It's a boot jack. $1.00. A steal! In the winter I'm always having to take my muddy boots off and this will help keep my sock toes clean. I used to have a wooden one but my dogs chewed it up.
I've been participating in a book study group online, we are working our way through The Artist's Way by Julie Cameron. So I have been writing my daily morning pages and doing some of the other exercises in the book. My intention with this book is to become better focused on my art work which has been sadly lacking the past few months as my regular readers might have noticed. When is the last time I posted any art? Too long! I have begun to make a bed quilt, I figured it would be a good start and maybe reduce my fabric stash by a tiny bit. Amazing how little fabric one uses in a bed quilt if you are making a scrap quilt.
In other news, the past two or three weeks were lovely hot (but not too hot!) dry weather. Our first for the summer which had previously been cold and cloudy. It was glorious to be able to shed those sweatshirts and dig down into the recesses of my closet and find a pair of shorts to wear. I actually got a little bit of tan on my legs and some callus on my feet! I love the heat, especially here since it rarely gets truly hot. The hottest it got was about 93 last Saturday. This Saturday it might have gotten to 63 and rained all day. We really needed the rain after all that heat so it was quite welcome. My roses might put out another bloom at this rate because it is supposed to go back to warm sunny weather again once this system moves through. I'll bet we got 2 inches of rain over the past couple of days. Even the forest floor is damp and all the plants have washed clean and greened up and are standing tall again. I do love Oregon. I love my woods and fields, rain or shine. Hopefully I will get my groove back in the studio too. Sure I will.