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The Covid Continuum

From Darq and Catherine —

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Posted by on October 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Covid-19 Sends Darq Home

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For writers, visit Catherine’s blog WritersCheatSheets.com

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Posted by on April 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Easter Day 2020

DARQ: Hi, Catherine. As much as I wish you a Happy Easter, it isn’t the best of Easters with your world suffering the COVID-19 virus, but do enjoy your Easter Day.

CATHERINE: Thanks, Darq. I see the wreath and the three black, Wysotti funerary flowers . . .

DARQ: The virus took the life of a few of the MIB security detail that escort me. [Darq pats the head of the pink rabbit.] RR was fond of rabbits . . .

CATHERINE: He the one with the white hair and mustache?

DARQ nods: I also have to tell you— I am being recalled to my homeworld.

CATHERINE: What! Why?

DARQ somberly says: I got the virus and—

CATHERINE: You got the virus?

DARQ: Calm down. I got a very mild case—

CATHERINE: But you never said —

DARQ: Couldn’t. You know how the MIB [Men in Black] are. Security and all that. I was quarantined, got better, stayed healthy. As of yesterday, the doctors and all the tests cleared me to return home.

CATHERINE: So you’re coming back to the farm to get your things?

DARQ (shaking her head sadly): No. Sorry. I’m returning to my homeworld tomorrow.

CATHERINE: Tomorrow?

DARQ nods: Just hang onto my trunk of clothes and stuff for the time being. And, Catherine — it’s not certain when I will return to your planet. All depends on the course of the coronavirus and how quickly things for you and your people return to normal. So—

CATHERINE: We play it by ear?

DARQ smiles and nods: Hope to see you come October. Stay safe and healthy.

CATHERINE: Have a safe journey home, Darq.

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A NOTE TO SEWERS: I had planned to make Darq a yellow Easter gown for a Spring Tea, but the coronavirus has forced cancellation of group events, travel, self-quarantining, etc. And, in light of the ever-mounting death toll from the virus, it seemed best that Darq wear something more somber for Easter. Her gray tunic is a wool-suiting blend. Her slacks are black linen-rayon. No bling on the shoes. As a matter of fact, those black leather shoes she’s wearing are from a previous outfit.

It is my sincere hope that fall will see things return to normal and that Darq will return to blog anew.

Wishing you sunshine and the joy of spring flowers in bloom this Easter day.

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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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2020 St. Patrick’s Day – Coronavirus

CATHERINE: I received this photo from Darq. Her message was brief. Seems she got all dressed up for a dinner-fund-raiser and at the very last minute, the event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Her security detail, the MIBs (the Men In Black), whisked her off to a safe site where she’ll be under quarantine.

Her outfit consists of two pieces. The top is gold lame, the skirt is lace underlined with crepe satin. As to her shoes . . .

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day may be low-key this year because of the CDC and government recommendations about “hunkering down,” staying home with family, limiting group gatherings to 10 people, practicing good hygiene habits, etc. Still, Darq and I wish all who celebrate it a —

Coronavirus information can be found at the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Easter 2019

DARQ: I’m running a bit late due to rainy weather, but I am posting this quick –

Happy Easter !

CATHERINE: And the same to you, Darq, and all who drop by this Easter Sunday.

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Of course the running joke with this blog is that Darq is a shoe-aholic and loves bling, so here’s a look at her Easter Shoes –

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NOTE TO SEWERS – the jacket is a circle folded back and has arm holes. The flowery trim is a self-adhesive I found in a bargain bin – and I used all three yards on the spool because the trim went on the inside and outside of the jacket. The pants are linen. The purse opens and is actually a charm that could have gone on a bracelet.

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Darq will be returning to her homeworld on May 1, so drop by to wish her a safe journey home. She’ll return come fall.

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Posted by on April 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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St. Patrick’s Day 2019

DARQ: Top o’ the morning to ye and —

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

CATHERINE: And the same to you, Darq. Oh, my, I know where you are in the world!

DARQ (with a puzzle frown gracing her brow): You can’t possibly know where.

CATHERINE: Okay, I can’t precisely know where you’re at, but I know it’s got something to do with the tropics.

DARQ: How can you tell?

