Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Even though it is snowing ( here is the weather forecast)

Snowfall warning in effect.

Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning early this morning. Amount 5 cm. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High plus 2.
Periods of snow. Amount 10 cm except 5 cm over western sections. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 1.
Periods of snow ending in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Wind northwest 30 km/h. High plus 2.

But the egg hunt is on in the house. Or as I prefer to call it, Home War 3. Nothing like chocolate to bring out the greediness in a bunch of children.
As for me, I made a big egg. It was a paper vessel for a show that opened Thursday. Did I get a picture of the final object? Well, in a way. I had a photographer from work take some pictures for me because I needed some good pictures for a submission to another show. And seeing as the deadline was that day, I didn't copy any of the pictures off of the CD that he gave me. As soon as I find my jump drive I can get them from him. Or wait for my CD's to be returned at the end of the month. Or I can go to the Crafts Council Gallery and take a pathetic picture on my own. We all know how great a photographer I am.
This picture makes it look HUGE. It is about 18 inches high and maybe 12 inches across.
Unfortunately, this Easter is not happy for all. My friend Joe had his apartment building burn last week. I know that everyone got out alright and that Joe is fine. I haven't been able to pin him down so I don't know if he found a new place yet. I do know that he was staying in a hotel and that he was wise enough to have tenant insurance. Joe is a collector of artwork and the thought if all of his paintings, prints, photos, drawings and other artwork being damaged is heart-wrenching. Add to that the thousands of books that he had collected, (Joe is a poet and owns a small independent publishing company) and his losses cannot be recovered. His apartment was not burned, but the water damage is extensive.

This is the second friend that has lost their home and/or possessions due to fire in the past year. Add to that my parent's barn and the massive damage caused by the flood last year too many New Brunsickers, and this add up to be a pretty bad year and a very depressing post.

On the bright side, I found a twill sampler in an old copy of "Handwoven" that a friend gave me that is 62 different treadlings for a four harness that uses the standard 1234 threading. I haven't done it yet but I put it on my "to-do" list. If anyone would like a copy, you can let me know, I'll get your address via e-mail, and send you one.

May all your chocolate be yummy! Happy Easter.


Anonymous said...

I would very much like a copy!

I've been looking at WF's photos of the burn out and I'm just horrified. I can't even imagine. :(

Anonymous said...

Er, that was me.


mira's papa said...

For those who read your post, I have to tell them that the photo just doesn't do justice to the "pod" you made. It's very cool. And it looked so interesting in production, as it hung insect-egg-like from the ceiling of the kitchen. I kept expecting to see a flying insect emerge from the side of it.

I think next year we won't do the easter egg hunt. The kids are just a bit too uncharitable about the whole affair. Perish the thought that one would get a bit more than another.

Bummer about the weather. It's snowing right now, as I write this, and I have to say that I'm not that keen on seeing it. It was relatively nice yesterday and I even went for a bit of a run. Felt good. But this is depressing.

What a bad thing for Joe to have been victim of the fire. I wonder if he's going to be able to recover anything. I guess on the plus side, since he had insurance, at least he's going to be able to itemize all of the stuff that's damaged, since it didn't get burned up. If it burned it would be harder to work up the claim sheets. But he got out and nobody was hurt. As someone posting on his blog said, the rest is "stuff", and there is always more stuff. Hard to lose your stuff, but getting out alive from a fire in the middle of the night, that's the biggest plus of all. I hope he can get back on his feet without too much grief.

Julia said...

I agree with Mira's Papa. This picture does not do it justice. The details of the outlines do not show up at all because the flash from the camera washes it out.

You would expect a little green man from Mars emerging from this egg. It's that big.

Thanks again for the wonderful Easter meal. Everything was delightful even doing some puzzles with the little and not so little ones.

Dani said...

That egg is awesome! I love the colours on it. I can't wait to see more pictures.

I am sorry about your friends apartment fire. A lady in our knitting group had her house burn down last year, and a month later the temporary apartment she was living in had a fire. But she still says the same thing - it is really tough, but it is just things.

I would love to get a copy of the weaving article!

DaviMack said...

I can't imagine having everything burn. That's awful!

Kansas A said...

I too agree with Mira's Papa. My sister lost her whole house in a fire. They had the clothes (jammies) on their back, and even her husband didn't have that (he sleeps naked). The one thing my sister tried to grab on her way out was a photo album and when the kitchen exploded she dropped it (burning her hands she scrambled in the dark trying to find it and never did). The months she spent listing all the belongings they had was horrendous, there wasn't much left and she had to go by memory. Who remembers everything they owed? It was crazy.

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the weaving article. it would be fabulous