Since my last post, I’ve been busy with my spring gardening. We have a very short Spring season here in CenTX, which means we have to take advantage of what time we get. I lost a lot of my back yard grass to the drought last year, and had a crop of weeds spring up after the winter rain. I’ve been meaning to convert more of my back yard to xeriscaping as I did with my front yard and this seemed like the perfect time.
I don’t have before pictures, which is good because it was pretty awful. I spent Easter weekend scalping the weeds, attempting to till the hard-packed clay, hauling a cubic yard of compost, and planting plants. Last weekend, I mulched all of my flower beds in the front and back (4 cubic yards of mulch), planted a few more plants, prepared my garden and planted seeds for my summer vegetables.
I’ve been working on Khamse’en a bit, but don’t have any progress pictures yet. I’ve put her down for the moment so I can get started on my fabric book for Gypsy’s round robin. I have the front cover design mostly fleshed out and am working through how I’m going to construct it. I’m leaning towards dye-painting it, but want depth and dimension and need to figure out how I’ll achieve that before I start painting. Here’s a picture of the sketch from my journal with the color roughed in. It’s loosely based on a star map from the Harmonium Macrocosmica book I mentioned previously.
Bear is stable. We had a scare over Easter weekend. One of the things my vet told me to watch for is white gums, which is a sign he’s not oxygenating his blood. I have been checking and Easter Sunday, his gums were bone white. I rushed him to the vet Monday morning and talked to the Dr. She set him up on oxygen, ran some diagnostics and loved on him all day. When I got back to pick him up, the vet was full of dogs barking and was a general madhouse. After an update, which included the news that he had a bit of fluid on his lungs, but was otherwise in great shape, Bear hopped into his cat carrier and communicated quite clearly that he was ready to go home!