I’m being more assertive on line

Instead of sending just a smile, which I’m told most men ignore because they get dozens or more a day, I say something like “ I like your profile and see we are rated highly compatible, what do you think, check mine” or something I specifically like about their profile. I usually only smile or write to those living in the state, unless something strikes me as interesting in AZ.

I have some interesting connections but they may read here so unless they turn out badly for any reason you won’t read about them here.

I’m serious about this and don’t want too much more time to pass solita. My feet are itchy to progress, but with caution, I guess my run-in with CO man has prompted me to look around myself and wonder if this enough, just me by myself forever?

And I know it is not enough, I’ve said it before, I’m not done yet, who knows, my best years may be about to begin! I’m keeping that positive thought because that’s how it happens!

I just read an article about how to know if someone is truthful and trustworthy. Okay, it was a medium article, but it described myCO guy in so many ways and there were so many red flags I didn’t see. I should copy that article and reread it a few times to not get Involved with that type of narcissistic personality again. Innocently me! They can be so charming, can you believe we almost sold my car for a motorcycle he loves! ( ok, I agreed it would be fun, two old foggies on the bike) But I couldn’t afford it even selling my car, saved again by lack of funds, who says it’s a problem being poor? You notice who couldn’t do the affording?

Ok, I’m done won’t mention him again, out of of my system, maybe I just had to get mad to get over the whole situation, if so I thank the one who wrote that medium article whoever it was and however I came to it just when I was ready to read it. Funny how things like that just happen when you need it! Intuition?

Intuition, I just finished listening to a 5 day seminar on intuition, some fascinating information sorry I missed some of the sessions but will be investigating this further, who knows maybe I can learn something new, that’s not new but ancient knowledge and not woowooo at all.

Still working on painting my clouds but with this new plan I’ll need to get busy sorting through the accumulation of three years of stuff.

Sin mas

I feel sexy when I wear hoop but these make feel a little silly, what say u?

Probably not a great idea but

To let a new (possible) friend read here. What do you think? Could scare a good man away before I even get to know him.

Im not a complicated woman but I am very frank and open about a lot of things many would criticize me for….and do, it’s not their way but it’s my way to deal with my life, this is my story and I have lto tell it, it’s not an exciting story there are no deep secrets in the life of this lady, no shockers, that I loved and lost is not shocking that I tell about it here should not shock anyone, it’s what saves me. I’ll talk it until it’s a dead boring subject and then I’ll be left with only the good memorias.

Besides it’s a quick way to tell if I would be compatible with someone and they with me before a lot of time passes, I’m not for just anyone, we know that! Wish me safe travels it’s a bumpy road.

Last night I was cleaning my paint palette scraping off the old paint and thought what a reference that is to my life shedding the old constraints looking forward to the future and where it takes me.

High Winds in Caballo

We have to batten down the hatches as they say, because stuff is going to blow around today and for the next three days, but it’s warm and sunny and I’m so glad it’s not cold. In Chinese medicine it’s referred to as pernicious wind because of everything in the unhealthy air we breath, a mask would not be a bad idea. Today driving into town with the car window cracked I past some work being finished up on the highway and they’ve put something green on the ground that smells strong enough that it bothered my throat passing by it. I wonder what it is,Weed kill I suspect I wonder if the workers were protected applying it. The roads look great.

Colorado man should be here next week, he hasn’t been dismayed by my suspicions and has valid explanations for my concerns so I’ll be glad to see him. I’m not enthusiastic about continuing this search for the perfect man, maybe he’ll find me, I’m still on the site but distances are long and I’m busy living right now right here, one possibility has quit looking which is too bad as I enjoyed his writing and another says to let him know if Colorado man turns out to be an ass hole. Sweet!

This problem I have with Charley is really my problem I admit that I am sometimes a little lazy about keeping him on his leash for his morning dash across the street to pee. Usually he will run out pee and run back because he wants to share our morning ensure, chocolate regular not extra protein cuz we don’t like it, and go back to bed in my bed under the blankets to sleep a bit longer. But today he bolted out before I could get out to monitor the activity and didn’t come back for 10-15 minutes. I wasn’t going to get dressed and go looking for him he always comes home when he’s done something where he shouldn’t and CJ will have spotted him, Not good! So he finally appears all happy ready for sharing our ensure but surprise no ensure for Charley today! I don’t suppose he can relate that as consequences to his disappearance. I let his sleep in my bed and he was still up there when I got back from town asleep at noon.

