February 27, 2014
Drawing in progress while working the midnight shift at the bingo on “discount books” night.
Posted by Jodi Green on February 27, 2014 at 10.01am
February 26, 2014
Birdhouse by Frank Saggus. See more of Frank’s work here: Wingding Constructions flickr page
This birdhouse hangs outside Jeffrey’s home in Athens, GA. In my first year of graduate school in Athens, Jeffrey and my school chum Jenn lived in a little two bedroom bungalow in the back of a quiet little enclave we called The Compound, a collection of tiny shacks nestled amongst pecan trees and overrun bamboo behind a larger, older shack. I lived in one half of the larger shack all winter, then when Jeffrey bought a house I moved further from the road into the bungalow they left behind. It was a quiet, charmed existence back there, living in what felt like a secluded little cabin, feeling the warm southern breezes through my rickety screen door, paying next to nothing in rent.
Then the aging landlord sold the whole lot to a developer and we all had to move. My little bungalow was sold for a thousand dollars and carted off on a trailer. The main house was torn down. This was in July 2006, and the land never was developed; it still sits empty, the bamboo mowed down but the pecan trees still there.
This little birdhouse is made from salvaged wood from the larger house, the one I lived in for one cold* winter, where I lay in bed every night listening to pecans falling and rolling down the roof above my head (and drugs getting dealt on the overgrown front porch just a flimsy French door away from my bed; it was a rough neighbourhood outside our little Compound). I also have one of the birdhouses Frank made from pieces of my shack, and for perches it’s got the chrome handles off my old kitchen cupboards. I’ll show you that one some other time, once we get it outside where a bird can move in.
*not COLD-cold, of course, because it’s Georgia, but cold in the sense that temperatures were around freezing and it rained the entire month of January and the house didn’t have much of a seal, nor did it have any source of heat)
Posted by Jodi Green on February 26, 2014 at 5.51pm
February 25, 2014
Waffle Houses visited: five
Mexican restaurant visits: four
Indian restaurant visits: three
The Grit noodle bowls: one
Big City Bread tofu scrambles: two
Meals consisting of nothing but hummus and gluten-free pretzels: at least two
Knitting bloggers visited: four
Grad school friends visited: five
Times snow had to be cleaned off the car: one, at our hotel in Kentucky on the drive down
Dogs visited: two
Cats visited: two
Hipster boys with beards and plaid shirts: at least twelve
Times carded for drinks: two
Times carded for drinks by a server young enough to be my child: one
Times Peter and I were addressed as “ladies”: two
Days outside with bare legs: four
Beds slept in: five
Thrift stores: seven
Used record stores: three
Records purchased: 32
Whiskey sours (with Makers Mark): four
Glasses of wine: two
Scotch on the rocks: one (more like a double though)
Kraken rum on the rocks: one
Food-related epiphanies: two
Times God Bless America was heard: one
Times Love Shack was heard: one
Hockey games: one
Hockey game penalty minutes: at least 40 (first period 25, second period 15, third period unknown)
Sketchbook pages drawn: 18 in the daily diary sketchbook; one two-page spread finished in the large sketchbook
Posted by Jodi Green on February 25, 2014 at 5.14pm
January 18, 2014
Fresh “goat” “meat”.
At least they didn’t say “fresh”.
Wyandotte Street, Windsor. Taken with the Harinezumi digital.
Posted by Jodi Green on January 18, 2014 at 4.09pm
January 5, 2014
Mexican restaurants: two (one visited two nights in a row, one on the way home)
Indian restaurants: one
Lebanese restaurants: one (in Dearborn, the one we always stop at before hitting the highway)
Thrift stores: three
Cafeterias: one (apparently the second biggest cafeteria in the US, second only to that in the Pentagon) (so, the biggest cafeteria in the US in which it’s okay to take photos)
Days without leaving our hosts’ house: three? (it’s a blur)
Centimetres of snow cleaned off the car: somewhere near 60
The Master (two shots of tequila, one shot of Grand Marnier, on the rocks): three
Glasses of champagne: one
Large bags of potato chips eaten: approximately two
Board games: none (but I watched everyone else play a couple)
Practice games of Solo: two and a half. This is an old German card game my family plays, a tricks-based game with four players; Peter and I started practicing together playing out the hands of a fake Marj (my mom) on my right and a fake uncle Rudy on my left, mainly because we found out my brother and his girlfriend were practicing this way and I don’t want to be the only one who is still terrible at this game.
Movies watched: two
Cats visited: four
Kids visited: four
High security complexes visited: one
Dunkin’ Donuts managers who shook our hands: one
Extra days stayed due to weather: one
Posted by Jodi Green on January 5, 2014 at 12.19pm
December 28, 2013
The only photo I took while home over the holidays:
This elevator only goes up or sideways.
