It is February and we are experiencing a rather unusual thaw. There is fog everywhere – and unfortunately, more than one kind. As I was writing this post, a horrid smell began to seep through my walls. I realized that my cat was still outside. I have never experienced a smell like this. I suspected, but thought – in February? In town?? No way!!! We have 4 feet of snow!
Sure enough, my cat was sprayed by a skunk straight in the face. My cat must be retarded. My cat is in his cat prison until morning (it was 1 am when it struck and it is 3 am now) and he has been given a makeshift bath until we can get something proper in the morning and get him to the vet. (Vinegar, baking soda and dish detergent) I grabbed him to protect my house. You do not want to be sitting too close to me now either. I have been spraying myself with the stink removing enzyme and now, I, at least, can stand myself. If anybody has tips on how to save us from our plight, they would be welcome! I am currently fighting the urge to commit felicide. (Is that a word???) If he wasn’t so damned cute….
Now that all of the work for the launch is done, the website, the new paintings, the new blog – I can catch up on some of the kindness sent my way. Linda Blondheim, a wonderful artist – and cyber friend, passed this award on to me on Friday. Thank you Linda!! 🙂
I’m supposed to tell you 7 things I love.
1. I love landscape – big skies, trees and the feeling that comes when alone in the expanse of it
2. I love my husband, my friends and my family – but no so much the cat at the moment…
3. I love to paint
4. I love to read & write
5. I love to travel in the RV.
6. I love music and movies
7. I love to have the good health to enjoy it all.
I pass this on to:
- Lana Gramlich
- Ingrid (KaslKaos)
- Jennifer Rose
- Heather (Azure Island Design)
- Kim (Laketrees)
- Kinsey Barnard
Tip For Getting Dried Acrylic Paint out of Your Brushes
Last Friday I was scrambling to finish “Hopewell” in order to make my deadline. I had done some glazing over the sky and was very careful that the colour was nicely distributed. I put the brush down and forgot about it- until about 4 or 5 hours later. The brush was as hard as a rock. Fortunately, I remembered a tip I was given by a lovely lady who has a wonderful collection of brushes that she kept in excellent shape. Cleaning the brush proved to be extemely simple.
- Soak the brush in rubbing alcohol for 5 minutes.
- Rub the bristles gently and massage the paint out of the bristles as the paint softens
- Once the brush is paint free, rinse and clean with a brush detergent or any gentle detergent
It’s that simple! Now I wish there was a magic detergent for the skunk smell permeating through my house…..