Update Colorado man arrives late tomorrow night hungry.

Empathy is the antidote to shame

Beene Brown

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Back home for some time now

But haven’t been in the mood to get started here again. As a matter of fact I’ll close my account and continue using my free account so soon my blog will be just tailgateart-othon.wordpress.com or something similar.

The trip was good, GG was excellent until I left the lights on and the battery died. I was at my sons place in Plano Tx and he took care of it for me and got me a new battery after AAA wasn’t able to jump it

Oh a note about AAA.. I had an account with them for both my car and RV. I found out when I got home and checked my mail that they had terminated my account of both because I live full time in my RV…which I told them when applying for coverage. Did you hear that…I found this out when I got home, I drove GG all the way home without knowing I had no coverage!!!

And the insurance agent never returned my calls

So angry

Except for that and poor Charley hating and shaking every time I started up the motor the trip was good, we slept in truck stops and once at Walmart, no problems, just a very long ride

And I think, no I know I almost killed Charley. Because he is so nervous I wanted to sedate him a little to make it easier on him…and me too. So I got Benadryl liquid and a syringe to shoot it in his mouth. Unfortunately some got down the wrong way and he aspirated some of it. He started wheezing and struggling to breath, it was awful. This lasted about an hour while I’m trying to massage and clap on his lungs not being sure where exactly I should clap and my sister is googling what to do in case of aspiration. Somehow he pulled out of it and another hour later we hit the rode going home. Next time a pill

is the only way I’ll try again…oh he was not sedated at all by ingesting Benadryl

It’s cold in Caballo tonight, it’s going to freeze which reminds me I have to remove the water hose from the RV so nothings breaks. I’ve brought all plants inside and they have taken over the cab, I’ll add a photo, they love it up there, the geraniums are flowering as never before, I mist them and water them when dry

The cab florist

I’ve got iffy wifi so the pic might not happen today. My hot spot keeps dropping

GG’s New Mexico fashion update

I just invited some facebook RV groups to stop by to check out GG’s new look.

I need to say that my photos do not do her justice, but we are very happy with whats happening on the outside as well as on the inside. I’ve removed and replaced all her inserts(don’t know what they are called) but she looks much cleaner and well cared for and it wasn’t too difficult for me as I could change many of them from the roof, which by the way the repair done a few weeks ago look great. It was a simple job that if I’d had the product they used I could have done it myself. The fact that I had not electric on one side of the RV was almost too simple and was restored with the touch of a button, most embarrassing, you know what I mean? And when she had enough gas applied the generator worked fine too.

I’m waiting on Amazon for a few more items to complete her look, did you notice her new poster on the side, a new carpet for the step, new painting on the side that I’m not real happy about but it’s okay for a hippy person like me.Inside it really just new fabrics because we are in New Mexico and plan to stay here for a long time. And i love color. I miss my Indian fabrics a bit but can change back any time and probably will cuz they look so exotic and make me feel like I’m in a harem of one.

I’m adding a couple photos now that I’ve added before for any new readers interested just in GG

Who is Kate Othón?

I should probably explain. I am Kate Othon in New Mexico, Kathy Othon everywhere else, silly I suppose but I’ve gotten used to being called Kate here in the park it just grew to the post office and beyond! So now on my business cards I’m Kate Othón. I like it. Officially I’m Kathleen and my sig is just kothon

I painted a colorful painting that I thought would look really nice in the little cafe near here but the owner wasn’t interested, she had just painted her walls and she didn’t want anything on them. Her loss. We talked about a mural on the store wall but now one of the friends that would help do the painting is leaving and now I have less enthusiasm plus it’s very hot still, maybe when she comes back we can do it.

I’ve been busy getting ready for a “Makers Market” next weekend. It will be the first one in T or C, hopefully there will be a good turnout but a storm is in the forecast. I’ll take all these oval pour paintings that I covered with resin but don’t like much. Not doing any more resin work, it seems to trigger my IC, and now even spray varnish does the same. I’ve ordered a better respirator but probably shouldn’t use these chemicals any more, I’ve hypersensitive to them now.

