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Snow on the way

I might follow along with Roxane Gay’s reading list for the year. One book a month. I ordered the first one, which is getting a lot of buzz and I really wanted anyway. If this effort is like others, I’ll last until April.

I’ve finally attended to the minutiae involved in being able to borrow kindle books from my library. What a gift! Using the Libby app, I can reserve books and then they show up in my kindle reader without having to go anywhere! Black Futures looks like a beautiful coffee table book, though, so I ordered a copy. Here’s the full list in case you’re interested.

In other news, “we” are installing a gas fireplace. This old house’s current fireplace is very inefficient and sucks warm air out of the entire first floor. Plus, you know, because of the mess and effort, we just don’t have fires all that much. We already have gas in the house. I can’t wait to be able to start a fire with a click of a button. Don’t judge me!

By “we,” I mean my husband, of course. We save almost two grand this way.

I just discovered an Instagram group — @pariscollagecollective — that posts weekly image prompts. I may take part (again — will I last until late spring?) Here’s the first prompt for 2021.

I’ve put together one of my digital-collage slideshows (one minute, below), but I intend to work with paper this week. And then maybe, using a photo of the paper collage, create more layered exposures with the Diana app — my preferred method.

Some of my faves follow. Some of you will recognize collage images embedded from the Collage Challenge with Acey a year ago.

Snow to begin before sunset.

* tattooed torso is a dancer from recent remake of West Side Story and featured in the New York Times. Cloaked Egyptian and other smaller white cloaked figure from National Geographic. Cloth is my own. Virgin from photo I took in cathedral in Assisi. Black woman looking at lens, I don’t remember — but very possibly Vanity Fair.

Risers getting a face lift



Part of the challenge of living in an old house — and ours is OLD (1810?) — is living with imperfection.  As it turns out, even I, (“Ms. Who-Needs-Right-Angles?”, otherwise known as “Ms. Dirt-Builds-Immunities”), have limits.  These stairs have been awful, awful, awful for years!

When D. was around 5, he and I ripped out the ugly red carpet that was here when we bought the place.  He was an aspiring workman at the time (and by the way, at that age, he could drive a nail better than most of our neighbors — no offense neighbors!), so it was great fun.  I painted the treads and risers.  That was 8 years ago and you can see how terrible they look!  In the meantime, ballisters broke.  One was pulled to serve as a model for a carpenter, who turned us some new ones, but they are in the closet UNDER the stairs because their profiles are not passing muster with my husband (who has a better architectural eye, but still?  Are the cavities better?!!)  I’ll spare you THAT digression!


I am cutting up a not-that-old-but-out-of-date National Geographic Atlas and using Liquitex Gloss to adhere them.  Wallpaper paste would probably be better, but there you have it!  Each riser requires two map sections.  So far only one seam bugs me and it is in the middle one above.