Friday, June 23, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things - June 23, 2017


This week I read the news more than usual which put me in a depressive state all week. Especially after reading about Otto Warmbier's passing. I need to stop reading the news for a while and listen to motivational speakers or something to bring more positive energy into my home. After getting upset about the news, the air feels thick with negative energy. It makes it harder to celebrate the small things.

But, I am able to find something positive out of the week. I cleaned out and moved a chest of drawers that was tucked away in a cluttered room. In it I found a $25 iTunes card that still had money on it! Hahaha! It must be years old! Never been used.

I also received my Johnny Jump Up seeds in the mail. I planted them and am hoping they grow well because I don't have much of a green thumb.

It took me an hour to clean the blinds in the bathroom today. I wiped every single slat with a wet rag. We've made advances in technology, but not a better way to clean blinds. I have a brush attachment for blinds on my vacuum, but it doesn't remove all the dust. The good thing is, the blinds look great now. 
I'm sick and tired of this cleaning. I just want to work on my graphic novel! I have one more week before our guests arrive. The place is looking pretty good if I do say so myself. My family hasn't said a thing about how good the place looks, though, which is irksome. I can't wait for Vietnam Vets to come next week to take away more of our junk.

I'm halfway through the graphic novel Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer. I came across this book by dumb luck. After lunch one weekend, the whole family had to use the restroom so we stopped off at a library to use their restroom. (lol!) It was at a library far from our home, but in the same county. It's embarrassing to just stop in to use their restroom, so I wanted to check out a book. 
I saw the Jules Feiffer book and recognized the name and art style. I discovered his artwork a few months ago even though he has been doing comics for decades. Even before I was born. The artwork wasn't as charming as I was expecting so I put it back on the shelf, but picked it back up at the last minute. I checked out other books which I can easily return near our home since the libraries are connected to the same network. 
When I brought it home, I looked at the drawings again and wasn't going to read the book at all because they weren't impressive to me. It got a good review from Neil Gaiman, so I decided to give it a go. After reading the first few pages, I was hooked. It's a mystery that starts off with an incredibly ungrateful daughter who wants to kill her mother. The girl's father died, so her mother had to get a job. She got a job working for her husband's best friend who is an alcoholic detective. She basically does all the work. He hits on her, puts her in unnecessary danger, and makes her work late even though she has to get home to her daughter. The daughter is selfish and only sees that her mother is never there for her. At the same time, the mother is trying to find her husband's killer. 
It's more complicated than this, but that's how it starts off. The writing is great! 
Upon closer inspection of the drawings and the layout of the pages, I'm finding that this guy is a pretty brilliant artist. At first glance, the drawings look scribbly and naive, but the scribbles give the drawings energy and movement. It looks as if he doesn't know much about human anatomy, but as I studied some of the drawings, it appears that he does have a good knowledge of the figure. I'm finding the drawings very charming after all.

He studied under Will Eisner which is impressive in itself, but the way he writes dialogue is exceptional. It just draws you in. No pun intended. I think I found a gem.

I hope you have found life's gems this week as well! Have a great weekend!

Welcome to our blog hop!
Check out the blogs below for your reading pleasure and please visit our hosts' blogs:
Lexa Cain:
L.G. Keltner
Tonja Drecker
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1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning


  1. Wohoo for the giftcard! Cleaning takes up all the time but it feels so good when it's done. That's what I am currently doing. LOL

  2. Congrats on the blinds. If I had any I would pay someone to clean them. Companies like The Blind Man, have machines in the backs of their vans which apparently do a great job.

  3. Serendipity - unexpectedly finding something good when turning out drawers! Empathise about the blinds. Trial and error has taught me to wet dust them once in a blue moon and then to try to remember to vacuum regularly. But the best laid plans oft aft awry