Friday, February 27, 2009

Grease monkey

Last weekend Physicist and I went to my uncle's and picked up the outboard motor that hasn't worked in almost a decade.

I know nothing of building and/or rebuilding motors.
Carburetors? Nope.
Pistons? Uh-uh.
Crankshafts? What?

But I can't wait to figure it out.

We're getting a barrel from a friend of a friend once we clean it, because you can't work on an outboard unless its propeller is in water (I actually knew this - yay, me!)

The trailer has new wheels - now I just have to get my parents to the Title Bureau to transfer it to me so I can secure a trailer license and haul the beast to the garage.

Pics will come soon!

At the very least, it feels good to finally move forward on a project I've been aching to get started for years.

Hurrah for forward momentum!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New art!!!

Friday night I went to see the live action Oscar shorts at the Cedar Lee.
On my way back to the car, I stopped into HeightsArts where I found THIS...

Love Love Love this.
Love it.

In 2002 I was doing an internship in the conservation lab at the art museum and they were just accessioning this piece by the same artist, Brent Kee Young - from his fossil series.

Now, I've searched a bit and realized I am not currently of the budget to purchase one of those, but my piece... it was a splurge, but I feel I have now checked off each of the local artists I wanted represented in my collection.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More Mid-winter knitting

Like the rest of Northeast Ohio, I was buried under 5 feet of snow for (what felt like) eons.

So what did I do?

I knit.

Ysolda's Gretel. Made for my mother who requested a fetching hat that would cover her ears.

I love this pattern - the trellis cabling is achingly sweet.

I started this 2 weeks ago and finished it in the car on the way back from the Akron Art museum this past Sunday. Go see the Edward Weston exhibit - you won't regret it.

So sweet! (Even without make-up...)

This sweater is actually what I've been working on as the snow drifted. I've no link to the pattern as it was in a free magazine I picked up at River Colors.

It's a good example of tempting fate - it was meant to be made with a different size yarn and needle - and the yarn I chose was limited as it was a destash purchase with no hope of getting anymore than the 5 or 6 skeins I had. So I squinted my eyes and hoped very, very hard that it would fit.

It seems to have worked.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I'm pretty happy these days.
That's a wonderful thing.
But it seems to result in less blog posts.
I don't know why this is, other than I have a lot less angst to sort out these days, and this format was great for weighing the Great Questions of Life.
I still have questions - but there's a much different tone to them now.

I think I may engage in some housecleaning here, maybe rearrange some things.

There is a spectacular project looming on the horizon - something I've been chomping at the bit to start for years - my father has a 14' sailboat that is now mine and it needs W O R K. I have a place to put it and hands to help - now I just need to get it from my uncle's farm to a garage east of the city.

Wish me luck! I want to be sea-worthy by August!