Parsimony and prospects

Posted by bernicky - October 17th, 2017

Enforced parsimony is exhausting in so many ways. Concern about money drives action and inaction equally. This weekend I scheduled a Sunday off because I thought with a pay coming in on the Thursday that there’d be a little something I could use to actually enjoy a day off. Yes a day off can be enjoyed without spending money, but let’s face it spending money makes it more fun. Extravagances like driving somewhere and maybe having lunch in a diner somewhere while spending the day sketching. That doesn’t look like it will be happening. The funny thing about bills, they’re like season, they just keep coming. Nothing much you can do about that. Currently I’m trying to sort out how winter tires are going to be paid for. It has to be soon, but I think I might have to push it to the end of the month in order to swing it. There are times when a credit card is a good thing.

On the artistic front the Stewart Hall show rolled around again. This year submissions were limited to two and there is only the possibility of one piece being chosen. With that in mind I chose what I thought would be two good representatives of my work post-Depanneur series.

Under Highway 20 with Starchild Stela

Blueberries poem

I’ll know by the end of the week whether the jury thinks either piece is worth inclusion this year. I’ve been thinking of doing more of the poems on watercolour as a project, just trying to figure out the best way to approach it.

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Posted by bernicky - November 18th, 2010

“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda explains to Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. I have to admit that at the core of it this is an accurate statement. Either things get done or they don’t and trying doesn’t really count if a task is not completed. But we cannot always know if we are successful in a task we can only continue trying in hopes that the ultimate outcome will be success. I try to keep focus on getting things done for the family, making appointments, doing the groceries, the cooking and assorted other tasks from raking leaves to cleaning toilets but that doesn’t always mean that those tasks are accomplished. There are, as we have all observed, only so many hours in a day.

Currently I am trying to find somewhere to buy and have installed new snow tires for the car. I say trying because it seems like I am a little late in making my effort. The problem is of course that my wife can only get into and out of our car and that means that I cannot be without the car when she needs to be transported like to and from the hospital for surgery early this month and to and from four more appointments over the next two weeks. This makes it problematic, to say the least, when it comes to finding someone to do the work. My usual go to garage is currently missing my go to guy at the garage and the people who are there at the moment are willing to give me an appointment on the 10th of December – no earlier. I am thinking that my next bet should be WalMart. Just buy the tires there and leave the car with them over the weekend and hope I get it back by Monday night as we have an appointment with the neurosurgeon on Tuesday and the oncologist on Wednesday.

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