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And the lamps over the dining table are broken. So I have a very white daylight lamp in front of my painting station but my back is to it when working with small images or other things requiring a table, and it’s not enough in winter gloom. (getting a new lamp obviously, but it’s not as easy as all that to find what you like and need)

I’ve been thinking I’d like to do some big canvasses for a change anyway, but then I’m up against another issue: Uncovered living room floor. Acrylic paints. A desire to perhaps use runny stuff? As it is I spend way too many brain cells monitoring that I don’t accidentally spill or wipe my brushes on furniture, it ruins the flow more than you’d think!

One solution would be to tape heavy paper to the floor, renew when cats and dogs have torn it up, remove when company comes over, because well, some people are like that. Vacuum over it the other days so I don’t have to spend most of my batteries getting ready for painting each time and then it’s goodnight.

Or a soft rug that I can roll up between sessions and store somewhere.

Which do you find more practical, or do you have other suggestions?

When not using runny paints I can hang them on the wall and paint there, just probably get a sheet for the sofa, even if it’s old and worn. But that leaves me with lots of drying-waiting time, as I can only hang one at a time! (or two mediums, careful not to splash the other one)

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I also have another problem. The young cats are doing a wonderful job catching mice and voles, BUT they have a silly habit of bringing them inside for the kill. Or to play with and leave in a corner to die alone. If you don’t find them fast, they begin to stink. So for a while one has been evading me, poluting the living room with rot.

And now I found it. In my IKEA Expedit box of paint tubs, hello mr. flat mousie. Yuck. Somebody must have been playing dunk while I left it pulled out. (Leeeee-OOOOO!!?) And I can’t get the stink out of it although I’ve washed with all sorts of anti-smelly things and disinfectants, can’t leave it outdoors as the cardboard parts would disintegrate. My tubs smell a bit too, not in the room but you know, if you sniff them up close. Yuck.

So I’m looking for cleaning solutions. Can’t get a new storage box asap, leaving tubs inside the cubby hole and having to lie on the floor to drag them out individually would be a nuisance. Most are nearly full, I’m NOT throwing them away unless I give up paints forever. Would chlorine work?

(And no, I’m also not shutting the cats out in the cold to fend among the ferals without a safe haven. I invest feelings as well as money and hope to keep each one for 20 years. Because that’s how I roll. So I help catch mice, dead or alive. Gah, I just fished a live, undamaged one in the mudroom and forgot that it would have been the perfect illustration for this post, before I released it in the paddock!)

My senior cuddlebug who abhors any kind of wet or live food.

My senior cuddlebug who abhors any kind of wet or live food.

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