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Sunday, June 26, 2022

"The Dance" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "Dance."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Shall we dance?
On a bright cloud of music shall we fly?
Shall we dance?
Shall we then say, goodnight and mean goodbye

Oh perchance
When the last little star has left the sky
Shall we still be together?

The King And I - Shall We Dance?

Friday, June 24, 2022

"Ocean Blues Browns" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
I want to walk in the open wind
Want to dive into your ocean
Is it raining with you?

Talk To Me Like Lovers Do - Eurythmics

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

"Keys 2 (Horizontal)" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Round Flower Garden - Photograph

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I took that photograph in my yard this past week.

During the 2020 covid-19 pandemic Lockdown here in Connecticut, US, I added a new flower bed to my yard. Some of the flowers in it were annuals, and some were perennials.

Last year (2021), I had a problem with my left hand, and was unable to do any weeding, etc. As a result, all of my flower garden efforts in 2020 were for naught, because weeds overtook all of the gardens again.

So now, in 2022, I am once again trying to reclaim the flower beds. I started with the round (circle) garden. The three Sage (Lavender?) plants are new, and filled in spaces where annual plants had been. I also planted some seeds that I harvested, which I hope sprout.

Glass Bird Wind Chimes - Photograph

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I took that photograph in my yard this past week.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Summer Solstice - Week 26 - The Book of Days

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The week26 theme for my Book of Days was Summer Solstice.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

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I've seen the world
Done it all, had my cake now
Hot summer nights
Hot summer days
Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me when I've got nothing but my aching soul?

Young And Beautiful - Lana Del Rey

Monday, June 13, 2022

Green Fairy - Week 25 - The Book of Days

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The week25 theme for my Book of Days was Green Fairy.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

"Monotone Brown" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "Monochrome."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

"Green Fairy" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Monday, June 6, 2022

Dragonfly Art Book 1 - Week 24 - The Book of Days

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The week24 theme for my Book of Days was Dragonfly Art Book 1.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

"Wedding" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "Wedding."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Wedding Belles" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "Wedding."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, June 3, 2022

"Ancient Index Bee" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

This is more of a fragment than a complete art piece.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, June 2, 2022

"Mystical Woman" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

"Dragonfly Art Book 2" - Postcard

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The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

"Dragonfly Art Book 1" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Monday, May 30, 2022

"Memorial Day" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.30.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. It is a day of mourning for members of our military services who died fighting to protect our country. God Bless America.

Dada Pain - Week 23 - The Book of Days

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The week23 theme for my Book of Days was Dada Pain.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

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Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. It is a day of mourning for members of our military services who died fighting to protect our country. God Bless America.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

"You Are My Sunshine Flowers" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "You Are My Sunshine." The first piece is my entry. The one below that is the "blank" (no text) version of it, which I also liked.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"You Are My Sunshine Birds" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "You Are My Sunshine."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, May 27, 2022

"Lady Justice Zodiac" - Postcard

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The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

3-Tier Rolling Cart - IKEA Raskog Utility Cart Black - Painted Ocean Mist - Photograph

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I took those before and after photos of the 3-Tier Rolling Cart that I bought at IKEA and spray painted Ocean Mist, to make it the mint green color that I preferred.

A very nice person "treated" me to the cart, when I mentioned I wanted to get one. I was originally going to get the equivalent sized mint colored 3-Tier Rolling Cart that Michaels had, but current reviews sounded like it wasn't very sturdy. So I spent a little more money to get the more sturdy IKEA one. I wanted to get the white one, because I was going to paint it, but they only had the black in stock. But I ended up doing a partial mist coating on the inside of the tiers, which I preferred over painting them solid, so the black worked out okay with that method.

In summary, I love how the cart looks (even though I had issues with overspraying and the paint dripping). Soon I will be putting it to use.

Notes:

I used plastic wrap and scotch tape, to cover the wheels.
I spray painted the cart outside, with a plastic drop cloth underneath it.
I used three coats of spray paint, allowing sufficient drying time in between. (Only two "mist" coats on the inside of the tiers).

IKEA RÅSKOG Utility cart, black link

Rust-Oleum 12 oz. Gloss Ocean Mist General Purpose Spray Paint link

Michaels 3-Tier Rolling Cart, mint link

Monday, May 23, 2022

Air Ship - Week 22 - The Book of Days

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The week22 theme for my Book of Days was Air Ship.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

"Keys" - Postcard

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This week I have the honor of guest hosting Sunday Postcard Art, and I chose the challenge theme "Keys."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Saturday, May 21, 2022

"Monkeypox" - Postcard

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And in another amazing coincidence of Life imitating a Tabletop Simulation, Monkeypox arrives on the scene.

