free-hand US map
Wednesday, December 21 2022
At noon today I went out to gather some of the white ash I'd cut up yesterday. Since it was so close, I didn't bother with the backpack and just carried pieces in my arms. I didn't even need to wear rubber boots, as the runoff from recent rains has drained away and what little remains has frozen. I managed to carry home the equivalent to a backpack load, though I also transported the equivalent of more than a backpack load to a staging location at the bottom of the mountain goat path behind the woodshed.
This afternoon, in an effort to "buy" myself the ability to drink alcohol, I made a small painting of the map of the United States on a piece of wood. I'd been interested in the relative positions of some western states such as Utah and Wyoming, and I thought it would be a fun exercise to free-hand paint such a map. The result wasn't perfect, but it was a good exercise and definitely qualifies as an artistic creation worthy of unlocking the ability to drink booze.
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