The choice of the date for St. Patrick’s day can’t be by chance. It is all about spring.
I am ready for it.
GIFing and PNGing: My Leprechaun Project
I have been working for this past month or so on my Leprechaun Project. I wanted to keep my mind from dwelling on stressors about which I can do nothing so I decided to work on learning Inkscape, an open source vector graphics program.
For seasonal fun, I decided to have a go at making Leprechauns. I started by looking up children’s art lessons on Pinterest. It was, and still is, a bit of a challenge to get used to using layers and shapes but it is fun and requires enough concentration that I find it relaxing.
My first attempt was a bit creepy:
But I got a bit better:
Then I started working on making series of my elfin friends to create tiny animations:
I still have a ways to go in refinement. I need to come up with a fresh idea now that St. Patrick’s day is over. Maybe next year I can refine my friends a bit. I have a bunch of ideas.
Every morning (usually late morning) the pups and I meander through the neighborhood. They sniff and do other doggy stuff and I take my camera and do some visual sniffing. Every day different things catch their noses and my eye. Today was a mountains and blossoms day.
It felt like someone flipped the switch and now it’s really spring. Meander
Today it’s back to overcast, but yesterday was spectacularly beautiful, if chilly. I was glad because my son and a friend are visiting for Chinese New Year and I was afraid they would only have crazy weather. I saw these out walking the pups. I hope they don’t freeze off.
Physically and metaphorically my life is in need of a little spring cleaning. After a stormy winter the view is a little cloudy through my windows.
I keep putting things off. It always seems like something else is a higher priority.
Maybe tomorrow I will get the windows washed…at least a couple of them. Window
Not very clever: it is Latin for “spring in winter”. It’s happening right now in Seattle. The news is full of blizzards, and for some that is marvelous (see post by Karyn here), but here the air is full of the scent of daphne odora and “that plant that starts with an ‘s’, smells divine and blooms in January”.
The leaves and buds of bulbs are thrusting vigorously up through the mulch of partially decayed leaves…but winter is not necessarily over. This little party will end with a shift of the wind. In some ways that makes it all the more precious. For that reason it is also accompanied by a sense of urgency to get outside.
This differs from what we call the “pineapple express” which is warm but comes with a lot of rain.