Sunday the 13th
Veronica was feeling better and although the weather was cool it wasn’t raining so we decided to head back out to Brimfield for the final day of the show.
We brought Austin this time but we also brought a bag that fit on her shoulder that he could sit in because carrying him get’s tough because he tends to squirm around if you carry him because he wants to see what’s happening.
We got to our usual parking spot and it was deserted, we were wondering if the fact that it was Mother’s Day would have any impact on attendance. I thought with yesterday’s lousy weather today would be bonkers.
It was actually pretty sedate— busy but not crazy like it is on opening day. The ground was very muddy in places. I’m sure sales on rainy Saturday weren’t great for the vendors set up. May is a tough month for the show— I’ve seen torrential rain storms that lasted the whole week. I remember wearing a poncho for one show, that’s how hard it was raining. There have been some years where it’s hot and humid in May, but today was nice. It was cool enough that I needed my leather coat but when the sun came out it warmed up a good 10-15 degrees. We walked and shopped and got our five miles of walking in for the day and Austin was a big hit hanging in his bag as we walked around.
We stopped at Cracker Barrel for lunch on the way back and it was packed. CB is one of the few chains I’ll eat at. From there we headed out to Leicester to go to Walmart and pick up some stuff for the garden and then over to Breezy Bend. The clouds had lifted and the weather was really perfect.
We got back home and cleaned up the yard a bit while I’m still waiting for the Lawn Care guys to come by and then we sat down and went through every page of Blackwood #3 to make our final notes and changes in the art.
Monday the 14th
Woke up to a partly cloudy slightly cool morning, took the dog on a long walk while I drank my coffee. I’m going to give the lawn guys one more day before I take matters into my own hand and do the mowing myself.
I’d wanted to go on an early morning bike ride but the ends of that cold I got from Veronica were still clinging so I decided to hold off.
We did decide to get a good mile or so walk in— we drove the short ride to the center of Holden and then walked back to Jed’s Hardware— Jed’s is a great little Hardware store that is almost more General Store because they carry groceries, have some clothes for sale and often have the best potatoes you can buy anywhere. I was going to pick up some grass feed and weed killer but I decided to hold off (still waiting for the lawn guys to get back to me).
We split the remaining workload up just as we got a notice that our DropBox account was full. They give you 3GB for free— DropBox is a way for two people in two different locations to have mutual access to files— perfect for a husband and wife comic book team. Now since it was full, we weren’t able to use it.
I thought about buying the premium service but at $10 a month I felt like there were better uses for a double sawbuck every month so I switched everything over to OneDrive— which gives us 5GB of shared file space. We’ll see how that works.
Once a year, Number Two son and I countdown to CLAMTOPIA— we both love Fried Clams with the Bellies but because we are both trying to stay in shape and because we know how bad fried food is for you we restrict it to once a year. Last year we went to Harry’s in Westboro and the Clams were perfect— lightly brown, crisp and fresh and “market price” was $19 which is not bad.
This year we decided not to mess with perfection so we headed back and we were not disappointed. We split an order and then order something else which we also split, that way we’re only eating about 6-10 clams. It’s a method that works for us.
Veronica doesn’t share our love for Clams and she sat it out so she could keep working. CLAMPTOPIA ’18 wrapped up without a hitch and we left looking forward to next year (actually we look forward to Gibson’s Steakhouse in Chicago next but this is it for Clams). It’s a nice way to start the Summer season.
After dinner we swung by his apartment so I could help him with some computer stuff— then I ended up home by 830. We’d planned on watching Orson Welles OTHELLO but by the time Veronica finished working it was after 10 so we decided to put it off.
I spent the evening digging into John Olsen’s great book THE SHADOW REVIEW which looks at all 325 Shadow pulp stories and even rates them— this is a tremendous help now that they’ve released the vast majority of them in reprint form.
Tuesday the 15th
Austin had stayed over with #2 son last night— they are buddies and with #3 son on a trip #2 was home alone.
It was odd not having to walk him in the morning, but it was cool but nice out so I decided enough was enough and I needed to mow the lawn.
Austin arrived and Veronica walked him while I finished lawn work. I headed back up to Jed’s for more lawn stuff and then she treated me to an iced coffee from Cumby’s (best coffee anywhere).
We got back and worked more as the clouds really started to come in. My phone alerted me to a Tornado Watch and a severe Thunderstorm watch— it’s exciting to be up in the attic studio during a Thunderstorm— I love ‘em.
The storms we got were crazy— I’ve never heard thunder like that before— it was like rapid machine gun fire. The lightning was just as intense.
Wednesday the 16th
We really wanted to hunker down and get the book done. Our neighbors asked if they could park their car in our driveway (they don’t have one) because the city had sent out a text saying the streets were to be swept today. We took this as an opportunity to be trapped since they would be parking in front of our car— but she’s considerate and left the keys so about halfway through the day I decided to move it and head up to Big Y to get some stuff for lunch.
Big Y has a nice wing bar and I felt like something different so I got General Tsao Boneless Wings which were nice and crunchy and some Magnum Ice Cream bars which have been all over the TV lately.
We came back and I made a wrap out of the wings and there were enough left over to have some for dinner too. I worked for another few hours— we are so close to this issue being done. I did some art corrections— when you’re working on a book at this pace sometimes you make little mistakes— usually background details or something crazy like putting a left hand where a right hand belongs, stuff like that— so I went through and made the corrections.
