I would like to learn more about the innate patterns of species, whether they be insects or what we think of as animals. I know that in the 8 years Needle Nicely has been in its current location, I have had to destroy a wasp's nest in front of one of the decorative columns at least once a year. It's in front of the facade and not somewhere you would naturally look. But I try to check on this area about every six months. And when like today I see wasps feverishly working on a "cone", I run back inside and grab my super aerosole can of bug spray. First I spray the developing cone and then after the wasps have flown away (hopefully to die), I use my metal yardstick to knock the cone away from the building. There's a small bit of dodging the fleeing wasps (they seem to aim for your cheek). There is a similar location under the front eaves of my home. My husband is extremely allergic; so periodically I do a tour around the perimeter of our home looking for "varmints". Usually there is a growing nest just outside our kitchen window. I know the wasp builders can't be the same ones as 10 years ago--how do they infallibly build in the same spot?
Of course, my purpose in telling this story is that just once in my retail life I would like to have a landlord who has a staff (chuckle, chuckle) who notices things like wasps' nests and knocks them down before I have to do it. I do accost the "maintenance worker" while he's making his rounds and I point to the spot and mime in very bad Spanish that he should destroy the nest. I don't think I'm a very good actress and I know my Spanish is weak--so we do a lot of miming. Sigh! Or, after you repeatedly request it, replace the stop sign that some vehicle knocked down. "No, it isn't on city property--it's in the shopping center", you report to no avail. Alas! It's still not replaced.
Among the new canvases arriving this month are these angels:
This is one of a series of angels done by Melissa Shirley. Melissa has angels on 13m (which I think this is, she says forgetfully), 18m as well as angels on stars on congress cloth.
Several years ago I stitched another from this series of angels done by Melissa Shirley. I especially like the border and wings.
The next three angels are from the multitudes on every possible subject done by Painted Pony.