2015: Things got better.
The beginning of last year was awful. Late 2014 Steve was worried that the machine shop where he worked was going to shut down. My brother recommended a very small machine shop, so Steve interviewed and took a job there. It was a mistake. The shop was just the owner and three other people. There wasn't enough work to do, despite my brother saying the shop was expanding and the owner wanted to train Steve to program machines (neither was true), so Steve was sent home without pay many days. The owner would yell and swear when he was mad. And the route to work was on winding rural roads which got icy quite often. This was also when they stopped treating 37 with salt, inexplicably, during construction. Many times Steve headed off to work, then called to say the roads were icy, so I told him to turn around and come back home.
In February, he finally had enough, and contacted the old machine shop to see if he could go back. One of the supervisors said that was "music to his ears." Unfortunately, the only opening available was back on night shift. So, Steve went back to working nights.
Then, in May, Steve applied for a job at the Ford dealership where we bought our car back in 2011. He started in Sales, but it wasn't quite a good fit. So, they told him that their YouTube page had been dormant for many months, handed him a video camera and said, "See what you can do." And they were blown away by what he did. He came up with his own method of filming videos. No talking, just panning across the vehicle, outside and inside, showing some features, with music playing. He discovered something he's really good at! He's working for a great place now. And he's much happier. Here is the Bloomington Ford YouTube page.
I'm doing a separate blog post for artwork, but here are some of the Journaling Project drawings. I gathered them all in a stack and realized that I drew more than I thought for 2015. I tried to get back into The Journaling Project, but it was hit or miss for most of the year.
I drew Daily Life images, which were always the best part of The Journaling Project.
I wanted to take these little drawings to something else, but I never quite managed it. As usual, I was just collecting images.
This next group (I didn't photograph them all) has a wide range of dates, from February to July. A LOT happened during those months!
With Steve in a stable and better paying job, we spent the rest of the year buying a lot of stuff we had on our wish list but never managed to get: clothing, kitchen stuff, household stuff. It's been nice to have the option of spending some money. For 2016, we really need to pay down the credit card, but last year we needed to treat ourselves just a bit.
In May we had Irises blooming at the apartment complex, and for the first time in a long time I had a strong urge to get out my journaling paper and make sketches, on the spot.
I kept sketching Symon, but wasn't able to produce any good drawings of him until nearly the end of the year.
I seem to have more pieces from July than any other month. July was when Liz Lamoreux did her "Inner Excavate-Along."
Into August, more sketches of Symon.
I made more progress on my artwork later in the year, so I'll get to that in the next blog post.