We broke for dinner about 6 and then decided to head back up to the Big Y plaza to visit the dollar store to get some more items for the yard. I grabbed a box of Fiddle Faddle for movie night which we were planning for the evening. We’ve been on a Woody Allen kick lately— and tonight we were going to watch an old favorite; MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY— which is a comedic homage to Hitchcock and Orson Welles.
This Dollar Store is great— the one near our old house was a mess, very dumpy— this one is clean and well stocked and you can really find some great stuff. It was a beautiful night with a bright pink sky as the sun set.
Thursday the 17th
I held off on my morning shower because the new weed wacker I ordered was arriving. Our mail delivery is very spotty— sometimes it comes at 930am and sometimes it comes at 5pm or anywhere in between. I was really hoping it would be more towards the morning so I could get the yard finished.
I hired a lawn care company to handle weeding, planting and basic lawn service while I’m going to attempt to keep up with the mowing. I really don’t mind it except for these large hills we have over half our property (we are on a corner lot)— and ⅓ of those hills are not too bad to mow but the other ⅔ are very very rocky so I’m hoping the weed wacker will get the job done. If not I’ll hire this company to handle the mowing too.
By Noon time there was still no sign of the mail— and I couldn’t take sitting and working in my own filth any longer so I showered and we ran a few errands. While we were out I picked up a small Hawaiian Pizza from Parrot Pizza— nice soft crust— not greasy at all— exceptional all the way around.
We got back and my weed wacker had arrived. I put it together and set it aside, I’ll hit the yard first thing tomorrow.
We wrapped up the third issue of BLACKWOOD for Dark Horse and I got to finishing up another project I’m doing for an independent publisher.
We ate dinner (leftover pizza from Parrot for me, salad for her) and talked about our evening plans, but that weed wacker was defiantly staring at me from the corner of the kitchen. So I decided to head out with darkness falling and get the yard started.
As the sun set I was able to get to the last part of it. It worked really well. The yard certainly doesn’t look like a professional did it, but it also no longer looks like somebody might drop a body in it and the po po would need dogs to sniff it out— so I think this system might work.
Friday the 18th
Boy this weather is crazy— cool and breezy in the high 50s one day, intense thunderstorms then 85 degrees and now back down to the mid 50s. Gotta love Spring in New England.
I got up and made breakfast— Veronica has a meeting with Japan every Friday via Skype so I ate with Austin on the deck but the breeze was very cool.
I headed upstairs and worked for a bit, but Uniqlo was having a sale on long sleeve linen shirts— I’m not a fan of short sleeve shirts— but getting the right fit from Uniqlo is hard to do because they size mostly for Japan where I’m a 4XL, while here in the States I’m a Large.
So I figured I could entice V to head out to the Natick Collection after her meeting before we got started on the layouts for Blackwood #4.
Throughout issue #3 we stayed on schedule despite her getting sick for a good chunk of it— so I’m not too worried about getting #4 in by the 23rd of June. That’ll wrap the mini series and sales will dictate if it gets green lit for more issues. Shortly after wrapping up #4 we’ll have a library workshop in the Northern part of the state, then Brimfield Part II and then off to San Diego for Comic Con 2018.
The Natick Collection is an upscale shopping mall— how do you know it’s upscale? Every car in the lot is a Mercedes or a BMW and there are no mall rats hanging out in it. That’a a win all around.
We stopped in the Apple Store where we played with the new iPad Pro and Apple Pens— we’re seriously considering picking up a couple of these to get us out of the studios while we work.
Uniqlo had the shirts right where I thought they’d be and I ended up being an XL and I picked up a nice yellow and a sort of light purple.
Veronica went off to do her shopping and I grabbed a coffee from Nordstom’s and then took Austin for a walk outside. We sat in a nice warm spot and waited for her to finish her browsing.
On the way home I stopped at the farm stand for some fresh chicken and then made a nice Chicken wrap with mushrooms and orange peppers then went back to work for a while. The stand also has some amazing deserts and I picked up an Apple Struedel for our afternoon coffee break.
The weather had warmed up to the low 60s with some great sunshine, just a perfect day. The weather for tomorrow is slated to be rain so we’ll have to figure our plans to include a lot of indoor time.
Saturday the 19th
The day started out a little cloudy but with peaks of sun so we were thinking maybe the weathermen were wrong we went out to have some breakfast to start the weekend— we sat at the counter at Jakes and while my food was good Veronica’s was cold— this is the second time its happened, she didn’t mention it until we left so I think we won’t be back. Next Saturday I’m going to try to lure her to Donut Kitchen
Yesterday at Uniqlo Veronica had picked up some pants that were way too big for her (she wasn’t able to try them on) so I instantly jumped on the chance to return them because back at the Apple Store I bought an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil. Now I’ll be able to work on the go and even OUTSIDE during the nicer weather! Woo Hoo! While I was at the store #2 son texted me to see if I wanted to split a $12K comic book with him, said comic book was worth substantially MORE than this and we would be buying it to flip it. Always one to love money but always concerned about scams (not that HE would scam me, the seller would scam us) I wanted to look more into it. I’ll get into that next week.
After spending a cool $1K at the Apple store I was looking for cheap dinner options and found them at Harry’s.
That was our week— how was yours?