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Tired…where’s that hot tub?

Well, I guess I’m not ready for it,though my neck, shoulders, back and knees, say otherwise! I did get the brick off of the water soaked sand today. In a way, it was a relief.

When I was building the house (15 years ago), it went like this:
Months before, we had selected a hot tub from a home show. “We won’t deliver it till you say so” they promised. yeah, right. The day they called we were putting the 8 x 8 beams (to hold the ceiling and the trusses to hold the roof) in place…one every four feet. I was in charge of connecting the straps from the crane around each beam and my staff were on the walls ready to guide them into place, when the call came in. They wanted to deliver the hot tub. The walls of the room were built, but no door frame or windows yet, and certainly, no floor(or roof for that matter). Since the floor is brick on sand, that was problematic (oh, way more than we knew then.) So, I’d strap a beam, climb down, run in, lay a few brick, run out, climb up, strap a beam…………you get the idea.

The sum of it is that it was less than perfect, by a long shot. The crew from the hot tub place arrived s I layed the final brick, brought in the tub, leveled it (miracle) and left.

All this time and since, that tub left (in pieces) and another came in, and left (in pieces) and now, after 15 years that floor has come up and is stacked in rows in the only level area that existed, right in front of the double doors. No tub coming in just yet. The sand underneath is miraculously drying (since it’s been raining off and on for the past few days) and it’s clear I’ll need more sand to get it level. The room, in this state, combined with the overcast skies and rain take me right back to 1994 and building this house. Then, it rained for 13 weeks straight. Well, I supposed it stopped now and then, but it sure didn’t feel like it. When it rains up here, the temperature dropss to 55 (or lower) and it’s just plain cold and damp. Problematic when you are building a house out of dirt…but that’s another story. A long one.

Stay tuned. I’m tired. good night all. and here’s to you, Dad. (Veteran, Vietnam, multiple tours. Also, another story)

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The Scratchboard is finished

Thanks to all of you who took the survey…and so, here are the results: Paint the stems and centers….3 to 1!

So that’s what I did, and here it is:
I’m calling it “Connections”. To finish off I’ll spray it with a clear archival protectant, then mount it and frame in shadowbox style. It won’t need any glass. I’m happy with how it came out, so thanks for the input!

I videoed the process, so soon there will be videos on both youtube and katherinesarttv.tv I’ll be sure and let you know when I get them up. cheers…and happy Memorial Weekend!

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Where should I go now?

Ok…I finished phase two…

One is to create the drawing, transfer it to the board and then scratch out the outline. ok, so maybe that’s three…

In that case, I finished step 4. So this is what it looks like….
so…here’s a survey for you. Click Here to take survey

Only three questions…so….I’ll post again after I hear from you!

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Scatchboard Takes Time…but it’s Worth It!


I’ve been working on this one for a while now and progress is steady, but not fast. I did video alot of this and will be putting it on www.katherinesarttv.tv as soon as I get it edited..which is challenging because something is using up my hard drive like mad.

Anyway, I showed you the outline done earlier, and here is a pic of me at it, and what it looks like right now:

As you can see, I’ve “scratched” out just about half of the daisies. I’ll continue down the board with this step, then review it carefully to lift more where I need to. Step three is to paint in the stems and the centers, if i want to. I’ll decide later.

This is a 20 x 16 board, so its taking a good investment of time. It’s soothing for me though, so it’s not like it’s laborious, and given the stress I’m experiencing otherwise, it’s a good thing it’s not finished.
So, back to the studio head I. Watch for more progress, and I’ll let you know when the video is online.

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Sunday Serenity

Sitting on the front porch, gazing at the lake as I type. It’s 76 degrees, and the only sound is the birds, the frogs at my neighbors pond and the tinkle of Grace’s collar as she sniffs the ground like she’s never done it before.

I’m relaxing as I post, having just returned from Albuquerque where the noise and the traffic was getting to me. I have tons to do in the next few weeks, with 6 commissioned paintings to produce by July, a hot tub to get out of the house so I can pull up the brick to dry the sand, and a myriad of “Spring” household duties to attend to. Oh, and there’s the gallery. This coming Friday is the monthly reception “4th Friday” event. Hmmm. I’ll breath deeply now and run tomorrow.

The hot tub will be going out in pieces. Daniel is coming on Wednesday to literally cut it up. I’m so mad at it that I absolutely refuse to remove the doors and frame to get it out whole. That’s what it gets for causing so much trouble! Once it’s gone, I’ll pull up the brick (as I just said) and let the sand underneath dry…then re-level it and re-lay the brick. Then, a new hot tub is welcome to come to the room. A smaller one would be nice, to give us more space in the room for growing things. That’s what we’re hoping/praying for, anyway.

Robie (my roomba) is vaccuuming for me. Which is good, because even in 24 hours of being gone Grace left an alarming part of herself all over the floor…black hair, floating about as you walked through and disturbed the air!

Yup, I’m definitely blessed. And, there with the triumphant electronic toot of Robies “I’m finished” tone, I’ll sign off and go investigate the freezer for what to make for dinner. John will be proud of me. I think it will be fish (talapia) and asparagus. Yum.

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Hands in the Soil

It’s cathartic. I don’t think I ever even got to the garden last year, so when I headed out this afternoon to coax the weeds from the soil, I had forgotten how cathartic it is. There is just something about the sun warming your shoulders, the wind tossing your hair, the damp soil soaking through the knees of your jeans. The dirt in your fingernails, even though you were wearing gloves, and the errant twig protruding from your sleeve.

