Whenever I see two people sitting at a table in a coffee shop with their laptops open I imagine they are playing the old kid’s game, Battleship.     I was reminded of this on my last trip up north,   our friends have the old Battleship game for their boys. The playing boards are two grids that fold for storage, but open like a laptop while playing.   Kids sink plastic “shots” into the grid hoping to hit and eventually sink their opponents battleship.   I was remembering the old ads for the game, with the child shouting “You sank my battleship!”   This is done joyfully, with no thought of what really happens to the warriors who have lost their lives on countless battleships, scrambling to avoid a watery grave.   That’s unfair, though, children have always played war games with abandon, and always will.     Battleship is a game of strategy, and strategy is applicable to much of life, not just war.   The boys playing the game are not pretending to be on the battleships, they are the captains of war, sending their fleet out to victory, or to meet its doom.   Despite all the war imagery, seeing the game made me want to play it.   I think I’ll keep an eye out for an old Battleship game at a garage sale or thrift store, and if it’s cheap enough I’ll buy it.   Then I’ll take one of the plastic game boards, go to the coffee shop, open it up and rearrange all the pegs while I drink coffee.

Up north

We just got back from a trip to visit our friends up north, they are always happy to see us.   I think.   They made a few changes, we got a new room number:

and they’ve instituted some green policies:

Despite the rules, we had a great time!

A Winter Offering

I did a reduction print for a swap recently.   These are my prints, all over the floor drying.

First, I carved a few flames and the moon, then I printed orange on yellow paper.

Then, I carved a few more flames in the same block, and printed red over the orange.

Then I carved the rest of the flames and the text on the same block, and printed black over the red.   I really enjoy the “not knowing” of reduction printing, and the way shadows appear when things aren’t lined up perfectly.   This image was my way of burning all the negative thoughts I want to leave behind, clearing way for spring, and making space for more positive thoughts.


We are experiencing a lovely thaw this week.   I, of course, thrive on the cold and snow, so it matters not to me, but star hands is very excited.

I’m hoping the thaw continues, just, of course, to make star hands happy!

Where I stood, wallpaper archeologist

Old houses are a lot of work, so you’d better enjoy the little “finds”   These are my most recent.   The wallpaper in the living room is painted.

Under the painted wallpaper is this traditional ogee/diamond stuff.

Under that is this spotted maple leaf design.

Under the maple leaf stuff is this very cool squiggly design!     I love this stuff!