CATHERINE: First, your sign has palm fronds on it. Secondly, you’re not wearing “winter-wear.” Third — the water in the frog pond isn’t frozen, and there’s a giant frog sitting on the edge of the pond. Man, that’s some frog!

DARQ chuckles, then says: You missed the leprechaun behind the hat.

CATHERINE: Did not. And just why does he have his hands behind his back?

DARQ: Magic! All this is his magic to put me ankle deep in shamrocks and greenery so I would have a sensational picture to send to you. Just look down —

CATHERINE mutters something about blinged out shoes covered in bling before saying: You’re in such good spirits. Any chance you’re tipsy on green beer?

DARQ stifles the urge to laugh: Not yet, but the party’s only just beginning. I have to go. Have a great St. Pat’s Day!

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NOTE TO SEWERS: Darq’s pants and the darker green trim on her top are corduroy. The green top has a V-yoke with a 4-leaf clover decal. Nothing fancy but Darq is a-wearing GREEN!

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Darq will be off somewhere in the world for Easter. Stop back and see what she’s wearing .

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Posted by on March 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Easter 2018 – A Carrot Hunt?

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DARQ: Hi, Catherine. To you and all who celebrate it, I hope you’re enjoying a Happy Easter!

CATHERINE: Thanks, Darq, it’s a cold Easter here, but it looks like you’re enjoying bright sunshine and mild temperatures.

DARQ:  I am, but as usual, I’m not supposed to disclose where I’m at. Security and all that.

CATHERINE: I didn’t realize how Easter-eggish your attire is.

(Darq laughs.) DARQ: Yes, I sort of look like an Easter egg, but, hey, I’ve gotten lots of compliments from everyone here at the villa.

CATHERINE: So, what’s with that carrot you’re holding?

DARQ: Isn’t it obvious? I’m on a Carrot Hunt.

CATHERINE: A what?

DARQ: Instead of having an Easter Egg hunt, my host is having a Carrot Hunt. The person who finds the white rabbit will get the prize of a gem-encrusted carrot and a basket of three golden Easter eggs.

CATHERINE: Wow, that’s a ritzy prize!

DARQ: I know. And as you can see, I’ve discovered a quiet garden spot behind the villa and found the carrots that should lead me to a path and the rabbit!

CATHERINE: Well, good luck and have fun!

DARQ: Oh, I surely will. Enjoy your day! (Darq renews her hunt for the next carrot that will lead her to the white rabbit.)

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Note to Sewers and Crafters – Darq is wearing a two-piece outfit consisting of a top and culottes. Of course, no Darq outfit is complete without shoes –

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On May 1, Darq returns to her homeworld for the summer. What will she wear for her trip home? 

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Posted by on April 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Christmas 2015 & Karaoke ?

CATHERINE chuckles and sets the black T-shirt Darq gave her under the Christmas Tree:  This is one great T-shirt, thanks, Darq.

DARQ:  I thought the saying appropriate considering you’re a novelist who makes up stories!

CATHERINE:  Very fitting–I love it!

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DARQ swats aside another dangling ribbon:  Good grief, Catherine, I know you decorated your Christmas tree with all 36 of those fair ribbons you won this year, but really, it’s like plowing through a jungle.

CATHERINE:  Stop exaggerating. I see you found the gift your squad of Men In Black left for you.

DARQ: Yes, I did, but with all the gifts that were piled under the tree last night, it was shoved back, and way around to the other side of the tree.

CATHERINE: Stop complaining and go open your gift.  You’ve been curious ever since it arrived. (Catherine begins opening another Christmas gift.)

A minute later, Darq has her MIB gift unwrapped and squeals: “Karaoke!”

CATHERINE:  What?

DARQ scrambles to the nearest blank wall and starts singing into the handheld microphone–the MIBs gift to her–

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Darq’s voice booms through both stories of Catherine’s farm house: Have yourself a merry little Christmas…

CATHERINE grins and says:  Okay, okay, enough with the caterwauling–I mean singing. Go unwrap something else. Save the tunes for after we open all the presents.

When Darq finishes opening her gifts, Catherine says: Beside the karaoke mike, what else did you get?

