Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Midnight Visitor: Sketch from the Pink Grandma

I'm sharing a drawing I made for my grandchildren.  Enjoy.  ~ Cecilia Brainard

The Midnight Visitor
copyright 2020 by Cecila Brainard

Hello Grandchildren,

Grandpa has the Ring app which allows him to see who's outside our house via video. He discovered that we have visitors that enter the courtyard late at night. There's a large orange cat and another strange looking creature that come around. They sniff around the courtyard and leave. Once I had leftover cat food out there and the strange looking one ate it all.

Here's a drawing of him or her. He or she is as big as a cat and has gray and white fur. He has a very long snout, and he's not really very cute, frankly, because he has patchy fur and a naked tail. He lumbers when he moves.

He or she is an opossum, which is different from a possum. This animal is a marsupial just like the kangaroo. They are not aggressive animals and are famous for playing dead if they are attacked. That's where the term "playing possum" came from. They can pretend they are dead for up to six hours.

Here's a link if you want to learn more about him or her.



The Pink Grandma, Lola, or Grandma

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

"Che Sleeping" - Sketches from the Pink Grandma

I'm sharing a drawing I made for my grandchildren. My accompanying letter reads:
Hello Grandchildren,

Grandpa and Grandma have to stay home because of Coronavirus. Have your parents talked to you about that? All of us have to be careful to avoid getting sick. You have to wash your hands with soap and water for twenty seconds, and you have to stay home for now, and while it's sad, you can't see your friends and even us for now. And don't forget to eat vegetables and fruit to stay strong.

But while we are away from each other, I thought I'd do some drawings for you.

Here is one.

Do you remember who this is? And what sounds he makes? Who is his companion?


The Pink Grandma or Lola or Grandma (aka Cecilia Brainard)

Also published in Cecila Brainard's official website's blog:

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Batik Face Masks by Cecilia

Message from Cecilia Brainard:

I made some batik face masks, lined with cotton and flannel, with pockets for filter.

People have asked me if they can buy these and I’m making them available as a fund raiser for PALH (Philippine American Literary House).

I have two colors, blue or pink. I have three sizes, small, medium, and large. Each one is $30; if you get two, you get a third one as a gift. US shipping is $10. Email me at cbrainard@aol.com and I can send you a paypal invoice.

I wash these in warm water and while they can tolerate the dryer, it is better to hang dry them. I also run an iron over them to make the pleats more crisp although they don’t look bad if unironed.

For filters, I use coffee filter with nonwoven gauze sandwiched in between.

You can also change the loops so they tie in the back of your head. You will have to use your own cord or ribbon. In some cases, you use 2 long cord so the bottom cord is continuous.

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