April vortex

It’s already the 12th and I’ve still not retrieved my life from the grips of the estate. Husband is off yet again, this time to Chicago for a family visit. Taxes are not done on either fronts (home or estate). Due date is Tuesday… ya know, tax day. Nothing like putting everything off until the last moment. I hate operating this way!


Friday night I managed to print a block for the Leftover print exchange. It’s an older block and I’ve never printed it in this color (burnt sienna) before. I’ll probably chine colle it to another thicker paper in a day or two after it dries enough. It too needs to head out the door by the 15th.

I’m still working on my Rural Arts application. The main stumbling block is the letter and artist statement. Everything else is in order. Hopefully I can pull it all together tonight and send it off Sunday morning. Fingers crossed!

The home I grew up in is finally on the market. Trying to get it up to speed has been a major hell of it’s own. Toss in a brother who doesn’t care what state it’s in, along with multiple other factors like ants showing up on Friday…. Then toss in the whole emotional element of it being an artwork my father designed and created. Whew! Too much! And then there is the brother living there. How do you deal with an out-of-work alcoholic who doesn’t care how things look to others? He has no pride in anything he works on and I keep getting the short end of the stick. I’ve even had a huge discussion with my Realtor about the situation since this brother is causing issues with showing the home. Probably way too much sharing, but that’s where my life resides. I keep telling myself  “It will get better. It will get better. It has to get better!”

Enough ranting

Photos to come of something fun very soon. I have no idea what it is, but it’s coming!

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I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

11 thoughts on “April vortex

    1. I wish I was in Pakistan with you!
      Items are getting checked off my list. It will all be accomplished by their particular dates. I just needed to whine a bit.

      1. I love that idea! I’m all for creating better international ties between countries. Art can make a difference!

  1. Too much at once! And brothers, yeah. File for an extension on your taxes (don’t know what’s involved, but it’s likely less work than doing two sets of taxes). And if you want another set of eyes on your letter and statement for punctuation, etc., let me know; I’ll be around.

    And hang in there.

    1. Actually I have an accountant for the big stuff. Dave comes home on Monday night and actually has Tuesday off, so it will be done that day.
      I’ve already sent my paperwork in with 1.25 hrs to spare. I had an overall difficult time with this entry due to not having to provide a particular project idea. The first and second year of the project were more specific. How does one say “Hey, I want to create work in your community? You’re a small town, but you matter to me and I watch what’s happening as I drive through but don’t stop.”
      Another thing checked off my list and it’s up to the judges now. 🙂

    1. Thanks Judith. Yes, it will all pass and in a year from now I probably won’t even remember any of my emotions. Plus my brother will be out of my hair by then! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Karen. The virtual world is pretty amazing at lending support. This week should work out well. 🙂

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