Back from Vacation

Well, I’m back from our family vacation!!  Despite my best intentions to keep up with my daily drawings on the trip, that didn’t happen.  Packing a family of six, stuffing the travel trailer and then driving straight through the night in a joucy, bouncy truck didn’t exactly lend itself to making a drawing, so I missed my first drawing of the year on the first night of the trip, bummer….  That did make it a little easier to skip drawing a few nights later when my oldest asked if I’d play card games with them or was I going to go hang out by myself in the back of the trailer drawing.  R1 is eighteen and there won’t be many more trips with him, so I put away my sketchbook for the trip and just enjoyed the time with the kiddos and DH.  I did take over a thousand pictures (really!!!), so I’ll have plenty of future drawing material.

This moose is from our trip last year to Rocky Mountain National Park.  We climbed all the way up to Bierstadt Lake the hard way instead of coming down from Bear Lake on the trail.  We were tuckered out at the top but it was worth it when we saw this moose come up to the lake while we were having our lunch. 


Experimenting in a New Journal

I wanted to get a feel for my new journal from Useful Books on Etsy, so I did a little experimenting on the last page.  I love the way the journal is constructed, but I’ve never used the Magnani Velata paper that it is made of and I’ll need to get used to it.  I’ve been using sized Fabriano Venezia books or Aquabee’s for so long going back to unsized paper is odd.  It stood up well to watercolor without buckling and there was just the faintest ghosting on the reverse with the really heavy black marker.  Even though it felt like I was really roughing up the paper when I erased, it didn’t seem to cause any problem when I went back in with watercolor in those spots. The mad scientist rates this experiment a success!!!



I had fun printing a drawing I’d made of our travel  trailer being pulled by our ‘Shark’ of a truck and putting it into the cutout in the journal’s cover…



DH has coached the boys in baseball for years and this year he signed up to coach R4’s team.  To his suprise he was asked to coach R3’s softball team as well.  He said yes and had a blast!!!   The girls and their parents were great, positive and supporting.  They made this a really fun year, of course, it didn’t hurt that the girls won first in our city division and first in the four-city league they played in.  To celebrate the end of the season the team dunked DH with the water cooler.  Ice water- brrrrr!!!!!


Trailer Repairs??!!??

We’ve had a bit of a challenging time preparing for vacations later this year.  The dealer who sold us our travel trailer and is, unfortunately, the only authorized repair center seemed determined to make life interesting for us.  Somehow between dropping our trailer off for AC and other minor repairs and towing to storage something in our hitch coupling got deformed or broken.  Our guess is they dropped it onto the wrong size ball to tow it into the shop.  Now we have to find someone after the holiday to go out to the lot and fix it since it can’t be towed with the broken coupling….