Spike in sunbeam. 

12/20 '19 3 Comments
10/10 would offer fingertip to sniff and see if Spike wants head scratches.
Spike is an enormous suck and would trill and burble and purr and squeak and wriggle and thrust his head on your hand and you’d be trapped, trapped, petting him forever.
Sean M Puckett 12/21 '19
I can think of worse ways to go.
Karen Kuhl 12/29 '19

Mostly intended as an experiment.  8x8.


12/16 '19 6 Comments
Oh wow. I like the light spilling across the images as much as the art itself! Which is to say, a lot.
Anne Mollo 12/16 '19
Same! This is really nice work Sean.
Sean M Puckett 12/17 '19
It feels so starry.
Oooo yes! Very Starman. Next thing you know, he'll be asking us to drive him to Arizona.
Anne Mollo 12/16 '19edited
The only thing I remember about Starman is it stars Jeff Bridges (probably?) and there's a line about learning how to drive that goes something like "Red means stop, green means go, yellow means go very fast."
Sean M Puckett 12/17 '19

About 9x6. 

12/12 '19 3 Comments
Looking good!
Block prints are one of my favorite art forms because while they’re a flat print, they’re also of course sculptural. My flavor of neuro-diversity gives me actual physical feels when I see sculpture. I love flat/painted art, too, but it doesn’t have quite the same visceral impact. But block prints are somehow a bridge for me, a two-for-one. Thanks for posting your work! I enjoy it so much!!
Anne Mollo 12/13 '19edited
I really appreciate this comment. I feel the same way about tangible prints, where you can see the medium on the paper, and each one's different. I've certainly done a lot of digital printing and they can look really good but there's always something dead about them and any other smooth rendition, that never really scratches that "real art" itch.
Sean M Puckett 12/13 '19

This may or may not be helpful to other people. I recently finally went off of birth control pills. I've been on them for so long it just didn't even occur to me that it might be time to stop at age 51, but my doctor said yes, it really is time to stop. So I've been off them for several months now. So far it hasn't been too bad except for the night sweats. I haven't had any day time hot flashes so far. And maybe I get a little more weepy over silly things, but it's hard to tell. I've always cried pretty easily. But it occured to me shortly after I stopped taking them, that maybe, just maybe, the BC pills might have been responsible for my red wine headaches. I've done a few experiments so far, slowly building up to drinking a full glass of red wine. And I'm so happy to find that YES, getting rid of the BC pills was the key! Originally I couldn't stand red wine, but then I learned to love it, but I also realized after a while that it was responsible for these god-awful headaches I was getting in the middle of the night. So I gave up red wine entirely (not even doing a tasting) for the last couple of years. I'm so happy that now I can not just smell the deliciousness of red wine, but actually go back to drinking it. It's a weird subject, but maybe there are some more of you out there that gave up red wine and don't realize that maybe you're at a point now to try it again. Cheers!

12/12 '19 1 Comment
Menopause is one of the weirdest things. I don't think our generation considers it a taboo subject the way previous ones did, but WOW they didn't tell us anything. They suffered.... and kept it from their daughters. Those morons. Go, you! Talking about it and finding out that there are upsides to "the change"! Enjoy your wine!!
Karen Hoofnagle 12/12 '19

The new laundry machines installed yesterday. The cycle-finished chime is very German. 

12/4 '19 7 Comments
I love that little all-purpose laundry / pantry nook thingy! What a neat way to make use of a funkily-angled wall. Bonus points for kitteh!

What does a German chime sound like?

Matt (mah beau) had a brandy-new Zojirushi washing machine in his old apartment, and it would play a little song when the wash cycle finished. The first time we heard it, we were like, "Oh, this is kinda cute..." it had this hummable little sing-songy tune. And then we realized it had a B section and a bridge. That thing was *composed.* :)
The washer says "Beeeeee-BEEP" as in ACHTUNG! There's a button to turn it off if you don't need to know the cycle is done, though.

