Sunday the 6th
After a few REALLY hot days (yuck) we then had some cooler weather yesterday. I’d planned on getting up early for a quick bike ride but everything was wet— and I don’t like riding on wet pavement— so we went up to church and then skipped coffee shop to come back home and make some breakfast.
We had a few things about Blackwood, our upcoming project from Dark Horse, that we were really struggling with and over breakfast we came to some great conclusions that will really make the work what we want it to be. First issue is out at the end of the month.
Veronica needed to make her traditional run to Target so I decided to come along and we were able to grab lunch at Harry’s. I had a Wedge Salad which seemed like something they came up with in the 1930s— it’s a quarter of a head of iceberg lettuce with bacon and blue cheese dressing all over it. I’ve never had anything bad at Harry’s but I won’t be ordering this again. BLT next time all the way.
Yesterday, and I failed to mention it— we went up to the Sterling area and we checked out some antiques and then grabbed lunch at the Mountainside Market— great little place — and I had a Goat Cheese and Grilled Chicken Salad— out of this world. But this made three days in a row of my ordering a salad from somewhere. I’ll need to have steak— stat!
Monday the 7th
I’ve been on a roll walking 5 miles a day for the past 14 days but no way today that was going to happen. I’m going to need to get a few pages of Blackwood color blocked so that we can take the first half of tomorrow of to go to Brimfield’s Antique Festival. Brimfield happens 3x a year and we go to all three. It’s about six miles of antiques and collectibles along with various food trucks spread out all over the place and it’s SO great to get back outside after the long winter.
Veronica had an early morning meeting with a friend who has hired her to do some work for her restaurant— and as I worked in my studio I noticed two police cars coming slowly up the hill and stopping outside of my house.
I heard their doors close and spotted one of them walking around the back of the house so I hurried downstairs to see what had happened and noticed the alarm panel was blinking AND I had a missed call from Simplisafe. Somehow we’d tripped the alarm. I went outside and the two policemen were polite but curious— asking me for ID which I had on me. I apologized for wasting their time on a false alarm but they said that’s what they get paid for and left.
For dinner I ran up to S&S to get some Boars Head Turkey and wraps and we both worked until about 8pm.
Tuesday the 8th— BRIMFIELD!
Boy I look forward to this every year! We got up and Veronica was complaining of a scratchy throat but not so much that she couldn’t still go. We made breakfast, walked Austin and then headed out arriving at our usual parking spot around 10am. As I pulled my phone out of the car I noticed I had a missed call—- from Simplisafe again! I hoped that it was from yesterday but it sure looked like it was from today. I called them— and got a Veronica on the phone— she told me that the motion sensor had triggered and police were dispatched. Oh man. Two days in a row! I told her to disregard any further motion sensor alarms but to dispatch if she got any door openings— assuming someone had somehow gotten in they’d have to leave through a door. I didn’t think the dog could have set it off because the sensors are set at such a way that you have to be taller than 14” to trigger them and he’s scarcely over 10”. Then we realized it was us that had set it off. I keyed in that we would be away but then we walked through the kitchen to go out the back door not realizing we’d trigger the sensor.
Let’s see if we can make it through tomorrow without the Po Po.
We walked Brimfield in beautiful weather and saw some amazing stuff— I love Brimfield because you get a nice walk in and there’s tons to look at while you do. You also walk at a more relaxed pace than we do when we walk into town so it’s more fun.
About 3 and a half miles in Veronica was clearly not feeling well, so we decided to head back a little earlier than usual. Normally we hit Brimfield at least three times during the week but this season we might only make the one. The Dark Horse deadline is looming. We don’t really take any time off because instead of working 10-7 like we normally would we just work 2 or 3 to 11 or Midnight so we still get the hours in, but Veronica is getting nervous about missing our date so we’ll need to put in additional hours.
Tuesday night I had a council meeting which I planned to walk to because it was such a nice night, but I’d already hit 9500 steps towards my goal of 10,000 and I wanted to grab some ice cream for me and more cold meds for Vero after the meeting so I drove.