Posted by Jodi Green on December 28, 2013 at 12.07pm
December 20, 2013
-Salsa, several batches all variations on a recipe from Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt: total about 24 pint jars. This is down from previous years but probably still too much; since Dylan moved out we use far less of it.
-Hot sauce, also from Blue Ribbon Preserves: 13 half pint jars. Probably not enough to see the three of us through a year.
I also froze a few half pint jars of the leftover tomato and pepper pulp from the hot sauce, to use later on in soups.
-Rhubarb chutney: 5 half pint jars.
-Green tomato chutney (recipe from the Food in Jars book): 3 pints.
Apple date chutney, from Food in Jars: 4 half pint jars.
-Pickled garlic, from my old standby Bernardin recipe: 7 half pint jars.
-Curry pickled Brussels sprouts, adapted from a curry pickle recipe I got from a friend in the 90s, source lost in the mists of time: 3 pints
-Curry pickled cauliflower, same as above: 3 pints. I made both of these all in one big batch, warming first the Brussels sprouts in the brine, packing them in jars and throwing the cauliflower into what was left of the same brine. Which meant that the cauliflower jars have Brussels sprouts leaves all through them; no big deal.
-Pickled mixed jalapeño and banana peppers: 6 half pints.
-Pickled golden beets: 3 pints.
-Pickled sweet and sour red onions (again, from the Food in Jars book): 6 half pints. These are absurdly delicious on just about everything. Here’s some on rye toast and hummus:
-Plum, apple and gin jam: 5 half pints. This was cobbled together from a regular plum jam, my need to use up a crapload of McIntosh apples, and inspiration from this recipe: Damson Plum and Gin Jam. I’ve already eaten some of this and I think it’s a keeper.
Other preserving: about eight quart bags’ worth of Roma tomatoes roasted and frozen; about two cups of vegan pesto from the backyard basil, frozen; a litre jar of shredded leaves from my Brussels sprouts plants, pickled straight into the fridge; a couple of big jars of marinated eggplant; two pints of red cabbage sauerkraut; more mint than we can ever possibly use, dried (want some?); dried oregano.
Next up: more mustard; kiwi fruit chutney (as soon as kiwi fruit gets cheap again, which should be soon); salt preserved lemons; maybe some mango butter (not sure I’d actually eat it, but it sure sounds good).
Posted by Jodi Green on December 20, 2013 at 9.02am
December 16, 2013
Posted by Jodi Green on December 16, 2013 at 9.07am
December 6, 2013
I THINK THE SINGULARITY IS HERE YOU GUYS.
This just happened:
[phone rings] Me: good morning, Back Room Gallery!
Me: no, this is a co-op, there is no owner. What can I do for you?
Me: there is no-
ROBOT [interrupts] is-the-owner-please
Me: is this a machine? why are you calling me?
Me: it doesn’t sound like a real person
ROBOT: ha-ha-ha [ click beep boop click]
Me: What can I do for you?
[line goes dead]
Human expresses fear, Robot laughs. We are doomed, y’all. Terminator times is upon us.
I did say I’d be disappointed if The Singularity didn’t happen in my lifetime but I didn’t mean THIS WEEK.
Posted by Jodi Green on December 6, 2013 at 11.38am
November 25, 2013
The Levigator Press studio has been working on overdrive getting ready for three upcoming shows, all this Friday, November 29:
Harvesting the FAM “F is for Fashion” show, November 29 at Venue Music Hall (check out the link for full details). Here’s a little peek of some of the dresses I’ll be showing:
I’ll also be debuting the woodblock printed stretch leggings I’ve been working on for the last little while. My little collection is either going to be phenomenal or a colossal disaster, as the usual horror vacui is in full effect and I’m going to try to pair some ridiculously busy dresses (fabrics block printed over existing prints, paired with snippets of vintage embroideries) with ridiculously busy leggings. And possibly also some ridiculous scarves. If you’re in Windsor, please come check it out!
I’ll have new drawings and a few block printed cowls and triangle scarves in Artcite’s annual holiday fundraiser show, Doin’ the Louvre, which opens the same night as the fashion show (right around the corner!) and runs until December 24. And if you’re in the Pillette Village neighbourhood, you can also see some of my new drawings at the Back Room Gallery’s annual Members’ Miniature Show (also running until December 24).
So much work to finish up and deliver all in the same week! Next week will be a much needed break, and time to start working on painting the studio.
Posted by Jodi Green on November 25, 2013 at 11.13pm