Our Zojirushi rice maker sings twinkle-twinkle!
Sean M Puckett 12/5 '19edited
I too was curious about the German chime, but now I'm ALSO curious about a composed "You're wash is done." tune.
Brian Rapp 12/5 '19
That bright light up top makes me think this is the mother ship and the cat explorer is reporting for duty.
Our Py-Py is also known as Py-Py, Cat Scientist. He seems like a space cadet, and then he'll spend 20 minutes working VERY HARD to science out the front door. We could smell the smoke coming out of his wittle ears. He knew the knob was important but never quite got it.
Thomas Boutell 12/7 '19

Block print. Stars are glittery but that don't photograph well. 

bonus Spike!

12/3 '19 11 Comments
Excellent work! Don't forget to recharge Spike.
Brian Rapp 12/4 '19
With the dry air, petting him is a shocking affair; no cables required.
Sean M Puckett 12/4 '19
Thomas Boutell 12/4 '19
Sean M Puckett 12/4 '19
So kind.
Sean M Puckett 12/4 '19
What material are you carving out?
Anne Mollo 12/4 '19
This is high density craft foam glued to Masonite panels for sturdiness.
Sean M Puckett 12/4 '19
Nice! Your block prints are so wonderfully expressive, very moving. Something about the choices you make when cutting.

I'd love to see a picture of the block and the print side by side.
Anne Mollo 12/4 '19
Sean M Puckett 12/5 '19
So, so, so cool!

A day of highs and lows. In and out all day cooking and going to Thanksgiving dinners. Came home to find my dog Scout can't or won't stand. He's been ill for some little while. I just had to make the arrangements to put him down tomorrow. I already don't like Black Friday. This is just going to add to my resentment.

11/29 '19 8 Comments
Peace to you and Scout.
Brian Rapp 11/29 '19
I'm so sorry to hear it.
Thomas Boutell 11/29 '19
Oh man Ray. I'm so sorry. That just sucks.
This is a beautiful picture of Scout. What a good dog.
Anne Mollo 11/29 '19
Thank you all. It was hard to come to grips with, but once it was done it felt right. My vet anesthetizes and then give the euthanasia drugs. He slipped away immediately as soon as the euthanasia drugs hit his system. Almost as if he was waiting for permission to go.

Ray Conrad 11/29 '19
Oh, Ray... this is such sad news. I'm so, so sorry to hear about Scout. I know how much you loved him, and from the stories you've told me, it's clear he loved his person very much, too. Good recognizes good.

Thank you for giving Scout such a happy life and a compassionate transition. Your vet sounds really wonderful and caring.

What a very good boy.
I'm so sorry Ray.
Paul Lord 11/30 '19
Aw man. My condolences, friend. <3
Karen Kuhl 12/1 '19

Did you ever eagerly await an album by a favorite musician that was such a disappointment that not only did it sour you on subsequent releases, but also caused you to more skeptically analyze their previous work, as you wonder if you ever really liked it as much as you thought you did?

11/28 '19 9 Comments
Oh yes. Who's the culprit this time?
Thomas Boutell 11/28 '19
In chronological order, from most recent, Sleater-Kinney, Toadies, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire. In general, they survive, but it's still a shock.
rone 11/29 '19
The Center Won’t Hold is so bad it made Janet quit. :super sad face:
Wow. I had not read that. Just wow.
yeah, that is some bullshit. one of the 3 or 4 greatest living rock drummers and they run her out of the group. idiots.
CM Adams 12/12 '19
Weezer? The Pixies?
Never liked Weezer, Pixies have been uneven forever.
rone 11/29 '19
the most recent Vampire Weekend album did this for me.
CM Adams 12/12 '19

So this picture is from... ahem... a while ago. I was a big fan of the shirt (thanks to Jill "xtingu" Knapp for that!) and I went to look up a precise translation online. Google had nothing for me at the time.

Then I looked it up again a few years after that - still nothing.

I just did a Google Search again after stumbling on the image for the first time in a while and the top half a page or so is all a series of links to direct translations of this specific phrase. That just seems impressive to me.

These are the things I think about sometimes. I think I may need a hobby.

11/23 '19 6 Comments
This makes me extremely happy.
There's a phrase that needs the Castellar font.
Ray Conrad 11/23 '19
What a great shot. :)
Karen Kuhl 11/24 '19
It's sure is from a fun era. Miss Knapp's zest is infectious in the best possible way.