We have some aloe vera plants. I decided to make my own hand sanitizer. I watched a couple videos about how to extract aloe vera gel.
I cut off an older leaf. I cut off the ends and sides. With a knife I sliced off the skin on one side. It was hard to slice off the skin because the skin on our plant is thin. (I watched other videos where the leaf has a thicker skin, and the thicker skin looked easier to slice off.) I tried various kitchen utensils to scrape off the gel: a fork (too shreddy), a spoon worked good. I also used a razor blade. I also just squeezed it.
I got 2 Tablespoons of gel. I put the gel and 4 Tablespoons of 70% rubbing alcohol in a food processor and blended it. The ratio is 1 part aloe vera to 2 parts rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol has to be at least 60% alcohol. I strained it into a dispenser and now I can use it. It made 1/4 cup; good to know how much one leaf made.
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”
Not liking or disliking but learning to pay patient attention to things as they are. It’s about following something small carefully and sincerely.
— Lynda Barry
Wiltshire Landscape (1937) by Eric Ravilious
“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so fuckin’ heroic.”
― George Carlin
Woman with sunflower print curtains, 1900-1930, New Zealand, by James Chapman-Taylor. Te Papa (A.010640/01) – Source.
He who never makes an effort, never risks a failure.
“Shouldering the imitation ox”, from a 1909 edition of Richard Kearton’s Wild Nature’s Ways.
“You can do anything you want to do. What is rare is this actual wanting to do a certain thing: wanting it so much that you are practically blind to other things, that nothing else will satisfy you…I know I have said a lot when I say, ‘You can do anything you want to do.’ But I mean it…Blunder ahead with your personal view…The real work of art is the result of a magnificent struggle.”
—Robert Henri, painter
Illustration by John Gannam. Wow, what an amazing illustrator Mr. Gannam was!
One of the most magical places in the world that endured horrific mudslides on January 9, 2018. My heart is broken for this beautiful place and the people who live here. This is a map of Incomplete Preliminary Damage Inspections 1/13/18.
“With very great paintings it’s possible to know them deeply, inhabit them almost.”
Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth, 1948.
This quote helped me get through something I was fearing for a year!
“Fear never needs to control my choices. Something powerful rises up in me whenever I put the fear aside and move ahead in spite of it.”
So, that’s what I did.
Art by Scott Conary.
“On up the mountain there’s a light making its way. On up the mountain night and day, you’ll get tired and you’ll get weak, but you won’t abandon your masterpiece.”
Song On Up The Mountain by Jakob Dylan from the 2008 album Seeing Things
“The air had lost the sharp heart of its chill. Winter’s back was broken.”
— Robert Goolrick (A Reliable Wife)
Happy First Day of Spring!
“Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.”
— Gustave Flaubert
Photograph A Ray of Sunshine by Claudia Dea (public domain)
“Leisure is a form of that stillness that is necessary preparation for accepting reality.”
— Josef Pieper
Illustration by Mary Royt
“The trick is, you can only brighten the forest from beneath the canopy of its trees…from within. To bring the light, you must first make your way through the bramble-filled darkness. Safe travels.”
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (book)