Art Journal Challenge Week Thirty Three Zentangle

I gave the “Zentangle” method a go this week.


What is Zentangle?


From the official website: “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These simple shapes are the “Elemental Strokes” in all Zentangle art. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called “tiles.” We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics.”

Maybe I just drew patterns instead?


I didn’t really get much out of this week’s art journal. But I did complete it! Onto Week Thirty Four!

Today’s Adventure: Hamilton!

Hamilton Sign


Today on my Almost Week Off Work, my adventure was seeing Hamilton An American Musical. It’s been about two years since I was introduced to the cast recording by Cliff Ravenscraft, and I’ve been enthralled as many others have.

Phillip Tour Cleveland

Me and Hamilton

The musical is now touring. I was lucky enough to get tickets to TWO shows. I bought a solo ticket for Wednesday.

I live in southern Ohio and didn’t feel like finding someone to buy the other ticket or tickets. I had no problem buying the tickets. I think everyone wanted the four tix max that you could purchase, and there just wasn’t blocks of four tickets available. I then bought tickets to a matinee on August 25 where my SIL will join me.

Tips for Attending Hamilton

Hamilton Tix

  1. Listen to the Cast Recording

If you aren’t familiar with the musical at all and find yourself with tickets, it might behoove you to listen to the cast recording, so you can keep up with all the fast rapping that occurs.

2. DON’T listen to the cast recording right before the show

None of the original actors are in the show. If you are expecting Lin Manual Miranda to be singing as “Hamilton” then you will disappointed by the current actor playing. No worries, I thought everyone was excellent in their roles, especially Nik Walker portraying Burr. I got alot more out of Burr’s character by seeing the show live, besides just listening to the cast recording.

3. It goes FAST

The big “showy” numbers are in Act One. I thought Act Two would be slower, but it progresses much faster than if I was listening to the cast recording. Many of the songs in Act Two flow into the next song without interruption.

4. See it multiple times

Okay, I know! That can be impossible to just see once!  There is SO much to take in. I’ve been listening to “The Hamilcast” since its beginning. There is so much happening in each scene. For example, there is a cast character called “The Bullet” who is a signal of death that follow Hamilton around. I only picked her out on time, there was too much to watch.  In “The Room Where it Happens” the meeting between Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton  happens three times.

Hamilton Sign

There are lotteries available daily for the shows which are free to enter for a chance at 10 dollar tickets. If you are in an area where a lottery show is playing, WHY NOT enter the lottery? Do not throw away your shot!

My First Gravel Grinder Ride

My first Gravel Grinder Ride

This is my “Almost Week off Work” Vacation. Today I decided to travel over to the Woodbury Wildlife Area in Coshocton County and follow a “gravel grinder” route that I found on Ride with GPS.

Woodbury Wildlife Area

Woodbury Wildlife Area in Coshocton County is the largest public hunting and fishing area in Ohio. Their 19,000 acres is operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources specifically for wildlife recreation. This area was strip mined back in the 70’s.

What’s a Gravel Grinder?

Gravel grinders are gravel road races and rides that combine riding on surfaces such as asphalt, gravel, dirt, some singletrack trails and maintenance or B roads. Like county roads or township roads in the country.

Ride with GPS

I stumbled upon a FB Group called Ohio Gravel Grinders, who had recently completed a ride at Woodbury. I had never thought to go ride there! It’s all deserted country roads, not as hilly as my neighborhood-that’s a good place to ride! I downloaded their Ride with GPS route and set out for a bike ride.

Issue One

My turn sheet mentions turn on Township Road 70. This definitely says 

Township Road 62. My map is not detailed enough to discern (later, this road does become Township Road 70, as 62 branches off, clear as mud..)

Down the road I go. It’s quiet, except for the critters chirping, no noise in my headspace. I am pleasantly surprised to find woodland here in Woodbury! I thought it was going to be all open space due to the strip mining.


The ride is going okay. I’m breaking HARD on the downhills-the loose gravel makes me nervous, I don’t want to crash my bike. Maybe I need to look at disc brakes instead of the more traditional caliper or V brakes that I have.

I Lose the Phone

I am still following my planned route when I stop to double check on the phone. Doh! The phone has disappeared! Luckily, I remember where I last checked it. Back UP the hill I just coasted down.

dropped phone

Now I’ve doubled back a mile or so. I decide to make the turn instead of continuing my planned route. I don’t feel up to a 32 mile ride on gravel today.

I am keeping on eye on my phone battery power. Since I’m now relying on the Google Map, I don’t want it to die on me. It is amazing that I have cell phone coverage in Woodbury. This is a desolate area. Cell phone reception has come a long way.

