June 28, 2011

A Good Mail Day ...

Today was an 'out and about' day ... so not much got done in the studio.  Was able to purchase the watercolour paper for my latest journal.  Cold press was unavailable in Fabriano.  It was available in another brand which cost about $35.00 per sheet.  I opted for the hot press.  I know it won't be as nice to write on ... however, it will be OK.  Also found another type of heavy paper in large sheets.  It's a better quality than card stock, and I think will take paint very well.  I'll do a little experimenting.  It comes in white and a lovely creamy off white.  The cost?  About $0.40 per sheet.  Time will tell, however, if it works, it will be wonderful for journals.

On the way home, I stopped in for my mail.  A great mail day.  A small order from Joann's included my trial sizes of fusing material so I can experiment with vintage papers.  No binding materials arrived.

A little while ago, Carolyn had told me she was popping her 'liberate your art' postcards in the mail for me.  I've been looking forward to seeing them.  They have taken a long time to get here, but today ... they arrived.  You are probably getting to know Carolyn.  She is incapable of sending 'just a postcard', or 'just a paper cutter'.  I'm learning that fact, although it has taken me awhile to 'get it'.  Today a lovely big envelope of 'stash building stuff' arrived.  Oh how I love those packages.  Lots of great collage material which included some crowns.  Carolyn knows I adore them.  A great rubber pear stamp and a beautiful hand made card.  Thanks Carolyn ... you have contrubuted so much to my 'stash building' efforts since I came to Mexico and it is greatly appreciated.

Now let me share a little bit of Mexico with you which just transpired while I was writing this post.  Picture this.  It's nearly 2:00 am.  I'm propped up in bed, very comfortable I might add, my computer on the breakfast tray.  I'm enjoying myself.  Drinking a cup of tea.  Habibi is curled up at my feet.  All is well in my world.  Suddenly there is a 'thud' on the bed beside me.  From the ceiling has fallen a HUGE and I mean HUGE cock roach.  Nice ... the ones with the great big long antenas .. they are probably an inch and a half long ... in other words a good size!  I jump and begin to beat it with my fist.  This only renders it unconscious as I fling it on to the floor, jump out of bed, grab my shoe and finish him off.  This is a little bit of Mexico I am not quite so in love with, as you might imagine.  These cock roaches are not the kind that get into your cupboards and wreak havoc.  They just walk into your home like they own the place and scare you in the middle of the night.  Ah well ... everything back to normal now ... one dead cock roach hurled into the jardin.  Success. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have fun today. I believe life is supposed to be fun.  No one is keeping score.  There is no score. We will never get it all finished.  We will never be 'done'.  We are always in 'progress'.  If life was ever completed what would it be like?  We'd be sitting there wondering what hit us. So enjoy today.  Enjoy the moment.  Have some joy in your heart.  I plan to today.  Maya Angelou reminded me today that "All great achievements take time."  So true.  I tend to become very impatient with myself. For what?  Why?  Life is a process, and yes, there is and will be progress, however, we will never be finished when we get to the 'finish' line.  So today?  Play.  Please play. 


  1. Glad you got some nice things in the mail, Carolyn is really keeping your supplied with wonderful things. Sorry my packet hasn't arrived yet! Glad you managed to get some paper supplies - have fun trying them out. Paper always has such a nice smell, as do all the different sort of paints. But the cockroach!OMG, nothing for me, You must train Habibi to deal with them! Hugs, Valerie

  2. BUGS would definitely creep me out. I don't like small spiders and a large cockroach would do me in. At least you were able to get rid of it before it invited other friends to your casa.

    Happy your packet arrived. It doesn't make sense for extra items to sit in a drawer and not be used.

    Glad you found watercolor paper for your journal.


  3. Hi my friend, sounds like you had a good day. I am another one that doesnt like bugs ... of any kind lol.
    Please pop over to my Dezinaworld blog when you get a chance, i am celebrating with a giveaway if you would like to join in.
    hugs June x

  4. dearest Donna,
    great Habibi pics on the lower post! Your mail today looks amazing. Cant wait to see what you do with it! Im not going to comment about the big bug! Yuck, good story though, it made me laugh. thanks for your sweet words on my new DT position. take care dearie, gerri

  5. Donna you did make me laugh with your cockroach story. Two things I hated and still hate when I first moved to Greece where the cockroaches and the earthquakes those suckers ( the cockroaches ) those big ones are like small animals I felt like a murderess the first time a killed one they are sooo big ! Sounds like you got lots of lovely stuff to play with have fun with it.