today will be a busy day, too).

We also laughed and enjoyed each other’s company. Online connections, though they are grueling and somewhat unsatisfying, do still help build connections. I was walking into a room of friends even though we’d never met before.

With this in mind, I read an article this morning about companies telling workers to return to the office full-time or on a hybrid basis. When the workers do return they discover upper management is not doing so. This is bad leadership. One of the pillars of leadership is never to ask a subordinate to do something you are unwilling to do yourself. IMHO this also falls under the heading “basic human kindness,” but I could be wrong. Nope, no wrong about this…ask Marie Antionette.

The class struggle is real and apparently, like war, a fundamental habit of humans that is practiced on a tragically regular basis.

We all stare at the same moon and fill our hearts with the same hope for love and safety.

Today’s word is “chaos”. Oh dear.