DARQ: J’adore perfume, a box of Belgium chocolates, and a CD of tunes that accompanied my mike. Oh, and a stocking full of cookies, M&Ms, and chocolate covered cherries. If I don’t suffer a sugar-high, I’m going to get fat eating all this candy.

CATHERINE laughs, then says: What gift do you like the most?

DARQ eyes Catherine: The three you gave me.  The Christmas Tree earrings–  IMG_4334

The Christmassy slippers– IMG_4309And this lounger you made for me, why it’s as colorful as Christmas wrapping paper. (Darq’s voice changes to a lower, quieter tone): It’s especially heartwarming to wear this robe because it’s like something I’d wear on my homeworld. And beautiful and comfy.

CATHERINE: It should be.

DARQ: What does that mean?

CATHERINE:  I bribed Agent M with four dozen chocolate chip cookies for a look at some Wysotti clothing catalogs.  Now, grab that mike and let’s sing a wish to everyone who reads this blog–

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be . . .

Have a wonderful Christmas Day.

**** DARQ will be attending another New Year’s Eve party at an undisclosed location, and wearing a new Erte-inspired outfit. Stop by New Year’s Day to see what she wore.

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Posted by on December 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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BOOoooooo!!

CATHERINE:  Darq was whisked away by the MIB (Men in Black) a couple days ago for a jaunt overseas.  However, Darq sent me a few pictures of her in her Halloween costume, one she’s wearing to some ritzy villa in Italy.  Good thing I replicated the “Lady of Siena” costume from 16th century Italy so she fit right in with the medieval-themed masked ball.

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The dress has sleeves attached to the bodice but those gorgeous, flowingly-long, outer, over-sleeves, are detachable, as was befitting the custom of the era.  Oh, and, as always, Darq was in alt at the shoes that matched the outfit.

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*****This blog will be updated at Thanksgiving time.  Will Darq be back home with Catherine for Thanksgiving? Check back and see or subscribe to this blog.

—-NOTE TO THOSE WHO SEW:  Darq’s over-sleeves were easy to make because in the History of Costume book that showed a sketch of the Highborn Lady of Siena, they also included a sketch of the decorative, over-sleeve’s pattern.  That outer sleeve attaches at the shoulders with rolls. In the era, those sleeve “bolsters” were attached with ribbons/ties.  The hardest part in making the outfit was getting the lace gathered and sewn onto the collar, which necessitated hand sewing.  Below is the sketch of what I worked from.  Now if only recreating an Erte design were as easy! — Catherine

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Check back and see — or subscribe to this blog!

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A Letter to Darq

August 10, 2015

Hi, Darq,

Got your note and noted it was delivered four weeks after you wrote it–likely the MIB bureaucracy and all that security scrutiny of theirs.  Anyway, so happy to get your pictures. Loved the one of you and hubby Atlatl at sunset along the pier. And, wow, that picture of the turquoise sea with that huge wave cresting over was astonishing. You’re as good a photographer as I am–maybe better! LOL

As to news from here? August is like Christmas for me because of the annual fair. This year’s was a milestone one, my 30th consecutive year of exhibiting. So, yeah, I went all out. I entered 38 projects and came away with 36 ribbons, 60% of those ribbons were first place blue ribbons. Which brings me to the photo below of your Valentine’s Day, Erte-inspired outfit, which took a first-place ribbon!

Fair week also included my volunteering in the home show building, which I’ve been doing for the past dozen years or so. And the Tuesday all-day stint left me bedraggled going into August 5’s Release Day Celebration for my third novel, HEARTS AKILTER.  And get this–I made a HEARTS AKILTER keepsake for myself–an apron (see picture below), which won a blue ribbon.

Speaking of HEARTS AKILTER, I’m on a blog tour to promote the book. The tour includes a Facebook Party with a group of other authors. There’s a $50 Amazon gift card as one of the prizes, and I’m giving away a gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press (publishers of HEARTS AKILTER). This Facebook Party is something new to swallow up my time to promote. LOL

Anyway, I’ve posted the blog tour stops, and I’ve also posted more information at my hub website about the Facebook Party.

Continue enjoying your R&R, Darq, and I look forward to your returning to Earth and visiting me this fall,

Catherine

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****Details of the Facebook Party are here

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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