My route goes well, the road turns appear as they should. My last road is County Road 17, which is asphalt-YAY! Asphalt makes for a nice change of pace from gravel.

I don’t like the two little (BIG) hills that I have to bike up in my littlest gear to get up. At least I didn’t have to walk it. Note: I did walk up a few hills on gravel. A few were too steep for me, and one had gravel that was loose and I wasn’t getting traction, the rear wheel was sliding around. Not safe enough for me.

It was a good ride. I will ride over at Woodbury more often.

Art Journal Challenge Week Thirty Two What Happened Today at 7am

I decided it would be fun to record a picture daily at 7am. I chose the barn across the road.

Art Journal Challenge Week Thirty Two

This is our barn and property but not our livestock. We are renting the pasture and barn out to a local farmer. The horse seems to have taken up residence in the barn.

Art Journal Challenge What Happened at 7 am

horse in barn

I have not seen the cows lately. They may be on the other side of the hill-this section is about 10-15 acres, or the farmer may have removed them due to low water supply.


The picture changed slightly! I woke to a very foggy morning.

Art Journal Challenge What Happened at 7 am

foggy barn

This has been a fun and different challenge. The same view is not the same view. There is change involved daily.

Art Journal Challenge What Happened at 7 am

The Cows are Back

cow in barn

Did they ever leave? Have they been on the back side of the hill? I watched them walk over the hill last night. This morning, one cow was occupying the barn. No sign of Mr Horse.


Art Journal Challenge What Happened at 7 am

A fun challenge on what could have been a very static subject. I enjoyed this.

Art Journal Challenge Week Thirty One Books



Another challenge I love! Books!

Art Journal Challenge Books

I’m reading more books these days thanks to Libby. Libby is an app where I can borrow books from my local library and read them. This has saved me a bunch of money, and I’m reading more books!

Art Journal Challenge Books

I enjoyed this prompt. I even made a book! And pasted it on my books page!

Art Journal Challenge Books

I am going to see Hamilton An American Musical *twice* this August! Very excited!

Art Journal Challenge Books

Of course you have to be an open book.

Art Journal Challenge Books

I used markers, crayons, paper, paint to create this weeks collage. Onto Week Thirty Two!

BHAG Bike Tour Announcement

BHAG Bike Tour Announcement

I finally have a BHAG about biking. This post was first penned as “Dream Bike Tour Announcement” but it’s not going to be a dream it’s going to be a GOAL.


This bike route has intrigued me from my first reading of Jill Homer’s book “Be Brave Be Strong” when I didn’t know anything about biking. I thought it was just a good epic read of an adventure.

Accounts of the route would drop into my reading space every now and then, they would always be interesting for the huge suffer fest that the riders experienced. A friend just rode it this summer, and I followed along via FB posts.

Great Divide Mountain Route

I have decided I want to ride the Tour Divide.

The Great Divide Route is the world’s longest off-pavement cycling route. It travels through Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the United States of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico (map). By route’s end a thru-rider will climb nearly 200,000 feet of vertical.

It’s Not Happening Anytime Soon

The goal is to do this in my 60th year or sooner. That gives me seven years to get in some sort of buff biking shape. Hey, I dreamed about running the Hardrock 100 for years before I actually got to do it.

It Sets Me up with More Short Term Goals

I have much to do and learn before attempting. Let alone figure out how to get that much vacation time off.

Learn all those parts on the bike and how they work

Yes, I finally am going to get interested in my bike and figure out how the parts work together.

Learn how to fix my bike

The only reason to learn all those bike parts is to be able to FIX my bike when it breaks down. This is a good goal to have regardless of where you are biking.

bike stencil

Become a better Biker

I’m now interested in becoming a better biker. I need to learn how to ride hills, gravel, dirt roads..which is good, because I have all of that available to me! I ventured out of my comfort zone just Thursday. Instead of riding my local seven mile flat asphalt trail out and back, I chose a route which turned that ride into a loop. Unknown to me, that meant taking a road so steep I had to walk the bike in two spots. But I did it, instead of turning around back to flat land!

I am now interested in different types of bike rides instead of looking for easy flat tours. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a focus in training. This is a good goal for me.

Art Journal Challenge Week Thirty Mandals

Second time mandalas came up as a prompt-I didn’t scratch it out on the first fail-so here it is. I was doodling away nicely until Tuesday afternoon-when the dreaded rotovirus hit me.

I didn’t get much accomplished this week, but I did some work on the page.


I am calling it a success. Onto Week Thirty One.