I’m wondering about a web site for Kate. I want to be able to direct people to the art and not this more personal blog. Something to put on my cards to show work that I’ve done and where prints can be bought.I don’t want to spend much, keep it simple and stylish. Maybe my daughter will help me get it set up though I do like to do things for myself it takes me so long and I forget what I’ve done and what needs to be done. yeah, the forgetting thing, always a problem. that and procrastination, my major faults these days.

We’ve had some noisy weather here in Caballo, wind, thunder and lightening but not a lot of rain, the other night it got so loud poor Charley was scared and wanted to come sleep with me. As I now sleep in my chamber above the cab he hasn’t been interested in sleeping up there but now he was scared and wanted up. His sad little face I saw when I looked over the edge made me smile and I grabbed for him but it was a hit or miss situation , could I just lean over and lift him up or would I drop him? If he’d weighed another pound he would have been dropped but he made it up, we were both relieved and although he was closer to the noise now he fell asleep.

The next morning I went up to check my roof to see if my shower liner was still intact. It need some fixing but was in good shape. I felt so powerful being able to do this myself. You’ll note that I am wearing a skinny little top that no 78 year old woman should be seen in but it was hot and no one here cares but I won’t wear it again, unless I do. I’ve been working on strengthening, see those arms!

This morning I woke up too early but thought I should do laundry now and so I got it together and drove 15 miles to a modern laundromat in Hatch, the chili capital of the world, they also have a nice hardware store I’d rather go to than Walmart and I needed some stakes to hold done the tent I was borrowing for the market so I got to do laundry and get the stakes and was home again before 9. Sometimes I use my little washing machine but sometimes I need to do sheets and towels and then I go to a laundromat.

My glasses disappeared which was no great loss and made me stop procrastinating about getting glasses. Since loosing them I’d been wearing Walmart readers 3+ which I could walk around in but not read, they were just not powerful enough to read. A friend told me she ordered some readers on amazon and I should check there for stronger readers.I did and ordered two pairs of 4+ and they sent me 5+ which is okay because now I can REALLY read well with them.

But I saw where you could get progressives to wear all the time for $30 and thought wow if they work I’d save a bunch instead of getting new rx glasses. So I ordered them and I love them and will not bother to spend $300+ on new glasses again. they are perfect and came with a blue light tester and repair kit. I’m happy with them even though I look a little silly in these big glasses.

Cheers!

Catching Up

Haven’t written for awhile, don’t know why, just busy living I suppose.

I have a leak in my RV roof, haven’t been able to find anyone to help me fix it so I did the next best thing and did it myself.

I didn’t think I could get up to the roof but found I could climb that ladder and it wasn’t as hard as I thought, or scary. Wish I’d gotten a picture to scare my kids with but no-one was around. I used a shower liner and some special tape to hold it down, so far so good, no leak. More permanent fix is needed and the ceiling inside the rv one area should be replaced but now is covered with fabric I am a make-do champion.

My garden has had a really rough time this year, too much heat and wind, I lost everything I had in pots but the garden may recover if we stop having 100 +degree days. I have them shaded with a plastic tablecloth in hopes of survival. last year my flowers did better but the garden worse harvesting only a couple small vegetable………….things, Tomorrow it will be 100.

I’ve been painting using the pour style, what a mess.

I thought I’d quit doing it because you waste so much paint. You must make multiple cups of paint that must be about the same viscosity, then dump them into another cup layering the paint and then use one of several different methods of adding it to a canvas or your choice of substrates and spin it until you like the effect, while the paint splashes everywhere.

I thought to quit making this mess but I had lunch with some friends at a small cafe near here and noticed a large empty wall. I thought that maybe they would like some art for their walls This is a very small community cafe that did well during the pandemic with take out and has been able to freshen up their cafe. I went to find out and found it closed for a short vacation but the store next door, which I though was owned by the same family was open and I asked the owner about it. He is not the owner of the cafe but said I could paint a mural on his outside wall. Hmmm why not? Maybe when it cools down a bit might be fun.

Anyway I had these paintings in my car and was headed into town for groceries and thought I’d stop at the gallery to see what she thought of these poured paintings, though I said I didn’t think they were gallery material.

