When you Are Waiting

It's the end of summer and the end of fair season. I'm always a little sad to see the last day of the Missouri state fair. 

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This week has been just plain hard. We've been adjusting to life as normal and I feel my wheels spinning. I'm in this weird mental space where I'm kind of putting off art until September. In a week I'm going to start the 30 in 30 challenge, Bea will start preschool three times a week, and I'm going to be starting classes through Artist Inc. It's all a little overwhelming and it has put me in this place where I don't feel creative or capable. Maybe I'll just go hide in my garden. 

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Despite all these feelings, I've still started a project that uses emotive drawings and quantum entanglement. I'm drawing on a giant roll of receipt paper. I'm envisioning myself as one particle communicating to another particle across an entire universe. What would I say? What would be worth knowing on the other edge of the universe?

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The weather cooled down a little this week so I took Bea out on an epic quest to collect some walnuts. I'm going to make some walnut dye or ink. I've looked at a few recipes online and did manage to find an old stainless steel pot at a thrift store. I picked these walnuts off some low lying branches so I don't know if they are too green for making dye. I'm going to start off with what I have and if they don't  work then I'll get some more in September or October. I'm looking forward to harvesting some to eat too but I think it's still too early. Dying adventure! Here we go!

Kubo and the Two Strings opened Friday; Bea and I were right there standing in line for the opening. We've wanted to see it since we saw the trailer last year. It has all the stuff I enjoy...origami, shamisen, adventure, monsters, sassy monkeys... Bea has been a total fan girl ever since, complete with top knot and cardboard shamisen. She even the insists that we call her Kubo. Ian and I experienced the fun of constructing a shamisen out of cardboard. It even makes different tones. I'm a little proud of our toy-making skills. 

 Bea's best intimidating Kubo face.

Bea's best intimidating Kubo face.

Reading: Year-Round Vegtable Gardener by Niki Jabbour. Maybe I'll try growing a fall crop.

Listening to; The Conversation Podcast. It's about art and artists and I'm learning a ton.

Cooking; Left over taco experimentation day. My best combination so far, baba ganoush, ham, pickled pablano peppers and lettuce.