The meeting went well and the sign we’d ordered for the front of the church had come in so my old friend Annie and I set it up in the front yard and then I shot down to Shaw’s which was open until 11. Shaw’s is not my usual spot but Big Y closes at 9 and it was about 845 and Stop and Shop which is a great market doesn’t carry Giffords Brand Ice Cream (the best). The Shaw’s is huge and it’s not well managed so you often end up standing in line for ten minutes even if you go to the self checkouts because they don’t put a dedicated cashier there to handle help calls.
I found my ice cream and got some cold meds and headed for the registers— they had one express register, one regular register and two self checkouts open. It’s never made sense why the close any self-checkouts but I’m not running the store. Both checkouts had people in line and the dreaded red assistance light was blinking and no one seemed to be responding. Since I had cold meds I knew I’d have to show ID so the self’s would blink for me too and I’d just stand there hopelessly waiting for help so I opted to go through the express.
I’d opted not to get half and half at Shaw’s because it was on the other end of the store and I was already facing lines at the register so I decided to stop at the Brattle market to get some, and since I was stopping anyway I ordered a Grilled Chicken Stir Fry Sub from Brattle Pizza next door.
I got back home, ate my sub and then walked the dog along with Number Two son who stopped by to have me help him with an issue on his laptop and then after he left I went back to work and got another page color blocked. With Veronica sick our deadline is slowly falling into jeopardy so I really want to get more done.
Wednesday the 9th
I got up about 630 with the sun bursting in but I had worked until about 2 the night before so I decided to try and get a little more shuteye. Around 830 the neighborhood kids waiting for their bus woke me and I made some breakfast and then walked the dog for an extra long walk in this beautiful weather. In the summer I usually wear polo shirts and linen pants but I don’t like tucking the polo’s in but I don’t like how the pants feel against my skin— so I can’t win. Yesterday I tried wearing a T-shirt underneath my polo shirt and while it was more comfortable it definitely got way too warm so that’s not going to work. I decided to try ordering a flexible back brace which would accomplish both the keeping the pants from my skin AND help my occasionally sore back and I tried Amazon’s new same day service. You order by a certain hour (I think it’s noon) and they get it to you the same day. This might mean I never set foot in a non-food store in my life.
After we got back and I checked on V (Still sick) I headed up to town to get an inspection sticker for the car and grab a few things from the hardware store next door.
I wanted to secure the sign we put in last night so I picked up what I needed. I was wearing linen pants which are not conducive to grass stains so I put off putting in the equipment until later in the day. I’d either walk up or take out my bike for a ride— I’d make the decision later on.
I jumped up into the studio, answered some emails and got back to work for a few hours. Doing color flats is simply filling in the basic colors for the page which then makes it easier to do final colors. It’s therapeutic in a lot of ways.
For dinner I made some wraps with chicken breast with mushrooms, then I went back up to the studio and worked until about 10pm.
Thursday the 10th
I was slow getting up but Austin had a grooming appointment so I took him for a long walk and then headed over to the groomers. I had enough time that I could grab a coffee and an egg sandwich from Cumby’s before the appointment.
I dropped off Austin and the weather was much cooler than the day before. I’ve got to get the book colored but the lawn needs a serious mowing— I sent a message over to a nearby lawnscaping company to have someone come by and they responded right away— a good sign.
On my way back home I swung by the farmstand to get some fruit, cheese, imported ham and eggs for dinner— and I grabbed one of their great pre-made Italian Subs to have for lunch. I like them very much and they’re big enough that you can cut them into smaller pieces and eat them over the course of a few hours.
We talked about a potential project for DC Comics but they introduced a different deadline than we had originally thought so it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out.
I worked for a few more hours and then the groomer let me know Austin was ready. I went and got him and they showed me the dog he had been intimidating all morning— it was a huge Newfoundland type of dog— Austin is definitely an Alpha Dog.
I swung by CVS to pick up some more tissues for Veronica who doesn’t seem to be feeling any better. I had to cancel dinner plans with friends who are leaving for Japan but we agreed to get together when they’re back next month.
In the studio is was more work— I put DEADLIEST CATCH on Hulu and just let it play while I worked, it’s a solid show that I used to watch quite every week but I’ve lost touch for some time.
I admire the hard work these guys do to bring in crab in the Bering Sea. I’ll try not to complain about comic book deadlines. Really looking forward to taking a break when we get this book and the next one done at the end of June.
