The first 3 days I was back were at least sunny and spring-like. We took advantage of this on Saturday, and went for a walkabout in our neighborhood and through downtown Mystic, about a mile away from where we live. Images below are from that walk.
Red Barn and Cherry Tree
Upon returning, I was dismayed to discover two issues: #1, my old PC had finally decided that it was not going to connect to the internet, ever. It had been giving me problems for the past few months, with an intermittent error message of "network cable is unplugged". Somehow, inexplicably, that message became permanent after sitting for 5 months unplugged. I had no internet access for the first 4 days I was back, which was exasperating.
My frustration with the problems of Windows-based computers has been increasing over the years, and I'd made the decision that my next computer would be an Apple. Since I no longer need any PC-dependent software for my current purposes, the decision was easy. Using my mom's MacBook while in Tucson further convinced me to get a Mac.
First Lilacs of Spring
After careful consideration, and input from Wayne and my friend Kenny (also a former PC user), I went ahead and purchased the iMac 21.5" computer, which is what I'd wanted when I first saw it months ago back in AZ. It is glorious!
Mystic River Reflections
Issue #2 is that the Post Office managed to somehow destroy the box of books and magazines that I shipped back via media mail. These included 5 years worth of Pastel Journal magazines, countless art instruction books, two of my favorite (and new) baking books and a year's worth of Cook's Illustrated magazines. Given that my books are my most cherished material items, this has been most upsetting. I have sent an itemized list to the PO recovery center in Atlanta, and will cross my fingers that they are able to locate as many as possible and return them.
Tulips and Daffodils
Thankfully, all my art supplies (shipped via UPS) made it safely here on the date promised. So, I can now get back to painting. Now that I am back, I am also able to work on bigger scale papers/canvases, which I am excited to do. I have so many ideas for paintings and new techniques and subject matter to try out that it is nearly overwhelming!
No stunning sunsets or sunrises to photograph here in CT, so I'll continue to post images taken in AZ for the Sky Friday series. Tomorrow's post will be desert wildlife, but in the meantime, here's a final photo of a not-so-wild swan, who was clearly looking for hand-outs along the Mystic River docks on Saturday: