Meditation – 20 April 2020

TARDIS – Time and Relative Dimension ìn Space

“It all just disappears, doesn’t it? Everything you are, gone in a minute like death on a mirror.

Any moment now, he’s a coming. The Doctor and I always will be. But times change and so must I. We all change, when you think about it,

We are all different people all through our lives and that’s okay, that’s good. You’ve got to keep moving so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.

I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

Matt Smith – Doctor Who
The Time of the Doctor


Stay Home – Stay Strong

… and keep drawing. That’s been my mantra all through this month of social distancing. Yes, I miss meeting up with my art buddies but I refuse to let that stop me. After all, it’s my art journal that helps me make sense of the world and keeps me sane (or some semblance of it.)

By the way… have you noticed how the news outlets each spells this disease differently?
COVID-19, Covid-19, covid-19.
Well I read on our local e-newletter that it’s really an acronym for “coronavirus disease 2019”. Both Merriam-Webster and the AP Stylebook prefer the all caps version, the New York Times prefers Covid, and The Economist has been going with covid.

I think I’ll go with COVID-19, mainly because I had no idea it was an acronym… I learned something!





Moleskine Art Collection – Watercolor Notebook – A5 portait orientation
subjects drawn from photos posted on the Sktchy app.

Meditation – 13 April 2020

Mark Bittman’s Tomato Jam

  • 1.5 lb. ripe plum tomatoes, cored & coarsely chopped
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 T. freshly grated or minced ginger
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground cloves
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. red pepper flakes or cayenne
  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings then pour into hot sterilized jam jars. Store in refrigerator or process in a traditional hot water bath for longer storage.

Makes approximately two 8 oz. jam jars… and a little bit more.

I know, I know… not really a Meditation but I love this tomato jam… it’s funny… sweet and savory at the same time.

Making Masks


Early last week Dr. Fauci asked us to prepare ourselves for a massive death count and to do everything we can to mitigate these losses.

But what could I personally do?
I made face masks.

When was working I always chose tie masks over the elastics when I could, and I know many other health professionals feel the same, so I went into production for the hospital, along with family and friends.


Interested in having your own mask? Check out this information from the CDC – Centers for Disease Control.


These seagulls are way too close so…
Do Your Part – Stay Apart.

Confession: I am an Art Supply (but Not TP) Hoarder

How did it get to be Friday?

I can’t be the only one unable to keep my days straight during this Stay-at-Home thing.

Thank goodness I have been hoarding art supplies over the years… no shortage here! (Pretty good on the TP front in case you were concerned for me.)

… and of course,

Do Your Part – Stay Apart

(Sktchy portraits in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketch Book – A5 portrait)

Ack! April Snuck Up on Me!

Yup… it’s that time again.

April is International Fake Journal Month and although its creator Roz Stendahl will no longer be posting about it, that doesn’t mean I have to stop!

My ninth year. I’m probably more surprised at my commitment than anyone. Am I ready? Nope, but I’m starting anyway. I figure I have all month to discover who I am.

I’ll be posting on my dedicated Fake Journal blog, Skylark Karma so please follow along and we’ll find out together.

March has been a Rollercoaster

… and we’re not done yet!

I was listening to Terry Gross’ interview with RuPaul on NPR’s Fresh Air the other day when I was brought to a standstill by RuPaul’s insight into the human condition.


“Being youthful is about being flexible both literally and figuratively. In this life, if you can stay flexible, you have a really good chance of navigating a really rich experience for yourself on this planet.”

Wise words we all would do well to remember during these tumultuous times.

(Portrait of a Sktchy muse in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie A5 Sketch Book)