things have bene a little manic for the past few days/weeks the amount of time i seem to have lost track of somewhat
but i am doing my best today in a fe3w free hours to get a little back on track with everything, i know i have emails to answer and art to comment on and journals to read etc but its all going to have to form an orderly line and be got to when i get to it, a lot has been going on so i shall try nutshell some of it in this journal
Work (and an unexpected meeting!)
My manager has been taken ill and we do not know when he will be returning to work so I’ve been putting in a lot more hours at work and recently found out that next week I will be packed off to our head office for a training course from Monday to Friday there will be more qualifications earned and probably a nice certificate at the end of it
While I was working last Saturday I served a gent who just needed a quick repair to his watch and we got into a conversation as his watch had a little music box built into it which really made me smile as I adore quirky things. We got into a conversation and he asked how my manager was etc. then we were talking work, as soon as he mentioned what he did I knew who he was instantly Willard Wiggan !
a renowned micro-sculptor whose work I have admired for years!
For those of you who have not heard of this amazingly talented gent please google him and be amazed! - he creates minute sculptures - works of art so tiny that they fit on the head of a pin!
I was privileged enough to be shown a piece of his work - needless to say it made my day to be able to meet someone whose work I have admired for several years (literally I always used to keep cuttings from newspapers when art was mentioned and I have several in a scrapbook on Wiggan's work)
At present both my grandmothers are somewhat ill.
My mom’s mom is having trouble with her joints and her back - she is also hardly eating - we take her meals and such but if we don’t watch her she will ‘save it for a bit later’ and then feed it to the dog - the dog in question who recently pulled her over and she was stuck on the floor for over an hour
she won’t give up her dog at all but all she keeps saying is how much she truly misses my late granddad and wants to be with him again
she seems to think she is a bother and an inconvenience deep down she is just very lonely even though my mom, my aunts and uncles and cousins visit her (literally someone visits every day and my aunt who lives in a flat next to hers visits twice a day)
She needs a lot more care and we are worried that as well as some minor strokes she is possibly developing dementia as she is recently getting places and times and people mixed up.
My late dad’s mom - I got a text from TheSoulReaperReborn
who is my little brother. ( I say little he is way taller than me!) he also does some epic cosplay which I am trying to get him to post on here (Terry Ickle bro do you hear me??) either way he got a message that he forwarded to me saying his mom had spotted my nan wandering around the local town looking very confused, I had to chase up my aunt and uncle and make sure - it seems she has taken to going to church and then for a coffee afterwards on a Sunday morning which makes sense - but this was getting on for afternoon and she wasn't answering her phone. I have not been close to her for some years - certainly not since my dad passed away but I still worry about her.
She has been to the doctors for tests but nothing conclusive yet has been said.
My cat. - she is 20 and I adore her but she is not doing too well, she has arthritis, but now she has developed a lump on her neck, the vet suspects this is a tumor, but she is too old and frail and it would be cruel to put her through the trauma of surgery and that alone would probably kill her, he also suspects that her kidneys are starting to fail
she is not in any pain at the moment, so we are just keeping a very close eye on her and taking it day to day until the inevitable where I will have to say goodbye to her - and I suspect that will be soon. She’s getting spoiled rotten (as always) and years ago when I first got her ( she was a 3 week old kitten) I said I would always be there for her as she has been there for me for nearly 2 thirds of my life.
My ‘play’ schedule is almost as busy as my work ones!
When I arrive back from work training I have a friends birthday to attend , and in turn the weekend after, another friend has a turn to celebrate.
The second weekend in July I am off to a wedding ( there are activities so I am going to be doing some clay pigeon shooting!) but I have been invited as someone has dropped out and i have have been asked to create a piece of artwork for the grooms on their big day
( I am currently working on this)
When I arrive back from that the following weekend will be a friends birthday ( with a heroes and villains dress up theme) and a 1940’s weekend at a local history museum
Hoping after that I have breathing room enough before I jet off to Germany and specifically Cologne for the Amphi music festival
Tonight I shall be going to a pub quiz - no chance of winning as I’ve written some of it so can’t take part but should be fun all the same! ( books and literature themed!) heck here are some of the questions - how many would you have got correct (without cheating and looking it up!)
