My birthday came and went earlier this month. It was a sweet, simple birthday (as my birthdays tend to be these days. I love that.) My husband and I went out to dinner (gluten free pasta. It’s funny how much more the restaurants charge for a gluten free pasta dish, but it’s completely worth it. Also, why don’t they offer some gluten free rolls along with it?
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This year, I couldn’t come up with any gift ideas in time for my husband, so I went online and found a calligraphy book I wanted. (Husband calls it my “ink book.” “Did your ink book come yet?”)
And, if you all are curious, the book I got for my birthday is called Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe, all about modern pointed pen calligraphy. I love that it will appeal to beginners, but it also has great tips and projects for the more experienced. Good advice about supplies needed to get started with the pointed pen too. I especially appreciate all of the variations shown for different letters. I love the book. My new favorite “ink book.”
A couple of new nibs, some red ink, and I’m a happy birthday girl, ready to start some calligraphy projects.
Which brings me to my next random thought, in my series of random thoughts today. I want to say that I’m so glad calligraphy has loosened up. As in, when I first started learning calligraphy years ago, there was so much emphasis on doing it “correctly.” A sort of highbrow exclusion of any letter forms that didn’t follow the rules. That could be intimidating at first, because, after all, calligraphy is supposed to be a form of creative expression. So I’m really happy to see “modern calligraphy” that allows tweaking the letterforms to suit your own vision.
My daughter’s birthday was just a couple of weeks before mine. She’s twenty-one. Twenty-one. That is a surreal feeling, and it’s hasn’t quite sunk in just yet. I like her so much better than I liked myself at twenty-one.
Final random thought (question)–Do your dogs go a little crazy in the snow? Our Sunny runs back and forth, in a tail wagging, bottom wiggling, crazed running sort of way. We had our first significant snow a few days ago, and Sunny is loving it. Of course, her favorite spot is on a “softie.” She’s “not spoiled, just loved.”
May we all appreciate the comfort of a warm softie on a cold day as much as Sunny does!