Thursday, February 17, 2011


Lately I have been reading a lot and no artwork. I did sign up for another Art House project. This one is a writing Moleskine project. I chose to use my name as my theme. I will be telling tidbits of my life and adding some artwork with it kind of like journaling. It's due May 1st so I don't have a lot of time and can't wait to get started.

The books I have been reading are by Lee Child (the last one was 84 chapters. The Jack Reacher series. There are 15 books in the series, and I have read all but 2. I'm half finished with one of those.

I love to read. I have loved to read since I was in 6th grade or before. I remember reading a book a day back then. Of course the books then were small. I loved mysteries. I still do. I also read police stories and spy stuff. Then there is my "fluff" reading. Lilian Jackson Braun and The Cat Who....series. I love those.

Since I have no artwork to show, I will show a photo of my husbands pride and joy tree. He was a truck driver and we lived in Oregon for 4 years. There he hauled logs from the woods to the mill. He loved the fir trees and missed them a lot after we moved back to Bakersfield.

One day we were in Petsmart and they were giving away these little 3-4 inch seedlings with a tiny root area. He brought two home and put them in pots. When they were big enough, he planted one in our front yard and put up a chicken wire fence around it to keep the dogs our. It's maybe 10 years old or so and now probably 10 feet or better high. It has lots of pinecones on it and each year they seem to get larger.

He made sure he came home every night and watered it even when he was tired. He took such good care of it. Well now I take care of it and it is a nice reminder of my husband. When I look out the front window or out the front door, there it is. I just hate to think what will happen if it gets as big as the ones in the woods. And I hope it has a good root system so it doesn't one day fall on my house.

So here is Bill's tree with Dizzy next to it and another photo of a closeup of a pinecone on it.


sue said...

Lovely tree Jeanne. Do you do anything with the fir cones?

When at home in England I rarely get the time to read - always so many other things to do .. but when we get out to our holiday home on Fuerteventura I make up for lost time and probably average 5 books a week. There are lots of places offering 'used book swaps' there so luckily I don't run out of reading material

Jan said...

We share that love of reading, Jeanne. There are times I "binge on books" shutting out everything else that I can. The can recharge me when I hit a wall with art - do you find that too?

The tree is beautiful and is such a wonderful reminder of your husband.

MimiTabby said...

I'm sorry to read about your loss, but it's really cool that you have the tree, which can outlive you and the rest of your family as well as a remembrance of your husband.
Keep journaling!