How’s The Weather?

That was one of the first questions I would teach my beginning level ESL students.  It was necessary to first explain the contraction How’s, and then the weather vocabulary.  Warm, sunny, cool etc.  Most of them already knew the word hot. That’s how it’s been here again in Los Angeles. Near 100 degrees.  Even at the beaches. With huge cumulus desert clouds that broke up into bunches of tiny ones last night.  For some parts of the country, clouds are probably a regular occurrence.  Not here.  So I went back and forth from back yard to front yard watching the entire sky move and change. I took a lot of pictures as it morphed into different colors and shapes.  It looked like the sky in a Dutch landscape painting.





Today, though, we had the ultimate in LA weather phenomena.  I had gotten home from the animal shelter, where I made sure that all the animals had water, among other tasks.  A short time after walking in the door, it started POURING.  No rain type clouds indicating this was going to happen.  A moment of wonder, watching it bounce off the street.  Rain like that always reminds me of being in elementary school.  We used to get tons of rain.  The streets would flood, and we’d listen to the radio as they listed which schools would be closed, hoping to hear the name of ours.


“Weather” is so exciting in Los Angeles.

I had gotten out some of my Linoleum stamps and was going to try them on paper, which I did, but I didn’t like the result.  I’m going to make a series of small ones  (10×10) on canvas with acrylic.  After I’m finished with the images, I decide where to add some stitching with embroidery thread.  I have two completed so far.



I plan to do a lot more, and in between, some applique with fabric.

The rain has stopped.  Almost warmer in the house than before the rain.  Waiting to see what the rest of the week brings.

The ending of the Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert seems like so long ago, but we finally got to experience his wit again last night as he started his new job as host of the The Late Show.  What a joy.

I hope you are having a wonderful “weather” week.  And check out the Late Show.






Rainy Day Schedule

A little more Christmas and a lot more rain today.

Something I put up with my decorations is a small watercolor I painted right before Christmas many years ago.  It makes me think of that time in my life, like when you hear a particular song.


It rained REALLY hard today.  From drought to monsoon.


Christmas cookies I made while it poured outside.


One of the many Christmas vignettes I set up around my house.


I’m making my way back to my mixed media pieces.  (Lots of Christmas distractions).  A small segment from one of them.  Paint, paper, fabric and thread.


I’d like to make a habit of doing a daily sketch.  It would be so creatively helpful.  A first step below.



It is the final week of the Colbert Report on TV with Stephen Colbert.  I will miss one of the most uplifting and funny half hours of each day.

“Thankfully, dreams can change.  If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses.”

Stephen Colbert