1.) Q.Who wrote the book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
2.) Q.In which book do the catchphrases 'messing about in boats' and 'poop, poop' feature?
3.) Q.Name the beautiful young man who becomes the subject of a portrait by society painter, Basil Hallward?
4.) Q.Which book has had many film and television adaptations including a 1935 version starring Robert Donat, a 1978 version with Robert Powell, and a 2008 British television version, starring Rupert Penry-Jones?
5.) Q.Who wrote the children's book Charlotte's Web?
6.) Q.Which comedian wrote The Flanimals children's book series?
8.) Q.What was the street address of Sherlock Holmes?
9.) Q.Which fictional character is the narrator of the book Moby-Dick?
10.) Q.Which novel is the story of the gentle knight and his servant Sancho Panza?
11.) Q.'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen' is the first line from which book?
12.) Q. Which Childrens book character said 'to die would be an awfully big adventure'?
13.) Q. The Novel 'Do androids dream of electric sheep?' by Pillip K Dick became which film?
14.) Q.In 1960 the UK publishing ban was lifted on what 1928 book?
15.) Q. Name the three Bronte sisters
16.) Q.What was the pen-name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and what was his famous novel about a girl named Alice ?
17.) Q.What was Samuel Langhorne Clemens' pen-name?
18.) Q.Stanley Kubrick successfully requested the UK ban of his own film based on what Anthony Burgess book?
19.) Q.What famous 1818 novel had the sub-title 'The Modern Prometheus'?
20.) Q.Which American poet and story-teller wrote The Fall of the House of Usher?
21.) Q. What are the first names of the Pevensie children in C S Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
22.) Q. Who Wrote the novels 'The three musketeers' and 'The man in the iron mask'?
23.) Q. at which costal town did the ship carrying Count Dracula become Wrecked?
24.) Q.Which Author Wrote the childrens books 'The Twits' 'The Magic Finger' & 'fantastic Mr Fox'
25.) Q. Which Author created 'Discworld'?
26.) Q.Whose Wrote the novel 'The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse'
27.) Q.Name Stepen King's writer son whose novels include 'Heart Shaped Box' and 'Horns'
28.) Q.Which Author wrote the novels that inspired the 'True Blood' TV series
29.) Q.'Curtain' By Agatha Christie saw the death of which famous moustached detective?
30.) Q. What creature did Alice use as a croquet Mallet when Playing with the Queen of hearts in 'Alice in Wonderland?
31.) Q. Which Novel inspired the Kate Bush song of the same name?
32.) Q. What kind of creature is Jeremy Fisher?
33.) Q. Who was famous children's illustrator known for his illustrations in Roald Dahl's books?
34.) Q. According to the title of the Novel by George Orwell - what year was 'Big Brother Watching'?
35.) Q. Which Fictional spy with the code-number 007 was created by Ian Flemming
36.) Q. True or False Sylvia Plath, a famous poetess, committed suicide
37.) Q.True or False Prince Charles wrote the children's story The Old Man of Lochnagar?
38.) Q. Watership down is a tale about the lives of Which animals
39.) Q. Which Equine character created by Anna Sewell had friends by the names of 'Ginger' Merrylegs'
40.) Q. Which Creatures in the Douglas Adams novel left the message 'So long and thanks for all the fish' before they departed earth?
If I survive all that I’ll see you all in August
I will be stopping by as much as I can but just recently it is becoming more and more difficult. I will still have some work scheduled to post so apologies in any delays with replies etc. if its urgent drop me an email!
Monthly I create a piece of art and dedicate everyone here on dA who has a birthday that month!
For the January Babies! Lil' Red
For the February Babies! Gothic Siren.
For the March Babies! Terracotta Pot
For the April Babes! Lil' Spring
For the May Babies! Lil' Summer
For the June Babies! Tiger Flowers
For the July Babies! (scheduled)
For the August Babies! (in progress)
For the September Babies! (in progress)
For the October Babies! (pending)
For the November Babies! (pending)
For the December Babies! (sheduled)