Posted by: lmcg1 | November 19, 2008

Winter begins

jakewindowJake watching out the window at the new snow

Today we have had the beginnings of the serious snow, I think. It is finally cold enough to stick. We have had a really great fall season this year, which makes winter that much shorter, always a good thing.

Well, all the shows are pretty well done for this year. We just have to take down the Prairie River Artists show at Circle Park this Sunday. It has been a very busy couple of months, and although it is fun to do, I am glad for some quiet time now. I was getting a bit tired I must admit. So now to hunker down and paint and make grape jelly ( I can smell the juice cooking right now) and nanking cherry jelly and marmalade, and play the piano and stuff like that.

I have started a new painting already. Because I took a class with the Federation of Canadian Artists this year, I can put a painting in the student show again in January. I have one painting that I am thinking of putting in, the one of the shell, which I showed here a couple of months ago. The one I have started is using the technique I learned at the workshop. So I will see how it turns out and then decide which to send. It would be fun to go out for the opening. Will see.

In the past couple of weeks, I found out that I have the beginning of age-related macular degeneration in my right eye. There is some blurriness, particularly when I am a bit tired. I got in to see the optometrist and had a retinal scan which showed the characteristic changes. So I am going to see the doc to get a referral to an ophthalmologist. It is a chronic thing that leads to loss of clear central vision. You know the question – would you rather not hear or not see – well, my answer has always been not hear. So I am determined to find out all I can do to keep the progression as slow as possible, and hopefully keep my left eye good, for as long as possible too. I have a few choice words for this development, believe me.

Anyway, off to do a little practicing on the piano as it is our recital this Friday. I am playing ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ – the irony was not missed.


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