I got up to page 19 done and knocked off work “early” at 830pm— Austin was making noise like he needed a walk— it was chilly enough that I needed a coat.
I managed to spend a couple of hours reading, and considering the pile of books I have waiting this has to start happening more often.
Friday the 11th
Got up and heard from the lawn guys— they’ll be coming by today so we can talk planning. I was the only one up so I made some coffee and started to make breakfast when Austin came downstairs— I turned the stove off and poured my coffee and took him for a walk around the block. My iPhone said it was only 59 outside but the sun was nice and bright so it was a pleasant walk. I ran into a couple of neighbors on the way— we have the best neighbors.
Austin and I got back and I got breakfast for both of us. I wanted to let Veronica sleep since that’s the best thing you can do for a cold. Austin and I ate and then as we headed upstairs Veronica was up and although she still sounds sick she said she was feeling a little better, so that’s a good thing.
I worked for about an hour and then decided to pick up some bad action movies from Red Box— I haven’t used the service in YEARS but I figured I’d try ordering them online and then pick them up. Well, when I got to the box at a nearby supermarket it said I didn’t have an order, so I checked my iPhone and realized I had booked them at one about 7 miles away! Lucky for me there’s a great bike shop near that location that I wanted to check out and Dippin’ Donuts which is one of the best coffee shops around. #2 son and I are going to do a BEST coffee and donut challenge to rank all of them— spoiler alert— Dunkin Donuts is going to come in last.
RedBox is a funny idea— they sprang up when video stores closed and they fill a void, but video stores closed because everyone is going to streaming and the only people who aren’t either have no internet or they’re clinging to the dying format of discs.
Me? I like the DVDs because I can copy them into a WiFi server and then watch them whenever I want to. With streaming you have to watch it within 48 hours and while that seems reasonable I like the idea of having the ability to watch them when I want to. Streaming rental is between $4-$5 while the physical DVD is $1.75— note it was a buck when I used RedBox last. I do like that you can take the discs back to ANY RedBox location - especially since the ones I rented today were from the wrong location.
I got Batman Ninja— which is an animated Batman movie from Japan— the reviews on it have been terrible so I thought there might be hope for it— because every other animated Batman film that I’ve seen has had great reviews and I thought they were terrible— and it was good! I suspect part of the complaints are from people watching the dubbed version— don’t do that. Watch a movie in it’s original language and just read the damn subtitles. The animation in it was stunning. The Japanese know nothing if not Anime.
The other films I got were WONDER WOMAN (2017) which I had caught about five minutes of last month and thought wasn’t that bad— and THOR RAGNAROK— I’ve not seen ANY of the Thor movies and I’ll probably never get around to this one either but it’s here if I change my mind.
In the mail I got 1948’s MACBETH with Orson Welles, that’s going to be a good one.
I got back— the yard really needs mowing— I might have to do it myself— and it was SO nice out I decided that tonight I’ll walk up to Brattle Pizza to grab a sandwich for dinner.
Back in the studio I got an email interview for BLACKWOOD from Dark Horse. The advance reviews of the series have been really good— and no shock— Evan Dorkin is one of the best writers working today and Veronica is incredible. Lucky to be on this with them.
I pushed my way through lunch and got another page done before taking Austin out again. I’m in denial that I’m getting Veronica’s cold but I am— so I took a bunch of cold meds and made myself some tea as I wrap up the last two pages of the book.
Around 530 Number Two Son stopped by and we walked up to the Brattle to grab some dinner. The place was jumping as it is every Friday— Friday is obviously pizza night in America.
I got back, walked Austin again and then went upstairs and finished the color flats for Blackwood.
Saturday the 12th
#2 son and I considered going to Brimfield but the rain made us think otherwise so we went to Putnam Ct to visit Jeremiah’s Antiques which is a nice substitute because they have a really great selection of vintage toys and comics. I got a stack of old comics and we grabbed some chili at the nearby STOMPING GROUND which I highly recommend. The weather was cold and rainy and not at all pleasant, but we made the best of it and had a good time but we headed home and made some coffee to warm up.
Veronica worked while we were gone and I finished up a few things before we sat down for the evening.