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Diva-Zenith

Zenith Yew DeeI really thought I was going to hate this tangle, not being a big fan of border-type tangles, but it was fun. So many different ways to vary it…tho it is still at it’s best as a border, I think. Anyway, aside from a slight miscalculation as to where the center of the tile was, here’s my marriage of Zenith and Yew Dee.

It’s been a quiet week here in the middle of nowwhere except, of course, that the cat had an unpleasant encounter with Pepe LePew. *sigh* When the house filled up with that lovely aroma of uncorked skunk, we went to look for the cat since the smell came primarily from her favorite sitting spot but she must have been cowering under a bush wondering what in the world had just happened to her since she was nowhere to be found. At about midnight there was a plaintive “meow” and there stood the cat, looking miserable and smelling worse…oh, so much worse.

I let her in, trapped her in the bathroom, checked with my daughter (3rd year vet student and my go to gal for animal mishaps), got the recipe for deskunking stuff (and, amazingly, I actually had the ingredients…1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid – should you ever need it). What I didn’t have was another pair of hands since hubby had gone to bed. I debated doing this alone but there was no way I could hold a very unhappy cat and rub her with liquid at the same time…so up got hubby. He held the screeching, squirming wild thing while I rubbed deskunking stuff all over her less than helpful body – both of us trying to avoid the flailing claws. Now, this wonder stuff is supposed to sit on the cat for 15 minutes before being rinsed off. Cat did not think she was going to wait that long before she tore our hearts out and ate them, so we rinsed, dried and let her slink away. She’s still a bit whiffy, but a whole lot better.

Now, see what you miss when you live near good restaurants, cultural activities, museums, well, somewhere in civilization? We don’t have that sort of thing, but most days, the stars, the mountains and the sound of the wind in the trees and the birds singing make up for it…sometimes.

Have a great week everyone. Happy Tangling!

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DSCF1878Sometimes when you find yourself in a ditch on the side of life’s road, it sure is nice to have a friend come along and give you a push…Thanks Antonine, you’re the best!

Moving on…Unlike, it seems, a lot of people, I really like the “Zen” part of zentangle. OK, not fondling the paper, breathing deeply with my eyes closed, and gasping in awe at the gorgeous archival black ink…not that zen part, but the idea of paying attention to each stroke and being immersed in the act of laying down lines, curves, and dots that eventually form something that’s never been before. Yeah, I like that part…which may be why it takes me forever to draw a tile, but I come away refreshed…like I’d just done a meditation, so that’s the zen part for me.

Anyway, I did all three Diva meditations, tho I’m not posting the results since, well, they look just like they ought to (and if you’re seeing this on Bright Owl, check out the Diva challenge for these audio meditations). I enjoyed doing them, but I would have loved an “Advanced” meditation that used some obscure tangle so that I was still wondering what the heck the final tangle was going to look like up until I finished drawing it. Since I’ve done a few tiles before, after the first few instructions, I was thinking “Oh, this is …”. I would love to have been able to do one of these meditations with a “Beginner’s Mind” and be amazed at the end…just a thought, Holly. You do these so well…and what a lovely voice!

What I AM posting, since this is a Diva duo tangle week anyway, is a “twofer”…Betweed for the Diva inside the Bright Owl Zendala. I did do a solo Betweed tile with gentle rolling curves and falling rain and what was meant to be a Betweed leaf peeking in from the side. Since, in reality, it looked like someone had put their thumb over the lens while taking a moderately dull photo, it will remain in my “perfect by ugly” file (Don’t tell me you don’t have one…).

Have a wonderful week, everyone – and Happy Tangling!

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DSCF1872So, this is my first Bright Owl Zendala Challenege tile…and my second zendala ever. I always wanted to try this, but my weary brain couldn’t figure out how to get the lovely template copied onto my tile and came to a full stop (My brain does that…causes a lot of difficulties). Then I was told of the wonders of the age old “graphite on the back and trace” method and, voila! Worked like a charm and I had so much fun doing this

Consider me a new convert…can’t wait to see next week’s. Happy Tangling everyone!

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