TV Confessions

The last time I wrote, I was preparing for a wonderful show of watercolours in Bear River which proved to me again that organizing a pop-up art show is a very worthwhile venture.

Watercolours © Flora Doehler
Watercolours © Flora Doehler

It led to an invitation to show work in March at the Women’s Place in Annapolis Royal, which I was delighted to do.

paintings by Flora Doehler
International Women’s Day at the Women’s Place in Annapolis Royal, 2014.

But the very next day, I got sick and am just now coming to the end of a 3 week-long date with Netflix, cold remedies, lots of soup and, theoretically, winter.

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My home for the last 3 weeks.

I say that because winter just goes on and on and on and the weather gods are predicting a ‘weather bomb’ of tons of snow on Wednesday. And by the way, when did scary military language sneak into weather reports?

So March has been a blur and a total deviation from my usual routines. I survived the past few weeks by watching TV shows on Netflix. I watched season 2 of House of Cards which I found a little too dark and cynical (is EVERYONE a psychopath or on the take?) although I loved watching the villainous Kevin Spacey.

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Get-better-soon roses from a thoughtful friend.

I watched the Bletchley Circle….a crime solving British drama set in the 1950’s about women code-breakers who work outside of the law. What I love about British drama is…everything. The acting and the sets and costumes are always superb. For me, the best part of the show was taking a close look at the clothing. Those Brits have such attention to detail so all the clothing was wool or cotton or linen and the prints were consistent with the period.

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I was too tired to paint standing up and it was back to bed for a week after this.

Now I’m hooked on the Good Wife, an American lawyer drama show that centers around a kind, pretty woman with children who is married to a philandering, sketchy politician husband. It’s very predictable and I’ve wondered what it is that draws me in (and apparently, many others). I think it’s that the lawyer, Alicia, is kind, thoughtful, compassionate, but also super assertive in the courtroom and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Somehow in my weakened state, she became my Goddess Hygieia; battling the flu demons with me.

Hygeia by Gustav Klimt, 1907.
Hygeia by Gustav Klimt, 1907.

My on-the-ground helper was my dear Larry who did double duty as artist and as a very attentive caregiver. Besides the endless trays of food and drinks, the laundry, the dishes and the red tulips, he worked in the studio on a new line of gorgeous bracelets AND gave an enamel workshop.

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Enamel, stones and silver bracelet by Larry Knox.
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Enamel, stones and bronze bracelet by Larry Knox.

But all good things must come to an end. 😉 I’ve felt pretty good the last couple of days and feel my energy and strength returning. And so, by the way, do the plants outside. In spite of the snow and more snow, there is spinach coming up in the greenhouse as well as a few tulip bulbs pushing their way out of the soil.

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Spinach growing in the unheated greenhouse.

After Wednesday’s ‘weather bomb’  we’ll be totally ready for spring. Better late than never, eh?

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Reading The Golden Notebook for the Bear River Book Club meeting.

7 thoughts on “TV Confessions

  1. Flora, Flora, Flora … how many “last” snow storms do we need to have ? Glad you are on the mend. I am still addicted to regular crap TV, though I am now supplementing it with crap reading. lol I just bought a cheapo plastic greenhouse at Kent and hope that I will be able to extend the seasons in my lil’ yard.

    1. Thank you so much Patti! It’s so nice being up and around again. I am really appreciating feeling that life force strong. Today we are hunkered down with a huge storm outside with lots of noisy wind. It’s a bit intimidating. However, we’re supposed to have heat and sun a few days from now so it’s all good.

  2. Hi Flora! So sorry you’ve been ill for so long. I hope you’re truly on the mend and able to get back to the activities you love.
    I really enjoy seeing your beautiful work, and it was a treat to see Larry’s jewellery as well! How lovely.
    Please say hello to Larry, and tell him that he and his cousin Jim are very alike in some ways. Jim is the greatest house spouse since he retired. I still work (my hours vary from part time to overtime), and he is the major cook and shopper. He comes up with great creative meals. He’s here with my mom who lives with us while I’m at work (her living here was his idea, not mine, which says a lot about him) Anyway, thought Larry would like to know that.
    Take care of yourself!

    1. Thank you for your good wishes Nancy. I can’t wait to get back to the ‘playroom/studio’. I’ve had time to formulate some ideas…let’s see how they pan out.
      I remember when we shared a house with Jim 36 years ago that even then he loved to buy groceries and to prepare the most enormous steaks. Yup, those were the days. ha ha. Larry and I have been vegetarians for almost 10 years now, but I remember how much I once loved roast beef and T-bones.

  3. Yes, this surely is a winter of winters. I saw Gilberte Doelle at market Saturday and she said that on that date last year she planted spinach in the ground outdoors. This year there isn’t and bare ground! This year they are enjoying a tighter greenhouse and I am finding my way back to energy with a greens-orgy of their greens. Spring SHALL come! The sun is rising farther and farther north!

    1. Hi Helen!
      I have also been having weekly deliveries of Gilberte’s greens and they have helped my recovery, I’m sure!
      I am thrilled about the amount of daylight we’ve been getting. I’m even looking forward a little to Wednesday’s snowstorm because I think it will be the last big one and it will really usher in spring. I’m glad to hear you are well. xo

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