There’s something in my thumb now, and it hurts…probably a rose thorn or something similar. I pruned the roses, trimmed the potentia , raked the pine needles to expose the rich mulch I did get down last fall. I dug out grasses and weeds and dandelions galore. Now, it’s a lovely site to behold, the happy grape hyacinth with bright purple berry like heads bouncing in the breeze, free from the tangles of grasses and weeds that were holding them back.

Once cleared, the circular space in the center of the front garden looks clean and the columbine are standing tall, buds just beginning to form. I discovered the peonies are up and about a foot tall, the rebar I used to support it when it reaches some 3 feet, lying beside it, ready to be deployed.

Ahh. It’s that good, tired feeling. Tomorrow, it’s back to the gallery. Tuesday, its Taos, where I need to pick up some canvases for my latest commission. (yay…thank you Dr. Tami!) I already have compositions swimming around in my head.

Oh…and, Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there. And a big CONGRATULATIONS and wow, I’m so proud of you, to my sister..the middlest one. She (Rebeka) just got a HUGE promotion at work…one she richly deserved and waited a long time for. And Thanks to God for honoring her! I’m very blessed!

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Water, water, soaking wet

No, it’s not raining..though it’s dark and grey. It did rain yesterday for 4 or 5 hours…that was lovely. But, alas, after filling the hot tub, after the pump wet end repair, the pipes that were plugged (because they leaked) around the moto-massage, the exposed sand where I had pulled up brick to see underneath, started creeping wet toward the walls again. Heavy sigh.

Oh, shall I back up? We’ve had this tub (Sovereign by HotSpring Spas) for 11 years. It has served us well…husband in it multiple times a day to assist joints with movement. We noticed rather suddenly that moisture was creeping up the stucco on the outside of the…er…um..adobe walls. O drat..now what?

I sought the expert opinion of my favorite engineer, who scoped around the house in 50 mph wind and snow, to grimly turn to me and say, ‘I think it’s your hot tub, dear’ . drat again.

I pulled up brick and found soaking wet sand underneath. The brick didn’t show it because they had been well sealed. The adobe walls, on the other hand…um…wet. Thank God we bought the “stabalized” version, but still.
Great.

I pulled up brick from all four corners of the room. Wet. everywhere, wet. Heavy sigh. I told you part of this story in an earlier post, as endeavoring to remove the siding to get to the foam and sprayed insulation inside, was how I hurt myself.
(Wet sand from under the brick…….)

We found one leak, at the moto massage. Our spa guy plugged it, and we filled it and turned it on. Water sprayed from the pipe below the one we just plugged. Ok, we can deal with that. Right? Wrong. Within 24 hours of filling it, the exposed sand, which had nicely dried, began to turn dark brown with mosture again.

Resolute, I set about this morning to find the rest of the leaks. I thought carefully about how to leverage the siding off. And, thankfully, it worked. I’m typing, tired and sore, with raw hands, but my tender back is not screaming.

I pulled off the siding on three sides and started ripping out foam. If I found it dry, I moved down till I pulled my fingers out wet.

What you see is, is the window sill that I curled myself into, the wet brick between the window/wall and the edge of the hottub where I removed the siding and the foam.) The tub is very close to one wall, and I was sitting in the window sill (good thing I’m skinny and small and curl my self up to a ball and still work! I’d show you a picture of the process, but I was rather busy. this will have to do!)

Wet foam found, I climbed around to the other side and started digging. wet and wet and wet. soon water poured out and soaked me, literally. Oh no! NO! NO! Alas, no. Shaking my head and soaked through I hauled myself out of the space I was in. The foam was wet and red, because my fingers were bleeding by now.

Good grief. Enough. I quit. I’m done. I’ll let the Spa guy come and tell me that I’m right. Then, if that’s the case, out it goes. Out, which is tough and tragic. Tough, because the french double doors and the door frame have to come out to get it out. Tragic, because, as I said, husband used it EVERY DAY. Tough, because we don’t have the budget to buy a new one. Tragic there too. Tough because my hands are raw with no satisfaction.

It’s the big pipe that runs all along one side to feed the foot jets. And the other pipe below the one fixed. And the other one we fixed before that. Why they make tubs that way, (with sprayed in foam and insulation so the pipe struction is complete encased in hardened goo.) is beyond me. Yes, I get the insulation, and all that, but there must be an eaiser way. hot tubs spring leaks. everyone knows that. so make it easy to find and fix them. ugh.

The bright side is that the spa is draining as I type. There were no chemicals in yet so its happily watering the hillside. And, my heart is hopeful still though I see no reason to hope. Somehow, someway, something will happen to help me solve this. That, i believe with all my heart. I’ll let you know what happens. In the mean time, my scratchboard (see the facebook page) is calling me.,

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My List: 5 TV Women I Want on My Side!

Ok, it’s time for some fun. Spring has sprung and I hear a distant giggle. In spite of that, the usual small town murmuring catches my ear and I think I need a burst of strength. In considering that, some TV women came to mind, and why I’d like to have them on my side. So, here goes:

1. Megyn Kelly (Fox News morning Co-Anchor with Bill Hemmer) Why? When the news breaks she’ll give me my 15 minutes of Fame! (hee hee)
2. Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack, In Plain Sight, USA Network) Why? She’ll hide me when my 15 minutes have passed.
3. Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, The Mentalist, ABC) Why? Because Patrick Jane (Simon
Baker) is hot, and will figure out the truth.

4. Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette, NCIS, ABC) Why? because she’ll get to the bottom of any mystery, with pigtails and a cafpow!

and

5. Zeva David (Cote de Pablo, NCIS, ABC) Because she’ll take out all the bad guys and then I’ll be

SAFE! Go ladies! (I just couldn’t resist! Gotta have some fun some time!

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