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Cities & Towns > Weather > T-shirt Paintings, Etc.

T-shirt Paintings, Etc.

I found what I’m calling a Happiness shirt that I bought for my sister’s husband for Christmas. An artist just posted on Reddit a recent painting of his, and it was so wildly colorful and funny I laughed just looking at it. The artist puts his work on a commercial site that offers not only the original paintings and prints, but printed on clothing and other gear too. So I ended up getting multiple amusing Christmas presents there. A lot of the paintings by this person have an astronaut in them — going camping, fishing, or whatever, and I thought this one shirt for my BIL was perfect because he is fighting depression. I was fortunate to run across the online store during Black Friday; I can hardly believe the regular prices there now.

It’s been a stressful season, with legal yuckiness (almost settled, so ok now), one sister giving me nightmares, and a lot of silly weather that can’t make up its mind if it’s fall or winter or just the rainy season. There’s snow out just now, which is better because the sun comes out frequently. At Thanksgiving a friend of the family made us all say things we were thankful for, and I stuttered and could hardly come up with something coherent because I find it difficult to utter sentimental statements (not to mention that family leaves me feeling so conflicted). Away from that crowd, I’m grateful for small things like having good winter boots and a big bag of salt, seeing birds in the yard, and getting to talk with friends daily.

I could use a birdfeeder near my front door so I can watch the birds better. Four of the fattest pigeons were just standing under the pine tree out front. They look like they’re fluffing their feathers out against the cold. In the backyard, however, I may need something to discourage deer. They have ripped up the wet, muddy lawn with their hooves, and piles of droppings were everywhere — but it snowed so cleanup will have to wait.

posted on Dec 7, 2018 7:00 AM ()


I am thankful my family didn't do that at thanksgiving this year! I was worried about it because I have been a major depressive mood.
I feed the feral cats that have their home in outbuildings behind our house. They have even become friendly towards me and will let me pet them!
comment by elkhound on Dec 12, 2018 12:13 PM ()
I enjoyed looking at that artist's work. It was as if he wrote a science fiction novel in his head and these were the illustrations. There was one of a mountain stream I found especially evocative.
comment by traveltales on Dec 8, 2018 9:26 AM ()
Yes it did. We have a side stream to our river that is in a confined canyon. The big flood five years ago changed it a lot and we can't get up it any more, so that picture reminded me of the old days.
reply by traveltales on Dec 8, 2018 2:31 PM ()
Looked like home?
reply by drmaus on Dec 8, 2018 10:16 AM ()
Animals always brighten the day. I am most thankful for the people in my life but if I were put on the spot, I probably would be struck dumb and couldn't come up with anything. Unlike Laura I would like to stay until the last dog is dead. This was one of my mother's favorite sayings but alas I have a husband who always wants to go home.
comment by elderjane on Dec 7, 2018 9:48 PM ()
I normally like to stay at family gatherings a long time too. However, this Xmas might be an exception and I'll want to duck out quick.
reply by drmaus on Dec 8, 2018 10:11 AM ()
I never know what to say I'm thankful for in those situations - my inclination would be to say something like 'I'm thankful this day is going to eventually end and I can go back to my quiet house.' But of course I couldn't say that out loud.
comment by traveltales on Dec 7, 2018 6:49 PM ()
I will definitely have some line prepared, next time.
reply by drmaus on Dec 8, 2018 10:08 AM ()
No link to the t-shirt guy? Not that I'd buy anything....
comment by jjoohhnn on Dec 7, 2018 8:49 AM ()
https://www.redbubble.com/people/flooko -- they were fun to look at.
reply by drmaus on Dec 7, 2018 3:40 PM ()
Life surrounded my nature and even pesky deer seems wildly perfect to me. We have large birds, pelicans, egrets, and large mammals, dolphins and manatee swimming by in our "backyard". We're thankful for that and how did we get here anyway? Perfect.
comment by tealstar on Dec 7, 2018 8:31 AM ()
I do envy you your dolphins and manatees. What you describe is perfect.
reply by drmaus on Dec 7, 2018 4:01 PM ()

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