Monday Morning


So here I sit with everything caught up an nothing new coming in.  If I were a responsible person, I would find something to do like do some on-line training or something along those lines.  Then again, I think the operative word here is “responsible” because I don’t feel like being too responsible right now.  I jiggle my mouse for my work laptop every now and then so my on-line status shows “Active” in lieu of “Idle”.  It does make for a long day tho.  I have stuff waiting in the wings that I’ll work on tomorrow since I would much rather be idled at home versus being idled downtown.

Sunday Evening


I had to pull a tag off of one of my plants because Dru asked me what it was and I didn’t remember.  It’s call “Canadale Gold Wintercreeper“.  They’re all cut back for now while I’m getting ready to add three more rose plants, lay down new groundcloth and then re-mulch the area.  It will fill back in nicely and it adds some really good color to the south side of my place.  They ca grow kinda tall so I cut them back anywho.

My neighbors must have had a good laugh at me this weekend.  Their eyeballs must have jumped out of their heads when they saw me actually cutting the grass after all of these years of having a service do it instead.  And it showed just how long it’s been since I’ve done this myself.  Oh well.  I suppose one gets better with practice.  The lawn tractor cleaned up nice and pretty.

So we have a bill of materials for landscaping things that I have to pick up this week.

  • New rose bushes
  • Ground cloth staples
  • 12 bags of red mulch
  • One big bag of TurfBuilder

I have a family thingee next weekend so it doesn’t leave me a lot of time to get this done after work.  Oh yeh.  I need a haircut too.  I’m starting to look like a hippy.

Art Sunday #119: Paul Cezanne – The Card Players


The Card Players is a series of oil paintings by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne. Painted during Cézanne’s final period in the early 1890s, there are five paintings in the series. The versions vary in size, the number of players, and the setting in which the game takes place. Cézanne also completed numerous drawings and studies in preparation for The Card Players series. One version of The Card Players was sold in 2011 to the Royal Family of Qatar for a price variously estimated at between $250 million and $300 million, making it the third most expensive work of art ever sold.


The largest version, painted between the years 1890–1892, is the most complex, with five figures on a 134.6 x 180.3 cm (53 × 71 in) canvas. It features three card players at the forefront, seated in a semi-circle at a table, with two spectators behind. On the right side of the painting, seated behind the second man and to the right of the third, is a boy, eyes cast downward, also a fixed spectator of the game. Further back, on the left side between the first and second player is a man standing, back to the wall, smoking a pipe and presumably awaiting his turn at the table. It has been speculated Cézanne added the standing man to provide depth to the painting, as well as to draw the eye to the upper portion of the canvas.  As with the other versions, it displays a suppressed storytelling of peasant men in loose-fitting garments with natural poses focused entirely on their game.


A more condensed version of this painting with four figures, long thought to be the second version of The Card Players, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. At 65.4 x 81.9 cm (25 3/4 x 32 1/4 in), it is less than half the size of the Barnes painting. Here the composition remains virtually the same, minus the boy, with viewers’ perspective slightly closer to the game, but with less space between the figures. In the previous painting, the center player as well as the boy were hatless, whereas this version has all the men hatted. Also gone are the shelf to the left with vase and lower half of a picture frame in the center of the wall, leaving only the four pipes and hanging cloth to join the smoking man behind the card players.


Saturday Afternoon


Today is going by way too fast.  I got Petey back from the Vee Dub crew and she’s running good.  She has to go back next weekend because she has a turn signal light out and it’s an LED strip that has to be replaced.  No worries on that tho.  I had to deal with a new guy today and he looked at me a bit incredulously when I asked why the light wasn’t repaired.  “It’s a 10 year old car.” he said.  I had to chastise the regulars for not filling him in on my preferences for repairs on my car.  I think he understands now.

I spent the afternoon cleaning up my one rode bed and cutting back the bushes in front of the window.  All of old ground cloth and old mulch if off and we’ll hopefully replace it soon provided the weather cooperates.  I had one rose bush that didn’t survive the winter and I think I’ll replace it and add two more bushes while I’m at it.  Then new ground cloth and new mulch and we can chalk that one up as done.  Maybe I should repaint the foundation first tho before I get too far down the rabbit hole on this one.