She loved them! She wanted to buy one of them immediately ! So I left her with 7 oval paintings. Personally I don’t like them so much but other people seem to so I guess I’ll make some more. They don’t photograph well to add here, they are actually pretty cool, you can see what you want to see, the earth, the seas, creation, if you don’t like it one way you can just turn it. I could only find photos of these ,I made 8 and today made 4 more, she wants to sell them for $70, I said okay because they are sold in a gallery, but I would ask for just 35 myself! They are a lot of work, messy messy work!

End of story now I don’t have anything to offer the cafe……yet.

My voice mail was full,

I didn’t know how to empty it until a friend said she called herself to empty it and so I called myself

40 messages waiting to be heard.

I listened to messages sent a year ago. Sorry!

What does one do to apologize after all this time?

There were no junk messages just family and friends trying to say Hello.

and I wonder why no one calls me!

My voice mail is squeaky clean now

call me.

Wishing for A Happier New Year2021For All

Difficult days ahead.

I’m cold, my little space heater isn’t keeping the RV warm so Charley and I are under the covers of my electric blanket, my hands are cold typing here and I have on the big bath robe I bought for $3 at our patio sale a few months ago, need to put on socks.

I haven’t spent much time in the studio lately but I could, a friend gave me a heater he didn’t need and it warms up that space pretty well (great friends I have here) But the studio feels cold, not comfy or inviting and I have most of what I need for painting in here though it gets pretty cramped. I’m using my kitchen cart and have it full of paint, I want to paint something for my son, maybe trees he’s not a fan of the abstract.

My daughters have received my gift place mats, 11 by 14 panels painted and finished with resin. My resin didn’t turn great, got bubbles don’t know why but I’m not having great results with the resin lately. ‘Thanks they are beautiful’ was one response, the other was “we got them thanks” I kinda liked them but we have different appreciation for the abstract. I guess I enjoy the abstract because I really can’t draw worth a damn. I do think that if you saw them at a high end store you would think they are very cool,

alas I am an artist under appreciated by family , when I’m dead will they value my gifts? Are you laughing? I am, just disregard those silly words, I have no greater appreciation for my own work than anyone else.

For me painting is fun, I like combining colors and shapes, sometimes they come together well and other times they don’t, no one is begging me for a painting, I just force them onto family and friends as I don’t have space to keep them all! For example I have this at my entry door and I love it but it’s pretty fierce and not something most would put at their door. Entering guests would know something about you just stepping in seeing this bit of art.

Love my red wall?

80 in two short years

My brother and I were laughing at the fact that we are so old ( it was his birthday) and don’t feel any different than we did 20 years ago. Energy, I think that is the factor that I notice the most, a lack of energy, plus that look in the mirror that reminds me time has passed. Still, I manage to get quite a lot done as of course I have to do it all, manage my RV tanks is not a big deal unless things get ‘stuck’ and I have to use the broom handle to move along ‘stuff’ no big deal, it happens. Sometimes when freezing my water doesn’t run until it warms up, no big deal.

One of my goals this week is to find out why some of my ‘house’ lights don’t work. They are all together so I think it is a fuse problem but I need to get more light bulbs to check the unlikely possibility that they are burnt out. . The fuse box is on the floor of the kitchen (smile) and I have to lie on the floor on my belly to access them, then figure out which fuse goes to what lights. And then get up again, that’s the hard part. As I said, a project that I have planned to do for weeks but just lately decided we could have a lot more light in here if those lights worked. I need to go into town tomorrow for a few items…I should make a list right now and take a bulb from a light that works with me.

I painted my yoga mat today, still feels sticky, I like to use it on the floor, it’s about the right size, keeps the cold out and I’ve painted it a few times with orange, and green spray paint so it matches rather nicely with my colors. The length of the mat which is common to yoga mats, is just about the length of my rv from kitchen to cab, plus a bit more, to give you an idea of the size of my living space.

It was sunny today and windy. I washed clothes and they dried fast makes me feel accomplished plus I made smoothies. I’m trying to make one every morning, I add protein powder plus frozen fruit, a banana and today I used almond milk in it plus spinach. Probably won’t make that combination again but we drank it, Charley got some too, probably a bit more today than usual.

Friend asked me if I had tried writing on my chalk walls with chalk. Not yet.