Monday, May 30, 2011

First cup of coffee

What a luxury to have my first cup of coffee on my own porch with a book on a summery day off.  Sometimes I feel I don't deserve this beautiful porch, which was one of the things that sold me on this house right away, but I can't say I'm not enjoying spending more time here, even if it's with an ice pack on my troublesome knee.

My crutches were ditched days ago, but the most annoying thing about my post-operative recovery is that after standing for long at the easel I am shocked to find my  knee will no longer bend. So I am forced to sit and ice, and wonder what the heck they did inside that knee while I was knocked out cold.

What I can't seem to do is sit and paint.  No sooner than I perch on the stool than I have to step back or over to my palette, or ten feet away, or up on the little step-stool to reach the top of the painting. I can't even draw sitting unless it's a small one or I'm outside without my easel. So I guess I had better stay in good shape to be able to stay in the sport . . .

I did take my first walk yesterday though, after hearing about scandalous behavior down on the beach. Of course I had to see it, so took the 2 block walk to photograph horseshoe crabs in flagrante delicto. Turns out it was a rather dull affair, despite the orgy-like behavior of most of them. It looked like a barge loaded with surplus army helmets overturned, washing bunches ashore to overlap at the tide line. But activity was probably a lot more exciting beneath the shells, as I found half a dozen of the little guys tossed onto their backs as a result of their passion.  Now here was some good photo material! Flailing claws! But I was kind enough to flip them back over once I had my way with them. Don't be surprised if they turn up in a painting, once I get my easel legs back again.

By the way, the book I'm reading is the life of Louisa May Alcott. If all you know about her is from reading "Little Women" you should check out her life story, she was an amazing person!


  1. Hobbling down to the beach to photograph horseshoe porn? Gracious! At least you had the decency to flip 'em back over. Are you doing any PT? Or is crab-peeping it?

  2. Hope your knee heals fast, Kathy, but be sure and baby it for as long as it needs! I'm a huge Alcott fan myself; you might also like the 2007 book "Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father" by John Matteson.

  3. How did you hear about the crabs? Were they playing loud music and whooping?

  4. Thanks guys, I'm doing some PT, and it's getting gradually better. I'm looking forward to when I can stand at the easel for 4 or 5 hours without ending up feeling like I have a 2x4 for a leg.

  5. kathy,

    May we use your great high-res photo of the upsidwe-down horshoe crab on our wildlife profiles for kids? We give full credit.
    Cay Cross


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