The people orchestrating these Tabletop Simulations should play the Lottery, because they are now two for two in prescience:

Monkeypox Tabletop Simulation

Summary:

"In March 2021, NTI partnered with the Munich Security Conference to conduct a tabletop exercise on reducing high-consequence biological threats." Exercise Summary: "the fictional exercise scenario portrayed a deadly, global pandemic involving an unusual strain of monkeypox virus that first emerged in the fictional nation of Brinia and spread globally over 18 months." (Strengthening Global Systems...)

Move 1: "starts with an unusual outbreak of monkeypox" with the first case detection "on June 5, 2022". The initial infections began on "May 15, 2022". (Full Report PDF)

Covid-19 Tabletop Simulation

Event 201 Summary:

Conducted on: "Friday, October 18, 2019"

"Event 201 was a 3.5-hour pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a ... scientifically plausible, pandemic." (About)

"Event 201 simulates an outbreak of a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs to people that eventually becomes efficiently transmissible from person to person, leading to a severe pandemic. The pathogen and the disease it causes are modeled largely on SARS, but it is more transmissible in the community setting by people with mild symptoms." (Scenario)

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"And so it begins..."

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

"You can count me out. I’m not playing this game a second time."

"Who had Monkeypox on their 2022 Bingo Card?"

"Monkeypox is pronounced with the "k" silent."

"I can't believe it's monkey pox season already. I still have my Ukraine decorations up."

"The virus enters the body through broken skin (even if not visible), respiratory tract, or the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth)." (CDC Monkeypox Transmission)

"Where are Prescient Bill Gates and Lord Fauci, Patron Saint of Wuhan, to tell us what to do?"

Friday, May 20, 2022

"Red Sea Of Love" - Postcard

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The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Skeleton Blood" - Postcard

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The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, May 19, 2022

"DC Uniparty Pigs" - Postcard

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Did the DC Uniparty Pigs pass the $40 Billion for Ukraine Bill yet? If it keeps Ukraine safe, I’m okay with it! It is such a relief that our US Representatives can Unite for Ukraine, the way they have.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

"Dada Pain" - Postcard

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I find the theme "Dada" fascinating, but my endeavors with it more closely resemble an anatomy theme.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Red Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts / Bee - Photograph

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I took those photographs in my yard this past week.

White Dogwood Tree Flowers - Photograph

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I took those photographs in my yard this past week.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Purple Sunflowers (Daisy?) / No Mow May - Photograph

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I took those photographs in my yard this past week.

A small patch of those purple sunflowers is all that I could leave unmowed in my yard, despite wanting to participate in "No Mow May" (see this US site, Bee City USA, and their post about No Mow May). The grass was tall enough to stall out the lawn mower, so I couldn't leave it unmowed.

Peacocks - Week 21 - The Book of Days

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The week21 theme for my Book of Days was Peacocks.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

"When You Come Undone" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "Song Lyrics."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Who do you need,
Who do you love,
When you come undone?

Come Undone - Duran Duran (Official Music Video)

Friday, May 13, 2022

"And The End Is Near" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "Song Lyrics."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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And the world's a stage
And the end is near
Tomorrow's gonna hurt

Then The Morning Comes (And the world's a stage) - Smash Mouth

"And The World's A Stage" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "Song Lyrics."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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And the world's a stage
And the end is near
Tomorrow's gonna hurt

Then The Morning Comes (And the world's a stage) - Smash Mouth

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Ground Cover Flowers - Blue , Yellow / No Mow May - Photograph

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I took those photographs in my yard this past week.

So, by accident, I read a little bit about "No Mow May" on Social Media the other day. I thought it started in the UK, but a quick search turned up this US site, Bee City USA, and their post about No Mow May. At this point, my lawn is in need of mowing, however, I'm going to try to mow "paths" initially, and leave areas shown by those photos, with ground cover flowers growing, unmowed. Hopefully that will allow the pollinators (bees, butterflies, etc.) to feed longer this month.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Blue Green Gold Bird - Week 20 - The Book of Days

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The week20 theme for my Book of Days was Blue Green Gold Bird.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

"Letters From The Past" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "Letters From The Past." I don't think mine is quite what that meant, but this is where my muse took me.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.30

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, May 6, 2022

Barren Tree Reflections / Black Leaf On Ground - Photograph

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I took those photographs at the Audubon Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary in Fairfield, CT this past week.

I thought the trees had a stark, spooky look to them. There were also black leaves on the ground nearby. The area looked peaceful and beautiful.