Thursday, June 11, 2015

My Point Is . . .


. . . I took some of your advice. Thanks again. I have miles to go before I should you my full space, but it's a start. See the first top cubicle? It is almost empty, which means I organized, evaluated, and tossed today Two new boxes of mail will join the boxes on top. It's been a busy day. I might follow the Fly Lady's egg timer tip tomorrow. I tend to get tunnel vision when I take on projects. Today's payoff was three bags of trash. 


I practiced calligraphy last night. I practiced late into the night.


And part of this day. Thursday! 


Page after page fell under the assault of my determination. 


Back to cleaning and filing. I found goodies I'd forgotten. A Cricket Magazine from July/August 2008! Cool calligraphy, yes? An acorn for a mail box. A ladybug on top. Isn't that a 'possum too? 


Yep. See? What else could it be? I suppose anything is possible in Cricket Country. If I could be anything other than what I am now I would be an illustrator first and foremost. Or an illuminating monk-ess. Do you ever wonder why nuns weren't illuminators too? Seems they'd have been just as grand it it, or grander. 

Erin and I used to visit the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Colorado as a weekend thing to do. The nuns were some of the meanest, unsmiling, unkind sisters I've ever met except for the one I sat next to on a Greyhound bus trip from Houston to Dallas one spring break. Anyway, we took a special needs neighbor with us one weekend, and Joe, his name was Joe, and he wanted to buy something in their gift shop. Eggs! He wanted to buy eggs. The hairy, short sister with a unibrow, treated him rather unkindly. She was rude and tried to ignore him. She and I almost had words until she reluctantly sold him six eggs instead of the dozen she thought he should buy. 

Okay. I won't even backtrack to see how I ended up on the nun story, but here I be, and here I will stay until I move on past this point. I'm uncovering good stuff among all the unarchived mail and paper goods in my studio, including the "Introduction to Gourd Crafting" DVD. Yea!   


I had to sit down when I came across this gem. It's been forgotten for possibly two years, and I think I know why. I didn't know what to do with it at the time it came into my possession. So what was the point in purchasing it? One never knows when one might need such a pretty little thing, so I listen to my self and heed what I'm told I ought to do. 


The point is, I heeded, and now I need it. 


It's a thing of beauty. It does its duty with flair. Did I ever tell you I spent years trying to learn Eastern calligraphy, more specifically Chinese? I did. Sumi-ee was the challenge for me. I learned the symbol for house by heart. It was the only word I mastered. Practicing how to hold a brush at an awkward angle held hours of appeal. Am willing to bet I would have kept at it had I had this beauty to practice with. You're not convinced? You know it took years of apprenticeship before one was allowed to "write," right? My attention span is nothing to write home about, so I never would have made scribe back in the day. No matter. I wish you could use this pen. At least once. I've never felt anything like it--including the most expensive gold nib fountain pens in my possession. Using this brush is like skimming air across water. No. It's like writing with a whisper. It's the point of it all.


And guess what. Another important point is this:  I did not write a single letter all day. I'm breaking the chain of letter-writing addiction, one link at a time. In fact, I might not write all weekend. JC just walked in. My point is, I'll be out and about, doing good things to write about for the next three days, and decluttering my life a little bit more. I'll look forward to showing you workable studio too! 















12 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to see your workable studio LOL de clutter my dear de clutter and rock on Im behind you and rooting for you .

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    1. Hahaha! I took "before" pictures but I'll be darned if I show them. If I find Jimmy Hoffa in the closet you will never hear from me again.

      I found a beautiful medium gold nib Osmiroid pen today. It writes beautifully so am not sure why it was relegated to the shadows in a drawer.

      Thanks for rooting me on. I believe I hold on to so much because we moved a lot when I was growing up, and we always threw away/gave away personal stuff to lighten our load. The military life was a ship shape life. My oldest sister is the only one of five children to lead a spartan (materially) life. I still have our daughter's first books. I never had enough books or art supplies until now. I feel lighter every time I put something in the "must go bag." It's a good feeling.

      What do you do with the books you have read? I forgot to give the magazines to a local hospital, but I will give some of my books to our library.

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    2. I keep a lot of them but before we moved I gave over half away to goodwill . But now that I don't plan on any more long distance moves I will keep em and one I especially like goes on the top shelf of my bookcase . Oh my dear you must read : The truth according to us by Annie Barrows . It is a great book .

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    3. Thanks. I read several reviews of the book and debated adding it to my long list of must-reads. I'll take another look at it on your say-so.

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  2. now that you are talking about fountain pens etc ...I meant to ask you if you have ever tried a Kakuno ? at 13.75 from jet pens I will have to save up for it . I like the way it looks and the reviews on it are very good . Just was wondering if you have ever tried one ? take care my dear and stay safe and well .:)

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    1. No, I'd never heard of Kakuno until now. I've only recently begun using Japanese pens and markers. Let me know how you like the brand when you get one.

      Be well.

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    2. I very much like the jinhaos and boers they are good pens and cheap too . I think they write as well the exspensive American made pens ...

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    3. Don't tempt me! LOL. I've used up my pen money for the entire summer. Thanks for the tip though.

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  3. Good for you for getting 3 bags of trash out. I need to de-clutter. My stuff is beginning to suffocate me. My office is borderline hoarder status. It's scary. I'm going to begin now. Oh, I hope you do have some terrific things to write about in the next 3 days or so.

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    1. Having books stacked in hallways, alongside bookcases, beds, chairs, on window sills . . . spilling over into my life definitely counts as clutter. Typing the C word is the start to rehab. :) Yes, sometimes I feel like I am suffocating, overwhelmed, and controlled by some of my paper. Whew!

      Thanks for making me feel better. LOL. Will you post updates on your progress, in case I lapse? :)

      JC noticed the difference already! I shelved more books to fill in the gaps left by my culling. Tomorrow is trash day, so I have to see how many more bags I can get to the curb before bedtime. LOL.

      We did mundane home chores today. Tomorrow is fun day. :)

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  4. Could you tell me what the name of this Chinese Brush Pen is? I don't read Chinese...:/

    Great Post!

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    1. LOL! I hear you. It's a Japanese brand, Kuretake. I ordered a red one last night. The brush nib is to cry for. Let me know what you think if you buy one. Jet Pens carries them. Amazon will get it to you quicker if your have Prime.

      Enjoy!

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