summer tapestry
Sunset Procrastination

What is it about summer, especially,  August that always leaves me feeling burnt out with a sense of ennui,  jejune,  and malaise?  Which,  as you can see,   leads to the inevitable play with words to try and describe the almost indescribable ( that which cannot be described  indescribable sensation>2: surpassing description <indescribable joy>

summer dragon
 or is it undescribale( do the opposite of : reverse (a specified action-describe;  undescrible adjective That cannot be described: incommunicable , indefinable , indescribable , ineffable , inexpressible , unspeakable , unutterable
summer lizard
or is it unindescribale( do the opposite of : reverse (a specified action-describe;  undescribale adjective That cannot be described: incommunicable , indefinable , indescribable , ineffable , inexpressible , unspeakable , unutterable)  

cactus flower
Now that that is as clear as mud in the hope of being more understandable. One can move onto the desired or not desired result of the fine art of procrastination that has caused the whole problem in the first place.


dog days of summer
Am I safe from Spike?


Of Course, if one procrastinates long enough about half the list can be done because it’s just too wet out of doors and has to wait for next year so come August the whole unprocess of me feeling burnt out with a sense of ennui,  jejune,  and malaise can begin anew. Ah! a cyclical event I can always look to for a sense of stability.
Barriers created for protection from… and why

Appropriate words to describe the occasion of August!

 [ahn-weeahn-wee; Fr. ahnnwee
a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satietyor lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced anunbearable ennui.
1660–70;  < F: boredom; OF enui  displeasure; see annoy



car door
Another door to paint an scrape before it rains
The Scream by KLTH



Perhaps  ennui is a reaction to knowing that the incredibly long list of things I need to finish before it rains, changes seasons, or school starts is never going to be done on time.  Or perhaps it just knowing and a reaction that happens every year has left one sense of ennui in the abstract and in the end total annoyance with everything  that relates to August. 

summer mess
Finally, off the studio things
 [ma-leyz, -muh-; Fr. malez
listlessness, tedium, lassitude, languor. 
a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, oftenmarking the onset of a disease.
a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy,or discomfort.
 And then it  becomes real.


And then in defense “the list” becomes
throwing the dice tapestry
Jejune: Not interesting; dull: “and they pour forth jejune words and useless empty phrases” (Anthony Trollope).
handful of pink
Which then leads to kindred spirits and favourite insights by someone else– such as :
summer flowersTea leaves thwart those who court catastrophe, 
designing futures where nothing will occur:
cross the gypsy’s palm and yawning she
will still predict no perils left to conquer.
Jeopardy is jejune now: naïve knight
finds ogres out-of-date and dragons unheard
of, while blasé princesses indict
tilts at terror as downright absurd.
The beast in Jamesian grove will never jump,
compelling hero’s dull career to crisis;
and when insouciant angels play God’s trump,
while bored arena crowds for once look eager,
hoping toward havoc, neither pleas nor prizes
shall coax from doom’s blank door lady or tiger.”
— Sylvia Plath

And so begins Fall….

 And so begins Fall– with the sudden realization that life is about  to join the tea party(Mad Hatters)because everything is too late because you’re late! I am late! I am late! I am late so says the Marche Hare. August is gone and you have no clue where August went, because summer becomes shorter as one grows older. 


I am having way to much playing with this program. I can’t believe how much I am learning. So perhaps I’ll write a little longer about real life and events. Even though I managed to delete my first attempt.


  1. Patti Kirch on March 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Too much to learn and so little time to fall into an ennui August.
    Too busy weaving Tapestry, sketching, studying colour and colour in tapestry for a lull in wonderment. Keeping all the tools sharp keeps the interest sharp. If I am away from my inks or sketching too long, I loose some courage to make the first mark.
    Your Pacific Time Zone and your ATA Biennial awards are tough acts to follow, oh what a natural high!!!
    It’s totally about time that you posted a blog entry, tap tap tap waiting patiently ; )
    So, you’ve watered and fed your horse it’s time to jump back on and ride with the wind!

    • kathetoddhooker on March 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Then, you’ll probably like the new post that will be up today or tomorrow. Roy’s having a Navajo weaving class for all levels if your interested In May. Also , the studio is now open for anyone to come and talk or weave on Wednesdays.-will be in new blog. It’s really nice to hear from you. And of course the painting of the studio gate is in the new blog. still love it!