Maximus Arbitrarius (Because you can’t translate “random”)

January 24, 2014

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So this week I found out that I can’t wallpaper worth a damn. This is weird because in an old Victorian house of mine I wallpapered the dining room. So anyway, I had this great idea, for a spring-like feel in the house, to wallpaper a large sheet of plywood as a backdrop to some art on the mantle. (Can’t wallpapers the wall because I wouldn’t be able to live with a static something for long.) I have been hording a hand full of rolls of this vintage wallpaper for a while now and absolutely love the Art Deco pattern. So I went to the local DIY shop and bought some white glue and mixed it with a bit of wood glue and thinned it with water. Would have used wallpaper paste but the stuff only came in a huge vat! Anyway, not an epic fail, but definitely needs a bit of work to get the bubbles out. I’ll persevere. Sent the photo to R who said he didn’t like it at all because it looked too much like day of the triffids. Poor Robbie, good thing my mad ideas tend to be temporary.

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Why is it that there is always this uncontrollable urge to stick fingers into the ocean to test for temperature? Do you do that? And then do the mad crab shuffle to get out of the way of the waves, and then that one bigger one…which is it, the seventh wave?…comes along and washes over your runners anyway. But even when you know it’s going to be pretty damn cold, it’s fun, isn’t it? 😀

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I went to a lecture Tuesday evening at one of the beach galleries (and took these two secret photos just to have the memory). I went to hear this woman speak. Her name is Bobbie Burgers and she is one of my favourite artists in the world. You know, I go to hear her speak about her art, or go to her gallery openings to see her paintings and sometimes, I have to admit, get terribly depressed standing there looking at her art because it’s just so brilliant and I can’t/will never achieve anything like it…ever…at all, and Tuesday evening she showed a slide of herself standing under a painting by Joan Mitchell, and guess what? She said she cannot stand there looking at Joan Mitchell’s art because she gets depressed that Mitchell was so brilliant that she, (Bobbie), can’t/will never achieve anything like it…ever…at all.

Who knew?

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I’m in love with this piece of wood at the beach. Not only is it about two feet across and about a foot tall, but it has this totally awesome hole thru it. All I have to do is figure out how to get it home (it’s waterlogged and terribly heavy) and then figure out how to do something fantastic with it.

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The plant-that-will-not-die has a name. It usually lives outside for most of the year and is ignored, and then stuck into the dark family room and ignored some more over winter, but it’s such a grateful plant that I decided to treat it better and brought it into the corner of the shower for winter. (besides it’s good for our house oxygen) Anyway, it’s such a grateful little rather big plant, look how happily it’s growing. So the other day I asked Chloe if we were to, what should we name it. She said “George” which is our standard name for random things…as in, “love him and pet him and call him George”. But then I got it: it’s a Hawaiian Schifflera and so the only possible name is Claudia…

…do you get it?

…Please yourselves… I’ll be here all week. 😀
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Sharing with Nancy and looking forward to everyone’s randomness.

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  • Reply Sara v January 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I’m with you about wallpaper–I can’t stand to have it for too long–brilliant idea to add a splash of it. My new favorite color is shades of green, so I think that’s fabulous. Also, yes! Putting my hand in the water at the beach, have to do it and then have to run away, but usually do get wet anyway, the ocean is such a tease. Funny how we all have that person that we think “dang, I wish I could be that good” and then we find out that they have that person too! 🙂 Best to be happy with what we have–and trust me, you are unbelievably talented–I am an artist, grew up around artists and go to art shows…so I can say that with some authority (and love) 🙂

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Thank you so much Sara. 😀 You’ve made my day. Robert read your comment and then read it again out loud to me and asked me if it sunk in…or if he had to read it again! 😀

  • Reply Karen January 24, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Oh that’s gorgeous wallpaper! I often bring home “treasures” from the beach. Last piece was a 4 foot driftwood tree stump with gnarly roots. It took four guys to get it into the car, and we drove home very slowly because it was hanging out of the cargo space! I would seal that stump and put a piece of bevelled glass on top, and use it as a table. I always take my shoes and socks off and wade in the water in any season.

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Great idea Karen! Can you send your four guys over to my beach. 🙂

  • Reply cecilia January 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Thank you so much for taking me to the beach. It is almost one o’clock. i begin writing at one o’clock most days and seeing your fingers in the slurp of a wave was a lovely image to take with me into the depths.. Your plant must love the shower.. Claudia! .. Now off out into the cold to feed everyone their lunch and then to work for me. c

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Stay warm sweetie. 🙂

  • Reply Nancy @ A Rural Journal January 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Wallpaper and me (or is it I) do not mesh. At all. So I admire you for your effort and I like the result! So there, Robbie! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Seems that wallpaper and me are a non item as well…lol. I’ll post the new look in a day or two and then please tell me what you think. 🙂

  • Reply Tina Fariss Barbour January 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I think that’s a great idea to wallpaper a board to use for a backdrop! I would get tired of the look of wallpaper all over the place, too. I love the way you’ve decorated your mantel!

    I think whatever work we do–usually writing for me–it’s natural to sometimes compare ourselves to others and think we’ll never reach that level. But, of course, everyone else is thinking the same thing. 🙂

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      It’s the darnest thing, isn’t it Tina? Live and learn. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely comment; I’ve just redecorated the mantle because I got tired of it. I’ll take a photo and post it in a day or two.

  • Reply Beth January 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    that is so weird – so how earlier i ended up on a post about a boss mustang … & i wondered how i got there … i was jumping over for your random post … odd??! any who … that has me puzzled. happy weekend!! ( :

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Lol, I do that all the time with people. You might have the same butterfly brain I have. 🙂

  • Reply Hootin' Anni January 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Love your random thoughts you shared this week. But, for me, it’s not my fingers in the sea, it’s always taking my shoes off and wading the shore. Cold water or not!! It’s an automatic reflex. LOL

    Have a happy, happy weekend.

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you so much Anni. I completely agree with you, and, if I didn’t live right beside the Pacific, I so totally would. As it is I’m at the beach so much that I would run the risk of pneumonia if I barefooted it each time. 🙂

  • Reply debra@ HOMESPUN & FRUGAL LITTLE BUNGALOW January 25, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Even though those other artists are extremely talented, so are you. Your sketches and drawings and paintings take my breath away …you are blessed and I am glad that in this world of Internet and Blogging we are able to view it 🙂

    • Reply Veronica January 25, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Aw thank you Debra, thank you so much. I’ll post more work soon. 🙂

  • Reply daryl January 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

    when it comes to plants i tend to use the term ‘benign neglect’ for the way i treat them … alas Phil the philodendron gave up the ghost not long ago and Toonman is discouraging me from getting a replacement .. while i see what R saw, i like it .. we have had a ‘temporarily placed chest of drawers in front of our non-working fireplace for longer than i care to contemplate

    • Reply Veronica January 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      I remember Phil. Poor Phil. I felt so sorry for you when I read your post. I’m bad. I treat the plants are replaceable, longer lasting cut flowers.

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