Its early Sunday Morning, Dave and Sarah left so here I am already missing her. I wonder if you ever get used to that. I should have just gone back to bed but I got on the computer instead. The only sounds are the whirl of the washing machine and the dishwasher and the tapping of the keys. I have plenty to do today.
Yesterday we bought an extra bed for the spare bedroom downstairs. Dave's snoring has gotten so bad I really need extra bed that is comfortable for those nights that are bad. This is self care for me as I have trouble sleeping to begin with. We ended up moving beds in to Sarah's room, throwing a mattress away and storing one in the garage. I need to go out and buy sheets today so then the bed will be ready to use when needed. We bought a full size bed so now when a couple comes to stay we will at least have a bed for them.
We attended the local museum exhibit Ink and Blood and it was more interesting than I thought it would be. They had a replica of the Gutenberg Press, gave us a history lesson and we got to see a page printed. We learned where the phrase "mind your p's and q's came from and why small letters are called lower case and capital letters are called upper case. First this was movable type so after a printing the type had to be cleaned and put back in its individual box. The letters are made in reverse, so the apprentice who put the type away was told to mind his p's and q's as they were easy to mistake for each other. All the small letters were in a case on a lower shelf and all the capital letters were in a case on the upper shelf. So that is where upper and lower case come from. Interesting huh!
Sarah actually got to run the press. She pushed the frame that had the paper on it into the press and then moved the big arm which pressed the paper into the ink plate. It was pretty fascinating.
They had all these different bibles on display including the ones with mistakes. A favorite being the Wicked Bible which states Thou Shalt Commit Adultery. There are also the He she ones where the wrong pronoun was used. They had fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls which were so small I could not even see the writing on them. Some bibles were illuminated and you could see where gold had been added to the illustrations. It was pretty cool to see. Of course no pictures were allowed so I have nothing to show on that end. I just remembered that I did a little drawing. It is really rough, I am not that good at drawing perspective so its a little flat and of course I did it in three minutes. It gives you a general idea of what the press looked like. It was originally used for wine.
I have been working on my charms. I am teaching myself to do wire wrapping and of course some come out good and others have to be redone. I should be able to finish them today. Then it will be back to weaving again.
I bought some of those Daniel Smith watercolors. I have been on their email list for some time. Every once in awhile they put out a sampler that is really economical. Its usually 3 colors on some theme. I kept telling myself that is how to get some of their paint to try. 3 tubes for 15.95 shipping included is a deal. This one was a Tuscany group that had a Cobalt Blue, Verona Gold Ochre, and Italian Venetian Red. I played with the colors a little on some scrap watercolor paper and they are beautiful. I am looking forward to finding some time to really play with them.
Quote for the Day: "The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing." - Henry Miller